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While you're waiting for ‪#‎Federer‬ vs ‪#‎Djokovic‬ to start why not check out my free tennis coaching app?

iPhone version: https://goo.gl/RmJKVY
Android version: https://goo.gl/KIKBKN

It's got 40+ free video lessons that'll improve your technique. Even if you don't play tennis you'll get a better understanding of the game and how the pros get so much power, control and consistency.

Plus it's free 
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Confidence, Comebacks, Technique & Rafael Nadal
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I wrote the following post a few weeks ago after Rafa Nadal lost for the second time this season to Fabio Fognini. I meant to post it earlier but my website went down and I never got around to it. So I'm posting it here in its entirety. Let me know what you think.
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Recently I sat watching as Rafa Nadal was knocked for the second time this season by talented Italian Fabio Fognini. Its pretty rare to see anyone beat Rafa twice in a season let alone on clay as Fognini did.

Ok so these things happen, even to the King of Clay, but what is increasingly interesting to me is how or when Nadal is going to get through what must be the biggest, (injury free) slump in his career. Now before a Rafa fan points out another slump between tournament wins, I will admit to not knowing all of Rafa’s career stats. But I do know that I have watched his career closely enough to know what I am saying is true. That this particular slump is not quite like the others.

I got the opportunity to interview Rafa in Abu Dhabi which is the first event of the year. I was shocked that he practically blurted out that his form was not very good and that he was trying hard but not sure when he would be in good form. “Wait,” I thought to myself, “this is the very first event of the year, why is he already so negative before one ball has been hit competitively? Is this Rafa Nadal I’m talking to?”
He has recently admitted that his confidence has gone when he is under pressure and that was clearly the case against Fognini in Barcelona. Rafa’s normally consistent and powerful groundies were landing….. well, it was any ones guess! One shot was perfect, the next short and the next flying out. If it wasn’t for his trademark determination he could have easily lost 6-2 6-2 instead of 6-4, 7-6 (8-6). What was obvious was the frustration caused by his inconsistency. A feeling very familiar to anyone who has been through a slump before…. and that means anyone who has ever competed and put his game on the line.

In tennis, a slump can seem to last forever. In football, basketball or any other seasonal sport you would call it a ‘bad year’. We hear that all the time, so and so player had a bad year in 2013 but came back after a good pre season. However, in tennis there is no off season.
So how does a player get confidence back whilst in the middle of the tour? Let me tell you, it is really tough.

Lack of confidence or self doubt can be called many things but it’s really all the same. I’ve heard it called “the monkey mind”, “ego”, the “alter ego” and even “the devil.” No matter what you call it, we all know it, it’s that damn voice inside your head telling you that you’re simply not good enough.

Ask ten of the top tour coaches what method they recommend to recapture confidence and they will most likely have ten different answers! And those ten different answers may all be correct. It very much depends on your pupil, what stage they are in and what the underlying issue is.

As a player, I had more comebacks from injury that anyone else, though Tommy Haas must be very close by now! You can analyze and analyze, talk until you have run out of breath, but in the end you have to find your own way through, along with your team if you’re lucky enough to have one. I have used everything from psychologists, visualization, meditation, video analysis and lots and lots of plain hard work on the court and in the gym. Much to my mother’s chagrin, at the family home in Melbourne I even bought myself a sensory deprivation float tank to aid physical and mental recovery and help focus.

When it comes to Rafa, he believes hard work is a major contributor to recovery. It’s his game to hit hard and do it for hours on end and that’s how he trains. I believe this is how Rafa builds back his confidence.

I feel the issue may be more technical. Rafa’s swing is fast and furious and has more movements up and through the ball than any other superstar player. To put it simply, his swing has so many moving pieces when one or more of those pieces is out of whack, this magnificent time keeping machine simply can‘t tell time properly any more. To keep everything in this intricate machine running smoothly, the timepiece will go back to the workshop and get fine tuned again and again. Will Rafa get fine tuned in time for ROLAND-GARROS? He managed to do it in the nick of time last year and I wouldn’t put it past him to do it again. But with his confidence on clay shaken like never before this is his biggest challenge yet.

One thing we all know, is that Rafa is never one to shy away from a challenge. It will be fascinating to see how he overcomes this challenge and progresses throughout the year.

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So what do you guys think can Rafa do it again? Will he overcome all the obstacles and retain his French Open crown?

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#rg15   #rafaelnadal    #tennis   #technique   #confidence   #frenchopen   #fabiofognini   #mentalstrength  
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PR: The Other Big Game At The Grand Slams

Ever wondered what it's like for the players at big tennis tournaments like the Australian Open with all the media attention?

Read on to find out: http://www.patcash.co.uk/2015/01/pr-the-other-big-game-at-grand-slams

#tennis   #australianopen   #pr   #media  
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Murray vs Dimitrov & Wawrinka vs Federer

Big day at +Wimbledon with +Andy Murray to battle +Grigor Dimitrov in the 1st quarter final. The 2nd quarter final will be an all Swiss affair with #StanWawrinka  ready to take on #RogerFederer .

