The sports psychologist explains why tennis is one of the most mentally demanding sports and what skills it develops
There are sports that we are passionate about, others that we do not really like. This happens based on the characteristics of the individual activity which, however, we should also evaluate based on the skills that it develops. Orangogo, the first sports search engine in Italy, helps people find the sport that suits them, providing concrete and useful information through sport-specific pages, called “sport cards” on the Orangogo platform.
The cards are the result of interviews conducted by Ambra Nagliati, sports psychologist of Orangogoto federal coaches who have told with the eyes of experts and enthusiasts, what are the characteristics of their sport and, above all, which skills are most developed.
About tennis, explains Dr. Nagliati, “it is one of the most practiced and followed individual sports in Italy and is loved by both children and adults, but it is also one of the most demanding sports from a mental point of view”. Let’s see together why.
The complexity of tennis
Tennis is an activity open skillthis means that the situations are highly unpredictable and variable. For example, the opponents, the playing surfaces, the type of balls and the duration of the match (3 or 5 sets) vary. Not only that: it is also an individual sport where the player is totally alone in deciding the tactics and the strategy to use, as well as to deal with the stress and difficulties of the match: there are no substitutions and in most tournaments there is no possibility of having the coach on the bench. For this reason, tennis is a discipline that greatly stimulates the athlete to take responsibility for what he does on the court. And during exchanges spectators watch in silence, expanding the feelings of “loneliness” of the players.
The skills developed by tennis
Let’s now discover the skills that tennis develops. There are at least 4:
- Space-time orientation skills: in order to play properly, the athlete must know both what position he occupies within the field and where the opponent is; it is precisely on the basis of this information that he makes certain strategic decisions and the trajectory of the ball, trying to put the opponent in difficulty.
- Rhythm ability: it is one of the first skills that children are taught because it teaches them to adapt to the speed of the ball and, consequently, to calculate the right time to reach it and hit it in a precise point of the racket.
- Concentration: in tennis we think in the here and now. In fact, one cannot think of the previous action, because another one is already in progress that must be paid attention to. Furthermore, to further stimulate this ability, there are the rules of the game: the race foresees numerous interruptions and there are no time limits.
- Frustration Management: in this sport, in addition to the possibility of making various mistakes, as well as being able to suffer winning points from the opponent, a draw is not allowed. So, from the field you come out winners or losers. This forces the athlete to deal with frustration, to understand that defeat is part of the path and that it is essential to be able to grow. For more information on the skills that tennis develops and its characteristics, read the dedicated sports card here. Let yourself be inspired by the words of the experts and the videos inside it, consider starting a new sport and search for the nearest sports club to practice it on orangogo!
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