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Tennis IQ Podcast

English, Racket sports, 1 season, 182 episodes, 6 days, 13 hours, 28 minutes
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Ninety percent of tennis performance is mental and that's what makes the sport so difficult. Sport psychology professionals Brian Lomax and Josh Burger share their insights on mental performance in tennis, discuss current events in the world of tennis, and interview guests with a unique perspective on mental toughness. Whether you want to learn more about the mental game in tennis or you just have an interest in the sport, this is the podcast for you. Send your questions to [email protected] or via Twitter using #tennisiq.
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Ep. 179 - Developing Your Mental Scorecard

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the concept of creating and using a “mental scorecard”. This concept is popular in golf. and the co-hosts discuss how tennis players can apply it to their own games. By using a mental scorecard, players can remind themselves of the main controllable factors that they’re trying to focus on, and can also hold themselves accountable about following through with these main factors to their success. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
6/10/202439 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep. 178 - Be More Concerned with Your Present Than Your Past or Future

"Never confuse yourself by visions of an entire lifetime at once. That is, do not let your thoughts range over the whole multitude and variety of the misfortunes that may befall you, but rather, as you encounter each one, ask yourself, ‘What is there unendurable, so insupportable, in this?’ You will find that you are ashamed to admit defeat. Again, remember that it is not the weight of the future or the past that is pressing upon you, but ever that of the present alone." - Marcus Aurelius In this episode, Brian and Josh consider the above quote from the eighth book of Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, and how it relates to a tennis player's experience in a match and over the course of a career. This ancient wisdom can help us to be be our best selves in the present moment. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us at [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
5/28/202444 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep. 177 - Don't Fake It Till You Make It. Instead, "Act As If."

In this episode, Brian and Josh discussed the role of identity and self-image on tennis and performance. The co-hosts examined the connection between identity, behavior and feelings, and differentiated between two pathways and the consequences of each. The two pathways are 1) starting with developing our identity which leads to certain behaviors and feelings vs. 2) starting with our feelings in a situation which leads to certain actions and identity as more of an afterthought rather than a priority. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us at [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
5/18/202441 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ep. 176 - Dave Bailey - The Impact of Footwork on the Mental Game

Dave Bailey is the world’s leading expert in tennis movement and footwork, and the creator of The Bailey Method. In his professional career, Dave has spent over 30 years studying the footwork and movement patterns of the top tennis professionals, viewing more than 18,000 video clips of professional players in action – carefully observing and documenting their precise movements. Through this process, Dave designed the Bailey Method of tennis footwork which identifies and provides solutions to more than 50 of the most common problems associated with movement, footwork and balance while playing tennis. Last but not least, Dave has been the footwork and movement trainer to over 21 professional Grand Slam level players. In this conversation, we discuss Dave's background in tennis, and we get into some specific details on The Bailey Method. We also chat about a new venture that Dave is involved with called CoachLife. CoachLife is the premier online resource for tennis coaching knowledge. Their extensive library covers tennis-specific nutrition, footwork, sport psychology, coaching, parenting advice, and detailed shot progressions. You can sign up for a free 7 day trial at CoachLife.com, and listeners of the Tennis IQ Podcast get a special discount on their first year subscription by clicking on the referral link below. Affiliate link: https://coachlife.com/?ref=DBTI Discount code: DBTI To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us at [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
5/9/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep. 175 - Becoming a Relentless Competitor Like Rafael Nadal

Relentlessness is a virtue that all tennis players should practice, and it is a virtue that Rafael Nadal (and others) has embodied throughout his playing career. Never giving up, and playing your game no matter the score are examples of relentlessness in action. In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss what it means to be relentless, the challenges to being this way in matches, and some tips to coach yourself or others in the pursuit of becoming a relentless competitor. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us at [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
5/2/202441 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ep. 174 - The Stockade Paradox and Tennis

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the “Stockdale Paradox” and how it relates to tennis. The co-hosts review the background of Jim Stockdale and consider whether they believe this “paradox” is in fact a paradox or not. They talk about the link between accepting reality and optimism, and the necessity for tennis players to be able to do both. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us at [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
4/26/202436 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ep. 173 - Athlete Centered to Athlete Ownership

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the transition from an athlete-centered perspective to one of athlete ownership. This concept is particularly important for junior players as they strive to take more ownership of different aspects of their tennis journey while they progress. By taking more of an athlete ownership approach, young athletes learn to be responsible for their training, tournament schedule, and ultimately their journey as a tennis player overall. Parents and coaches are integral in this process. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us at [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
4/18/202442 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ep. 172 - Why You Need to Commit to Your Routines

In tennis, there are a number of routines and rituals that players can use to bring out their best performances. However, not all players use routines as effectively as they could. In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss some of the challenges with using routines, and offer suggestions for how to commit to these important practices. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membership To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us at [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
4/9/202436 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep. 171 - What to Do When Things Are Not Working

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss what tennis players can do when nothing is working for them in a match. The co-hosts examine different strategies and tools that tennis players can use in these moments, and also consider broader mindsets and perspectives that can be helpful to apply in these situations. Topics discussed include going back to a player’s fundamentals, targeting an opponent's weakness, and finding ways to relax and relieve physical tension. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membership To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us at [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
4/2/202439 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ep. 170 - Ryan Harrison and the Philosophy of Better Player, Better Results

Ryan Harrison is a former professional tennis player and Head Coach at Harrison Tennis Academy. With a playing career spanning over 15 years on the ATP Tour, Ryan Harrison stands as a Grand Slam Champion, clinching the Roland Garros men’s doubles title in 2017 with Michael Venus. His journey in professional tennis has seen him reach a career-best singles ranking of No. 40 in the world and No. 16 in doubles. Ryan has showcased his prowess on the global stage, competing in the ATP World Tour Finals in doubles and proudly representing the United States in both the Olympics in London in 2012 and at the Davis Cup. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
3/23/20241 hour, 24 seconds
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Ep. 169 - Dr. Cathy Utzschneider on Goal Achievement and a Fulfilling Life

Dr. Cathy Utzschneider is the founder of the coaching practice, MOVE! - a method of goal achievement that helps all kinds of coaches and executives assist others with their goals. Cathy's 25 years of experience as a national- and world-class masters athlete, as well as her doctoral dissertation on goal achievement and excellence, support the method. A certification program for the MOVE! method has created a community of professionals focused on helping others. Cathy is also the lead faculty for sports leadership and coaching for performance at Boston College. A professor since 2005, she is a national expert in goal achievement -- which has been the subject of her four books, a TEDx Talk, and hundreds of articles. For more on MOVE! goal achievement, visit https://www.movegoals.com Cathy's TEDx Talk: https://youtu.be/PTJB1LPPMrE?si=EPKBjfOC2WHJ2AAq Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
3/17/202456 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ep. 168 - Motivation and Self-Determination Theory

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss different aspects of motivation relative to self-determination theory, and how tennis players can be clear about what motivates them in terms of competence, autonomy, and relatedness (basic psychological needs). They also examine how people are generally motivated by a combination of intrinsic and extrinsic factors, rather than being wholly intrinsically or extrinsically motivated. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
3/8/202439 minutes
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Ep. 167 - The Value of Studying Your Success

It's commonly believed that tennis players learn more from their losses than their wins. But is that actually true? In this episode, Josh and Brian highlight the benefits of studying your wins and your best performances. Don't take those successes for granted; learn to replicate them. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
2/29/202430 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ep. 166 - The Value of Experimentation in Your Training

In this episode, Brian and Josh discussed how tennis players can be experiments and students on their tennis journey. The co-hosts examined the ways that tennis players can benefit by experimenting more, and how experimenting rather than committing to changing/fixing things tends to be easier because it doesn’t present a permanent change. This protects the player’s identity and doesn’t threaten their ego in the same way as the feeling that they have to make major permanent changes. Additionally, the co-hosts considered how players can commit to being a lifelong student, and how it is helpful to go into each practice and match situation with the mentality that you have things to learn. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
2/22/202442 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep. 165 - Wanting to Win and Playing to Win Are Not the Same

Before a match begins, everyone wants to win, but maintaining that desire throughout the match is not easy. Similarly, we all want to play to win during a match, but that has its own challenges. In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the relationship between the "desire to win" and "playing to win," and the challenges associated with each. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us at [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
2/14/202431 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep. 164 - What You Can Learn from the Netflix Movie Hustle

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss various sport psychology themes from the Netflix movie Hustle. The movie stars Adam Sandler as a NBA scout who identifies a talented basketball player from Spain, and then brings him to the United States. The movie includes various themes related to mental performance including work ethic needed to get to the next level, the improvement and development process of an athlete, the coach-athlete relationship, the importance of moving on after missed shots, and that competition is about YOU vs. YOU. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
2/6/202434 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep. 163 - Australian Open 2024 | Sinner, Medvedev and Sabalenka

The 2024 Australian Open has wrapped up with Aryna Sabalenka winning the women’s singles title over Zheng Qinwen 6–3, 6-2, and Jannik Sinner winning the men’s singles title over Daniil Medvedev 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3. In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the finals of the women’s and men’s singles championships, review the performances of other top players, and comment on mental performance themes that emerged from the tournament. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
1/30/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep. 162 - Ryan Redondo and his Tennis Mission/Purpose

Ryan Redondo is CEO/GM of Youth Tennis San Diego and the Barnes Tennis Center, as well as Tournament Director of the San Diego Open WTA 500. He comes from a long tradition of tennis players in his family, and he is a former college and professional player. After his playing career, he went into coaching, both privately and at the collegiate level. He joined the Barnes Tennis Center as CEO in May of 2020. Ryan is passionate about transforming the tennis experience for players in the San Diego area, and has made that a major part of his life purpose. Barnes Tennis Center: https://www.barnestenniscenter.com Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
1/23/202456 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ep. 161 - The Benefits of Viewing Tennis as a Team Sport

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the different contexts that tennis can be understood as a team sport. They discussed three main situations in this episode. First, they talked about situations where training is done as a team which includes in academies, high school teams, college teams, and adult league teams. Next, they discussed the roles within a performance team and the important support system that it creates. Lastly, they talked about viewing the tennis community as a team, and discussed how tennis can be used to help others and make a positive impact. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
1/15/202439 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ep. 160 - Addressing Self-Limiting Beliefs and Attitudes

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss common self-limiting beliefs that tennis players often hold, and approaches that players can take to address and change these beliefs over time. The co-hosts talk about the importance of awareness of self-talk, the benefits of journaling, and detail the process that tennis players can go about to adjust and improve their self-limiting beliefs. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
1/4/202443 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ep. 159 - Top Things We Learned in 2023

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the top things they learned from 2023 and their top takeaways from the year. These include tennis-specific learnings and takeaways from 2023, as well as general lessons from the past year. They also announced a special event on December 28th at 8 pm EST / 5pm PST. This event will include an "Ask Me Anything" session with the co-hosts as well as a discussion of the book, Mindset by Jackie Reardon and Hans Dekkers. This free event will be open to anyone who wishes to attend, and we hope to be joined by as many listeners as possible! You can register for the event at this link: http://tinyurl.com/yc5hk7b4Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
12/26/202355 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ep. 158 - Is Your Self-Worth Based on Performance?

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss an article from Fast Company, written by Kevin Lake and Dr. Michael Gervais , “The psychological pitfalls of tying self-worth and happiness to performance”. The co-hosts outline the main points from the article, talk about the benefits of establishing a purpose-based identity, and discuss the practical implications for tennis players. The article can be accessed here: https://www.fastcompany.com/90974474/the-psychological-pitfalls-of-tying-self-worth-and-happiness-to-performance Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membership To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
12/17/202341 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep. 157 - Learning from the Lifestyle Challenges of Professional Players

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the lifestyle challenges of professional tennis players. This conversation is based on an article in the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology by Saul J. Shrom, Jennifer Cumming & Sarah-Jane Fenton titled “Lifestyle Challenges and Mental Health of Professional Tennis Players: an Exploratory Case Study”. The study analyzed current and former professional tennis players of various levels and the challenges that they faced on the professional tours. It looked at views shared on the Behind the Racquet Instagram page which was started by Noah Rubin. The co-hosts analyzed the research article, discussed certain challenges that professional players and other elite players face, and offered tactics that players can utilize to prepare themselves for these realities and potentially alleviate some of these concerns. If you’re interested in reading the article, please email us at [email protected] and we can send it to you. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membership To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
12/6/202350 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep. 156 - The Performance Impact of Increasing Tolerance of Discomfort

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the importance of tolerance as a mental skill. This includes both physical tolerance (pain, withstanding physical training, playing in heat, etc.) as well as emotional tolerance. The co-hosts discuss how applying mental tools such as self-talk, visualization, and journaling can be helpful for building tolerance. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us at [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
11/29/202351 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep. 155 - Becoming Grittier On and Off the Court

In recent years, the concept of Grit has been popularized in performance contexts through the work of Angela Duckworth. But what is grit? How can you become grittier? Is this actually a useful concept for tennis? Josh and Brian discuss these questions and more so that you can take practical steps toward developing a healthier brand of grit on and off the tennis court. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us at [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
11/21/202349 minutes, 1 second
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Ep. 154 - Improving Your Motivation

Motivation is the driver of our energy and the source of our reward. It's not unusual for tennis players to experience issues with their motivation, and in this episode, Josh and Brian examine ways for players to strengthen their purpose and drive for playing tennis. Purpose, passion, and goals are a few of the topics discussed. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us at [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
11/13/202348 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep. 153 - Matt Futterman of The Athletic | Narratives in Tennis

Matt Futterman is a staff writer at The Athletic where he covers tennis and Olympic sports. In addition to covering tennis, Matt delivered award-winning investigative reporting for The New York Times, writing a series in 2020 called “Sledhead” that examined the dangers that sliding sports, particularly bobsled and skeleton, pose to the brain. Matt has also covered seven Olympics, a role he will continue to play at The Athletic. Matt joined The New York Times as a deputy sports editor in 2017 before moving back to reporting. Before that, he worked at The Wall Street Journal, The Star-Ledger of New Jersey and The Philadelphia Inquirer. He’s also the author of two well-received books, PLAYERS: How Sports Became a Business, and RUNNING TO THE EDGE: A Band of Misfits and the Guru Who Unlocked the Secrets of Speed. Matt is married with three daughters, and lives in Manhattan. He’s a longtime marathon runner – he’s run 31 of them, including the New York Marathon 13 times – who also plays tennis (he remains annoyed about going 0-8 in singles during his senior year of collegiate tennis at Union College). You can follow Matt’s work at The Athletic here - https://theathletic.com/author/matthew-futterman/ Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membership To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us at [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
11/5/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ep. 152 - Should I Vent My Anger On Court?

