The influence of non-verbal body language on sport performance in professional tennis


  • Rafael Martínez-Gallego University of Valencia
  • David Carrillo Molina



non verbal body language, performance, tennis, analysis


The main objective of this study was to analyse the relationship between players´ non-verbal body language and their performance in sport. The sample consists of a total of 477 actions from 40 players competing in the ATP Tour. All actions were taken from tie-breaks in official tournaments. The categories that were analyzed were previous performance, dominant non-verbal body language, submissive non-verbal body language, and performance later on. Results show how the players´ non verbal body language impacts on their performance later on.  Thus, we can conclude that following dominant non-verbal body language, the probabilities of better performance in the next point are greater than following submissive non-verbal body language. Therefore, it is important to train these aspects as an extra tool to improve players´ performance.


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How to Cite

Martínez-Gallego , R. ., & Carrillo Molina, D. . (2019). The influence of non-verbal body language on sport performance in professional tennis. ITF Coaching & Sport Science Review, 27(79), 34–37.