“Tennis: Winning the Mental Match”
A new book by Allen Fox, Ph.D.
Dr. Allen Fox earned a Ph.D. in psychology at UCLA and is a former NCAA champion, Wimbledon quarterfinalist, a three-time member of the U.S. Davis Cup team, and coached the Pepperdine University tennis team to two NCAA finals. He currently consults with tennis players on mental issues, appears in his popular 1-Minute Clinics on the Tennis Channel, and lectures world-wide on sports psychology.
He is the author of three previous books, “IF I’M THE BETTER PLAYER, WHY CAN’T I WIN?”, “THINK TO WIN,” and “THE WINNER’S MIND, a Competitor’s Guide to Sports and Business Success.” Dr. Fox is an editor and writer for Tennis Magazine and for his web site, allenfoxtennis.net.
Tennis is more difficult mentally than most other sports. Because of its one on one personal nature, it feels more important than it is. Competitive matches can become highly stressful, and losing is painful. Emotions tend to get out of hand, with fears and nerves becoming difficult to control. Confidence comes and goes; the scoring system is diabolical; and everyone is at risk of choking, even the greatest players in the world. This book attacks these and other issues faced by players of all levels. Dr. Allen Fox’s solutions are logical and straightforward, and most importantly, they have been tested on court and they work.
WHAT’S IN IT?
CHAPTER 1: WHY DO WE WANT TO WIN?
CHAPTER 2: THE EMOTIONAL ISSUES OF COMPETITION
CHAPTER 3: USING EMOTION TO HELP YOU WIN
CHAPTER 4: REDUCING THE STRESS
CHAPTER 5: THE PROBLEMS OF FINISHING
CHAPTER 6: CHOKING – ITS CAUSES AND HOW TO MINIMIZE ITS EFFECTS
CHAPTER 7: CONFIDENCE AND HOW TO GET IT IF YOU DON’T HAVE IT
CHAPTER 8: GAME PLANS
CHAPTER 9: BREAKING DOWN YOUR OPPONENT MENTALLY
CHAPTER 10: MAINTAINING MENTAL EFFECTIVENESS IN THE HEAT OF BATTLE
CHAPTER 11: THE VALUE OF OPTIMISM
CHAPTER 12: DEVELOPING YOUR GAME AND THE ROLE OF PARENTS
CHAPTER 13: COURAGE AND HIGHER VALUES
CHAPTER 14: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF DOUBLES