Expectations Can Hinder Performance

[40] Sam Querrey (USA) is a talented player who turned professional in 2006.  He was recognized because of his big serve and forehand, but was probably noted more for his laid back attitude, so much so that many fans and casual observers have been deceived by his apparent lack of intensity.  A misconception because there…

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Why Does A Player Lose A Set 6-0?

Memphis Open, Tennessee Today we saw [30] Steve Johnson (USA) lose a match to [103] Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) in straight sets after losing the first set 6-0.  Despite taking the lead in the second set, Johnson was distracted mentally and could not maintain his focus to consolidate his lead.  Kukushkin, is a decent player, but to defeat a player…

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The Coaching Relationship

Many players develop an interest in tennis because of a family member, usually a parent or an elder sibling; therefore, it is not surprising that for many players, their first coach is often a relative. Over the years, we have seen the pros and cons of having a relative as the primary coach. The relationship…

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A Closer Look At Nadal’s Habits

At first glance, Nadal’s habit of fixing his water bottles just so; tying his head band after vigorously shaking his head; tucking his hair behind his ears and adjusting his underwear prior to serving, may all seem to be rituals that he must perform because they impart some supernatural power to gain him victory.  On…

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Why Is Djokovic Struggling?

When you have accomplished every tennis goal you have set for yourself, it is sometimes very hard to remain motivated.  The last goal that was motivating Djokovic was winning the French Open, once he accomplished that it seemed that the fire in his belly died.  He has no more to prove and no more to…

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