The vision of many coaches has shifted towards training a more powerful, aggressive game with less margin for error – a less consistent tactic with an emphasis on completing the point within the first three or four balls.
On paper it all sounds good and it seems possible, but when building competitive players, educating them under this vision is as unreal as it is detrimental to the player's mental health. Under this motto, anxious and weak-headed individuals are built who, in the face of situations of pressure or adversity, will reveal their fragility.
Tennis is a game of percentages and in its sheer simplicity, the least erroneous wins. Consistency is the main pillar of the game. Being consistent equals trust, if you're not wrong, there is no reason for disappointment.
Tennis psychology must begin with the coaches by adapting exercises that nurture the players' main ally: patience.
We live in times when patience has been replaced by immediacy: having everything already, winning quickly, the winner is the direct and elegant solution to make everyone praise the players.
So much so, that being coherent is diminished “It is that he beat me by hitting huge shots” the main excuse of the fragile minded players.
What does consistency really mean? It's not just putting the ball in it.
It's having control of the ball, the swing, your body and your mind that needs to be programmed and trained to ensure that every ball you hit has a life of its own. Watch matches played at Roland Garros and watch the perfect demonstration of brutal control of all your skills during the 9+ ball rallies at impressive speed.
The good guys have settled on the principle of making no mistake, and over time have been polishing their tactics and gaining strength to adapt to today's violent game.
We agree that tennis is more complex than the texture itself and that over time the game has become more aggressive.
The key is to hit the ball very hard, with a good height over the net, with a good headroom away from the lines and run to get to all the balls as if your life depended on this workout.