Tennis as a mental sports

Why is tennis an especially mental sports?

May 6, 2018

The mind is the “muscle” that dominates everything. It controls how we feel and intervenes in the way we behave when developing the sport we practice. In all mental sports, the mind is fundamental to be able to develop and compete at our best level, but I would say that in the case of tennis, it has an even more significant influence.

Whether you are a player, a coach or a parent, you know what I am talking about because you notice that in every game you play or that you see your child or player playing. For both good and bad you see how the mind allows (your child or player) or allows you (as a player) to get the best out of you and enjoy the game or on the contrary you or condemn him to be angry, feel afraid and behave (you) in a way that is far from what you would have liked to do or see in your child or player. Keep reading: 10 amazing and useful tips for healthy sports you must need

Tennis as a mental sports

Tennis as a mental sports

And in 100% of cases is always the mind behind how we feel and how we behave on the track! But … And why is tennis a sport in which the mental sports is so decisive? Surely there are many reasons, but for me, there are 3 that stand out especially:


In team sports, you have the advantage that not all the game goes through you. It may be the case that in many plays you do not even touch the ball but in tennis, ALL POINTS go through you, for good and for bad.

In team sports if you are not playing well or you get injured you can be replaced by another partner or you can “hide 5 minutes in the band” (for example football), in tennis they can not substitute you nor can you hide 5 minutes of the game. ” If you’re not playing well you have to “find your life alone” to find the solutions that allow you to improve your game.

In team sports, you have companions who can cheer you up, who talk to you, who give you instructions when you’ve made a mistake or when things are not going well. In tennis, no one can talk to you (encourage themselves), or they can give you instructions (except the coaching on the court of the WTA) immediately. You have to wait for the break to arrive to talk with your coach.


Tennis goes “failing.” This is what it is. It is one more characteristic of this sport. In few sports, a player fails as many times as in tennis, and it is fundamental that he learns to live and accept those mistakes.

To all the players with whom I work, I ask them the same “How do you take the acceptance of the ruling?” And 99% of them answer the same thing, “bad, I do not like to fail.”

Tennis as a mental sports

When they tell me this, I always give them the same example. Imagine that your friend Pedro is jumping on a trampoline and he says: “I’m delighted by the springboard jump, I love the feeling of being on the verge of jumping, of going around the air and making figures. I hate the moment of entering the water because I do not like to get wet, I can not stand it. “What would you say to your friend Pedro? 100% tells me the same thing: “I would tell him to dedicate himself to something else or to learn to accept it.”

That’s when I say to the players: “Well I tell you the same if you do not accept the fact that the error is part of this sport you have a problem because it is something you will not be able to avoid never. It is what it is. Failure is part of tennis as getting wet is part of the trampoline jump. It is not that you like to fail and you celebrate every failure. It is about understanding it as one more part of the game that you have to accept and to which you have to look for solutions “.

And the one who before understands this, before begins to enjoy the track and give the best of himself/herself. You may like also:


Tennis as a mental sports

Yes, tennis is a sport in which the time in which the ball is in play does not exceed 30-35% of the total time the player is on the court. The rest of the time 65-70% the ball is stopped and … do you know what you are doing during all that time? Think! Turn the head! Imagine if all this time you are thinking negatively, thinking about the problems and angry because you have missed a ball … how do you think you are going to play then the point? Well surely in a much less competitive than you could if you used all that time to think positive, to find solutions to the ruling or what you want to do in the next point.

Therefore, the conclusion that we can draw from all this is that tennis is a sport. In which the peculiarities of the game especially determine the impact of the mental sports aspect of the game.

We can not change the characteristics of the game, but we can change our mentality to adapt better to the special circumstances of tennis and thus improve our way of competing on the court and thus get the best version of the tennis player we carry inside.