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Co-Founder & Tennis Director
George spent his junior career playing in the U.K. He represented his county of Yorkshire at every level and won a county title in 2000. After competing in the National Championships in his final year of Junior level George decided to remain in education and went on to gain a degree in business and economics after being awarded Division One scholarships in the USA at Fairleigh Dickinson University and in the UK at Leeds Metropolitan University where he was first team Captain.
With 18 years of coaching experience from all over the world George has developed effective coaching methods and professionalism influenced from his work with top academies in the USA, U.K, Spain, Australia, Singapore and Dubai. George is USPTR and LTA qualified.
Combining these skills with his passion for the tennis George has endeavoured to build Rackets Academy, translating his vision, enthusiasm and style to clients, whether it be with high performance juniors or beginners.
After finishing in the top 5 Juniors tennis player in Argentina, Mariano attended college in the United States where he ranked 28th nationally (NCAA Division 1) and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Management.
After a few seasons as a professional tennis player, and raking 800th in the world, Mariano started his career as a High Performance Coach. With more than 10 years of experience coaching ATP, WTA, and Juniors players, he has participated in all 4 Grand Slams and has worked for two of the most prestigious European tennis academies (Schuttler-Waske Tennis University in Germany and Kim Clijsters Academy in Belgium).
Today, Mariano shares his passion for tennis and international experience with his players, helping them reach their best performance level, all, while enjoying their time on the court.
Mariano also serves as sparring partner for some of the top professional tennis players who regularly come to Dubai for their off-season preparation, such as Lucas Pouille (#20 ATP) and Svetlana Kuznetzova (#8 WTA)
Mariano’s languages include Spanish, English, French & Italian.
Head of Performance
Martin developed himself as a tennis player in Argentina, playing both national and international junior tournaments. Once he finished the junior stage, he went on to play satellite and future’s tournaments, while studying for tennis coach at the National Center for High Performance Sports (INEF), ending up working with ATP / WTA recognized coaches. He decided to expand his knowledge and went to get a degree on Marketing at CAECE University, which opened the doors to work as a Marketing Analyst at the Argentinean Tennis Federation.
Working around the world, developing adult training programs, he ended up in Barcelona, where he has been working as Head Coach at prestigious academies (Pro AB Academy and BTT Academy), side by side with Francis Roig (Rafa Nadal coach) and Jordi Vilaró (former Spanish Davis Cup Captain) and Spain’s best juniors and recognized ATP players, for the last 15 years.
I consider myself to be a professional yet welcoming coach, willing to help players improve their level no matter where they start from.
High Performance Coach & Elite Program Manager
Alejandro Aquilino grew up in Sevilla, Spain, where he began playing tennis at the age of five. He competed in numerous tournaments as a ranked junior until he decided to pursue his educations in the United States. In 2015, he graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration / Marketing from the College of Coastal Georgia (NAIA Top 10).
After graduating, he moved to New York to become the Assistant Director at Armonk International Tennis Academy during the indoor season coaching all level tennis players from high performance to adults. Also, became the Assistant Tennis Director at Ardsley Country Club during the summer season.
Alejandro continued to extend his tennis coaching experience becoming the Men’s and Women’s Assistant Coach at Delta State University (NCAA DII). Taking the Men’s program from unranked to #21. He also achieved his Masters of Business Administration.
In 2017, he joined the Rafa Nadal Academy based in Mallorca, Spain where he has been coaching high performance players from U14 to U18. He has been traveling all around the world competing on Futures, ITF and Tennis Europe. For the past 4 years, he has been in charge of the Men’s U18, coaching players ranked top 30 ITF.
This experience gained over the years coaching around the glove has made him very aware of what it takes to succeed at the highest level and what aspiring tennis players should work on to get there.
Camp Coordinator & Coach
Ranked number 6 on Egypt for her age group for 8 years and with over 26 years on court, Sarah has a huge passion for tennis.
She majored in Accounting and started coaching while studying in university. With a passion for humanitarian aid, she pursued a part time master’s degree and earned it in Migration and Refugee Studies from the American University in Cairo while professionally pursuing her coaching career.
With 10 years of coaching experience, Sarah is a certified ITF level 1 and 2 coach. She attended various coaching workshops, an ITF Regional Coach Conference and The ITF World Coaches Conference. The coaching conferences has created a platform for interacting and gaining experiences to different coaching insights from all over the world.
