How to get a 7yr old to stop getting depressed/ down after losing in tennis?
So I had him playing a practice match and he lost 8-10 a good match but he erupts in tears after saying some bs excuse like I told him to miss. This is also the case in other matches against stronger players, he'll give up saying he cant win. Similarly for drills he has trouble with he tends to shut down and take what I say too literally. If I say hit the ball higher he aims for the fence. Or he'll start missing balls on purpose and say hes bad and will miss every ball. These incidents are not a common occurrence but they are happening enough to be disruptive.
I want to push him hard to improve since I've had him for a while and can see his talent. But when pushed too hard or in match play he cracks, any tips on it?