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: 16

Age started playing: 5

Junior ITF Ranking : 317

UTR Ranking: 10.50

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

UTR Ranking: 10.06

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

UTR Ranking: 9.03

Achievements:

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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: 16

Age started playing: 6

UAE Ranking Under 18: #2

UTR Ranking: 8.75

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

Larissa Brasil

Brazil

Age: 12

 Age started playing Tennis: 4

 UAE Ranking #1 Age Category U12 from 2019/21

 UAE Ranking #10 Age Category U14

Achievements

 Since late 2018, stayed at the top players in the UAE, holding the #1 position for U12 in the UAE for more than a year, and until move to higher category. Competed in Spain in Rafael Nadal Tour, and trained in Spain during different periods. In Brazil, champion of 2nd Copa Teuto of Tennis Above 13, when was 10 yo. Invited by UAE Federation to participate in a training clinic with Francis Roig in Dubai, and considered to represent the country at Orange Bowl in 2020 (cancelled due to COVID).

 

Goals & Aspirations

 My main goal right now is to get an expressive raking in Europe, and to develop my strengths (physically, technically, and mentally) to be the best possible player I could ever be. I fight to continue to strive within my journey and be able to compete at a continuous and intense high-level performance.

 

Favorite Player : Rafael Nadal

Magnus Oestergaard

Denmark

Age: 11

Age started playing tennis: 5

UAE Ranking U12:  1

UAE Ranking U14: 7 

UTR Ranking: 6.94

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, PUCA Pro UAE Ranking Tournament U12, AL Habtoor UAE Ranking Tournament U12, Rackets Academy UAE UTR Tournament U13. Rackets Academy UAE UTR Tournament 12 and Under.

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 Ranking Tournament U12, Fila Cup U12, Rackets Academy UAE Ranking Tournament U14. Rackets Academy UAE UTR Tournament 15 and Under

Goals and Aspirations:

Become a professional tennis player and win a Grand Slam. Short term I increase my confidence in all shots, and remian 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

Riya Matharoo

India

Age: 15

 Age started playing Tennis: 7

ITF Ranking: 2248

UTR Ranking: 5.78  

Achievements:

Number one in the UAE Under 14 category 2019-20

 Goals & Aspirations:

Keen on working hard and improving her game. Improving my ITF ranking and turning pro someday.

 Favorite Player:

Naomi Osaka

Ethan Milgan

India

Age: 15

Age started playing Tennis: 4

 UAE Ranking  U16: #2

UTR Ranking: 8.84

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

Raed Rizvie

Sri Lanka

Age: 13

Age started Playing Tennis: 5

UAE Ranking: 3 U14

UAE Ranking:10 U16

ATF Ranking: 47

Achievements

Winner ATF in Dushanbe, Tajikistan- July 2021.

Champion and Runner up in multiple Tennis Emirate and UTR Events

Goals & Aspirations

To represent Sri Lanka at International Tournaments. Acheiments at ATF and ITR events and aim for higher ranking and play professional tennis in the future.

Enzo Kahi

Lebanon & United Kingdom

Age: 11

Age started playing Tennis: 3

(my first coach George Green)

UAE Ranking U12: #12    

UTR Ranking: 6.53

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

Laurits Oestergaard

Denmark

Age: 9

Age started playing tennis: 4

UAE Ranking U12: 8

UTR rating: 4.10

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.

SemifinalistHead Regional Champions Finals U10

QuarterfinalistPUCA Pro UAE Ranking Tournament U12, Al Habtoor UAE Ranking Tournament U12, Rackets Academy Open UAE UTR Tournament 13 and Under, PUCA Pro UAE Ranking Tournament U12.

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

Yassin Elbahrawy

Canada & Egypt

Age: 11

Age started playing Tennis: 4

 UAE Ranking U12: 4

UTR Ranking: 5.61

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

Debarshi Sen

India

Age: 15

 Age started playing Tennis: 7

UAE Ranking: 25 U18

Home Country Ranking: Career High 676thU16,

Achievements

ATF Amman Jordan Semifinalist

AITA TS7 Un14 Finalist

AITA CS3 Un14 Semi Finalist

Goals & Aspirations

Despite the fact that I do not have a lot of achievements, I am one of the best, I know it from my heart. I do not want to just be number one in the world, or just win a grand slam once, I want to rewrite history. By the end of my career, I want normal people who don’t know anything about tennis, to remember my name whenever someone brings up tennis. I want stadiums to be named after me and people to get inspired by me. For you can rise and find light from even the darkest of times.

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

Jyle Daniel Landicho

Phillipines

Age: 11 years old

Age started playing Tennis: 5 years old

UAE Ranking Under 12: 19

Achievements:

Tournaments achievements:

  • Champion on 10 and under tournament at the age of 7 years old.
  • Champion on 8 and under tournament at Future Pro Academy

at the age of 7 years old.

