Injuries, disappointing results, temporary difficulties, routine… There are many sources of demotivation for the professional tennis player and, as well as self-confidence, physical and psychological preparation, achieve a good level of performance without motivation is nearly impossible. Therefore, coach Mehdi Daouki has outlined three tips to maintain motivation for a professional player. Identify sources of motivation As highlighted in a previous article dealing with mistakes to avoid to have a successful professional career, it is necessary for a player to set goals. But to achieve these goals, the player will definitely need to become aware of whats motivates him in order to face potential periods of doubt more easily. These goals can be a certain state of mind or play level to reach, a performance to achieve or a particular gesture to master. On the other end, identify sources or motivation whatsoever is paramount. Once identified, the professional player should use them as fuel for himself: whenever needed due to lack of confidence or morale, these sources of motivation must help the player to keep moving on despite difficulties. Manage the emotions It is a fact and some of the greatest players of all time have understood it: managing his emotions will the professional tennis player to move on more serenely thanks to the development of his own psychological resources. There are many existing ways to lower and control the stress though the emotions management and it is very important that each play makes the effort to analyze and identify which method suits him best in order to be more efficient and achieve a higher level of performance. Among these methods, we for instance find meditation, sophrology, hypnosis or yoga which is very appreciated by Novak Djokovic who says he found in the practice of yoga an help to improve not only his breathing control but also his mental strength and his performances as a whole. Hence, if answers cannot be found in a racket, they might as well be on a yoga carpet or in deep meditation. As Sophie Huguet recently told us, speaking is also a way to get freedom and a sport psychologist consultation and also be part of these methods. Those ones will help the athletes strengthen their self-confidance as well as handle their stress, develop their motivation and assist them in their recovery. The player-coach relationship By his omnipresence in the daily life of his player, the coach plays a very important role in the development and the sustainability of his player’s motivation. The art of communication in their pair is paramount create a successful project. The both of them must be sharing with each other with sincerity and this can only be done within a sane and well-balanced relationship. A wise coach must be able to go though the two tips previously mentioned with his player. Wether he is alone or helped by an outside assistance, the coach must install a climate of confidence between himself and his player to keep him at the heart of the project and thus guide him through the development of his physical and psychological capacities. The best examples of this player-coach relationship are the recent results achieved by Magnus Normann and Stanislas Wawrinka or obviously Marian Vajda and Novak Djokovic who have been working with each other for a long time and whose relationship quality is no longer questioned. One of the best coaches on the world tour, Bob Brett, considers that the best way for a coach to maintain and improve the coach-player relationship is to never forget that when a player wins, it is only because of himself while when he loses it is his coach’s responsibility that is involved.