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss whether venting is an effective way to handle anger. They review research from Brad J. Bushman at Iowa State University on this topic and his paper “Does Venting Anger Feed or Extinguish the Flame? Catharsis, Rumination, Distraction, Anger, and Aggressive Responding”. The co-hosts examine whether this research and past research has demonstrated the effectiveness of venting, and they offer suggestions for how tennis players can handle angry moments when they occur. If you’d like to read the research article you can send us an email at [email protected] and we will send it to you. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us at [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
10/29/202333 minutes, 4 seconds
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Best of Tennis IQ- Ep. 51 - Dr. Laura Swettenham on Stress, Coping, and Think Aloud

Dr. Laura Swettenham is a sport and exercise psychologist from the UK, chartered with the British Psychological Society. She has experience working within a range of sports, predominantly professional football (soccer), youth tennis, and e-sports. In her practice, Laura uses acceptance and mindfulness approaches, such as acceptance and commitment therapy, to support athletes and coaches so they can thrive in and out of their performance environment. Currently, Laura works at Cultiv8 Academy, the Yorkshire regional player development center for tennis, and is the sport psychology and coach development lead at the federation of e-sports coaches. She is also an associate partner lecturer at the University of Portsmouth and has published multiple research papers within sport psychology utilizing the Think Aloud protocol. In this conversation, we discuss Think Aloud and its utility in exploring stress and coping mechanisms in tennis. For more information on Think Aloud, please read "Investigating Stress and Coping During Practice and Competition in Tennis using Think Aloud" by Laura and her colleagues. (http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9077/) To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ​​​​​​​​​ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
10/22/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep. 151 - Jan Mühlfeit and Unlocking Human Potential

In this episode, Brian and Josh interview Jan Mühlfeit. Jan Mühlfeit is a global strategist, executive coach, and the author of the bestselling business book “The Positive Leader” (Pearson, Oct 2016, Jan Mühlfeit &; Melina Costi). His personal mission is “helping individuals, organizations and countries around the world to unlock their human potential”. Jan has a proven track record in building and leading successful teams, acquired through an extensive 22-year career at Microsoft Corporation where he served in various executive positions. His last role with the high-tech giant was as Chairman of Europe (2007–2014). Jan teaches his courses on a worldwide scale and has worked with many prominent S&P 500 companies. Among his key clients are Exxon Mobil, GE, Dentons, Microsoft, Generali, UniCredit, Siemens, Bosch, Société General, Skoda, Skanska, and many others. Together with Katerina Novotna, Jan has created a special seminar for children and parents – “Unlock Your Child’s Potential” – which guides children on how to be more self-aware and find their personal uniqueness. In his own words: “Every child is a genius, we just need to find out what they’re a genius at”. Jan coaches high-level executives, Olympic athletes, artists from different countries and continents, and he works closely in the coaching and mentoring field with INSEAD, Cambridge, Imperial College, Gallup and the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital (a Harvard Medical School affiliate). Jan is a well-regarded global speaker at WEF, Harvard, MIT, INSEAD, Cambridge, Imperial College, Washington Post and The Economist events. As an established leadership and personal development specialist, he has been interviewed by CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, Financial Times, New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. You can find more information about him on his website - https://janmuhlfeit.com/en/.Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us at [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
10/16/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep. 150 - How to Train Decision Making

In the 150th episode of the podcast, Brian and Josh discuss how decision making on court can be improved through intentional decision training. The co-hosts reviewed a paper entitled “Effects of Decision Training on Decision Making and Performance in Young Tennis Players: An Applied Research” by Luis García-González, Alberto Moreno, Alexander Gil, M. Perla Moreno & Fernando Del Villar. Both Josh and Brian provided their thoughts on the study and its findings, and they considered some of the practical applications that tennis players and coaches can utilize on court to instill better decision making over time. If you’d like to read the paper, please send us an email at [email protected] and we will send it to you. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us at [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
10/8/202341 minutes, 50 seconds
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Ep. 149 - Kollman Gearhart - Who Are You Built to Be?

Kollman Gearhart is the founder and driving force behind the BTB Project (Built to Be Project), a dynamic podcast that empowers listeners to discover their purpose and live their best lives, regardless of circumstances. With a rich background as a former athlete and motivational coach, Kollman has dedicated the last two decades to inspiring thousands through his personal journey. His mission is clear: to help individuals, teams, and organizations unlock their true potential. Kollman played Division 1 tennis at University of Northern Colorado, has coached dozens of players to receive scholarships to Division 1, 2, and 3 universities, and has coached numerous players to secure CHSAA Tennis State Championships in Colorado. His podcast guests come from diverse fields, including athletics, business, entrepreneurship, science, fitness, and nutrition. Kollman firmly believes that the impossible is nothing, and through his podcast, he invites you to join the journey of becoming 1% better with each episode and interview. You can connect with Kollman on Instagram at @the_btb_project_ and through the BTB Project Podcast on Spotify and Apple.Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us at [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
9/30/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 19 seconds
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Best of Tennis IQ: Ep. 30 - Marius Barnard and Self-Belief

Marius Barnard is a former ATP pro who spent 13 years on the tour, winning 6 titles, and reaching the men’s doubles quarterfinals at both Wimbledon and the Australian Open. During his playing career, he also had doubles wins over 6 world number ones, including Roger Federer. While playing on the tour, Marius studied psychology and business management. After his career was over, he used his expertise in performance psychology and business to become a coach and mentor. Today, Marius is an executive coach helping CEOs, Directors, and Managers improve their performance with tailored development programs and managing their work pressures with self-belief, optimism and resilience. Interview Highlights: 2:11 - Marius explains his introduction to tennis and transition from a professional tennis player to an executive coach 5:40 - The Clear Links model and the importance of self-belief to tennis players 11:10 - Utilizing interventions including visualization within the Clear Links model 22:02 - Developing a "highlight reel" from your matches to build confidence 23:58 - Focusing on the present moment in competition 28:56 - Helping athletes develop awareness 30:52 - The differences between confidence and self-belief 35:57 - How is optimism connected to self-belief? 42:11 - The parallels between life as a professional tennis player and working as an executive coach 46:27 - Resilience during a global pandemic 56:07 - Finding the silver lining from difficult situations https://www.mariusbarnard.com/ - Marius Barnard - Performance Executive Coach
9/23/20231 hour, 2 minutes
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Ep. 148 - US Open 2023 Recap | Gauff, Djokovic, Sabalenka, Medvedev

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the 2023 U.S. Open where Coco Gauff defeated Aryna Sabalenka 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, and Novak Djokovic defeated Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 7-6(5), 6-3 to win the women’s and men’s singles championships. The co-hosts discussed the champions and finalists from a sport psychology perspective, and also discussed other top players including Iga Swiatek and Carlos Alcaraz. Coco Gauff Final Interview Transcript - http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=190805Aryna Sabalenka Final Interview Transcript - http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=190803Novak Djokovic Final Interview Transcript - http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=190823Daniil Medvedev Final Interview Transcript - http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=190822Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us at [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
9/15/202355 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep. 147 - Using a Brief Serve Intervention to Improve Performance

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss a recent case study “Serving a Brief-Contact Cognitive Behavior Therapy Intervention” by Zoe Louise Moffat and Paul McCarthy of Glasgow Caledonian University. The co-hosts summarized the study findings and shared certain actionable takeaways for players. If you’d like to read the paper, please send us an email at [email protected] and we will send it to you. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us at [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
9/10/202329 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep. 146 - Visualization for Decision Making

Visualization has many uses for improving tennis performance, and in this episode, Brian and Josh review how visualization can aid and train better decision making on the court. Listen in for tips on how to create visualization plans and scripts that you can use for your game. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
9/1/202329 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ep. 145 - The Connection Between Performance and Behavior

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the connection between a tennis player’s behavior and their performance. This conversation started with a quote from Frank Slootman, "Performance is something that we will give more time; behavior we won’t. And that’s because behavior is a choice, not a skill set.” The co-hosts discussed whether they believe that behavior is ultimately a choice, and talked about how tennis players can prioritize controlling the aspects of performance that they’re able to control and impact.Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
8/24/202349 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep. 144 - The Benefits of Optimism

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the benefits of optimism for tennis players. The co-hosts start by defining the differences between optimism and pessimism, and also outline misconceptions surrounding these concepts. Topics reviewed include the performance benefits of optimism within a match, the benefits of being optimistic about one’s overall training and development, and the connection between trusting the process and choosing to maintain a realistic yet optimistic outlook. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membership To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
8/16/202350 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ep. 143 - Believing in Yourself When You Aren't Getting Results

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss what tennis players can do when they feel that they're doing all the right things, but not getting the results that they desire. This could be occurring for a number of reasons, but often tennis players need to embrace that their results can at times lag behind the progress that they’re making. Topics discussed include the importance of patience, the impact of trust and belief, and the benefit of tracking process goals to measure progress over time. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
8/8/202347 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep. 142 - Wimbledon 2023 - Alcaraz, Djokovic, Vondrousova, Jabeur, Eubanks

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the 2023 Wimbledon Championships. On the women’s side Marketa Vondrousova defeated Ons Jabeur 6-4, 6-4, and on the men’s side Carlos Alcaraz defeated Novak Djokovic 1–6, 7–6 (6), 6–1, 3–6, 6–4. The co-hosts review various sport psychology themes relating to the champions and finalists including resilience, self-belief, emotional control, and consistency. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us at [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
8/1/202352 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ep. 141 - Dan McCain and 7 Shot Tennis

In this episode, Brian and Josh interviewed Dan McCain. Dan is an author and a former college coach and director who now serves as the Head Coach and Tennis Director at Cape Henry Racquet Club in Virginia Beach, VA. Dan has published six books on tennis on topics such as raising a champion, goal-setting, movement fundamentals, tactics, and strategy. As a player he had a stand out career as a junior winning USTA gold and silver balls on his way to playing collegiate tennis at University of Michigan. Dan is also one of the principals at 7 Shot Tennis, and in this episode, we discuss 7 Shot Tennis and how it supports mental performance on the court. More information about 7 Shot Tennis can be found at https://www.7shottennis.com/.Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
7/19/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ep. 140 - Good Questions for Post-Match Reflection

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss developing a process to reflect on and learn from matches. The co-hosts review various questions that tennis players can answer after their matches in order to process and learn from each match experience. These questions and exercises can be completed individually, or with a coach or parent. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
7/11/202340 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep. 139 - How to Use Quiet Eye Theory to Improve Your Game

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss quiet eye theory and gaze control as a means of helping players perform better physically and mentally. The discussion was based on three research studies (below) and the co-hosts reviewed practical applications of these concepts for tennis players. Research studies and videos mentioned:https://www.researchgate.net/publication/233599263_Gaze_Control_DURING_the_hitting_phase_in_Tennis_a_Preliminary_Studyhttps://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00008/fullhttps://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29785858/https://youtu.be/M1zuROicUbUhttps://youtu.be/vhf8DMYNgi8Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
7/3/202348 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ep. 138 - The Psychological Profile of Champions

In this episode, Brian and Josh review a research article entitled “Building A Psychological Profile of Olympic Medalists and World Champions” by Robert M. Nideffer, Ph.D., Jeffrey Bond, Alberto Cei, and Umberto Manili. The co-hosts discuss the research findings about the difference between athletes who have won multiple championships and those who were single championship winners, and then consider these findings in the context of professional tennis players. Additionally, they address how all tennis players can apply aspects of these findings to their own games. Article: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/265072003_Building_A_Psychological_Profile_of_Olympic_Medalists_and_World_ChampionsTennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
6/25/202346 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep. 137 - Roland Garros 2023 | The Locker Room Power of Djokovic and Swiatek

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the 2023 French Open. On the women’s side Iga Świątek defeated Karolína Muchová 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 to win the women’s singles championship, and on the men’s side Novak Djokovic defeated Casper Ruud 7-6(1), 6-3, 7-5. The co-hosts review various sport psychology themes relating to the champions including the “locker room power” of Świątek and Djokovic, as well as their confidence, resilience, and ability to lock in and focus during the biggest moments. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membership To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
6/17/202345 minutes, 29 seconds
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Ep. 136 - The Challenge of Changing Surfaces

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the various challenges of changing surfaces. In a comparable way to how professional players change surfaces throughout the tournament season, non-professional adult and junior players have to handle similar situations. Examples of these sorts of changes include switching from hard courts to clay courts (or vice versa), playing on a grass court for the first time, or playing outdoors after getting accustomed to playing indoors in recent months. The co-hosts discuss how having the right type of mindset, easing into a new surface by focusing on the fundamentals, and utilizing mental skills in different situations that emerge are all helpful while navigating playing on a different surface. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
6/11/202343 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ep. 135 - The Preparation Episode

In this episode, Brian and Josh answer a listener question about creating an episode that can be listened to prior to matches. The co-hosts discussed how tennis players can be clear about their reasons for playing the sport, and find ways to remind themselves of their “why” and their motivation for playing tennis prior to matches. Additionally, they discussed how tennis players can use various mental tools before playing in a match including utilizing types of visualization, reviewing their planned out self-talk, reviewing their in-between point routines, and focusing on their breathing and relaxation. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us at [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
6/2/202355 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep. 134 - Finishing Matches

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the difficulties faced in finishing sets and matches. The co-hosts examine why these moments in matches are so mentally challenging for tennis players. Additionally, they review mental tools that tennis players can utilize to handle these moments better when they come up. Topics of discussion include how preparing for these moments ahead of time can be beneficial, the importance of visualization, and how players can use breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and shaking out their arms and legs to release physical tension in their bodies during these moments. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
5/25/202346 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep. 133 - Using Rules to Make Better Decisions

In this episode, Brian and Josh examine how tennis players can utilize rules for making better decisions during matches. The co-hosts discuss ways that tennis players can simplify their decision making process by developing rules regarding shot selection. This rules-based approach can be used for choosing directionals based on movement and court position, for when a player steps into the court for an approach shot, and also for pressure situations such as deuce points, ad points, and during tiebreakers. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
5/19/202343 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ep. 132 - Embrace Uncertainty to Become a Better Player

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss how tennis players can embrace and accept uncertainty. Uncertainty is an inevitability in tennis and in life, and the co-hosts review strategies and tools that tennis players can utilize in their matches and practices to handle uncertainty in better ways. Examples of uncertainty include uncertainty about how well you’ll play in a match, uncertainty of the level of your opponent, and uncertainty about the final outcome of the match. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us at [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
5/11/202345 minutes, 20 seconds
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Ep. 131 - Why Practicing Acceptance Is Important

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss why the concept of acceptance is necessary within a tennis player’s development, and during matches. They review situations in a tennis player’s career when acceptance of one’s progress or current level can be helpful. Additionally, the benefits of accepting the uncertainty of results is examined, as well as accepting that errors will take place, making it easier to process mistakes and move on from them. TEDx Talk by Eric Butorac - Don’t Dream Big - https://youtu.be/B3OoH_O9Y-UTennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
5/3/202339 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep. 130 - The Good and Bad of Perfectionism in Tennis

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss perfectionism in tennis. Due to the individual nature of the sport as well as the demands and time requirements of tennis, it is a sport that tends to attract people with perfectionist qualities. The co-hosts review the benefits of perfectionism, including work ethic and potential for high achievement, but also provide strategies for tennis players, coaches, and parents to combat the negative aspects of perfectionism. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us at [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
4/27/202344 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ep. 129 - The Value of Consistency in All Things

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the benefits of consistency in tennis. Oftentimes, consistency is brought up in reference to players being able to make as many shots in a row as possible, however this is only a part of the concept of consistency in tennis. The co-hosts review other aspects of playing consistently, including how to consistently play aggressively, and successfully implement your patterns and tactics. Lastly, they discuss how consistent effort and intensity over time leads to significant improvement over time. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us at [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
4/18/202354 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ep. 128 - Suffering Is a Key to Success

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the philosophical concept of suffering and how it applies to persevering and focus in a match. The more that players understand they must suffer through the ups and downs of a match, the more ready they will be when a moment of opportunity arrives. Additionally, the hosts review how taking responsibility for your own game and performance leads to greater results over time rather than looking for excuses. Mentioned within the episode:Ep. 26 - The Power of RoutinesCNN Article on Rafael Nadal - “This world-class athlete talks like Aristotle and acts like Confucius. We can all learn from him” - https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/27/world/rafael-nadal-philosophy-blake-cec/index.htmlNadal press conference match against Dominic Thiem in 2018 US Open - https://youtu.be/T4wJIa9C5qkTennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us at [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
4/11/202346 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep. 127 - Carrie Jackson on Mindset and Injury Recovery

Carrie Jackson is a performance and mental training expert, a Certified Mental Performance Consultant, and the author of On Top of Your Game: Mental Skills to Maximize Your Athletic Performance. Her insights have been featured in multiple media outlets including Runner’s World, Outside Magazine, New York Times, Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report, and Huffington Post to name a few. She is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the mental and emotional challenges of recovering from injury. She co-authored the book Rebound: Train Your Mind to Bounce Back Stronger from Sports Injuries and is the co-host of the widely regarded podcast The Injured Athletes Club.As a coach and consultant, she has worked with thousands of athletes and coaches on mastering their mindsets so they can perform with less pressure, more consistency, and enjoy the process. Through her coaching programs and the Rebound membership, she brings mindset training tools to athletes that help them shift their focus from anxiety and self-doubt to resilience and confidence. Carrie is on a mission to help athletes challenge their limiting beliefs, regain confidence in their gifts and fall in love with their sport again.Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis you can email us at [email protected]. If you’re enjoying the show please rate us on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and write a review. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
4/3/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep. 126 - Perform Better Through Discipline

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss how discipline with good habits tend to decreases over time. The co-hosts review why this can happen to players, and suggest mindsets and mental tools that players can utilize to try to address this. Approaches discussed included journaling, self-talk, and utilizing a long-term development plan to track your progress. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
3/28/202340 minutes, 59 seconds
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Special Announcement from Josh and Brian

