Confidence vs. Pressure: There’s a fine line between them
I’m heading up to Vail, CO tomorrow afternoon for a tournament. Tennis at high altitude (8000 ft) is going to be interesting. I played in Breckenridge (9600 ft) several years ago and remember the ball really flying on me, but that was when my game was an absolute mess and I really can’t blame the altitude.
When I met up with my coach, Jeff earlier today, I wanted to brush up on the basics. I haven’t been out on a court for a couple weeks now and it doesn’t make sense to try and learn something new when I haven’t mastered some of the basics yet. We spent our time together doing a refresher on all of the shots and footwork we’ve covered in the last few months.
We also talked about the mental side of the game. I’m in a weird place now mentally because I go into tournaments knowing that I have put in a fair amount of work over the winter and should be winning more matches. Thinking about all of that work and time spent on fitness, nutrition, learning new shots and footwork comes to life in two ways: 1) confidence that I have a shot at winning matches and tournaments and 2) added pressure that if I don’t win, I’m not living up to my expectations.
In this video, Jeff and I talk about the mindset I need to take into these kinds of matches. Let me know how you mentally prepare for your tennis matches when you expect a lot out of yourself by leaving a comment below. I’d love to hear from you.