May 11, 2016
The Will to Win is Nothing Without the Will to Prepare
I still remember the situations where I'm coaching a tennis player for my team at a change over where the match is obviously not going in their favor. The player is distraught and even in tears. They cannot believe they are losing and have no idea what to do about it. 99% of the time it has nothing to do with the match but what lead up to the match. My player is obviously competitive and wants to win but unfortunately, he/she didn't put in the preparation to have an opportunity to win the match. My question is simple. "What do you expect when your opponent has obviously put in more time to prepare for this match than you?" Harsh? Your call. True? Absolutely. The best thing you can do in that situation is understand you have nothing to lose and try your best. There is nothing to get upset about. To put it more simply; I haven't met a really good tennis player that just picked up the racquet for the first time and said, "this is easy!"
This leads us to how to prepare for an upcoming tennis match. The first thing to keep in mind is that you opponent is dealt with the same situation. They more than likely have other obligations that need attention (family, job, etc) so both of you have to figure out what kind of training is feasible. I like to look at it like this: