Re: Mona Barthel - Volume 2
Now that the match is posted on youtube (posted in the video thread) I'm watching the second set for the first time. It's... bizarre. Mind was not in the right place to compete at all. No interest in adjusting or rallying, just wants every point to be over. Even worse than the Pegula match I think, attitude-wise.
Mona not in the mood for competitive sport.
A succinct summary of the situation. A pro athlete should play every match with a certain attitude. You can't let your mood prevent you from doing a professional job, but Mona seems to be vulnerable to this. Interestingly, it's very hard to pick any of this up from her interviews, but the pressure of competitive tennis often shows up a side of a player that they can otherwise keep hidden. Mona needs to solve this problem urgently. As an intelligent young woman, she should realise that what she is doing is counter to her goals to play good tennis and win matches. You have to make decisions that help you to do better in your tennis, and that includes choosing to have a certain attitude when you play.
Last edited by HowardH; Apr 25th, 2013 at 11:15 PM.