Maria Sharapova; Mental Performance, Work-Life Balance and the Rise to the Top (Podcast)

Tim Ferris, best-selling author and investor, deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas in his podcast to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use. Maria Sharapova is a professional tennis player who won her first Grand Slam at age 17 and has been the highest paid female athlete for the past twelve years. It’s an interest period for Sharapova who has just finished her 15 month suspension after failing a drug test In this podcast Tim and Maria talk about her background, parenting, coaches, tennis (technique and psychology), and her life outside of tennis including her business, book, and personal life. As a tennis enthusiast, I’m curious to see how she will do in the Grand Slams this year!

Andre Agassi, Open (Book)

This autobiography is of Andre Agassi, one of the best tennis players to have ever played the game. “Open” is widely regarded as one of the best autobiographies in sports because of the originality of the story, his brutally honest writing, and his favorable personality. The book starts with his family and how his father got to America and is written chronologically. The final part of the book is about his final match and retiring from the sport. Some of the more shocking material in this book was his love (or lack of) for tennis, his experience with the coaches he had, his tough junior career, and his off-court issues. 

Strategic Transformation at Tennis Canada (Article)

The European Business Review is the leading business intelligence magazine provides readers with indispensable insight, current best practices and breakthrough ideas. Roger Martin, Director and Chairman of Tennis Canada, explains how the board approached the short term and long term strategy of Tennis Canada with a budget that was less than 10% of other major foundations. This strategy was (successfully) developed after answering 5 key strategy questions: what is the winning aspiration, where to play, how to win, what capabilities must be in place, and what are our management systems. 

Djokovic’s New Tennis Psychology

Huffington Post wrote an article about Djokovic’s use of mindfulness meditation. In the article it writes about the importance for Djokovic to do daily meditation and how it has influenced him on the court. It also contains information on Moore and Gardner who were the first to have done research on mindfulness and its effect in sports. 

 

Novak Djokovic; Becoming World #1 and Overcoming the Odds (Podcast and Video)

Lewis Homes is a former professional athlete and author who started School of Greatness which is a platform to share stories of brilliant business minds, world class athletes and influential celebrities. This interview with Novak Djokovic is about his life growing up during the wars Yugoslavia, how his experiences shaped him to who he is today, the mission and meaning of his foundation, his belief in becoming world #1, and more.

ITF Tennis – Nutrition (Article)

The ITF SSMC is a committee comprised of a group of sport scientists, physicians, and tennis administrators from different parts of the world who represent professional tennis. Members analyse and discuss the six areas of sport science relevant to tennis, including physiology, psychology, nutrition, biomechanics, motor learning and sports medicine. This is not so much an article but more a link to a website that provides extensive information on the good and the bad of nutrition for tennis players. They divide their nutrition site into three areas: eating right, planning meals, and supplements. 

The Inner Game of Tennis (Book)

Author, Timothy Gallwey is the former Captain of the Harvard Tennis Team and would go on to write the Inner Game of Tennis. After the success of this book Gallwey wrote Inner Game books on golf, skiing, music, work, and stress which eventually lead him to founding the Inner Game International School. Gallwey wrote this book for tennis players on how to manage their emotion better and improve quicker. He explains that every person is split up in to two selves; the ’conscious self’ and the ’doing self’. He teaches techniques on how learn to trust your ’doing self’, increase body awareness, improve focus, and play the game without judgment.