Weekly Newsletter

Dear Members

The one about the Tie Breaks!

Hope you’ve had a great week and have some lovely plans for the weekend.

Tournament news this week from our local courts in Dubai and as far afield as Bahrain. On a global scale, our very own Coach Simon Roberts will be competing in the Tie Break Tens at The Coca Cola Arena. Read on to find out how to get your ticket to support our local hero.

Bahrain Tournament

Rackets Academy had a very sucessful and enjoyable trip to Bahrain to play in the AFT World Tennis Junior Tour 14 & Under Tournament. Enzo Kahi progressed to the singles semis in his event and won the doubles with his partner Idhant Kastwar. Idhant made the singles final and played the tournament number 1 seed. In the girl’s division Larissa Brasil and Kira Malakhova won the doubles. Well done to all our Rackets Academy Elite!

Rackets Academy Tournaments

Muaz Malik defeated Adam Abboud to become the U18 winner

Ernest Yakubovskiy defeated Jose Landicho to become the U14 winner

A super weekend for Omar Elbahrawy, going home with two titles.

Omar Elbahrawy U16 triumphed in a 3rd set tie break to defeat Chris Jovan Gubza

Omar Elbahrawy U12 division defeated Adam Morsy in straight sets

This weekend we have U13 Boys and Girls event. Good luck to all the young people who have registered to participate.  

On the weekend of 29th October 2021, we have the 15 and Under Boys and Girls Tournament and the Men’s Open Tournament. Registration is now open on the UTR by following the link to U15 and Men’s.

The following weekend we have the 12 and Under Boys and Girls event and the 16 and Under Boys and Girls. Registration will be open soon.

Congratulations to Hana Kotb in securing the runner up position in the Futurepro Talent Series 2021 Leg 1-Girls -U14 at Kings School last weekend.

Tie Break Tens, Coca Cola Arena Friday 22nd October 2021

Our very own Coach Simon Roberts has been selected to participate in Dubai’s inaugural Tie Break Tens. Its new to Dubai, its fast and its exciting! Unlike conventional tennis matches Tie Break Tens matches are comprised solely of tie breaks – no games, no sets, just exhilarating ten-point tie breaks in which every point counts.

If you haven’t already made plans or got your tickets come on down to the Coco Cola Arena and experience this prestigious international tournament. Let’s rally behind Simon as he lets his racket do the talking against the likes of Monfils, Fritz, Brown and Evans. Go ‘The Machine’!

Player interview with our Ladies League player Maria Tronina

1. Who is your favourite professional player?

Alexander Zverev

2. Who is your favourite Rackets Academy Coach?

Moro Bogdan

3. Why do you love tennis?

Tennis is one of those rare sports that requires athleticism (speed, reaction and power) and at the same time strategic thinking. It also tests your mental resilience so you never get bored with tennis. Plus, all the social perks.

4. How did you get into tennis?

My uncle was a big tennis fan so he convinced my Mom to put me into tennis classes at the age of 6.

5. How long have you been playing tennis?

Sadly, I stopped playing tennis after graduation and didn’t play for 17 years. I’m back on court since last year and pleasantly surprised at how much adult tennis play is happening in Dubai.

6. Name 3 things you like about Rackets Academy.

The indoor summer courts, going digital on the app and promoting adult competitions.

Rackets Academy Ladies League Week 3, 13th October 2021

Week 3 scores below. We had some extremely close scores in matches this week. In an epic battle akin to Happy Potter v Lord Voldemort Match Point pulled out the win against No Strings Attached by just one game. Match Makers beat Bulldogs by just two games. Rackettes and Queens of the Court both won their matches after tense third set ties breaks from both line 1s.

Check out Instagram or Facebook for the current standings.

Aces v Rackettes

Line 1 6-1, 4-6, (0-1)

Line 2 1-6, 3-6

Rackettes win

Drop Shot Divas v Queens of the Court

Line 1 6-3, 5-7 (1-0)

Line 2 5-7, 1-6

Queens of the Court win

Match Makers v Bulldogs

Line 1 5-7, 4-6

Line 2 6-2, 7-5

Match Makers win

Baseliners v Radu’s Rebels

Line 1 4-6, 1-6

Line 2 6-4, 4-6 (1-0)

Radu’s Rebels win

Match Point v No Strings Attached

Line 1 4-6, 2-6

Line 2 6-2, 6-3

Match Point win

Ladies League Player of the week

Congratulations to Maria Sammallahti-Sierra who was nominated by her coach, Jordi for her outstanding contribution to the match. On being presented with the title Maria said, “Oh la la!!, Thank you Nicola, George and Rackets Academy, I am so happy and excited! Thanks to my team- No Strings Attached, Thanks to my Coach Jordi, Thanks to my club, Rackets Academy. This reward gives me the motivation to continue improving and learning! I am new to tennis and I know I have quite a lot to learn! With the help of Jordi, I hope to be able to continue improving my follow through, my back hand, my volley, my smash and definitely the service.”

Maria wins a brunch for two at The Void, Studio One Hotel, Dubai. Enjoy Maria and let us know how it was!

Rule of the week

Playing a Tie Break

During a tie break game, points are scored ‘zero’, ‘1’, ‘2’, ‘3’, etc. The first player/team to win seven points wins the ‘game’ and ‘set’, provided there is a margin of two points over the opponent(s). If necessary, the tie break game shall continue until this margin is achieved.

The player whose turn it is to serve shall serve the first point of the tie break game. The following two points shall be served by the opponent(s) (in doubles, the player of the opposing team due to serve next). After this, each player/team shall serve alternately for two consecutive points until the end of the tie-break game (in doubles, the rotation of service within each team shall continue in the same order as during that set)

The player/team whose turn it was to serve first in the tie break game shall be the receiver in the first game of the following set.

Coach Moro’s Tip of the Week

When playing a tie break most players will be more nervous than usual so it’s a good idea to double down on your strengths. To mitigate your nerves, hit your strongest shots. If you have a go-to slice, hit it. If you like your forehand better, make sure you’re hitting a lot of forehands.

Similarly, make your opponent hit their weakest shots. Do this relentlessly. If it’s working don’t change anything. Good luck!

Dr Michaels

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