How to Beat Better Players


This video describes how to beat a player that is better than you.

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  1. Sanika
    May 20, 2018 at 1:24 am · Reply

    Hi Jorge, Sanika here.Really helpful tips for this particular dillemma.
    Would really appreciate it if you would post a video on how to defeat players WEAKER than ourselves.
    I myself have faced innumerable losses.


  2. Nathaniel
    May 15, 2018 at 10:37 pm · Reply

    Good video. How would you say you would out strategize a better play as I believe winning a tennis is strategy along with mental toughness.

    • Jorge Capestany
      May 16, 2018 at 11:48 pm · Reply

      Hi Nataniel… to me in order to out-strategize an opponent you need to match up your strengths against their weaknesses. It’s not always doable, but many times this can make a difference between a win or a loss. I believe strategy can swing the result of a match where the skill level of the players is somewhat even. Obviously, if someone is several levels above another player, no strategy will work for the lesser player.

  3. Chuck Coleman
    May 15, 2018 at 4:12 pm · Reply

    Great video, as always, Jorge!

    There’s always hope for the underdog, if he/she decides NOT to “lie down and roll over,” but to give the match a good, serious effort. All too often, the underdog gives up before the match as has even begun, it seems to me.

    I used to wonder about quantifying *how much* better, the supposedly better player really is, in a given match. Using the new UTR rating system, if the better player is in fact, only one skill levels above the underdog, then the favorite is “within range” of being upset.

    Best wishes, and thanks for all your work.

    • Jorge Capestany
      May 16, 2018 at 11:48 pm · Reply

      Thanks Chuck

  4. Jeff Greenwald
    April 26, 2017 at 5:47 am · Reply

    Jorge, I am one of your on-line students. You recently posted an insanely good video on a similar subject, and I want to share it, but I can’t find it. The subject was about dealing with a player who is playing at a level above yours on a given day. You mentioned that most players try to raise their game, and that rarely works. The video went on to suggest that it ewas acrually easier to bring your opponent’s game down to meet your level of play on that day. Examples were drop shots and taking them out of their game. Can you help me with the name of this video and where to find it? The original post, I believe was on FB about April 23, 2017.

    • Jorge Capestany
      April 27, 2017 at 3:42 pm · Reply

      Hi Jeff, I just sent you an email with the video. Thanks Jorge

  5. Jeff
    April 13, 2016 at 1:31 am · Reply

    Thanks for all your videos, which I really enjoy. And thanks to your wife and daughter for their demonstrations.

    But I have to say that this video didn’t make much sense to me. I think to beat a better opponent, you need to find the one shot that you are very good at, and that your opponent is bad at returning. So hit the backhand slice if your opponent tends to net it on the return! What difference does it make if their backhand slice is worse than yours if they can handle the return of your slice?

    • Jorge Capestany
      April 15, 2016 at 10:36 pm · Reply

      Hey Jeff, The point I was trying t make in the video is that too many players assume that cannot beat certain players because the other players can do a lot of things better than they can. I want to teach players that in our sport, the winner of the match is not always the player that does most things better. Many times in tennis you can beat someone even if they execute the majority of things better than you, as long as you make the match about the ONE thing that you can do better. A good real-life example is a Moonballer. These players win tons of matches and often beat players that have more in their toolbox, but the Moonballer gets the match to unfold as a Moonball match and then they win. Thanks for your feedback and for following us.

  6. Pawling Tennis
    April 7, 2016 at 12:35 pm · Reply

    As always I appreciate your insight. One question; if my opponent has a weakness like the slice, how do I force her to hit that slice? should I give her low balls , short balls etc.?
    I guess you could write a book on what shots force your opponent to respond with their worst stroke.

    • Jorge Capestany
      April 7, 2016 at 7:31 pm · Reply should play to her weak slice. But I would suggest giving her higher balls around shoulder height because slice is actually easier to execute when the ball is in a lower strike zone.

  7. Paul Lee
    April 6, 2016 at 2:45 pm · Reply

    As always, Jorge, great tips… and, I recall several matches when my opponent(s) said, “your strokes are cleaner than mine but…” (lost all those matches)

    Keep up the good work.

  8. des
    April 5, 2016 at 9:50 pm · Reply

    This is great advice and you presented it in a way that is easy to explain to a third player
    thank you.

  9. tomi
    September 4, 2015 at 9:14 pm · Reply

    thanks for another great video. i really like your way of explaining things and suggesting possible solutions. i’d be really happy if there was an e-book version of ‘strategy booklet’ to purchase.

  10. Suzanne
    August 18, 2015 at 7:48 pm · Reply

    I’m loving these subtle but smart tips on your cite! Always good to see you three🎾🎾🎾

  11. Donna Ryan
    August 18, 2015 at 5:19 pm · Reply

    Thanks for this excellent tip! I will pass it along to the team this afternoon. I still refer to your most valuable book of how to beat ever kind of tennis player,. I’ve bought those books for teams in the past, handed them out to students, and digested the information myself. I appreciate the wealth of tennis knowledge you share with us!

  12. Barry
    August 18, 2015 at 4:53 pm · Reply

    Hi Jorge,

    Your explanation regarding how to beat a better player was excellent. I will definitely pass this idea on to my students.

    Many thanks. In general, your tips regarding how to play tennis are simply excellent.


    Barry (UAPTA elite professional)

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