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.
My attitude is the best it has ever been
I am just writing to tell you how I did in my tournament the Ojai. I did really well I got to the quarters and I never gave up not one point. My attitude is the best it has ever been and I just wanted to thank you because all this has really been helping me and helping me improve my game I won the other tournament in Utah too. Thanks again Jorge!
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".
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.
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.
Head Coach - Austin Tennis Academy
Dr. Jorge is my longtime sports psychologist, mentor and Coach. He has, without a doubt, developed the most effective, proven mental training program in tennis in the world. I have benefited personally and professionally through countless hours of in class sessions, tournament interactions, player team-coaching, and personal life time. He is a wonderfully positive husband, father and trusted friend. His personal relationship with CHRIST defines him and his family on a daily basis.
My confidence is back and I am not taking any more sleeping pills
Hi Dr. Jorge!
I am totally enjoying and seeing results already from your program - Thanks so much! I have plugged it with my USTA team - maybe they will all be contacting you too! I had lost a lot of confidence over the last few months and this has really helped me regain the confidence and enjoy playing more. I had never given much attention to the mental part of my game and did not grow up competing in any way, so this is a great help to me. An added bonus is that I am sleeping so much better with the L/S program - I have always had trouble sleeping and more so the older I get, often having to rely on sleeping pills - this has cured me of that! Thanks again so much. I am faxing the profile to you.
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 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.
An enjoyable an effective system
Hi Dr. Valverde,
Just an update on my daughter's progression with your mental preparation program. We started the first stage "Flooding to Zoning" on February 1st. Tori absolutely loves the program. She was very impressed that you took the time to talk to her over the phone. She has been very faithful to listen each day and apply appropriately to her day. Tori has a very strong tennis game technique wise, and aggressive style of tennis, but has always struggled with believing in herself. She is only 9, but liked we talked about it is never too young to start. Since starting the program, she has entered two USTA junior super series tournaments, and has won both of them. She has become a different child on the court. She really has started to enjoy the battle instead of the "score" game. She told me the other day; she now walks out and lets her game do the playing. I have seen her down 5 to love, and appear in her actions, that the match has just started.
We are all looking forward to the changes it will make over a lifetime. Not only on the court, but in her confidence of who she is as a person.
Thank you so much for taking that time to talk to her, and show you are truly interested. I will keep you updated.