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.
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".
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.
One of your students became my inspiration
Dear Dr. Valverde
This is L.C., one of your students who just recently attended your seminar in New Jersey. Anyway, I was just down in Plantation, Florida for the Girl's 14's Super National Clay Courts, and I did okay. Not the best I have ever done. I was unseeded, and after winning my first round match, had to play the 8th seed Ashley Weinhold, a student of yours. After the seminar I had really been pumped up to work hard at the program, but then I kinda of lost it a little but before clay courts, so I was not fully mentally prepared. But Ashley sure did show me how much he mental toughness had helped her, and even told me she wrote a clay court script... I guess this inspired me to get back on track with the program, and now I just re-read your book and have been writing like crazy. I just wanted to let you know that I have seen how much your program can help, so much that it was funny how much I recognized the mental toughness tasks she was performing on the court, like the 8 golden sequence. Anyway, I have to go, but will keep in touch!
Staying focus when facing adversity
I just wanted to email you and touch base about where I am in the mental toughness program. This past weekend at Houston, I felt like I won the tournament because of how strong I was mentally and not because I played especially well. I really wanted to tell you a little about the San Antonio major zone as well. So the weekend before last I went to San Antonio and played a major zone...almost identical to the one this weekend. The tournament was very delayed due to a lot of rain and bad weather. We ended up playing 4 "matches" (short sets, no-ad starting at 2-2) on one day. I looked to push myself outside of the box in many ways that weekend. I had to overcome weather...stay focused and remember that I was at a tournament. I had to maintain my physical state by working out in the gym and continuing to do the workouts I've been doing. I had to fight the temptation to be lazy and lay around like everyone else around me. But, I realized that I am different and I am aspiring to achieve higher goals than the "average" person around me. Before the tournament I sat down and created a mental script specifically stating the performance goals I had for the major zone. And it helped TREMENDOUSLY. That weekend I followed my inner script exactly word for word. It was awesome. And like the Houston tournament I won because I was emotionally so strong and handled the tournament despite my obstacles. But that was just some of my feelings for the past couple of tournaments, and I am really excited to see the results from my training. Not only within myself, but also in my peers. Thanks for all of the time and effort you have put into helping me. I am so excited to move forward and keep learning more.
SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME
Dear Dr. Valverde,
So nice to speak to you on Saturday, your influence is already making a difference, Rachel won both age divisions this week-end, beating a player with a ranking much higher than hers! We are anxiously awaiting the program. Thank-you.
I have never been more focused in my life
Hi Dr. Valverde
I am writing to let you know I am working on my script and the only reason it is not done is because we had finals this week. I played in a tournament this weekend and did very well. I am in the round of 16's next weekend, and I have never been more focused in my life. I played good and felt good about my game in a long time.
Thanks for all your help,.
He seems more positive and less emotional in his tennis
Hi, I am Adam L.'s Mom. Adam's the very little guy you sat and went through the questionnaire with. Anyway, just wanted to let you know that Adam is still very excited about the program and has been doing the CDs diligently daily. He is giving more attention to his eating habits, and generally just seems more positive and less emotional in his tennis. I was a bit surprised that at his young age (11) he was so fascinated and interested in the psychology aspect of tennis. He is very motivated to incorporate the things you have taught him.
I am a dentist and have had some education in psychology along the way. I also have a good friend who is has her Ph.D. in psychology and is in private practice- I have learned a lot from her. With this background, I have found your techniques and teaching to make a lot of sense. I believe the mental aspect of training in tennis is undervalued with many players. I wanted to thank you for time and touch base.