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  1. Kathy
    January 11, 2021 at 1:04 pm · Reply

    These videos have been so helpful. Yesterday I played a match in the present so much that when we won the match I didn’t even know it! I knew the score of the game we were in but because I wasn’t focussing on the win, I played so much better. I used your positive self talk suggestions (we were down 0-3 in the second set) and we were able to fight back and win in 2 sets. It was so much more fun! thank you for your generosity of providing this for free!

    • Jorge Capestany
      January 12, 2021 at 11:03 pm · Reply

      Awesome Kathy, I am glad the videos have been helpful.

  2. Simon
    June 13, 2020 at 12:01 am · Reply

    Thanks Jorge, what are the symptoms of having low arousal or too much arousal? Are they the same? If I get really nervous I don’t move my feet, my body is right and I feel unconfident. Am I over or under aroused?

    • Jorge Capestany
      June 19, 2020 at 1:19 pm · Reply

      I think they are different. Lower arousal usually means the player is moving slowly between points, appears nervous, has no fist pumps, and a seeming lack of energy.
      High arousal is usually indicated by impatience, anger, and frustration… it can vary for sure, but that is what I typically see is the difference between the two.

  3. Tom Misday
    May 25, 2020 at 4:26 pm · Reply

    Thank you, your wife and daughter for all the mental and physical training in the last four series, and all the extras along the way. I really like your style of coaching, very informative and solid. T. Misday

    • Jorge Capestany
      May 26, 2020 at 12:11 am · Reply

      Thanks Tom, I’m glad you liked it.

  4. Jorge Antonio
    April 17, 2020 at 7:12 pm · Reply

    Thank you for these series of video. Explain in a very simple and practical language.
    Hope to see more of these in the future !!
    God bless you and your family !!

    • Jorge Capestany
      May 18, 2020 at 2:17 pm · Reply

      You’re welcome

  5. Paul
    April 6, 2020 at 2:59 pm · Reply

    Thanks Jorge,

    This was helpful knowledge.


  6. Brian
    December 1, 2019 at 10:00 pm · Reply

    Thank you Jorge. The most intelligent discussion on the tennis mind that I have come across.

    • Jorge Capestany
      December 2, 2019 at 5:23 pm · Reply

      Thanks Brian!!

  7. Stephen Hunter
    August 23, 2019 at 1:03 pm · Reply

    I am totally impressed with this video series and the Capestany family! Great advice and very well thought out lessons and demonstrations. Love the chalk board talks and then directly to the courts to see it in action. Thank-you Jorge for offering this up! It is very helpful for this 61 year old trying to raise the level of his game.

    • Jorge Capestany
      September 13, 2019 at 4:46 pm · Reply

      You’re welcome Stephen… thanks for the kinds words.

  8. Katie T.
    May 17, 2018 at 7:36 pm · Reply

    May many blessings return to you and your family for giving this series for free. It was so helpful as I try to improve even though I am older now. I can use these skills and techniques to help my 14 and 12 year old boys develop.

    Thanks so much!!

  9. Rakesh Sharma
    January 6, 2018 at 6:20 pm · Reply

    Hi George!
    It’s really so nice to see u, ur lovely wife n daughter working hard for all of us by making these vital videos… great work…
    i have a question, I would be very thankful if u could reply on it. Whenever I play any match in s tournament, I feel as if everything is going in ‘fast forward’ mode, and not under my control … and due to this, before I could execute my thoughts, shots and game plan, the match gets completed and I lose… how to cope up with this sort of a situation?
    Thanks and regards
    Rakesh Sharma, India

    • Jorge Capestany
      January 6, 2018 at 9:54 pm · Reply

      Hi Rakesh, Thanks for the night words about my family. What you are describing is actually something that is VERY common with players. It’s so common that I developed a four-part FREE mental toughness course that you can access at the link below. I highly recommend you check it out.

