I consider these three the best ever in women's tennis in terms of mental strength. The Holy Trinity of Tennis Mental Strength so to speak. I know there are a lot of other great female players and players with better achievements than some or all of them but I think if I had to pick a mentality/mentalities that I would like to model myself on, it would be one or all of these three. Why? Because I think this was a major or the best part of their games and also they never showed doubt nor were distracted. But I think their mental strength comes from different areas. I want to break it down and hopefully fans of each player can have more inputs. I think this mentality very much comes from their personality/their upbringing.
Chris Evert - Chris's game is a model of concentration but also a model of the wood racquet game. If you've ever hit with a wood racquet, you'd know how much concentration it requires and especially for a player that relies on being a consistent baseliner, this is pretty much her game. So I think her mental strength comes from being in the moment for every pooint and pure concentration.
Steffi Graf - Perhaps I haven't seen enough Graf matches as Evert or Seles but I think more than any other player in tennis history, I feel she's a perfectionist. She is someone who always thinks she can play a shot or a point better. That drive for perfectionism drives her will to win. I think this goes a long way in her not feeling nerves or pressure. Her goal was perfectionism, almost like an artist, not driven by results.
Monica Seles - I always remember reading about how she grew up hitting balls against carpark walls. Basically, she just enjoyed hitting balls. I remember some of her early matches where she forgot the score and would go to the wrong side of the court or the net. Very much a player who played for every point but more importantly when the stakes got higher, her intensity got higher.
So I think there are 3 keys points here:
Concentration: Being in the moment. Concentrate on what you're doing.
Perfectionism: A little like concentrating on what you're doing in that it's about perfecting yourself, your strokes.
Intensity: Live for the point. Feel the need to win every point like you're down match point.
It's interesting that the three points are linked also. Also, I don't think mental toughness is just about coming back when down and pushing through. I think it is a mentality or approach to the game that is beyond simply just winning.
I would like to hear what everyone else thinks.