Her coaching philosophy focuses on developing the overall tennis game with the correct foundation and basics that allows the player a sustainable progress. She has been coaching all ages and levels, from 3 years old to veterans over 60, from beginners and intermediate to performance players and the national teams. She has coached top 5 Egyptian players and the Egyptian national Team players for over 7 years.
She was a member of the Development Committee at the Egyptian Tennis Federation in charge of the under 10 task force working in reshaping the Red, Orange and Green Tennis games working towards turning it into developmental effective and fun for children under 10. Children’s psychology is a pivotal factor in their development. This is an area that she greatly focuses on while coaching and in overall interaction
Her languages include Arabic, English, Spanish, French, Italian and Greek.
Tournament Director & Coach
Kris has played tennis professionally up until 17 years old and in that period he was successful at regional level. Kris became one of the first five players on the Belgrade rankings list and among the first ten players on the national rankings for under 14 and under 16, and has played several European tournaments in Junior categories.
Kris has over 5 years experience in coaching and is now the Tournament Director at our facility.
Degree in marketing and sport management.
Head of Junior Development & NLP Coach
Alana has been coaching for 13 years in the UK, Australia and Dubai. She has represented national and county teams in the uk and was top 100 national under 14. She has significant experience within the red, orange and green age groups with a proven ability to engage and challenge players to help them achieve their potential. Alana ran cardio tennis for children and adults and has an influential experience of coaching in many schools. She is a positive and influential individual who has a high personal drive to inspire and help others to attain their goals.
High Performance Coach
Petar Kaucic, 29, a native of Zagreb, Croatia, is a tennis professinal coach worlds. Petar started to play tennis when he was 6 years old and was nationaly ranked top 7-10 in all age categories. He also played ITF junior tournaments, futures and challenger as well.
At age of 17 Petar decided to study kinesiology (Sport Science) at Faculty of Kinesiology, University in Zagreb where he achieved his master degree with master thesis “Specific endurance in Tennis”. Also, earning a degree Petar achieved Croatian Tennis Association certificate. During last 2 years of studying Petar was also working as a coach of top croatian ITF junior players in Zagreb.
After a graduation Petar started to work in Tennis Club “Top Spin” in Zagreb, Croatia where he was working with top level Croatian junior players and also recreational players. During this period he was invited by Borna Coric ranked 33 ATP to travel with him on two tournaments.
Enjoying the coaching experience Petar decided to start a new position in Tehran, Iran. He accepted new challenge and started to work for Optigenpro Tennis Academy in junior high performance develepoment where he was working with talented iranian players. It was a great experience for Petar to start and develop tennis in academy from the very beginning. He saw the opportunity to combine his loves of tennis and teaching and decided to pursue a full time career as professional tennis coach.
Petar enjoys in reading motivational books, exercising in the gym and running
Jordi Munoz Abreu
High Performance Coach
Jordi started his professional career a the age of 18 reaching his best ranking singles ATP 639,reaching the final in Iran and his best ranking doubles 291 ATP with more than 20 titles in Futures, and two semifinal in Challengers tournaments.
Former Venezuelan Davis cup player from 2015 to 2020 playing 7 times plays off . He has taken part during these years in national tournaments with over 100 titles,also with a final in the national championship losing against Rafa Nadal and Marc López 7-6 7-6.
With over 10 year of experience as a coach in Spain combined with his professional career, Jordi starts this experience in Dubái with the main goal of making young tennis players learn and enjoy this sport!
High Performance Coach
Kirk was born and raised in Dubai, he started his tennis career as early as the age of 5. Being ranked no.1 in all the junior categories in the UAE growing up. He began performing and competing in the ITF juniors and reached a career high of 380.
Kirk began coaching 7 years ago along side with his studies. He had graduated finishing his Bachelor’s degree in Business and Management from Murdoch University, Dubai. Instead, he loves to share his passion and heart for the sport and hopes to bring up young aspiring juniors in the near future.
He joined Rackets Academy in 2019 and has big hopes to create great players and spark interest to those who are new to the sport.
Jordan growing up in Wimbledon started playing tennis from an early age. Throughout the 12’s, 14’s and 16’s age groups he was within the top 20 in the UK and competed at the highest level up until the age of 20 when he turned his focus to coaching.
During the last few years of his playing career he competed all over the world against many of whom are now on the professional tour reaching a ITF ranking of top 800. Playing in some of the most prestigious tournaments including the Orange Bowl and was part of the team that won the World Championships for schools in Belgium.
