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Tennis IQ Podcast

Tennis IQ Podcast

By Tennis IQ Podcast
Ninety percent of tennis performance is mental and that's what makes the sport so difficult. Sport psychology professionals Brian Lomax and Josh Burger share their insights on mental performance in tennis, discuss current events in the world of tennis, and interview guests with a unique perspective on mental toughness. Whether you want to learn more about the mental game in tennis or you just have an interest in the sport, this is the podcast for you. Send your questions to tennisiqpodcast@gmail.com or via Twitter using #tennisiq.
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Ep. 59 - The Importance of Full Focus
In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the topic of full focus. The ability to fully focus during tennis matches is often cited as a critical factor to success, however many tennis players struggle to maintain their focus in high-pressure moments and throughout the duration of a tennis match. The co-hosts described the importance of focusing on what can be controlled, and focusing on the present moment rather than on the past or future. Furthermore, they discussed how athletes ought to focus on their long-term development process rather than getting too caught up in individual results. To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
45:14
October 25, 2021
Ep. 58 - Learning to Love the Stress of Competition
In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss how tennis players can learn to enjoy the stress of competition. The co-hosts talk about the need to embrace the “battle” in competition, and ultimately enjoy it. Additionally, they consider how winning and playing in close matches can make an athlete a better competitor over time. Lastly, the topic of viewing your tennis game as a life project and focusing on the improvement process instead of on results can lead to more enjoyment over time is reviewed. To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
48:41
October 19, 2021
Ep. 57 - Improving Your Tennis Team's Performance
In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss tennis performance in various team settings such as adult teams, college teams, and high school teams. Within these teams, it is important to develop a team identity so that motivation and resiliency can be improved. Captains and team leaders play a pivotal role in the development of a cycle of leadership that can create a positive and autonomous culture. Lastly, Brian and Josh review how team goals can be constructed and how they can be linked with the team’s identity and vision. To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
55:18
October 14, 2021
Ep. 56 - David Sammel and Developing Your Locker Room Power
David Sammel is a world prominent tennis coach based in the UK who has coached dozens of professional players and international junior players. He’s also the author of the book Locker Room Power and the founder of Mindset College.   Through this conversation, you will learn what Locker Room Power is, how to develop it, and how to apply it in competition. This includes the concept of mentally unsettling the opponent and using courage as a virtue.  Locker Room Power: Building an Athlete's Mind https://www.amazon.com/dp/1080758585   US listeners - Audio version of Locker Room Power: https://www.audible.com/pd/B092L4K5V4  UK listeners - Audio version of Locker Room Power: https://adbl.co/3nCJZAD  Mindset College: https://www.mindsetcollege.co.uk
01:16:26
October 4, 2021
Ep. 55 - The Yips and Double Faults
This episode includes a brief discussion on the yips in tennis. The yips has been described as “a sudden and unexplained loss of ability to execute certain skills in experienced athletes”, and though it happens most typically to golfers as they putt, it can happen to tennis players as well.  The remainder of the conversation discussed serving and double faults. Brian and Josh emphasized the importance of resetting and putting the previous point behind you in order to have the best possible mindset for the following point.    This article explains some of the same research discussed in this episode: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2021/sep/27/how-emma-raducanu-prevents-one-mistake-from-leading-to-another?CMP=Share  To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
49:13
September 27, 2021
Ep. 54 - US Open 2021 | Lessons from Radacanu, Fernandez, Medvedev, and Djokovic
Josh and Brian review some of the bigger stories from the 2021 US Open through the lens of sport psychology. First, they discuss Emma Raducanu’s victory over Leylah Fernandez in the women's final and the circumstances that led to the unexpected success of each finalist. The guys also discuss Daniil Medvedev’s first Grand Slam triumph, and how he was able to stop Novak Djokovic from completing a calendar year Grand Slam and winning major title number 21. To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ​​​​​​​​​ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
01:01:52
September 17, 2021
Ep. 53 - How to Deal With Losing
In this episode, Brian and Josh review how to deal with losing. Losing is a necessary and inevitable part of competition and the development process. Discussion points are how to respond to lost points during a match, how to handle and frame difficult losses, and the feeling of loss that athletes can undertake during an injury or retirement. Lastly, Brian and Josh consider the mindset that athletes want to have - 'playing to win' rather than trying to avoid losing.   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
55:00
September 13, 2021
Ep. 52 - Improving Your Game Through Recovery Routines
In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss how tennis players can establish and utilize post-practice and post-match routines to enhance future performance. The co-hosts review recovery routine elements such as nutrition, hydration, stretching, and more. Additionally, they examine how players can utilize journals to reflect on their practices and matches to learn and improve going forward. To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
34:43
August 30, 2021
Ep. 51 - Dr. Laura Swettenham on Stress, Coping, and Think Aloud
Dr. Laura Swettenham is a sport and exercise psychologist from the UK, chartered with the British Psychological Society. She has experience working within a range of sports, predominantly professional football (soccer), youth tennis, and e-sports. In her practice, Laura uses acceptance and mindfulness approaches, such as acceptance and commitment therapy, to support athletes and coaches so they can thrive in and out of their performance environment.   Currently, Laura works at Cultiv8 Academy, the Yorkshire regional player development center for tennis, and is the sport psychology and coach development lead at the federation of e-sports coaches. She is also an associate partner lecturer at the University of Portsmouth and has published multiple research papers within sport psychology utilizing the Think Aloud protocol. In this conversation, we discuss Think Aloud and its utility in exploring stress and coping mechanisms in tennis. For more information on Think Aloud, please read "Investigating Stress and Coping During Practice and Competition in Tennis using Think Aloud" by Laura and her colleagues. (https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9077/)   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ​​​​​​​​​ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
01:09:32
August 19, 2021
Ep. 50 - How To Be A Clutch Performer
During a tennis match, there can be several key moments that could determine the outcome. Do you perform well in these moments? Are you good at recognizing them?   In this episode, Brian and Josh review how to create clutch performances. Highlights of the conversation include understanding what a clutch performance is, the concept of "make it happen," and some practical steps you can take to become more clutch. This is a valuable topic for both players and coaches.
48:22
August 9, 2021
Ep. 49 - The Importance of Sportsmanship
At most levels of the game, tennis players are required to call lines and honor the rules of the game. It is a unique feature of the sport and it highlights the importance of sportsmanship when competing. In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss some coaching and parenting behaviors that can promote good sportsmanship along with some behaviors that can lead to unethical decision making. In the end, we need to understand that good sportsmanship makes us better people, and better people are better competitors.   Better People Make Better Competitors: https://issuu.com/newenglanduspta/docs/summer_2021_2_/18
50:08
August 4, 2021
Ep. 48 - Building Mental Fortitude in Tennis
This episode reviews how tennis players can build mental fortitude and resilience. Brian and Josh base their discussion on the study “Mental fortitude training: An evidence-based approach to developing psychological resilience for sustained success” by David Fletcher and Mustafa Sarkar. Their mental fortitude training program focuses on three main areas: personal qualities, facilitative environment, and challenge mindset.   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ​​​​​​​​​ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
57:47
July 26, 2021
Ep. 47 - Wimbledon 2021 | Lessons from Barty, Pliskova and Djokovic
Josh and Brian review some of the bigger stories from the 2021 Wimbledon Championships through the lens of sport psychology. Topics included are Ash Barty and being the best person you can be, Karolina Pliskova and the importance of self-belief, and the mental strength of Novak Djokovic winning his sixth Wimbledon title and 20th Grand Slam title (tying Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal).   If you have questions or feedback on this episode, email us at tennisiqpodcast@gmail.com.
