If you have been playing tennis well, then suddenly you go into a
slump, DO NOT PANIC! Thinking goes out the window when panic comes in
the door. Just relax, wait out the cycle and the slump will change.
Above all, do not go gallivanting around from pro to pro or from
teammate to teammate asking for advice and a solution. Everyone will
have an opinion and the advice will vary from person to person, which
will distract and confuse you even more. Stop! Take a deep breath!
Think, and remember that no one is perfect. When you are on a losing
streak, it seems like you have a host of problems to choose from. The
truth is, you are always doing something wrong, even when you are on a
winning streak. This is true for all players. The difference is, when
you are winning no one notices your flaws, even though they still
This is also true about the pros. Look at what they have said over the
years about Roger Federer in his so-called major slumps. Back in 2008,
Boris Becker, the great German player, commentating at the US Open
said, "Roger is just not moving correctly anymore. He takes too
many big steps and not enough short steps when moving to the ball.
This is one of his big problems now." Of course, Roger has always
taken long, flowing steps and always floats around the court when he
plays, but now that he has lost a few matches he no longer moves
correctly. Impressive, isn't it? Roger (with his lousy footwork) ended
up winning the very US Open in which Boris Becker made that comment.
After that, everyone thought his footwork was fine once again!
When your game is struggling, you will find yourself receiving an
abundance of unsolicited advice. I would suggest that you stay
objective about what other players and coaches are telling you, but
ignore most of it and get back to the practice courts and grind out
another practice. DO NOT MAKE ANY MAJOR CHANGES TO YOUR GAME. Do not
let self-doubt take root and grow. When you are in a slump, do not
over-think it. And avoid developing a negative attitude. Your game is
not as bad as you think or as bad as others are telling you. Having a
slump is part of the process in playing tennis and it happens to all
players, including the best in the world. So, why would it not happen
to you once in a while?
Players, coaches, the media and commentators will always exaggerate a
slump and blow it out of proportion. Most of them simply do not have
the ability to accept the negatives without getting discouraged or
becoming negative themselves. Remember, since the beginning of time
failure has always been a part of success. Do NOT let it influence
you. As a Champion you must mentally go it aloneā and stay positive.
Then when you work your way back into the winner's circle you can
watch the naysayers change their tune!