For the last 7 years he has coached all ages and abilities from beginners to performance players. He has a fun approach to coaching and a passion to get kids and adults enjoying their tennis. He reached a career high of World No.2 at touchtennis so comes with great hands!
Sam has a great love for Tennis and this transfers onto the court with clients. He began his playing career in Africa competing on the ITF juniors circuit and ended the this with a top 200 Junior ITF ranking and number 3 in Nigeria. He then turned professional and continued to compete on the ITF curcuit all over the world. Sam has also represented Nigeria at the Davis cup.
Sam has been coaching for over 5 years, in South Africa, and Houston, Texas as well as a hitting partner to the pros at the Dubai Open Championship for 2 years. He is now part of the Rackets Academy family and intends to push himself and his clients to the next level.
He has a passion for high performance and has the experience and drive to challenge young aspiring kids to get to the highest level. He is loved by all his clients of all ages and abilities.
Ignasi Majoral Soler
I am from Barcelona. I started playing tennis when I was 5 years old. I played national tournaments all over Spain and therefore I played tournaments on behalf of my club.
Then I started my professional career in 2016, at the BTT Tennis Academy, which is one of the most prestigious academies in the world. Besides I had the opportunity to learn from coaches such as Francis Roig (Rafa Nadal Coach) and Jordi Vilaro (former Spanish Davis Cup Captain).
I believe I am very versatile, within the academy I have trained people from beginners such as children and adults to the best sub10, sub12 and sub14 players in Spain.
In addition I have been in charge of three school tennis groups which have lead me to organize club championships.
On the whole, In 2020 I graduated in Business and Administration at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
Thibaut grew up in south of France in Cannes where he started playing tennis at 5 and was one of the top French ranked player in his category, he won many local tournaments as a junior and played many international ones as well.
He then decided to pursue his studies in International Business in America where he got a scholarship for William Carey University. Later on, he decided to finish his studies at Skema Business School in France where he graduated in 2020.
After graduating, he decided to start a full time coaching career in London where he coached for All star tennis and gained experience working with all ages and abilities.
Thibaut recently joined Rackets academy and loves sharing his knowledge and passion for tennis & padel. He likes to work with all ages and abilities and has for ambitions to help his clients improving their skills quickly while enjoying the game.
Nathan started tennis at a young age competing in various completions both county and national level. His highest rank was number 10 in the county and reached top 20 in the country as a junior. He also represented his college in both singles and doubles in the national leagues whilst studying.
Nathan first started coaching as early as 15 years old and now has over 12 years coaching experience. He has coached in various locations around the world including the UK, greece, Spain Australia and now Dubai.
He has worked along side award winning coaches and has worked with ITF junior players who now have ATP and WTA world rankings. He also has experience in wheelchair tennis as was a travelling coach for wheelchair tennis player number 45 in the world.
Nathan has coached many different players from beginner level up to professional level players and thrives to see his players improve fast.
Joe is a LTA level 3 qualified and licensed British tennis coach with over 13 years of coaching experience. He has worked with players of all ages and abilities, including a professional tennis player and multiple nationally ranked juniors. Over the years, Joe has developed a fascination with the technical aspect of tennis and he finds the process of analysing and improving a player’s technique extremely rewarding.
He believes that footwork patterns (all the different footwork movements performed whilst hitting each shot) are imperative, therefore bases most of his coaching style around this. Joe has coached in various locations including London and Manchester in the UK, Sydney in Australia and Dubai.
As a player, Joe trained and competed full time and achieved a top 50 national ranking. He was the number 1 tennis player at the University of Leeds and has represented various teams, competing in men’s county and national leagues across the UK. Joe also participated in an exhibition match where he was partnered with Pat Cash (former Wimbledon champion).
Luca started playing tennis in England at the age of 8. He trained at various Academies across the UK such as Bolton Arena, Bisham Abbey and Bath University whilst also travelling frequently to Academies in Spain and Italy where he was coached by some of the top International Coaches and trained and competed with high ranking international competitors.
During his junior career he represented his County regularly, in all age groups. He was a Lancashire Junior Champion and won every age group of County Cup from U10’s to Mens. Luca achieved top 20 National player status through U10-U18 age groups. Internationally he won both singles and doubles events in the U16 Tennis Europe and was ranked in the Top 25. Luca competed on the Mens circuit until the age of 19 before turning his attention to coaching.
