Injuries are common among tennis players. Even on the professional tour, the list is littered with names who have been forced to step aside from the tour because of injuries. In recent times, we have the likes of Juan Martin del Potro, Andy Murray, Bianca Andreescu, and even Roger Federer who have been waylaid with injuries.
The road to recovery for any tennis player is thus arduous. This is so, not only because the player has to deal with a physique that had come under strain but also because post-recovery one doesn’t know how much one’s body will fare. It’s a new feeling to get acclimatised to which is why, at that point, the requirement for wanting to make a comeback becomes more of a mental ask rather than a physical necessity.
The question that gets asked then is, “Are you willing to do whatever it takes?” Is a tennis player willing to go through all the hurdles that might come his way to try and make it back successfully?
If yes, then there are a few steps that the player needs to follow to achieve his objective.
1. How determined are you?
Determination is the base for fulfilling this goal. The question, “Are you willing to do whatever it takes?” is the catalyst that prompts a player to come up with a plan of action to ensure that his goal is met. If the player isn’t able to answer the question satisfactorily – to himself – then the objective isn’t right for him. However, for the players who’ve made a comeback, their return demonstrates that they were willing to give it their all to return to being their best.
2. Thinking outside the box
The next step is evaluating what does one need to do to move towards one’s objective, i.e., to put this plan into practical use. This is quite challenging, especially if, despite one’s efforts one’s not able to achieve one’s goal. Therefore, at that point, it becomes essential to take a look again at what efforts one has had taken and what else could the player do to get nearer to meeting his objectives.
3. Stepping outside of the comfort zone.
The comfort zone is quite appealing because it’s almost akin to a player’s strength. However, on the other hand, staying within the comfort zone means the player’s restricted. Once a player decides to step outside this region of comfort, it means the player’s ready to plunge himself to facing new challenges and tackling these heads-on so as to get nearer to his end goal.
4. Taking massive action.
Much like going beyond comfortableness, it’s also important to venture out in terms of one’s dreams and actions. Simply wanting to make a comeback isn’t enough. It’s also necessary to think about making a return to winning ways. And if this means making changes to the coaching team and even modifying playing style, a player has to be ready to take such steps. In other words, it’s all about nothing ventured, nothing gained.
5. Following up and following through.
All of these measures won’t mean much if the player isn’t consistent in practicing them. Just having the objective of making a competitive return isn’t enough, it’s just as imperative to be ready to do the hard yards to make this goal into a reality. There will be setbacks, too, along the way. But the player shouldn’t lose heart or hope but only focus on the bigger picture, i.e., to return to playing the game without any physical hindrance. Having such consistency would only help a player, in case, he’s to do it again. Only that time, the demand for being consistent wouldn’t be as daunting as the first time.