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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 13th, 2016, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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Let's myself down mentally yesterday

I have been receiving coaching the last few months and really noticed an improvement in my game, I have started to enjoy tennis even more and started to win many more games compared to before.

Now, we had a little Davis cup tournament yesterday (doubles) and we won our opening match against a team that were ranked higher than us, it felt great. Just before the start of the second match one of the guys asked me if "I was any good?" Obviously I felt the need to be humble and said I was ok rather than day oh yeah I'm darn good but throughout the match I kept on questioning myself and thinking "how good am I" and I performed really poorly and got myself into negative thinking, we lost a match to a team lower seeded team that I felt we should have won when earlier on we played a terrific game to defeat the higher seeds.

How would you guys have handled this? I can't believe a simple question really hit a negative trigger.
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Honestly, it wouldn't have mattered what you said. I am pretty sure the guy said that to intentionally mess you up. I do that some times to the opponent telling him how great he was serving that day. Sometimes, it works...

It's all part of the game and I don't have any good tips other than to say to try to forget about what he said and concentrate on hitting. Say to yourself "bounce... hit" timing it with the ball bounce.

Good luck.

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Re: Let's myself down mentally yesterday

You let this talk get into your head and thus lost focus. I would have said I'm good then moved forward.

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He definitely tried to get in your head. Obviously, if you were playing pretty good, why would he need to ask if you were any good? You proved how great you can be. Next time you can show them how great of a player you are
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Re: Let's myself down mentally yesterday

Originally Posted by tennisprince View Post

How would you guys have handled this? I can't believe a simple question really hit a negative trigger.
Don't get down on yourself for being human and having emotions. See this as an opportunity. You have learnt a lesson of just how much mentality can affect your level of play. Now you can take this into account in future matches and try to stop this from happening again.

It probably will happen again, but hopefully with your awareness, it will happen less often. It's all about letting the negative experiences like this make you a better player, rather than making you mentally weaker and a more nervous player.
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