45:47
July 16, 2021
Ep. 46 - Angelo Rossetti and the Power of Purpose
Angelo Rossetti is well-known in the tennis and coaching communities as someone who is very positive, very generous, and a wonderful influence on his students. He currently serves as the Director of Racquet Sports for the Inspire Tennis Academy and the Tennis and Fitness Center of Rocky Hill. He's a USPTA P1 Elite Professional, he's PTR Certified, a USTA High Performance and Mental Skills Certified Coach, and ITPTA Certified Pickleball Teaching Professional. He's also a two-time Guinness World Records title holder for the longest tennis rally and the longest tennis volley rally.  Lastly, Angelo is a published author of the book TENNACITY: The Tenacious Mindset On & Off the Court which is based on his mental skills training for tennis players and athletes (available on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/TENNACITY-Tenacious-Mindset-Off-Court/dp/0998576689).   His online mental skills course can be found at Tennacity.org. To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ​​​​​​​​​ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
01:20:26
July 5, 2021
Ep. 45 - Preparing for Matches
In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss how tennis players can handle pre-match preparation. The co-hosts review how utilizing mental skills the day before and morning of a match can be the difference between performing well and under-performing. They also discuss how scheduling sleep, meals, and hydration can make a big difference in how an athlete feels once their match begins. Lastly, they emphasize that planning for certain scenarios and designing contingency responses can be beneficial just in case those situations end up occurring during matches.   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ​​​​​​​​​ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
44:24
June 24, 2021
Ep. 44 - French Open 2021 Recap: Mental Health and Mental Toughness
Mental health and mental toughness were on full display at the 2021 French Open, and in this episode, Josh and Brian review some of the bigger stories from the tournament through the lens of sport psychology. Topics included are Naomi Osaka's withdrawal, two first-time Grand Slam finalists in the women's draw, and the mental strength of Novak Djokovic. If you have questions or feedback on this episode, email us at tennisiqpodcast@gmail.com.
46:45
June 18, 2021
Ep. 43 - Steve O'Connell and Journaling
Steve O'Connell is an accomplished racquet sport professional and educator who is a USPTA elite certified pro, wheelchair tennis instructor, certified platform tennis instructor and a certified pickleball instructor. Through his careers in both tennis and education, Steve has been a long-time advocate of journaling and writing, emphasizing the many benefits of these practices to his students.   Interview Highlights:  1:25 - Steve explains his introduction to tennis  4:35 - The similarities between coaches and teachers  8:06 - How Steve got involved with journaling  10:01 - Using journaling as a tool with developing tennis players  13:01 - The best ways to get started with journaling  20:27 - How much time should you wait before journaling about a match or practice?  27:02 - Introducing journaling to tennis coaches  33:40 - Helping athletes and coaches commit to journaling on a regular basis  38:12 - The habit of learning from past journal entries  45:01 - The benefits of writing things down after tennis lessons, practices, or matches  51:09 - Best practices related to journaling and final thoughts   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ​​​​​​​​​ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
59:26
June 10, 2021
Ep. 42 - Expectations at the Pro Level
Note: This episode was recorded on Sunday (5/30) which was before the news broke of Naomi Osaka's withdrawal from the 2021 Roland Garros tournament.   This episode dives into the quote "Keep standards high and expectations low" which was originally used by Mikaela Shiffrin (Olympic and World Cup ski champion), but has been embraced and thoroughly discussed by Iga Swiatek. Brian and Josh discuss the expectations placed on various ATP and WTA players currently, and review how these expectations and pressures could impact them in the 2021 Roland Garros tournament. The co-hosts talk about certain players who have benefitted based on their focus on keeping their personal standards high without too much of a focus on the outcome and winning.   We’re not the good guys: Osaka shows up problems of press conferences - Jonathan Liew - https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2021/may/31/were-not-the-good-guys-osaka-shows-up-problems-of-press-conferences   Reporter Congratulates Nicolas Mahut After Loss - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Vnx-q_AdNM   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ​​​​​​​​​ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
49:45
June 2, 2021
Ep. 41 - Ryan Harry and Play
Ryan Harry has established himself as an industry leader within the tennis community. His 21-year career has presented opportunities to work at some of the most established clubs within the nation. Most recently, Ryan held the position as Head Professional for the International Tennis Hall of Fame. In February, 2021 Ryan launched Play Tennis Academy, a management company designed to bring club-level programming to your neighborhood. These efforts are to provide convenient junior and adult training opportunities at affordable rates.  Ryan's career highlights include USPTA pro of the year (RI), PTR pro of the year (RI), featured in Tennis Channel magazine, Tennis Industry magazine, and two developmental videos that are currently featured on Tennis Channel Academy.   Play Tennis Academy - https://www.playtennisacademy.net/  Episode highlights:  2:40 - Ryan describes his introduction to the sport of tennis  7:07 - The beginning of Ryan's coaching journey  9:20 - How positive coaches surrounding Ryan influenced his coaching philosophy  16:28 - What Ryan looks for in the coaches that he hires at Play Tennis Academy  20:37 - The challenges and successes during the launch of Play Tennis Academy  24:16 - Ryan's journey as a coach and business owner from a mental toughness perspective  26:54 - The shift in Ryan's coaching philosophy over the years  31:25 - The mission behind Play Tennis Academy  34:19 - The importance of play, fun, and enjoyment when learning tennis  39:29 - Making matches and matchplay fun  42:05 - The impact that tennis can make in a child's life  45:45 - Helping kids get more engaged into tennis and become a 'student of the game'  49:21 - Learning from the pros and having a hero to look up to  53:32 - Creating a team-based environment within junior tennis  59:54 - The mentality of playing one point at a time and never taking a point off  1:05:52 - The benefits of playing different levels of players and learning from winning and losing  1:07:11 - Creating a positive learning environment that promotes character development  1:09:08 - Manipulating the rules of practice to better prepare players for the challenges of matches  1:12:17 - Final thoughts and a challenge to the listeners - get out and play tennis tomorrow!
