My ALMOST Disaster on the Practice Court With a Player


This video describes a potentially disastrous situation on the practice court and how I avoided it.

If you have comments or questions, please leave them below and we’ll respond.

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  1. Name (required)
    February 29, 2016 at 4:34 am · Reply

    Hi Jorge,

    Thanks for sharing, it’s alway good to look beyond the behaviour of others , all she needed was a big hug and to have someone cares what she was going through. Good being human, we always have to remember we are humans before we are tennis players.

  2. Coach Paul
    February 25, 2016 at 1:12 pm · Reply

    Thanks Jorge,
    Your story brings back memories of my 12 yrs. of HS coaching in Maryland… especially with the girls team. We had a few similar incidents albeit not as dramatic! As a coach, I always believe(d) that we should get ‘closer’ to our students. Compassion is always welcome on or off the court.

    Keep up the good work.

  3. Andy
    February 25, 2016 at 5:10 am · Reply

    Hi Jorge
    Thanks for doing all you do ,day in day out . Listening and learning
    Thanks again

  4. TennisTom Harton
    February 24, 2016 at 7:40 pm · Reply

    Jorge, What a coincidence. I have some indoor tennis students that I teach twice a week. One male student was playing a practice doubles set and hit an overhead when at the net. He hit a female students on the other side of the net. This angered me because in this practice situation, nothing justifies TAKING THE CHANCE of injuring another student for the sake of a point. (My significant other has a permanent eye injury from a similar USTA League competition.) I waited until I had cooled down and then discussed the student with his wife of 3 decades. The new information I got from her allowed me to approach the situation differently (without the anger) and everything seems OK now after I talked to him. Even though I have been teaching tennis for about 18 years I still care about my students and perhaps over-invest from time to time. Thanks for your sharing your personal experience with us. Very best, TennisTom

    • Jorge Capestany
      February 25, 2016 at 12:02 am · Reply

      Thanks Tom

  5. joey
    February 24, 2016 at 11:47 am · Reply

    Thanks for another good lesson. Really you care for players and to fellow coaches as well.

  6. Paul
    February 24, 2016 at 11:45 am · Reply

    Jorge , thanks for sharing that story. What you experienced is known as a Paradigm Shift and like you said sometimes

    we just don’t know what is going on in players or even coaches personal lives. Love tuning in to all your tutorials.

    Many thanks

  7. James Modi
    February 24, 2016 at 2:40 am · Reply

    That was wisdom expressed. I am not a coach, but a tennis dad. Thank you for sharing. You spoke to my heart tonight.

  8. Lisa
    February 24, 2016 at 2:09 am · Reply

    Thank you for sharing Jorge. Very real life. We can all learn from this, both coaches and players.

  9. Larry Weidman
    February 24, 2016 at 1:38 am · Reply

    Jorge – Thank you for sharing this personal story which speaks volumes, and will make us all better coaches and players!!

  10. Frank Solana
    February 24, 2016 at 1:07 am · Reply

    Great story coach! It definitely happens often

  11. Mo kharbouch
    February 24, 2016 at 12:52 am · Reply

    What a story and a tough situation but you handled it well are a mentor .keep up with the good work .

  12. Sharon
    February 23, 2016 at 10:00 pm · Reply

    This story is very relative to my role as coach also. I teach my athletes and students to give a thumbs up or thumbs down if they are experiencing a situation in which they cannot talk due to emotion. They just give the hand signal and I know they will need some extra TLC that day!.
    thanks for sharing.

    • Jorge Capestany
      February 24, 2016 at 12:07 am · Reply

      Great idea Sharon

  13. Michael
    February 23, 2016 at 9:57 pm · Reply

    Jorge, great share. Anyone that teaches has been there…. I think. But not all of us have the wisdom to ASK A BETTER QUESTION before being aggressive. I’m glad your inner spirit reined you in. Being 16 years old is tough enough on our students…. hormones and all. As you indicated, sometimes it is really tough on us as coaches.
    Thanks again for sharing….. made my day. Best thoughts.

  14. bob
    February 23, 2016 at 9:17 pm · Reply

    many thanks jorge for telling that story,and especially you mention you had a lot of kids on that day,well done to you to keeping your cool.

  15. Peter
    February 23, 2016 at 9:05 pm · Reply

    Great story.
    thanks Jorge.

  16. Barb Wallace
    February 23, 2016 at 8:32 pm · Reply

    Right on. Have had it happen too. If it’s out of their usual behavior I always ask Great info Thx

  17. Pattu
    February 23, 2016 at 8:19 pm · Reply

    Hi Jorge, this is pattu from concord nh.
    that was a great story, I have been in that situation more than a few times, fortunately I was able to hold back, and then find out they had a bad day in school or family what have you.

    I am dying to get back on the crts to teach again, since I am out with a herniation in my back, since December, not sure surgery are not.
    but your emails, keep my spirits up, and still hoping I will get back on the crts to teach again,
    I miss it terribly .

    • Jorge Capestany
      February 23, 2016 at 8:49 pm · Reply

      Hope you get back soon.

  18. Sasha
    February 23, 2016 at 8:12 pm · Reply

    Great story coach. It extends to all areas of life.

  19. Beckie Mathis
    February 23, 2016 at 7:46 pm · Reply

    Thank you for sharing that situation, as a coach we often jump to conclusions without talking to the student. This is a great refresher, especially at this age when we think they just aren’t trying or don’t give a flip and this happens, eye opener!

    Thank you,
    Beckie Mathis
    PTR Professional

  20. Name (required)
    February 23, 2016 at 7:24 pm · Reply

    Thank you , I will always keep this in mind. Bruce

  21. Bob Cause
    February 23, 2016 at 7:13 pm · Reply

    Very good comments. As a PTR member, I like the way it fits our philosophy of not only helping a player improve their technical game but also to understand their psychological issues on the court.

  22. Kim Mihan
    February 23, 2016 at 7:06 pm · Reply

    Nice reminder! Compassion first-

  23. chad oxendine
    February 23, 2016 at 7:00 pm · Reply

    u r right on the money coach !!!
    empathy for others goes along way !!!

  24. Debbie
    February 23, 2016 at 6:52 pm · Reply

    Excellent points well made! Often as a (mature) player, occasionally if I’ve had a rough day, I feel pressured to smile and carry on for the sake of other’s enjoyment. I will take your points on board Jorge and let the coach know

  25. Nancy Key
    February 23, 2016 at 6:47 pm · Reply

    Thank you. Sometimes I get so focused on the goals I have for the day, I forget that kids come with whatever situations they have faced that day.

  26. tim Brielmaier
    February 23, 2016 at 6:47 pm · Reply

    Great example. we all need to realize that compassion is really important, and to give people the benefit of the doubt before we take action. Thanks, Tim

  27. Eric Driscoll
    February 23, 2016 at 6:44 pm · Reply

    Thanks for sharing Jorge.

  28. Alisa Green
    February 23, 2016 at 6:44 pm · Reply

    I think it’s great that you touch on how there is so much involve in being a good coach than just teaching skill and teamwork..Being a sensitive to a student outside lives off the court is critical to their well being and ability to mentally play well too…thanks for great instructional videos too.

  29. Jane
    February 23, 2016 at 6:43 pm · Reply

    Jorge- you always put the best information out here! This is helpful and I make the most of these educational bites. I just had a similar experience last week. This keeps everything in perspective better. Thanks for all you do- it is helpful and appreciated

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