Tennis is a very intricate and challenging sport. Many aspiring tennis players fail to take the time to understand the sport. Tennis is not just about hitting tennis balls every day and hoping that you will improve. It takes well planned steps to achieve success.
1. Be open to learning
As obvious as that sounds, most tennis players are focused more on results and being comfortable instead of focusing on what will get them the results. In most cases, this mean you will have to get out of your comfort zone.
2. Set clear goals
Be sure to write down your goals. Don't hesitate to stretch your goal. What is possible and what you think is possible can be easily misinterpreted. Don't be afraid to take risks. Ask the right questions and you will get the right answers.
3. Watch a lot of tennis
Whether it's on TV or watching your friends or peers play is significantly valuable. Being able to experience the game from a different perspective helps you realize more of what is really happening while you are on the tennis court. Most of the time when a player is on the tennis court, there are a lot of feelings involved which can distort judgment. Watching video of yourself can also be very helpful.
4. Challenging practice matches
Schedule practice matches against opponents who give you the most trouble. Playing better players is a great way to improve your tennis. It is actually easier to play against better players because necessary skills are developed when you are challenged and outside of your comfort zone.
5. Set daily challenges
Every time you step on the tennis court, gym or lesson, work on doing better than the last time. Don't allow yourself to get distracted by mistakes, opponents, equipment or conditions.
6. Believe in yourself and your coach
This is probably the most important point. Trust in what your coach is saying and doing. If you have doubts, make sure you communicate this with your coach so they can clear it up. Remember, they have a reason and they have most likely been in your situation. Make use of your coach's expertise.
7. Have fun
Another important point. Remember why you started playing in the first place. The more fun you have the less distracted you will be and you will be able to make better decisions while competing.
8. Allow yourself to improve
Be patient. Expectation can hinder your progress and disrupt your confidence. The coach will monitor your progress so ask them how you are doing and they can push you harder or slow you down if necessary.
9. Pen and notebook
Always have a pen and notebook in your tennis bag. You will not remember everything your coach tells you; if you are serious about getting better and reaching a high level, this is the way to do it. The tougher the level the more information you have to remember.
Prepare for the worst and make the best happen. If you prepare for everything, namely equipment issues, opponents, weather, fitness, whatever you can think of, it will give your mind less to worry about and the opportunity to focus on the task at hand.