Best Decision I ever made regarding Jessica’s tennis
Last weekend, Jessica participated in a 16s tournament just to get some match practice as our focus is still on the 14s division to qualify for the Spring National Tournament in Palm Springs. With a tough 32 draw, we did not have high expectations; our goal was to win a first-round match and then, do the best in the second round. In her first match, Jessica played poorly but managed to win by a lopsided score. Luckily, her opponent was not very strong. In the second round the next day, Jessica faced the No. 4 seed: a girl who used to be ranked No. 1 in PNW’s 12s and 14s. After a tough match, Jessica managed to pull off a big upset: she won in straight sets after playing a very inspired and determined tennis. She was concentrated and calm, but on fire during actual play. She also remembered to take notes during changeovers. A crowd gathered to watch this unknown (in 16s) girl producing an upset. It was probably the biggest win in Jessica’s tennis career so far.
In the quarterfinal, Jessica played against the No. 6 seed and more people came to see whether she was for real. She proceeded to play an almost flawless tennis in the first set, winning 6:1. The second set proved much tougher when Jessica let up somewhat and found herself down 2:0. She was trailing until she pulled even at 4 all, only to lose her serve in the next game. Then, her opponent was serving for the set. Never before had I seen Jessica as concentrated and confident as she was when she defended a set point and then, proceeded to break her opponent’s serve. She managed to win the second set 7:5. Her concentration and determination played a big role in her to upset wins. I couldn’t believe that I witnessed a breakthrough I had been waiting for since Jessica started playing tournaments 6 years ago. People were coming to me to congratulate on Jessica’s performance. Everyone commented how poised, determined, concentrated and confident she looked on the court. I am a tough guy, but I could hardly keep back my tears.
On Sunday morning, Jessica played the No. 1 seed. She continued to play great but she lost after a very even match. The difference was probably the fact that Jessica started playing the match without her customary pre-match hitting, as we had to get up at 5:30 just to make it to the match on time. Jessica’s opponent, on the other hand, hit for an hour before the match (she stayed in a hotel next door to the tournament site). Every game in the first set went to deuce, with Jessica having an ad point in almost every game. Unfortunately, she could not convert any of these points and she lost the first set 0:6. A score of such magnitude usually takes the wind out from beneath her wings but it was not the case this time. Jessica played an even better second set, which was still not enough for her nationally ranked (top 100) opponent, and she lost the set 3:6. Jessica was disappointed with the result; however, I was very proud of the way she played and that seemed to console her. In summary, it was a great weekend and it is unbelievable how much progress Jessica has made in just one month. It is obviously the effect of your program because technically, she could not improve that much.
Dr. Valverde, I remember how difficult it was for me in Tucson to decide whether to enroll Jessica in your program and how the decision was made in the last minute when Jessica’s grandparents pledged over the phone their financial contributions. It turns out it was the best decision I ever made regarding Jessica’s tennis. Please accept a big "Thank you".
Your CDs helped me already
I got your CD’s 5 days ago, and I already have listened to them. I want thank you so much for them, and for helping me to get better mentally, and get better in tennis. They helped me already, and it just fun to listen to them. I hope I will hear from you soon, take care and thanks again.
The importance of working on your critical situations - from pro tennis players
Dear Dr. Valverde.
I won easily against a guy who should not have made it to the third round. Then today I played against Lester Cook who played number two for Texas A&M last year. He is a good player and he had a pretty good year this past year in college. I won 4 and 4 and it was a fairly routine match. I broke him early in both sets and served out the rest of the match. It was a good win over a good player in a round that has given me a few problems this year. I have lost in the last round of qualies three times already this year. But I did my critical situations (for those of you who don't know what I am talking about reply back and I will hook you up with The Man, Jorge, so you can get with the program :) I am playing doubles with de Mesa again probably tomorrow but I get a day off from singles so I won't play until Wed. Good luck to everyone who is at Sectionals right now.
Talk to you soon.
All the negative things that I use to think, those are gone now
Hello Dr. Jorge:
It has been a while since I have sent you an e-mail, so I am going to inform you about my progress. I have found that I have been more alert during an everyday basis. Like my senses are working better than ever. All the negative things that I use to think, those are gone now. With your help I have been able to look at situations on the positive side. Now when I miss a shot I do not dwell on the fact that I missed it, but focus on the fact that it was one point and move on to the next one. The Eight Golden Sequence has been one of the biggest helps to my success in Winter Supernationals in Arizona. The greatest thing that has come out of all of this is that I am enjoying tennis more than I ever had. To me my enjoyment of playing tennis beats all the wins, rankings, and overall success that I have ever had. I just want to say a short thank you, because just recently I have been thinking a lot about what I have compared to what my other peers in tennis have. Many of them I have found don't look at tennis as what it truly is, but as another factor to overcome in life. To me like you said "Tennis is a Celebration of Life." I don't think there is a better way to put it, but that tennis is a celebration of life. Anyway thank you, and let's keep in touch.
Your system prepared me for college tennis
How are you doing? I have been extremely busy for the past month getting ready for college at TCU. I wanted to let you know that your program has been THE DIFFERENCE MAKER IN MY TENNIS PERFORMANCES since I started it. I had a great Kalamazoo. I played some of the best tennis I've played in years.
I just started classes at TCU this week and have been training with the team unofficially for about two weeks. My coach says that I am one of the most mentally tough players he has seen in a while. Joey Rive, my coach, was top 50 in the world for a while so he knows when he sees a good player. I just wanted to thank you for all of the support and help you have given me over the years. I found you at one of the lowest parts of my career and together we have turned that around. I am still continuing your program because I believe in your work.
Thanks again Jorge.
I think the system is really working
I am going to start the 2nd 21 days of the program today. In El Paso (national open), I won my first 2 matches then lost and drop to consolation and won 2 more before I lost again.
I had a good temper, but I still need to work on my inter speech. I never had wanted to get mad. It was aswome. The same thing happens in San Antonio (major zone). I won 2 and lost 1. In the second match my opponent had 3 match points in a row but I fought back and won. I think the system is really working.
I simply couldn't believe how well I was playing
Thank you so much for the talk. It was exactly what I needed. I played later that day and can't even tell you how good I felt about everything. My reactions felt so much quicker and things seemed so natural, I simply couldn't believe how well I was playing. I have started on writing my forehand, and it is so detailed. It is even more difficult than I imagined, but I am really enjoying it. Again, I wanted to say thanks for the help, I really appreciate it.
Take care. I'll keep you updated.
Your internet communication is helpful
Dear Dr. Jorge,
Hello it is me, Danielle. I want to thank you for your attachments that you have sent to me. My parents and my coach have taken a look at it and think that it is fantastic material. I have read it myself and I agree with them. I am already starting to gain more and more confidence in my game. Thank You again. I hope you are doing well.
Developing your full potential
I just wanted to thank you for all the time you have spent with me. I had a great time working with you this past weekend, and I learned so much from you. You are so knowledgeable and I feel blessed to have you as a teacher, mentor, and more than anything... a great friend. You have been awesome for helping me deal with my problems and obstacles. I am a better person because of your wonderful guidance and support, and I wanted to thank you. I will be in touch.
11 years old is mastering his mind
I wanted to let you know what a tremendous response I received at the Easter Bowl about Blake's mental toughness. I had several parents and coaches including Brenda Schultz [former WTA top 10] ask me what type of mental training Blake is working on. They were also very curious about him closing his eyes on the changeovers. I told them that the credit goes to Dr. Jorge Valverde who Blake has been working with for over a year. I suspect that you will be receiving some phone calls in the near future. I wanted to pass that on to you and thank you for all your help.