01:20:15
May 24, 2021
Ep. 40 - Goal Setting and Achievement
In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss goal-setting strategies that can help tennis players further their development. The conversation starts by discussing the importance of crafting an identity for the person that you want to become, and then crafting goals relating to that new identity. They also discuss how tennis players ought to break down their larger "outcome goals" into smaller pieces using performance and process goals, and then develop new habits and systems to pursue those goals. Lastly, they review the relevant length of time to set goals for and the importance of focusing on short-term and medium-term goals rather than getting too caught up on long-term goals that can be discouraging and may feel unachievable.   USTA HIGH PERFORMANCE COACHING PROGRAM DEVELOPMENTAL PLAN - https://s3.amazonaws.com/ustaassets/assets/689/15/16777_c_ny_19_playerdevelopment_reformatresources_pd_developmentalplan.pdf  Don’t Dream Big | Eric Butorac | TEDxBinghamtonUniversity  -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3OoH_O9Y-U  Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment - George Leonard - https://www.amazon.com/Mastery-Keys-Success-Long-Term-Fulfillment/dp/0452267560  To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
57:20
May 17, 2021
Ep. 39 - Dealing with Choking
In this episode, Brian and Josh dive into the topic of choking and cover strategies that tennis players can utilize when they feel a match starting to slip away. First, the co-hosts discuss a few root issues relating to choking including identifying oneself as a "choker" or expecting that you will choke because you've choked in the past. Additionally, they examine how focusing too much on the score and the outcome of the match can cause players to play hesitantly so as to avoid losing rather than playing to win. Lastly, Brian and Josh review how implementing mental skills including mindfulness, self-talk, and visualization gives tennis players the best possible chance to handle choking situations well when they encounter them.   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ​​​​​​​​​ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
43:57
May 8, 2021
Ep. 38 - Developing Your Potential
When it comes to developing your potential as a tennis player, there are a number of factors involved. In this episode, Brian and Josh review several of those factors including the relationship between talent and potential, your genes, access to facilities and/or coaching, and the mindset required to develop your talent.   The Performance Equation  [Actual Performance] = [Potential Performance] - [Interference]
51:54
April 30, 2021
Ep. 37 - How to Play One Point at a Time
In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss how tennis players can embrace the mentality of playing one point at a time. Many players notice that when they buy in to a one point at a time mentality, they feel less pressure and may even feel that it makes it easier for them to perform. The co-hosts review the "formula" to playing one point at a time (below) and explain that it is necessary to determine what a quality point means for each player, depending on their playing style. Lastly, Brian and Josh examine the importance of pre-point planning and utilizing an in-between point routine, and the need to be non-judgmental when assessing one's performance.   The formula to play one point at a time:   1. Play a quality point   2. Recover   3. Reset   4. Refocus   5. Repeat steps 1 - 4 until the match is over   Winner's Creed by Bill Tym  - https://www.tennistakes.com/winners-creed/  Perfect Practice Formula by Bill Tym (Corrective Methodology) - https://performancextra.com/bill-tyms-perfect-practice-formula/   Everything is Practice - https://performancextra.com/competitive-mindsets/everything-is-practice/   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ​​​​​​​​​ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
46:20
April 25, 2021
Ep. 36 - Coming Back After an Injury or Break
In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss how athletes should approach returning back to tennis after an injury or break from the sport. Many athletes experienced the challenges of taking an extended break from their sport during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the co-hosts discuss the psychological differences between this stoppage and breaks due to injuries. Additionally, they talk about certain issues that commonly occur when tennis players return to the court after an extended break. Lastly, they discuss the need to keep expectations low at the start of a return from injury and the importance of prioritizing finding rhythm when an athlete returns to the court.   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ​​​​​​​​ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
49:60
April 18, 2021
Ep. 35 - Integrating Mental Skills into Practice
In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss how tennis coaches and players can integrate mental skills on the practice court. It begins with utilizing deliberate and purposeful practice as a way to maximize time on court. Subsequently, Brian and Josh review the need to play practice matches and simulate higher-pressure situations in practice that are likely to occur during matches. Lastly, they reflect on how setting small daily goals and aiming to improve by 1% each day while practicing stressful situations will help athletes incrementally improve their games over time.   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ​​​​​​​ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
46:47
April 11, 2021
Ep. 34 - Finding Flow in Tennis
Flow is a psychological concept that was named by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi in 1975 and can be defined as a state of complete immersion in an activity. In this episode, Brian and Josh describe this concept and its characteristics. Additionally, they explain some ways that tennis players can increase their likelihood of achieving flow on the court. Though it is likely that most of the time tennis players will not achieve a flow state, the strategies discussed to increase the likelihood of achieving flow are the same strategies that boost tennis performance as a whole.   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ​​​​​​ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
47:22
April 3, 2021
Ep. 33 - Fear of Failure
In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the concept of fear of failure. From their perspective, it is important to determine what it is exactly that is being feared, and how fear manifests itself on the court with physical, mental, and emotional consequences. Mindset shifts and physical tension release strategies to help tennis players deal with these symptoms of fear and pressure are reviewed. Lastly, Brian and Josh talk about how failure and losing are an important and necessary part of the improvement process, and provide quotes (below) relating to this idea.   “Nana korobi, ya oki”  (English translation: Fall down seven times, stand up eight) - Japanese proverb   “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” - Thomas Edison   "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." - Michael Jordan   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ​​​​​ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
01:00:07
March 27, 2021
Ep. 32 - Positive Psychology Interventions for Tennis Players
In this episode, Brian and Josh explore the topic of positive psychology and offer some interventions that can be helpful for tennis players. Positive psychology takes a strengths-based approach focusing on utilizing the strengths and positive emotions of individuals with the goal of thriving, flourishing, and well-being. Topics of discussion are the importance of having a high ratio of positive to negative emotions on the tennis court, continuing to work on the strengths of your tennis game rather than just focusing on weaknesses, and how to use the concept of Appreciative Inquiry to discover what is working in your game.   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
49:08
March 20, 2021
Ep. 31 - Handling Pressure
In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss handling pressure. Some common barriers to performing well under pressure, including unrealistic expectations, are reviewed. They break down higher-pressure matches and tournaments and give some tips for how to mentally prepare for these instances. Mentally rehearsing and preparing for high-pressure moments in matches including break points, deuce points, and tiebreakers are suggestions that are offered. Lastly, the two hosts discuss how the expectations or perceived expectations of others can often lead to feeling more pressure.   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ​​​ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
