Tennis, National Tennis Center, New York discussed on TennisPAL Chronicles
On the podcast with me. It's great to have year. Yeah I had a nice fun vacation working working working. You were working working working. I know it's been a really busy season. But we're back on the tennis Powell chronicles. Podcast time for the off season. Just kidding all right. Let's listen to our interview with David. Breslow David Welcome to the where so glad to have you on tennis pal. Chronicle thank you fill up. It's really appreciate the invitation. I'm looking forward to. Oh it really is an honor. I mean your your history and your experience is very impressive and I think our listeners would love to know a little bit about you as a person. So where did you grow up? And how did you find tennis? I am a Buffalo Nghien by birth Buffalo New York home of the cold and the snow and the indoor tennis in the winter and the outdoor tennis in the two weeks of summer. It's not really that bad but I'm originally Buffalo NEOM and that's where I learned to play the game and that's why I started playing the game in high school My two favorite sports when I growing up in Buffalo were tennis which I played. I and I started kind of late in maybe tenth grade or so and hockey which. I started in eleventh grade which is really late for a hockey player but I grew up loving tennis. Might the first player ever saw. Was Ken Rosewall. If if they're forty or forty five they remember Ken. Rosewall and Australian back in the days with Rod Laver and all those Australian players and saw Ken Rosewall on TV. And I thought I would love to play like him and my game believe it or not ended up looking just like him with very flat groundstrokes and all court game he. He created such an impact on me when I saw him playing Wimbledon on television that I literally was watching him in mimicking his movements and that became the movements that I basically played my game but the hockey I fell in love with After that and ended up playing hockey till my early fifties and still playing tennis as my first love. Wow that is super exciting. And how did your passion for Sports Hockey and tennis? How did that turn into something professional for you? Well that's a really good question because for me. I was one of those tennis players that looked really good on the practice court but then when I played matches somebody held up the balls and said these are good. I tended to fall apart and couldn't understand why I just when I played competitive tennis. I was nowhere near the same player that I was when I was on the practice court and I everybody around and asked all the better players and I read all the books on tennis psychology and so on and so forth and none of it really helps but I got so frustrated by that and I talked to so many amateur players who were also frustrated and they tried everything that was out there and I looked at that and I thought you know what I'm not the only one. There's something going on here. Why is it so difficult to get out of our own way? Why is all the stuff that that I'm reading? These other people are reading and the vice that they're getting just not working. There's something missing. And that's what led me to create my my program which is called match tough and talk about that a little bit later if you if your folks want to know about it. But that's what led me to it because one day I was playing competitive tennis locally in my area and I traveled down to New York to play a an amateur tournament at the at the Location and we're the. Us Open is at that time. In flushing in flushing Queens. And I lost in the first round and I was so ticked off because I had done this before but I ended up losing to a player who wasn't nearly as physically good as I was. He just didn't have the physical talent but I was so mentally weak that he ended up winning the match and when I came up to shake hands with him at the end of the match he just Kinda he kind of brushed his forehead aside and he said few when we were warming up. I thought you were going to kill me. And I can't. I can't tell you Philip. How many times I've heard that. Do you know how difficult that is to hear player after player saying that to me and I'm like damn something's wrong here and that day I went out to my car and I was so upset that I banged the roof of my car with my rackets and I'm yelling and I'm screaming at myself and I got so exhausted I fell to my knees and that's when it came to me I heard this little voice inside. I don't I don't mean to make this sounds like mystical or anything but I heard this little voice inside my head and it said why. Don't you go back to what you knew when you were younger? And I sat there on the ground literally on the ground. The cement and I'm looking around going man. If anybody was videotaping this they'd think I was nuts. Put me in a Looney bin and a I hear this voice go back. Why don't you go back to what you knew when you were younger because when I was a younger chap like ten years old twelve thirteen I remember thinking that there's this thing going on with the mind body relationship and there's there's something there that I kind of understood as a kid the mind body relationship I it it made sense to meet and I forgot all about it so when I got older seventeen? Eighteen nineteen twenty I kind of deferred to the books and the experts and the psychologists and my my better playing friends I deferred to them but they didn't know much about this either but that day at the at flushing when I lost that match it bothered me so much that I remembered all that stuff and that's when I went home and put the match tough program together. That's how all that started. Wow something started in you when you