Ex-Slam winner underlines why mental strength is more important than talent

A former US Open winner explained why mental strength has a huge impact on tennis players' performances

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Ex-Slam winner underlines why mental strength is more important than talent
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Mental strength and mental health are intrinsically linked to each other and, for better or worse, can be the deciding factor in a tennis player's career. The Former US Open winner Flavia Pennetta - in the Sky Inclusion Days event at the Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology in Milan (Italy) - talked about the importance of sport in schools in order to better follow children and young people in their growth paths.

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Pennetta also focused on the mental strength that an athlete must possess in important moments and she knows very well what it means to express the best level when the pressure is great. Precisely that mental strength that led her to win the US Open 2021 in the unforgettable all-Italians final, when Flavia defeated her countrywoman Roberta Vinci, in the year in which everyone expected Serena Williams' Grand Slam (defeat in the New York semis by Vinci).

Flavia Pennetta
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"You can be talented and be a hard worker, but definitely mental strength is something that has a strong impact on performance. This is something I still find today: the ease of finding a solution to what can also be a stupid problem. I believe that sport goes above everything, perhaps even politics.

It is the purest thing you can find and therefore I am happy to know that today sport is much more present in schools too. When I was little, sport wasn't so present. Today the school has opened up a lot to this world and supports, in a certain sense, the kids in their journey," explained Pennetta during the event in Milan.

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