01:16:52
March 16, 2021
Ep. 30 - Marius Barnard and Self-Belief
Marius Barnard is a former ATP pro who spent 13 years on the tour, winning 6 titles, and reaching the men’s doubles quarterfinals at both Wimbledon and the Australian Open. During his playing career, he also had doubles wins over 6 world number ones, including Roger Federer. While playing on the tour, Marius studied psychology and business management. After his career was over, he used his expertise in performance psychology and business to become a coach and mentor. Today, Marius is an executive coach helping CEOs, Directors, and Managers improve their performance with tailored development programs and managing their work pressures with self-belief, optimism and resilience.    Interview Highlights:  2:11 - Marius explains his introduction to tennis and transition from a professional tennis player to an executive coach  5:40 - The Clear Links model and the importance of self-belief to tennis players  11:10 - Utilizing interventions including visualization within the Clear Links model  22:02 - Developing a "highlight reel" from your matches to build confidence  23:58 - Focusing on the present moment in competition  28:56 - Helping athletes develop awareness  30:52 - The differences between confidence and self-belief  35:57 - How is optimism connected to self-belief?  42:11 - The parallels between life as a professional tennis player and working as an executive coach  46:27 - Resilience during a global pandemic  56:07 - Finding the silver lining from difficult situations   https://www.mariusbarnard.com/ - Marius Barnard - Performance Executive Coach
01:02:00
March 9, 2021
Ep. 29 - Australian Open Recap - Osaka and Djokovic
The 2021 Australian Open has concluded with Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic claiming the singles titles. We discuss how dominant each of these champions have been (Djokovic is 9-0 in Australian Open title matches and Osaka is 4-0 in her first four major finals), and how their mental strength has allowed them to become the champions that they are today. We also reflect on other storylines from the Australian Open including Aslan Karatsev's run to the semi-finals, Daniil Medvedev's performance throughout the tournament and final, and Jennifer Brady's run to the final.   Links to videos mentioned in this episode:   Naomi Osaka: "I was extremely nervous" press conference (F) | Australian Open 2021 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idmw9aWm3K8  Aslan Karatsev: "I'll try to enjoy the moment" press conference (QF) | Australian Open 2021  - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEy6hw2AP48  To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and Sport Psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
42:06
February 27, 2021
Ep. 28 - Focus on the Process
In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the importance of focusing on the process. First, they break down the improvement process of becoming a better tennis player, which is slow and gradual. Next, they address the importance of enjoyment during the development process and how aiming for 1% improvements on a daily basis leads to significant long-term results. Lastly, they talk about the importance of having trust and faith in the process as improvements often can't be noticed until a later time.   Don’t Dream Big | Eric Butorac TEDx Talk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3OoH_O9Y-U  To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ​​ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
48:22
February 22, 2021
Ep. 27 - Cristina Rolo and Dave de Haan on the Importance of Mental Training
Cristina Rolo and Dave de Haan co-founded Rolo Mental Coaching in 2005, and their coaching focuses on performance enhancement and quality of life. Both Cristina and Dave are internationally recognized experts in the area of performance psychology and mental coaching, especially in tennis. They have extensive experience at the elite and ATP professional level, and they co-authored the book, Mental Training in Tennis: Applied Strategies for Success.   Interview Highlights:   1:27 - Cristina and Dave explain how they initially got involved in sport psychology  7:11 - Tennis as a microcosm of life  13:30 - How adversity can spur the transformation process  19:42 - Helping athletes develop their own personal philosophies  24:54 - Working with players on the ATP Tour  36:02 - Having a person-oriented holistic approach to athletes who are entering retirement  43:54 - "Why mental training" and how the chair analogy can be used to demonstrate the importance of mental training  54:28 - The philosophy of viewing everything as practice  58:18 - Helping tennis players develop mental skills from a young age as part of their athletic foundation   Rolo Mental Coaching - rolomentalcoaching.com   Mental Training in Tennis: Applied Strategies for Success - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B088XR3WXW/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0
01:10:19
February 16, 2021
Ep. 26 - The Power of Routines
In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss routines and break down routines into three parts. First, they review pre-performance routines and how to prepare mentally and physically leading up to a competition. Next, they address during-performance routines, and specifically the "16 second cure" developed by Dr. Jim Loehr to help tennis players manage their time in-between points. Lastly, they talk about post-performance routines and how to systematically learn from competition.   The 16-Second Cure with Dr. Jim Loehr - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AviGTb3GKhQ  To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
01:13:51
February 8, 2021
Ep. 25 - Mindfulness in Tennis
In this episode, Brian and Josh explore the topic of mindfulness. They broadly define and discuss the importance of the topic and discuss how mindfulness can be trained for tennis players. Additionally, thoughts are provided on how mindfulness can be practiced in a number of ways including meditation, mindful walks, mindful eating, and choosing to "savor" the present moment. Lastly, Brian and Josh talk about their own introductions to the topic of mindfulness and their experiences practicing mindfulness/meditation.   The Mindful Athlete - George Mumford - https://www.amazon.com/Mindful-Athlete-Secrets-Pure-Performance/dp/1941529259/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1611972272&sr=1-1  To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ​ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
01:09:58
January 30, 2021
Ep. 24 - Dealing with Cheating and Difficult Opponents
In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss how to handle playing against difficult opponents and cheating. They discuss the mentality needed leading up to the match to perform at a high level against difficult opponents, including having contingency plans and the ability to reset after a cheating incident. They also share anecdotes of situations from their own playing and coaching careers when they handled playing against difficult opponents in a better or worse manner.   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
52:17
January 24, 2021
Ep. 23 - What Makes a Mentally Tough Tennis Player?
In this episode, Brian and Josh explore the topic of "mental toughness" and break the concept into key attributes and characteristics of mentally tough tennis players and athletes. Mental toughness is often cited as a differentiating factor between tennis players of similar playing levels, but defining the concept and outlining it's attributes/characteristics can be challenging. This episode includes Brian's outline of the character traits of mentally tough athletes, and Josh's outline of the attributes of mentally tough tennis players.   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
59:37
January 18, 2021
Ep. 22 - Senior Tennis and Why We Play
Episode 22 of the Tennis IQ Podcast discusses senior tennis through the perspective of self-determination theory (SDT). We discuss autonomy, competence (mastery), and relatedness as critical factors for helping senior tennis players stay motivated. We also discuss the importance of training perceptual skills, decision making skills, and mental toughness as a way for players to continue to perform at a high level and even improve as a they get older.   Links:   Tips for maintaining your edge: https://www.fredericknewspost.com/public/ap/older-amateurs-offer-tips-for-maintaining-your-athletic-edge/article_cc86a80a-3a9d-56c3-9ca7-03a72ed6ee03.html   Motivation and morality in senior athletes: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1612197x.2014.956326?casa_token=dU3COke3lY4AAAAA%3Af67dgFQcXdeQxmcCnKfH1jX9-_C3jzLkfckHpW1ExYNJHju_5G8S-R11Bm2bCsSAQdGgLfR-NEwC&   Articles on why tennis is a great sport for long-term health:   https://www.mdlinx.com/article/people-who-play-this-sport-live-longest/lfc-3433   https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/05/well/move/the-best-sport-for-a-longer-life-try-tennis.html   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
