MY FAVOURITE PLAYER GROWING UP WAS ROD LAVER.
What I admired most about "Rocket" was that he was just a normal guy, humble, down to earth and hard working.
During his career Laver was known for his ability to play his best tennis when it mattered most. He hardly ever lost a five set match.
Here are 2 ways for you to learn from Rod "Rocket" Laver:
# 1 Stay focused in the present. Allowing your mind to get too far ahead or beating yourself before you get on the court can be disastrous. Avoid the internal mind games by sticking to tactics and don't allow yourself to lose focus on executing them throughout the match.
Laver built up a reputation during his career of coming up with something special when a match got tight. Begin building your legacy in tight situations!
# 2 Simulate match pressure during practice sessions: Train in a similar way to what you will experience during competition.
Laver and many of his peers trained under the legendary Australian coach Harry Hopman. In his day Harry Hopman revolutionized the way tennis was trained. He insisted on each one of his players being extremely fit, far beyond the norm during that era.
In matches Hopman was also famous for telling his players to "Relax and hit for the lines".
This is how Laver trained under Hopman both as a youngster and while he was on top. By adopting a similar attitude and work ethic in your training also, you will be able to better handle yourself under difficult conditions in real matches.