Jorge Capestany addresses a group of junior players about using tennis to Grow Up.
It’s philosophical question. A lot of things change and influence me, including tennis, I hope for the better! Thanks!
Great lesson re: tennis is a metaphor for life. I’ll be sharing this with my athletes. Thanks.
I have been coaching tennis for over forty years on a volunteer basis, and appreciate the message you send out with this talk. At the same time I saw myself in my “real” life and wondered what kind of a person I had become because of my chasing a career. This gave me pause to really think about a lot of things.
Thank you for asking the question.
I coach tennis at an academy in Kent, UK, and I’ve been really enjoying your coaching tips and videos over the last year. I really like this one, tennis really does help you GROW UP and I realise this now I’m 33,married, and have a beautiful daughter. There’s a few performance players I coach now who are around the age of 15,16 & 17 & I hear a lot of moaning about this, that & the other and I will be sharing the DANGEROUS QUESTION with them and I’ll also forward this video.
I feel if they can be aware to use the ‘crappy’ experiences they have as a ‘helpful’ thing rather than ‘hinder’ them, it will have a massive effect to their lives on and off the court. When I think about it – all the best players I’ve coached over the last 17 years, have been very aware of this.
Many thanks mate
Dan, thanks for the comment. I greatly hope this will help all players become better people and not just better tennis players.
Jorge this talk about what type of person you will you be because of your involvement in tennis is a wonderful lesson. I hope that I can relay these thoughts to my aspiring tennis players.
Really great stuff as always Jorge! It’s good to see a video focused on player development that’s about who they are as a person, and not just the usual coach’s route of how they hit a ball. thanks for this!
That is what it is all about. Remembering what is most important.
Thank you for your amazing job teaching tennis and for posting the videos. Playing tennis help people getting confidence, having good manners, handling frustration and making them competitive in the court and in the professional career.
Your welcome Luz…
I thought what you shared was very valuable not only to young players, but us old guys. Life is always about growing, and tennis is a great vehicle for understanding ourselves, stimulating growth.
Frank.. Even after teaching this to my students for decades, I still find myself needing to remember this lesson myself.
Winning is giving your best self away. Winning is serving with grace ever day. You’ll know that you Won when your friends say it’s true. “I like who I am when I’m around you. First paragraph from Winning is Giving Poem
This Poem is in our Team Booklet which we read regularly at practice. Cactus Stars Tennis Team & SUNSETS
Girls Tennis Team Tucson AZ
Thanks for sharing Dan.
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