Hope you’ve had a great week. We are pleased to bring you all the latest news from Rackets Academy. Find out our Champions from the Mrs Miyagi’s League and get results from the UTR Under 16 Singles Tournament last weekend. Read our interview with Coach Dean and check out our Rule and Tip of the Week from Coach Sam…Read on!
Mrs Miyagi’s, Season 7 – Champions
Another successful season drew to a close on Wednesday for our Mrs Miyagi’s Ladies Doubles League and winners were announced at the Rackets Academy Breakfast Presentation.
Congratulations to Spinderellas who won the Division B league by just two points, with Rackettes taking 2nd place, Match Makers 3rd and Bulldogs 4th.
Our champion for Division A for the season was won last month by Rachel Robinson. Congratulations again, Rachel, on your well-deserved win.
Mrs Miyagi’s Season 7 awards:
Best Dressed Team – Las Chicas
Best Team Sportsmanship – Baseliners
Most Improved Player – Leila Arabi
Players’ Player – Lory Jones
What an incredible season it’s been with lots of amazing tennis. Thank you to everyone who took part, congratulations to all our winners and thank you for making the league so much fun. Bring on Season 8…
UTR Under 16 Boys & Girls Singles Tournament – Results
Thanks and well done to everyone who took part in the UTR Under 16 Boys and Girls Singles Tournament last weekend. Congratulations to our Division A Champion, Axel Raber who beat Magnus Oestergaard 6-2 6-4 in the final last weekend. Congratulations to our Division B Champion Debarshi Sen who beat George Bocharov 6-3 6-4 in the final. Well done to you all on a fantastic tournament.
Rackets Academy Junior Programme is avaiable now!
Keep your kids active and healthy as the temperature rises, with Rackets Academy. We are delighted to offer our full indoor junior courses throughout the summer months at our Madinat Arena venue. We have 3 tennis courts, 2 padel courts (opening June 10th) plus a Mini-Red and Orange court.
There are three stages of Mini Tennis; Red, Orange and Green – each with their own court size and ball-type. This tailored approach enables players to develop vital skills and master technique at an early age. These are the first steps onto the Rackets Academy Elite Programme. Featuring shorter courts, lower nets, smaller rackets and soft low-bouncing balls, Mini-Tennis provides the perfect introduction to tennis for young children.
- Mini Red – 4-8 years
- Orange – 8-10 years
- Green – 10-11 years
For more details on where your child fits in, click here.
Interview with Coach Dean
This week’s interview is with Rackets Academy Coach, Dean Hamilton.
1. Who is your favourite professional player?
My favourite tennis player is Federer; anyone who tries to deny that he’s the best of all time, is crazy;) My favourite to watch is Nick Kyrgios.
2. Why do you love tennis?
I love tennis as it has always been a sport I have enjoyed with friends, family and most of all being able to travel and experience new places, just like Dubai. Plus the new people you meet on the journey.
3. How did you get into tennis?
I found tennis as a hobby when I was younger and have grown up with it in my life since I was 7, it always gives me pleasure to see people improve and grow, especially the younger generation. Tennis is a game for life.
4. When did you start playing tennis?
I began playing tennis when I was 7 years old.
5. List 3 things you like about Rackets Academy
- The epic team we have working together to improve tennis in Dubai.
- The importance of developing each day.
- The class of team, there is always someone to ask about a player who needs help to develop, from Mini tennis to Elite tennis.
Rule of the Week
If a player touches the net, distracts his opponent or impedes in anyway then they automatically lose the point. The ball can hit any part of the line for the point to be called in; outside the line and the ball is out.
Coach Sam’s Tip of the Week: Hit and Recover
“So many players will hit a ball, watch the ball and then compliment themselves on the shot. This is not good. It is imperative that you hit and recover on every shot so that you’re ready for the next…Good luck!“
Mrs Miyagi’s Ladies League: Season 7 – Results from w/c 23rd June
Well done to our B Team ladies who played in the final week of the season. Congratulations to Rackettes and Bulldogs who won their matches and to Spinderellas and Match Makers on their draw… what a match! See scores below.
Aces vs Rackettes:
Line 1: 2-6 1-6 (Winner: Rackettes)
Line 2: 1-6 1-6 (Winner: Rackettes)
Overall Winner: Rackettes
Bulldogs vs Las Chicas:
Line 1: 3-6 2-6 (Winner: Las Chicas)
Line 2: 6-2 6-2 (Winner: Bulldogs)
Overall Winner: Bulldogs
Spinderellas vs Match Makers:
Line 1: 6-2 6-2 (Winner: Spinderellas)
Line 2: 3-6 1-6 (Winner: Match Makers)
Overall Winner: Draw
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