We are very excited to announce a new model of support for the Tennis IQ Podcast through Patreon along with some great benefits! Fan level - $3 per month Supporter level - $7 per month Champion level - $20 per month This support for the podcast is month-to-month and you can end your support at any time. The Fan level will have access to all episode transcripts starting in April of 2023. The Supporter level will have access to all transcripts, access to the quarterly book club on Zoom beginning in June of 2023, and two live master classes on Zoom with Brian and Josh per year which will start in April of 2023. The Champion level will have access to all transcripts, access to the quarterly book club on Zoom beginning in June of 2023, and monthly live master classes on Zoom with Brian and Josh which will start in April of 2023. The first master class in April will be open to all support levels and all listeners. We will be posting the registration link for the class on a number of social channels as well as in the show notes and on our Patreon page. The first book club discussion in June will also be open to all. We'll announce the book for the quarter soon, and we'll promote the registration link on social media as well as on our Patreon page. Feel free to reach out to us via email at [email protected] with any questions. To become a Patron and support our podcast please go to: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast.
3/24/202311 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ep. 125 - How to Perform Well in Team Tryouts

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss how tennis players can excel in tryout situations. These tryouts could include evaluations for high school, college, or club teams, and the experience can be similar to the increased pressures felt during important moments in matches. Topics examined include the impact of comparisons with other players, how to use breathing techniques and progressive muscle relaxation to release physical tension, and ways to keep things in perspective by focusing on long-term goals instead of fixating too much on the tryout itself. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membershipTo learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
3/19/202356 minutes, 55 seconds
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Ep. 124 - Differences Between Practice and Competition

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the psychological differences between practice and playing competitive matches. Often, players will report that they have a tougher time playing as well during matches as they do during practices, and the co-hosts consider reasons for that, and suggest tactics and mindsets that players can use during matches to help them perform better. Additionally, they talk about differences in intensity and effort between practice and matches, and review how players can try to simulate competitive environments during practice. Lastly, they examine the benefits of playing more matches and practice sets, and offer suggestions for how players can look to build more competition into their practice time. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membership To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
3/13/202345 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep. 123 - You gotta relax! Building body awareness through relaxation training

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss developing body awareness via relaxation training. Many tennis players experience physical tightness while playing in matches and struggle to release the tension in their bodies. The co-hosts review strategies that tennis players can utilize to increase their relaxation and awareness in order to raise their chances of performing well. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membership To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
3/5/202346 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ep. 122 - Themes from Break Point on Netflix

In this episode, Brian and Josh review Break Point, a recent documentary series on Netflix about the ATP and WTA tours. The co-hosts discussed multiple sport psychology themes that emerged throughout the series. These themes included the importance of building an effective team around a player, dealing with expectations, the importance of mental toughness on the professional tours, and “locker room power” - the intimidating presence of top players on tour. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membership To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
2/26/202336 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep. 121 - Why You Should Play the Back Draw

In this episode, Brian and Josh answer a recent listener question about playing in the back draws of tournaments. The co-hosts discuss some of the main factors that cause players to withdraw from back draw and consolation matches. Additionally, they reviewed mindsets that tennis players can utilize before consolation matches as well as strategies and mental tools like self-talk and visualization that can be utilized during consolation matches. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membership To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
2/19/202337 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep. 120 - Getting Through Fatigue/Pain in Matches

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss strategies that tennis players can utilize when they’re playing while tired or in pain. Strategies discussed include visualization methods, utilizing self-talk techniques, and planning out your response to various situations that could take place involving fatigue and pain. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membership To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
2/10/202352 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep. 119 - Australian Open 2023 Recap | Thoughts on Sabalenka, Rybakina, Djokovic, and Tsitsipas

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the 2023 Australian Open. Aryna Sabalenka defeated Elena Rybakina 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to win the women's singles championship while Novak Djokovic defeated Stefanos Tsisipas 6-3, 7-6(4), 7-6(5) to win the men's singles championship. The co-hosts reviewed various sport psychology themes from the fortnight, and talked about how the finalists, champions, and a few other notable players exhibited certain mental qualities that helped them achieve success in the 2023 Australian Open. Post-final Press Conference Transcripts: Aryna Sabalenka: http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=183336 Elena Rybakina: http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=183337 Novak Djokovic: http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=183330 Stefanos Tsisipas: http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=183332 Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membership To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
1/30/202351 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ep. 118 - Adopting a Beginner's Mind

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the idea of approaching situations with a “beginner's mind”. This concept was discussed in depth in the book Zen and The Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel and involves an individual adopting the mindset of a beginner who is approaching an activity for the first time - with fresh eyes and without preconceived notions and biases. By adopting this mindset, tennis players can prioritize their learning rather than fixating on their results, be more accepting of mistakes as they occur, and set their ego aside in order to develop their game and learn more. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membership To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
1/30/20231 hour, 49 seconds
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Ep. 117 - Improving Your Game by Increasing Self-Awareness

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the Resonance Performance Model as a way for tennis players to increase self-awareness and improve aspects of their game. This episode touched on various themes from the book The Inner Game of Tennis by Tim Gallwey and various past episodes of the podcast. Video about Inner Game of Golf from Tim Gallwey: https://youtu.be/fdTmyhdfvZ0 Past episodes of the Tennis IQ Podcast referenced in this episode: Ep. 14 - Sean Brawley And The Inner Game Ep. 21 - Jeff Greenwald and Fearless Tennis Ep. 34 - Finding Flow Ep. 46 - Angelo Rossetti and the Power of Purpose Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membership To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
1/22/202340 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep. 116 - The Value of Good Mistakes

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the value of making good mistakes. The co-hosts reviewed what they mean by “good mistakes” and how they differ from “bad mistakes”, and talked about how tennis players should be accepting of mistakes and play to win rather than try to avoid missing and making mistakes. Furthermore, they considered how committing to a game plan and playing style leads to the “necessary experience” of making good mistakes in certain moments, which will lead to further learning and developing a game for the future. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membership To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
1/14/202347 minutes
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Ep. 115 - The Importance of Developing Your Character

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss why tennis players should prioritize developing good character and make it an explicit goal of their training. Results such as winning, rankings, and ratings are often prioritized rather than character and skill development which can lead tennis players to cut corners and exhibit negative character traits and poor sporting behavior. By prioritizing positive character traits, tennis players give themselves a better chance to be trusted by their peers, coaches, opponents and teammates. Additionally, this will also give them a better chance to sustain their progress and development rather than feeling like taking shortcuts is the way to achieve success in tennis (or life). Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membership To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
1/5/202342 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ep. 114 - The Wisdom of Nick Saviano

Widely regarded as one of the world’s preeminent tennis coaches and experts in the field of coaching education, Nick Saviano emphasizes the importance of approaching the game with joyous passion and a commitment to relentless growth. Nick has 46 years of world-class tennis experience—nine years playing on the ATP tour, followed by 37 years as a high-performance coach. Prior to this, he was a top US junior player, and an All-American and member of the NCAA Championship Team at Stanford University. As a coach, Nick has helped train over 75 tennis players who have gone on to professional tennis careers on the WTA and ATP tours, including Grand Slam winners, Olympic gold medalists, and world’s number one in singles and doubles. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membership To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
12/27/20221 hour, 24 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep. 113 - The Psychology of Doubles

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the psychology of doubles. This topic was addressed in one of the first episodes of the podcast, episode 9, which focused mostly on communication patterns and teamwork in doubles. This episode focuses more on the mental barriers that doubles players face, such as not disappointing their partner, as well as how doubles players can be the best partner that they can be. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membership To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
12/19/202247 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ep. 112 - The Dangers of Being Judgmental

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the dangers of being judgmental. Tennis players have the tendency to be judgmental about a number of different things when they are playing including of themselves and their level, their opponent’s level and playing style, weather conditions, missed shots, etc. The co-hosts introduced strategies that tennis players can utilize to help move past judgmental thoughts and self-talk including journaling about performances, embracing all situations with curiosity rather than judging them as “good” or "bad”, and the concept of respecting all opponents but fearing none.   Past episodes mentioned: Ep. 25 - Mindfulness in Tennis Ep. 48 - Building Mental Fortitude in Tennis Ep. 76 - How To Play At The Highest Level of Tennis IQ Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membership To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
12/9/202244 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep. 111 - Make Learning Your Top Priority

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss how tennis players can prioritize learning and developing their game instead of just focusing on results. The co-hosts talked about how tennis players can take pressure off of themselves by focusing on being the best player they can be rather than focusing too much on results such as rankings, UTR ratings, etc. Additionally, they discussed how tennis players can analyze their matches in order to learn from wins and losses in a systematic way by reflecting on their performances in a journal. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membership To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
12/1/202249 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep. 110 - Tennis as a Fighting Sport

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss tennis as a fighting sport and as a combat sport. This conversation was inspired by The Fighter’s Mind, a book by Sam Sheridan that outlines the mental demands of various combat sport athletes. The co-hosts outline how tennis is a battle between two (or four in doubles) people with a similar goal of winning a match and how they must utilize fighting/combat skills and mental strength to achieve their goals and be successful. Various themes are discussed including self-discipline, avoiding criticism and negative self-talk during a match, understanding yourself and your opponent, and looking for ways to sabotage the opponent’s game plan. The Fighter’s Mind on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Fighters-Mind-Inside-Mental-Game/dp/0802145019 Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membership To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
11/24/202252 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ep. 109 - Brian Teacher and Using Technology to Improve Your Game

Brian Teacher is a former top professional tennis player and coach as well as the founder of the Full Court Tennis app. As a player, Brian won the 1980 Australian Open and had career highs of #7 in the world for singles and #5 in the world for doubles. He has coached top players including Andre Agassi, Greg Rusedski, Daniel Nestor and Max Mirnyi. In this conversation we discuss Brian’s playing and coaching background, as well as the Full Court Tennis app. The Full Court Tennis app is available on iOS at the Apple Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/full-court-tennis/id1563456530 1980 Australian Open Final Highlights - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXEJ8k8frjY Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membership To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
11/14/202251 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep. 108 - Using Visualization to Improve Performance

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss how tennis players can utilize visualization as part of their overall training. Previously, in episode 18, the co-hosts reviewed on-court methods of using visualization, so in this episode the focus was on how visualization can be trained and utilized off-court by tennis players of all levels. Various strategies were discussed to build visualization skills including visualization with a tennis ball, writing out visualization scripts of match situations you may encounter, and visualizing a personal highlight reel. Using visualization to improve learning and performance - https://performancextra.com/training/using-visualization-to-improve-learning-and-performance/ Other ideas for using visualization - https://performancextra.com/50-for-50/50-50-ideas-13-14-15-visualization/ Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membership To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
11/6/202249 minutes, 20 seconds
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Ep. 107 - Max Newlon and Training Your Attention with FocusCalm

Max Newlon is the President of BrainCo USA. Max spent several years working in top hospitals conducting research on the impact of neuro-technology and mind-body approaches to wellbeing and performance. After graduating from Harvard Graduate School of Education, he joined BrainCo as a research scientist in 2016. Now he leads the US company towards its vision of unlocking human potential with brain-computer interface technology.  Discount code for Tennis IQ Listeners: https://focuscalm.com/discount/tennisiq10 Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membership To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
10/29/202259 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep. 106 - The Best Version of You

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss how tennis players can focus more on who they are becoming as a way to take pressure off of themselves. The co-hosts discuss moments when tennis players focus on who they were in the past (typically when coming back from injuries and slumps) as well as situations where tennis players tend to focus on who they are at the moment instead of focusing on the type of player that they’re trying to become. Strategies to reduce pressure were discussed including not focusing too much on any one match, noticing the types of thoughts that add pressure and make it harder to be at your best, and focusing more on making progress on one’s development instead. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membership To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
10/22/202241 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep. 105 - When to Copy the Pros

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss whether club players and juniors should emulate professional tennis players. Topics discussed include how to learn from watching pros play on television, developing better decision making in points, and learning from how pros handle their time between points. (Mentioned in the episode) - Patrick Mouratoglou recent video on the mental game - https://youtu.be/haGv3heQ0kU Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membership To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
10/14/202236 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ep. 104 - Self-Compassion Is Good for You!

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss self-compassion. Self-compassion is a process that tennis players can/should embrace during matches, practices, and throughout their tennis development. Topics discussed in this episode include: awareness/mindfulness, maintaining perspective during the countless ups and downs that tennis players face throughout their careers, and the inevitability of having to deal with missed shots and mistakes during matches. Resources and links mentioned in this episode: Speech by David Foster Wallace - “This is Water” - https://youtu.be/8CrOL-ydFMI Information and Resources on Self-Compassion by Dr. Kristin Neff - https://self-compassion.org/ To support the podcast, visit the Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membership To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
10/7/202251 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ep. 103 - Mylène Steinhardt and Maximizing Your Energy

Mylène Steinhardt is a NASM & PPSC certified health coach who specializes in helping high-school and college tennis players make the cut by rounding out their off court training protocols - primarily through nutrition and strength training. The struggles that Mylène faced as a D2 college athlete have led her to find a passion in helping others work through or even avoid these same problems that keep athletes from reaching their full potential, not only on the court but in all aspects of life. Rather than relying on being told what to do, she believes every young player should be given the tools to coach themselves and thrive as an athlete forever! Reach out to Mylène via Direct Message at https://www.instagram.com/mylenepetitpas. Mylène’s Linktree with all relevant links including where to apply for 1:1 Fitness Coaching: https://linktr.ee/myleneps To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membership
10/1/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ep. 102 - Reflections on Roger Federer and Serena Williams

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the careers of Serena Williams and Roger Federer. Both players have recently announced their retirements from the sport and they are both consistently ranked among the greatest tennis players of all time. The co-hosts reflect on their legacies, the mental qualities that led to their greatness, and certain matches in their careers when they exemplified mental toughness, resilience, and perseverance. To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membership
9/22/202244 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ep. 101 - US Open 2022 Recap | Alcaraz, Ruud, Świątek, and Jabeur

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the 2022 US Open. Iga Świątek defeated Ons Jabeur 6-2, 7-6(5) to win the women's singles championship while Carlos Alcaraz defeated Casper Ruud 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(1), 6-3 to win the men's singles championship. The co-hosts reviewed various sport psychology themes and talked about how the finalists and champions exhibited certain mental qualities that helped them achieve success in the 2022 US Open. Iga Świątek post-final press conference transcript: http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=179904 Ons Jabeur post-final press conference transcript: http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=179905 Carlos Alcaraz post-final press conference transcript: http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=180065 Casper Ruud post-final press conference transcript: http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=180064 To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes. Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membership
9/14/202251 minutes, 1 second
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Ep. 100 - Answering Your Questions on Our 100th Episode!

