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Mental Skills: Goals and Motivation

Mental skills are essential and must be integrated into the players training schedule.  It should be viewed in much the same light as fitness training, tactical or video analysis. Over the next few weeks we will look at specific mental skills. The first topic we’ll dive into is Goals & Motivation. Goals and Motivation Plan […]

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Vida Coach Profile – Jo Karaitiana

Let’s get to know the Vida coaches better, here we have our Director of Tennis at Box Hill Secondary College Jo Karaitiana. Jo Karaitiana – Melbourne, Australia Vida Venue – Box Hill Seconday Role – Director of Tennis 1. When did you first pick up a tennis racket? When I was probably around 7 years […]

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What can I learn from losing?

With another set of school holidays and tournament block in the books, it’s time to reflect on your performance and to look forward towards your next term of training.  I recently came across an article by TennisFitness.com with the title “Every tennis player should read this”. As a tennis coach and player I obviously felt […]

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Children and Failure

Teaching Children About Failure

Parents will always have a need to protect their children. It’s part of the job. It is important in many aspects of life to be able to protect your children from potential dangers. Protecting children from failure, however, can negatively impact their development. Failure is a part of life. Children need to be able to […]

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XXX of ZZZ plays a XXXX in his/her third round match against XXXX of ZZZZ on day five of the 2018 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 19, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.

Mental Skills: Confidence

The definition of confidence: the feeling or belief that one can have faith in or rely on someone or something. In tennis you are solely relying on yourself, this can be defined as Self confidence. Here are a few tips to help improve your own confidence: Become an actor You can use your body to […]

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United States' Serena Williams consoles Ukraine's Dayana Yastremska after winning their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill) ORG XMIT: MEL272

Mental Skills: Emotional Control

Competition can bring out the best or the worst in athletes, and the psychological demands are especially high when individuals or teams are striving to achieve the same goals. When physical skills are evenly matched, it is often the competitor with the stronger mental approach, who can control his or her mind before and during […]

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