Weekly Newsletter – 17th October 2020

Dear Member,

Hope you’ve had a great week! Here’s all the latest news from Rackets Academy. Find out who our Player of the Week and Mrs Miyagis Player of the Week is and get results from week 3 of the Mrs Miyagi’s Ladies League. We have a Player Interview with Wendy Allcorn and a Rule and Tip of the Week from Coach Kris. Take a look at our upcoming tournaments and don’t forget to sign up to our weekend away in Fujairah…Read on!

Player of the Week

Congratulations to Fitness First Rackets Academy Elite, Elliott Kahi who is our Player of the Week. Elliott receives this award following his outstanding performance in the UTR U16 Singles Tournament last weekend, winning 3 matches and making it to the semi-finals as well as sitting his SAT exam on the same day. A fantastic achievement Elliott, well done!

Rackets Academy Weekend in Fujairah

There’s still time to sign up for a weekend away in Fujairah with Rackets Academy, in partnership with Travel Counsellors. Join us on Friday & Saturday November 6th & 7th 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 info@racketsacademy.ae or WhatsApp 052 992 8595.  

Upcoming Tournaments

Check out our tournaments that are taking place over the next few weeks. To sign up, call 052 372 4224 TODAY or email register@racketsacademy.ae. To see the full tournament schedule for the term click here.

Fri 23rd & Sat 24th October – U14 Boys & Girls Singles UAE Ranking Event, Rackets Academy, Motor City

Friday 24rd October – UTR U18 Invitational Singles, Sofitel Hotel, The Palm

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 

Fri 6th & Sat 7th Nov – U16 Boys & Girls UAE Ranking Event, Rackets Academy, Motor City

Friday 6th November – UTR U13 Invitational Singles, Sofitel Hotel, The Palm

Mrs Miyagi’s Ladies League: Season 6

Well done to everyone who played in Week 3 of our Mrs Miyagi’s Ladies League. Congratulations to Passing Shots, Full Metal Rackets and The Mentalis who won their matches. See scores below.

Congratulations to Lory Rees Jones who is our Mrs Miyagis League Player of the Week for Week 3. Lori wins a brunch for two at Mrs Miyagis restaurant, Studio One Hotel. She was voted for by the coaches following her commitment that she showed in last week’s match. She chased everything down and made it difficult for her opponents throughout the game, resulting in a well-deserved victory!

Division A

Rackettes vs Passing Shots

Line 1: 6-7 6-7 (winner: Passing Shots)

Line 2: 1-6 5-7 (winner: Passing Shots)

Overall Winner: Passing Shots

Baseliners vs Full Metal Rackets

Line 1: 4-6 5-7 (winner: Full Metal Rackets)

Line 2: 2-6 3-6 (winner: Full Metal Rackets)

Overall Winner: Full Metal Rackets

Division B

The Mentalis vs Simon’s Samurai

Line 1: 6-1 7-6 (winner: The  Mentalis)

Line 2: 6-1 6-1 (winner: The Mentalis)

Overall Winner: The Mentalis

The Aces vs Bulldogs

Line 1: 5-7 2-6 (winner: Bulldogs)

Line 2: 6-3 6-3 (winner: The Aces)

Overall Winner: Draw

Player Interview with Wendy Allcorn

This week’s interview is with the lovely Ladies League player, Wendy Allcorn.

1. Who is your favourite professional player?

My favourite player has to be Gael Monfils for his dramatics and Serena  Williams for the catsuits.

2. Who is your favourite Rackets Academy Coach?

My favourite Coach has to be Lito, as he always says ‘Good Job’ and smiles!

3. Why do you love tennis?

Obviously because of the awesome ladies on my team ❤️ as well as the elation of winning a smack down volley but then on the next shot realising I’ve been done down the line!

4. How did you get into tennis?

Both my boys started playing with George, who has a way of convincing all the sideline mums they should give it a go. A few lessons in and we were all cancelling Yoga and Pilates to spend more time on the courts 🙂

5. How long have you been playing tennis for?

6 years

6. List 3 things you like about Rackets Academy

  1. The club has grown from a one man band to one of the biggest academy’s in Dubai with a diverse mix of coaches and players, but I always feel welcome walking onto any of the courts like it’s a local family club
  2. The huge mix of players means I’ve now got a lot of tennis friends from every continent
  3. The coaches are all fair game in being dressed-up and game for banter

Rule of the Week: Foot Fault

The server must stand behind the baseline, between the centre mark and the sideline.

A “foot fault” is called if any of the following happens before the ball is struck:

– The feet touch the ground inside the baseline

– The feet touch the wrong side of the centre mark OR

– The feet touch the wrong side of the imaginary extension of the sideline

A foot fault is the same as a fault on a serve so the player is given the chance of a second serve.

Coach Kris’ Tip of the Week: Tennis Tactic

“The best tennis strategies are similar to those of any sport: win more points and lose fewer points. But what tennis tactics support is a tennis strategy of winning more points. Use the knowledge you’ve gained by observing your opponent. For instance, you’ve observed which is your opponent’s weaker side. Now attack this weaker side with serves, returns and ground strokes. Force your opponent to use this weaker side and play faster shots to that side, giving your opponent less time to react. Use variation of height, spin and speed to disrupt your opponent’s timing.…Good luck!“

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Have a great week!

Rackets Academy

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