The 4 Key Mental Toughness Principles You Can Use to Survive and Thrive During Lockdown

Mental toughness

Ryan Henry

Ryan won multiple Australian national singles and doubles titles as a junior and was a key member of Australian team that won the 16/U world junior championships held in Japan. By the age of 18, he had achieved rankings of World No. 1 in U/18 Doubles, World No. 16 in U/18 Singles, 271 in ATP Doubles and 424 in ATP Singles and competed in the Australian Open Mens Singles and Doubles main draw. Ryan retired early from the game at age 19 due to repetitive injuries and has since focused on developing a career as a tennis professional.


  • AICD Governance Foundations Directors Qualification
  • The EDG business essentials program graduate
  • Dent Business Accelerator Program graduate
  • Tennis Australia Master Club Professional and Diploma of Business
  • Tennis Australia Learning Facilitator certificate
  • Strength and Conditioning Level 1
  • Olympic Weight Lifting Level 1

Career history

  • 2004: Tennis NSW High Performance Coach
  • 2006: Tennis NSW Academy Head Coach
  • 2008: Head Performance Coach at Langley Tennis Club in London
  • 2011: Co-founded Voyager Tennis Academy
  • 2017: Joined the Tennis NSW board as a Director
  • 2019: Co-authored and published book ‘Winning on and off the court’

Ryan is responsible for the overall management and development of Voyager Tennis and is passionate about helping tennis thrive at all levels from grass roots right the way through to the professional level.

What I love about Tennis?
I loved the intensity of competing as a player and all the life opportunities that Tennis has provided such as character building, world travel and helping me to build a career. I’d like to share these opportunities and help as many players as possible to develop to their full potential as both players and as people.

In this unique workshop designed for the current challenges we face in lockdown Voyager Sport Psychologist Dr. Anthony Ross discussed the 4 Key Mental Toughness Principles that he applied to survive a brutal illness which included him being completely bed-bound for 3 years in a ‘death like state’ and at one stage too weak to talk for 500 days straight.

As he discussed, these principles are helpful for all of us to apply to the current challenges of Covid but also key to overcoming challenges and performing well on the court and in every day life.

So you’ll also have the opportunity to practice the 4 skills with his guidance by watching the workshop replay
And as an added bonus, Anthony has also granted all Voyager players 20% discount for his Off-Court Mental Toughness Challenge that can be completed conveniently at home during lockdown. This is the same Challenge that he developed for the National Indoor Championship winning North Carolina men’s tennis team.

You can go here to learn more about the Challenge (Anthony has opened up access to us even though the program is currently closed to the public). Apply our 20% discount coupon: VOYAGER at the checkout page for 20% off the usual price.

By Ryan Henry, Managing Director of Voyager Tennis and Ex-Pro Tennis Player

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