Every WTA player’s tennis life revolves around music, especially when it comes to finding inspiration and motivation when exercising. When they travel, almost everyone wears earbuds, and almost everyone listens to music when practicing, warming up for matches, or in the few minutes before they participate.
Music evokes emotion
Some tennis players require a lot of energy while others require less. It’s up to the athlete to figure out how much stamina they need to perform at their best. Both too much and too little energy can lead to failure in athletes; both extremes could get labeled ‘negative’ energy.
At one end of the spectrum, your athlete may not feel ready to compete, while at the other, your athlete may have too much energy to compete.
Jitters, butterflies, nerves, worry, negative thoughts, doubts, concerns, and other transitory bad feelings can all be distracted by music. The capacity to pull attention in and keep the mind away from negative emotions is enhanced by listening to the correct music the night before and including it in an athlete’s pre-performance routine.
It also lowers the athlete’s pulse rate, blood pressure, and muscle tension, making them feel emotionally and physically prepared from the start. One tennis player, for example, noticed that the night before a match, he was starting to break apart.
Get stomach knots and have concerns, uncertainties, and fears. Classical music paired with progressive relaxation not only helped me relax and go asleep, but it also helped to wake up peaceful and comfortable.
The effect of arousal/energy on performance
According to the catastrophe theory, increases in arousal and somatic distress get linked with performance in an inverted U pattern with little worry. The athlete’s energy level is too low at the bottom of the bell curve; not energized enough to complete the job. The performance will improve to an athlete’s ideal zone as performance and energy increase.
There is a swift and significant fall in performance if arousal/energy levels exceed the range. Once an athlete’s performance has swiftly deteriorated due to increasing physiological arousal, the athlete will need to reduce physiological arousal before resuming former performance levels.
Not only does disaster theory appear to hold during the performance, but it also appears to hold before the performance in my experience with tennis players. If an athlete has little energy, they cannot complete the task. With the correct preparation, your athlete’s energy level rises to the optimal level of preparedness to play.
Worries, anxieties, doubts, and a high heart rate increased arousal levels to the point where they would need to get considerably reduced before commencing a match to be prepared to perform at their optimal level.
List of popular tennis songs
“Tennis Court” by Lorde
Even though it isn’t a song about tennis courts, it’s only fitting that ‘Tennis Court’ begins this list. This sneaky look at the dark side of unexpected stardom immediately became a fan favorite from Lorde’s debut album Pure Heroine, released in 2013. It still works as a summer groove due to the catchy chorus and crisp electronic sound. If you need a boost of adrenaline, there’s also a Flume remix to choose from it.
“Sun Comes Up” by Rudimental
Rudimental is well aware that using the word “sun” in a song title is a winning formula for summer playlists. Since 2011, the UK band’s blend of pop choruses and electronic energy has yielded a streak of hits, and this year’s ‘Sun Comes Up’ is no exception. It’s bright, cheerful, and feel-good with singer-songwriter James Arthur upfront. When the sun has risen, play this game.
“Way Back” by TLC
TLC, the renowned R&B group behind hits like “Waterfalls” and “No Scrubs,” made a triumphant return in 2017. T-Boz and Chilli, who carried on TLC following the unfortunate death of third member Left Eye in 2002, raised money for their new self-titled album on Kickstarter. ‘Way Back,’ the album’s first single, is all about happy summer feelings, with a joyful guest appearance by Snoop Dogg and just the right amount of nostalgia.
“I’m Callin” by Tennis
Tennis, the Denver, Colorado pair noted for their dazzling indie-pop, is a must-have for any tennis playlist. Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore’s music is perfect for lulling you into summer afternoons, and this track from their 2015 album Ritual In Repeat fits the bill. It’s slinky, warm, and instantly likable, making it ideal for the most laid-back tennis matches.
“Papercuts” by Illy and Vera Blue
‘Papercuts’ blends the talents of two artists that performed on the AO Live Stage in 2018: Melbourne’s Illy and Sydney’s Vera Blue. It has sleek production, to-the-point rhymes, and a chorus that sticks in your brain. It’s arguably Illy’s biggest hit to date. It debuted at No. 7 on the triple j Hottest 100 in 2016, and it’s unlikely to disappear from the rapper’s live setlists anytime soon.
“Game Set And Match” by The Herbaliser
It’d be a stretch to call ‘Game Set and Match,’ despite its very apt title, a tennis-themed song; yet, this underappreciated 2008 cut from renowned London producers is an excellent example of the genre. Owing to Canadian rapper More Or Les’ quick-fire lines, it’s a terrific cross-continental collaboration.
“Tear The Roof Off,” by Bliss N Eso and Watsky
Bliss N Eso has a lot of experience with hype-up anthems, and ‘Tear The Roof Off’ is one of their most raucous. The trio is joined by fast-rapping guest Watsky on this track from Off the Grid, released in 2017. The LA-based lyricist fits right in with their roof-tearing formula, and you can easily see this blasting out of a car on a scorching January day.
“Cut To The Feeling,” by Carly Rae Jepsen
Carly Rae Jepsen’s sugar rush single ‘Cut To The Feeling’ was one of the greatest of the year. It’s an outtake from the recordings for her EMOTION album, but it’s fantastic as its anthem. It may not seem like an apparent tennis mood-setter until you consider how many TV highlight reels it would soundtrack. (It’s also on the soundtrack for the children’s film Leap, which makes sense.)