The Mind-Body Problem: A Conversation with Janko Tipsarevic

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Open Agenda Publishing, Oct 1, 2020 - Sports & Recreation - 38 pages

This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Janko Tipsarevic, who is a former professional tennis player with a career-high singles ranking of world no. 8 and founder and CEO of Tipsarevic Tennis Academy in Belgrade, Serbia. 

This conversation gives behind-the-scenes insights on what it takes to achieve excellence in professional sports, what mindset is needed to reach one’s true potential and a penetrating and inspirational window into the psychology of professional tennis that resonates with all of us. 

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Giving Your All, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

I. On Nietzsche and Tennis - The dangers of too much perspective

II. Lost Opportunities - Reflections on vacuous press conferences

III. Commitment - More than just the hours

IV. Breaking Through - Leaving nothing back

V. Tennis as a Team Sport - Davis Cup and doubles

VI. Achieving Potential - Coaching and talent

VII. Winner Take All? - Spreading the wealth—or not?

About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series: 

This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert through a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website (


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A Note on the Text
The Conversation
On Nietzsche and Tennis
Lost Opportunities
Breaking Through
Tennis as a Team Sport
Achieving Potential
Winner Take All?

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About the author (2020)

Howard Burton, the founder and creator of Ideas Roadshow and Ideas on Film, holds a PhD in theoretical physics and an MA in philosophy. He was the Founding Executive Director of Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI) from 1999-2007. During his time at PI, he also developed an extensive outreach programme for teachers, students and the general public. His experiences at developing the research and outreach mandates of the institute were described in the book, First Principles: Building Perimeter Institute, featuring a foreword by Nobel Laureate Roger Penrose.

Ideas Roadshow is an award-winning initiative, recipient of the London Book Fair International Excellence Award in 2018. Howard has hosted and filmed in-depth conversations with more than 100 of the world’s brightest thinkers, including 3 Nobel Laureates, across the arts, sciences, sports and games.

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