We hope you’ve had a great week.
Here’s all the latest news from Rackets Academy.
Find out how the everyone got on in the first matches of the Ladies League season.
This month we wish a fond farewell to Sean Medley. Sean has been a coach at Rackets Academy since it’s inception and has been instrumental in helping build the club to what it is today. We are sorry to see you leave and wish you and your wife all the best as you swap the desert sand for the sandy beaches in Spain!
2021 Isa Town, Bahrain Tournament
Good luck to Rahil Rizvie who has travelled to Bahrain to compete in the Asian Tennis Federation, Junior Tour 14 & Under tournament. All the best Rahil- we’ll all be rooting for you from Dubai!
U16 Boys and Girls tournament will be played weekend of 8th October 2021
U12 Boys and Girls tournament will be played weekend of 8th October 2021.
U18 Boys and Girls tournament will be held weekend of 15th October 2021. Register here
U14 Boys and Girls tournament will be held weekend of 15th October 2021. Register here
Good luck to everyone in these events!
Coach Simon’s tip of the week
Attack the middle of the court!
While seamless down-the-line and wide crosscourt shots are golden in doubles, do not underestimate the power of a deep middle shot. Hitting a ball down the middle is a great tactic to create confusion, causing both players to rush toward the center. When that happens, you and your doubles partner can close in on the net for the next shot, hitting short, sharp angles far away from both opponents, while also reducing the chance the opposing team has to hit sharp angles against you.
Interview of the week with Coach Sean Medley
1. Who is your favourite professional player?
Roger Federer and Justin Henin
2. Who is your favourite Rackets Academy Coach?
I admire Mariano
3. Why do you love tennis?
I love that I’m able to teach and play a sport that’s competitive, fun and sociable.
4. How did you get into tennis?
When I was young, I started attending after school tennis sessions.
5. Name 3 things you like about Rackets Academy.
- They have a very good coaching team
- Being involved from the beginning and witnessing first-hand the progress of the academy
- Being able to teach at some amazing venues
Rackets Academy Ladies League week 1, 29th September 2021
Welcome to all our new players in the Rackets Academy Ladies Doubles League. The first week saw some very hot and humid conditions. Conditions will get better and we’ve been spoilt over the summer with the indoor facilities! The ladies battled it out with some very close matches, so well done everyone for getting us off to a great start.
No Strings Attached v Bulldogs
Line 1 6-4, 6-1
Line 2 7-6, 4-6, 8-10
No Strings Attached win
Aces v Matchpoint
Line 1 6-0, 4-6, 6-10
Line 2 2-6, 2-6
Baseliners v Drop Shot Divas
Line 1 4-6, 7-6
Line 2 7-6, 6-4
Matchmakers v Radu’s Rebels
Line 1 6-3, 6-3
Line 2 0-6, 3-6
Radu’s Rebels win
Rule of the week from Umpire Jon
The choice of ends and the choice to be server or receiver in the first game shall be decided by a toss before the warm up starts. The player/team who wins the toss may choose:
- To be the server in the first game of the match, in which case the opponents shall choose the end of the court for the first game in the match; or
- The end of the court for the first game of the match, in which case the opponent shall choose to be server or receiver for the first game of the match; or
- To require the opponent to make one of the above choices.
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