It’s 2022. It’s the New Year, and it’s a new tennis year for those of us who love-love tennis.
Though we’re only a few days into the New Year, many of you may already be tired of reading and hearing messages about New Year plans and resolutions.
Maybe you’re experiencing message fatigue because you already have all of your 2022 goals outlined? Or, maybe you’re tired of reading and hearing about New Year plans and goals because you don’t have a clear idea about changes that you may need or want to make to improve your life in 2022?
Well, if you don’t have specific plans to improve your tennis game and match win record figured out yet, it’s not too late. You can start by asking yourself the question, “Where should I begin?” Or, you might consider following the advice of former ATP tennis pro, top tennis coach and ESPN tennis analyst Brad Gilbert, and ask yourself a slightly different question, which is: “When should I begin?”
In his book, “Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis – Lessons from a Master,” co-authored with Steven Jamison back in 1993, Gilbert advises tennis players who want to win more matches to improve their mental game focus – including beginning mental preparation early before matches and considering, “the match before the match begins.”
Specifically, Gilbert shares pre-match actions to improve your match-winning odds, including:
Gilbert also recommends grabbing an early lead at the start of a match by:
“Winning Ugly” was a 2021 Love-Love Tennis Book Club selection and includes many more strategies beyond these pre-match tips to help you improve your mental game. If you’ve already read the book, revisit it…now. And, if you haven’t read the book, check it out…now.
Because remember, it’s early 2022, and the advantages you create now can give you a head start for match success later.