For this milestone episode, Brian and Josh answered various questions from listeners of the podcast and shared feedback from listeners in different parts of the world and tennis community. Additionally, they reflected on the origins of the Tennis IQ Podcast, discussed what it means to reach the 100th episode of the podcast, and talked about how athletes can move on and continue to grow after reaching and celebrating their milestones. Lastly, they introduced a program where listeners can help to support the podcast through a new Patreon page (link below).   Tennis IQ Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tennisiqpodcast/membership  Timestamps from the episode:  Question from Charlie Ferber about the increased prevalence of sport psychology over the past decades, and growing interest in tennis players pursuing mental training - 6:35 Question from John Kelly about how to continue to grow as a tennis player and develop your game regardless of your age - 16:51 Questions from Steve Gulla about how to avoid playing it too safe, and about how to change to a new surface successfully - 24:50 Questions from Racquel Montemayor about how to play your game when your opponent isn't giving you rhythm, and best practices to handle the most frustrating moments of a match - 40:25 Feedback from Joav Burger - 53:29 Feedback from Barbara Cilli - 55:23 Feedback from John Wilcox - 55:58 Feedback and suggestion from Ian Richmond - 57:13 Announcement about new listener support program through Patreon - 1:01:51  To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
9/12/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep. 99 - The Gold Medal Profile and Improving Your Mental Game

Dr. Natalie Durand-Bush is a sport psychology professor in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. She specializes in mental skills training and assessment, mental health, and coaching psychology. As a Mental Performance Consultant for the past 27 years, Natalie has helped athletes and coaches of all ages, sports, and levels achieve their performance and well-being goals. A relentless advocate for the field of sport psychology, she has co-founded and chaired the Canadian Sport Psychology Association. She has also served as the Vice-President of the International Society of Sport Psychology and as the President of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Natalie has always been physically active and played different sports throughout her life, favoring softball, curling, and martial arts. As the mom of a daughter living with a mental illness and as someone who has coped with the loss of her parents and husband to cancer, she knows firsthand the importance of mental health and the positive role that sport plays in the maintenance of well-being. Mikaela ‘Mishi’ Papich is a PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa. Her doctoral research, supervised by Dr. Natalie Durand-Bush, focuses on developing a sport-specific mental health strategy for Tennis Canada. Mikaela completed her Master’s degree in sport psychology at McGill University in 2021. She is also a tennis player and coach who started competing at the age of seven, and her career culminated at Bucknell University, a Division 1 collegiate program, where she competed for four years. As a high performance athlete, Mikaela has first-hand experience with mental illness as well as a back injury that required a spinal fusion. She empathizes with the challenges athletes encounter as they train for athletic success and she is dedicated to ensuring that athletes, coaches, and staff are provided with the necessary care and resources to flourish both physically and mentally. Link to Gold Medal Profile for Sport Psychology (GMP-SP) research article - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10413200.2022.2055224 To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
9/8/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ep. 98 - A Strengths Based Approach to Tennis

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss taking a strengths-based approach to tennis. This episode was inspired by a paper titled “The Strengths-Based Performance Profile (SBPP): A Method for Strengths-Spotting and Application in Single-Session Consultations with Athletes” (link below). The co-hosts review the importance of having a clear understanding of one’s strengths and weaknesses as a starting point for adopting this perspective. Additionally, they discuss how tennis players can base their game around their strengths and win matches despite weaknesses or perceived weaknesses in their game. The Strengths-Based Performance Profile (SBPP): A Method for Strengths-Spotting and Application in Single-Session Consultations with Athletes - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/21520704.2021.1988782?journalCode=uspa20 To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
9/1/202244 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep. 97 - UTR and Aspiring College Tennis Players

Universal Tennis Rating, more commonly known as UTR, has become ubiquitous in tennis over the last several years, and it has been especially prominent in the world of college tennis. In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss how aspiring college tennis players can handle UTR and the pressures that come along with it. The co-hosts review the challenges of expectations and pressure that can increase when tennis players are overly focused on results including rankings and UTR ratings. They also consider mindsets and perspectives, such as focusing on the improvement process and on controllable factors that will help an athlete perform at their best (rather than solely focusing on results), which can be helpful in overcoming the pressure of feeling like you have to constantly improve your UTR. Resources: Universal Tennis: Understanding The Algorithm - Complete Summary - https://support.universaltennis.com/en/support/solutions/articles/9000151830-understanding-the-algorithm-complete-summary To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter or Instagram. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
8/23/202252 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ep. 96 - The Art of Playing Badly Well

In this episode, Brian and Josh reflect on a quote by golf legend Jack Nicklaus: “The worse you’re performing, the more you must work mentally and emotionally. The greatest and toughest art in golf is ‘playing badly well.’ All the true greats have been masters at it.”   The co-hosts discuss how this applies to all tennis players who will inevitably, at some point or another, have days when they are playing badly. Utilizing mental skills on the days when tennis players aren’t playing well is often the difference between a player giving themselves a chance to be successful, and not fully engaging or tanking. To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter or Instagram. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
8/14/202239 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ep. 95 - Playing Against an Injured Opponent

In this episode Brian and Josh discuss how to handle playing an injured opponent. The co-hosts review various mental challenges related to playing an injured opponent including how to handle injury time-outs, how opponent injuries can cause a loss of rhythm, and how to handle distractions that injuries can present. Additionally, they consider how utilizing mental skills like self-talk, visualization, breathing techniques, and routines can give tennis players a better chance to handle the situation in an effective way. To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter or Instagram. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
8/6/202240 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep. 94 - Integrating Mental Skills into Practice

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss how to integrate mental skills into practice. A number of strategies are covered that players and coaches can utilize in order to practice in a deliberate way and best prepare for matches. The co-hosts reviewed specific games and drills that can be used to enhance mental skills such as focus, hitting targets on the court, and building in-between point routines. Additionally, they discussed the type of mindset that is needed in order to get the most out of practice. To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter or Instagram. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
7/29/202237 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep. 93 - Howard Bryant on the Mental Game in Tennis, and more

Howard Bryant is an award winning author and journalist who has been a senior writer for ESPN since 2007. Although he writes about a number of sports and topics within sport, he is an astute observer of tennis and he always brings a unique perspective with his analysis of matches and issues within the game. Howard also plays tennis and therefore has first-hand knowledge of how difficult the sport is mentally. As a professional observer of sport, he is uniquely qualified to discuss the mental and emotional challenges that tennis players face.   For more information about Howard’s background: https://howardbryantbooks.com/about   Howard’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/hbryant42   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter or Instagram. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
7/21/20221 hour, 20 minutes, 55 seconds
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Ep. 92 - Wimbledon 2022 | Perspectives from Rybakina, Djokovic, Jabeur, and Kyrgios

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the 2022 Wimbledon Championships. Elena Rybakina defeated Ons Jabeur 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 to win the women's singles championship while Novak Djokovic defeated Nick Kyrgios 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(3) to win the men's singles championship. The co-hosts reviewed various sport psychology themes and talked about how the finalists and champions exhibited certain mental qualities that helped them achieve success in the 2022 Wimbledon Championships.   Ons Jabeur post-final press conference transcript: http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=178051   Elena Rybakina post-final press conference transcript: http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=178050   Nick Kyrgios post-final press conference transcript: http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=178045   Novak Djokovic post-final press conference transcript: http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=178042   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
7/12/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ep. 91 - Triumph and Disaster

"If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same" This quote appears above the door leading to Wimbledon's Centre Court and it is a challenge to all players who step on to that most famous court. In this episode, Josh and Brian discuss the excerpt from Rudyard Kipling's poem 'If-' and relate it to the difficulties players encounter during a tennis match. Additionally, they relate this quote to one from Theodore Roosevelt's 'The Man in the Arena' speech. Both quotes provide important viewpoints and perspectives to consider while watching and playing tennis. Text of 'If-': https://poets.org/poem/if Text of 'The Man in the Arena' speech: https://www.theodorerooseveltcenter.org/Learn-About-TR/TR-Encyclopedia/Culture-and-Society/Man-in-the-Arena.aspx Blog post explaining Triumph and Disaster: https://performancextra.com/stoicism-in-sport/triumph-and-disaster-treat-those-two-imposters-the-same/
7/9/202244 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep. 90 - The Value of Mini-Wins

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the concept of mini-wins and mini-celebrations. Tennis players can look to celebrate controllable sources of “mini-wins” that they successfully complete in practice and matches. These could include performing a stroke correctly during practice when they are trying to make a technical adjustment, celebrating successfully completing their pre-match routine, and celebrating going through the in-between point routine in matches. Mini-wins have positive benefits physiologically and psychologically.   Dan Abrahams post on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/dan-abrahams-b72a306_i-was-re-listening-to-joe-rogan-interview-activity-6947448262857531392-RmZf?utm_source=linkedin_share&utm_medium=member_desktop_web   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
7/4/202242 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep. 89 - Thoughts on Playing in Extreme Heat

In this episode, Brian and Josh respond to a listener question about playing in the extreme heat. Topics discussed include the importance of preparation, the need to control the controllables, and how understanding your body and limits prior to a match gives you a better chance to perform at a high level. Additionally, they review the importance of maintaining perspective and connecting to a deeper purpose of improvement and performance excellence in order to embrace extreme weather conditions and heat.   References:  Craighead, D. H., Shank, S. W., Gottschall, J. S., Passe, D. H., Murray, B., Alexander, L. M., & Kenney, W. L. (2017). Ingestion of transient receptor potential channel agonists attenuates exercise‐induced muscle cramps. Muscle & Nerve, 56(3), 379-385. https://doi.org/10.1002/mus.25611   Gomes, R. V., Moreira, A., Lodo, L., Nosaka, K., Coutts, A. J., & Aoki, M. S. (2013). Monitoring training loads, stress, immune-endocrine responses and performance in tennis players. Biology of Sport, 30(3), 173-180. doi: 10.5604/20831862.1059169   Kovacs, M. S. (2007). Tennis physiology: Training the competitive athlete. Sports Medicine, 37(3), 189-198. https://doi.org/10.2165/00007256-200737030-00001   Kovacs, M. S., & Baker, L. B. (2014). Recovery interventions and strategies for improved tennis performance. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48, i18-i21. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2013-093223   Ojala, T., & Häkkinen, K. (2013). Effects of the tennis tournament on players' physical performance, hormonal responses muscle damage and recovery. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 12, 240-248.   Ranchordas, M. K., Rogersion, D., Ruddock, A., Killer, S. C., & Winter, E. M. (2013). Nutrition for tennis: Practical recommendations. Journal of Sports Science & Medicine, 12(2), 211-224.   Reid, M., & Duffield, R. (2014). The development of fatigue during match-play tennis. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48, i7-i11. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2013-093196   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
6/24/202242 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep. 88 - Strategies For Automatic Negative Thoughts

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss self-talk strategies to handle Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANT’s). Certain strategies mentioned were inspired from the book Chatter by Ethan Kross including distancing from the problem (seeing it from an outsider’s perspective), journaling, and using one’s own voice when communicating through self-talk. Additionally, the co-hosts reviewed the importance of developing one’s personal philosophy and building character when it comes to developing effective self-talk strategies.   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
6/16/202240 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep. 87 - Lessons from Roland Garros 2022 via Swiatek, Gauff, Nadal, and Ruud

In this episode, Brian and Josh review the 2022 French Open. They discuss Iga Swiatek and her performance in the tournament which culminated with a 6-1 6-3 victory in the championship match over Coco Gauff. This victory furthered her current winning streak to 35 matches and is her second Roland Garros title and second major title. Additionally, the co-hosts chatted about Rafael Nadal’s victory in the final over Casper Ruud 6-3 6-3 6-0 which was Nadal’s 14th Roland Garros title and 22nd major title. For both finalists, Coco Gauff and Casper Ruud, it was their first major final and a key step in the progress of their careers. For all four finalists, their mindsets and mental games were key contributing factors in their success; topics discussed included the importance of prioritizing mental skills, utilizing one’s platform to promote social change, and the importance of character.     To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter or Instagram. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
6/6/202243 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ep. 86 - How To Deal With Slumps

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss strategies for how tennis players can handle slumps. Slumps are times when players have a losing streak, lose more matches than they are accustomed to, or simply when a player has a period of time when they aren’t playing at their best. The co-hosts talked about research relating to the factors that determine how a player handles a slump, discussed the impact of psychological momentum, and reviewed the importance of how an individual appraises their slump.   Research study mentioned in the episode: “Overcoming performance slumps: Psychological resilience in expert cricket batsmen” -  Chris Brown, Joanne Butt, and Mustafar Sarkar of Sheffield Hallam University http://shura.shu.ac.uk/23679/1/Brown%2C%20Butt%2C%20Sakar%20Performance%20slumps%20resilience%202018.pdf   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter or Instagram. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
6/2/202252 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep. 85 - Marcus Daniell and Making an Impact

Marcus Daniell is a professional tennis player from New Zealand and the Founder & Executive Director of High Impact Athletes (https://highimpactathletes.org/). He is an Olympic bronze medallist tennis player with 5 ATP titles, quarterfinal appearances at both Wimbledon and the Australian Open (twice), and numerous caps for the NZ Davis Cup Team. He has been Giving Effectively since 2014. On January 4th, 2021, Marcus took the Giving What We Can pledge to donate at least 10% of his annual winnings to effective organisations for the rest of his life. Alongside his tennis career, Marcus has completed a B.A. from Massey University in Psychology and Spanish and has been awarded the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award for his work with HIA, joining recipients such as Nelson Mandela and Roger Federer. In this conversation, Brian and Josh speak with Marcus about his career and playing with an impactful purpose. Donate via High Impact Athletes: https://highimpactathletes.org/donate
5/29/202248 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ep. 84 - Brian Park and Apeak Tennis

Brian Park is the CEO & Founder of Apeak and is a Sports Psychology Performance Consultant. He has a Master's in Sport Psychology and worked as a high-performance coach and Sport Psychology performance consultant, helping competitive tennis players to reach their full potential. In this conversation, we talk to Brian about his career, and Apeak's mission of making mental toughness training accessible and affordable to all.   Link to download Apeak: https://apeak.com/onboarding/download   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter or Instagram. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
5/22/202252 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ep. 83 - The Rise of Carlos Alcaraz

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the mental attributes of Carlos Alcaraz that have led to his rise in the rankings. The co-hosts consider the confidence, humility, and work ethic that he has shown thus far in his career, and how rare it is to see such traits from someone his age (19 years old). Furthermore, they review how all tennis players can learn from Alcaraz’s motivational and instructional self-talk (featured in the first quote below) and the positive impact that activating the coaching voice by using the player’s own name has on performance. Below are quotes that were mentioned during the episode.     “I lost the second set, and then after, I went to the bathroom. It helped me,” Alcaraz recalled. “I washed my face. ‘Okay, Charlie, if you're not going to pull out, think about playing. Don't think on your ankle. Don't think on nothing else. Fight till the very last ball, because you know that you are capable of doing it.’”   "I have five more to go to be the best in the world."   “I am not afraid to say I want to win a Grand Slam, I know it is going to be really hard, but I am not afraid to say it.”     To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter or Instagram. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
5/10/202248 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ep. 82 - Thoughts on Parenting Young Tennis Players

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the challenges of parenting tennis players, and offer some good practices to assist in the journey. Topics reviewed include having a clear purpose for why a child plays tennis and the benefits of the sport, parents as performers on match day, ensuring that tennis remains fun, and the benefits of sport sampling for young tennis players. A list of resources for parents and athletes is listed below.    USTA Player Development Parent Resources Page: http://www.playerdevelopment.usta.com/parent_resources_/    USTA’s American Development Model: https://www.usta.com/en/home/play/american-development-model.html    Sport for Life (Canada) - Long-Term Development Resources: https://sportforlife.ca/long-term-development/    Tennis Canada Tips for Parents: https://www.tenniscanada.com/compete/tips-for-parents/    Presentation on Positive Youth Development in Tennis by Brian Lomax: https://youtu.be/muWzTZ7iPZs    Positive Coaching Alliance: https://positivecoach.org/    To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
5/8/202255 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ep. 81 - Why is it so hard to close matches?

