In every sport, there is an obvious physical element to each athlete’s performance. But what can sometimes be lost in impressive physical achievement is the underlying mental aspect of sports. This side of sports is especially important in tennis — an individual sport — and Rock Bridge coach Ben Loeb is fully aware.

“You can’t run out the clock, there’s no way you can be subbed out, there’s nowhere to hide,” Loeb said. “So, consequently, it makes the psychological side of it even more challenging.”