were ten years old you you were carrying something that you had been given. Can you kind of describe that? I'll try to describe it. It's it's a little strange. I suppose I just when I was younger. People used to come around me all the time and asked me questions about stuff. I mean I mean I'm eleven ten eleven years old. They're asking me questions about relationships about you know competitions and sports and things like that and I would answer them and then when they walk away ago How did I know that I don't know how I knew that? But I said something really. Smart there But I don't know how I knew that so. I had this innate wisdom. Let's say that that I just I just came to this planet Willis. If people can accept that I didn't study it. I didn't. I was too young for identity university. I just had this innate wisdom about the mind bag relationship and how the mind works with the body how it's all connected to produce the experiences that were having in in the world and on the tennis court and it all made sense to me I just I was honestly I was afraid of it because nobody else was talking that way with in that world with my friends so I've got uncomfortable and I stuffed it back inside and that's you know and I. I wasn't performing well at all. Not Just in tennis but in hockey as well at the beginning but that match just triggered everything. I was so frustrated from having to go through that experience time after time after time because I really was talented at a lot of good physical skills but I just wouldn't produce them when it mattered the most even in social tennis as long as it counted. I was having a little bit of trouble but when I was playing you know Practice matches against players. They would love to practice against me but they didn't really enjoy playing the in competition because really good players players who really get it. They want their opponent to play. Well I never wanted that when I was younger I was just hoping they would double fault and make a whole bunch of errors and let me get. Get the heck out of there with a win which is totally the worst way to approach things. But that's the way I was when I first started out Totally mentally weak and I. I just completely dismissed everything I understood when I was younger and I paid the price for it. I'm sure a lot of tennis players can relate to that Just being able to rally really well being very relaxed and and hitting freely During their rally period practice. But of course during the game really freezing up maybe double-faulting those kinds of things. How did you? How did you develop that after that? on your knees moment in flushing was the. What was the progression? How did you see it growing you? Well I went home and the next day pulled out a notebook and I started writing down. What I what I knew that I knew about the mind body relationship and then I realized that they are governed literally governed by laws L. Aws laws that. These things are not happening by accident that there are certain laws that are in place that are governing. Won't how we think how we feel. And what we do and the outcomes that we get so I sat with a piece of paper and I kinda just I was just processing things and I realized I boiled everything down to seven laws. There are seven laws which the mind the body the emotions and the energy function together to produce these experiences that I was having and I gave the laws a name. I didn't invent the laws people think I invented the laws but that would be like saying. I invented gravity. I DIDN'T INVENT GRAVITY. Neither did Newton he didn't invent grab he just gave it a name. So that's all I did was. I took the laws that are already there there they already exist and I gave them a name and I put him in a sequence from one to seven each one building on the one before. And that's how the program came to life and I approached the the National Tennis Center in New York in the late nineties. I'm sorry in the early nineties and I approach them because I heard that there was an opening for director of mental toughness. That's what they called it at the time and I called them up and I told him when I was doing and they said this is a question I get a lot like. Who Are you. Because they hadn't heard me. I said well I'm nobody. I'm a tennis player and A and a teacher. I taught the game for twenty years as well and I said I have this program but I said instead of me trying to talk you into it. Why don't you give me a junior player? Let him go through the program with me and then let him tell you if any good or not so they said okay so guess what they. Send me this kid. He's probably fourteen years old. I still remember him to this day. His first name was Tim and he was like a mini. John McEnroe was unbelievable. He was a left handed. Red-headed Irish tempered kid who just yelled and screamed on the court all the time but was super talented and they had brought in several psychologists to talk to this kid and he just got rid of all of them. He didn't like the so he walks in the room. First thing he says to me says are you a therapist and I said no and he goes good. 'cause I don't I don't WanNa talk anymore. Those guys I said No. I'm not gonNA teach you psychology. I'M GONNA teach you laws. He said laws. I said Yeah. I'M GONNA teach you laws of human performance and when you understand these laws everything about your game is going to change. And he said okay so I spoke to the kid. Maybe three times out of our ten sessions and he. The director of the of the National Tennis Center was walking by me in the hall and she stopped me said. What did you do to Tim? I said what do you mean? She said well he's behaving like an angel on the core and he's not yelling at his opponent..