Sportsnet: “Q&A: Bouchard on Big 2013, Role Model Status”

Sportsnet magazine’s 2013 Awards issue hits newsstands today. And, to nobody’s surprise, 19-year old tennis star Eugenie Bouchard was named Breakout Athlete of the Year. In her first full year on the WTA tour, the native of Westmount, Que., was named the tour’s Newcomer of the Year and jumped 112 spots in the world rankings, finishing an eventful season at No. 32—the highest-ranked teenager on the planet. We recently caught up with Bouchard at the Tennis Canada’s headquarters in Toronto.

Allen Fox: “Resist Reacting Emotionally After Points, (An excerpt from Tennis: Winning the Mental Match)”

Your game will tend to follow your emotions, positive ones producing good play and negative ones, bad play, so you need to control them rather than having them control you. The starting point for this (and probably the most useful single idea in this book) is the following: When a point ends have no feeling or emotional reactions at all! It means that whether you have made the most egregious error or hit the most outlandish winner, it’s generally best to have no emotional reaction whatsoever. No matter how important the point, when it’s over, regardless of outcome, you simply turn around and start walking back into position having had no emotional reaction. Nothing happened! As an example, watch Roger Federer’s face at the end of a point. You will not usually be able to tell if he has just hit a winner or missed a sitter. Most of the time, he doesn’t react. You see the outer lack of reaction, but, equally importantly, he doesn’t usually react internally either.