I asked our squad of Top Team Seniors last night what percentage of the time they perform (when competing):
A. Really well
C. Really poorly
Most players scored A and C around 10-20 % of the time, which leave a huge percentage of the time where we perform 'average'.
Of course we work hard and smart to increase the number of times we play really well and minimise the times we play really poorly, but if the greater % of time is always going to be spent playing 'average' then we have to ask ourselves the question, how good is our average? That is probably the true 'measure' of our games, and by raising our average performances we'll begin to take our games to the next level.
Kevin Anderson played Djokovic at Indian Wells last year and was nowhere close. He played him again yesterday, and lost in a much closer match 6-2, 6-3. He played average, but his average game has improved considerably in a year. According to Arsene Wenger, the key to last night's win against Newcastle was 'relentless work'. What does it take to raise the average level of your game? Relentless work!