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the challenges of closing out a match. Topics reviewed include loss aversion, the benefits of practicing being a closer, and how you can use a self-talk closing script and visualization to help you have a plan for closing situations. Additionally, the co-hosts talk about how professional players often struggle to close out matches, and that this is a phenomenon that occurs at all levels of the game.     To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
4/28/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ep. 80 - Swupnil Sahai and A.I. in Tennis

Brian and Josh chat with Swupnil Sahai, the co-founder and CEO of SwingVision, about the use of artificial intelligence (A.I.) in tennis and how the data extracted can relate to the mental side of the sport. Swupnil is a lifelong tennis player and massive Federer fan. He has a triple major from UC Berkeley, a PhD in Statistics from Columbia, and built patented A.I. for autonomous driving at Tesla Autopilot. He created SwingVision with the mission to democratize the professional tennis experience for players of all levels.   Listeners of the Tennis IQ Podcast can get $100 off the SwingVision Pro subscription bundle, which includes a phone mount that attaches to the back fence or curtain in seconds and provides optimal shot tracking accuracy. Use the link https://swing.tennis/c/tennisiq to get the discount.   About SwingVision: SwingVision is the A.I. tennis app that provides automated scoring, shot tracking & line calling using just your iPhone. Featured in the 2021 iPhone & iPad Keynote events, designated as Editors' Choice on the App Store and now the Official Player & Ball Tracking App of the ITA, LTA & Tennis Australia, SwingVision has quickly become the most comprehensive, portable and affordable technology solution for tennis players of all levels.
4/19/202252 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep. 79 - Self-talk Strategies To Optimize Your Internal Dialogue

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss self-talk strategies for tennis players to optimize their internal dialogue. Strategies discussed include utilizing a self-talk log, cognitive restructuring/reframing, thought stopping/replacement, repetitive writing, and using scripts. The co-hosts emphasize that regardless of the strategy utilized, it is important to “listen to yourself less, and talk to yourself more” (h/t @DanAbrahams77) - don’t listen to everything that goes through your mind and talk to yourself in a productive and intentional way.   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
4/8/202252 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep. 78 - Cheating in Tennis

This episode is a follow-up to an earlier conversation on the topic of cheating in tennis. In Ep. 24, Brian and Josh discussed how players can respond to instances of cheating as well as how to handle "difficult" opponents. In this conversation, the co-hosts expand on the topic, and examine why cheating occurs, how to reframe cheating in your mind, what to do when a bad line call occurs, and additional strategies players can use when they encounter cheating. For more on this topic, check out Ep. 24 - Dealing With Cheating and Difficult Opponents To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
3/31/202248 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep. 77 - Why Tennis Is So Tough | The Unique Challenges Of The Sport

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the unique challenges of tennis. Topics discussed include a conversation on why the scoring system in tennis can lead to constant judgement and riding an "emotional rollercoaster", the multiple roles that tennis players need to play in a match (player, coach, line judge), as well as the fighting/combat nature of the sport. Additionally, the co-hosts consider how the nature of the sport invites comparisons to other players which can lead to increased expectations and pressure.   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
3/24/202254 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ep. 76 - How To Play At The Highest Level of Tennis IQ

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss how to play Level 3 in the Tennis IQ model developed by USPTA Master Professional Jorge Capestany. Level 1 of this model involves the player and the ball (beginner level), Level 2 is about a player’s own side of the court, and Level 3 is the opponent’s side of the court (pro level). The co-hosts review the types of mindsets and tactics that tennis players can utilize in order to play Level 3 more often, and play in a way that keeps the opponent's side of the court in mind. This starts with a closer look at a player’s own strengths and the weaknesses of the opponent, and then a commitment to use their strengths to exploit the opponent’s weaknesses as often as possible. Furthermore, they examine how tennis players can “sabotage” their opponent’s game to disrupt their rhythm and make it tougher for the opponent to play at their best level.   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
3/17/202254 minutes, 50 seconds
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Ep. 75 - What To Do When You Are Supposed To Win/Lose

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss what to do when a tennis player is “supposed” to win or lose a match. The co-hosts review things to avoid when you are supposed to win or lose, along with mindsets that keep you focused and competitive. Lastly, they consider better ways to approach these scenarios including the mantra “respect all, fear none."   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
3/10/202238 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep. 74 - Playing From Behind | Lessons from Barty, Djokovic, Medvedev, and Nadal

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss how tennis players should handle trying to come back when they are losing. Topics discussed include learning from top pros on how they deal with playing from behind, how to identify what sort of adjustment needs to be made mid-match, and the type of mindset and attitude that you need to turn a match around.    To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
3/1/202248 minutes, 52 seconds
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Ep. 73 - Building Your Confidence

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss how tennis players can systematically develop their confidence. Topics discussed include how to set up reminder systems about your sources of confidence (achievements, making progress towards goals, etc.), how to utilize confidence journals and make daily "deposits" to your confidence bank, and how to use mental skills such as visualization to develop your confidence on the court.   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
2/22/202243 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. 72 - Finding Your Optimal Intensity

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss how tennis players can find their optimal level of intensity on the practice court and in matches. The co-hosts outline some of the research concepts relating to Individual Zones of Optimal Functioning (IZOF) and the Inverted-U Theory which shows the relationship between pressure and performance (also known as the Yerkes-Dodson Law). They discuss how tennis players can use mental preparation to control their intensity levels, and review specific ways that tennis players can increase or decrease their levels of intensity on the court during matches.   Aaron Donald pre-game speech (self-talk) - https://youtu.be/y4P7D5fEXJI   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
2/11/202255 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ep. 71 - Australian Open 2022 Recap | Barty & Nadal

The 2022 Australian Open has wrapped up with Ashleigh Barty winning the women’s singles title over Danielle Collins 6–3, 7–6(2), and Rafael Nadal winning the men’s singles title over Daniil Medvedev 2–6, 6–7(5), 6–4, 6–4, 7–5. In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the finals of the women’s and men’s singles championships, and share sport psychology themes that emerged from the champions, Ashleigh Barty and Rafael Nadal.    Ashleigh Barty’s interview transcript after the championship match: http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=172610    Danielle Collins’ interview transcript after the championship match: http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=172611    Rafael Nadal’s interview transcript after the championship match: http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=172605    Daniil Medvedev’s interview transcript after the championship match: http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=172606 To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
2/2/202248 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep. 70 - Thoughts On Being Coachable

In this episode, Brian and Josh talk about the concept of being coachable. Lack of coachability is often cited as a key factor that holds athletes back from fulfilling their goals and making progress in their development. The co-hosts discuss ways that athletes can be more coachable including committing to becoming a "student of the game," being inquisitive, and embracing a growth mindset.   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
1/26/202246 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep. 69 - Responding to a Tough Loss

In this episode, Josh and Brian discuss how tennis players can respond after a tough loss. Whether that loss is a blowout, a match that a player feels that they lost to a weaker player, or a close match, there are strategies that tennis players can utilize to increase the likelihood of bouncing back successfully. Much of the conversation is based on Emma Raducanu's response to her recent 6-0 6-1 loss and the way that she handled the situation in the immediate aftermath.    Quotes by Emma Raducanu referenced in this episode:    “I just want to keep putting myself out there. Even if I keep getting knocked down. It’s just about getting back up. You’re one step better and you learn more.”    “After the match I got a box of balls and went straight to practice. I felt like I could have done some things better in the match, and I wanted to try to fix it straight away.”    “I could have easily said it’s too soon and just play next week, but I wanted to really test where I’m at. I think this will help in putting me in a better place for next week.”    To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
1/17/202233 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep. 68 - What It Means to Be Competitive

In this episode, Brian and Josh explore what it truly means for an athlete to be "competitive," and misconceptions surrounding the concept. The co-hosts explain the difference between simply being competitive and being a great competitor. Additionally, they explain potential drawbacks to wanting to win at all costs. Lastly, they take a closer look at the Sport Orientation Questionnaire and discuss the differences between having an orientation primarily focused on winning rather than development and goal-achievement.    Research on the Development of the Sport Orientation Questionnaire (Includes the Sport Orientation Questionnaire) : https://www.researchgate.net/publication/271994227_Development_of_the_Sport_Orientation_Questionnaire  To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ​​​​​​​​​ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
1/10/202247 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep. 67 - The Best of 2021

In this episode, Brian and Josh review highlights from a number of episodes in 2021. Ep. 25 - Mindfulness in Tennis Ep. 26 - The Power of Routines Ep. 27 - Cristina Rolo and Dave de Haan on the Importance of Mental Training Ep. 36 - Coming Back After an Injury or Break Ep. 37 - How to Play One Point at a Time Ep. 41 - Ryan Harry and Play Ep. 48 - Building Mental Fortitude in Tennis Ep. 50 - How To Be A Clutch Performer Ep. 56 - David Sammel and Developing Your Locker Room Power To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes.
12/30/202151 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ep. 66 - How to Deal with Self-Limiting Beliefs

This episode discusses examples of self-limiting beliefs that tennis players place on themselves and some strategies for dealing with those beliefs. Examples of self-limiting beliefs are perfectionism, imposter syndrome, and focusing solely on winning. This conversation also included a discussion on the difference between fixed and growth mindsets and the difference that one's mindset has on their ability to improve as an athlete. Lastly, Brian and Josh discuss the significant impact that the word "can't" has on the self-belief of an athlete.   Eric Butorac's TED Talk - https://youtu.be/B3OoH_O9Y-U   “It is our duty as men and women to proceed as though the limits of our abilities do not exist” - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
12/19/202148 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ep. 65 - Todd Martin on Passion and Focus

Todd Martin is the CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I., a position he has held since September 2014. In addition to his role as CEO, Martin serves as Tournament Chairman of the Hall of Fame Open, the only ATP World Tour event in the Northeast and the only professional grass court tournament in the Americas. Todd was a top-ranked player on the ATP World Tour in the 1990’s and early 2000’s. He achieved a career high ranking of world No. 4, reached the finals at the US Open and the Australian Open, and was a member of the United States Davis Cup team that won the championship in 1995. Since retiring from the ATP World Tour in 2004, Martin has remained highly engaged in the tennis industry. He served three terms as a Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors, from 2011 through 2016 and currently serves as a Player Representative to the President of the USTA. Martin serves on the Board of Directors for the Tennis Industry Association, and he is on the Oracle US Tennis Awards Advisory Council. In 1993, he launched Todd Martin Youth Leadership, in his hometown of Lansing, Michigan that serves at-risk youth and provides tennis, education and leadership programming. Previously, Martin coached Novak Djokovic and Mardy Fish.
12/10/20211 hour, 15 minutes, 52 seconds
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Ep. 64 - How To Use Mental Contrasting To Perform Better

This episode is a discussion on mental contrasting, a self-regulation strategy related to goal-achievement based on the work of Gabriele Oettingen. Mental contrasting and WOOP (wish, outcome, obstacle, plan) help individuals establish plans for the obstacles that they expect to encounter. In this conversation, Brian and Josh discuss how this concept can be applied to tennis matches and review some of the common obstacles that tennis players will inevitably encounter. To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
12/3/202154 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ep. 63 - Getting to Know Brian Lomax

In this episode, Josh interviews Brian about his start in tennis, how he transitioned careers to sport psychology, and how he approaches working with clients. For more on Brian, visit https://performancextra.com/brian-lomax/
11/29/202144 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep. 62 - Getting to Know Josh Burger

In this episode, Brian interviews Josh about his background and philosophy as a sport psychology professional. Josh is the founder and sport psychology coach of Tiebreaker Psych, which provides sport psychology coaching to athletes of all sports, ages, and levels. For more information on Tiebreaker Psych visit TiebreakerPsych.com.
11/21/202155 minutes
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Ep. 61 - The Performance Equation

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the “Performance Equation” inspired by Tim Gallwey: Actual Performance = Potential - Interference. Tim Gallwey, the author of The Inner Game of Tennis as well as a number of other books, has used this equation to explain the detrimental impact that interference has on performance. This conversation covered the harmful impact of different types of distractions including self-judgment, expectations, and visual/auditory distractions. To conclude, Brian and Josh reviewed some ways to reduce interference and learn to focus on what is important. Links mentioned in this episode:  https://youtu.be/ieb1lmm9xHk To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
11/13/202152 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ep. 60 - Mardy Fish Documentary on Netflix

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the recently released Netflix documentary on Mardy Fish "Untold: Breaking Point".  This documentary tells the story of Mardy Fish's rise to the highest level of the ATP Tour which included a high-ranking of #7 in the world and an appearance at the prestigious 2011 ATP World Tour Finals. The co-hosts discuss Mardy's challenges with mental health and severe anxiety disorder that ultimately led Mardy to put his career on pause for several years. They also review how Mardy overcame these challenges and has used his platform and position as U.S. Davis Cup captain to help the next generation learn from his story. This conversation also considers what "toughness" really is, and how this concept is often misunderstood by athletes, coaches, parents, and the media.   Untold: Breaking Point - https://www.netflix.com/title/81026434 To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!  
11/4/202148 minutes, 52 seconds
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Ep. 59 - The Importance of Full Focus

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the topic of full focus. The ability to fully focus during tennis matches is often cited as a critical factor to success, however many tennis players struggle to maintain their focus in high-pressure moments and throughout the duration of a tennis match. The co-hosts described the importance of focusing on what can be controlled, and focusing on the present moment rather than on the past or future. Furthermore, they discussed how athletes ought to focus on their long-term development process rather than getting too caught up in individual results. To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
10/25/202145 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep. 58 - Learning to Love the Stress of Competition

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss how tennis players can learn to enjoy the stress of competition. The co-hosts talk about the need to embrace the “battle” in competition, and ultimately enjoy it. Additionally, they consider how winning and playing in close matches can make an athlete a better competitor over time. Lastly, the topic of viewing your tennis game as a life project and focusing on the improvement process instead of on results can lead to more enjoyment over time is reviewed. To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
10/19/202148 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ep. 57 - Improving Your Tennis Team's Performance

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss tennis performance in various team settings such as adult teams, college teams, and high school teams. Within these teams, it is important to develop a team identity so that motivation and resiliency can be improved. Captains and team leaders play a pivotal role in the development of a cycle of leadership that can create a positive and autonomous culture. Lastly, Brian and Josh review how team goals can be constructed and how they can be linked with the team’s identity and vision. To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
10/14/202155 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep. 56 - David Sammel and Developing Your Locker Room Power

David Sammel is a world prominent tennis coach based in the UK who has coached dozens of professional players and international junior players. He’s also the author of the book Locker Room Power and the founder of Mindset College.   Through this conversation, you will learn what Locker Room Power is, how to develop it, and how to apply it in competition. This includes the concept of mentally unsettling the opponent and using courage as a virtue.  Locker Room Power: Building an Athlete's Mind https://www.amazon.com/dp/1080758585   US listeners - Audio version of Locker Room Power: https://www.audible.com/pd/B092L4K5V4  UK listeners - Audio version of Locker Room Power: https://adbl.co/3nCJZAD  Mindset College: https://www.mindsetcollege.co.uk
10/4/20211 hour, 16 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep. 55 - The Yips and Double Faults

This episode includes a brief discussion on the yips in tennis. The yips has been described as “a sudden and unexplained loss of ability to execute certain skills in experienced athletes”, and though it happens most typically to golfers as they putt, it can happen to tennis players as well.  The remainder of the conversation discussed serving and double faults. Brian and Josh emphasized the importance of resetting and putting the previous point behind you in order to have the best possible mindset for the following point.    This article explains some of the same research discussed in this episode: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2021/sep/27/how-emma-raducanu-prevents-one-mistake-from-leading-to-another?CMP=Share  To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
9/27/202149 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ep. 54 - US Open 2021 | Lessons from Radacanu, Fernandez, Medvedev, and Djokovic

Josh and Brian review some of the bigger stories from the 2021 US Open through the lens of sport psychology. First, they discuss Emma Raducanu’s victory over Leylah Fernandez in the women's final and the circumstances that led to the unexpected success of each finalist. The guys also discuss Daniil Medvedev’s first Grand Slam triumph, and how he was able to stop Novak Djokovic from completing a calendar year Grand Slam and winning major title number 21. To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ​​​​​​​​​ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
9/17/20211 hour, 1 minute, 52 seconds
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Ep. 53 - How to Deal With Losing

In this episode, Brian and Josh review how to deal with losing. Losing is a necessary and inevitable part of competition and the development process. Discussion points are how to respond to lost points during a match, how to handle and frame difficult losses, and the feeling of loss that athletes can undertake during an injury or retirement. Lastly, Brian and Josh consider the mindset that athletes want to have - 'playing to win' rather than trying to avoid losing.   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
9/13/202155 minutes
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Ep. 52 - Improving Your Game Through Recovery Routines

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss how tennis players can establish and utilize post-practice and post-match routines to enhance future performance. The co-hosts review recovery routine elements such as nutrition, hydration, stretching, and more. Additionally, they examine how players can utilize journals to reflect on their practices and matches to learn and improve going forward. To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
8/30/202134 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep. 51 - Dr. Laura Swettenham on Stress, Coping, and Think Aloud

Dr. Laura Swettenham is a sport and exercise psychologist from the UK, chartered with the British Psychological Society. She has experience working within a range of sports, predominantly professional football (soccer), youth tennis, and e-sports. In her practice, Laura uses acceptance and mindfulness approaches, such as acceptance and commitment therapy, to support athletes and coaches so they can thrive in and out of their performance environment.   Currently, Laura works at Cultiv8 Academy, the Yorkshire regional player development center for tennis, and is the sport psychology and coach development lead at the federation of e-sports coaches. She is also an associate partner lecturer at the University of Portsmouth and has published multiple research papers within sport psychology utilizing the Think Aloud protocol. In this conversation, we discuss Think Aloud and its utility in exploring stress and coping mechanisms in tennis. For more information on Think Aloud, please read "Investigating Stress and Coping During Practice and Competition in Tennis using Think Aloud" by Laura and her colleagues. (https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9077/)   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ​​​​​​​​​ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
8/19/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep. 50 - How To Be A Clutch Performer

