Category Archives: Tennis Psychology

Tennis: Novak Djokovic – Mental Preparation

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‘I think being on Centre Court motivated him and he was mentally there today – the opposite of me’. The words of disappointed Novak Djokovic, after a three sets defeat to Marat Safin. Perhaps, for the talented Djokovic, this was simply another match, in the demanding tennis roadshow. Where are we today? London. And so, when he tried to dig… Read more »

The Tennis Psychologist: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – Breaking The Spell

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During the first set of the Australian Open tennis final, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga played with the same authority, power and confidence that he demonstrated in his semi-final win over Rafael Nadal. He was still in ‘the zone’. Playing tennis as if in a dream. Looking unbeatable. As if he couldn’t miss. And didn’t. Then, somewhere in the second set, things changed…. Read more »

Tennis: The Champions Masterclass

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It’s the fifth set of the Wimbledon’s mens single final. Rafael Nadal is┬ápounding Roger Federer. He has vital break points at 2-2. It’s a pivotal┬ámoment in the game. The champion is on the ropes. Minutes later Federer heads for the chair 3-2 up. There is a spark in his eye. A spring in his step. And with it a sense… Read more »

Tim Henman – And Mr Henman

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Another summer. Another Wimbledon. Henman Hill packed with expectant fans. Living on hope. It’s been like this for years. Hope followed by disappointment. So what, if anything could Tim Henman have done differently to have broken his personal stop situation and taken the Wimbledon crown. If I had been providing sports psychology services for Tim, I would have suggested a… Read more »