What is it that many of these elite athletes are doing to help them compete at a higher level and manage adversity under pressure? One big part of an athlete's preparation is something you may not hear much about in the sport's world: Meditation.
Rob Polishook
Remember when you saw Kawhi Leonard draining that last-second three pointer? Or Tom Brady driving down the field with less than two minutes to go? Or more recently, Rafael Nadal's epic match versus Daniil Medvedev in the season-ending 2019 ATP Finals. He was down 1-5 in the third set, only to pull...Read more
Whether we want to admit it or not, sports has slowly emerged as our favorite religion of choice.
Dr. Tom Ferraro
Perhaps its blasphemy to say that sports is the predominant religion of the 21st century, but it just may be true. Whether you attend church services, a synagogue or a mosque each week, you may have noticed that the pews are relatively empty and that weekly church going seems to be passé. If you...Read more
You can't get out of the cycle by using the same methods that got you into the cycle. That just leads to more burnout and more exhaustion. It makes things worse.
Rob Polishook
It was a hot day in mid-August when Joanne walked into my office exasperated, reeling from the last two months of training and stressed because school was starting in just two weeks. She was overwhelmed; thinking about challenging matches, her coach’s judgment about her performance and her own...Read more
When the crowd turns against you, they can become another opponent you must deal with.
Dr. Tom Ferraro
The 2019 Championship at Wimbledon served up a startling contrast in personality. The Gentlemen’s Singles Finals pitted the number two seed Roger Federer against number one-seeded Novak Djokovic in front of a sold-out crowd which included Kate Middleton, Prince William, David Beckham, Kate...Read more
Author and Mental Training Coach Rob Polishook recently instructued his "Tennis Inside the Zone: Becoming More Than an Athlete" workshop where the group examined the re-discovery of "fun" in the sport of tennis.
Rob Polishook
Every year for the past 10 years, I teach a workshop at the Omega Institute in upstate New York called “Tennis Inside the Zone: Becoming More Than an Athlete.” The workshop is targeted toward adult tennis players. We spend the week reconnecting to those unique attributes, characteristics and skills...Read more
Mark Santucci
From graceful serve-and-volleys, to grinding top-spin forehands … sky high lobs to net cord drop shots … social just-for-fun gatherings to ultra-competitive tournament play … learning the very basics of the game to high-energy calorie burn … from playground tennis to Grand Slam championships …...Read more
Rob Polishook
A few weeks ago, I remember seeing a sign outside of a fitness studio. The words and message struck me … It read like this: “You recharge your phone once a day, how often do you recharge yourself ?” I thought this was a great message and applies so well to sports. As a mental training coach, in my...Read more
Rob Polishook
A few months ago, I was listening to John O’Sullivan’s Way of Champions’ podcast when he interviewed his colleague, renowned mental training coach Dr. Jerry Lynch. They were talking about how all athletes want to win , but the path to winning is not so much about wanting to win, but understanding...Read more
New York Tennis Magazine Staff
Sometimes, as a tennis player, you exist on an island. Alone, solo, under the lights of your local club or drenched in the sun, there you are … between the lines, either gaining the accolades of glory hitting the winning shot or facing the weight of defeat. There are no teammates to pass to, no...Read more
Dr. Tom Ferraro
It’s always fun to sit on the dais with some of the great thinkers in the world of tennis. I was recently invited to participate in a panel discussion at this year’s New York Tennis Expo at NYCB LIVE . The panel consisted of Steve Johnson, the California-born powerhouse currently ranked 34th in the...Read more