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May 18, 2022 34 mins

Performance anxiety and the yips are not the same thing, and feeling unable to perform or compete before a big event is far more common than actually being unable to perform or compete due to the yips. But these ailments share more than a few similarities, and on this episode of Losing Control, host Justin Su’a talks with a concert pianist who has not only performed on many of the world’s great stages, but who has battled–and learned to manage–performance anxiety. And for a perspective on battling severe, debilitating anxiety on the court, you’ll hear from none other than Mardy Fish, the former American number one and former world number seven, who faced severe anxiety at the height of his professional tennis career.

  • Mardy Fish, a retired tennis pro and current U.S. Davis Cup Captain 
  • Gwendolyn Mok, a concert pianist, recording artist, and professor of music who teaches at San Jose State University

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