45:16
January 10, 2021
Ep. 21 - Jeff Greenwald and Fearless Tennis
Jeff Greenwald is an internationally recognized sport psychology consultant and licensed therapist. For over twenty years he has been helping athletes and professionals around the world transform and take their performances, and their lives to another level through his personal coaching, seminars, book, audio programs, and online courses. Frustrated with his performance as a modestly ranked professional tennis player in his twenties, Jeff went on to earn Master’s Degrees in clinical and sport psychology. During this process, he discovered the fundamental principles of athletic performance which propelled him from a moderately successful tennis player to No. 1 in the world in his age group with two ITF world titles. Interview Highlights: 2:05 - Jeff's introduction to the sport of tennis 4:22 - Overcoming adversity and Jeff's experience of leaving home and training at the Bollettieri Tennis Academy 5:44 - Jeff's college tennis experience and his transition to the professional tour 9:31 - The concept of "Fearless Tennis" 11:51 - Helping tennis players redirect their focus 14:37 - How can tennis players go from feeling tight to playing loose 20:30 - Helping players maximize their time in-between points and during changeovers through routines and mindfulness 26:28 - Developing pre-match routines to prepare for competition 29:52 - Utilizing a clinical background to aid with sport/performance psychology 33:34 - Accepting thoughts and feelings that arise during competition 36:20 - The importance of gratitude and the link between gratitude and performance 41:22 - Helping athletes understand that focusing on the process will ultimately lead to better results 45:58 - Figuring out your "recipe" for performing at your best 48:02 - Jeff's experiences utilizing sport/performance psychology tools on the court as he continues to compete 49:37 - How Jeff's experience as a competitor helps him identify with his clients 53:59 - How expectations and focusing on the outcome can lead to tightness on court 55:54 - Jeff's current focuses including his recent courses Fearless Tennis and Getting Tight Book: The Best Tennis of Your Life: 50 Mental Strategies for Fearless Performance - https://www.amazon.com/Best-Tennis-Your-Life-Performance-ebook/dp/B00506VMWE/ Course: Fearless Tennis Online Training - https://fearlesstennis.com/online-tennis-mental-training-course/ Course: Getting Tight with Craig O'Shannessy - https://www.braingametennis.com/getting-tight-preview-opponent-awareness/?fbclid=IwAR2AhMisCLKK9jFqILirnCSAMPUtYg4sflr5opIwTOOFVvl-b6Gxs4eXA6Y
01:02:32
December 20, 2020
Ep. 20 - Nikola Milinkovic and Managing Your Anxiety
Nikola Milinkovic has extensive work experience in sport and performance psychology and leadership coaching across a variety of high-performing environments. Nikola works with team and individual athletes, currently focusing on elite junior, ATP and WTA tennis players. Nikola spent over a decade directing sport psychology programs in high performance tennis settings in the US and the Netherlands. He played college tennis, is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), and a certified professional level coach through the US Professional Tennis Registry (USPTR).     In addition to having worked in sport, Nikola transferred his expertise into sport organizations in Serbia, the United Nations (UN) and the Performing Arts industry. He served as a visiting performance and leadership consultant at Belgrade Sports Coaching Academy, UNICEF and as a Learning & Development and Performance Management coordinator for the UN agencies in the Netherlands. Nikola appeared on national television and is an international published author and presenter. He earned his BA degree in Psychology, and Theater Arts, from Clark University, and his EdM degree in Counseling, with focus on Sport Psychology, from Boston University.   Interview highlights:  2:56 - Nikola describes his introduction to the sport of tennis and overcoming performance anxiety  7:51 - Nikola's journey to returning to tennis years after quitting the sport  11:39 - How anxiety manifests itself in tennis, and how anxiety can be broken down into three pieces (emotional, mental and behavioral)  25:49 - Focusing on WIN (what's important now) and the improvement process rather than just focusing on the outcome of winning matches  33:52 - Staying "present" during competition  40:01 - Integrating mental skills into practice and practice matches  50:28 - How working in a variety of settings (theatre, the UN, etc.) has impacted Nikola's perspective as a sport and performance psychology professional  58:00 - Having a "strengths based approach" and seeing people through a positive psychology perspective  1:03:16 - Common obstacles that hold back elite junior and professional tennis players
01:16:47
December 12, 2020
Ep. 19 - Some of Our Favorite Books
In this episode of the Tennis IQ Podcast, Josh and Brian share their favorite books related to sport/performance psychology and tennis. With the holidays right around the corner, this is a great chance to look into getting these books for someone close to you or for yourself. These books vary greatly in terms of topic, perspective, and age, but all share valuable insights for athletes, coaches, and fans of tennis. Feel free to reach out via email at tennisiqpodcast@gmail.com with any books that you feel that we should add to our lists! Josh's Top 5 Books: Winning Ugly by Brad Gilbert The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey Heads-Up Baseball by Ken Ravizza and Tom Hanson Life As Sport by Jonathan Fader The New Toughness Training for Sports by James Loehr Brian's Top 5 Books: In Pursuit of Excellence by Terry Orlick The Only Way to Win by James Loehr Atomic Habits by James Clear The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday Tennis: Winning the Mental Match by Allen Fox Bonus book for coaches: Coaching Athletes to Be Their Best: Motivational Interviewing in Sports by Stephen Rollnick, Jonathan Fader, Jeff Breckon, and Theresa B. Moyers. A list of good sport and positive psychology books: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/86517.Best_Positive_And_Sports_Psychology_Books To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
49:07
December 4, 2020
Ep. 18 - Use Visualization like Djokovic and Andreescu
For the 18th episode of the Tennis IQ Podcast, Brian and Josh discuss visualization and imagery and how these tools can be used to improve performance. To begin, they discuss how visualization/imagery can be used off-court, and how tennis champions like Novak Djokovic and Bianca Andreescu have utilized these mental tools to improve their performance. Next, they discuss how visualization and imagery can be trained on-court and how coaches can help tennis players utilize these skills on the practice court. Lastly, they discuss how these skills can be helpful for players to utilize while competing. Links: Novak Djokovic on visualization - https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/turning-point/201509/champion-novak-djokovic-reveals-the-power-visualization Bianca Andreescu on visualization - https://youtu.be/1kRjvvUmjAY Inner Game of Tennis - Tennis Lesson - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieb1lmm9xHk Using visualization to improve learning and performance - https://performancextra.com/training/using-visualization-to-improve-learning-and-performance/ Other ideas for using visualization - https://performancextra.com/50-for-50/50-50-ideas-13-14-15-visualization/ To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
47:09
November 29, 2020
Ep. 17 - Preparing for 2021
As 2020 comes to a close, Brian and Josh discuss how to review the year of 2020 and how to plan for the year to come. Despite how challenging of a year 2020 was, it is important to highlight accomplishments and milestones that were reached throughout the year. The development of healthy habits and process goals are discussed in order to achieve larger performance and outcome goals. Additionally, the importance of establishing a developmental plan and utilizing a training journal to track your progress is also discussed. Links: Webinar on goal setting: https://youtu.be/qew8TGcS1ps USTA Developmental Plan: https://s3.amazonaws.com/ustaassets/assets/689/15/16777_c_ny_19_playerdevelopment_reformatresources_pd_developmentalplan.pdf Francisco Montoya's talk on Developmental Plans and Goal Setting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edOFPk0Hdqo&feature=youtu.be USTA Player Development Training Journal: https://s3.amazonaws.com/ustaassets/assets/689/15/player_development_journal_2020.pdf A list of 50 ideas for improving your life: https://performancextra.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/50-for-50.pdf The 50 for 50 blog series: https://performancextra.com/category/50-for-50/ To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and Sport Psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