He has coached all levels from complete beginners to Performance players and all ages from
Young children to adults. Most recently he has taken charge of the Boys U18’s Lancashire County team. The team finished runners up in the top division for the last 2 consecutive years.
Whilst continuing his tennis coaching, Luca attended University in England and obtained a BA(Hons) Degree in Sport Developments and Coaching.
Luca’s experience gained from training and competing abroad has helped him to develop an
International approach to his coaching. Luca is a motivational coach whose energy, passion and enthusiasm helps players of all ages and abilities to realise their true potential in a fun and positive environment.
Playing tennis at the highest junior level in Romania and international events, Moro started teaching tennis and chair umpiring, finding his true passion for teaching high performance in one of the top academies in Romania.
With over 10 years of coaching experience at all levels around the world and 4 years in Dubai, he is always excited to share his experience with clients and making them fall in love with the game even more. He has both a degree and masters as a PE Teacher and graduated Romanian National Tennis Coaching School with P.T.R. and GPTCA qualifications.
Fuad is from Nigeria with a big forehand and a passion for the game of tennis.
He started the game at the age of 7 years. Fuad played junior tournaments in Lagos, Abuja, India, Cameroon. Fuad was among his country Nigeria’s top junior tennis players by age 10, representing Nigeria.
Fuad started coaching 10 yrs ago in Goa, India part time when he was in college studying finance then continued in Lagos, Nigeria and now Dubai. A PTR certified teaching professional.
Fuad is knowledgeable, dedicated and passionate about coaching people of all ages, but he particularly takes pride in coaching entry-level players and introducing kids to the game. He brings a unique mix of the highest level of tennis coaching and tennis playing experience to the table.
Simon was ranked top 20 in the Uk. 14 times Lancashire Men’s County Champion. Ex number 1 touchtennis player in the World. He went on to become a professional tennis player and was ranked 747th in the world. When Simon retired from professional tennis he held match point against American no 1 and world no 7 Mardy Fish.
Simon worked for 3 years with Ex world number 2 junior player Liam Broady who made the Wimbledon junior singles final and won the junior Wimbledon doubles final! As a doubles pair we made the semifinals of a $15000 futures tournament in Belgium!
Simon worked as a traveling coach to ITF, WTA and ATP players. Taking them to tournaments all over the World!
Simon has 15 years experience as a high performance tennis coach having worked at such prestigious tennis academies as Bolton Arena UK and La Manga Tennis Club, Spain. He holds an LTA level 4 Senior Performance Coach Award.
Simon shares his passion and enthusiasm for tennis with his students.Helping them to become the best players they can be! Creating a fun and challenging learning environment in which to improve their game!
“Inno” in his playing career participated not just nationally in Nigeria but represented his country on a international stage. Since then he has worked in Africa and the Middle East in leading academies. He has been coaching for the past 10 years. Has real passion when working with players of all level and patience with kids. Degree in Banking and finance. INNO has P.T.R AND PTCAN Qualifications.
Kyla grew up in South Africa where she started playing tennis from the early age of 4. She moved to the UK and played at Bisham Abbey in the pro academy team. She won the Berkshire Schools Tournament and went on to compete at regionals. She has been coaching tennis for the last 4 years with Living Tennis with Delgado & Lee at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre. She has significant experience with the red, orange and green ball age groups encouraging all to strive to be the best players they can be.
School Coordinator & Coach
Aminat has been associated with tennis her whole life as a player and a coach. She started tennis at the age of 6 and has played junior ITF in literally every country in Africa.
At 13, she was most outstanding player in the girls 18 categories in Nigeria.
Aminat has been coaching for over 5 years. She played college tennis in the University of PortHarcourt where she studied Accounting. She won the University games and qualified for world university games.
Her love for tennis has encouraged her to introduce young players to the game as she emphasizes that TENNIS is a game of LOVE and should be experienced by all. While in college, she organizes catch them young (red balls, yellow balls) programs and gets sponsorships for aspiring future champions.
She attaches her love for kids and her love for tennis to create a warm, lively and safe environment for kids to learn and enjoy tennis and at the same time, bring up aspiring juniors in future.
Head Fitness Coach
Marc Alonso is a personal trainer and coach from Barcelona with 10 years of experience. Since he started, in 2012, Marc has been constantly updating his knowledge in terms of personal training, physiology, biomechanics, nutrition and performance.
In his career, Marc has experience training amateur and professional athletes mainly from football, cycling, martial arts and rowing.
