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".
SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME
Dear Dr. Valverde,
So nice to speak to you on Saturday, your influence is already making a difference, Rachel won both age divisions this week-end, beating a player with a ranking much higher than hers! We are anxiously awaiting the program. Thank-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.
Finished in the top sixteen at Kalamazoo
I sorry I haven't been able to email you my assignment that you gave me, we just returned from Kalamazoo. The tips that you gave me to start working on immediately have worked wonderfully. I finished in the top sixteen at Kalamazoo and I have never played with so much confidence.
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.
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.
Your CDs helped me already
I got your CD’s 5 days ago, and I already have listened to them. I want thank you so much for them, and for helping me to get better mentally, and get better in tennis. They helped me already, and it just fun to listen to them. I hope I will hear from you soon, take care and thanks again.
Developing your full potential
I just wanted to thank you for all the time you have spent with me. I had a great time working with you this past weekend, and I learned so much from you. You are so knowledgeable and I feel blessed to have you as a teacher, mentor, and more than anything... a great friend. You have been awesome for helping me deal with my problems and obstacles. I am a better person because of your wonderful guidance and support, and I wanted to thank you. I will be in touch.
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.
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.