  10. Tarun Sharma
    November 29, 2017 at 8:20 am · Reply

    I feel all the series on mental toughness has been defined & detailed properly & it will help my daughter who is playing professional tennis for the last one year will defintely help her.

    Thanks for such knowledgeable series.

    I trust many more such series will come on different areas of tennis.

    • Jorge Capestany
      November 30, 2017 at 3:15 pm · Reply

      Thanks Tarun and good luck to your daughter on the tour!

  11. Glenn Gee
    August 28, 2017 at 2:22 am · Reply

    Jorge, Marti, and Carli,

    It was an interesting set of videos on mental toughness. Also your ebook summaries your lessons well. Yes, mental toughness can be a very strong key toward building better character on the tennis court, not to mention maybe win a few more matches (where you are slightly overmatched). It should help a bit more on those very even , competitive matches. Hmm, lets see what happens when the other player is equally determined and mentally tough!

    Are you deploying “mental imagry” in your mental toughness lessons, too? A couple of “All America” players in basketball and then tennis .

    Great job.

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 30, 2017 at 3:39 pm · Reply

      I dont use that phrase but basically yes. It works well for our players.

  12. Prem
    July 4, 2017 at 7:29 am · Reply

    Hi Mr. Jorge,

    That was an awesome series on mental toughness.

    Thanks a lot.


    • Jorge Capestany
      July 4, 2017 at 1:47 pm · Reply

      Thanks Prem

  13. Luis
    June 12, 2017 at 1:39 pm · Reply

    Thank you so much, Jorge. I’m not playing these days due to a knee injury, but I’m definitelly planning to put some of your great hints in practise the moment I’ll re-start competing (which I hope it’ll happen soon).



  14. Dee
    May 29, 2017 at 3:43 am · Reply

    Thanks for the series, I very much enjoyed it. You have a knack for presenting information very smoothly. Thanks also for giving this away for free.

    I learned that there’s much more time between points than the actual time spent hitting the ball. This helps me not to underestimate the mental aspect of tennis.

    Thank you very much, I will follow your site/YouTube channel closely.

  15. Leslie
    March 23, 2017 at 12:59 pm · Reply

    Some great food for thought that I have already started implementing on the court. Thanks Jorge !

  16. Sam S.
    March 19, 2017 at 3:31 am · Reply

    This is a great and valuable tool for me. I play 65 & O league. I have taken my share of private lessons.I usually play better at practice but often not in match plays. I believe the drills in the course should help me to improve. Many thanks Jorge.

    • Jorge Capestany
      March 29, 2017 at 10:04 pm · Reply

      Thanks Sam!

  17. rob leventhal
    January 11, 2017 at 5:18 pm · Reply

    Awesome series.I am going to put these to good use . Look forward to more. Thanks Rob

    • Jorge Capestany
      January 13, 2017 at 4:57 pm · Reply

      Thanks Rob

  18. maitree
    December 2, 2015 at 4:31 am · Reply

    Intensity and Tensity, Psycho up and Psycho down, I got it.

    Thank you Jorge


  19. Daman
    November 30, 2015 at 9:50 pm · Reply

    Coach Jorge,

    I found the whole series very helpful and fascinating and thank you for it! There are so many videos out there about the technique, but very few people talk about the mental aspect of the game.

    I especially like the various techniques you described to take the mental focus off of the scoreboard, especially in between the points for me.

    I also found the awareness of the energy zone one very helpful. I think it will help me recognize my mental state during the match and use the appropriate keywords/actions.

    Much much appreciated!

    • Jorge Capestany
      December 1, 2015 at 2:38 am · Reply

      Thanks for the awesome feedback Daman. I am glad you enjoyed the entire 4 part mental toughness series.

  20. John S.
    November 15, 2015 at 5:33 pm · Reply


    Thank you very much for your help and sharing. I liked the split-bounce-hit drill it really gives a nice rhythm and forces you to focus in one strike at a time and keep it connected with the next one.I used it on a practice lesson to my girlfriend and helped her a lot it also helped me very much. Should I and she use it during a match especially when we lose focus and get frustrated to find the rhythm again or it will distract us from the game and tactics? Cause they say don’t think about technic during matches, although this is not about technic. Anyway I will be happy to have your answer.

