The Coach You Should Be Using
For Kevin Anderson, mental training is just as important as working out.
That marathon match required as much physical tenacity as mental, something Anderson has been developing since childhood. His dad instilled in him the importance of self-confidence in sports from a young age.
After getting knocked out of the U.S. Open sooner than he’d hoped in the round of 16, Anderson is honing his mental strategies as he readies himself for a string of tournaments ahead. (First up is the Japan Open in Tokyo, which starts on October 1.) His approach: working with Alexis Castorri, a Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based sports psychologist and mental coach who has also helped Andy Murray and Simona Halep find the right headspace.
The fifth-seeded South African spoke with Furthermore pre-tournament about dealing with physical injuries and dark thoughts, and the power of slowing down.
Why did you start working with Castorri?
What’s more important: mental or physical training?
What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced in your career?
Injuries that pull me from the game. That happened in 2016, when I had several injuries throughout the year. You can see your ranking drop in tennis, and that’s not easy when you’re on the sidelines. That’s when the dark thoughts start creeping in. “Can I come back from this?”