The Contrast In 1 Key Competitive Skill Between Nadal and Kyrgios: And Why Attitude Is NOT a Choice…

Watching Nadal and Kyrgios in the final of Beijing highlighted the contrast in 1 vital mental skill that we often fail to understand. Let’s explore it…

Nadal Is Actually Getting Better…

It’s hard to believe but Nadal is actually getting better. He is a competitive machine… Simply the greatest competitor the game has ever seen.

Last night is the best I’ve ever seen him play on a hard court. That he turned up to this rather minor tournament (for him) at this stage of his career and displayed the same desire to win as if it was a Slam is the very reason he has become so good and continues to improve.

His insanely high level had Kyrgios looking for an exit within 30mins.

Kyrgios Is Deeply Addicted to Reducing Fear and Pain…

Communication Tips For Athlete Centred Coaching in Practice…

To me, the term athlete centred coaching refers to coaches who successfully take into account both the situational and individual needs of a player in consistently making decisions that are in the best interest of the players’s personal and sporting development. This can result in a variety of approaches depending on the situation. In this article I’ve summarized reflections I’ve found useful when considering 3 different athlete centred approaches.

1.) Telling

Working with younger/less experienced players…

Certain situations call for more directive approaches…

Serena Williams: The Mentally Toughest Player of All Time?

A couple of years ago I wrote an article that proposed that Serena Williams might just be the mentally toughest player the game has ever seen…

By reasserting her dominance over the field in claiming her 7th Australian Open at age 35, I thought it worth revisiting this proposal…

After all, throughout her career she has:

Played her best in the most important matches…

Been clutch towards the end of sets…

Recovered and won many big matches from dire score lines…

And like we saw throughout this years Aussie Open she tends to steamroll when in front.

While arguments against Serena’s mental toughness greatness generally center on her superior physical ability competing against a class of opponents that have no claim to all-time greatness, let’s revisit an updated statistical look at Serena’s Grand Slam record when considering the arguments for.

1.) Playing Her Best In Big Matches

The Psychology of Federer vs Wawrinka: 2017 Australian Open Men’s Semi Final

What a rollercoaster!

Although Federer snuck out of the 1st set, it was actually Wawrinka that had more break chances.

And with the 1st set in the bag Federer stepped it up to play a sublime 2nd set and looked like he had Wawrinka’s measure.

But early in the 3rd two things happened in quick succession that conspired to trigger Federer to tighten…

He found himself on the doorstep of a highly unexpected Slam final at the same time as Wawrinka was struggling with a tweaked knee and looked on the edge of folding.

In next to no time the comfort of a 2 sets to 0 lead and having Wawrinka down 0-30 on serve early in the third, switched to high pressure after missing that chance plus playing a loose game to lose serve and go down a break.

Suddenly Wawrinka was free-wheeling it and Federer had the huge pressure of trying to finish a match that he had in his control just a few minutes earlier along with the added pressure of playing an injured opponent.

And With This Came The Nerves…