The sports psychologist explains why tennis is one of the most mentally demanding sports and what skills she develops
There are sports that we are passionate about, others that we don’t like very much. This is based on the characteristics of the individual activity, but we must also evaluate it according to the skills it develops. Orangogo, the first sports search engine in Italy, helps people find the sport that suits them, by providing concrete and useful information through specific sports pages, called “sports cards” on the Orangogo platform.
The cards are the result of interviews conducted by Ambra Nagliati, sports psychologist from Orangogoto the federal coaches who have explained with the eyes of experts and enthusiasts, what are the characteristics of their sport and, above all, what skills are more developed.
About tennis, explains Dr. Nagliati, “is one of the most practiced and followed individual sports in Italy and 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 skillthat means the situations are very 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 an individual sport where the player is completely alone in deciding 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. Therefore, tennis is a discipline that greatly encourages the athlete to take responsibility for the court. And during exchanges that viewers watch in silence, expanding feelings of “loneliness” of the players.
Skills developed by tennis
We now discover the skills that tennis develops. There are at least 4:
- Space-time orientation skills: to play correctly, the athlete must know both his position in the field and where the opponent is; it is precisely from this information that he makes certain strategic decisions and the trajectory of the ball, trying to put his opponent in difficulty.
- Rhythm ability: is one of the first skills that is taught to children 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 at a precise point in the racket.
- Concentration: in tennis we think about the here and now. In fact, one cannot think of the above action, because there is already another one to pay attention to. In addition, to further stimulate this skill, there are rules of the game: the race provides for numerous interruptions and no time limits.
- Frustration Management: in this sport, in addition to the possibility of making several mistakes, in addition to being able to suffer winning points from the rival, a draw is not allowed. Thus, winners or losers leave the field. 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 tennis skills and their characteristics, read the dedicated sports card here. Get inspired by the words of the experts and the videos inside, think about starting a new sport and look for the nearest sports club to practice orangogo!
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