11th August, 2020

Burgess Hill tennis star yet to hit the jackpot – but yoga and meditation could help

The Burgess Hill star lost his third consecutive game at the UK Pro Series Classic Week, going down 10-2 against Henry Patten in a super tie-break marathon on Wednesday.

The British No.59 says he’s struggling mentally in Weybridge but has been taking to the dojo to improve his fortunes.

“I’ve got lots to learn, and more on the mental side as I’m not used to being in those tight moments – I’ve got to do a better job of making it about the tennis,” the 23-year-old said.

“I definitely think you can work on it – you can try to put yourself in different situations, and there’s a lot of stuff you can do off the court to help.

“I do some meditation, yoga and visualisation – working through the visualisation’s good as you can work through different points and try and get comfortable in those moments.

“The more you’re in those moments the more comfortable you get with it. After coming out from such a long time with injury I’ve not had the match practice and am not used to that, so it’s definitely an area I need to work on.”

Cash is one of 24 leading players duelling it out in the widely-billed Premier League of tennis at Weybridge, competing against a glittering array of talent including Harriet Dart and Eden Silva in the women’s draw and James Ward and Liam Broady in the men’s.

The innovative format was devised by Andy Murray’s coach, Jamie Delgado, with players on Classic Week being split into two boxes of six ahead of finals weekend on August 15th and 16th.

Cash was struggling with a groin injury in the run-up to the event, using lockdown to diligently juggle rehab and golf to get back fighting fight.

Brighton’s Sonay Kartal was another south coast player to suffer tie-break disappointment in Surrey, losing 10-5 against British No.11 Eden Silva.

The 18-year-old hotshot took the first set 6-4 before losing the second 6-1, teeing up a nerve-jangling finale that the more experienced Silva stole.