In this article I want to talk about the fighting spirit in tennis. This is the only method I know of, which you can use to stay strong in tennis.
To face it, tennis is a hard sport and it is a mental sport.
Tennis is to test your character as a person, but the great thing about that is, you will be able to build a stronger one while playing the sport. The first step in this “developing a fighting spirit” is to learn how to deal with failure and difficulties, through mental rehabilitation as soon as you can. You can do this without taking it in person.
One game doesn’t have to define your career, does it?
See, by focusing on our failures most of the time, we keep that dark memory etched in our subconscious mind all the time, and this repeated relocation is actually mental suicide for many junior players, because they are killing their own – repeat it when you repurpose it.
Finding out about your own fighting spirit is really fighting for your own self-mastery, which means doing everything you can to stay away from thoughts that weaken your mental game. Do it for a day first, then go for a week, after a month, you will feel stronger. The secret that not many tennis players get is, they are really the ones who hold them back. Try to be aware of your thoughts on a daily basis and ask yourself this key question.
“How will thinking this way affect my energy?”
I’m talking the Law of Representation here. Any time a negative thought or failure comes into your mind, throw it away, then replace it with a more powerful one!
The next step is to start playing each point with a practically “die or die” attitude, players feel that they can turn this mood on and off, but they can’t. Practice is perfect, so start practically, you can then let it go on in your game play. This is how the champions train mentally on and off the court.
That’s what sets them apart from the rest of the touring players who want to be the best and know that playing at a certain high level all the time comes from a fighting spirit. and that this is the only way to exist. Getting your inner fighting spirit is a journey.
So good luck to you!