Weekly Newsletter – 31st October 2019

Dear Member,

Here’s all the latest news from Rackets Academy. Find out who our Players of the Week are and how our ladies got on in week 4 of the Larte Ladies League. We have results from week 5 of the Inter Club Ladies Doubles League and from the Green Ball Tournament last weekend. Check out our Tips of the Week from Coach Luis and find out What’s New at the club.  There’s a special invitation for our Ladies League players to a Mid-Season Coffee & Cake Morning next week and don’t forget to sign up for the Mixed Doubles Tournament next week if you’ve not done so already…Read on! 

Players of the Week

This week’s Players of the Week go to Lauritz Ostergaard and Marc Hemaya. Lauritz receives this award for his amazing performance in the Green Ball Tournament last weekend and winning his first tournament! Marc receives this award for making it through to the Semi-Finals of the Future Pro Under 16’s Tournament, what a fantastic achievement Marc, and best of luck for your match this weekend! Well done to both Lauritz and Marc on their well-deserved awards.

What’s New?…  Coach Simon maintains his No.1 Ranking in the UAE

Huge congratulations to our very own Coach Simon who was crowned Champion of the UAE Ranking event at Kings Al Barsha Tennis Tournament last weekend. Simon beat Whalid Jilali 6-3 2-6 6-4 in a lengthy 3 hour and 45 minute final. Coach Simon remains the No.1 ranked player in the UAE. Congratulations Simon on this incredible achievement!

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 1st November, 4pm – Orange Ball Tournament – Rackets Academy, Motor City

Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd November – U12 Girls & Boys Singles Ranking Tournament – Rackets Academy, Motor City

Friday 8th November, 4pm – Mixed Doubles Tournament – Rackets Academy, Motor City

Green Ball Tournament Results

Well done to everyone who took part in our Green Ball Tournament last weekend. Congratulations to our Champion Lauritz Ostergaard who beat Alex Morna 4-0 in the final; an outstanding performance from Laurtiz in the finals.   

Mid-Season Larte Ladies League Coffee & Cake Morning

We would like to invite our Larte Ladies League players to join us for a Mid-Season Coffee and Cake Morning at Larte Restaurant, Studio One Hotel on Wednesday 6th November at 11am. There will also be a special presentation by The Bedrock Programme on supporting your teen in future career choices. The Bedrock Programme is a career coaching programme designed for teenagers and young adults to bring out clarity of self to create a clear focus for their future career. Come and listen to this insightful talk and learn some helpful tips on how you can support your teenager during this time. We look forward to seeing you there!

Coach Luis’ Tip 1 of the Week: The Volley

“Volleying is still a crucial part of the game that must be worked on, especially when playing doubles. Volleying well isn’t difficult and can be a big advantage for players wanting to take control of a tennis match. Try and remember to:

1. Hit volleys with a ‘chopper’ grip. Imagine holding a hammer to hit some nails into wood. This is the grip to use for volleys.

2. Hold your racket in front of you at chest height with both hands. This is the ‘ready’ position for the volley and you should try to return to this position after every shot

Good luck!”

Coach Luis’ Tip 2 of the Week: Hydration

Guidelines for successful hydration practices for tennis players include:

  • Limiting and/or avoiding caffeinated beverages, especially right before and after match play as they cause an increase in fluid loss
  • Drinking before you become thirsty
  • Always carry a 1L to 2L bottle of water with you
  • During practice or a match have water breaks at each changeover (100-200ml of water)
  • Change clothes to help you get dry and improve the heat loss process

Remember tennis is one of the hardest sports and when playing in extreme weather conditions and hot climates, you need to look after yourself.

Rackets Academy Larte Ladies League: Season 4, Week 4 Results

Well done to all the ladies who played in Week 4 of the league, which was a quieter week for matches due to the Mid-Term break. Congratulations to Venus Angels for winning their match. See scores below…

Congratulations to Emma Medlock who is our Larte Ladies League Player of the Week for week 4. Emma wins a brunch for two at Larte Restaurant in Studio City. She was voted Player of the Week for her strong and dominant performance in her match last week with her partner Imke in which they beat the previously undefeated line 1 pairing from George’s team 6-3 6-1. Well done Emma on your award!


Rackettes vs Venus Angels

Line 1: 3-6 1-6 (winner: Venus Angels)

Line 2: 6-3 6-2 (winner: Rackettes)

Overall Winner: Venus Angels

Inter Club Ladies Doubles League (ILDL), series 19 Results

Well done to our ladies who played in Week 5 of the ILDL league. Congratulations to Rackets 1 for winning their Division A match against JBH and to Rackets who won their match against T360 in Division B.

Division A

Rackets 1 vs JBH

Line 1: 6-3 5-7 4-10  (winner: JBH)

Line 2: 6-0 6-1 (winner: Rackets 1)

Overall winner: Rackets 1

T360 vs Rackets 2

Line 1: 6-3 6-4 (winner: T360)

Line 2: 6-3 6-1 (winner: T360)

Overall winner: T360

Division B

Rackets vs T360

Line 1: 6-1 6-0 (winner: Rackets)

Line 2: 6-2 6-3 (winner: Rackets)

Overall winner: Rackets

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Have a great week!

Rackets Academy

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