Ask Questions to Succeed

Jul 16, 2017
Roger Rasheed / ATP Coach
For most tennis players there is a loss every week. What is important is to have an understanding of how you are going to manage the losses over the course of a season. The hardest part off the elite athlete is: how do I deal with them? The player has to be able to bounce out of it and be productive immediately. In order to do that, a player must ask himself some tough questions and answer honestly.

Look at every loss as individual moment that has its own backstory. I recommend that you look at your training and ask yourself, ‘have I been doing all the right things leading up to competition?’ One thing that I really stress is that you have to get the building blocks in place before you can honestly judge your results.

The Futures level is probably the most vulnerable area of professional tennis. There is not a lot of money, players often live week to week and there is plenty of self-doubt thrown in the mix. All that adds up to extra pressures.

I watch too many players who jump on the tour but don’t bring the tour with them. Generally, they don’t have the strength of mind yet to survive. Where do you see yourself in the game? Do you think you belong on the Futures circuit or do you see yourself on the ATP Tour? A lot of players are hoping and very few believe that they belong on tennis biggest stage. Whatever level you want to be at, and if you believe, then it is about your process.

For instance, take the transport bus at a Futures or even a Challenger event. A group of players sitting on the bus with virtually the same assets, how many are asking themselves the questions: how do I elevate myself out of this pack? What am I going to do to become unique? I am big on not looking at number goals, because if you don’t reach that number you start complaining and start blaming. When you are preparing as a player and you analyze your results, look for that area that is not getting you through. Do I have a…
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