Elite Program

The Elite Program – Pathway to Success

The Elite Program is a high-performance tennis training program created specially to prepare players striving for excellence in competitive tennis (ITF, ATP and WTA tours). This personalized training plan, made to suite each player’s specific needs, replicates pro tour conditions by providing intensive training and individual coaching sessions as well as focusing on other essential facets of the game including goals to develop the technical, tactical, physical and mental aspects of a tennis player’s game.

Tennis Coaching Experience at The Highest Levels

Because designing and implementing a comprehensive tennis training plan for your child is a challenging process we have gone to great lengths to gather an experienced and knowledgeable team with a proven track record in coaching juniors to the highest levels.

The Elite Program is led by Coach Mariano who is a respected and experienced high performance coach in the region with over 12 Years of High Performance Coaching on the WTA & ATP circuit and has participated in all four Grand Slams as a coach. He is supported by a team of highly experienced tennis coaches and specialists (Strength & Conditioning, Dietician and Physical Therapist).

Since launching the program in January 2019, some of the most talented players in the UAE have signed up for this by invitation only program. These players are mostly ranked no. 1 in their respective categories. Team Elite players have the opportunity to train in the best possible training environment with some of the best tennis players in the UAE evolving at Rackets Academy.

Rackets Academy is accepting applications for its 2019-2020 Elite Program. Applications for the 2019-2020 program dates are available by e-mailing us your interest at  INFO@RACKETSACADEMY.AE or  +971 52 992 8595


Riku Higashi

Japan

Age: 12

Age started playing: 6

UAE Ranking Under 12: #1

Home Country Ranking U12: #123

ATF Ranking: #199 in U14

Achievements:

Ranked #1 in UAE U12 2019

SMASH CUP JAPAN U12 Finalist 2019

ATF U14 1st DUBAI Grade A Best 16 2019

Obtained in Top 8 players of Regional in Japan 2019

Attend French Tennis Tour with Coach Mariano and obtained 3 Winners U12 & 1 Winner U14 2019

Goals & Aspiration:

Rank top #20 in ATF U14 2020

Rank top #20 in JTA U14 2020

Play more ATF, Tennis Europe towards to the future in competing in ITF.

Favorite Player:

Roger Federer & Yoshihito Nishioka

Ege Topkok

Turkey

Age: 13

Age Started playing Tennis: 5

UAE Ranking U18: #15

ATF U14 Highest Ranking: #18

ATF U14 Current Ranking: #40

Tennis Europe U14 Ranking: 420

Tennis Europe U13 Ranking: 97

Achievements:

SPONSORED BY TECNIFIBER

TENNIS EUROPE, U14 Hitec Luxembourg Junior Open 2019 FINALIST

UAE ATF Grade 1 U14 2019 FINALIST

U12 TURKISH NATIONAL TEAM PLAYER 2018

TENNIS EMIRATES UAE TENNISMASTER U12 2018 WINNER

TENNIS EMIRATES UAE TENNISMASTER Doubles U14 2018 WINNER

TEN-PRO GLOBAL JUNIOR TOUR NADAL ACADEMY 2018 U12 WINNER

REPRESENTED TURKEY IN THE 2017 ORANGE BOWL MAIN DRAW

USTA MIAMI BROWARD U12 CHAMPIONSHIP 2017 WINNER

USTA MIAMI JUPITER BAY U12 TENNIS TOURNAMENT 2017 WINNER

MOURATOGLOU U12 TOURNAMENT 2017 WINNER

WILSON CUP ABU DHABI U12 – 2017 WINNER

MUBADALA COMMUNITY CUP U10 WINNER 2016 – PLAYED WITH RAONIC

MUBADALA COMMUNITY CUP U10 WINNER 2015 – PLAYED WITH NADAL

WILSON CUP ABU DHABI U10-2016 WINNER

PS4 JUNIOR TENNIS OPEN U10-2016 WINNER

Goals and Aspirations:

To be number 1 in Tennis Europe 2020

To win Wimbledon

Favorite Player:

Roger Federer

 

 

Magnus Oestergaard

Denmark

Age: 9

UAE Ranking Under 12: #17

Age started playing tennis: #5

Home Country Ranking Under 10: Gold Cup #3

Achievements:

2017

Winner of Technifibre Cup U10,

HIK Open U10,

HUT Open U10,

FARUM Cup U10.

Twice Winner Regional Championships U8,

3rd place Regional Championships U10.

2018:

Winner of Yonex Cup U10

Regional Championships Doubles U10

Finalist Regional championships Singles U10

Regional Championships League U10

2019:

Finalist UAE National Ranking U12

Goals & Aspirations: To be the number one tennis player in the world and win a grand slam

Favorite Player:

Roger Federer

Enzo Kahi

Lebanon & United Kingdom

Age: 11

Age started playing Tennis: 3

(my first coach George Green)

UAE Ranking U12: #12    

Achievements:

Settling in the best elite group in UAE with the best coaches and players 

Being able to compete & travel to important tennis academies in Europe.

Participating in Rafa nadal tour in Springs 2019

Winning 2 tournaments (12&under) during our French tour with coach Mariano this summer 2019 while reaching many finals

To have high ranking in 12/14&under tennis

Goals & Aspirations:

In training, I would like to work more on my mental and intensity

In tournaments, to compete with a stronger mental, and win much more matches.

Starting from Junior tennis, to ITF, to ATP player and why not among the top 100 in the world

Favorite Player:

Roger Federer

Marc Hemaya

Egypt

Age: 14

Height: 193cm

Age started playing tennis: 7

UAE ranking: 13

Achievements:

Gaining of great experience and being ready to face all different types of players.

Goals and Aspirations: Start playing ITFs and go to tennis Europe and all compete in tournaments around the world.

Main Goal:

To get my scholarship to American University

Favorite player:

Roger Federer

Elliot Kahi

Lebanon & United Kingdom

Age: 14

Age started playing Tennis: 4

UAE Ranking U16: #3   

Achievements:

Ranked 3rd in UAE for 16&under 

Competed in tournaments internationally 

Trained in foreign tennis academies such as BTT

Met & trained with well-known coaches & international such as Francis Roig, Jordi Vilaro, Gustavo Gomez 

Goals & Aspirations:

Obtaining a sports Scholarship in the US above all and competing with Higher intensity & fitness ability.

Play more & more international tournaments outside the UAE and being able to compete and reach a high ITF ranking.

Favorite Player:

Rafael Nadal

Meline Siggen

Switzerland

Age: 14

Age started playing Tennis: 10

UAE Ranking Under 14: 9

UAE Ranking Under 18: 18

Goals & Aspirations:

My goal is to be able to reach a professional level in tennis. My goal for this year is to play as much tournaments as possible and to gain some confidence in matches as well as establishing a routine in between points to be consistent.

Favorite Player:

Her favorite player is Belinda Bencic and Cori Gauff. She loves these players because they have achieved so much this year and she loves their motivation. Belinda Bencic and Cori Gauff both have an amazing game and so much confidence, and an unpredictable.