Bianca Andreescu, Source: (AFP Photo) The Times of India
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How Meditation and Focus Make A Tennis Champion

Today’s world, thankfully, is changing.

People, including athletes, are incorporating more holistic practices and mindful practices into their daily lives. From children to elders, meditation is one of those practices.

“I wake up every morning and the first thing I do is I meditate,” explained Bianca Andreescu, Canadian teenager, and 2019 US Open Tennis Women’s Champion.

“I think it really helps me get a good jump-start to the day. Not opening my phone or anything, not getting too overwhelmed,” Andeeescu shared with the press after winning the women’s title at the 2019 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.

Not only is meditation most certainly worth the time and effort, but the rewards will speak for themselves.

For Andresscu, it’s a daily practice. “I take 15 minutes every morning just to get in tune with my body, my mind. I visualize myself having a good day, like, stuff like that.”

When asked by WTA TOUR, how she dealt with the pressure of being in her first Grand Slam final and facing a pro-Serena home crowd, Bianca credited her mum.

“My mom introduced me to meditation when I was really young,” Andreescu explained. “I was maybe about 12. Ever since then I have been meditating and I do a lot of yoga.

“I also work on the mental, because that’s also very, very important. It’s definitely showing through my matches where I’m staying in the present moment a lot of the time. I don’t like to focus on what just happened or in the future.”

Andreescu’s preferred form of meditation is called creative visualization, which is a type of mindfulness exercise that involves creating a visual mental imagery of the goals that you want to manifest.

But it’s not all about visualizing her on-court success, Andreescu told the press. The 19-year-old uses mediation as a daily practice in order to improve her mindfulness and avoid a cluttered mind.

But she did reveal that when she goes on court, she likes to repeat words or phrases that keep her motivated between points.

“…I keep key words in my head usually,” Andreescu said. “I just keep very short key words in my head, like, before I serve, before I return. I just try to pump myself up.

The art and practice of meditation basically has one goal in mind – to slow down the mind.

Meditation is not difficult to learn and it is not difficult to keep up the pace. With only 10 minutes a day, you could be on your way to a brand new you.

And, becoming a world-class athlete is one of the benefits of meditation!


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