After the Instagram account of the tennis equipment producer HEAD Tennis shared 5 useful pre-match mental hacks, Novak Djokovic and Marin Cilic reacted to them by liking the post. “Mental preparation is key. How do you prepare mentally for a match?” HEAD Tennis captioned the post.
Here are the 5 tips:
Reduce pre-match anxiety. Sit in a quiet place, close your eyes and take 10 deep breaths.Visualize your match. Close your eyes and visualize yourself playing a really great match as if you were playing it in real-time.Maintain your focus.
Try to avoid distractions, negative feelings and put your phone away.Recall your successes. Keep your selftalk positive and recall your past victories. Reimagine those matches.Raise your energy and confidence. Shortly before the match try to get both your body and mind energized and confident.
Stretch and say to yourself, ‘I am ready’
Novak Djokovic about the mental challenge of 2022
Novak Djokovic, a 21-time Grand Slam champion, confessed that the difficult start to the 2022 season had a negative impact on his mental health.
“The challenge is definitely more on the mental and emotional side,” Djokovic said, as quoted on Tennishead. “Of course, I have never experienced anything similar to what I experienced early this season and I did not know how that’s going to affect me.
It obviously still – you know, I still have to deal with it to some extent. It’s not as powerful that it was in the first two, three months of the year. “I feel like the more I play, the more I’m in this environment, the more comfortable I feel”.
Earlier this year, Djokovic emphasized his wish to become number one in the world again. “Being World No.1 is the highest achievement that you can have in our sport, so I’ll try to maintain that position as much as possible,” Djokovic said.