During a tennis match, there can be several key moments that could determine the outcome. Do you perform well in these moments? Are you good at recognizing them?   In this episode, Brian and Josh review how to create clutch performances. Highlights of the conversation include understanding what a clutch performance is, the concept of "make it happen," and some practical steps you can take to become more clutch. This is a valuable topic for both players and coaches.
8/9/202148 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ep. 49 - The Importance of Sportsmanship

At most levels of the game, tennis players are required to call lines and honor the rules of the game. It is a unique feature of the sport and it highlights the importance of sportsmanship when competing. In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss some coaching and parenting behaviors that can promote good sportsmanship along with some behaviors that can lead to unethical decision making. In the end, we need to understand that good sportsmanship makes us better people, and better people are better competitors.   Better People Make Better Competitors: https://issuu.com/newenglanduspta/docs/summer_2021_2_/18
8/4/202150 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ep. 48 - Building Mental Fortitude in Tennis

This episode reviews how tennis players can build mental fortitude and resilience. Brian and Josh base their discussion on the study “Mental fortitude training: An evidence-based approach to developing psychological resilience for sustained success” by David Fletcher and Mustafa Sarkar. Their mental fortitude training program focuses on three main areas: personal qualities, facilitative environment, and challenge mindset.   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ​​​​​​​​​ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
7/26/202157 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ep. 47 - Wimbledon 2021 | Lessons from Barty, Pliskova and Djokovic

Josh and Brian review some of the bigger stories from the 2021 Wimbledon Championships through the lens of sport psychology. Topics included are Ash Barty and being the best person you can be, Karolina Pliskova and the importance of self-belief, and the mental strength of Novak Djokovic winning his sixth Wimbledon title and 20th Grand Slam title (tying Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal).   If you have questions or feedback on this episode, email us at [email protected].
7/16/202145 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ep. 46 - Angelo Rossetti and the Power of Purpose

Angelo Rossetti is well-known in the tennis and coaching communities as someone who is very positive, very generous, and a wonderful influence on his students. He currently serves as the Director of Racquet Sports for the Inspire Tennis Academy and the Tennis and Fitness Center of Rocky Hill. He's a USPTA P1 Elite Professional, he's PTR Certified, a USTA High Performance and Mental Skills Certified Coach, and ITPTA Certified Pickleball Teaching Professional. He's also a two-time Guinness World Records title holder for the longest tennis rally and the longest tennis volley rally.  Lastly, Angelo is a published author of the book TENNACITY: The Tenacious Mindset On & Off the Court which is based on his mental skills training for tennis players and athletes (available on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/TENNACITY-Tenacious-Mindset-Off-Court/dp/0998576689).   His online mental skills course can be found at Tennacity.org. To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ​​​​​​​​​ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
7/5/20211 hour, 20 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep. 45 - Preparing for Matches

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss how tennis players can handle pre-match preparation. The co-hosts review how utilizing mental skills the day before and morning of a match can be the difference between performing well and under-performing. They also discuss how scheduling sleep, meals, and hydration can make a big difference in how an athlete feels once their match begins. Lastly, they emphasize that planning for certain scenarios and designing contingency responses can be beneficial just in case those situations end up occurring during matches.   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ​​​​​​​​​ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
6/24/202144 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep. 44 - French Open 2021 Recap: Mental Health and Mental Toughness

Mental health and mental toughness were on full display at the 2021 French Open, and in this episode, Josh and Brian review some of the bigger stories from the tournament through the lens of sport psychology. Topics included are Naomi Osaka's withdrawal, two first-time Grand Slam finalists in the women's draw, and the mental strength of Novak Djokovic. If you have questions or feedback on this episode, email us at [email protected].
6/18/202146 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. 43 - Steve O'Connell and Journaling

Steve O'Connell is an accomplished racquet sport professional and educator who is a USPTA elite certified pro, wheelchair tennis instructor, certified platform tennis instructor and a certified pickleball instructor. Through his careers in both tennis and education, Steve has been a long-time advocate of journaling and writing, emphasizing the many benefits of these practices to his students.   Interview Highlights:  1:25 - Steve explains his introduction to tennis  4:35 - The similarities between coaches and teachers  8:06 - How Steve got involved with journaling  10:01 - Using journaling as a tool with developing tennis players  13:01 - The best ways to get started with journaling  20:27 - How much time should you wait before journaling about a match or practice?  27:02 - Introducing journaling to tennis coaches  33:40 - Helping athletes and coaches commit to journaling on a regular basis  38:12 - The habit of learning from past journal entries  45:01 - The benefits of writing things down after tennis lessons, practices, or matches  51:09 - Best practices related to journaling and final thoughts   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ​​​​​​​​​ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
6/10/202159 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep. 42 - Expectations at the Pro Level

Note: This episode was recorded on Sunday (5/30) which was before the news broke of Naomi Osaka's withdrawal from the 2021 Roland Garros tournament.   This episode dives into the quote "Keep standards high and expectations low" which was originally used by Mikaela Shiffrin (Olympic and World Cup ski champion), but has been embraced and thoroughly discussed by Iga Swiatek. Brian and Josh discuss the expectations placed on various ATP and WTA players currently, and review how these expectations and pressures could impact them in the 2021 Roland Garros tournament. The co-hosts talk about certain players who have benefitted based on their focus on keeping their personal standards high without too much of a focus on the outcome and winning.   We’re not the good guys: Osaka shows up problems of press conferences - Jonathan Liew - https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2021/may/31/were-not-the-good-guys-osaka-shows-up-problems-of-press-conferences   Reporter Congratulates Nicolas Mahut After Loss - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Vnx-q_AdNM   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ​​​​​​​​​ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
6/2/202149 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. 41 - Ryan Harry and Play

Ryan Harry has established himself as an industry leader within the tennis community. His 21-year career has presented opportunities to work at some of the most established clubs within the nation. Most recently, Ryan held the position as Head Professional for the International Tennis Hall of Fame. In February, 2021 Ryan launched Play Tennis Academy, a management company designed to bring club-level programming to your neighborhood. These efforts are to provide convenient junior and adult training opportunities at affordable rates.  Ryan's career highlights include USPTA pro of the year (RI), PTR pro of the year (RI), featured in Tennis Channel magazine, Tennis Industry magazine, and two developmental videos that are currently featured on Tennis Channel Academy.   Play Tennis Academy - https://www.playtennisacademy.net/  Episode highlights:  2:40 - Ryan describes his introduction to the sport of tennis  7:07 - The beginning of Ryan's coaching journey  9:20 - How positive coaches surrounding Ryan influenced his coaching philosophy  16:28 - What Ryan looks for in the coaches that he hires at Play Tennis Academy  20:37 - The challenges and successes during the launch of Play Tennis Academy  24:16 - Ryan's journey as a coach and business owner from a mental toughness perspective  26:54 - The shift in Ryan's coaching philosophy over the years  31:25 - The mission behind Play Tennis Academy  34:19 - The importance of play, fun, and enjoyment when learning tennis  39:29 - Making matches and matchplay fun  42:05 - The impact that tennis can make in a child's life  45:45 - Helping kids get more engaged into tennis and become a 'student of the game'  49:21 - Learning from the pros and having a hero to look up to  53:32 - Creating a team-based environment within junior tennis  59:54 - The mentality of playing one point at a time and never taking a point off  1:05:52 - The benefits of playing different levels of players and learning from winning and losing  1:07:11 - Creating a positive learning environment that promotes character development  1:09:08 - Manipulating the rules of practice to better prepare players for the challenges of matches  1:12:17 - Final thoughts and a challenge to the listeners - get out and play tennis tomorrow!
5/24/20211 hour, 20 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep. 40 - Goal Setting and Achievement

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss goal-setting strategies that can help tennis players further their development. The conversation starts by discussing the importance of crafting an identity for the person that you want to become, and then crafting goals relating to that new identity. They also discuss how tennis players ought to break down their larger "outcome goals" into smaller pieces using performance and process goals, and then develop new habits and systems to pursue those goals. Lastly, they review the relevant length of time to set goals for and the importance of focusing on short-term and medium-term goals rather than getting too caught up on long-term goals that can be discouraging and may feel unachievable.   USTA HIGH PERFORMANCE COACHING PROGRAM DEVELOPMENTAL PLAN - https://s3.amazonaws.com/ustaassets/assets/689/15/16777_c_ny_19_playerdevelopment_reformatresources_pd_developmentalplan.pdf  Don’t Dream Big | Eric Butorac | TEDxBinghamtonUniversity  -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3OoH_O9Y-U  Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment - George Leonard - https://www.amazon.com/Mastery-Keys-Success-Long-Term-Fulfillment/dp/0452267560  To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
5/17/202157 minutes, 20 seconds
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Ep. 39 - Dealing with Choking

In this episode, Brian and Josh dive into the topic of choking and cover strategies that tennis players can utilize when they feel a match starting to slip away. First, the co-hosts discuss a few root issues relating to choking including identifying oneself as a "choker" or expecting that you will choke because you've choked in the past. Additionally, they examine how focusing too much on the score and the outcome of the match can cause players to play hesitantly so as to avoid losing rather than playing to win. Lastly, Brian and Josh review how implementing mental skills including mindfulness, self-talk, and visualization gives tennis players the best possible chance to handle choking situations well when they encounter them.   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ​​​​​​​​​ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
5/8/202143 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep. 38 - Developing Your Potential

When it comes to developing your potential as a tennis player, there are a number of factors involved. In this episode, Brian and Josh review several of those factors including the relationship between talent and potential, your genes, access to facilities and/or coaching, and the mindset required to develop your talent.   The Performance Equation  [Actual Performance] = [Potential Performance] - [Interference]
4/30/202151 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ep. 37 - How to Play One Point at a Time

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss how tennis players can embrace the mentality of playing one point at a time. Many players notice that when they buy in to a one point at a time mentality, they feel less pressure and may even feel that it makes it easier for them to perform. The co-hosts review the "formula" to playing one point at a time (below) and explain that it is necessary to determine what a quality point means for each player, depending on their playing style. Lastly, Brian and Josh examine the importance of pre-point planning and utilizing an in-between point routine, and the need to be non-judgmental when assessing one's performance.   The formula to play one point at a time:   1. Play a quality point   2. Recover   3. Reset   4. Refocus   5. Repeat steps 1 - 4 until the match is over   Winner's Creed by Bill Tym  - https://www.tennistakes.com/winners-creed/  Perfect Practice Formula by Bill Tym (Corrective Methodology) - https://performancextra.com/bill-tyms-perfect-practice-formula/   Everything is Practice - https://performancextra.com/competitive-mindsets/everything-is-practice/   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ​​​​​​​​​ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
4/25/202146 minutes, 20 seconds
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Ep. 36 - Coming Back After an Injury or Break

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss how athletes should approach returning back to tennis after an injury or break from the sport. Many athletes experienced the challenges of taking an extended break from their sport during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the co-hosts discuss the psychological differences between this stoppage and breaks due to injuries. Additionally, they talk about certain issues that commonly occur when tennis players return to the court after an extended break. Lastly, they discuss the need to keep expectations low at the start of a return from injury and the importance of prioritizing finding rhythm when an athlete returns to the court.   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ​​​​​​​​ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
4/18/202149 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ep. 35 - Integrating Mental Skills into Practice

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss how tennis coaches and players can integrate mental skills on the practice court. It begins with utilizing deliberate and purposeful practice as a way to maximize time on court. Subsequently, Brian and Josh review the need to play practice matches and simulate higher-pressure situations in practice that are likely to occur during matches. Lastly, they reflect on how setting small daily goals and aiming to improve by 1% each day while practicing stressful situations will help athletes incrementally improve their games over time.   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ​​​​​​​ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
4/11/202146 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ep. 34 - Finding Flow in Tennis

Flow is a psychological concept that was named by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi in 1975 and can be defined as a state of complete immersion in an activity. In this episode, Brian and Josh describe this concept and its characteristics. Additionally, they explain some ways that tennis players can increase their likelihood of achieving flow on the court. Though it is likely that most of the time tennis players will not achieve a flow state, the strategies discussed to increase the likelihood of achieving flow are the same strategies that boost tennis performance as a whole.   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ​​​​​​ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
4/3/202147 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ep. 33 - Fear of Failure

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the concept of fear of failure. From their perspective, it is important to determine what it is exactly that is being feared, and how fear manifests itself on the court with physical, mental, and emotional consequences. Mindset shifts and physical tension release strategies to help tennis players deal with these symptoms of fear and pressure are reviewed. Lastly, Brian and Josh talk about how failure and losing are an important and necessary part of the improvement process, and provide quotes (below) relating to this idea.   “Nana korobi, ya oki”  (English translation: Fall down seven times, stand up eight) - Japanese proverb   “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” - Thomas Edison   "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." - Michael Jordan   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ​​​​​ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
3/27/20211 hour, 6 seconds
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Ep. 32 - Positive Psychology Interventions for Tennis Players

In this episode, Brian and Josh explore the topic of positive psychology and offer some interventions that can be helpful for tennis players. Positive psychology takes a strengths-based approach focusing on utilizing the strengths and positive emotions of individuals with the goal of thriving, flourishing, and well-being. Topics of discussion are the importance of having a high ratio of positive to negative emotions on the tennis court, continuing to work on the strengths of your tennis game rather than just focusing on weaknesses, and how to use the concept of Appreciative Inquiry to discover what is working in your game.   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
3/20/202149 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep. 31 - Handling Pressure

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss handling pressure. Some common barriers to performing well under pressure, including unrealistic expectations, are reviewed. They break down higher-pressure matches and tournaments and give some tips for how to mentally prepare for these instances. Mentally rehearsing and preparing for high-pressure moments in matches including break points, deuce points, and tiebreakers are suggestions that are offered. Lastly, the two hosts discuss how the expectations or perceived expectations of others can often lead to feeling more pressure.   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ​​​ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
3/16/20211 hour, 16 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ep. 30 - Marius Barnard and Self-Belief

Marius Barnard is a former ATP pro who spent 13 years on the tour, winning 6 titles, and reaching the men’s doubles quarterfinals at both Wimbledon and the Australian Open. During his playing career, he also had doubles wins over 6 world number ones, including Roger Federer. While playing on the tour, Marius studied psychology and business management. After his career was over, he used his expertise in performance psychology and business to become a coach and mentor. Today, Marius is an executive coach helping CEOs, Directors, and Managers improve their performance with tailored development programs and managing their work pressures with self-belief, optimism and resilience.    Interview Highlights:  2:11 - Marius explains his introduction to tennis and transition from a professional tennis player to an executive coach  5:40 - The Clear Links model and the importance of self-belief to tennis players  11:10 - Utilizing interventions including visualization within the Clear Links model  22:02 - Developing a "highlight reel" from your matches to build confidence  23:58 - Focusing on the present moment in competition  28:56 - Helping athletes develop awareness  30:52 - The differences between confidence and self-belief  35:57 - How is optimism connected to self-belief?  42:11 - The parallels between life as a professional tennis player and working as an executive coach  46:27 - Resilience during a global pandemic  56:07 - Finding the silver lining from difficult situations   https://www.mariusbarnard.com/ - Marius Barnard - Performance Executive Coach
3/9/20211 hour, 2 minutes
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Ep. 29 - Australian Open Recap - Osaka and Djokovic

The 2021 Australian Open has concluded with Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic claiming the singles titles. We discuss how dominant each of these champions have been (Djokovic is 9-0 in Australian Open title matches and Osaka is 4-0 in her first four major finals), and how their mental strength has allowed them to become the champions that they are today. We also reflect on other storylines from the Australian Open including Aslan Karatsev's run to the semi-finals, Daniil Medvedev's performance throughout the tournament and final, and Jennifer Brady's run to the final.   Links to videos mentioned in this episode:   Naomi Osaka: "I was extremely nervous" press conference (F) | Australian Open 2021 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idmw9aWm3K8  Aslan Karatsev: "I'll try to enjoy the moment" press conference (QF) | Australian Open 2021  - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEy6hw2AP48  To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and Sport Psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
2/27/202142 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep. 28 - Focus on the Process

