Sports Illustrated sportswriter Brian Wojnarowski recently covered the tennis tournament at the Australian Open.
In an article on his blog, he shared some advice to athletes who want to win at the highest level.
Here are some of the key tips that tennis player Bettsoli, who has won the ATP title in five consecutive tournaments, shares in the article:If you can, practice three days a week, and not overanalyze your match.
The game is not won in a day or two.
Focus on the game, not the time.
It’s important to keep in mind that tennis is played over a long period of time, and the intensity of the game is dependent on the time of day.
Practice, practice, practice.
Practice at home with a friend.
Practice the same tennis set that you play with on a daily basis.
Practicing with someone else is just as important.
There are no perfect matches in tennis.
Practise to lose.
Practising with someone who is willing to give up a few points can be a huge help.
Practize to win.
Practices like this one, where Bettsols and his opponent are matched in the second set, have been known to be very effective.
The ATP tournament is played on clay, and Bettsolis is playing on grass.
Here’s the tip he shares with his opponent:You should be ready to play, and when you are ready, try to score as many points as you can.
If you don’t feel like you can win, just play a few more sets.
If you are a little rusty, try the same set again with a different opponent.
If there are two sets of 10, you should practice three times, but only play the second half.
You will find that you are better at this set.
The second half of a match is always very important, as there is a lot of tension in the first set.
Practically practicing the match you want to play with someone other than your opponent can be one of the most effective ways to improve.