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 2 of the doubles league. We have the latest results from our ILDL series and our 2019 ladies singles champion is announced from the Rackets Academy Championships Final last weekend! Find out how our elite players got on at the Future Pro Tournament last weekend and read our Tip & Rule of the Week from Coach Moro. Find out ‘What’s New’ at the club. Finally, congratulations go to Riku who won the U12s in Abu Dhabi 6-1 7-5. Read on!
Player of the Week
Congratulations to our Player of the Week, Lucas Jones! Lucas receives this award for winning his first qualifying round 1-6 6-4 10-8 after being down 1-6 2-4 and turning things around with great fighting spirit! An amazing performance Lucas. This award is very well deserved!
Rackets Academy Ladies League, Season 3 – Results
Well done to all the ladies who played in week 2 of our ladies doubles league and congratulations to Venus Angels, Rackettes, Baseliners and Bulldogs who won their matches!
Venus Angels vs Tennisity
Line 1: 6-1 6-4 (winner: Venus Angels)
Line 2: 6-1 6-2 (winner: Venus Angels)
Overall Winner: Venus Angels
Rackettes vs Full Metal Rackets
Line 1: 6-2 6-4 (winner: Rackettes)
Line 2: 3-6 4-6 (winner: Full Metal Rackets)
Overall Winner: Rackettes
Bulldogs vs The Aces
Line 1: 6-0 6-3 (winner: Bulldogs)
Line 2: 6-0 6-0 (6-2 6-4) they only had 3 ladies (winner: Bulldogs)
Overall winner: Bulldogs
Baseliners vs Slice Girls
Line 1: 6-2 6-2 (winner: Baseliners)
Line 2: 4-6 6-3 5-10 (winner: Slice Girls)
Overall Winner: Baseliners
Inter Club Ladies Doubles League (ILDL), series 18 results
Well done to our ladies who took part in their matches for the ILDL league last week and congratulations to our Division B ladies who won their match last week against JGE!
Atlantis Elite vs Rackets Academy
Line 1: 3-6 2-6 (winner: Rackets Academy)
Line 2: 6-0 6-3 (winner: Atlantis Elite)
Overall winner: Atlantis Elite
Rackets Academy vs JGE
Line 1: 6-1 4-6 8-10 (winner: JGE)
Line 2: 6-3 6-3 (winner: Rackets Academy)
Overall winner: Rackets Academy
Results from Future Pro Tournament last weekend
Last weekend, our elite players represented Rackets Academy at the Future Pro National UAE Ranking Tournament in Dubai. All the kids gave it 100% with Leo Allcorn, Lucas Jones and Aleska Antonijevic winning their matches in the 1st round of qualifying. Magnus Oestergard and Meline Siggen went on to win their matches in the last round of qualifying, followed by Enzo Kahi and Riku Higasi winning their matches in the 1st round main draw! Well done to everyone who took part, you made us proud!
Results from Orange Ball Tournament
Well done to all the kids that took part in our Orange Ball Tournament last weekend, great to see so many of you taking part! Congratulations to our champion Valentine who beat Kenan 10-4 in the final.
Results from Rackets Academy Championships 2019, ladies singles
The last match from our Rackets Academy Championships 2019 tournament took place last weekend in which champion Andra Serbu beat Anna Lajos 7-5 7-5. Congratulations Andra on a fantastic match and on your solid performance throughout the tournament!
Check out our tournaments that are taking place over the next few weeks. To sign up, call 052 992 8595 TODAY or email firstname.lastname@example.org:
Friday 10th May, 5pm – Mixed Doubles Tournament – Rackets Academy, Motor City
We are proud to be nominated as category finalists in The Sports Industry Awards 2019 in the Category ‘Best Sport Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Initiative of the Year’ for our work with the charity Autism Rocks.
Rule of the Week: Swapping return sides/servers after a set
In a doubles match, after one set has finished, each team has the option to keep or change the return sides they initially started the match on. Same thing for the server, teams get to choose whoever will serve first in the following set, even if the same player served in the last game of the previous set. Keep in mind that this rule applies ONLY at the beginning of each set, not during.
Coach Moro’s Tip of the Week: Changing Grips
“You’ve been on the court for some time, getting your technique right. You started to rally but realize it’s not that easy to keep track of the grips; which is the forehand, which is the backhand etc. Well, let’s simplify it a little… In your ready position the frame of your racket would be positioned roughly at 90 degrees with the floor. If you want to go for a forehand, gently rotate the racket with your left hand(which should be most of the time holding the neck of the racket) 45degrees to the left, and there you have it, ideal grip for your forehand. Same thing for the backhand 45degrees to the right and you have the backhand grip. Try it next time you’re on court! Good luck!”
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