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the importance of focusing on the process. First, they break down the improvement process of becoming a better tennis player, which is slow and gradual. Next, they address the importance of enjoyment during the development process and how aiming for 1% improvements on a daily basis leads to significant long-term results. Lastly, they talk about the importance of having trust and faith in the process as improvements often can't be noticed until a later time.   Don’t Dream Big | Eric Butorac TEDx Talk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3OoH_O9Y-U  To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ​​ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
2/22/202148 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep. 27 - Cristina Rolo and Dave de Haan on the Importance of Mental Training

Cristina Rolo and Dave de Haan co-founded Rolo Mental Coaching in 2005, and their coaching focuses on performance enhancement and quality of life. Both Cristina and Dave are internationally recognized experts in the area of performance psychology and mental coaching, especially in tennis. They have extensive experience at the elite and ATP professional level, and they co-authored the book, Mental Training in Tennis: Applied Strategies for Success.   Interview Highlights:   1:27 - Cristina and Dave explain how they initially got involved in sport psychology  7:11 - Tennis as a microcosm of life  13:30 - How adversity can spur the transformation process  19:42 - Helping athletes develop their own personal philosophies  24:54 - Working with players on the ATP Tour  36:02 - Having a person-oriented holistic approach to athletes who are entering retirement  43:54 - "Why mental training" and how the chair analogy can be used to demonstrate the importance of mental training  54:28 - The philosophy of viewing everything as practice  58:18 - Helping tennis players develop mental skills from a young age as part of their athletic foundation   Rolo Mental Coaching - rolomentalcoaching.com   Mental Training in Tennis: Applied Strategies for Success - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B088XR3WXW/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0
2/16/20211 hour, 10 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep. 26 - The Power of Routines

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss routines and break down routines into three parts. First, they review pre-performance routines and how to prepare mentally and physically leading up to a competition. Next, they address during-performance routines, and specifically the "16 second cure" developed by Dr. Jim Loehr to help tennis players manage their time in-between points. Lastly, they talk about post-performance routines and how to systematically learn from competition.   The 16-Second Cure with Dr. Jim Loehr - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AviGTb3GKhQ  To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
2/8/20211 hour, 13 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ep. 25 - Mindfulness in Tennis

In this episode, Brian and Josh explore the topic of mindfulness. They broadly define and discuss the importance of the topic and discuss how mindfulness can be trained for tennis players. Additionally, thoughts are provided on how mindfulness can be practiced in a number of ways including meditation, mindful walks, mindful eating, and choosing to "savor" the present moment. Lastly, Brian and Josh talk about their own introductions to the topic of mindfulness and their experiences practicing mindfulness/meditation.   The Mindful Athlete - George Mumford - https://www.amazon.com/Mindful-Athlete-Secrets-Pure-Performance/dp/1941529259/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1611972272&sr=1-1  To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ​ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
1/30/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep. 24 - Dealing with Cheating and Difficult Opponents

In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss how to handle playing against difficult opponents and cheating. They discuss the mentality needed leading up to the match to perform at a high level against difficult opponents, including having contingency plans and the ability to reset after a cheating incident. They also share anecdotes of situations from their own playing and coaching careers when they handled playing against difficult opponents in a better or worse manner.   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
1/24/202152 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ep. 23 - What Makes a Mentally Tough Tennis Player?

In this episode, Brian and Josh explore the topic of "mental toughness" and break the concept into key attributes and characteristics of mentally tough tennis players and athletes. Mental toughness is often cited as a differentiating factor between tennis players of similar playing levels, but defining the concept and outlining it's attributes/characteristics can be challenging. This episode includes Brian's outline of the character traits of mentally tough athletes, and Josh's outline of the attributes of mentally tough tennis players.   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
1/18/202159 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ep. 22 - Senior Tennis and Why We Play

Episode 22 of the Tennis IQ Podcast discusses senior tennis through the perspective of self-determination theory (SDT). We discuss autonomy, competence (mastery), and relatedness as critical factors for helping senior tennis players stay motivated. We also discuss the importance of training perceptual skills, decision making skills, and mental toughness as a way for players to continue to perform at a high level and even improve as a they get older.   Links:   Tips for maintaining your edge: https://www.fredericknewspost.com/public/ap/older-amateurs-offer-tips-for-maintaining-your-athletic-edge/article_cc86a80a-3a9d-56c3-9ca7-03a72ed6ee03.html   Motivation and morality in senior athletes: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1612197x.2014.956326?casa_token=dU3COke3lY4AAAAA%3Af67dgFQcXdeQxmcCnKfH1jX9-_C3jzLkfckHpW1ExYNJHju_5G8S-R11Bm2bCsSAQdGgLfR-NEwC&   Articles on why tennis is a great sport for long-term health:   https://www.mdlinx.com/article/people-who-play-this-sport-live-longest/lfc-3433   https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/05/well/move/the-best-sport-for-a-longer-life-try-tennis.html   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
1/10/202145 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ep. 21 - Jeff Greenwald and Fearless Tennis

Jeff Greenwald is an internationally recognized sport psychology consultant and licensed therapist. For over twenty years he has been helping athletes and professionals around the world transform and take their performances, and their lives to another level through his personal coaching, seminars, book, audio programs, and online courses. Frustrated with his performance as a modestly ranked professional tennis player in his twenties, Jeff went on to earn Master’s Degrees in clinical and sport psychology. During this process, he discovered the fundamental principles of athletic performance which propelled him from a moderately successful tennis player to No. 1 in the world in his age group with two ITF world titles. Interview Highlights: 2:05 - Jeff's introduction to the sport of tennis 4:22 - Overcoming adversity and Jeff's experience of leaving home and training at the Bollettieri Tennis Academy 5:44 - Jeff's college tennis experience and his transition to the professional tour 9:31 - The concept of "Fearless Tennis" 11:51 - Helping tennis players redirect their focus 14:37 - How can tennis players go from feeling tight to playing loose 20:30 - Helping players maximize their time in-between points and during changeovers through routines and mindfulness 26:28 - Developing pre-match routines to prepare for competition 29:52 - Utilizing a clinical background to aid with sport/performance psychology 33:34 - Accepting thoughts and feelings that arise during competition 36:20 - The importance of gratitude and the link between gratitude and performance 41:22 - Helping athletes understand that focusing on the process will ultimately lead to better results 45:58 - Figuring out your "recipe" for performing at your best 48:02 - Jeff's experiences utilizing sport/performance psychology tools on the court as he continues to compete 49:37 - How Jeff's experience as a competitor helps him identify with his clients 53:59 - How expectations and focusing on the outcome can lead to tightness on court 55:54 - Jeff's current focuses including his recent courses Fearless Tennis and Getting Tight Book: The Best Tennis of Your Life: 50 Mental Strategies for Fearless Performance - https://www.amazon.com/Best-Tennis-Your-Life-Performance-ebook/dp/B00506VMWE/ Course: Fearless Tennis Online Training - https://fearlesstennis.com/online-tennis-mental-training-course/ Course: Getting Tight with Craig O'Shannessy - https://www.braingametennis.com/getting-tight-preview-opponent-awareness/?fbclid=IwAR2AhMisCLKK9jFqILirnCSAMPUtYg4sflr5opIwTOOFVvl-b6Gxs4eXA6Y
12/20/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep. 20 - Nikola Milinkovic and Managing Your Anxiety

Nikola Milinkovic has extensive work experience in sport and performance psychology and leadership coaching across a variety of high-performing environments. Nikola works with team and individual athletes, currently focusing on elite junior, ATP and WTA tennis players. Nikola spent over a decade directing sport psychology programs in high performance tennis settings in the US and the Netherlands. He played college tennis, is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), and a certified professional level coach through the US Professional Tennis Registry (USPTR).     In addition to having worked in sport, Nikola transferred his expertise into sport organizations in Serbia, the United Nations (UN) and the Performing Arts industry. He served as a visiting performance and leadership consultant at Belgrade Sports Coaching Academy, UNICEF and as a Learning & Development and Performance Management coordinator for the UN agencies in the Netherlands. Nikola appeared on national television and is an international published author and presenter. He earned his BA degree in Psychology, and Theater Arts, from Clark University, and his EdM degree in Counseling, with focus on Sport Psychology, from Boston University.   Interview highlights:  2:56 - Nikola describes his introduction to the sport of tennis and overcoming performance anxiety  7:51 - Nikola's journey to returning to tennis years after quitting the sport  11:39 - How anxiety manifests itself in tennis, and how anxiety can be broken down into three pieces (emotional, mental and behavioral)  25:49 - Focusing on WIN (what's important now) and the improvement process rather than just focusing on the outcome of winning matches  33:52 - Staying "present" during competition  40:01 - Integrating mental skills into practice and practice matches  50:28 - How working in a variety of settings (theatre, the UN, etc.) has impacted Nikola's perspective as a sport and performance psychology professional  58:00 - Having a "strengths based approach" and seeing people through a positive psychology perspective  1:03:16 - Common obstacles that hold back elite junior and professional tennis players
12/12/20201 hour, 16 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ep. 19 - Some of Our Favorite Books

In this episode of the Tennis IQ Podcast, Josh and Brian share their favorite books related to sport/performance psychology and tennis. With the holidays right around the corner, this is a great chance to look into getting these books for someone close to you or for yourself. These books vary greatly in terms of topic, perspective, and age, but all share valuable insights for athletes, coaches, and fans of tennis. Feel free to reach out via email at [email protected] with any books that you feel that we should add to our lists! Josh's Top 5 Books: Winning Ugly by Brad Gilbert The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey Heads-Up Baseball by Ken Ravizza and Tom Hanson Life As Sport by Jonathan Fader The New Toughness Training for Sports by James Loehr Brian's Top 5 Books: In Pursuit of Excellence by Terry Orlick The Only Way to Win by James Loehr Atomic Habits by James Clear The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday Tennis: Winning the Mental Match by Allen Fox Bonus book for coaches: Coaching Athletes to Be Their Best: Motivational Interviewing in Sports by Stephen Rollnick, Jonathan Fader, Jeff Breckon, and Theresa B. Moyers. A list of good sport and positive psychology books: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/86517.Best_Positive_And_Sports_Psychology_Books To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
12/4/202049 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ep. 18 - Use Visualization like Djokovic and Andreescu

For the 18th episode of the Tennis IQ Podcast, Brian and Josh discuss visualization and imagery and how these tools can be used to improve performance. To begin, they discuss how visualization/imagery can be used off-court, and how tennis champions like Novak Djokovic and Bianca Andreescu have utilized these mental tools to improve their performance. Next, they discuss how visualization and imagery can be trained on-court and how coaches can help tennis players utilize these skills on the practice court. Lastly, they discuss how these skills can be helpful for players to utilize while competing. Links: Novak Djokovic on visualization - https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/turning-point/201509/champion-novak-djokovic-reveals-the-power-visualization Bianca Andreescu on visualization - https://youtu.be/1kRjvvUmjAY Inner Game of Tennis - Tennis Lesson - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieb1lmm9xHk Using visualization to improve learning and performance - https://performancextra.com/training/using-visualization-to-improve-learning-and-performance/ Other ideas for using visualization - https://performancextra.com/50-for-50/50-50-ideas-13-14-15-visualization/ To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
11/29/202047 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep. 17 - Preparing for 2021

As 2020 comes to a close, Brian and Josh discuss how to review the year of 2020 and how to plan for the year to come. Despite how challenging of a year 2020 was, it is important to highlight accomplishments and milestones that were reached throughout the year. The development of healthy habits and process goals are discussed in order to achieve larger performance and outcome goals. Additionally, the importance of establishing a developmental plan and utilizing a training journal to track your progress is also discussed. Links: Webinar on goal setting: https://youtu.be/qew8TGcS1ps USTA Developmental Plan: https://s3.amazonaws.com/ustaassets/assets/689/15/16777_c_ny_19_playerdevelopment_reformatresources_pd_developmentalplan.pdf Francisco Montoya's talk on Developmental Plans and Goal Setting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edOFPk0Hdqo&feature=youtu.be USTA Player Development Training Journal: https://s3.amazonaws.com/ustaassets/assets/689/15/player_development_journal_2020.pdf A list of 50 ideas for improving your life: https://performancextra.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/50-for-50.pdf The 50 for 50 blog series: https://performancextra.com/category/50-for-50/ To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and Sport Psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
11/21/202058 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep. 16 - Dr. Stephen Walker and Getting Competition Ready

Dr. Stephen Walker has been involved in the sport and performance psychology field since 1983 when he began at the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Colorado. He is board certified with the Association of Applied Sport Psychology and is a member of the United States Olympic committee's registry of sport psychologists. Over the years, he has developed mental training programs for several accomplished athletes in a wide variety of sports from professional and Olympic levels to high school and club teams. Outside of his practice, Dr. Walker is also the editor in chief of Podium Sports Journal, a well-respected sport psychology blog. If you would like to receive Dr. Walker's FREE guide to getting Competition Ready, send him an email at [email protected]. Also, you can visit his website drstephenwalker.com Interview highlights: 2:32 - Dr. Walker describes his background in sports and his introduction to the field of sport psychology 10:32 - The concept of Tennis IQ and being "in sync with your body" 15:40 - Mental preparation in sports 25:33 - The importance of positivity for athletes and parents 32:21 - Building a team and support system around tennis players and the importance of everyone understanding their roles in that team 34:47 - The importance of staying present rather than "time traveling" and future thinking 40:11 - Building confidence systematically through a confidence journal 52:54 - Process-based thinking rather than outcome-based thinking in pre-competition routines 1:01:27 - PETTLEP imagery while preparing for competition
11/13/20201 hour, 23 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep. 15 - The Importance of Motivation for Tennis Players

For the 15th episode of the Tennis IQ Podcast, Brian and Josh discuss motivation and the importance of having a clear idea of what motivates each individual as tennis players and as performers. The academic concepts of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, as well as self-determination theory, are covered in relation to improving your motivation for tennis. Brian and Josh also reveal their  “origin stories” - how they started playing tennis and were subsequently motivated to pursue the sport in a serious way. To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
11/6/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ep. 14 - Sean Brawley and The Inner Game

Sean Brawley is a former Top 150 world ranked tennis professional who competed at the highest level of the game including Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. After the tennis tour, Sean met and began working closely with Tim Gallwey, the author of The Inner Game series of books including the classic, The Inner Game of Tennis. Sean is the first certified Inner Game coach in the world. He has facilitated numerous Inner Game of Tennis and Golf workshops in the past 20 years. In 1997, Sean helped Gallwey revise the tennis and golf books and in 2008 organized the first ever Inner Game coaching conference. In 2012, Sean co-founded the Inner Game School of Coaching with Gallwey and served as the lead facilitator. As a facilitator and coach, he has custom designed highly unique, experiential programs for many well-known organizations such as GE, ITT, Union Bank, the New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners and the U.S. Tennis Association. Sean was the primary mental coach for the USC football team for 9 years and helped Pete Carroll and the Trojans win 2 national championships. Links: Bounce-Hit - https://seanbrawley.mykajabi.com/single-greatest-exercise-for-tennis Sean's TED Talk on the Power of Focus - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QkHv7pKHBc&t Sean's interviews with Wilson's top players (registration required) - https://wdt.wilson.com/w-club/ Interview highlights: 2:41 - Sean describes his introduction to tennis 9:00 - College tennis at USC and playing alongside top collegiate players 10:57 - Transitioning to the professional tour and travelling to play the Grand Slams and other tournaments around the world 15:44 - The pressures of competing as a professional tennis player 19:24 - Meeting and working with Tim Gallwey 25:50 - Teaching tennis based on the "Inner Game" 33:49 - Focusing on solely what's most critical to aid tennis development 34:51 - Bounce-Hit 41:55 - Identifying and focusing on the most critical aspects of any new skill while teaching and coaching 48:14 - The most common pitfalls and roadblocks that interfere with the "natural" learning process 52:28 - Mindfulness meditation and its impact on awareness 57:03 - The patterns and insights that emerged from interviewing Wilson's top players such as Roger Federer and Venus Williams on the "Inner Game" 1:11:20 - Working with USC Football
11/2/20201 hour, 21 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep. 13 - Bill Tym and the Evolution of a Champion