    Thanks again!


    • Jorge Capestany
      November 17, 2015 at 7:47 pm · Reply

      Hi John, YES I have used it in a match setting and so have my students and it works well.

      • John S.
        November 17, 2015 at 10:09 pm · Reply

        Thanks a lot Jorge!
        Keep it up!

  21. MARCO
    October 29, 2015 at 6:08 pm · Reply

    Hi Jorge,

    Loved the videos and tips. Especially the tip when you want to perform you must also embrace the pressure as an old friend. Question :
    How do you combine the personal promise with the aspect of closing matches ? And do you use the personal promise only for technical aspects or also for psychological aspects (for example choking) ?



    • Jorge Capestany
      October 30, 2015 at 5:19 pm · Reply

      Hi Marco, the personal promise does not have to be only technical in nature. I can be something hat helps with strategy or mental skills as well. For instance, if a player as a hard time closing out sets, they can make a personal promise to use certain rituals between points. The 16 second cure which was developed by Dr Jim Loehr would be an example. This helps them stay focused on doing the rituals and not on the score which is what typically gives players trouble with closing out sets.

  22. Todd Preisler
    September 29, 2015 at 6:25 pm · Reply

    Great videos, the real point play to show examples are really helpful and differ from other online coaching in a positive way…

  23. Munisa
    May 4, 2015 at 1:37 am · Reply

    The videos were so helpful. Thank you so much!

  24. john
    April 29, 2015 at 6:19 pm · Reply

    Adding a plan to help you achieve your goals makes so much sense. Thank you for that gem!

  25. Albert
    April 29, 2015 at 3:39 am · Reply

    So helpful, so informative and so thoughtful of you to offer to the world! thank you!

  26. Rick
    April 26, 2015 at 5:11 pm · Reply

    Great stuff! But I still struggle with a partner who says you have to cover the short balls I can’t get, and the long balls I can’t get, but you better not hit a ball I can get. I feel judged in perfect hindsight and frequently think too much during a point, i.e. what would my partner do? I try to make it a learning experience, how to play with partner pressure. Partners are chosen randomly, and I’d rather not decline playing with him, but it does effect my game. In the mean time I will continue to hit the reset button. Thanks

    • Jorge Capestany
      April 26, 2015 at 11:54 pm · Reply

      Hi Rick, I think what you are saying is actually a pretty common thing. I have a video that you can ACTH that might help – https://youtu.be/lbJJgOGn3A8

  27. Shiv
    April 11, 2015 at 4:14 pm · Reply

    Hi Jorge,
    I watched all the videos in this course and I am currently in a tournament. Yesterday, I had the absolute worst match of my life to someone who was a lot younger than me and it seemed that everything I picked up from this went away when I started playing. I am still in the tournament, and I am trying my hardest to forget about the loss. Any other tips?

    • Jorge Capestany
      April 12, 2015 at 7:19 pm · Reply

      You need to view the next match as an opportunity to play and learn again. Remember that Federer claims he forgets his losses in just 25 minutes. Don’y let any negativity or doubt rent out any space in your next match.

  28. Kassandra
    April 10, 2015 at 12:17 am · Reply

    Nice blog! Is your theme custom made or did you
    download it from somewhere? A design like yours with a few simple tweeks would really
    make my blog jump out. Please let me know where you got your theme.

  29. Mandy Murphy
    March 9, 2015 at 12:56 am · Reply

    Thank you so much for this series! The entire series was extremely useful information to me, but I loved the story of the Good/Bad wolf and your tennis instructor calling you out on feeding your bad wolf. I’ve shared this story with several tennis sisters that struggle with feeding their GOOD wolf…. their good wolf was starting to look anorexic until we started throwing some steak its way!

