Do you need mental coaching?

The Valverde System teaches you how to stay calm, focused and confident when competing,  regardless of the challenges you may face, such as: closing matches, playing poorly, feeling nervous, making too many unforced errors, not being able to figure out the right strategy to win your matches, etc. In addition, you will learn how to be prepared mentally before playing a match, as well as what to do after playing your matches. Many players lose their matches before they step onto the court; others struggle after having a great win, experiencing a breakthrough or after losing a match, with the result of performing poorly in their next match or tournament. You will learn to create the right habits by following specific daily mental strategies during your practices and match play. Furthermore, you will learn to train mentally when you are not on the tennis court by following key principles of brain functioning and mental conditioning.

The economic price that students and/or parents pay to improve the physical part of the player's game, plus traveling expenses and equipment cost is astronomical in comparison to the cost of mental training. However, everybody knows that tennis is 80-90% a mental game.

Working extremely hard and playing very well during your practices, but not as well when it counts the most, is very detrimental to your confidence and well-being. This adds to the pressure you already feel when you think about all the support you have from your parents and coaches. Some players prefer that their parents and coaches don’t watch them when competing, due to the pressure they feel of possibly disappointing them. 

From the parents and coaches' perspective, it is very painful to watch a loved one or a person that they coach perform below their capabilities.

The window of opportunity in tennis is a small one; thus, if tennis players (regardless of their talent) don’t learn to deal with the pressure -- to perform at their best when facing difficult situations -- their chances of maximizing their potential is very limited. Remember this: it is never too late to do the right things in tennis and in life, and working on the mental part of your game is no exception.  Through playing tennis and following a solid mental toughness system, you build your character, you learn to face adversity, you learn to be disciplined and consistent, to control your emotions and to be mature ahead of your time.

Many players and their support team try to discover on their own the secrets of mental toughness, wasting precious time with tips and ideas that are helpful to a certain extent, but that are far from being a proven system that has been tested by hundreds of players with excellent results. I developed the first version of the Valverde System ten years after I finished two masters degrees in psychology and a PhD with a dissertation on the psychology of great tennis players. During those ten years I worked intensely with juniors, college and professional tennis players. Consequently, the Valverde System is the result of rigorous formal education, research specific to tennis, and many years (now more than 20 years) of practical applications working with high performance tennis players.

What are you planning on doing to close the gap between what you are capable of doing and your current results? Take advantage of Dr. Valverde complementary 20-minute consultation by filling out the following questionnaire.

Then, set up the complementary 20-minute consultation via text or email - Tel.785-979-1264, email:

Bring the answers to the questionnaire found below to Dr. Valverde if he is at the tournament where you are playing, otherwise, when talking to him (Face-time), mention the questions that you answered with a “yes”.

Figure it out by answering the following questions

Yes / No

[__] [__] I frequently lose against lesser tennis players.

[__] [__] Unforced errors make me angry.

[__] [__] I usually lose when I play close matches.

[__] [__] I have the tendency to double fault at match point.

[__] [__] I have “let downs” after winning a set or breaking my opponent’s serve.

[__] [__] I figure out why I lose a match only after it is over.

[__] [__] I do not enjoy tennis as much as I used to.

[__] [__] I am having problems recovering my confidence due to an injury.

[__] [__] I play well during practice but not in tournaments.

[__] [__] I usually find myself thinking that I will not be able to achieve my goals.

[__] [__] I can not control my emotions during a game.

[__] [__] I am usually aware of the crowd as I play.

[__] [__] Fear of failure is my worst enemy.

[__] [__] A spectator can figure out if I am winning or losing just by observing my body language.

[__] [__] My self-talk is very negative.

If you answered “Yes” to a least two of the above questions, you could win many more matches by working with a mental coach specialized on tennis.

After answering the above questions, enjoy a 20-minute complementary consultation with Dr. Jorge Valverde.  Remember, asking for help is a sign of strength. Become mentally tough and follow in the steps of champions.

Tennis is 80% a mental game… How much time daily are you dedicating to be mentally tough?

Email or Text Dr. Valverde to set up a time for the 20-minute consultation, -Tel. (785) 979-1264