Mental Power

einsteinDid you happened to see Andy Murray’s mental collapse at the US Open? He allowed a “Let” call to bother him to the point of losing his cool and his quarterfinal match vs. Nishikori.

He is admittedly having a great year – and he has been mentally stronger than in his early years; but this was an obvious lapse (collapse?).

As I remember the situation, he had easily won the first set 6-1… after a rain delay in the second set, the Japanese #1 came back out to take the second set; but Murray took the third… and it was receiving 1-2 when IT happened.

The Gong Show

Nishikori was serving ad-out and Murray was in control of the point, when the new sound system blasted a “gong like noise” and the referee immediately called “Let. Replay the point.”

Murray argued that she had earlier said “Play on”, when there was fan noise; but she countered that this was not the same. End result? The Scott let it fester, as he grumbled and mumbled… and lost SIX CONSECUTIVE GAMES and eventually the match.

How You React

Jeff Greenwald
Jeff Greenwald
Tennis psychology guru Jeff Greenwald, has said in his teachings: A bad call will rarely determine the outcome of a match. But YOUR REACTION to that call can.

So, Murray should have just “let it go,” and maybe he would have been playing in the semi’s (and possibly overtaken Djokovic as World #1 this year).

What do you think?

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3 thoughts on “Mental Power

  1. This is a classic example of how psychologically sensitive the game can be.

    Jim, or how psychologically Susceptible some players can be! thanks, george

  2. As a coach I always say, “it’s not the bad break or bad call that decides the match, it’s how the player reacts to it!”
    Sorry I missed the Murray fiasco!

  3. I have always believed that for the top professional players, although their game styles may be different, their skill level is so good that on any given day the difference between winning and losing a match is purely mental.
    This certainly holds true, as well, for equally matched amateurs.

    Michael, i agree… the difference in matches is frequently “between the ears,” tks, george

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