58:36
November 21, 2020
Ep. 16 - Dr. Stephen Walker and Getting Competition Ready
Dr. Stephen Walker has been involved in the sport and performance psychology field since 1983 when he began at the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Colorado. He is board certified with the Association of Applied Sport Psychology and is a member of the United States Olympic committee's registry of sport psychologists. Over the years, he has developed mental training programs for several accomplished athletes in a wide variety of sports from professional and Olympic levels to high school and club teams. Outside of his practice, Dr. Walker is also the editor in chief of Podium Sports Journal, a well-respected sport psychology blog. If you would like to receive Dr. Walker's FREE guide to getting Competition Ready, send him an email at doc@drstephenwalker.com. Also, you can visit his website drstephenwalker.com Interview highlights: 2:32 - Dr. Walker describes his background in sports and his introduction to the field of sport psychology 10:32 - The concept of Tennis IQ and being "in sync with your body" 15:40 - Mental preparation in sports 25:33 - The importance of positivity for athletes and parents 32:21 - Building a team and support system around tennis players and the importance of everyone understanding their roles in that team 34:47 - The importance of staying present rather than "time traveling" and future thinking 40:11 - Building confidence systematically through a confidence journal 52:54 - Process-based thinking rather than outcome-based thinking in pre-competition routines 1:01:27 - PETTLEP imagery while preparing for competition
01:23:31
November 13, 2020
Ep. 15 - The Importance of Motivation for Tennis Players
For the 15th episode of the Tennis IQ Podcast, Brian and Josh discuss motivation and the importance of having a clear idea of what motivates each individual as tennis players and as performers. The academic concepts of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, as well as self-determination theory, are covered in relation to improving your motivation for tennis. Brian and Josh also reveal their  “origin stories” - how they started playing tennis and were subsequently motivated to pursue the sport in a serious way. To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
01:05:32
November 6, 2020
Ep. 14 - Sean Brawley and The Inner Game
Sean Brawley is a former Top 150 world ranked tennis professional who competed at the highest level of the game including Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. After the tennis tour, Sean met and began working closely with Tim Gallwey, the author of The Inner Game series of books including the classic, The Inner Game of Tennis. Sean is the first certified Inner Game coach in the world. He has facilitated numerous Inner Game of Tennis and Golf workshops in the past 20 years. In 1997, Sean helped Gallwey revise the tennis and golf books and in 2008 organized the first ever Inner Game coaching conference. In 2012, Sean co-founded the Inner Game School of Coaching with Gallwey and served as the lead facilitator. As a facilitator and coach, he has custom designed highly unique, experiential programs for many well-known organizations such as GE, ITT, Union Bank, the New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners and the U.S. Tennis Association. Sean was the primary mental coach for the USC football team for 9 years and helped Pete Carroll and the Trojans win 2 national championships. Links: Bounce-Hit - https://seanbrawley.mykajabi.com/single-greatest-exercise-for-tennis Sean's TED Talk on the Power of Focus - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QkHv7pKHBc&t Sean's interviews with Wilson's top players (registration required) - https://wdt.wilson.com/w-club/ Interview highlights: 2:41 - Sean describes his introduction to tennis 9:00 - College tennis at USC and playing alongside top collegiate players 10:57 - Transitioning to the professional tour and travelling to play the Grand Slams and other tournaments around the world 15:44 - The pressures of competing as a professional tennis player 19:24 - Meeting and working with Tim Gallwey 25:50 - Teaching tennis based on the "Inner Game" 33:49 - Focusing on solely what's most critical to aid tennis development 34:51 - Bounce-Hit 41:55 - Identifying and focusing on the most critical aspects of any new skill while teaching and coaching 48:14 - The most common pitfalls and roadblocks that interfere with the "natural" learning process 52:28 - Mindfulness meditation and its impact on awareness 57:03 - The patterns and insights that emerged from interviewing Wilson's top players such as Roger Federer and Venus Williams on the "Inner Game" 1:11:20 - Working with USC Football
01:21:44
November 2, 2020
Ep. 13 - Bill Tym and the Evolution of a Champion
Coach Bill Tym was an All-American at the University of Florida where he won 2 Southeastern conference singles titles, and is also in the UF Athletics Hall of Fame. He went on to compete on the professional tour where he won 10 national and international titles. As a coach, he is a USPTA Master Professional and past USPTA president, and a member of the USPTA Hall of Fame. He was named USPTA Professional of the Year in 1982, College Coach of the Year in 1989 (Vanderbilt), and Touring Coach of the Year in 1997 and 2002. He also received the George Bacso Lifetime Achievement Award from the USPTA in 2001. Interview highlights: 2:43 - Bill describes his introduction to competing as a college tennis player and professional player, and how he started coaching college tennis 25:10 - The Evolution of a Champion - "Champions are not born. They are made." 27:58 - The importance of developing each part of the tennis game from a young age 33:53 - Bill describes his approach to coaching college teams and how he utilized different surfaces to help players develop their games 41:05 - Developing mental toughness within college tennis teams 42:10 - The Greatest Salesman in the World - Og Mandino 49:18 - Tennis as a proposed mandatory subject in schools 53:23 - The Winner's Creed 1:07:25 - Using tennis as a vehicle for personal growth 1:09:15 - Creating the Perfect Practice Links: The Winner's Creed: https://www.tennistakes.com/winners-creed/ Bill Tym's Coaching Philosophy - The Evolution of a Champion: https://performancextra.com/evolution-of-a-champion/ Creating the Perfect Practice: https://performancextra.com/bill-tyms-perfect-practice-formula/
01:34:23
October 22, 2020
Ep. 12 - Nadal, Swiatek, and Mental Toughness
The 2020 French Open has concluded with Rafael Nadal winning an astonishing 13th French Open title and record-tying 20th major in the men’s championship, and Iga Swiatek winning her first French Open and major title in the women’s championship. We review the Nadal-Djokovic and Swiatek-Kenin final matches and offer insights into the factors that determined the outcomes of each match. Additionally, we discuss the common links between the two champions and their ability to stay in the moment, even in the highest-pressure situations of a match. Links to articles mentioned in this episode: Profile and interview with Daria Abramowicz, Iga Swiatek's sport psychologist: https://www.wtatennis.com/news/1856382/how-swiatek-s-sports-psychologist-honed-her-mental-game Nadal and Swiatek Stay in the Moment: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/12/sports/tennis/french-open-rafael-nadal-iga-swiatek.html The Tao of Rafael Nadal: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/11/sports/tennis/french-open-rafael-nadal.html To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and Sport Psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
54:02
October 15, 2020
Ep. 11 - Dr. Judy Van Raalte and Self-Talk in Tennis