In his athletic background he has competed in martial arts, obstacle racing Crossfit and Hyrox. All sports with a high physical demand that require the best possible preparation beforehand.
Verlyn is a certified REPs Level 3 personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist. I have been training clients for the past four years. I am very passionate in helping others feel good and finding happiness within themselves. I believe that when you feel good within yourself, you feel better in life. My goal is to help those who lack inspiration to stay motivated and reach there goals.
The best thing about being a personal trainer is seeing people transform both mentally and physically when they incorporate exercise into their lifestyle. My focus includes creating programs for each client with different level of fitness and I make sure they enjoy the program that can help them stay motivated and makes it easier to include fitness as part of their daily routine.
In addition, I also train kids from age 12-16yo which in my opinion is a good age to start being physically active and build strength, coordination as well as confidence in having overall healthy lifestyle. Helping kids being physically active, they learn about discipline, sportsmanship, setting goals, meeting challenges and the value of practice.
A qualified accountant having a degree of Master in finance (MBA-Finance) as an accountant up to finalization. Worked as Chief accountant cum administration of the Finance team of We United LLC Facilities management company in Qatar and award wining accountant for Depa Global Interior contracting company (MNC -Head office UAE)
Experience in range of accounting area & Taxation -Reconciliation & expenses reporting, Budget creation, cost analysis & forecasting, Now working in Rackets Academy showcasing my 10 years’ experience with regards to Accountant and administrative skill.
Lito Dela Cruz
Administrator & Padel Coach
Lito was born in Caloocan, Philippines, where I start my love in sports, I all join tennis club as a ball boy and succeeded to be joining club tournaments. The love in sports is already in our blood. I also pursue to finishing my college in Technological Institute of the Philippines, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.
In 2013, is the year that he was introduced in padel when he started coachng in Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex. He was trained by the best players in the country on how to teach the game. His skills and techniques have improved to be shared to those who would love to learn Padel Tennis.
Lourdes Dela Cruz
Lourdes grew up in Manila,Philippines. She has a degree in Associate Radiologic Technology at Family Clinic College. She joined St Lukes Hospital which is one of the well known hospital in the Philippine and a joint commission international accreditation (JCIA) accredited. She has 10 years experience on these secretary, admin, receptionist and accounting. She is expert with dealing and assisting all customers needs eapecially when her everday task. Last 2014 she joined Pathak Engineering Maintenance as admin to enhance and gain more experience wirh her chosen career. Now she is working in Rackets Academy showcasing her 10 years of experience with regard to her administrative and customer service skills.
Arcely grew up in Manila, Philippines and has a Degree in Bachelor of Science Tourism. Joined Firnessfirst on 2013 as Memberhip Sales and Retention Manager and afterwards worked with Barre Studio as Studio Manager. Her expertise are Management, Administration, Customer Service and Sales. Now is part of Rackets Academy team to be an additional asset in the business and with admin team.
I was born and grew up in Manila Philippines. Had a degreee in Bachelor of Science Major in Physical Therapy from Unibersidad De Manila. Finished a year internship in country’s leading university such as University of the Philippines Diliman Rehab Medicine and East Avenue Medical Center Physical Therapy Dept as well as other rehabilitation hospitals and clinics. Did freelance service at home and rehab medicine clinics for half a year before joining pharmaceutical data research company known as Quintiles Ims in 2005 which is now considered one of top employers listed in LinkedIn. Starting from data encoder for 3 years then promoted and lead the group as Senior Production Analysts New Zealand Medical Index account for the next 7 years. An aim to further enhance a career in data analytics I had development trainings on leaderships and data management.
Elite Program Physiotherapist
After graduating from the University of Central Lancashire in 2008 Jen spent 8 years working as a Physiotherapist in the NHS, private practice and professional football. After moving to Dubai in 2016 she has been at UPANDRUNNING for 3 1/2 years where she is educational lead, rehab team manager and clinic manager at their Emirates Golf Club branch.
Jen completed her MSc in Advancing Physiotherapy Practice in 2020 via Sheffield Hallam University and took on the role of advisory Physiotherapist at Rackets Academy in December 2019.
Her specialist interests include spinal injuries, lower limb and shoulder injuries. Outside of work she enjoys gym training, kickboxing and much to the despair of George, tries really hard to play tennis! You can meet Jen on Tuesday evenings at training in Atlanta supporting the Elite Team.