“Sometimes the brain gets the better of the athlete.” These words came courtesy of Steve, the head teaching pro at my tennis club, when I debriefed with him after a recent loss. Truth is, I had lost the match before stepping onto the court. Consider this a cautionary tale. My opponent on the day in […]
I see what I’m made of on the tennis court. Competing pushes me. Do I love to win? Or, like my idol Serena Williams, is it that I hate to lose? It’s the latter. Can I keep my composure under pressure? Or does my performance break down on decisive points? I recently committed to tracking […]
Tennis is my lab. How I compete – both in matches and at practice – enables me to get a read on how mindful I am on court. Though it’s tempting to focus on Ws and Ls (wins and losses), as a peak performance coach, I’m more curious about assessing the success of my inner […]
Have you been in a pressure-filled situation where you initially felt confident and then negative thoughts took hold? The outcome can be potentially devastating.
Case in point: Serena Williams was fighting her biggest rival in the Miami Open semifinals last week and it wasn’t Simona Halep, her feisty Romanian opponent. You know where this is going, right?