Coping with Nerves

TIP OF THE MONTH (July 2009)

Date: 1st July 2009 - 1st August 2009

Peter Farrell – Development Officer.
With the tournament season under way, it’s a good time to look at one of the mental aspects of successful match play. All players feel nervous at times. How a player copes with nerves is what distinguishes the champion from the also ran:


  • Breathe deeply between points and relax your muscles.
  • Take time between rallies – never rush into the next point.
  • Learn from previous points, but don’t dwell on what `might have been`.
  • Concentrate only on the point you are playing now, or about to play. Thinking about the future (“if I win the next two games it will be one set all”) by definition means that you are not 100% focused on what you are doing now..
  • Strike the ball the same way whether you are 5-0 up or 0-5 down. Play the shot not the score.
  • Remember that if you are nervous, your opponent probably is too!
  • Keep at the back of your mind that the world will keep turning whether you win or lose this match…


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