LOOKING BEYOND THE COURT SERIES -ACTIVE MENTAL TRAINING IN TENNIS

All about mental abilities in Tennis. New article each month from professional coaches, former pro players, tennis academy owners

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CHAPTER NO.2 - Self Confidence

Presented by Beau Treyz and Claudio Pistolesi

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Following up our introduction to mental abilities, we present THE mental ability considered extremely important by world class tennis coaches and players: SELF-CONFIDENCE. Compare it to the fuel in a car. You can have the best car on earth but without fuel, it doesn't move and self-confidence works in the same way for any potential top player in the world. To take a deeper look into self-confidence, we will break down first the SELF and then the CONFIDENCE and how the two become one, to be the most important attribute of any successful athlete and person. Starting with SELF, personal growth is the foundation of becoming a great athlete. We need to acknowledge that in order to get self-confidence and how we can develop it. We also have to grow self-esteem. We need to have a base level of self-esteem, to believe phrases like: ‘I hold value as a person.’ ‘I am proactive in taking initiative every day, from small actions to larger ones.’ ‘I take responsibility for my life and I don’t put my mission on other people’s shoulders.’ Those are three examples of healthy ‘self-talk’ and that’s where personal growth begins. To be the drivers of our own ship and accept that we are able to take actions towards our individual fulfillment as people.


CHAPTER No. 1 - ACTIVE MENTAL TRAINING & YOUR MENTAL EDGE

Presented by Beau Treyz and Claudio Pistolesi

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Tennis requires each player to have complete mastery over their physical, mental, and technical parts of the game. It is very important to be aware that all those aspects are communicating with each other, and the mental part is predominant in leading the player to the peak performance. Without teammates, every player must be able to play offense, neutral, and defense; they have to be problem solvers on court to find ways to win – on any given day, against any type of opponent. Coaches can help mold the proper techniques, recognizing that each player has different stroke mechanics than the next. Coaches teach players how to hit slice and topspin, flat and kick serves – all the shots required to be a complete player. The physical aspect of the game was revolutionized in the late 1970s when Martina Navratilova and Ivan Lendl turned themselves into physical specimens, who became dominant because of their strength and stamina. Today, every player is fit; they must be. Now, we see players with full time physiotherapists as permanent parts of their team, further helping players prevent injury and stay on court in their best shape.

ABOUT “BEYOND THE COURT”

“Looking Beyond the Court Series” will each month break down different mental abilities, what it means to us, and how Sense Arena can help players of all levels. We will continuously be adding new drills and scenarios targeted at each of these areas, and players will have access to them at any time. We look forward to creating a dialogue around these topics, and surely others as well, with players, coaches and parents to help all of us grow and learn more about the mental side of this game and compete closer to our individual potential level.

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WHO’S BEHIND

The Sense Arena for Tennis platform is designed with the help of our Advisory Board members:

Pavel Vizner

Pavel Vizner

Former No. 5 ATP Doubles

2-Time French Open Finalist

Pala & Vizner Tennis Academy Founder

Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova

Tennis Legend

Former WTA No. 1

59 Grand Slam Titles

167 Career Titles

332 Weeks as WTA No. 1

JACK WAITE

JACK WAITE

Former ATP Player

Won three ATP doubles titles

Sense Arena Advisor

Claudio Pistolesi

Claudio Pistolesi

Former ATP Player - 5 years in Top 100. #1 ITF Junior Champion.

Coached ATP players Soderling #4, Bolelli #36, and WTA player Hantuchova #17 among many other players.

Graduated with “Science in Coaching Sports" based in Sports Psychology

BEAUREGARD TREYZ

BEAUREGARD TREYZ

Former Professional Player

Professional Coach of Keegan Smith, Brandon Nakashima, Bjorn Frantangelo

Author of “How to Tennis: Think, Train and Compete to Your Potential”

ASHLEY HOBSON

ASHLEY HOBSON

Former Professional Player

Professional Coach of Davis Cup and Fed Cup, Pete Sampras, Jennifer Capriati

Director of Tennis at the Inspiration Academy

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