Missing In Action … at the time of writing Melbourne (Australia’s home of tennis) has been in lock-down for the second time since March. Tennis Australia has cancelled all AR tournaments for 2020 and the Australian Open looks like going ahead, maybe without crowds.
Melbourne/Victoria has the greatest number of tennis participants and hosts Australia’s largest tennis competitions – Pennant (cancelled) and Country Week (cancelled), countless community competitions, coaching operations and social games all missing from the landscape.
Tennis lovers, I feel, will still have the motivation to get out on the court as we come out of lock-down but the plans, dreams, goals that players, especially those on a path to junior success and pro tennis will have to install a new direction and the determination to turn around M I A into Attention In Mental approach by way of the broader picture of life and history that teaches us to “adapt and overcome” when things change.
We will be working with our players to not just get back to where they were but to work to achieve the goals and level of development that needs to be in place for 2021 and 2022 to adjust that thinking and continue to look forward and overcome any obstacles.
By mentally taking this direction and with the commitment of their coaches those plans, dreams, goals and feelings will clear the hurdles that have been encountered during this period and balance life to that happy place that our sport gives us.