Tennis and mental health: the role of national federations in the promotion and prevention of mental health and wellbeing


  • Lucía Jiménez Global Tennis Team



mental health, prevention, promotion, anxiety, wellbeing


Until just a few years ago, mental health has been a neglected - but ever-present - issue in the tennis world. In recent months, many tennis players have made their mental health difficulties public. Although it is becoming more and more commonplace, the consequences of common mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and sleep disorders are still unknown. For this reason, this article presents a series of strategies that could be carried out by federations, advocating the implementation of programmes focused on the prevention and promotion of mental health and well-being. Examples of initiatives developed in various countries are also given. Throughout the article, the importance of the involvement of federations in the development of prevention and promotion programmes for early detection and effective intervention is highlighted.


Download data is not yet available.


Bapat, S., Jorm, A., & Lawrence, K. (2009). Evaluation of a Mental Health Literacy Training Program for Junior Sporting Clubs. Australasian Psychiatry, 17(6), 475–479

Barbosa, S. H., & Urrea, Á. M. (2018). Influencia del deporte y la actividad física en el estado de salud físico y mental: una revisión bibliográfica [Article]. Katharsis: Revista de Ciencias Sociales, 25, 141–160

Cumming, S., & Ranson, C. (2021). The english institute of sport’s mental health journey [Article]. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 55(Suppl 1), A144–A145

Durand-Bush, N., & van Slingerland, K. (2021). Mental Health Strategy for High-Performance Sport in Canada (EN). The Mental Health Partner Group [Canadian Centre for Mental Health and Sport, Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network, Game Plan, and Own The Podium].

Gouttebarge, V., Castaldelli-Maia, J. M., Gorczynski, P., Hainline, B., Hitchcock, M. E., Kerkhoffs, G. M., Rice, S. M., & Reardon, C. L. (2019). Occurrence of mental health symptoms and disorders in current and former elite athletes: a systematic review and meta-analysis. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 53(11), 700–706

Gulliver, A., Griffiths, K. M., Mackinnon, A., Batterham, P. J., & Stanimirovic, R. (2015). The mental health of Australian elite athletes. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 18(3), 255–261

Hurley, D., Allen, M. S., Swann, C., & Vella, S. A. (2021). A Matched Control Trial of a Mental Health Literacy Intervention for Parents in Community Sports Clubs [Article]. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 52(1), 141–153

Lazarus, R. S. (2000). Cognitive-motivational-relational theory of emotion. In Emotions in sport. (pp. 39–63). Human Kinetics

Lawlor, D. A., & Hopker, S. W. (2001). The effectiveness of exercise as an intervention in the management of depression: systematic review and meta-regression analysis of randomised controlled trials. BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.), 322(7289), 763–763

Petruzzello, S. J., Landers, D. M., Hatfield, B. D., Kubitz, K. A., & Salazar, W. (1991). A Meta-Analysis on the Anxiety-Reducing Effects of Acute and Chronic Exercise. Sports Medicine, 11(3), 143–182

Pluim, B. M., Staal, J. B., Marks, B. L., Miller, S., & Miley, D. (2007). Health benefits of tennis. British journal of sports medicine, 41(11), 760–768

Rice, S. M., Purcell, R., de Silva, S., Mawren, D., McGorry, P. D., & Parker, A. G. (2016). The Mental Health of Elite Athletes: A Narrative Systematic Review. Sports Medicine, 46(9), 1333–1353

Scully, D., Kremer, J., Meade, M. M., Graham, R., & Dudgeon, K. (1998). Physical exercise and psychological well being: a critical review. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 32(2), 111–120.

Szabo, A., Szucs, A., Gaspar, Z., & Sule, K. (2014). Anxiety and affect in successful and less successful elite female basketball players: in-situ sampling before six consecutive games. Lase Journal of Sport Science, 5, 75–92

Yazici, A. B., Gul, M., Yazici, E., & Gul, G. K. (2016). Tennis Enhances Well-being in University Students. Mental illness, 8(1), 6510

Wipfli, B. M., Rethorst, C. D., & Landers, D. M. (2008). The Anxiolytic Effects of Exercise: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Trials and Dose–Response Analysis. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 30(4), 392–410



How to Cite

Jiménez, L. (2023). Tennis and mental health: the role of national federations in the promotion and prevention of mental health and wellbeing. ITF Coaching & Sport Science Review, 31(90), 10–12.