Hope you’ve had a great week. Here’s all the latest news from Rackets Academy. Find out how our A League Ladies got on in their doubles tournament last week and meet our new Coach, Raduan. Learn more about our new tournament schedule and check out our interview with Rackets Academy Coach, Fuad. We have a Rule and Tip of the Week from Coach Sean too. Find out when our indoor courts are set to open and don’t forget to pay your fees by this weekend to unvail our early bird discount. Happy Birthday to Wendy Allcorn who celebrated on court last week…Read on!
Early Bird Discount ends soon…pay your lesson fees this week!
Don’t forget to pass by our reception and pay your fees by 25th April (if you’ve not done so already) to take advantage of our Early Bird discount! Normal fees will apply after this date.
Opening of our 3 indoor courts – the countdown is on!
Not long to wait until the opening of our 3 indoor courts on 8th May. Keep your eyes peeled next week for a full list of locations!
Meet our new coach: Raduan Sanchez
We are delighted to introduce you to our new coach, Raduan Sanchez. Raduan, who is from Tenerife, and a National Tennis coach by the Spanish Federation, started coaching more than 15 years ago, at the age of 20. He coached in some of the best clubs in Tenerife, until he moved to India to coordinate a Project at the Rafa Nadal Foundation, with more than 200 players and 5 tennis coaches.
In 2016 he joined the Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca, being one of the first coaches there. He coached from U12 to U18 players and travelled with them around the globe playing Tennis Europe, ITF and Futures. He also gave clinics alongside world recognized coaches like Toni Nadal, Marc Gorriz and Joel Figueras in some of the best venues in Miami, Colombia and in ATP tournaments in Europe.
In 2019 he moved to Kuwait to open the second academy of Rafa in the world. Now, Raduan joins Rackets Academy ready to share the knowledge and experience of working all these years with some of the best professionals of Spain.
New Tournament Schedule – Register for events now!
Rackets Academy continues its commitment to improving tennis in the UAE with another extensive tournament schedule from April through to July.
Our schedule has now been published and all events are open to enter. Due to the rising temperatures we have added Jebel Ali Resort to our competition venues and all tournaments will start after 4pm. For those players scheduled to play at The Atlantis, you and 3 family members will receive complimentary pool access.
We are also proud to be hosting Ace For Good; a charity doubles event taking place on 30th April, in aid of Dubai Autism Center with 5K Dhs Prize Money. Click here for more details and to enter.
Check out or UTR page here and register for the events in your category TODAY!
Interview with Coach Fuad…
This week’s interview is with Rackets Academy Coach, Fuad Quadre .
1. Who is your favourite professional player?
My favourite professional player is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
2. Why do you love tennis?
It is a sport you can player forever, you don’t need to gather a lot of people or equipment to play, you just need a racket, ball and one other person.
3. How did you get into tennis?
My dad had a sports shop at the tennis club so I had full access to the court every time I was there; which was mostly everyday.
4. When did you start playing tennis?
Started playing when I was 6yrs old. Stopped briefly in college, when I was trying to change career. But I’ve been playing ever since.
5. List 3 things you like about Rackets Academy
- Rackets academy has always made coaches’ and clients’ welfare a priority. Always looking for ways to grow and improve its service to clients.
- At Rackets Academy your kids are assured of a fun filled, educational, social and safe environment.
- Rackets Academy aims to bring tennis lessons to a location close to you. Our newest location is closer to you than you think!!!!
Rule of the Week
Players/teams cannot touch the net or posts or cross onto the opponent’s side.
Coach Sean’s Tip of the Week: In tennis you want to be prepared to hit the ball
“One way of doing this is getting your racket back as soon as your opponent hits the ball.
This way you will be able to get the power you need and will have one less thing to think about when returning a hit.
If you start immediately getting your racket back it will become a habit and you will be more prepared for each point without even trying…Good luck!“
Mrs Miyagi’s Ladies League: Season 7 – W/c 11th April
Our A League ladies took to the courts last week for their monthly tournament. Congratulations to Andrea Britchford for winning the league this month by a whopping 8 points! Andrea, who only dropped one point throughout the tournament and played consistently at a high level, wins a Mr Miyagis brunch for two at Studio One Hotel. It was a fun morning of awesome ladies doubles; amazing rallies, clever tactical play, hard accurate serving and impressive volleys! Well done to Rachael Robinson for 2nd place and JoJo Shuman for 3rd place.
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