Many professional players say that 20-30 minutes of relaxation before starting the pre-match warm-up are of great use for a positive approach. At this time in fact, self-analysis and self-critical observations are best received if it is physically and mentally calm.
This condition can be favored by being in a secluded place with a few disturbing elements (ex .: the gym, the club garden etc.), Or if not possible to find a quiet corner there can be isolated from the outside world by listening to your favorite music with a walkman. (eg. Nadal)
The players and the players “pro” like to live attest of the race in a special space reserved for them called “Players Lounge” (players room). This room is particularly valuable in the most important type Grand Slam tournaments where all players, famous or not, if they come from outside the areas reserved to the insiders are literally besieged by fans, fans and autograph seekers.
The display of the match
“I began to think of an important match the night before. I figured the points that I would play the next day.” As we can see from these words of Pete Sampras, visualization is one of the most important aspects in the mental preparation of the meeting.
The view is useful to build self-confidence, focus attention meeting, go to the right level of nervous excitement, go over the game strategies. The display is used to:
1) Strengthen the game plan
2) Build confidence and sensitivity shots
3) Focus in the match
1) The pre-race display is a good opportunity to go over the game plan, to reinforce the performance of the technical gestures, select the shots you want to perform. If you want to attack an opponent on the wrong side, imagine yourself dribble from the baseline waiting for the right opportunity to attack and close the point off with a winning volley.
2) The second aim is to “feel” their strokes. The tennis player must see himself hit the ball smoothly and efficiently attack adversaries, run the torture with the right rhythm, anticipate and respond to service etc.
3) The third purpose of the pre-race display is to focus its attention only in the match. When you imagine the tennis on the tennis court while playing the game it is automatically focused on what to do during the match to win and so away thoughts of other kinds.
The rituals that promote concentration
The pre-race routine of tennis player has at least two purposes:
1) to organize in the best way the time period that precedes the beginning of the meeting to encourage the concentration.
2) Remove doubts and uncertainties.
1) A routine approach to the meeting is very important for being found perfectly prepared. When the professional player must play the match of the tournament, the entire day is set by taking the game as a reference point. Player and coach fasten together the times of the morning wake up, breakfast, workout finishing resulting in booking the “transportation” from the hotel to the club, from lunch and so on until the entrance to the field. In other words, every single moment of the day is scheduled to arrive at the match in the best and most rational way possible.
2) The second pattern of behavior is definitely not “scientific” but it can be equally important. The athlete-tennis player is usually to create habits, behavior patterns, repeated actions in the past have been associated with victorious performance. We all know how tennis is something more than mere superstition, we must not underestimate the importance of these little rituals that unite the sample at the Sunday player. These behaviors, apparently useless, are intended to make people feel good the player unconsciously increasing confidence in their own ability.