Book Review on “The Inner Game of Tennis”

Book Review on “The Inner Game of Tennis”

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Whether you are a recreational or competitive tennis player, if you are in the midst of playing poorly due to a lack of confidence/mental obstacles or looking for ways to strengthen your mental toughness, then the following book is for you—“The Inner Game of Tennis” by W. Timothy Gallwey.

I myself, play competitively, often succumbing to nervousness, tightness, and the negativity that comes with losses of points. Gallwey reveals how to master the Inner Game and grow as an athlete and person both on and off the court.

Famed football quarterback for the New England Patriots Tom Brady has himself read the “Inner Game of Tennis” to strengthen his mental toughness.

 “The Inner Game of Tennis” is a quick and easy read, yet it can provide you with the ability to allow yourself to improve and have fun.

The following are quotes from the novel, hoping to provide you with an idea of what to expect from “The Inner Game of Tennis.” 


“I was beginning to learn what all good pros and students of tennis must learn: that images are better than words, showing better than telling, too much instruction worse than none.”

“He is conscious, but not thinking, not over-trying. A player in this state knows where he wants the ball to go, but he doesn’t have to ‘try hard’ to send it there.”

“When we unlearn to be judgmental, it is possible to achieve spontaneous, focused play.”

“Ending judgment means you neither add nor subtract from the facts before your eyes. Things appear as they are—undistorted. In this way, the mind becomes more calm.”

“Trusting your body in tennis means letting your body hit the ball…Letting it happen is not making it happen.”

“Once you are competing it is too late to work on your strokes, but it is possible to hold in your mind the image of where you want the ball to go and then allow the body to do what it is necessary to hit it there.” 

“The player has only two requirements for success: hit each ball over the net and into the court.”

“But when your attention is on the here and now, the actions which need to be done in the present have their best chance of being successfully accomplished, and as a result the future will become the best possible present.”

“The score of a tennis match may be an indication of how well I performed or how hard I tried, but it does not define me, nor give me cause to consider myself as something more or less than I was before the match.”

Although the novel states tennis in it’s title, it can be applied to anyone, in any profession, leaving you with a quiet, still mind which results in mastering the Inner Game.



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Mi Lan, who made it to the quarterfinals of the girl’s 14s at the Eddie Herr International Tournament this year, trained at Gildemeister Tennis Academy.

Go check out the following article, written by Scoop Malinowski, to learn about Hans Gildemeister’s thoughts on the up-and-coming talent Mi Lan, and what she, herself, thought of GMT.

“Could you imagine if Lan trains with me for about five or six months, how good she can be. Nobody knows. Lan is a great project but has to improve a few things. And teach her how to play big points and find her comfort spot on the court to go for winners.”

Hans Gildemeister
Junior Orange Bowl 2018

Junior Orange Bowl 2018

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On November 29, 2018, Matias Gaedechens (CHI), Tomas Valencia (CHI), and Jose Moreno (USA) competed in the Junior Orange Bowl U/16s qualifying event in Plantation, FL.

In round 1, Valencia played Jake Krug (USA), which resulted in a close match loss of 2-6, 7-5, 3-6, for Valencia. On the other hand, Gaedechens and Moreno won in the first round with Gaedechens winning 6-4, 7-5 and Moreno won his match 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-4. However, Gaedechens, not Moreno, moved on from the second round with a 6-2, 6-3 win; a 6-2, 6-3 win in the third round as well; and a 6-4, 6-3 win in the final round of the qualifying (winning a total of four rounds), earning him a spot in the main draw of the Orange Bowl.

Hanamichi Carvajal was automatically placed in the main draw of the Orange Bowl as he is #1 in Chile for U/16.

On December 2, Carvajal played against Maxwell Mckennon (USA)—the number two in the United Staes for boy’s 16s. Although odds may have been against him, Carvajal won 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Gaedechens played Riley Odell (USA) in the first round of the main draw on December 3. Unfortunately, Gaedechen’s run at the Orange Bowl came to a close with a first round lost. However, as he returns to Chile, he leaves with valuable experiences and matches.

Also on December 3, Carvajal and Gaedechens played in the boy’s 16s doubles main draw, but they fell to their opponents.

