In any sport, you have to have confidence in yourself to succeed. It as simple as that, and it is most obvious in tennis. How many players do you see lose confidence on their serve or in their ground strokes - the answer is many.
The reason why I chose Dinara Safina to front this artilce is because I believe she is the perfect example. I remember watching her at Wimbledon last year and it was so obvious that she wasnt happy with her serve. She seemed so worried about her serve that the rest of her game suffered as a result.
A reason for this, is pressure and Ana Ivanovic a player who has and still is suffering from a lack of confidence defines it beautifully:
"Becoming No.1 takes more pressure, but also you have to see pressure for what it is - a reflection of your own ambition".
In my opinion the problem for both of these players was that they became number one, far too early in their careers and at such a young age, I don't think they were able to deal with it mentally. However, it is not all bad because if they are already feeling pressure then they are determined to do well.
As a number one, you are the one to beat, you are the one that everybody wants to see and you are expected to win. That is a lot of pressure to deal with. Serena Williams and Roger Federer can deal with this and although Rafael Nadal is young, he does seem to have an attitude that no one can rival.
As you dig deeper in to tennis, this is an aspect of the game that becomes far more apparent. Even playing the sport socially, like myself, you will find that if your not confident and your not quite right mentally then you will not play well and more often than not lose the match.
Andy Murray has been quoted to say: "No excuses, its down to me and getting my head right" and that is exactly what this article is about. Get your head right and you will play well. Just watch Wimbledon over the next two weeks and you will see who the strongest is mentally.