  • Medal being First place at 10 and under tournament at Tennis 360

at the age of 8 years old.

  • Won a Trophy as MVP player at MHS academy in Damac Tournament.
  • Doubles Champions at the Pinteg Tournament and DGTC club.
  • At the age of 10 I was on the final rounds on the 12 and under tournament.
  • Recently at the 12 and under tournament I was on the Final rounds.

Goals & Aspirations:

My greatest dream is to becoming a Professional Tennis Player and one day to become famous on this field.

Road on reaching this dream will never be easy, I always see to it that I worked hard, trained hard, listen to my coaches advice and keep the spirit in me to always believe in myself in whatever circumstances that I’m dealing with.

If you always believed in yourself and have the right attitude on it anything is possible, as long as you are on the right track and with the right people.

I always put God and my Family in the center of my life as I know they will always be there to guide and support me on my dreams.

Favorite Player: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer

Karl Mouchantaf

Lebanon & Canada

Age: 14

Age started playing: 4

UAE Ranking U14: 11

UTR Ranking : 6.01

Achievements:

Rackets Academy Finalist 12 & Under

Main draw Les Petites as Asia Play Off

Semi Finals & doubles main Draw, Dub Bowl Dubrovnik, Croatia

Goals and Aspirations:

Karl wants to become one o the top players on the ATP tour and became the bets player he can be and win many of the top tournaments

Favorite Player: Rafael Nadal

Ernest Yakubovskiy

Russia

Age: 11

 Age started playing Tennis: 7

Home Country Ranking:  363

UTR Ranking: 5.47

Achievements:

Winner of Tournament in Moscow and three times made semi finals and finished second place Under 12 Rackets Academy UTR Tournament (Jan 21)

Goals & Aspirations:

Become number one in in Dubai then become number 1 in the whole world.

 Favorite Player:

Novak Djokovic

George Bocharov

Russia

Age: 13

 Age started playing Tennis: 5

 UTR Ranking : 5.15

Achievements:

At the age of 9, George was accepted to the Znamensky Brothers Olympic Reserve Track and Field Sports School (Moscow, Russia), where he successfully participated in competitions. He participated in finals of Junior Russian Tour.

George took part in many tennis tournaments in Russia, in some of them he reached the final or became a winner.

In the UAE, George participates in the UTR torunamnets, which is organized by by Rackets Academy

 Goals & Aspirations:

Improve my tennis, grow confidence and play finals. Get satisfaction from my tennis.

 Favorite Player:

Andrey Rublev

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

Lillian Sihler

Germany

Age: 11

Age started playing Tennis: 7

Achievements:

3 times 2nd place at regional Championships, Maim Taurus “Kresmeisterschafen”

3 times 2nd lace at Departmental Championships, Vierladm

Quarterfinalist at Federal State Championships in Hesse

Goals & Aspirations

One of my biggest goals is to earn a scholarship at a renowned university. I also want to continuously improve my level and be able to play successfully tournaments when I am older.

Petra Hanzel

Croatia

Age: 10

 Age started playing Tennis: 6

 UAE Ranking: 7

Achievements:

For Petra, tennis was love at first sight. From moment she took tennis racket, she did not stop living tennis. Her love to tennis is visible in not missing single training and using each opportunity to play and train. She is always ready to learn and listen couches and everybody love to work with her.

Petra started recently to compete under UAE Tennis Federation system and as part of UTR system organized by Rackets Academy here in UAE. She was very soon recognized as honest and respectful player during the matches by her opponents and couches.

Petra enjoys competing and her successful tennis path is just starting. Currently she is Number 7 in UAE in category Girls, Single, Under 12 category.

 Goals & Aspirations:

Petra has many goals, but one of her very first goals is to win tournaments and to be Number 1 in UAE, under age 12. She wants to excel all her tennis moves in order to win matches against her coaches Petar and Luca.  When Petra grows up, she would like to meet Serena Williams on court and play with the star. She is hoping to meet Iga Swaiatek in the future and to play matches together on big tournaments. Petra’s dream is to win Wimbledon and other Grand Slams.

 Favorite Player:

Serena Williams & Iga Świątek

Lev Bocharov

Russia

Age: 9

 Age started playing Tennis: 5

Achievements:

Lev started playing tennis and running special physical training at the age of 5 (Russia, Moscow). At the age of 7, Lev was accepted to the Znamensky Brothers Olympic Reserve Athletics Sports School (Moscow, Russia).

Lev started his tournament career recently in the UAE as part of the UTR.

 Goals & Aspirations:

To be confident and win tournaments

 Favorite Player:

Andrey Rublev