Moreno commented on the experience of playing at the Orange Bowl, “I loved being a part of such a prestigious event [and] being in that atmosphere. I couldn’t have been able to do it without the help from Hans [Gildemeister] and Chris [Le Bert Gildemeister].”

Then, Carvajal advanced to the round of 16 with a match loss of 4-6, 6-7 against the #1 in Canada for U/16.

There is no doubt GMT players struck a cord at the Orange Bowl, and they are prepared for next year where they will make an even greater impact.

Click here to view the boy’s 16s Singles Qualifying Draw.

Click here to view the boy’s 16s Singles Main Draw.

Click here to view the boy’s 16s Doubles Main Draw.

Translated to Spanish:

El 29 de noviembre de 2018, Matias Gaedechens (CHI), Tomas Valencia (CHI) y Jose Moreno (EE. UU.) Compitieron en el evento clasificatorio Junior Orange Bowl U / 16s en Plantation, FL.

En la ronda 1, el Valencia jugó contra Jake Krug (EE. UU.), Lo que resultó en una derrota cerrada de 2-6, 7-5, 3-6 para el Valencia. Por otro lado, Gaedechens y Moreno ganaron en la primera ronda con Gaedechens ganando 6-4, 7-5 y Moreno ganó su partido 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-4. Sin embargo, Gaedechens, no Moreno, pasó de la segunda ronda con una victoria de 6-2, 6-3; una victoria 6-2, 6-3 en la tercera ronda también; y una victoria de 6-4, 6-3 en la ronda final de la clasificación, lo que le valió un lugar en el cuadro principal del Orange Bowl.

Hanamichi Carvajal se colocó automáticamente en el cuadro principal del Orange Bowl, ya que es el número 1 en Chile por U / 16.

El 2 de diciembre, Carvajal jugó contra Maxwell Mckennon (EE. UU.), El número dos en United Staes para los jóvenes de 16 años. Aunque las probabilidades pueden haber sido en su contra, Carvajal ganó 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Gaedechens jugó contra Riley Odell (EE. UU.) En la primera ronda del cuadro principal el 3 de diciembre. Desafortunadamente, la carrera de Gaedechen en el Orange Bowl llegó a su fin con una primera ronda perdida. Sin embargo, cuando regresa a Chile, se va con experiencias y partidos valiosos.

También el 3 de diciembre, Carvajal y Gaedechens jugaron en el cuadro principal de dobles del chico 16, pero cayeron ante sus oponentes.

Moreno comentó sobre la experiencia de jugar en el Orange Bowl: “Me encantó ser parte de un evento tan prestigioso [y] estar en esa atmósfera. No podría haberlo hecho sin la ayuda de Hans [Gildemeister] y Chris [Le Bert Gildemeister] “.

Luego, Carvajal avanzó a la ronda de 16 con una derrota por empate de 4-6, 6-7 contra el # 1 en Canadá por U / 16.

No hay duda de que los jugadores de GMT conectaron una cuerda en el Orange Bowl, y están preparados para el próximo año, donde tendrán un impacto aún mayor.

Haz clic aquí para ver el sorteo de clasificación para individuales de 16 años para niños.

Haz clic aquí para ver el cuadro principal de individuales de 16 años del niño.

Haz clic aquí para ver el cuadro principal de dobles de los chicos de 16 años.

Eddie Herr International 2018

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On November 21, 2018, GMT traveled to Bradenton, Florida, to compete in the Eddie Herr International Junior Championship. On Wednesday, the qualifiers began with Matias Gaedechens (CHI), Tomas Allen (CHI), Tomas Valencia (CHI), Jose Moreno (USA), Gavin Boland (USA), and Ryan Boland (USA) competing. On Thursday, for the girls, Rosio Sarria (CHI) competed.

Gaedechens, Moreno, and Ryan Boland advanced to the second round of the qualifiers. However, Gaedechens was the only one able to pull through with a 6-1, 6-1 win, and he proceeded to the third round, where he won 6-1, 6-3. He advanced to the finals of the qualifiers, and he won 6-4, 6-3. Gaedechens qualified into the main draw.

Gaedechens said (in Spanish) in the following audio:


Antonia Sarria (CHI) played in the main draw on Monday, November 26, whereas  Hanamichi Carvajal (CHI) and Gaedechens (CHI) played in the main draw on Tuesday, November 27.

