Tennis is an individual sport. However all the preparation, the travel, etc. is normally done in a team, the team who stands by you in both the best and worst of times – or at least that’s how Emilio Sánchez Vicario has experienced it.
In the aftermath of the Summer Grand Slams and Olympic Games, today I would l like to offer an analysis of some after event facts. As usual, I will try to focus on the technical, tactical, physical and mental ‘pillars’ of tennis, with a special emphasis in the US Open and the Olympics.
Controlling timing and breathing are two powerful tools which help us to plan our next steps and overcome difficulties. If you are capable of perfecting these skills, your ability to overcome challenging situations increases. You just have to work at it.
Optimum control of attention is a powerful tool to improve our results in sports competitions. But what, exactly, is attention? Can we work on it? Monica Monserrat, psychologist, explains it to us.
In many of my conversations with players at any level, the mention of “pressure” appears: “I felt under too much pressure”, “The pressure meant I couldn’t move”, “I completely froze under the pressure, I didn’t know what I was doing any more” … These are some of the examples of the effect of pressure, which on top of everything, usually manifests itself at the worst times, when nobody asks for it.
When we speak of challenges and achievements in sports, we tend to speak about great deeds with clear goals. But it is not easy to set objectives: they must motivate us and push us to succeed. For this reason, we have to set goals that are achievable and realistic.
The second of the “21 Successful Habits for Overcoming Adversity”, by Emilio Sánchez Vicario, describes the importance of confidence. How can we build confidence? David Ferrer’s story is an excellent example.
I find myself in Italy, specifically, in Tuscany. The day before yesterday I was awarded the Fair Play Mecenate prize and appointed the initiative’s world ambassador, and yesterday, I was awarded the Solidarity in Sport prize for my work with the Emilio Sanchez Vicario Foundation. I was very nervous, but at the same time, completely delighted.
The Magic Wimbledon is here. We’ll enjoy with one of the most demanding tournament. Every player dreams to play well there. Murray is the Emilio Sánchez Vicario’s favourite player for this year. He’s going to be the one to beat.
This year’s Roland Garros 2016 has been very special for the Sánchez-Casal Academy, full of emotion, friendship and stories about the academy on Parisian soil. Daniel Muñoz, Head of Communications and Media at the academy, tells us the tale.