What Does It Take To Be Successful

I’m not going to start off today telling you something you already know about kobe.

Not today.

Today,I want to get straight into this post.

I was contemplating this question yesterday and wanted to share my answers with you guys today.

Many of you need to be asking this same question to yourself after every practice or match you play.

Then,keep asking this same question  to yourself, until you start getting the results that you want from your mental game.

Record your answers in your journal and eventually you will get the right one.

Make sure you take action too.

You should take immediate action,when you feel you have the right answer.

This is why some players struggle for a long time with their mental game, then all of a sudden, they will just blazes their way to the top ranking.

Which is exactly what happen to Novak.

Novak was at that number 4 ranking for a long time and then he had that breakout year, were he just decided in his mind,that he would not be denied by anyone.

Now he is dominating the  men’s tour!

This is why we have to keep asking ourselves the hard questions and contemplating on our answers.

To be successful, you have to remove all things that are distracting you from discovering and getting a better feel for the game.

I’ll repeat that.

“If you are struggling in matches, you are allowing something or someone to distract you and until you remove that person, event or whatever it maybe.”

You won’t reach your full potential.

As 90% of players don’t.

This same rule applies off the court, so keep that in mind.

Are you struggling with your mental game?

Then you have been effected by someone or something!

See whenever a player gets bitten by negativity.

“They spend all their time focusing on it, instead of focusing on  developing their mental game.”

You can never let anything or anyone get to your attitude.

Protect your attitude,by getting so positive,that you are immune to all negativity!!

Write this down.

To be successful, you have to tap into your indomitable spirit.

That we all have deep down inside of us, but seldom use.

I would make that my tennis career mission and you should be set for as long as you play.

This post should have you thinking more constructive for  this week.

Get in a quiet place today,and meditate on this post for about 15 minutes.

I would also do this type of meditation as much as I can!

I guarantee you if you do, you will start seeing some positive results from your mental game soon in matches.

Play The Best Players In Practice

It’s 4:30 am here in Kobe and it’s going to be another hot day here in the city!

I just wanted to give you guys this quick tip before I go teach this junior bootcamp.

Yesterday I was at the Bootcamp in Nara and I told a player to go play another player  a practice match and he said to me,”I’m not suppose to play him, because I will face him next month in a tournament”.

But I think the real reason why he didn’t want to play the players, was because he didn’t want to lose to him before he played him!!

Guys,play the best players in practice and play them every week if you can.

That’s the only way you are going to get better with your matchplay game.

You must face better competition and you have to face it in practice.

To be the best, you have to beat the best.

My high school coach would make us earn our spot for the team’s matches every week.

And I’m glad he did.

Because it kept all of us, on top of our mental game for the whole season.

It will do the same for you.

Never shy away from competition.

Always,embrace it and you will always be on top of your mental game.

Okay, just wanted to get that important tip to you guys today.

Have a great practice!

The Problem With College Tennis

I was talking to a friend the other day that used to coach college tennis  at the NAIA level and I asked him.

What is wrong with college tennis?

He told me to watch a match on YuTube and find out for myself, so that is exactly what I did.

I won’t name the teams I was watching, of course, but I will point out the problems I saw.

These were top ranked men’s teams too.

1).The matches had no rhythm or flow to them.

I could only watch the matches for about 20 minutes.

Because the matches had no rhythm or flow to them.

The players were playing at, all kinds of tempos during the match.

This style of play, is not getting them ready for the next level of play.

I would like to know, “How many of the college players make it to the pros ?”

Does anyone know?

Not many I bet.

There is no way that style of play can prepare them to mix it up with the big boys.

2).Too much over coaching!

The home team’s coach was actually coaching the player during changeovers!!


Oh yeah, he was also coaching during games!!

Man, talk about over coaching!

But see this is the main problem with coaches right now,they over coach their players, then they get more angry when their players start tuning them out.

I have a important message to coaches.

“Prepare your players for matches the best that you can.”

Then sit back and let them figure it out on their own during the match.

Drop your ego and let your players discover their own fighting spirit.

Your job is to be a great cheerleader and support their mental game during matches.

Your job isn’t to coach every minute of the match.

I was shocked when I seen this yesterday.

3).Too much Gamesmanship during play-

This takes aways the spirit of competition from the match.

“No coach should allow any of his players to disrespect their opponents.”

They should win the match the right way.

That means no cheating.

That means playing at the server’s pace and within the time limits on each point.

Those are 3 things that are wrong with college tennis.

After watching that match, I wouldn’t recommend a top junior to go to college.

They  would be better off going to a top academy for a few years.

And then turning pro or stay for one more year and going pro after that.

USTA and college coaches need to take a hard look at what is going on with college tennis.

Because there is no way this system, should be allow to continue and this is the main problem with US tennis.

By the way, my friend who lost his job,for trying to do things the right way.

Has started his own” independent tennis program” with my help and is growing it as I write this post.

I would love  to hear your take on this topic.

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