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Treasured Tennis Tip by Frank Giampaolo!


October 25, 2019

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Preparing for Pressure 

by Frank Giampaolo

Preparing for Pressure is a guide to assist coaches, parents, and players through the process of inventorying their athlete’s software faculties. Frank was generous on the phone and happy to share his expertise & words with us at Game-Set-Match, Inc. to share with our players. He resides in Southern California and we hope to have him for a visit in the future. Check out his awesome list of accolades as well as his exciting endeavors. The following is an excerpt from his NEW book, Preparing for Pressure, and this is just the tip of the iceberg for what he has to offer. Thanks Frank!

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Frank Giampaolo is an award winning coach, popular international speaker, and sports researcher. He is an instructional writer for ITF (International Tennis Federation) Coaching & Sports Science Review, UK Tennis magazine, the USPTA, Tennis Magazine and Tennis View Magazine.  Frank is both a USPTA and PTR educator, a Tennis Congress Faculty Member, and has been a featured speaker at the Australian Grand Slam Coaches Convention, the PTR GB Wimbledon Conference, and Wingate Sports Institute (Israel.)

 

Frank is the bestselling author of Championship Tennis (Human Kinetics Publishing), Raising Athletic Royalty, The Tennis Parent’s Bible (volume I & II) and The Mental Emotional Workbook Series (How to Attract a College Scholarship, International Player Evaluation, Match Chart Collection, Match Day Preparation and Blunders and Cures). His television appearances include The NBC Today Show, OCN-World Team Tennis, Fox Sports, Tennis Canada and Tennis Australia.

 

Frank founded The Tennis Parents Workshops in 1998, conducting workshops across the United States, Mexico, Israel, New Zealand, Australia, England, Canada and Spain. Frank’s commitment to coaching excellence helped develop approximately 100 National Champions, hundreds of NCAA athletes, numerous NCAA All-Americans and several professional athletes. His innovative approach has made him a worldwide leader in athletic-parental education. Frank is currently the Vice Chair of the USTA/SCTA Coaches Commission.

Attitude in Battle

(an excerpt from Giampaolo's Preparing for Pressure)

 

Gratitude studies in sports psychology found significant links between gratitude and well-being. Mental and emotional strength is what every athlete seeks. Before bed, ask athletes to build their ‘gratitude muscle’ by completing a gratitude journal. According to a study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being: 'Even after devastating losses, being grateful fosters the resiliency to bounce back quicker and stronger.' Spend five minutes jotting down a few grateful sentiments before bed quiets the restless, unsatisfied mind. Nurturing gratitude is a daily gift one gives to oneself. A grateful mindset better prepares the athlete to handle pressure.

 

“It’s impossible to be grateful and angry simultaneously.” 

Athletes who routinely choose to play grateful versus angry have a distinct advantage under pressure. A proactive attitude helps players perform in the flow state they desperately seek but unintentionally destroy. Athletes who are nurtured courageous, optimistic thoughts versus fearful, pessimistic thoughts are found to be much more solution oriented than their toxic peers. Although happy athletes don't always win, optimism beats pessimism. Even with the best of attitudes, athletes need emotional preparation. Pushing your athlete past discomfort on the practice court is often a heated affair. It’s much more difficult than the typical snow job tennis lesson witnessed at the country club. (Snow job: An avoidance of the real issues as the coach simply flatters the student until their lesson time runs out). Preparing for pressure consists of building the competitor's emotional walls of defense. This competitive development includes both delivering big weapons as well as taking repeated hits. As the famous boxer, Mike Tyson says, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.” 

 

“It ain’t how hard you hit. It’s how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” Rocky Balboa


The Iceberg Illusion


“Maximizing athletic potential at the quickest rate requires a knowledgeable coach capable and willing to develop the whole person.”

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While you may not recognize all of the "software," it is captivating to note the volume of jobs our minds must utilize on the court. You may or may not be familiar with this graphic/concept but realizing there is more than meets the eye in any situation is a morsel of wisdom. Frank has captured this allegory and applied this to our tennis mind. Frank's books and resources can be found at maximizingtennispotential.com. There is so much to nurture within ourselves both on and off the court. We hope you enjoy and dig into this content and we can help you with the gear! 


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