Hope you’re keeping well! Here’s all the latest news from Rackets Academy. Find out who our Player of the Week is and get results from week 2 of the Mrs Miyagi’s Ladies League. We have details on the Rackets Academy weekend away in Fujairah and an Interview with Coach Kris. Plus we’ve added a sixth social night to the weekly schedule! Take a look at our upcoming tournaments and check out our Rule and Tip of the Week from Coach Inno… Read on!
Player of the Week
Congratulations to Laura Miksyte who is our Mrs Miyagis League Player of the Week for week 2. Laura wins a brunch for 2 at Mr Miyagis restaurant in Studio City. She was voted by the coaches for winning her debut match in the league. Congratulations Laura!
Rackets Academy Weekend in Fujairah
Rackets Academy in partnership with Travel Counsellors invite you on Friday & Saturday November 6th & 7th for a staycation in Fujairah for a fun weekend of tennis on the beach! Stay for 1 or 2 nights at Le Meridien Al Aqah and enjoy over 7 hours of tennis coaching and competition from Rackets Academy coaches plus tournaments throughout the weekend! AED 1750 per room for up to 2 adults and 2 children under 12. Sign up before Wednesday 14th October. For more information email email@example.com or WhatsApp 052 992 8595.
Adult Social Nights – Now 6 nights a week!
Our Adult Social Nights are now running 6 nights a week due to popular demand (see timetable below). These sessions are a great opportunity to come down and play with other people. Everyone’s welcome; we play singles and doubles matches across 4 courts. At only AED55 per session, it’s a great way to meet people and play. Sign up via our App.
Monday’s 8.30-10.15pm – Motor City
Tuesday’s 8-10pm – Al Barari
Wednesday’s 8.30-10.15pm – Motor City
Thursday’s 8.30-10pm – Motor City
Friday’s 8-10pm – Motor City
Saturday’s 8-10pm – Al Barari
Check out our tournaments that are taking place over the next few weeks. To sign up, call 052 372 4224 TODAY or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To see the full tournament schedule for the term click here.
Fri 16th & Sat 17th October – U12 Boys & Girls Singles UAE Ranking Event, Rackets Academy, Motor City
Fri 23rd & Sat 24th October – U14 Boys & Girls Singles UAE Ranking Event, Rackets Academy, Motor City
Friday 30th October 11am – 7pm – UTR Event U12 Boys Singles, Rackets Academy, Motor City – Sign Up
Friday 30th October 7-10pm – Mixed Doubles Tournament, Rackets Academy, Motor City
Mrs Miyagi’s Ladies League: Season 6
Well done to everyone who played in Week 2 of our Mrs Miyagi’s Ladies League. Congratulations to Queens of the Court, Bulldogs and The Aces who won their matches. See scores below.
Halep’s Honeys vs Queens of the Court
Line 1: 3-6 2-6 (winner: Queens of the Court)
Line 2: 6-3 3-6 3-10 (winner: Queens of the Court)
Overall Winner: Queens of the Court
The Aces vs Simon’s Samurai
Line 1: 6-1 6-2 (winner: The Aces)
Line 2: 6-3 6-3 (winner: The Aces)
Overall Winner: The Aces
The Mentalis vs Bulldogs
Line 1: 1-6 1-6 (winner: Bulldogs)
Line 2: 6-4 7-5 (winner: The Mentalis)
Overall Winner: Bulldogs
Interview with Coach Kris
This week’s interview is with the lovely Coach Kris.
1. Who is your favourite professional player?
My favourite tennis players are Novak Djokovic and Kim Clijsters.
2. Why do you love tennis?
I fell in love with tennis when I picked up a racket for the first time. I like it because it gives you chance to travel around the world and play world-wide, I love it because it’s an individual sport and you have to deal with all situations on the court and because it’s a sport that you can play for life.
3. How did you get into tennis?
I wanted to start playing football because all my friends played but then my Dad asked me if I want to try tennis to see how I go. I was only 6 years old then and didn’t even know what tennis was, but quickly fell in love with the sport after my first lesson and I’ve been playing ever since.
4. When did you start playing tennis?
I started playing 20 years ago when I was 6 years old.
5. List 3 things you like about Rackets Academy
- Rackets Academy feels like my second home
- From my experience we have the best coaches in this academy
- This is the only academy where I can see myself coaching in the UAE
Rule of the Week
While the team matches are on, remember we are ALL RESPONSIBLE- let’s make sure we continue to maintain safety measures.
Coach Innocent’s Tip of the Week: High Level Concentration
“Concentrating throughout a whole tennis match is not easy. Most tennis players actually start a match highly focused, but then they get distracted or mentally tired and this results in lack of concentration. So instead of feeling discouraged about losing your concentration, work on bringing it back to a high level.
Here are ways of doing that when playing tennis:
1. Set a Goal – Concentration is being focused on only one thought or object or action. You lose concentration when you start focusing on more than one thing.
To prevent distraction, you need to set a goal which is more important than other distractions. In tennis this would generally be:
a) Your main strategy – playing to the backhand, moving your opponent, playing low, sliced balls
b) Tracking the ball – Track the ball from your opponent’s racket to yours, and back
This occupies the mind so much that you don’t get distracted by other things.
2. Control the Ups and Downs of Concentration – Concentrations requires having breaks between the points. As soon as the point ends, analyse for a few seconds what happened (if needed) and then let go. By letting go, I mean let go of thinking about the point or what you did wrong or anything similar.…Good luck!“
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