In this video Jorge Capestany discusses how to handle the Fear of Losing on the tennis court.
Thanks, Jorge for reminding me to focus on performance goals. I’ve finished your mental toughness book and I always rewatch your videos before my tournament. I’m kind of nervous still, but not as much anymore. I can’t control the outcome, but I can control how I play. So thank you for giving me some peace about it.
This is such valuable advice! I have been incorporating performance goals into my lessons and coaching for years and find it helps so much.
I am not seeing where to print? Can you please send me the link?
Sorry, the print is only for those on my TennisDrills.tv website
Still grinding out matches in doubles. Thank you for the positive advise, I’m always telling my partner to be patient and focus on one shot at a time and not the score.
Your experience and teaching tips are the best.
Great job with all work! Keep it up!
Let me me clarify….student plays confident until its time to finish set…5-2, 5-1, or even 4-3 ( which i get)
How do you help a player who’s up finish set
Cathy.. I address that very topic in my free mental toughness course that has 4 videos. The 2nd video in that series is title Closing out an Opponent. I would highly recommend you get that free course which has been downloaded more than 5,000 times by players in more than 65 countries. This is the link where you can get the free course… https://jorgecapestany.com/free-series/
can you help me with a talented student who gets nervous when they are down. May e up 5-2 and then gets nervous to finish off set
See my response to your other comment
Fortunately for me and my players, I have had this discussion with them many times before. My stronger players are always overly concerned with winning LONG before they ever set foot on the competitive court. They tended before to worry about every single little action they took on the court – every missed serve, every long ball, etc. and therefore their conscious working brain was jammed-packed with junk!! I have talked with them many times about concentrating on the things they CAN control, which basically means every thing they do with the tennis ball coming from their own racket. This cleared out the junk and left them with a clear idea of what they needed to focus on in order to be more successful. Losing is a part of winning, but personal control of their own play gives them a better chance. Thanks for the corroborating lesson!!
Coach D. Bomba
If only we could get hold of those players who buckle because of the fear of losing and see what is stopping them from incorporating this great advice.
This is brilliant advice. I normally get so upset and down on myself when I do a duff shot, and panic constantly when I get behind by several points or games, as I want to win so badly. Focusing on the things you can control is a great way to maintain self-respect and composure on court. Thanks.
Have you done any videos about how to maintain self-esteem on court, especially in the face of adversity?
Suzanne… I have a lot of free videos on my website at… https://www.jorgecapestany.com
I watched the video and agree with you, this principle applies to all sports and competition in general. I have seen millions examples why players are stiff and don’t perform well, because of too much pressure from outside(parents, family, media, spectators), or inside(yourself).
You have to remind yourself why are you on court, you’re there to play the game, and if you put an effort to play your best, you’re the winner regardless of the score. I have 10, 8 and 4 year olds all playing tennis and soccer. I was an International junior soccer player, later turned first tennis and soccer coach of my kids.
Greetings from Suisse, from a Mexican living here since 3 years back. I’m 67 and Senior champion of the 60’s category in my club. I really enjoy your tutorials with your lovely family…congrats. Never had a tennis lesson in my life. The wall was my one and only instructor, that’s why I really enjoy your teachings…they are super. Gracias y salud Jorge.
Keep it going Erny.. Gracias
short, brief and concise, simply the best presentation on the fear and fear of losing!
Excellent topic, great life skill!!!!!!
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