What Federer needs to do until the train’s back on track.
Posted by tennisplanet on March 17, 2008
-Absolutely stop reading and watching anything about yourself in the press and media. Block it out freaking completely.
-Give the body what it deserves and is begging for: Rest. Cut out all the meaningless activities and use that time saved to just plain and simple rest. Both physical and mental. Just stay in the hotel room and have sex, mediate, sleep and freaking relax.
Car starts to make noises for no reason when something is wrong. Your body is just asking for help. Provide it in abundance to let it mend itself naturally, instead of resorting to strong antibiotic medicine in an attempt to get back on the courts sooner than the body allows.
You thinks this is some mono BS? I don’t think so. You cannot go on on break neck speed for almost five years the way you have, without a complete shut out time to recuperate and rehabilitate.
-There is no need to play any statement games to turn the public opinion around. Insulate yourself to what anyone says about your game. Build the momentum gradually and take small steps to get back instead of making a huge splash to impress the press.
-Apart from the physical BS you are going through, the only other hindrance is lack of match play. Use every match from now on to get to good workout. There is no hurry to get off the court. If you see that the opponent is over-matched, like the previous match, use it to practice your bread and butter shots to rebuild your game from the ground up. There’s no reason to make the highlight reel with spectacular shots and strokes. Gain confidence by sticking to the basics in a real match slowly and surely.
-Spend extra on the drawing board to brainstorm ideas to bring back your game to its peak. Study opponents and stats with extra care. Review match reels even more meticulously to sharpen your response to what’s thrown at you.
-Keep your pressers short and sweet, without trying to reverse the thinking out there by your words. There is no use in making comments like “They wanted to keep me there,” Federer said. “But I said, ‘Roger Federer doesn’t stay in the hospital for this.’ If I have a problem, I’ll come back, but let me first get worse.”
You are not impressing anyone with that. Don’t feel the need to defend yourself. Be secure in yourself and say what you have to say on the court. That’s the only talk that will hold any water. Rest is only hurting you.
-Resist to make any dramatic change in anything you have done over the past five years. That includes altering your game, desperately searching for a coach, your practice sessions, diet, etc. If a change is mandatory, ease it gradually into your regimen to ensure your natural game is not breached.
-Remove the freaking baseball cap, for crying out loud. At least, change the freaking color. GEEEEEEEEEEEEZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!