Sometimes we just have… one of those days – when the feel of the ball is lost, when the wrist “breaks” at contact and we lose control of the racquet, when the feet are not listening and the reactions are slower than usual. Yes, that’s the day I’m talking about!
What should you do when things don’t feel right during a match?
It is going to be challenging but do not give up! I was there before and I know that it just sucks when that happens…
But here is what you should consider if you go through that:
- Remain calm and do not show your frustration – your opponent should not be aware of what is happening with you.
- Try changing your game plan – put more spin on your strokes, hit with a higher margin for error, move up to the net etc.
- Fill your mind with positive thoughts.
- Acknowledge the rough time you go through but tell yourself that it will not last too long; and make yourself believe it!
- Prepare for a long match – where only winning matters and not the quality of your play (within the limits of fair play though).
- Pay attention to your opponent’s mistakes and use the information to your advantage.
- Above all, it will not be the end of the world if you lose a match; so… relax and do your best!