Pressure, No One Likes Pressure

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Everyone experiences pressure at some point in their lives; however, athletes may experience it more frequently than most. No one likes pressure; there is no pleasure in feeling a racing heart, sweaty palms or rapid breathing. While it may appear that some tennis players handle the pressure better than others, everyone is negatively affected by…

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Performance Anxiety and Tennis

Performance anxiety

Everyone at some point in their life has experienced performance anxiety; that sense of fear and dread that is experienced when faced with the prospect of performing to achieve a reward or recognition. The greater the reward, the more likely one is to experience performance anxiety. To minimize the detrimental effects of performance anxiety, you…

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The Art and Psychology of Tennis

The Art and Psychology of Tennis

The art and psychology of tennis is not just about tennis, it is about life. Whether we are conscious or not of it, all of our behavior is connected to our unique or not so unique psychology. Since I can remember and long before I became a physician and even knew what psychology meant, I…

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Murray’s Best Birthday Present

Internazionali BNL D’Italia, Rome Men’s Final: [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. [3] Andy Murray (GBR) This was probably Murray’s best chance of defeating Djokovic, who has not been playing the dominant tennis we have gotten used to seeing.  He has also shown that something has unbalanced him emotionally.  He has gotten two consecutive misconduct warnings…

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Has Serena Had Enough?

BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells Women’s Final: [CR1] Serena Williams (USA) vs. [CR15] Victoria Azarenka (BLR) Let me preface this by saying that from the first time I saw her play I have admired her tennis skills.  Serena Williams deserves all the accolades and recognition she has received for what she has accomplished.  I have…

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What Happened To Serena?

Post Analysis: US OPEN  The dust has settled and tennis continues; yet, many people are still pondering what happened to Serena Williams in the semifinals.  I am still getting text messages asking me, “What happened to my girl Serena?”  Serena Williams may not realize or even appreciate how many people were following her quest for…

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