    I’ve started using the yellow light, green light drills in my warm ups and find myself thinking about color during my matches…..and realized that I didn’t know what was going on on the other courts because I was intent on fixing my strings and constructing my next point between points.

    This series was a blessing to my game. I’m finding it very enjoyable to be on the court win or lose the match…..I find my measurement of success has changed!

    Thank you again George!

    Mandy Murphy
    (Orlando, FL)

    • Jorge Capestany
      March 9, 2015 at 4:20 pm · Reply

      Thanks Mandy, and good luck on the courts!

  30. Rick Willett
    February 26, 2015 at 5:21 pm · Reply

    All four mental toughness videos have been enlightening. I really liked the triggers concept, especially
    focusing on getting to choke one point. The systems vs. goals was good to look at the long term
    improvement vs. short term. It was a different perspective to look at goals as a possibly being a negative.

    Thanks so much for all the effort and energy put into the e book, too.

    Rick Willett

  31. Rick Willett
    February 23, 2015 at 12:14 am · Reply


    Coaching team doubles leagues here in Atlanta, mental toughness comes into play for their matches. They tend to
    make one error, then two, then lose the game. Helping them reset their mind when you choke, it’s
    only one point. This has been helpful changing their negative mindset in the match along with the
    trigger words. Helping them see it is only one point has opened the possibilities now they can have multiple
    chances to win games. Thanks for this new perspective.

  32. Tim C
    January 10, 2015 at 1:22 am · Reply

    Great info Jorge! One thing I’d add for training yourself to focus on the NOW is to focus intently on the spinning of the ball all the way onto your strings. This little trigger, when combined with slow deep breathing between points, really works for me in removing in point distraction.

    The spilt – bounce – hit is good but can be too distracting especially in a fast paced point. Simply watching the spin of the ball and following it onto your racket works wonders for me. Keep up the great tutorials!

  33. Jeri
    December 10, 2014 at 5:34 am · Reply

    I realize the stuff you coach apply not just for tennis but also to life. They took me to the next level. Thank you, Sir!

    • Jorge Capestany
      March 28, 2015 at 2:16 pm · Reply

      You are welcome

  34. ian morgan
    October 30, 2014 at 6:52 am · Reply

    isc morgan
    rosehill,rue des arbres

    Hi Jose,
    Great video,re mental toughness and some great ideas. Would like to see any info you have on teaching children of good level,how to stay focussed in training and match preparation. ie Prepare and act like a pro in practise and in matches?? I am sure part of the answer is creating the environment and culture? Thanks again and hope you will continue a series on key points of the game ie How to play the big points? Early stages of a match? exploiting opponents strengths/weakness ? Playing to court surface/and conditions? Please also let me,know how i can purchase your book on strategy,as live in England and not available, Thanks

  35. Isabel
    October 28, 2014 at 11:41 pm · Reply

    Wow, this series was amazing ! I want to thank both you and your family for taking the time to put this together ! It has been very helpful to myself and I also forwarded the ” Metal toughness with your Doubles Partner” to my coach so that it can help our team work better together.
    All the best

  36. Tony Cavett
    October 22, 2014 at 5:46 pm · Reply

    Thanks Jorge for putting together this series of videos on the mental game. I have already used some of the tips in the previous videos with some of my students

  37. Armando
    October 10, 2014 at 5:47 pm · Reply

    Thanks George! Your videos are very helpful. Wish me luck on my turny!

  38. Ron Atkinson
    October 8, 2014 at 9:07 pm · Reply

    The videos were great both content and presentation. The system vs goals segment was worth the time on it’s own. Thanks for your time and effort.

    Ron USPTA

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 9, 2014 at 2:31 pm · Reply

      Thanks Ron

  39. Roopa
    October 6, 2014 at 3:07 pm · Reply

    Good one, Jorge. I liked the triggers concept!!

  40. Dee Henry
    October 6, 2014 at 4:04 am · Reply

    Well done. Thank you very much.

