Planned training aimed at improving level of play and physical fitness, and specific training during competition to increase confidence are necessary to progress in tennis. According to Brigitte Simon's article “Before a game, tune into confidence mode” in her blog Brigitte Simon, Sport and nutrition, these types of training and mental attitude can be very beneficial.
Get plugged into training
Training too hard can hurt confidence. The sessions with a teacher/trainer aim to increase the technical, tactical and physical level and to get out of the comfort zone; however, they can cause lack of success and frustration. The accumulation of successes is necessary to develop confidence; it is therefore necessary to complete the training program with sessions focused on this objective.
Training in confidence mode
For this second mode, you have to accept your blows, congratulate yourself on the good ones and encourage yourself during the bad ones.
How to set up this trust mode?
It is important to alternate training sessions and confidence sessions during a sports season. Playing with a partner at your level or slightly less strong can help you successfully take the game on your own and find relaxation between points. In addition, it is essential to take advantage of the demanding sessions to progress. For more practical information on tennis and nutrition, visit Brigitte Simon's website.