and Federer conveyed this positive
sort of body language, and to even
use an example of a past World No.
1 - Stefan Edberg from the 80's - whose
coach instantly began working on his
negative body language as soon as he
began working with him, and the results
to follow for him were awesome.
see, body language also has a huge
impact upon your own game. It
is a fact that if you simply forced yourself
to use positive body language on
court (eg. even just walking faster
between points) your mind simply
has no choice but send positive commands through
to your body - and so your tennis
level immediately increases.
see, while it's your mind that controls
your body, your body influences
your mind, through
its body language! So if you
ever need to rapidly increase your
standard of play, change your body
you begin to watch another tennis match,
you rarely need to see the scoreboard
to know the score if one player is
well ahead - as you can instantly
tell who is winning through the positive and
negative body language, being displayed
by the winning and losing player!
if you find yourself locked even in
the 3rd set (eg. 3 games all), this
is when your positive body language
can have a very powerful effect upon
your opponent - as they will begin
to believe that you are simply not
as tired or frustrated as they
are, and begin to wonder "what
does it take for something to get
to him (or her) ?"
thoughts like this run through your
opponent's mind, you are
very close to making the vital break and cruising
to a victory.
but not least, make sure you keep
an eye on your opponent's body
language for signs that they are
becoming frustrated or tired, as
they often give you some major insights
as to when they are reaching breaking
point and about to crack under the
for shaking of their head after a point,
muttering or yelling at themselves, looking downwards, walking slowly (not
when used as a delaying tactic however,
this is quite different) and breathing
very heavily after points, especially
if they take extra time or
squat down to rest in between points.
language is all a part of the mental
warfare that a competitive tennis
match involves, so ensure you
begin to add this aspect of your
game if you are a serious tournament
or competitive player.