Pulse: Before we get started, we think it’s fun to hear a fun story or fact about our “people.” What’s yours?
Jorge: Ohhh, well when I was younger, I was dating a couple girls at a time … and one day one of the girls came to my house and actually kicked the door down. It was pretty crazy.
Pulse: Wow. Okay, I won’t ask anymore details about that, but it sounds like you had your hands full!
Pulse: You’re originally from Venezuela; what brought you to the States?
Jorge: I graduated from high school when I was 16 and I got a scholarship to come play tennis here in Florida.
Pulse: We know each other because you’ve been kicking my butt on the tennis court for the past few months. When did you know that you’d be a great tennis player and coach?
Jorge: Well, I didn’t like school, but I was always really good at sports. I played soccer really well, baseball and tennis … I was just athletic. But, I knew if I was going to be serious about one of them, I had to make a choice … the girls might of been part of it too.
Pulse: As a tennis coach, is it fair to say you’re doing what you love for a living?
Jorge: I’d rather be doing nothing else.
Pulse: So, what’s the best way for someone to get started if they’ve barely picked up a racquet?
Jorge: Private lessons are great. There are a lot of intricacies to the game, so taking some one-on-one lessons for 3 to 6 months is a good way to start. After that some group lessons, playing with friends … basically just practice, practice, practice.
Pulse: Okay, enough about tennis for now. When you’re not whipping people into shape on the courts, what sort of stuff do you like to do here in Central Florida?
Jorge: I love going to the beaches here in Central Florida. It’s actually a big part of my recovery after a hard day on the courts. The beach is a great way to rest, relax and stay healthy.
Pulse: You lived in Miami before moving to Orlando; how does Orlando compare to Miami and which city do you like better?
Jorge: Miami is great when you’re young and single, but for a tennis player it was not a good lifestyle…there were just too many distractions. So I used to come to Orlando a lot to get away … I’d go to the parks, watch the tourists and just hang out. It’s a great place to focus on you, it’s family-oriented and not nearly as materialistic as Miami. I love it here.
Pulse: We love Central Florida too, so it’s nice to hear you say that!
Pulse: So, what’s next for you? Will you still be teaching in five years? Ten?
Jorge: I really hope so. If not, it’s because I’m underground [laughs].
Pulse: Before we wrap up, how can people schedule a lesson with you?
Jorge: My home base is at the Lake Cane Tennis Center, managed by MG Tennis, but I teach all over. I teach lessons on the local courts, in private residences, you name it.
If you’re interested in lessons, give me a call at (407) 233-5150 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or jorge@mgtennis and we’ll set it up!