Tournament coaching happens before and after matches, and sometimes between a 2nd and 3rd set. The goal of the coach at a tournament is to help the player ‘manage’ him or herself, in a way that will enable them to perform at the highest possible level.
Tournaments, while very important – are a developmental tool that must be used in the right way. Great players are able to compete well in three different scenarios – when they play against players that they are supposed to beat, against players that are at their level, – and against players that are at a higher level. In addition great players are able to win with their ‘B’ game.
As a former worldclass player Martin understands the psychological dynamics of tournament competition. “My goal is to make the player feel safe enough to give 100% – putting everything on the line, without worrying that they will be judged by the outcome of the match. Giving a 100% – physically, mentally and emotionally is winning.”