yet another excellent short video, so relaxed and well delivered on a very important message.
Great topic for inter club teams.
In 1983 I was playing in our city championships and as a 33 yo I was busy with raising my young family and was not playing much.Saying I was past my prime was a GROSS UNDERSTATEMENT.
I drew a young D2 player in the first round and my lack of consistency showed in the 1st set and went pretty quickly. I righted the ship in the second, all things being equal I was clearly the better player. In the 3rd set my focus and my legs weakened and we arrived at love five- love- forty. You cannot get farther behind than that. I hit a service return and framed it and it landed in with all kinds of funky spin. My opponent missed badly and said something to the effect of ” I can’t believe it”. He then hit one of the worst double faults in the history of tennis. As we then moved forward I realized that all I had to do was guide the ball down the middle and watch my young friend implode. Long story short I won the set 7-5, I ran into this guy about 2 years later and he told me he could not play for a full year after that experience.
He sent me that signal to simply hang on and I had the most incredible tennis experience of my 53 years in the game.
Ron Atkinson USPTA
Love it… It is so interesting to think about what could be the dialogue inside our opponents heads.
I am a USPTA pro and this last winter I read Locker Room Power and it really is about your video. I was talking to a track coach at coffee the other morning telling him of the book and he said it is so true. There are 2 girls from this one high school that exume so much LRP that when they walk into the locker room their posture says you other girls will not score higher than 3rd. They are so full of Desire + Weapons+ Belief+ Results that their posture is always showing WIN.
Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed this video in particular because I have been working on some of these things with my clients. It’s good to hear that others are like minded in believing posture is a huge key in the mental aspect of the match. Thanks and I look forward to the next email. Maybe one on the mental aspect of closing out an opponent!
This was very impactful for me. I frequently feel as if I get lulled into complacency. I need to keep my bucket full and my body language energetic and upbeat!
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