The trajectory of Michael Berrer in professional tennis, like so many others, it will not go down in history. The German fought for more than fifteen seasons, reaching two ATP finals, reaching the top 50 in 2010, even beating a Rafa Nadal in the Doha 2015 tournament. Many will remember him for that. However, since hanging up the racket four years ago, the Stuttgart player started a new adventure from the business field to help players and companies improve their daily performance. This is how he explains it in an interview with Tennis magazine, analyzing the lessons he learned on the track and that now serve to instruct third parties.
– A script twist in your life
“The last three years have been very exciting, I have learned a lot of new things. For almost two years I was accompanying large companies, as well as medium-sized companies and startups as a coach. It’s fascinating to find that tennis professionals and people in the company have very similar challenges at times. “
– The keys to success
“Everything consists of acting, but this requires mental strength. It is what determines our success, to a large extent. In tennis, we rarely lose because we are technically inferior or out of shape; the key factor is the head, our attitude, our behavior is who decides between victory and defeat ”.
– Well marked values
“I am in charge of transmitting factors of success, attitude and mental strength so that young players are more ambitious. To be successful you need four essential skills: long-term motivation, endurance, focus, and teamwork. In detail, this means that you have to maintain that momentum, never give up, always deal with setbacks and always get to the point, build an environment that inspires, motivates and energizes you ”.
– More than 15 years as a professional
“Throughout my career I have suffered many defeats and setbacks, just like other tennis players, regardless of category or ranking. If you don’t win any professional titles it means you lose every week of the tour. In a Grand Slam tournament there are 127 losers. My path to world class was not overnight, I was constantly improving. My motto was: improve a little every day, with discipline, fighting spirit and hard work. That was what helped me and made me strong ”.
Degree in Sports Psychology
“I wanted to understand the successes and failures, both in sport and in business, to understand the importance of your emotions when facing a challenge. The good thing is that mental strength can be trained, like a serve or a volley, although it is not well established yet, little by little it is being experimented with. Matteo Berrettini, for example, when he won Stuttgart in 2019 he was accompanied by a sports psychologist all the time, who is part of his team. She works systematically with him to improve his mental skills. “
– Difference of the players from before with those of now
“To understand why those from before continue to win, you just have to see how they prepare. I always say the same thing to young people: be on time. Most of them enter the hallway of the stadium two minutes before training and with their mobile in hand. Ideally, the workout begins 40 minutes before hitting the track, with the phone off, this is only distracting. You must devote all your attention to training, change calmly and do an intensive warm-up. On the pitch, it’s about making the most of every second to perfection. You don’t need talent to do all this, we are talking about an even more important skill ”.