Dr. Judy Van Raalte is a Professor of Psychology at Springfield College, a Certified Consultant (CMPC) for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, and is listed in the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry. She has presented at conferences in 18 countries and published more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health, the NCAA, and the International Tennis Federation. She served as president of the American Psychological Association's Society of Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology and as vice president of the International Society of Sport Psychology. Highlights from the interview: 4:17 - Judy discusses her introduction to the sport of tennis and her interest in the mental side of sports 7:27 - Negative self-talk in tennis and why the sport causes tennis players to outwardly show frustrations and publicly insult themselves 9:43 - Judy's introduction to self-talk in an academic sport psychology setting 14:15 - How tennis players and athletes learn self-talk 20:06 - System 1 and System 2 self-talk 29:31 - The connection between self-talk and staying mindful in the present moment 33:57 - Instructional and motivational self-talk 38:05 - Pairing self-talk with sport psychology interventions such as imagery and mindfulness 44:12 - The connection between sport psychology research and how it is applied in practice 49:57 - Suggestions for tennis players on how to improve their self-talk To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and Sport Psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
56:20
October 9, 2020
Ep. 10 - Bob Dallis and Team Environment in College Tennis
Bob Dallis is in his 19th season as the Head Coach of the Dartmouth College Women's Tennis Team. Prior to Dartmouth he was the Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach at Colgate University and was the Head Men's Tennis Coach at Boston University. He was a four-year member of the Boston University Men's Tennis Team and played on the professional circuit. Bob completed his doctoral degree at Boston University in Sport and Exercise Psychology where he completed his dissertation on "The Design and Implementation of an Elite Training System for Tennis." Notable moments from the interview:  2:34 - Bob describes his introduction to coaching college tennis at age 23 and his path to pursuing a doctoral degree in Sport Psychology  6:04 - Creating a team culture in college tennis and the difficulty of "getting into the team room" at Dartmouth  11:14 - College tennis as a team sport and how one player's negativity can lead to the negativity of their teammates  16:05 - How to practice "positive response training" at practice in a team environment  19:20 - Bob discusses how his Sport Psychology doctoral dissertation fits into his coaching style and philosophy  28:01 - The importance of practice matches for college tennis players  32:40 - How video analysis and match analysis can help improve performance  36:06 - The importance of accepting the outcome and focusing on the process and doing your best  41:18 - The improvements of college tennis players over four years  To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
54:18
October 2, 2020
Ep. 9 - Team Dynamics and Communication in Doubles
Tennis is generally considered an individual sport because of the emphasis on singles, especially at the professional level. However, doubles in tennis is extremely popular and prevalent in the game. And unlike singles, it is a team sport that has its own set of challenges.   In this episode, Josh and Brian discuss the various components of team dynamics in doubles that many players struggle with such as how to form an effective team, implementing successful communication strategies on and off the court, and how to be a great teammate. Lastly, Josh and Brian talk about their experiences coaching doubles teams at the college level from a sport psychology perspective.   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
48:55
September 24, 2020
Ep. 8 - William Boe-Wiegaard - What It Means To Be A Good Competitor
William Boe-Wiegaard is in his fourth season as Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Prior to Sacred Heart, William was a highly successful professional player on the ITF and ATP tours and collegiate player at Bates College. William played on the ITF and ATP tours for 13 years and in 2014 he reached a career-high ATP singles ranking of 1,002 and doubles ranking of 900. He was a five-time All-American selection at Bates College and won the 2006 NCAA Division III singles championship. Interview highlights: 3:21 - William's background as a junior, collegiate, and professional player and how he got involved in collegiate coaching 13:15 - The importance of writing down your goals and having visual reminders 17:45 - The pros and cons of being an extremely competitive person 22:10 - Life as a professional tennis player on the ITF and ATP Tours and the importance of mental toughness 35:15 - The difference between being competitive and being a good competitor 42:20 - William's coaching philosophy and how to control the controllables to give yourself the best chance for success 51:53 - The NAVY Seal mentality of seeing situations as challenges instead of threats 56:59 - The challenges of college sports during the COVID-19 pandemic and how challenging situations can lead to growth and resilience
01:08:14
September 17, 2020
Ep. 7 - 2020 US Open: Djokovic, Tsitsipas, and Serena
The 2020 US Open is reminding us once again that even the best players in the world are human and they can struggle with mental toughness. At the same time, there are also reminders of how incredibly tough and resilient these great players can be. The first 10 days of the Open, have given us a lot to talk about in terms of mental toughness. In this conversation, Josh and Brian discuss the exit of Novak Djokovic, the Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Borna Coric match, and Serena Williams' quest for major title # 24 through the lens of sport psychology. 1:35 - What happened with Novak Djokovic and the difficulties of anger 18:15 - Tsitsipas vs. Coric: Closing out matches and coming back when you are down 29:24 - Serena Williams: Lots of three set matches, nerves, etc. To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and Sport Psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game of tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
48:27
September 11, 2020
Ep. 6 - Jorge Capestany
Coach Jorge Capestany is our guest for Episode 6 of the Tennis IQ Podcast. Jorge is one of only eleven people worldwide that has earned the distinction of Master Professional with the USPTA and International Master Professional with the PTR. Jorge is also a certified Mental Toughness Specialist through the Human Performance Institute based on the life work of the legendary Dr. Jim Loehr, and he holds a USTA Sports Science certification. He has coached three US national champions (Gold Ball winners) and players from his programs have won more than 180 High School State Tennis Championships in Michigan. In addition to coaching, Jorge is an author, worldwide speaker, and he is the founder of Capestany Tennis Inc. (CapestanyTennis.com) which includes a website with drills for tennis coaches (TennisDrills.tv) as well as video lessons for tennis players (JorgeCapestany.com). In this interview, we discuss Jorge's background as a junior tennis player and his introduction to the world of coaching. We talk about the importance of having a well-rounded game from a young age which includes the development of every shot and style of play. We also discussed the use and training of "sabotage" tactics within his tennis program, which allows players to disrupt the rhythm of their opponents and make themselves tougher to compete against. Lastly, we discuss Jorge's concept of Tennis IQ, which was part of the inspiration behind the name of this podcast; Jorge describes how he conceptualizes Tennis IQ and breaks down this concept into three levels. Interview highlights: 3:38 - Jorge describes his introduction to the sport of tennis 5:32 - The importance of playing multiple sports as a kid for athletic development 8:10 - Jorge talks about how he started coaching and the development of his coaching philosophy 13:58 - The concept of "Tennis IQ" and its three levels 30:17 - Seeing tennis as a combat sport and looking for ways to sabotage the game of your opponent 37:43 - The importance of having a clear game-plan going into a point to utilize your strengths and target your opponents weaknesses, and how this can be trained in practice 43:07 - How competing regularly and playing more practice matches leads to tennis players developing mental toughness 51:43 - How tennis players can focus on the present moment and the next point by directing their thoughts to the acronym WIN (What's Important Now?) 54:28 - Playing "mission-based tennis" and having a clear intention going into every point 58:17 - The importance of having options instead of just playing one-dimensional tennis 1:00:50 - Establishing a junior tennis development plan and helping players improve on the five most important aspects of the game at every age To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date with future episodes!
