Mind Over Matter

Mind over matter: how tennis players build mental resilience


There is a belief that tennis players and professional athletes are born mentally equipped, to manage challenge in ways the rest of us aren’t. In reality, it’s not something anyone is born with and mental toughness, like other skills, is learnt.


Federer, renowned for his collected court manner, smashed his racket after losing to Franco Squillari in 2001. Federer overcame this and following a string of Grand Slam wins, said:

“I always knew I had it in my hand. The question is do I have it in my mind and in my legs? That’s something I had to work extremely hard at.”