"Often you and your opponent will appear similar in physical
strength and skill. However, the truth is that the victory will
go to the
player who has developed certain hidden mental and emotional
. the art of winning [is] a learned behavior."
--Coach Frank Giampaolo, August 2012
An intriguing article is posted to this month's edition of John
It's a piece by Coach Giampaolo in which he explores what the
of winning" means for tennis players committed to what is every
competitor's ultimate goal- winning the match.
Giampaolo, a tennis coach for 25 years in Southern California,
students who have included over 60 junior players with U.S.
winning is NOT
a happy accident of fate, or just a random act of one player
"playing better that day." It's a deliberate and learned skill
What does it consist of? Giampaolo challenges the tennis student
consider many thoughtful techniques, among them:
*Winners pay attention to their opponents and what they doing,
their opponent might be winning or losing points.
*Winners, if they find themselves losing, change their pattern
and often switch to a Plan B or Plan C.
*Winners identify and attack, and keep attacking, their
*Winners employ "between-point" rituals to do 3 things: get
over a negative error and correct it, strategize the next point,
and re-iterate relaxation, confidence and control
The Art of Winning is a thought-provoking piece on
beyond luck and accident in winning matches - and methodically
the skill set for winning.
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