Schools out! As a very unusual academic year draws to a close, we’d like to take this opportunity to wish you a relaxing and safe summer, whether you’re travelling or remaining here in Dubai. But first, we have some exciting news about a new indoor court as well as a Rule and Tip of the Week from Coach Fuad. Plus don’t forget to sign your kids up to our Summer Active Indoor Camp. Stay safe everyone, and we look forward to welcoming you all back to Rackets Academy in September!
We are excited to announce that Rackets Academy, in partnership with Raymond Sports and the Sofitel Hotel, The Palm has installed a world class Decoturf tennis court surface selected for use in the world’s most prestigious tournaments around the world. Play tennis in style in the newest and most prestigious indoor court in Dubai at the Sofitel Hotel, The Palm. This fully air-conditioned court is now ready for play. Book the court NOW through our mobile app. Prices starting from AED 200 per hour.
While visiting the Sofitel Hotel, The Palm check out the spa, which offers massages, body treatments and facials. Water lovers can head down to the private beach or take a dip in one of the 4 indoor and 2 outdoor swimming pools. In addition, the resort offers complimentary wireless internet access, concierge services, free valet parking and babysitting/childcare.
Rackets Academy is offering private & group lessons and a competitive ladies league throughout the summer months to keep the whole family on court. If you would like to book the new indoor court or any other court available to Rackets Academy, download our mobile app for Apple or Android today!
Summer Active Indoor Camp – Book Now!
There’s still time to book your kids onto our Summer Active Indoor Camp to beat the heat, have fun, stay active, burn off some energy and hang out with other kids.
Dates: July 5th – August 27th, Sun-Thurs, 8.30am – 1pm
Venues: Fitness First; Mudon, Arabian Ranches, The Lakes and Town Center
Price: AED 130/day, AED 599 for 5 days, 10% Fitness First or sibling discount available
Activities: Mini Tennis, Splash Session, Football, Dodgeball, XFit Kids, Zumba and Arts & Crafts
Fun games, prizes and different activities every day. Drinks and snacks are not included. Places are limited. For more information or to sign up, call 052 992 8595 or email email@example.com.
Book your court at Waldorf Astoria, The Palm through our mobile app!
We are pleased to announce that the tennis court at Waldorf Astoria, The Palm is now available to book through our mobile app! Rackets Academy offers private and group classes at this luxury beach front court for members, in-house guests and the general public. We are offering special rates for Palm Residents.
Located on the iconic Palm Jumeirah island, this Waldorf Astoria resort promises all the amenities for a relaxing getaway, including 200 meters of private beach, two temperature controlled pools including 200 meters of private beach, kids’ pool, elegant sea-facing guest rooms and suites with sea and Palm Jumeirah views , six distinct restaurants and bars and Waldorf Astoria Spa with nearly 50 luxurious treatments. Something for everyone! Book your visit today!
Rule of the Week: Hindrance
If a player is hindered in playing the point by a deliberate act of the opponent(s), the player shall win the point. However, the point shall be replayed if a player is hindered in playing the point by either an unintentional act of the opponent(s), or something outside the player’s own control (not including a permanent fixture).
Case 1: Is an unintentional double hit a hindrance?
Case 2: A player claims to have stopped play because the player thought that the opponent(s) was being hindered. Is this a hindrance?
Decision: No, the player loses the point.
Case 3: A ball in play hits a bird flying over the court. Is this a hindrance?
Decision: Yes, the point shall be replayed.
Case 4: During a point, a ball or other object that was lying on the player’s side of the net when the point started hinders the player. Is this a hindrance?
Case 5: In doubles, where are the server’s partner and receiver’s partner allowed to stand?
Decision: The server’s partner and the receiver’s partner may take any position on their own side of the net, inside or outside the court. However, if a player is creating a hindrance to the opponent(s), the hindrance rule should be used.
Coach Fuad’s Tip of the Week: Changing Direction During Rallies
“Making smart choices during competition is just as important as good execution. This includes knowing when to change directions. Some players change directions without any reason to do so and put themselves in a poor position to return their opponent’s ball. The general rule of thumb is to only change direction when a ball is “inside” or weak to the outside. Don’t change direction on good quality “outside balls”, or those that cross your body.…Good luck!“
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Have a great summer!