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Tournament Talk!

Tournament Talk!

By Marisa Johnson
Sharing my stories and experiences of jumping back into tournaments and going for my dreams of playing pro tennis. After college and a few years of full time coaching I realized my true passion was to be playing and sharing the experience!
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5 Ways To Improve Performance On/Off Court
Special guest @tenniswithgary is here to talk fitness for tennis and the best ways to improve your performance! With these 5 drills you can expect to bring the heat in your next match! You can find out more and grab some free coaching from
June 11, 2020
Don’t Stop Believing!
Special guest and long time friend Shatoo Mohamed shares her stories and struggles while playing on the WTA Tour! Follow her journey through IG @shatoo.m
May 01, 2020
How To Win More Points!
Today’s special guest is Ryan Reidy of 2minutetennis! Here we share the top two ways to win more points and how to practice them! Don’t forget to follow and check out and also check out the 7 day free footwork challenge
April 14, 2020
Find Your Vision!
Special guest Grace Melrose is here to chat about her success in tennis and business and share her stories of professional tennis! With a vision in mind you can always reach your goals! Follow @grace_melrose on IG
April 03, 2020
Staying Sane During Quarantine
Times are crazy and hard for many right now! Here are a few tips on how to keep safe and also to keep your sanity with the change of daily schedule. Please join the 7 day footwork challenge for extra help and accountability here:
March 23, 2020
It’s All Mental!
We have some great stories here. Today’s interview was with Nick Szyndlar: current Head Coach Mens and women’s tennis coach at University of Saint Katherine, former Division I assistant coach, and current CSCS (certified strength and conditioning specialist) who is also a Kinesiology professor.
February 21, 2020
Exude Confidence On Court! Ep. 20
If you struggle with knowing how to intimidate your opponent or be on top of your game mentally, this episode is for you. This is how you can scare your opponent and not let them walk all over you.
February 10, 2020
Run Your Own Race Ep. 19
It all comes down to confidence. If you believe in yourself and your abilities then comparing yourself to others won't happen.
February 03, 2020
Persistence In The Moment
Imagine losing all muscle mass, fighting cancer and nerve damage and struggling with confidence your whole life, then coming out to try tennis at age 52. Not only will Anna’s story inspire you but will help you stay encouraged and rethink the trials you’re going through!
January 27, 2020
Balance & Focus For Achieving Your Goals
It all came clear when I realized I was spreading myself too thin. Now I know what to do as far as balancing my training, my work and my life goals.
January 20, 2020
When You Think All Is Lost (Erika's Story)
Today's guest has been through some unimaginable hardships. From being homeless, to 19 different rehabs, and dealing with drug addiction she is now sober and living her dream as a tennis professional. Listen to her story and I understand that you can do anything you set your mind too! Follow her story and training @erikasandorzur
November 15, 2019
Go For The Process! Ep. 17
When you become obsessed with the outcome, it makes the process less enjoyable, more stressful and harder to play your best.
November 05, 2019
“I Think Therefore I Am.”
When you start to get down on yourself and think negatively, it makes the hugest impact on your performance. Hopefully these tips and my story can help!
October 29, 2019
Focus On The Positive
When you start to feel down in the dumps about your tennis game, listen to this and know that you are in control of your mindset.
October 22, 2019
How To Practice The Right Way!
Stuck on doing the same thing over and over again during practice? Same hitting partners and same drills? Here's how to fix that and why it's important to switch it up!
October 15, 2019
How To Be The Goat Ep. 13
The reason why athletes like Federer and Usain Bolt are always on top? It's because they know they are the best. They already believe that they will win every competition! How can we as players develop that same mentality? Check it here!
October 04, 2019
Think Outside The Box Ep. 12
Sometimes it takes us a while to find weaknesses and strengths in our opponents. It also could take time to open our minds into the possibilities of strategy and how to win more matches! Here is a quick reflection on my most recent tournament!
September 29, 2019
Time For Change! Ep. 11
Change is hard but a necessary part of the game! This is what I know I need to change in order to get where I want to be.
September 24, 2019
For The Love of Tennis Ep. 10
What we really should be focusing on when we play a tournament!
September 17, 2019
The Comparison Game
When we compare ourselves to other players that always seem to be crushing it.... just STOP
September 10, 2019
Keep It Simple Stupid!
Don’t let your ideas run wild on the court. Pick a focus and stick to it! Just remember that keeping it simple with consistency and placement goes a long way!
September 04, 2019
The First 3 Games! Ep. 07
At my tournament in Santa Maria and want to give you some quick insight on what to do in the first 3 games of your match! Reflecting from my first match.
August 31, 2019
How to Deal With Pressure!
A few stories of how I handled pressure in my tournaments as well as 3 tips on what you can do to deal with pressure.
August 27, 2019
Losing Makes You Stronger! Ep. 05
Fun fact: I lost every single match for a year when I started playing tournaments. 😳 And you know what?! It’s OK! Here’s a few stories about losses and how they can help you grow mentally/physically.
August 26, 2019
Coming Out of “Retirement” Ep. 04
Tips on what to do when you pick up that racket again!
August 24, 2019
The Naysayers.... Ep. 03
When I first had the guts to tell people my goals and started looking for sponsorships, I basically got slapped in the face (not physically) but yeah, here’s the story!
August 22, 2019
Fighting Fear! Ep. 02
If you’ve ever second guessed a choice that made you happy, you are probably experiencing a little bit of fear. Here I discuss a few bumps in the road immediately following my big decision.
August 21, 2019
Just GO FOR IT- Ep. 01
This is the intro to my podcast and a little part of my story. This is WHY I decided to jump back in to tournament play and start going for what makes me happy in life. 
August 20, 2019