01:14:38
September 2, 2020
Ep. 5 - Managing Emotions on the Court
For episode 5 of the Tennis IQ Podcast, Josh and Brian address their first listener question: How can tennis players improve their ability to handle emotions? As we all know, tennis players often get frustrated and show negative emotions when things aren’t going well on the court. And this often leads to performance issues. To address this question, Josh and Brian discuss how expectations and perfectionism can lead to anger when things aren’t going well on court, and how players should go into competition assuming that the match will be challenging and have ups and downs. They also talk about the mental challenges associated with the tennis scoring system and the frustration that it can cause when athletes are too caught up in the result of the previous point. Lastly, suggestions for on-court and off-court interventions are provided so that tennis players can learn to manage their emotions better in competition. Articles and videos mentioned during the podcast: Novak Djokovic on the need to constantly remind himself when he has doubts: https://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/news/articles/2019-07-15/2019-07-14_novak_djokovic_final.html Novak Djokovic on visualization: https://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/news/articles/2019-07-13/2019-07-13_novak_djokovic_semifinal.html Jim Loehr’s 16 Second Cure: https://youtu.be/AviGTb3GKhQ To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Please subscribe to stay up to date on future episodes!
01:05:40
August 26, 2020
Ep. 4 - Jeff Bearup and Tim Donovan
Jeff Bearup and Tim Donovan are the guests for Episode 4 of the Tennis IQ Podcast. Jeff has received numerous accolades and awards within the tennis coaching field including USPTA Coach of the Year and induction into the USTA New England Tennis Hall of Fame. Tim is the founder of Donovan Tennis Strategies which is a college placement service for tennis players. He was also a standout player at Brown University for four years, reaching a high of #6 in the NCAA Division 1 rankings. He then played professional tennis for four years on the ATP Tour and achieved a top 300 world ranking in singles. Jeff and Tim co-founded the New England Academy of Tennis which has helped thousands of players develop their tennis skills and succeed at multiple levels of the sport. More recently, Jeff and Tim have teamed up again to form Crosscourt Consulting which is a business that assists families through the complexities of junior tennis development. Interview highlights: 4:18 - Tim and Jeff discuss their backgrounds as multi-sport athletes before focusing on tennis. 11:25 - The importance of not always being prepared and not taking things for granted. 15:29 - The concept of tennis being 90% mental, and how it manifests at different levels of the sport. 27:59 - The importance of taking the pressure off of junior players by focusing on the development process rather than just on results. 31:39 - The trend of junior players solely training through structured activities rather than playing sets with friends and kids not playing enough match play. 38:06 - The changes in the college recruitment process because of COVID-19 and how junior and collegiate players are learning the important skill of handling adversity. 44:19 - The importance of establishing a tennis developmental plan at a young age and how the role of the parents in this process changes as the player develops. To connect with Tim and Jeff go to CrosscourtConsulting.com or contact them at (617) 842-5901. To learn more about Donovan Tennis Strategies go to DonovanTennis.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game of tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or on Twitter use the hashtag #tennisIQ.
52:03
August 18, 2020
Ep. 3 - Stages of a Set/Match
In this episode of the Tennis IQ Podcast, Josh and Brian discuss how tennis players should approach various stages of a set/match through a sport psychology perspective. These stages of a set/match include the start of a match, being ahead by a break, being behind by a break, closing out a set, and starting a new set after winning or losing the previous one. To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and Sport Psychology businesses go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or on Twitter, use the hashtag #tennisIQ. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice to stay up to date on future episodes!
56:13
August 12, 2020
Ep. 2 - Coach Brian Barker
Brian Barker is the guest for Episode 2 of the Tennis IQ Podcast. He formerly coached James Blake (ATP #4 player in the world) and is currently the Director of Tournament Training Programs at Tennis Club of Trumbull. In this interview, we discuss Brian's background as a junior player and his success at the junior level as one of the top players in New England, and then at the collegiate level as captain and standout player at the University of South Carolina. We also get into Brian's philosophy on helping athletes take the pressure off of themselves by focusing on their character and focusing on competing their hardest rather than just thinking about winning and losing. This is the same philosophy that Brian used while he was coaching James Blake and his brother Thomas on the ATP Tour. Interview highlights: 6:18 - Developing the mental side of the game as a junior. 15:44 - James Blake's rise as a junior and professional tennis player, and how his improvements on the mental game helped him improve as a player. 20:22 - How most junior players feel very high levels of pressure, so the goal for parents is to help their children relax as they compete, to prioritize enjoying the sport, and to put less pressure on their kids. 24:42 - Whether he is coaching someone at the ATP level or a junior player the goal is to have players focus on doing their best rather than getting caught up in winning or losing. 30:44 - The importance of failing and losing, and how the biggest winners in any sport, like Michael Jordan, aren't afraid to fail. He discusses how even the best players in the world still lose a high percentage of matches so being able to lose and keep going is a critical skill for tennis players of all levels. 36:00 - In the age of COVID-19, junior players are performing better now that their parents aren't always watching them and putting pressure on them. He also discusses the uncertainty that junior players are experiencing, and how this experience can help them become more mentally tough if they can view it in the right way.
46:39
August 4, 2020
Ep. 1 - Introducing the Tennis IQ Podcast
In the first episode of the Tennis IQ Podcast, Josh Burger of Tiebreaker Psych LLC and Brian Lomax of PerformanceXtra introduce themselves and explain how they each discovered the theme of tennis being “90% mental” through their own experiences. They discuss the concept of Tennis IQ and the importance of tennis players training the mental side of the game. Josh and Brian also talk about the psychological challenges that tennis players are facing as the sport emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on the ATP and WTA tours reopening including the upcoming US Open and French Open. Lastly, they discuss a few notable examples of top professional tennis players who have displayed exemplary mental toughness when it matters most. Videos of moments referenced in this episode: Djokovic-Federer 2011 US Open Semi-Final https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azQemcdCwH4 Nadal-Thiem 2018 US Open QF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9fqjhGooKk Rafael Nadal Press Conference 2018 https://youtu.be/T4wJIa9C5qk Nadal-Federer 2006 Rome Final https://youtu.be/eBxOUGw0GIM 5th Set Tiebreaker https://youtu.be/SaPNX0GpHhw Andreescu-Serena 2019 US Open https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCzsODijnqw&t=1s Monica Seles Clutch moments 1991 US Open Semifinal vs. Jennifer Capriati - https://youtu.be/t_F-kaemhTc 1993 Australian Open Final vs. Steffi Graf - https://youtu.be/IcWAwd0G0s8 If you’d like to learn more about Tiebreaker Psych LLC go to TiebreakerPsych.com, and to learn more about PerformanceXtra go to PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at  TennisIQPodcast@gmail.com or on Twitter use the hashtag #tennisIQ.
57:34
July 28, 2020