Gaedechens and Sarria lost in the first round, but Carvajal won 6-2, 7-6, and he then played against Samuel Paquette (CAN), in which he won that match as well and advanced to the round of 16.

Gaedechens and Carvajal, played doubles also. Unfortunately, they lost.

Although Valencia and Allen lost in the first round, they, nevertheless, had a tremendous experience.

Valencia said, “It’s a great experience. It is something new for me, and I enjoy it a lot.” He also enjoyed the atmosphere and the opportunity to travel with GMT to IMG. “The place (IMG) is absolutely amazing. Everything is very cool. The atmosphere is amazing.”

Although Valencia lost, he was able to gain valuable experience which will positively  contribute to his goal of playing college tennis in the US: “I would like to play here in the United States for a university. And I absolutely believe Hans [Gildemeister] is preparing me for that.”

Allen said, “It was a great experience, but I didn’t like enjoy very much the match that I played. I love coming to Tampa, and Hans has prepared me for playing in tournaments.”

Allen also enjoys the boarding program offered at GMT: “It’s like very comfortable being in his [Hans Gildemeister] house and with my roommates and everything.”

Translated to Spanish:

El 21 de noviembre de 2018, GMT viajó a Bradenton, Florida, para competir en el Campeonato Juvenil Internacional Eddie Herr. El miércoles, los clasificatorios comenzaron con Matias Gaedechens (CHI), Tomas Allen (CHI), Tomas Valencia (CHI), José Moreno (EE. UU.), Gavin Boland (EE. UU.) Y Ryan Boland (EE. UU.) Compitiendo. El jueves, para las chicas, Rosio Sarria (CHI) compitió. 

Gaedechens, Moreno y Ryan Boland avanzaron a la segunda ronda de los clasificados. Sin embargo, Gaedechens fue el único capaz de salir adelante con una victoria de 6-1, 6-1, y procedió a la tercera ronda, donde ganó 6-1, 6-3. Avanzó a la final de los clasificados, y ganó 6-4, 6-3. Gaedechens se clasificó en el cuadro principal.

Gaedechens dijo (en español) en el siguiente audio:


Antonia Sarria (CHI) jugó en el cuadro principal el lunes 26 de noviembre, mientras que Hanamichi Carvajal (CHI) y Gaedechens (CHI) jugaron en el cuadro principal el martes 27 de noviembre.

Gaedechens y Sarria perdieron en la primera ronda, pero Carvajal ganó 6-2, 7-6, y luego jugó contra Samuel Paquette (CAN), en el que también ganó ese partido y avanzó a la ronda de 16.

Gaedechens y Carvajal, jugaron dobles también. Lamentablemente, perdieron.

Aunque Valencia y Allen perdieron en la primera ronda, sin embargo, tuvieron una experiencia tremenda.

Valencia dijo: “Es una gran experiencia. Es algo nuevo para mí y lo disfruto mucho ”. También disfrutó de la atmósfera y la oportunidad de viajar con GMT a IMG. “El lugar (IMG) es absolutamente increíble. Todo está muy bien. El ambiente es increíble “.

Aunque Valencia perdió, pudo obtener una valiosa experiencia que contribuirá positivamente a su objetivo de jugar al tenis universitario en los EE. UU .: “Me gustaría jugar aquí en los Estados Unidos para una universidad. Y creo absolutamente que Hans [Gildemeister] me está preparando para eso “.

Allen dijo: “Fue una gran experiencia, pero no me gustó disfrutar mucho del partido que jugué”. Me encanta venir a Tampa, y Hans me ha preparado para jugar en torneos “.

Allen también disfruta el programa de abordaje ofrecido en GMT: “Es como estar muy cómodo en su casa [Hans Gildemeister] y con mis compañeros de cuarto y todo”.


Daria Kopsic Visits GMT

Daria Kopsic Visits GMT

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In September, 2018, Daria Kopsic, a tennis biomechanics specialist, traveled from Argentina to Tampa, Florida, to make her annual trip to Gildemeister Tennis Academy, where she analyzed the students and helped them improve their groundstrokes.

Kopsic began her career in tennis by playing professionally, followed by coaching for 30 years. As a Junior and Professional Women’s Teams Coach for the ITF (International Tennis Federation), she coached more than 160 players. From 1992 to 1994, Kopsic was the Director of Coaching for the Argentine Tennis Association. Kopsic then started and currently runs her player development program called “Biodynamic Tennis System.”