Who do you think will come out on top in each match? Hit the +1 button and let me know in the comments below! 

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#wimbledon   #tennis   #murray   #dimitrov   #wawrinka   #federer  
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+Silver Elm Andy lost in straight sets
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Egg vs Tennis Racket

Creative way to make egg salad :-)

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Boris Becker & Brienne of Tarth could be cousins!

Ha ha ha got sent this and had to post it here. It's for all you +Game of Thrones fans out there :-)

#gameofthrones   #tennis   #borisbecker   #hbo  

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What makes the perfect Wimbledon serve?

For every tennis player, the perfect serve is the holy grail. The serve is the most powerful shot in tennis, and the only one that the player has full control over.

Check out my step-by-step technique demonstration and her what Andy Murray has to say about serving under pressure during a Wimbledon final:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zgppfg8

#wimbledon   #tennis   #patcash    #technique   #murray   #serve  
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Ellesse Heritage Range Sneak Peek.

I had the chance to check out the new Ellesse Heritage range that's about to hit the stores.

I also got to see some of the original clothes, some of which were from my junior days when I was sponsored by Ellesse. Quite a trip down memory lane.

Check out the quick video here: http://youtu.be/qjJ1u1347DY

#ellesse   #patcash   #ellesseheritage   #tennis   #clothing  
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Kyrgios outrageous passing shot

Milos Raonic defeated Nick Kyrgios but "shot of the match" must go to the big Aussie with this running forehand winner.

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#raonic   #kyrgios   #wimbledon   #tennis   #gif  
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Nick Kyrgios vs Rafael Nadal Hot Show

Incredible between the legs winner from Kyrgios against Nadal!

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#kyrgios   #nadal   #wimbledon   #tennis   
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Andre Agassi says Rafael Nadal is greatest tennis player ever

Eight-time grand slam champion and former world number one Andre Agassi says +Rafa Nadal not +Roger Federer, should be considered the greatest tennis player of all time.

In an interview with Singapore newspaper Straits Times Agassi said "I'd put Nadal No. 1, Federer No. 2,"  adding ''it's just remarkable to me what he has done, and he has done it all during Federer's prime."

The G.O.A.T (Greatest Of All Time) debate is a popular and complicated topic. It’s often emotional and controversial as we all have our own opinions.

I've written a pretty detailed guide about it before. It's worth checking out if you want to make an informed decision: http://bit.ly/U64uoK 

Like I've said before, it's impossible to know who the greatest of all time is. The G.O.A.T question is just so complex due to the nature of tennis and the transformation the sport has experienced. The best we can do is to understand who is the greatest at one time or another and compare for fun.

So do you agree or disagree with Agassi? Is Nadal the best ever?  Do you need to beat the best to be the best? Or is it all about the Grand Slams? Let me know what you think below! 

Photo credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth

#tennis   #nadal   #federer    #andreagassi   #greatestofalltime
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A Week With Tennis Champions: Private Planes, Celebrities and Locker Room Gossip.

Well I've have had some pretty special weeks during my career and tennis life but few have been as interesting, exciting and surprising as this.

These past few days have changed my perspective on several beliefs and opened my eyes to some fundamental truths. I guess tennis tournaments, private planes, locker room gossip, celebrities and a group of battle hardened tennis legends reminiscing can do that to you ;-).

Check out my latest blog detailing my time hanging out and playing with John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors and the Williams sisters.

Read the post here: http://bit.ly/1jOfkbn

P.S. Feel free to hit the +1 button if you enjoy! 
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Thanks for sharing! I always think it is cool to see celebrities get excited to meet other celebrities just like everyone else.
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Pat Cash is a Wimbledon champion and 5 time Grand Slam finalist (singles and doubles). He has proudly represented Australia in the Davis Cup, twice winning the deciding singles rubber to defeat Sweden. To date Pat is the only player to have collected the junior, tour and legends Wimbledon titles and now plays on the ATP Champions Tour with other noted players such as Björn Borg, Boris Becker, Mats Wilander and Pete Sampras.

Following a string of injuries to his achilles tendon, knee and back, Pat Cash retired from the professional tour. Since then Pat has coached top 10 professional players such as Greg Rusedski and Mark Philippoussis. Recently Pat has joined Tennis Australia as a national coach to help the next generation of Aussie tennis players. Pat is currently the host of Open Court, CNN's tennis-focused TV show. Pat also also works as a TV sports commentator for the BBC and Fox Sport.  

Pat Cash is currently in the process of opening a string of new Pat Cash Tennis Academies in the Caribbean. Through these academies Pat's tennis and biomechanics knowledge will help players at any level reach their tennis goals injury free. 

Pat Cash is very passionate about charity work. He  works closely with a variety of charities such as GOAL, a humanitarian organisation that deals with relief and development in third world countries. Orchid, which deals with the research and the spread of knowledge about men’s cancer. Also, he helped found Planet Ark in 1992, an Australian environmental organisation.

Learn more about Pat Cash at the official Pat Cash Website.
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