Hope you’ve had a great week. Here’s all latest news and scores from Rackets Academy. We’ve got results from the UTR Under 13 Singles Tournament last weekend and more information on our new indoor Padel courts, Kids Summer Camp and Junior Indoor Programmes. Read our interview with Mrs Miyagi’s League Player, Ruthie Macdonald and check out our Rule and Tip of the Week from Coach Kris…Read on!
UTR U13 Boys & Girls Singles Tournament – Results
Well done to everyone who took part in the UTR Under 13 Boys & Girls Singles Tournament which concluded last weekend. Congratulations to the Champion, Jannat Chiripal who beat Raania Thakur 6-3 6-0 in the final. Well done girls on your fantastic performance throughout the tournament.
Indoor Padel Court Now Open
We are delighted to inform you that our indoor Padel court at Madinat Arena is now open! The cost of the court is AED 400 for 90 minutes and can be reserved via our mobile app, but early booking is advisable to avoid disappointment.
Indoor Summer Tennis Camp – sign up TODAY!
Thinking about how to keep your kids active over the Summer? We have just the answer! Sign them up to our Indoor Tennis Camp to keep them entertained, have fun, stay active and burn off some energy whilst improving their tennis game.
Age: 4-16 years
Dates: July 11th – August 26th
Price: AED 175 per day or AED 799 per week
Book early to secure your child’s place, sibling discount available. WhatsApp 052 992 8595 or email email@example.com
Junior Indoor Programme
We are excited to offer our fully air-conditioned indoor mini tennis courses throughout the week at our Madinat Arena venue. With 3 tennis courts, 2 Padel courts, plus a mini-red and an orange court, we have a programme for kids of all ages:
- Mini Red – 4-8 years
- Orange – 8-9 years
- Green – 10-11 years
Our classes run Monday through to Thursday: Red – 4pm, Orange – 5pm, Green – 6pm. Friday and Saturday: Red – 9am, Orange – 10am, Green – 11am.
Featuring shorter courts, lower nets, smaller rackets and soft, low-bouncing balls, Mini Tennis provides the perfect introduction to tennis for young children. There are three stages of Mini Tennis; Red, Orange and Green – each with their own court size and ball-type. This tailored approach enables players to develop vital skills and techniques at an early age, Rackets academy have produced elite performance players for 8 years using this system. For more information or to sign your child up for lessons, contact coach Dean on 050 359 5967.
Interview with Ruthie Macdonald
This week’s interview is with our lovely Rackets Academy Ladies League Player, Ruthie Macdonald.
1. Who is your favourite professional player (male & female)?
Andy Murray and Serena Williams.
2. Who is your favourite Rackets Academy Coach?
Our coach, Dean.
3. Why do you love tennis?
I love tennis as it is a fun sport that is very sociable and you can do it anywhere at any age.
4. How did you get into tennis?
I have been playing tennis since I was little as when I was growing up in Scotland there were tennis courts next to my house that belonged to the local school. We would use those ones and the local park courts too. In those days it was all wooden rackets because I am ancient. I got into tennis in Dubai through my neighbour who took me to meet George at JGE where he ran the tennis.
5. How long have you been playing tennis for?
Since I was a wee lass.
6. List 3 things you like about Rackets Academy:
- I like RA as it is friendly.
- There are good courts and a variety of different classes.
- I really like the new indoor courts at the Marina as they make such a difference in the heat.
Rule of the Week – Rules on Let
The serve is a let if:
-The served ball touches the net, strap or band, and lands in the correct court.
-The served ball touches the net, strap or band and then touches the receiver, the receiver’s partner or anything they wear or carry before hitting the ground.
-The ball is served when the receiver is not ready.
When it is a let serve, that particular serve does not count and the server shall serve again. However a let serve does not cancel the previous fault.
Coach Kris’ Tip of the Week: The Unit Turn
“Sometimes we think to take our racket back before turning the body. In this situation we give ourselves less time to think before hitting the ball so we either hit the ball too early or too late. The secret to a successful forehand or backhand is to turn your hips and upper body as one unit when you’re preparing to hit the ball, rather than just moving your racket back. Thinking the unit turn, puts yourself in a better position to hit a more successful shot.
On your next tennis lesson’ apply the unit by turning your body as one unit for every shot, this will also help your head and coordination and take your game to the next level…Good luck!“
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