How to Handle Match Pressure


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

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  1. Len Romano
    September 24, 2020 at 3:46 pm · Reply

    How about also adding only 1 serve, i.e. if you miss the first serve you don’t get a second serve?

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 12, 2020 at 5:21 pm · Reply

      I like that too.

  2. This is such an excellent suggestion! I just shared it with the coach of our tennis league. Thank you so much.
    September 23, 2020 at 9:15 pm · Reply

    This is such an excellent suggestion! I just shared it with the coach of our tennis league. Thank you so much.

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 12, 2020 at 5:21 pm · Reply

      Thanks… glad it was helpful

  3. Vicki Sheffield
    August 21, 2019 at 2:29 pm · Reply

    Great Idea! I had several doubles teams last year that would be ahead the entire set and then lose it in these pressure moments. I’ll definitely incorporate this drill.

    • Jorge Capestany
      September 13, 2019 at 4:47 pm · Reply

      Great… good luck

  4. Ciro
    August 13, 2019 at 7:02 pm · Reply

    Thanks Jorge
    That’ A very easy and extremely efficient practice, I already see improvement in my students bye using your tips!
    Thanks again
    All the best 🤗

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 14, 2019 at 1:16 pm · Reply

      Thanks Ciro!

  5. martin spinks
    August 6, 2019 at 6:20 am · Reply

    Sounds like a great idea. We often practise by playing just 4 games. if we get to 2 all we have a tie break to try and add the pressure that way. I like this idea.

  6. 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

    • Don Murphy
      August 5, 2019 at 9:26 pm · Reply

      Great timing , I have an eleven year old that is having a lot of struggles with pressure and matches. They have played competitively for 3+ years. She is the better player in the match makes one or two unforced errors then mentally melts down and loses the match. We will be doing this drill over the next week and I will update with the results. I love all your teaching videos , really great info every time.
      Best regards, Don

      • Jorge Capestany
        August 9, 2019 at 1:11 pm · Reply

        Awesome Don… I hope it helps her on the court.

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

    Great tips….will try it thanks alot

  8. 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

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

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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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  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 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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