Weekly Newsletter – 25th April 2019


Dear Member,


Here’s all the latest news from Rackets Academy. Find out who our Player of the Week is and how our ladies got on in Week 1 of our new season of the doubles league. We have the latest results from our ILDL series and our champions are announced from the Rackets Academy Easter Championships Finals last weekend! We have a Tip & Rule of the Week from Coach Fuad and find out ‘What’s New’ at the club. Don’t forget to sign up to our Orange Ball Tournament this weekend and also for the Mid-Term Championships that commence this weekend. And finally we bid farewell to two of our longstanding members…Read on!


Player of the Week

Congratulations to our Player of the Week, Simon Roberts! Simon receives this award for his brilliant performance throughout the Rackets Academy Championships 2019 and in particular his finals match last week in which he was crowned Champion beating Walid Jallali 6-4 6-2 in the final. Great job Simon!


Rackets Academy Ladies League, Season 3 – Results

Our ladies got off to a good start last week, in the first week of Season 3 of the Rackets Academy Ladies League. Well done to all those who played and congratulations to Venus Angels, Drop Shots and Baseliners who won their matches!



Rackettes vs Venus Angels

Line 1: 4-6 6-4 11-9 (winner: Rackettes)

Line 2: 5-7 0-6 (winner: Venus Angels)

Overall Winner: Venus Angels

Tennisity vs Drop Shots

Line 1: 2-6 2-6 (winner: Drop Shots)

Line 2: 3-6 1-6 (winner: Drop Shots)

Overall Winner: Drop Shots



Baseliners vs The Aces

Line 1: 6-4 6-2 (winner: Baseliners)

Line 2: 6-4 6-2 (winner: Baseliners)

Overall Winner: Baseliners


Inter Club Ladies Doubles League (ILDL), series 18 Div B results

Congratulations to our ILDL Division B ladies who won their match last week against Clark Francis, great work ladies!

Rackets Academy vs Clark Francis

Line 1: 6-2 7-6 (winner: Rackets Academy)

Line 2: 6-2 6-4 (winner: Rackets Academy)

Overall winner: Rackets Academy


Rackets Academy Championships 2019 Finals – results

Thanks to all our players who took part in the Rackets Academy Championships 2019 Finals last Friday. It was a brilliant day with some fantastic tennis! Congratulations to all of our winners! Results are as follows:

Men’s Singles – Champion Simon Roberts beat runner up Walid Jallali 6-4 6-2

Men’s Doubles – Champions Kirk & Sam beat runners up Karim & David 6-1 7-6

Mixed Doubles – Champions Fuad & Aminat beat runners up Simon & Lamaze 3-6 6-3 10-3

Under 16 Boys – Champion Mehul John beat runner up Ethan Miligan 6-4 3-6 6-2

Under 14 Girls – Champion Diya Nair beat runner up, Maya Mohammad 6-4 6-3

Under 14 Boys – Champion Abdul Rahman beat runner up Riku Higashi 6-1 6-4

Under 12 Boys – Champion Riku Higashi beat runner up Kumar Kaushik 6-2 6-1

Under 12 Girls – Champion Aditi Gulati beat runner up Pallavi Patel 6-1 6-1

Under 10 Boys – Champion Timur Gordeev beat runner up Hursh Patel 4-1 0-4 4-3

Under 10 Girls – Champion Oshini Thehara beat runner up Naike Consunji 4-1 4-1


Rackets Academy Men’s Singles Mid-Term Championships, April 26th – June 29th

The Men’s Singles Mid-Term Championships starts this Friday 26th April with AED 4K prize money up for grabs! There’s still time to sign up if you’ve not done so already! Places are limited so email us today at register@racketsacademy.ae for more information or to sign up!


Goodbye to Sarga and Biju Kannan

This week we bid farewell to two of our longstanding members, Sarga and Biju Kannan who are moving to India to concentrate on Sarga’s tennis. We wish you both all the best and good luck to Sarga with her tennis, keep in touch and let us know how Sarga’s getting on!


Upcoming Tournaments

Check out our tournaments that are taking place over the next few weeks. To sign up, call 052 992 8595 TODAY or email register@racketsacademy.ae:

Friday 26th April, 5pm – Orange Ball Tournament – Rackets Academy, Motor City

April 26th – June 29th – Men’s Singles Mid-Term Championships, 4K prize money!

Friday 3rd May, 5pm – Green Ball Tournament – Rackets Academy, Motor City


What’s New?

Riku Higashi, from Japan and no. 1 junior Under 12 has recently signed up to our Elite Performance Programme. Welcome Riku! We are delighted to have you on board.


Rule of the Week: Hindrance

If a player is hindered in playing the point by a deliberate act of the opponent(s), the player shall win the point. However, the point shall be replayed if a player is hindered in playing the point by either an unintentional act of the opponent(s), or something outside the player’s own control (not including a permanent fixture).

Case 1: Is an unintentional double hit a hindrance? Decision: No.

Case 2: A player claims to have stopped play because the player thought that the opponent(s) was being hindered. Is this a hindrance? Decision: No, the player loses the point.

Case 3: A ball in play hits a bird flying over the court. Is this a hindrance? Decision: Yes, the point shall we replayed.

Case 4: During a point, a ball or other object that was lying on the player’s side of the net when the point started hinders the player. Is this a hindrance? Decision: No.

Case 5: In doubles, where are the server’s partner and receiver’s partner allowed to stand? Decision: The server’s partner and the receiver’s partner may take any position on their own side of the net, inside or outside the court. However, if a player is creating a hindrance to the opponent(s), the hindrance rule should be used.


Coach Fuad’s Tip of the Week: Are you serving into the net?

“Try tossing the ball less far forward and lean in more just before the swing. Make certain that you toss the ball no more than three or four inches higher than your point of contact. And finally, put some top spin on the ball when you serve. A hard, flat serve will just barely clear the net, if at all, but a shot with top spin will clear the net with room to spare. Good luck!”


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Have a great week!

Rackets Academy

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