How to Handle Match Pressure


Master Professional Jorge Capestany give his tips on how to handle match pressure better.

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  1. Pamela Muno
    September 7, 2018 at 3:25 pm · Reply

    Love this idea, I have a couple of wheelchair players that play terrific during practice but break down during the pressure points. Can’t wait to give this a try. Thanks

  2. Allan tan
    September 2, 2018 at 2:34 pm · Reply

    Great tips….will try it thanks alot

  3. Elizabeth Seay
    September 1, 2018 at 11:57 am · Reply

    Love this! Can’t wait to try with my students!
    As a new pro …. I enjoy watching your videos.
    Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

    • Jorge Capestany
      September 1, 2018 at 12:14 pm · Reply

      Thank you Elizabeth

  4. Maggie
    August 31, 2018 at 9:33 pm · Reply

    Soooo clever!!! Ready to try it!!! Gracias, Jorge, bendiciones!

  5. Mike Alcott — USPTA Elite
    August 31, 2018 at 8:44 pm · Reply

    Jorge, great video and recommendation
    I would add one thing, if I may.
    Since you are starting at 30-30, make the game no-ad; and the no-ad point always defaults to the Ad court, since that’s where the last point is usually played. I can’t remember who I stole that from, it may very well have been you. That’s just my $.02 worth. Keep up the great work.

  6. John
    August 31, 2018 at 3:52 pm · Reply

    Great exercise! As you warn, it might not be fun for those who are pressure-averse, but change Is often uncomfortable. Painful, even. Willingness is the key!

  7. Ravi Anantaraman
    August 31, 2018 at 2:53 pm · Reply

    Here’s how I tackle this issue:

    Regular set starting at Love-all. However, at game point, if the person with game point, loses the point, he/she goes back to love, and other person scores 1 point.
    Example: Serving at 15-40, if I win the point, the score become 30-0. Of course, if I lose the point, it’s game for the opponent.

    This format has the added advantage of extended serving or returning, though not all the time. So, you also get to work on physical and mental endurance.

    After a while, I end up playing every point with the same intensity.


    Ravi Anantaraman
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  8. Mark Moran
    August 31, 2018 at 2:50 pm · Reply

    Great drill. I will make my better players use only one serve to focus on a solid second serve. I then tell my lesser players to go hard on that second serve.

  9. john pieri
    August 31, 2018 at 2:07 pm · Reply

    Jorge, I love this idea of playing “pressure sets”. HS tennis is full of 3rd sets and tiebreakers to win the match. Great idea. Thank you!

  10. Dean Mello
    August 31, 2018 at 2:01 pm · Reply

    Yes Jorge good way to play. Also, I like when you lose the pressure point say 40-30 your score goes back to zero.

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