After tennis equipment producer HEAD Tennis’s Instagram account shared 5 useful pre-match mind tricks, Novak Djokovic and Marin Cilic reacted to them by liking the post. «Mental preparation is key. How do you mentally prepare for a match?» HEAD Tennis captioned the post.
These are the 5 tips:
- Reduce pre-match anxiety. Sit in a quiet place, close your eyes and take 10 deep breaths.
- Visualize your party. Close your eyes and visualize yourself playing a great game as if you were playing it in real time.
- Keep your focus.
Try to avoid distractions, negative feelings, and put your phone away.
- Remember your successes. Keep your self-talk positive and remember your past victories. Reimagine those matches.
- Raise your energy and confidence. Shortly before the match, try to get both your body and mind full of energy and confidence.
Stretch out and tell yourself, ‘I’m ready’
Novak Djokovic on the 2022 mental challenge
Novak Djokovic, a 21-time Grand Slam champion, has confessed that the difficult start to the 2022 season had a negative impact on his mental health.
«The challenge is definitely more on the mental and emotional side,» Djokovic was quoted as saying in Tennishead. “Of course, I have never experienced anything similar to what I experienced earlier this season and I didn’t know how it was going to affect me.
Obviously I still, you know, still have to deal with it to some degree. It’s not as powerful as it was in the first two or three months of the year. «I feel like the more I play, the more I’m in this environment, the more comfortable I feel.»
Earlier this year, Djokovic emphasized his desire to return to number one in the world. “Being No. 1 in the world is the biggest achievement you can have in our sport, so I will try to keep that position as long as possible,” Djokovic said.