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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Your internet communication is helpful
Dear Dr. Jorge,
Hello it is me, Danielle. I want to thank you for your attachments that you have sent to me. My parents and my coach have taken a look at it and think that it is fantastic material. I have read it myself and I agree with them. I am already starting to gain more and more confidence in my game. Thank You again. I hope you are doing well.
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.
You have been such a big part in my march to success
Hi Jorge! How's everything going? Here is a picture of us at Winter Nationals. I just wanted to thank you for everything that you have done for me. You have been such a big part in my march to success in the last two years leading up to my first gold ball in singles. I am so stoked about the future involving my tennis career and your program. It's such an exciting process. Anyways, just a short thank you and I can't wait to take this to even more heights. I will be sending you my Winter Nationals script and strokes soon.