Tennis, both physical and mental demands on the athlete. In training and competition, the body is asked to push physical limits of endurance, power, speed, and strength. Similarly, the mind is asked to push mental barriers, such as focus, composure, and determination. Being a top performer in any sport requires a combination of physical fitness, technical skills, tactical readiness, and mental fitness.
When you think of a mentally fit athlete, who comes to mind? Williams and Krane (2005) reviewed 20 years of research pertaining to the psychological attributes of top performers. Based on this research and observations from this field, common mental fitness attributes linked to elite performers include the following:
These attributes do not guarantee the highest levels of elite athletic performance, but they are consistent among top performers. Most elite athletes cultivate these attributes through intentional mental fitness development and years of learning from personal performance experiences.