A bad mistake may lose you more than one point if you let it linger in your mind. Using a towel to buy some time between points can be an excellent tool to make sure you are emotionally ready to start the next point.
During the point things have to play automatically. You need to let your body react. Too much thinking will hamper your performance. During the point, your only focus should be the ball, use the changeovers to analyze.
Thoughts and body language go hand in hand and affect each other. You can change the way you feel either through changing your thoughts or through changing your body language. Use both tools.
When on court you are on your own so you need to give yourself as much help as you can. Be your own coach and talk to yourself in the same way you would talk to a player that you are coaching.
Learn how to act your way out of trouble when you are on court. A positive outlook and feeling is essential to good performance so when things are not going well try acting as if you are playing greatly. After a while your game will follow.
You will not beat anyone unless you win the battle against yourself. Regardless of who you are playing your goal should always be to focus on the things that you can control and that will give you the best chance of playing up to your potential.
Setting performance goals before a match is much more effective than setting outcome goals. You do not have control over outcome goals but you have total control over performance goals. Learn the difference!
Self talk is very important in tennis. Learn how to do it right.
Failing to watch the ball to contact is one of the most common mistakes in tennis. Here is a drill to help player focus better and track the ball all the way to contact.
Once the ball is in play players have to learn to constantly track it. This drill will show you an easy way to do this.