Hope you’ve had a great week! Here’s all the latest news from Rackets Academy. Find out our Players of the Week and our Larte League Players of the Week and get results from week 4 of the league. We also have results from week 8 of the Inter Club Ladies Doubles League and from the Orange Ball Tournament last weekend. Check out our Rule and Tip of the Week from Coach Kris and find out What’s New at the club. Don’t forget to sign up for the Red Ball Tournament taking place tomorrow, if you’ve not done so already…Read on!
Players of the Week
Congratulations to our Players of the Week, Riku Higashi and Rama Raed Dabbous. Riku receives this award for his fantastic performance in the U14 tournament finals last week at Kings Al Barsha. Despite narrowly missing out on being crowned champion, Riku showed great tenacity and resilience throughout his match, lasting almost 3 hours!
Rama receives this award for her great performance in the Orange Ball tournament last weekend, reaching her first quarterfinal. Congratulations Riku and Rama.
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Results from Orange Ball Tournament
Well done to everyone who took part in our Orange Ball Tournament last weekend. Congratulations to our Champion Rafa Aldemita who beat Christopher Barry 10-4 in the final!
Check out our tournaments that are taking place over the next few weeks. To sign up, call 052 372 4224 TODAY or email email@example.com:
Fri 21st February, 4pm – Red Ball Tournament, Sofitel Hotel, The Palm
20th & 21st February – Under 14 Girls & Boys UAE Ranking Tournament, Motor City
Fri 28th February – Under 16 Girls & Boys Singles Tournament, Motor City
Rule of the Week: Tie-break in tennis
The tie-break is over when one player reaches seven points, provided he or she is two clear points ahead of his or her opponent. If the score gets to 6-6 in a tiebreak, a player must have a two point advantage to win the tie-break. After 6 points have been played, players change ends, at 3-3 or 6-6…etc.
Coach Kris’ Tip of the Week: Watch your service toss
“Keep your eyes on the ball as you toss for a serve. Are you having trouble with your toss? Pay attention where you are looking as you toss the tennis ball. If you’re already looking up above your head before the ball gets there, that may be the problem. You’ve heard of hand-eye coordination? Let’s call this head-eye connection.
As you start your service motion, watch the ball in your hand all the way through the toss motion and into the air. This simple connection between your eyes, brain and hand will make your toss placement more consistent…Good luck!“
Rackets Academy Larte Ladies League: Season 5
Well done to all the ladies who played in week 4 of the league. Congratulations to Full Metal Rackets, Halep Honey’s and Bulldogs for winning their matches. See scores below.
Congratulations to Suze Griffiths and Kelly-Marie Blackford who are our Larte Ladies League Players of the Week for week 4. Suze and Kelly-Marie win a brunch for two at Larte Restaurant in Studio City. These ladies were voted for Player of the Week by the coaches for going to a decisive super tie-break in their first ever match. Well done ladies!
Triple Shots vs Full Metal Rackets
Line 1: 1-6 0-6 (winner: Full Metal Rackets)
Line 2: 1-6 4-6 (winner: Full Metal Rackets)
Overall Winner: Full Metal Rackets
Haleps Honey’s vs Baseliners
Line 1: 6-0 6-2 (winner: Haleps Honey’s)
Line 2: 6-1 6-2 (winner: Haleps Honey’s)
Overall Winner: Haleps Honey’s
The Aces vs Bulldogs
Line 1: 3-6 3-6 (winner: Bulldogs)
Line 2: 7-5 1-6 8-10 (winner: Bulldogs)
Overall Winner: Bulldogs
Inter Club Ladies Doubles League (ILDL), series 20 Results
Well done to our ladies who played in Week 8 of the ILDL. Some tough matches played this week, but our ladies fought hard.
Rackets 1 vs T360
Line 1: 6-7 conceded due to injury (winner: T360)
Line 2: 2-6 0-6 (winner: T360)
Overall winner: T360
JBH vs Rackets 2
Line 1: 6-1 6-2 (winner: JBH)
Line 2: 6-1 6-0 (winner: JBH)
Overall winner: JBH
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