I wrote an article earlier about how players lose their head when they feel cheated from bad line calls. Today I found this article on Tennis.com giving an explanation of why we lose control during a tennis match. The article is titled Stay in Control by Sian Beilock. He uses the 2009 Serena Williams incident to explain why we lose control when things go wrong during a match. I think it is one of the most insightful articles I have read to explain this phenomena. He also gives some tips on how to avoid the “melt down.”
It’s a great read for all players and parents of players to help you understand what is happening to your brain when things start going wrong.
I wish I had this insight earlier when my son was loosing his head in a match.
Here’s the link. Enjoy