Every serious tennis player must learn to deal with losses, mistakes, and the feeling of choking at some point in their career. Losing is part of learning. As the great Michael Jordan once said: "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. That is why I succeed." You must learn to be persistent and stick with your goals, even when you do not always see success. When you set high goals, it is disappointing when these goals are not met. This is part of what comes with being passionate about something important. Loss and disappointment need to become motivating, not disabling.

Dealing With Loss