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Professional Tennis on the ATP Tour: A case study of Mental Skills Support

Mathers J (2017) Professional Tennis on the ATP Tour: A case study of Mental Skills Support, Sport Psychologist, 31 (2), pp. 187-198.

Success on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour requires a specific blend of perceptuomotor abilities, technical proficiency, tactical awareness and mental skills. This case study describes the competitive structure of professional tennis and outlines the program of mental skills delivered to a professional tennis player over a 3-year period. The program embraced five stages: (1) education; (2) assessment/profiling; (3) mental skill learning; (4) application of mental skills in context and (5) evaluation, and was associated with some positive outcomes. This case study provides some possible guidelines for sport psychologists who may wish to provide consultancy services within professional tennis.

mental toughness; mental skills intervention; professional tennis

AuthorsMathers John
Publication date06/2017
Publication date online09/2016
Date accepted by journal12/08/2016
PublisherHuman Kinetics
ISSN 0888-4781

Sport Psychologist: Volume 31, Issue 2

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