From Roger Federer to Rafael Nadal, from Serena Williams to Maria Sharapova, and also to Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber. All the greatest tennis players, past and present, have relied on the care of a coach or super-coach to improve their performances, both from an athletic, technical and psychological point of view.
The coach is present in the life of a player from a very young age. Encouragement is a fundamental part of a coach's job. Effect of Coach Encouragement on the Psychophysiological and Performance Responses of Young Tennis Players by International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is a very interesting article, which concerns this particular study.
Here is an abstract of the article:
"This study aimed to compare the effects of coach encouragement during the on-court tennis training drills (OTDs) on the psychophysiological and performance responses of young tennis players.
Twenty-five young male tennis players (14.0 ± 0.3 years of age) performed six bouts of each of the four common OTDs; Star, Suicide, Box and Big X (30:60 s; 1: 2 work to rest ratio). The heart rate (HR) and total distance covered were monitored using two portable multivariable integrated 10 Hz GPS monitoring devices during all OTDs, and the rating of perceived exertion (RPE-10) and short-form Physical Activity Enjoyment Scale (PACES) values were determined after each OTDs bout.
The results demonstrated that OTDs with coach encouragement induced significantly higher psychophysiological and performance responses compared to OTDs without coach encouragement (p <0.05). The results of this study confirm that coach encouragement improves the intensity, performance and physical enjoyment level during OTD s.
These findings might inform training practices in youth tennis players in order to improve tennis performance." So, this is how this study highlights how it deals with a very important part in the life of a young tennis player.
And not just of a young tennis player. And surely top players like Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Nvak Djokovic benefited from it. Just look at what coaches like Boris Becker, Ivan Ljubicic, Stefan Edberg, Magnus Norman or Ivan Lendl did working with Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray, also helping their players very mentally.