She spent a week at GMT, where she traveled to both academy locations, analyzing the students and assisting them in improving and developing as a player.


Semana de mucho trabajo en la Academia de Hans Gildemeister!! Excelentes momentos!! Gracias a Todos !!

Posted by Daria Kopsic on Wednesday, October 10, 2018


Of the students she aided, they were sent a formal documentation of everything they went over and more.

Matias Gaedechens (CHI) was one of many students helped by Kopsic.

Gaedechens (in Spanish) commented on how Kopsic improved his groundstrokes in the following audio recording.


Hans Gildemeister said, “Daria is a person that has been studying the biomechanics for the last 30 years, and, obviously, she will help us to improve the technique for forehand, backhand, and serve. She [Daria] has improved Jose Moreno, Matias [Gaedechens], and all the kids she has tested in the last three years’s strokes. She comes once a year, and she tests like six to eight players. I have known Daria for forty years.”

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity in the future.

Translated to Spanish: 

En septiembre de 2018, Daria Kopsic, especialista en biomecánica del tenis, viajó desde Argentina a Tampa, Florida, para realizar su viaje anual a la Academia de Tenis Gildemeister, donde analizó a los estudiantes y los ayudó a mejorar sus golpes de fondo.

Kopsic comenzó su carrera en el tenis jugando profesionalmente, seguido de entrenamiento durante 30 años. Como entrenadora de equipos femeninos junior y profesional para la ITF (Federación Internacional de Tenis), entrenó a más de 160 jugadores. De 1992 a 1994, Kopsic fue el Director de Entrenamiento de la Asociación Argentina de Tenis. Kopsic luego comenzó y actualmente ejecuta su programa de desarrollo para jugadores llamado “Sistema de tenis biodinámico”.

Pasó una semana en GMT, donde viajó a las dos ubicaciones de la academia, analizando a los estudiantes y ayudándolos a mejorar y desarrollarse como jugadora.

De los estudiantes que ella ayudó, se les envió una documentación formal de todo lo que revisaron y más.

Matias Gaedechens (CHI) fue uno de los muchos estudiantes ayudados por Kopsic.

Gaedechens (en español) comentó cómo Kopsic mejoró sus golpes de fondo en la siguiente grabación de audio. 


Hans Gildemeister dijo: “Daria es una persona que ha estado estudiando la biomecánica durante los últimos 30 años y, obviamente, nos ayudará a mejorar la técnica de derecha, revés y servicio. Ella [Daria] ha mejorado a José Moreno. Matias [Gaedechens], y todos los niños que ha probado en los últimos tres años. Ella viene una vez al año, y prueba entre seis y ocho jugadoras. Conozco a Daria desde hace cuarenta años “.

No te pierdas esta increíble oportunidad en el futuro.

GMT Assists Athletes in Playing Tennis in College

GMT Assists Athletes in Playing Tennis in College

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Our academy understands that most junior player’s dream is to become a professional player. At our academy, we train and prepare them like professionals. We push them to the limit and give them the best coaching and tools to achieve their goals. But, we also understand, that most players will have a better chance of succeeding at the collegiate level, and, therefore, we make sure they receive the best advice and preparation to be admitted into the right university.

GMT partners with University Sports Program (USP), one of the world’s most recognized college placement agencies. USP College Placement program assists our students through the entire collegiate enrollment process, from choosing a school, to applying, to getting accepted. USP, with a 100% guaranteed placement, has generated millions of dollars in athletic scholarships for students & athletes around the world in prestigious universities across the USA.

DSC_1149All academy students enrolled in our college placement program will be assisted by USP in the following areas:

  • Development of player presentation to coaches (profile & video)
  • Assessment on College Tennis rules and eligibility
  • Assessment on communicating with college coaches and preparing for interviews and visits
  • Screening to select the best colleges based on student’s personal, academic and athletic qualifications
  • Individual contact with each coach and negotiation of the best possible scholarship offers
  • Assistance in the planning of college visits
  • Assistance in the admissions and all testing requirements (SAT,ACT and TOEFL)
  • Assistance with the NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse application

For more information on USP visit: