Nick | Nick Horvat - My Principles - Integrative Coaching In Tennis
Nick Horvat - My Principles - Integrative Coaching In Tennis
Nick Horvat, Tennis Coach, Principles, Integrative Coaching, Tennis
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My principles

My principles

“Tennis is a game played with a racket but actually won with head and heart. Hitting the ball into the right spot is the easier part. The real struggle is always within us. Doing quality work for longer periods of time, putting yourself in a difficult situation and making changes from within yourself, that’s the hard part. My job as a coach is to analyse the situation and address the changes which have to be made – to me, that`s the easy part. Working together with the player on reaching the level of commitment for doing the right things every single day towards actually making those changes, that’s the hard part. It’s always the mind that makes all the difference”. – Nick

My coaching principles:

  1. Power of fundamentals: doing ordinary exercise in an extraordinary way – it’s less about what you do, and more about how you do it!
  2. Physical and mental capacity: physical and mental condition is a foundation for success in any profession. Your level of physical and mental endurance will strongly influence your achievement. You can’t have one without the other; you can’t improve your physical capabilities without mental commitment and dedication. By expanding your physical limits, you are automatically working on your mental muscle.
  3. Power of choices: most tennis matches are won or lost long before they even start. The way you practice your skills, take care of your body and mind (train, eat, sleep, learn), the kind of people you surround yourself with, how you treat others (respect, listen, be on time) are exactly the choices which build your future. “Everything that is happening at this moment is a result of the choices you’ve made in the past.” – Deepak Chopra
  4. Repetition: nothing helps a player to master his skills more than a quality repetition. Hitting a winner at crucial moments requires mastering that shot to a perfection, and it can only be learned by everyday practice. “Every athlete can make the technical adjustment in five or ten repetitions, and it will look good in a staged and closed environment, but they need thousands of repetitions to make sure that they can do the same adjustment on the big point.” – Dr. Mark Kovacs
  5. Practice what you preach: I aim to inspire and motivate the player for everyday challenges with my own personal standards and lifestyle. “No written word no spoken plea, can teach our youth what they should be. Nor all the books on all the shells is what teachers are themselves.” – John Wooden
  6. I’m not a believer in big advice or magic solutions. That’s only a short-term satisfaction. There is no formula for a great shot. Sometimes the difference between a good and a great shot is just a millisecond of timing. You either find it by yourself or you don’t, and that’s the beauty of it. Usually it takes years of dedicated search and practice. My job as a coach is to create a situation that will help you find it faster.


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