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The Mindset and Heart of the New Generation

Until recent years, many players and coaches have long held some very fixed ideas and beliefs about the game of tennis. “This is how the game is”, “this is how the game should be played or approached”, “and this is how to become better”. Sticking to these rules, no matter what, or never questioning what […]

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The right focus

Nadal won. Again. But this win was tougher than usual. In his post-match interview he said he never played a match feeling so bad physically, he was suffering the whole match. But he won. Tim Smyzcek was close – so close. What made the difference at the end of the fifth set? Here the biggest […]

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Concentration on the Breath

Here is one of the most common meditation. This meditation requires extended practice over a period of several weeks in order to make significant progress. There is, however, benefit to anyone in trying this meditation at least once. Begin by finding a quiet, comfortable pace to sit where you won’t be disturbed. It is helpful […]

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Body Awareness

Body awareness is an essential part of any training and learning program, as well as any performance. What can we do to heighten awareness? Here’s a method that specifically foster mindfulness. Attitudes towards the body vary enormously. When seen correctly, the body can become the vehicle of experience of the mind and spirit. Most of us […]

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Mindfulness meditation

The meditation most specifically designed to enhance awareness is mindfulness meditation. Introduced 2,500 years ago, it has been practised by countless people.  It has spread around the world and is used by people from diverse backgrounds. Mindfulness meditation builds on the breath meditation. The aim of breath meditation is to try to keep your attention […]

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Concentrate and calm your mind

Our minds are restless. Always on the move, they wander ceaselessly, jumping from past memories to the future, constantly plotting and planning. On the court, on the field we sometimes plan our day, worry about something or thinking of work or school. No wonder so many people feel exhausted by the end of day. Even […]

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Deep breath

Throughout the course of a game, you will go through a spectrum of emotions. You probably find it difficult to stay on an even mindset, to avoid getting too high or too low. By using your deep breath as a way to come back to your center, to your heart, as a balance point – […]

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Gratefulness in sport

How many of us arrive at the arena of performance with full minds and empty hearts? Minds filled with distraction, and minor details interfere with awareness and focus. In the big picture of life, what is truly important is this present moment – the present moment enabling you to perform. They key is to be […]

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Staying focused

Developing the ability to focus, to center or concentrate, can be difficult because you must filter out your normal awareness of the surrounding environment. People differ in many ways. Coaches should always remember that people have different styles. Although there are different styles, some factors are common to the majority. Some players try to focus […]

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Feedback

Feedback is essential for a successful performance. The feedbacks to which athletes can plug into, comes from different sources.  For example, it can be the interaction with the teammates through good communication or the external environment. But feedback can also come from within by our senses, our kinesthetic consciousness (sensations by which body position, weight, muscle tension and movement are perceived). […]

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