  41. Derek Sabedra
    October 5, 2014 at 9:23 pm · Reply


    I thoroughly enjoyed all four videos and I appreciate your time, effort, and dedication to the sport! Good luck!

    —D. Sabedra

  42. catherine
    October 1, 2014 at 10:55 pm · Reply

    Thank you Jorge – the series is fabulous. I made lots of notes while watching. Looking forward to being a mentally tougher player : )

  43. Valerie Wallace
    October 1, 2014 at 7:25 pm · Reply

    I love the whole concept! I really like the systems vrs goal! I like goal, but like you said, they can become negative. I will incorporate all that I have learned, both for myself, and my players. Thanks again!

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 2, 2014 at 4:04 pm · Reply

      Thanks Valerie

  44. Mercedes
    September 29, 2014 at 10:50 pm · Reply

    Once again…Thank you for your generosity in sharing your Mental toughness tips. All 4 videos are extremely helpful for me and now I will pay it forward and relaying your message about MENTAL TOUGHNESS to teammates & students. We all need SELF 2 to take over and just let it flow and CARE LESS, not CARELESS;)

    All the best….Mercedes

    • Jorge Capestany
      September 30, 2014 at 6:30 pm · Reply

      Thanks Mercedes. I ma glad the videos were helpful

  45. Burnett
    September 24, 2014 at 6:54 pm · Reply


    As a high school coach, I find mental toughness the hardest thing to teach. I know kids and adults both want to calm their inner selves, but don’t quite know how to and sometimes not receptive to the good advice in helping them deal with stress. Telling them what to do is one thing, but creating these pressure moments and guiding them through them is what I observed you do well. I thoroughly enjoyed the way you discussed and illustrated each video. I can take these ideas back to my school and implement them in a real practical setting. I view this as a growth moment and I am looking forward to your next session to build upon the system of becoming a better player and coach.

    Thanks so much!

    • Jorge Capestany
      September 25, 2014 at 2:39 pm · Reply

      Thanks Burnett. I have been trying to be a better coach in this area for nearly 30 years. At the end of the day, it is not about strokes, it is about how you compete.

  46. Peter Slater
    September 22, 2014 at 10:01 pm · Reply

    Yesterday my daughter lost a tough three-setter that came down to a tie-breaker. I thought her opponent was overly deliberate. It was borderline stalling. After the final point the opponent let out a yell, “Let’s Go!” and then started smacking the net in jubilation. Obviously out of character for the way she actually played the match. Do you think her “stalling” was her own way of getting out of the hyper area into that optimal area?

    • Jorge Capestany
      September 25, 2014 at 2:45 pm · Reply

      Very possible. But unfortunately, there are many players that have succeeded in using gamesmanship. It is hard to know for sure if the opponent was using gamesmanship, but it is very possible she was AND that this was her way of escaping the pressure of trying to control an uncotrollable out come (the win or loss)

  47. Kathleen Torch
    September 22, 2014 at 9:16 pm · Reply


    All four videos were great. I will bring the knowledge you gave me to the court.



  48. Dan C.
    September 22, 2014 at 7:54 pm · Reply

    Hi Jorge,

    Well done. I am also a PTR & USPTA coach and value your work very much. Thanks for taking the time to produce

    that series on mental toughness. Great success.



  49. Coach James
    September 22, 2014 at 3:58 pm · Reply

    The best – use everyday –

  50. Gary Cimperman
    September 16, 2014 at 2:50 pm · Reply

    Excellent course Jorge! Loved it!

  51. Hari
    September 15, 2014 at 1:23 pm · Reply

    Thanks Jorge. All videos are very educationals for every level of the game and also for the coaches.Thanks again for all the efforts to to bring this videos to public. Hari

  52. Shelby Rhyne
    September 14, 2014 at 11:21 am · Reply

    Thanks Jorge. We met at the W&S in Cincinnati this year and I’m so glad to connect with your “virtual” self. We have a group of senior ladies playing USTA league for the first time from Madison NC. They are so naturally tough that I recognize a lot of your suggestions from the course in their on the court behavior. But we do have challenges during match play- especially about inner voice and quieting the mind. I’ve shared your course with them so we can have a shared knowledge base.

