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.
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.
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.
Now I am playing without stress or fear
Thank you for the articles. I hope you don't mind that I printed them out so I can read them often. The light and sound system is working great. I feel myself more calm and relaxed during matches. I can play big points with no stress or fear. Thanks again for everything!
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,.
Confidence for life
Hey Dr. Jorge,
How's it going where you are? Everything down here is awesome.... I'll be finished Friday with the first part of the program... we've already had High school matches, and I've just felt so much more confident and relaxed when I get ready to play.... I've already read from the beginning of the book to page 21, and that also helped a lot. I still listen to track 4 whenever possible and that also helped to contribute...well I'm the only one on the team who hasn't lost any matches so far.... I just thought I'd email you and keep you updated on the situation....
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.
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.