1. Just a couple of quick follow-ups: The brain will tell the body to shut down long before it really needs to do so. Top athletes in training are able to put those thoughts aside and push through. I tell my players all the time their brain is lying to them and to keep going. You have to do it in practice and in training to be able to do it in a match. The best can do this. Also, when fatigue sets in, more of the decision-making processes shift from one area of the brain to another. Without going into too much detail, this is why players make poor shot selection choices when tired; things like bailing out on a point with a slap-forehand attempt at a winner or an ill-advised drop shot. Their brain is actually not functioning properly. That's one reason you will see that at the junior level or with younger pros; too much activity is being shifted to the prefrontal cortex which has not fully developed yet for players at their young age. I think some of that was going on with Raonic in the match he lost at AO, too.

  2. Great article! As a fitness coach, I get invited to do the fitness part of the junior tennis programs, and it is terrifying to see how unfit these youngsters are. They have no strength to even hold and support their own bodies in different exercises. Withing a few months of fitness training, all of them improve their tennis dramatically, and they get also mentally much tougher. I always tell them "if you can survive this here in the fitness class, any point on the court will be super easy."

  3. Find balance to prevent burnout By: Michelle Cleere, Ph.D « Adirondack Tennis

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