The USTA mental skills specialist has some stories, lessons and tips that could help you. (USTA)

"It’s hard sometimes when things aren’t going well, but realizing it’s a moment and the next one could be much better allows you to move forward."

It's Underrated Week on and Dr. Larry Lauer joins the show to talk mental strength, one of the most underestimated skills in the game. The mental skills specialist chatted with co-hosts Nina Pantic and Irina Falconi at the USTA National Campus (before the coronavirus pandemic began).

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Lauer works for USTA Player Development and has been a sport psychology consultant for elite tennis players for over a decade. He shares how he got into the field after his own baseball career, and why he relates so well to the loss of identity athletes feel after their playing days are over.

He dives into some of the mental exercises he practices with players, including how to deal with chasing results and how to learn from failure. He also explains the overall values of improving your mental strength, both for your game and your life.

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