Catch up on all the latest news from Rackets Academy. Find out who our Player of the Week is and how our ladies got on in week 6 of the league! We have results from the Mixed Doubles Tournament that took place last weekend and a Tip of the Week & Rule of the Week from Coach Kris. Find out ‘What’s New’ at the club and don’t forget to sign up for the Green Ball Tournament that’s coming up this weekend. Read on!
Player of the week
Congratulations to our Player of the Week Enzo Kahi. Enzo receives this award for his fantastic performance in the Under 12’s Zatar Tournament last weekend which he won 1-6 6-4 6-4. What a champion! Keep up the great work Enzo!
Ladies League results
Well done to all our ladies who played in Week 6 of the Rackets Academy doubles league. Congratulations to Venus Angels and Rackettes for winning their matches. B League matches have been rearranged for this week due to half term.
Full Metal Rackets vs Venus Angels
Line 1: 6-3 3-6 3-10 (winner: Venus Angels)
Line 2: 4-6 6-4 7-10 (winner: Venus Angels)
Overall Winner: Venus Angels
Drop Shots vs Rackettes
Line 1: 3-6 2-6 (winner: Rackettes)
Line 2: 6-2 4-6 12-14 (winner: Rackettes)
Overall winner: Rackettes
Results from Mixed Doubles Tournament
Thanks to everyone who took part in the Mixed Doubles Tournament last weekend and great to see so many of you take part. Congratulations to our champions Rafa and Dr Bassem who beat Elif and Ali 6-1 in the final.
Under 8’s meet WTA Pro’s at Aviation Club’s Kids Tennis Day
Some of our Under 8’s were lucky enough to take part in the Kids Tennis Day held at the Aviation club last week where 3 WTA pro’s came over and rallied with the kids after their matches. The kids had a great time and were very excited to get some tips from some of the top tennis players!
Check out our tournaments that are taking place over the next few weeks. To sign up, call 052 992 8595 TODAY or email email@example.com:
Friday 1st March, 4pm – Green Ball Tournament – Rackets Academy, Motor City
Friday 8th March, 4pm – Red Ball Tournament – Rackets Academy, Motor City
Our lovely Coach Mariano took part in the Junior Tennis Initiative Workshop this month; a grass roots initiative run by the ITF and offered to only the best academies in the UAE. The workshop, operating in over 100 nations worldwide, was an introduction to the programme which helps nations establish a 14 and under junior development programme through identifying and preparing a pathway for these talented players. Mariano found the workshop hugely beneficial and his learnings from this will support the Junior Development Programme that has been set up through the Tennis Emirates Federation with the participation and collaboration of the academies affiliated to Tennis Emirates.
Rule of the Week: Sudden Death Point
If the score reaches deuce, in some formats of the game its’s sudden death point. The receiver chooses which side to take the serve on. This also applies in doubles with the receiving pair deciding who receives the serve. However the pair cannot change positions. In mixed doubles the player of the same gender shall receive.
Coach Kris’ Tip of the Week: Keep It Simple
“The more advanced the player, the more complicated our strategy seems to get. Sometimes you have to go backwards to go forwards. Return to the basic techniques that allow you to improve to your current level; watch the ball, move your feet, follow through consistently, use cross court to set up down the line, lots of first serves in play and hit the return of serve early and solid.
These all seem simple, but it is extremely easy to move away from these ideas when you are trying to win a match. Pick one of the techniques mentioned and try to focus on just that. When you feel you are doing it well, move on to another. Don’t be afraid to go backwards to get back on track. Good luck!”
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