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 2020-2021 Elite Program. Applications are available by e-mailing us at  INFO@RACKETSACADEMY.AE or  +971 52 992 8595


Garv Bahl

India

Age: 15

Age started playing: 5

Junior ITF Ranking : 610

Achievements:

• ITF J5, Amman, Jordan April 2019 – Winner

• ITF J5, Amman, Jordan April 2019 – Semi Finals – Doubles

• ITF J4, Fujeriah, UAE Jan 2020 – Quater Finals

• ITF J4, Fujeriah, UAE Jan 2020 – Semi Finals – Doubles

• ITF J5, Bahrain October 2019 – Quater Finals

• ITF J5, Bahrain October 2019 – Quater Finals – Doubles

• Kathmandu, Nepal – Winner

Goals and Aspirations:

• He wants to play tennis a renowned University or play proffesional tennis. He intends to keep working hard on his tennis and fitness and take his tennis to the next Level and make anime for himself not just in Dubai but on a international stage.

Elias Anwar

France

Age: 15

Age started playing: 4

UAE Ranking Under 18: #1

ITF Ranking: #1530

Achievements:

Ranked #1 in UAE U18

Quater Finals in ITF Fujerah

Goals & Aspiration:

Play college tennis in division 1 with a scholarship and try to turn pro.

Favorite Player:

Rafael Nadal

Ege Topkok

Turkey

Age: 14

Age Started playing Tennis: 5

UAE Ranking U18: #15

ATF U14 Highest Ranking: #18

ATF U14 Current Ranking: #40

Tennis Europe U14 Ranking: 112

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

 

 

Hussein Nada

Egypt & Ireland

Age: 15

Age started playing: 6

UAE Ranking Under 18: #2

UTR Ranking: #9

Achievements:

Won several tournaments in Egypt Boys Under 10 ending season ranking 2. Competed in the UAE Boys U12 & U14 mens ing season ranking number 2 in both. Current U18 ranking #2.

Goals & Aspiration:

Improving current game to enable further progression in UTR and ITF ranking with eventually ending up on a scholarship in College Tennis in the US. To be able to do this he intends to work hard on the physical conditioning and matchplay.

Favorite Player:

Milos Raonic

Magnus Oestergaard

Denmark

Age: 10

Age started playing tennis: 5

UAE Ranking U12:  2

Achievements:

Winner: 2 X Giammalva Rackets Club U8, Holbaek Cup U10, HIK Open U10, HVT Christmas Cup U10, Regional League Champion U10, Regional Group Winner U10, Yonex HRT Cup, Danish Tennis U10 Festival, KB Cup U10,  HRT Festival U10, Rackets Academy UAE Ranking Tournament U12.

Finalist: Head Cup U8, Giammalva Rackets Club U8, Z & Match Cup, Greve Summer Cup U10, 360Tennis UAE Ranking Tournament U12, Energy UAE Ranking Tournament U12, Future Pro UAE Raking Tournament U12, Fila Cup U12, Rackets Academy UAE Ranking Tournament U14.

Goals and Aspirations:

Become a professional tennis player and win a Grand Slam. Short term I increase my confidence in all shots, become number one in UAE U12, win an U14 UAE Ranking Tournament and become national champion in Denmark for my age group.

Favorite Player:

Roger Federer

Ethan Milgan

India

Age: 15

Age started playing Tennis: 4

 UAE Ranking  U16: #2

Achievements:

Ranked #1 U16 in the UAE

Won FuturePro Leg 1 2019 – U16

Won Academy Wildcard Tournament 2019 – U16

Won the Habtoor Cup 2019 – U16

Won UAE Teen Sports and Fitness Awards for Racket Sports – U15

Goals & Aspirations:

Get a Sports Scholarship with a Division 1 College and after College, I want to go Professional

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

Haqim Kamal

United Kingdom

Age: 9

Age started playing: 3

Achievements:

• Reached the quarter finals at the Little Mo International Championships Florida, USA in December 2019

• He was LTA passport in 2019 by the LTA Performance Team

• Won his first U8 Grade 3 regional tournmant at the age of 6 and his first U9 at the age of 7

• He represented Essex County from the age of 6; alway the youngest boy in the Essex U8, U9 and U10 Boys Team Tennis

Goals and Aspirations:

• Immediate aim is to be UAE Number 1, win numerous TEN-PRO events and Little Mo then start to compete in Tennis Europe.

• He also wishes to then compete an win the prestigious Orange Bowl and Les Petit As events.

• The ultimate goal his to win a grand slam especially Wimbledon

 

Laurits Oestergaard

Denmark

Age: 9

Age started playing tennis: 4

UAE Ranking: Not applicable

Achievements:

Winner: KB Cup U10, Foresoe Open U10, Head Regional Group Winner U10, Holte Open U10, 3 X Rackets Academy U10.

Finalist: 360Tennis UAE Ranking Tournament U10, Rackets Academy U10.

Goals and Aspirations:

Become a professional tennis player.

Short term I am working on becoming more consistent and get a ranking in UAE and win my first UAE Ranking Tournament.

Favorite Player:

Roger Federer

Youseff Kassem

Lebanon

Age:12

Age Started Playing Tennis: 7

UAE Ranking 7  – Category U12

UAE Ranking 36  – Category U14

Achievements

Youssef Kassem is a passionate junior tennis player competing in the UAE tennis ranking circuit and also on the European Tennis Junior Tour.

Youssef started playing tennis at the age of 7 and is training and developing his tennis skills at the Rackets Tennis Academy in Dubai.

Goals & Asprirations

Goal for this year is to continue to improve my technical and tactical part of the game and to play more tournaments in Europe.

Signing up with Wilson Tennis and becoming an official Team Wilson player and ambassador for the brand has been a great achievement.

Favorite tennis player:

Dominic Thiem

Favorite Quote:

“Think it. Believe it. Become it.”

Follow Youssef’s tennis journey through his Instagram @youssefkassem08

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

Hadi Thabet

Australian

Age: 14

Age started playing: 6

UAE Ranking u16: 4th

Achievements:

• Rackets Academy u16 champion

• Qualified for Dubai J4 ITF tournament

• The Academy Boys 2019 UTR tournament winner

• Tennis 360 14 & U winner

• Top 5 in UAE u16’s

Goals and Aspirations:

• Top 100 in ITF Juniors.

• To win a junior grand slam

• To play competitive college tennis.

Favorite player:

• Novak Djokovic and 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.

Joaquin Heredia

Portugal & USA

Age: 14

Age started playing: 8

Goals and Aspirations:

• His aim for this year it to play as many tournaments as I can to get more match experience to climb up the rankings on the UAE and also apsires to play college Tennis and beyond is lucky.

Favorite player:

• Felix Auger – Aliassime

Yassin Elbahrawy

Canada & Egypt

Age: 11

Age started playing Tennis: 4

 UAE Ranking U12: 4

Achievements:

U9 and U10 champion for multiple Rogers Rookie Tournaments in Canada, Champion and finalist for multiple U10 tournaments in UAE

Goals & Aspirations

To be a professional Tennis player and play in Grand Slam tournaments