WSJ: Habits

WSJ: Habits

“It’s important to turn disciplined behavior into a habit: early to bed, not too many splurges in my day-to-day routine. However, as a professional athlete it’s really important not to fall prey to habit. Success on the court means being able to adapt to changing conditions, to different players, playing styles and more. One of the things I love most about tennis is that it’s an ever-changing game. No two matches are alike, and the responsiveness to change is what sets great players apart. For me, a huge part of recuperating from my shoulder injuries was about being in touch with my body and every action’s reaction. The ability to tune in and edit my response was the way I was able to unlearn the bad habits I’d fallen into from my injury. Being able not only to adapt but to anticipate the need to adapt is more important to me than habit.”>