Coach Bill Tym was an All-American at the University of Florida where he won 2 Southeastern conference singles titles, and is also in the UF Athletics Hall of Fame. He went on to compete on the professional tour where he won 10 national and international titles. As a coach, he is a USPTA Master Professional and past USPTA president, and a member of the USPTA Hall of Fame. He was named USPTA Professional of the Year in 1982, College Coach of the Year in 1989 (Vanderbilt), and Touring Coach of the Year in 1997 and 2002. He also received the George Bacso Lifetime Achievement Award from the USPTA in 2001. Interview highlights: 2:43 - Bill describes his introduction to competing as a college tennis player and professional player, and how he started coaching college tennis 25:10 - The Evolution of a Champion - "Champions are not born. They are made." 27:58 - The importance of developing each part of the tennis game from a young age 33:53 - Bill describes his approach to coaching college teams and how he utilized different surfaces to help players develop their games 41:05 - Developing mental toughness within college tennis teams 42:10 - The Greatest Salesman in the World - Og Mandino 49:18 - Tennis as a proposed mandatory subject in schools 53:23 - The Winner's Creed 1:07:25 - Using tennis as a vehicle for personal growth 1:09:15 - Creating the Perfect Practice Links: The Winner's Creed: https://www.tennistakes.com/winners-creed/ Bill Tym's Coaching Philosophy - The Evolution of a Champion: https://performancextra.com/evolution-of-a-champion/ Creating the Perfect Practice: https://performancextra.com/bill-tyms-perfect-practice-formula/
10/22/20201 hour, 34 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep. 12 - Nadal, Swiatek, and Mental Toughness

The 2020 French Open has concluded with Rafael Nadal winning an astonishing 13th French Open title and record-tying 20th major in the men’s championship, and Iga Swiatek winning her first French Open and major title in the women’s championship. We review the Nadal-Djokovic and Swiatek-Kenin final matches and offer insights into the factors that determined the outcomes of each match. Additionally, we discuss the common links between the two champions and their ability to stay in the moment, even in the highest-pressure situations of a match. Links to articles mentioned in this episode: Profile and interview with Daria Abramowicz, Iga Swiatek's sport psychologist: https://www.wtatennis.com/news/1856382/how-swiatek-s-sports-psychologist-honed-her-mental-game Nadal and Swiatek Stay in the Moment: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/12/sports/tennis/french-open-rafael-nadal-iga-swiatek.html The Tao of Rafael Nadal: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/11/sports/tennis/french-open-rafael-nadal.html To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and Sport Psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
10/15/202054 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep. 11 - Dr. Judy Van Raalte and Self-Talk in Tennis

Dr. Judy Van Raalte is a Professor of Psychology at Springfield College, a Certified Consultant (CMPC) for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, and is listed in the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry. She has presented at conferences in 18 countries and published more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health, the NCAA, and the International Tennis Federation. She served as president of the American Psychological Association's Society of Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology and as vice president of the International Society of Sport Psychology. Highlights from the interview: 4:17 - Judy discusses her introduction to the sport of tennis and her interest in the mental side of sports 7:27 - Negative self-talk in tennis and why the sport causes tennis players to outwardly show frustrations and publicly insult themselves 9:43 - Judy's introduction to self-talk in an academic sport psychology setting 14:15 - How tennis players and athletes learn self-talk 20:06 - System 1 and System 2 self-talk 29:31 - The connection between self-talk and staying mindful in the present moment 33:57 - Instructional and motivational self-talk 38:05 - Pairing self-talk with sport psychology interventions such as imagery and mindfulness 44:12 - The connection between sport psychology research and how it is applied in practice 49:57 - Suggestions for tennis players on how to improve their self-talk To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and Sport Psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
10/9/202056 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ep. 10 - Bob Dallis and Team Environment in College Tennis

Bob Dallis is in his 19th season as the Head Coach of the Dartmouth College Women's Tennis Team. Prior to Dartmouth he was the Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach at Colgate University and was the Head Men's Tennis Coach at Boston University. He was a four-year member of the Boston University Men's Tennis Team and played on the professional circuit. Bob completed his doctoral degree at Boston University in Sport and Exercise Psychology where he completed his dissertation on "The Design and Implementation of an Elite Training System for Tennis." Notable moments from the interview:  2:34 - Bob describes his introduction to coaching college tennis at age 23 and his path to pursuing a doctoral degree in Sport Psychology  6:04 - Creating a team culture in college tennis and the difficulty of "getting into the team room" at Dartmouth  11:14 - College tennis as a team sport and how one player's negativity can lead to the negativity of their teammates  16:05 - How to practice "positive response training" at practice in a team environment  19:20 - Bob discusses how his Sport Psychology doctoral dissertation fits into his coaching style and philosophy  28:01 - The importance of practice matches for college tennis players  32:40 - How video analysis and match analysis can help improve performance  36:06 - The importance of accepting the outcome and focusing on the process and doing your best  41:18 - The improvements of college tennis players over four years  To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
10/2/202054 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep. 9 - Team Dynamics and Communication in Doubles

Tennis is generally considered an individual sport because of the emphasis on singles, especially at the professional level. However, doubles in tennis is extremely popular and prevalent in the game. And unlike singles, it is a team sport that has its own set of challenges.   In this episode, Josh and Brian discuss the various components of team dynamics in doubles that many players struggle with such as how to form an effective team, implementing successful communication strategies on and off the court, and how to be a great teammate. Lastly, Josh and Brian talk about their experiences coaching doubles teams at the college level from a sport psychology perspective.   To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
9/24/202048 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ep. 8 - William Boe-Wiegaard - What It Means To Be A Good Competitor

William Boe-Wiegaard is in his fourth season as Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Prior to Sacred Heart, William was a highly successful professional player on the ITF and ATP tours and collegiate player at Bates College. William played on the ITF and ATP tours for 13 years and in 2014 he reached a career-high ATP singles ranking of 1,002 and doubles ranking of 900. He was a five-time All-American selection at Bates College and won the 2006 NCAA Division III singles championship. Interview highlights: 3:21 - William's background as a junior, collegiate, and professional player and how he got involved in collegiate coaching 13:15 - The importance of writing down your goals and having visual reminders 17:45 - The pros and cons of being an extremely competitive person 22:10 - Life as a professional tennis player on the ITF and ATP Tours and the importance of mental toughness 35:15 - The difference between being competitive and being a good competitor 42:20 - William's coaching philosophy and how to control the controllables to give yourself the best chance for success 51:53 - The NAVY Seal mentality of seeing situations as challenges instead of threats 56:59 - The challenges of college sports during the COVID-19 pandemic and how challenging situations can lead to growth and resilience
9/17/20201 hour, 8 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep. 7 - 2020 US Open: Djokovic, Tsitsipas, and Serena

The 2020 US Open is reminding us once again that even the best players in the world are human and they can struggle with mental toughness. At the same time, there are also reminders of how incredibly tough and resilient these great players can be. The first 10 days of the Open, have given us a lot to talk about in terms of mental toughness. In this conversation, Josh and Brian discuss the exit of Novak Djokovic, the Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Borna Coric match, and Serena Williams' quest for major title # 24 through the lens of sport psychology. 1:35 - What happened with Novak Djokovic and the difficulties of anger 18:15 - Tsitsipas vs. Coric: Closing out matches and coming back when you are down 29:24 - Serena Williams: Lots of three set matches, nerves, etc. To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and Sport Psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game of tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date on future episodes!
9/11/202048 minutes, 26 seconds
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Ep. 6 - Jorge Capestany

Coach Jorge Capestany is our guest for Episode 6 of the Tennis IQ Podcast. Jorge is one of only eleven people worldwide that has earned the distinction of Master Professional with the USPTA and International Master Professional with the PTR. Jorge is also a certified Mental Toughness Specialist through the Human Performance Institute based on the life work of the legendary Dr. Jim Loehr, and he holds a USTA Sports Science certification. He has coached three US national champions (Gold Ball winners) and players from his programs have won more than 180 High School State Tennis Championships in Michigan. In addition to coaching, Jorge is an author, worldwide speaker, and he is the founder of Capestany Tennis Inc. (CapestanyTennis.com) which includes a website with drills for tennis coaches (TennisDrills.tv) as well as video lessons for tennis players (JorgeCapestany.com). In this interview, we discuss Jorge's background as a junior tennis player and his introduction to the world of coaching. We talk about the importance of having a well-rounded game from a young age which includes the development of every shot and style of play. We also discussed the use and training of "sabotage" tactics within his tennis program, which allows players to disrupt the rhythm of their opponents and make themselves tougher to compete against. Lastly, we discuss Jorge's concept of Tennis IQ, which was part of the inspiration behind the name of this podcast; Jorge describes how he conceptualizes Tennis IQ and breaks down this concept into three levels. Interview highlights: 3:38 - Jorge describes his introduction to the sport of tennis 5:32 - The importance of playing multiple sports as a kid for athletic development 8:10 - Jorge talks about how he started coaching and the development of his coaching philosophy 13:58 - The concept of "Tennis IQ" and its three levels 30:17 - Seeing tennis as a combat sport and looking for ways to sabotage the game of your opponent 37:43 - The importance of having a clear game-plan going into a point to utilize your strengths and target your opponents weaknesses, and how this can be trained in practice 43:07 - How competing regularly and playing more practice matches leads to tennis players developing mental toughness 51:43 - How tennis players can focus on the present moment and the next point by directing their thoughts to the acronym WIN (What's Important Now?) 54:28 - Playing "mission-based tennis" and having a clear intention going into every point 58:17 - The importance of having options instead of just playing one-dimensional tennis 1:00:50 - Establishing a junior tennis development plan and helping players improve on the five most important aspects of the game at every age To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice (Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.) to stay up to date with future episodes!
9/2/20201 hour, 14 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ep. 5 - Managing Emotions on the Court

For episode 5 of the Tennis IQ Podcast, Josh and Brian address their first listener question: How can tennis players improve their ability to handle emotions? As we all know, tennis players often get frustrated and show negative emotions when things aren’t going well on the court. And this often leads to performance issues. To address this question, Josh and Brian discuss how expectations and perfectionism can lead to anger when things aren’t going well on court, and how players should go into competition assuming that the match will be challenging and have ups and downs. They also talk about the mental challenges associated with the tennis scoring system and the frustration that it can cause when athletes are too caught up in the result of the previous point. Lastly, suggestions for on-court and off-court interventions are provided so that tennis players can learn to manage their emotions better in competition. Articles and videos mentioned during the podcast: Novak Djokovic on the need to constantly remind himself when he has doubts: https://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/news/articles/2019-07-15/2019-07-14_novak_djokovic_final.html Novak Djokovic on visualization: https://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/news/articles/2019-07-13/2019-07-13_novak_djokovic_semifinal.html Jim Loehr’s 16 Second Cure: https://youtu.be/AviGTb3GKhQ To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and sport psychology businesses, go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #tennisIQ on Twitter. Please subscribe to stay up to date on future episodes!
8/26/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep. 4 - Jeff Bearup and Tim Donovan

Jeff Bearup and Tim Donovan are the guests for Episode 4 of the Tennis IQ Podcast. Jeff has received numerous accolades and awards within the tennis coaching field including USPTA Coach of the Year and induction into the USTA New England Tennis Hall of Fame. Tim is the founder of Donovan Tennis Strategies which is a college placement service for tennis players. He was also a standout player at Brown University for four years, reaching a high of #6 in the NCAA Division 1 rankings. He then played professional tennis for four years on the ATP Tour and achieved a top 300 world ranking in singles. Jeff and Tim co-founded the New England Academy of Tennis which has helped thousands of players develop their tennis skills and succeed at multiple levels of the sport. More recently, Jeff and Tim have teamed up again to form Crosscourt Consulting which is a business that assists families through the complexities of junior tennis development. Interview highlights: 4:18 - Tim and Jeff discuss their backgrounds as multi-sport athletes before focusing on tennis. 11:25 - The importance of not always being prepared and not taking things for granted. 15:29 - The concept of tennis being 90% mental, and how it manifests at different levels of the sport. 27:59 - The importance of taking the pressure off of junior players by focusing on the development process rather than just on results. 31:39 - The trend of junior players solely training through structured activities rather than playing sets with friends and kids not playing enough match play. 38:06 - The changes in the college recruitment process because of COVID-19 and how junior and collegiate players are learning the important skill of handling adversity. 44:19 - The importance of establishing a tennis developmental plan at a young age and how the role of the parents in this process changes as the player develops. To connect with Tim and Jeff go to CrosscourtConsulting.com or contact them at (617) 842-5901. To learn more about Donovan Tennis Strategies go to DonovanTennis.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game of tennis, email us at [email protected] or on Twitter use the hashtag #tennisIQ.
8/18/202052 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep. 3 - Stages of a Set/Match

In this episode of the Tennis IQ Podcast, Josh and Brian discuss how tennis players should approach various stages of a set/match through a sport psychology perspective. These stages of a set/match include the start of a match, being ahead by a break, being behind by a break, closing out a set, and starting a new set after winning or losing the previous one. To learn more about Josh and Brian's backgrounds and Sport Psychology businesses go to TiebreakerPsych.com and PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at [email protected] or on Twitter, use the hashtag #tennisIQ. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube or your podcast platform of choice to stay up to date on future episodes!
8/12/202056 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep. 2 - Coach Brian Barker

Brian Barker is the guest for Episode 2 of the Tennis IQ Podcast. He formerly coached James Blake (ATP #4 player in the world) and is currently the Director of Tournament Training Programs at Tennis Club of Trumbull. In this interview, we discuss Brian's background as a junior player and his success at the junior level as one of the top players in New England, and then at the collegiate level as captain and standout player at the University of South Carolina. We also get into Brian's philosophy on helping athletes take the pressure off of themselves by focusing on their character and focusing on competing their hardest rather than just thinking about winning and losing. This is the same philosophy that Brian used while he was coaching James Blake and his brother Thomas on the ATP Tour. Interview highlights: 6:18 - Developing the mental side of the game as a junior. 15:44 - James Blake's rise as a junior and professional tennis player, and how his improvements on the mental game helped him improve as a player. 20:22 - How most junior players feel very high levels of pressure, so the goal for parents is to help their children relax as they compete, to prioritize enjoying the sport, and to put less pressure on their kids. 24:42 - Whether he is coaching someone at the ATP level or a junior player the goal is to have players focus on doing their best rather than getting caught up in winning or losing. 30:44 - The importance of failing and losing, and how the biggest winners in any sport, like Michael Jordan, aren't afraid to fail. He discusses how even the best players in the world still lose a high percentage of matches so being able to lose and keep going is a critical skill for tennis players of all levels. 36:00 - In the age of COVID-19, junior players are performing better now that their parents aren't always watching them and putting pressure on them. He also discusses the uncertainty that junior players are experiencing, and how this experience can help them become more mentally tough if they can view it in the right way.
8/4/202046 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep. 1 - Introducing the Tennis IQ Podcast

In the first episode of the Tennis IQ Podcast, Josh Burger of Tiebreaker Psych LLC and Brian Lomax of PerformanceXtra introduce themselves and explain how they each discovered the theme of tennis being “90% mental” through their own experiences. They discuss the concept of Tennis IQ and the importance of tennis players training the mental side of the game. Josh and Brian also talk about the psychological challenges that tennis players are facing as the sport emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on the ATP and WTA tours reopening including the upcoming US Open and French Open. Lastly, they discuss a few notable examples of top professional tennis players who have displayed exemplary mental toughness when it matters most. Videos of moments referenced in this episode: Djokovic-Federer 2011 US Open Semi-Final https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azQemcdCwH4 Nadal-Thiem 2018 US Open QF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9fqjhGooKk Rafael Nadal Press Conference 2018 https://youtu.be/T4wJIa9C5qk Nadal-Federer 2006 Rome Final https://youtu.be/eBxOUGw0GIM 5th Set Tiebreaker https://youtu.be/SaPNX0GpHhw Andreescu-Serena 2019 US Open https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCzsODijnqw&t=1s Monica Seles Clutch moments 1991 US Open Semifinal vs. Jennifer Capriati - https://youtu.be/t_F-kaemhTc 1993 Australian Open Final vs. Steffi Graf - https://youtu.be/IcWAwd0G0s8 If you’d like to learn more about Tiebreaker Psych LLC go to TiebreakerPsych.com, and to learn more about PerformanceXtra go to PerformanceXtra.com. If you have feedback about the show or questions on the mental game in tennis, email us at  [email protected] or on Twitter use the hashtag #tennisIQ.
7/28/202057 minutes, 34 seconds