Feeling uncomfortable at the tournament

Table Tennis Mental Preparation

Last updated 10 years ago

kamil jurkiewicz

kamil jurkiewicz Asked 10 years ago

Hi coach, i have problems when i'm on a tournament... how to stop stressing and just play what you have to??? and the second problem is that when i'm playing with someone.. first set im playing in my best level and other like i have just started to play tt... what could be the problem??


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 years ago

Hi Kamil,

This is a matter of controlling your anxiety levels.  This is not an easy task.  You need to firstly be able to recognise that this stress is taking place.  Then find a way to calm your self down.  A common technique is to take a deep breath when you feel yourself starting to become anxious.

Then think about the next point and what tactic you need to employ.  Then focus on the ball and play the next point. 

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Bart Jansen

Bart Jansen Posted 10 years ago

That stressful feeling you have is very comon. I think you become much less stressful when you've practised your strokes long enough and played many more matches. In time you'll notice due to confidence build-up, you won't be as tressed out anymore.

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