The W. I. N. Method for Tennis Play


A great way for tennis players to stay in the present with their thoughts.

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  1. Gene Hosford
    July 4, 2018 at 6:37 pm · Reply

    Watching the video I realized that Karly (sic) is an obviously knowledgeable as well as experienced player. As a teaching pro for a local park/rec department and one of the assistant coaches for the local high school tennis team, I started to realize that players of different levels will have different answers for the same question(s).
    By integrating the W.I.N. concept into the training regimen for beginning players, I think that their individual development might be sped up significantly.
    As a player develops and matures, it has been my experience that what was important to them in the beginning of their tennis education (uncertainty, awkwardness, etc.) gives way to more cogent issues of constructing points and finishing matches.
    As usual, you have “hit the nail on the head”, or more pertinent “scored an ace on a first serve”.

    • Jorge Capestany
      July 4, 2018 at 11:52 pm · Reply

      Thanks Gene

  2. Hazie
    July 4, 2018 at 8:17 am · Reply

    Thanks for posting a great video. Understanding the effect of this method of teaching (W.I.N) would be worth investigating. It would be interesting to see if the experimental group shows significant improvement in their thoughts ie. being present … if only we can measure some of the variables involving players thoughts. Any thoughts?

    • Jorge Capestany
      July 4, 2018 at 11:48 am · Reply

      Hi Hazie, Good point you are making. I would have to admit that using the WIN method does help people say positive, you can see it for sure. The bigger question is will they continue to do it into the future without the coach looking over their shoulder to remind them.

  3. Dottie Wiencek
    July 4, 2018 at 12:28 am · Reply

    Again another great point. Stay positive and think about the next shot and not the past shot.

  4. Sally
    July 3, 2018 at 4:36 pm · Reply

    Excellent advice to help a player stay positive and be mentally tough! Our inside voice can help pull ourselves up when we are behind if making mistakes or keep us aggressive and play to win when ahead in a match. Thank you for addressing the mental part of Tennis which is so important!

  5. Dee
    May 23, 2017 at 1:37 pm · Reply

    Thanks, perfect! Just what I needed!!!

  6. Anthony Brissette
    December 9, 2015 at 5:03 pm · Reply

    In my opinion one of the biggest misconceptions in sports is the idea of momentum. Your plan of “what is important now” demonstates the importance of just playing the next point. Each point, each game is it’s own special point or game. I can provide numerous cases where so called momentum was abruptly changed. I laugh when I hear sportscasters exclaimed how the momentum of a game or match just keeps going back in forth. How can that be if it is momentum? If you listen to many coaches and players on the professional level they constantly speak about having short term memories and moving on to the next point or game. If you let a bad point or game bother you your opponent will not have momentum on his side he will have you playing poorly on his side.

  7. Jeff
    December 2, 2015 at 2:48 pm · Reply

    Thanks for such this timely video. I lost a set play with a lady I underestimated by one point (tiebreaker). This video showed me what I should do during the play. Now I know the right thinking I should have, but the right answer may be hard to come by. Do you have any suggestion how to do that?

    • Jorge Capestany
      December 3, 2015 at 1:44 am · Reply

      Jeff.. a lot of that kind of skill comes with experience. The trick is to quiet the mind so y can think clearly. You don’t want to be the type of player that takes half of their time between points to blow off steam when it should be spent regrouping and planning the next point.

  8. Jane
    December 2, 2015 at 12:47 am · Reply

    Great for all of my students that dwell on the shots they missed instead of focusing on the next point or shot. Will definitely be using this mental tactic with a few students in the the next month or so. Thanks Jorge.

  9. Kathleen Torch
    December 1, 2015 at 10:06 am · Reply

    I love the concept of What’s important now during a match or practice sessions? It really makes you think about what you have to do at that crucial moment before the point is played. It helps you to realize that you have to focus on the present point and not the past points or the future points. Jorge I do get agitated in matches and practices before each point is played. My opponent will sometimes forget to same the score out loud. I seem to have to ask them politely what is the score. What do you suggest?

    Kathleen Torch

    • Jorge Capestany
      December 1, 2015 at 8:46 pm · Reply

      It is always tough to deal with an opponent that is rude or insensitive. My best advice is to figure out what state of agitation you can handle and make certain to stay under that level. If you can get feisty and ask them to say the score or question a call and it does NOT make you play worse them go ahead. Other players may get way to agitated to quickly in which case it is best to hold your comments to yourself for fear if getting so agitated that it makes you play poorly. Everybody is different

  10. Ellen
    December 1, 2015 at 5:15 am · Reply

    Good. I will share with my partner and students and make use of it myself.
    . My thing has been play the best u can today. Yesterday is done — tomorrow is yet to come. I too like the short videos.

  11. sanjay
    December 1, 2015 at 1:49 am · Reply

    Jorge, good advice. I will try with my young players.

  12. John Masuga
    December 1, 2015 at 1:04 am · Reply

    I like this and will work on using it starting this week (usually play about 3 times a week). I can see where this would help eliminate some of the other flack that’s floating around in my thoughts in between points and will probably help me settle down along with remembering to “breathe”. I also enjoy the video’s as they aren’t too long. Thanks for the help!

    • Jorge Capestany
      December 1, 2015 at 2:37 am · Reply

      Thanks John.. Good luck with on the court.

  13. Jack
    November 30, 2015 at 8:30 pm · Reply

    Get idea! This little tip helps with evaluating the situation.

  14. albert
    November 30, 2015 at 6:15 pm · Reply

    good stuff! thank you. i will be sure to share…

  15. Claudia
    November 30, 2015 at 3:21 pm · Reply

    Like it! Really can use this with many of my students. Wish I’d have heard it when I was playing! :-} Thanks.

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