Continue reading...Trading Psychology ? Learn from Tennis Champions to Develop Mental Toughness
Occasionally, we get to ‘look’ inside the mind of a great performer. This year’s programming for the Wimbledon Tennis Championships offered such an opportunity. What many consider the greatest tie-break in tennis history – the completion of the fourth set of the 1980 Wimbledon Men’s Final between John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg – was replayed point-by-point with both McEnroe and Borg providing commentary. We got to see and hear what was going on in the minds of two great tennis champions.
McEnroe won the tie-break, 18-16, bringing the match to dead-even with one set left to play. Although the match was even, momentum had clearly shifted to McEnroe as he overcame Borg’s deft, expert play.
Commenting 30 years later, McEnroe said he knew the momentum had shifted. Borg had had several match point chances during the tie-break, but couldn’t convert them. McEnroe...
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