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.
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.
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.
We were all doing our rituals today. Eric won a match tonight with a kid that he has never beaten before. On a critical point, he turned his back on the opponent, did his rituals, and decided in his mind that he was going to beat this kid, tonight, now. He beat him!!!!!!!! When I picked him up, he was really excited and came running over to me to tell me that it worked!! Then he came home and told Jeffrey and there was a lot of excitement. Well, anyway, we had a great time!! Thanks a lot, and it was great to meet you.
I beat their #1 guy who was 40 in the country
I just wanted to let you know that things have been going pretty well lately. I had a great trip in Tulsa. I beat their #1 guy who was 40 in the country 6-3 in the third. He actually served for the match in the second, but I stayed very positive and tough. I lost my first match this week to Florida state's #1. I played fairly well, but felt like I was not as aggressive as I need to be against the better players I see. I've been working in practice on being aggressive, even overly aggressive. As I have found though, that is more of a mindset than anything else. I have the physical qualities within me, but I need to be conscious of those qualities mentally in order to bring them out. We travel this weekend to play William and Mary then wake forest, so it will be two more opportunities to improve on this aggressive thinking and playing. I will stay in contact with you.
Thanks for the help.
Can I forward some of your e-mails to my team players?? I have recommended your services to several people already, hopefully, they will be getting in touch with you. This weekend Claire played in the Southern Designated 18's and did well. Her mental game is so much better. I could not tell if she was winning or losing. She is doing all that you have asked her to do. One of her opponents mother's came up to me after Claire had beaten her 17 year old daughter and said how impressed she was that at Claire's age even when she was winning easily and was obviously the better player, she still read her cards every changeover!! Thanks so much for all you have done in two short weeks. I know that this is a long road and I really want her to enjoy this process- I think she does!
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.
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.