US Open’s 2017 champion Sloane Stephens declared that mental strength is one of the most important characteristics of a good tennis player and she unveiled, during an Instagram Q&A session, how she uses it to get past the obstacles that try to stop her perform at her best level.
The American thinks that a good tennis player needs a lot of things, but ‘mental strength is one of the most important’ and she uses hers in a multitude of situations that encountered and still continue to pop up in her career.
First of all, she confessed how she channels her focus in her attempt to ignore all the hate that social media often brings in her life. “It definitely can be difficult with all of the media attention and social media too.
People often forget that we're human, but I've learned to focus on what's important and block the haters. Plus it's also nice to read all of the kind words from people”, said Stephens. Secondly, the former US Open champion applies the same mental tactics when she meets higher ranked players or troublesome opponents.
“I just try to go out there and play my game. You never know what is going to happen so I focus on what I can control which is my game”, Sloane declared. And even when she is defeated she tries to forget the loss as fast as possible.
“Of course they all hurt, but I try not to dwell on it. I let myself be upset for a little bit and then I get back to practice. That's part of the sport isn't it?”, the American pointed out. It all comes down to the mental side for Sloane, who also unveiled how she bounce back from injuries.
“Stay committed to recovery and acknowledge every improvement. Our bodies are amazing. You just have to try to be patient and take it one day at a time. Much easier said than done, I know!”, was Stephens advice for fighting through an injury.