    I really hope the GCTA in Columbus, OH will contact you about hosting an adult clinic event for our USTA league players there. – Mental Toughness would be a great topic We all want to improve our mental toughness – regardless of age!

    Madison, NC and Columbus OH

  53. Tim Puckett
    August 9, 2014 at 1:56 pm · Reply

    Great course. I learned a lot and will definitely work on some of your concepts.

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 11, 2014 at 10:05 am · Reply

      Thanks Tim… Good luck to you

  54. Frank
    July 31, 2014 at 2:38 am · Reply

    I’ve lost so many matches either by psyching myself out, or gettting to tight and under hitting balls, These videos have been great and I’ll be going back over them to try to get the concepts down to a functional level

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 9, 2014 at 1:36 am · Reply

      Thanks Frank

  55. John
    July 30, 2014 at 11:53 am · Reply

    Thank you to you and your team for producing this excellent series of videos, and for the free ebook. You ooze real knowledge and understanding of the game, and your relaxed presentational style is very refreshing. Apart from the above, I have also found a great deal of useful material on your web site.
    Thank you again for all that you have given so freely.

    • Jorge Capestany
      July 30, 2014 at 8:13 pm · Reply

      Thanks John.. It has been a blast to hear from so many people how the videos have been helping their games.

  56. larry
    July 17, 2014 at 10:52 pm · Reply

    great four videos along with the e book …..my experience with a girls high school team finds that those triggers sometimes can be perceived as un sportsmanslike or they think their opponent is not nice by verbally or physically doing those things..is that more their problem for not recognizing the opponents competitiveness.

    • Jorge Capestany
      July 21, 2014 at 6:41 pm · Reply

      I think the key it to not be staring at your opponent when you pump yourself up. If yo notice how Rafa Nadal does itm he is often turned away from his opponent. There are however, many jerks that will do it in your face.

  57. OMAR
    July 9, 2014 at 7:28 pm · Reply

    Hey Jorge,
    In the videos you have a living proof of what you do is right ;-). I watched all videos, even though, I have not tested in the court, I believe they are quite useful

  58. Michael
    June 30, 2014 at 4:18 pm · Reply

    Great course. Thank you so much for doing this. Very informative and practical. I am an Academic Life Coach and work with students as well as Coach High school tennis. We use the principle of systems vs. goals. Love what you are doing.

  59. gabi rotter
    June 27, 2014 at 7:02 pm · Reply

    thanks so much.q:how should i deal with a partner who lies on line calls?

    • Jorge Capestany
      July 7, 2014 at 8:41 pm · Reply

      I would talk to them privately and after that if nothing changes, refuse to play with them any longer. It may seem harsh to do, but the alternative is simply wrong. Sometimes you need to do the right thing and that may often be the difficult thing to do. That is why we always say that tennis teaches life-lessons.

  60. Wendy Whitlinger
    June 16, 2014 at 12:09 pm · Reply

    In this video, I liked the verbal and physical trigger concept to bring players to proper arousal/intensity.
    Good series, Jorge!

  61. Cindy Hollenbeck
    June 12, 2014 at 1:12 pm · Reply

    I watched all four videos and found them very interesting and helpful. I will share with the ladies at the club. Thank you for taking the time to do these!

  62. jane gens
    June 11, 2014 at 2:24 am · Reply

    Thank you Jorge for making these. I viewed them all and value the time you spent making them. Much thanks, Jane

    • Jorge Capestany
      July 7, 2014 at 9:02 pm · Reply

      NO problem Jane

  63. Ray
    June 10, 2014 at 1:17 pm · Reply

    Thanks again for sharing. Your thoughts on a goal without a system was a real “duh” moment.

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