Mats Wilander: "I always looked for solutions on court" - the game between the ears

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Mats Wilander: "I always looked for solutions on court" - the game between the ears

Negative self-talk is something that almost everybody experiences from time to time. It may create significant stress, not only for us but for those around us. Negative self-talk is the inner dialogue that may be limiting your ability to believe in yourself and your own abilities.

It is limiting your potential! Some top players are involved in a lot of negative self-talk. Players like Andy Murray and Tommy Haas and some others are well-known for their negativity on the court. Though you never see these two players give up a match – they are big fighters and they don´t transport self-pity.

Therefore, everybody needs to find their way to „Winning Street“. For most players, it is a great idea to focus on positive inner communication and concentrate on how to win the match, bring out the strengths, and create solutions than turn in on the “Negative Road”.

It is more constructive to see hurdles as exciting challenges. Mats Wilander once said that he always tried to find solutions to win matches and solve the problem. Mats was indeed a Master of his class and his attitude and greatness are admired worldwide.

The MyStaff ATP Challenger Tournament ambassador Andreas Du-Rieux has observed many negative self-talks among the players this week in Salzburg. However, today the 7th of July 2022, the Austrian tennis player Lukas Neumayer showed the overwhelmed home crowd in the Salzburg Volksgarten that a positive attitude and some tactical solutions can change a whole lot of things.

Du-Rieux: "there is such a big difference between great Champions and the other athletes in behavior. I was very happy about Lucky Neumayer's great mental and emotional attitude today." The matches at the ATP Challenger were interrupted for almost two hours on Thursday afternoon due to the rain.

However, the MyStaff Salzburg Open continued after the break at 3:30 p.m. Neumayer and his coach “played a little table football during the rain break and worked out a new plan together”. After the break, Lukas Neumayr was on fire.

He presented himself in top form and secured the first set at 7:5 after being 3:5 behind. In the second set, he showed "the best second set" of his career, and finally, Neumayer was upsetting the No.1-seed, and world No.62 Arthur Rinderknech, with 7:5, 6:3.

Respect Lukas Neumayer and his team for this sensational victory. They have shown other Austrian young players that many things are possible with the right attitude and hard work.