Concentration is one of the most important parts of tennis and it can be more tiring than actually playing three long sets. What exactly is concentration? It is a form of self-discipline and as we all know, being self-disciplined is extremely difficult to do. Making yourself do something over and over again for two to three sets can be challenging. You tell yourself, “I need to hit deep cross court, I need to hit deep cross court, I need to hit deep cross court” because you know that is what you are supposed to be doing.
But, before you know it, temptation creeps its way onto the tennis court. This is when you start telling yourself, “go ahead and do what feels good, hit the ball hard and down the line.”
Of course when that fails, in comes frustration. And I am guessing we all know about frustration while playing tennis. It can make you get angry and lose focus, make the wrong decisions on a shot, or lose a game.
The mind needs to be exercised just like the body. So, not only should you practice your strokes but you should work on your concentration. How? Make up some games while practicing, like hitting 50 balls cross court and don't stop until you do. Practice hitting serves to the T and don't stop until you hit 20.