Hope you’re well. We’re delighted to bring you all the latest news from Rackets Academy! The countdown is on for the grand opening of our indoor courts! Find out who our Mrs Miyagi’s League Player of the Week is and how our B Team ladies got on in last week’s matches. Read our interview with Rackets Academy Coach, Inno and check out our Rule and Tip of the Week from Coach Petar. Happy Birthday to Ruthie MacDonald who celebrated with some of the Mrs Miyagi’s ladies last week at Sofitel Hotel, The Palm with a fun morning of tennis followed by coffee and chill time by the pool J Read on!
Mrs Miyagi’s League – Player of the Week
Congratulations to Louise Glover from Team Bulldogswho is our Mrs Miyagi’s Ladies League Player of the Week. Louise was voted by her coach, Jordan, for winning her first match 10-8 in the 3rd set! Louise wins a brunch for two at Mrs Miyagi’s Restaurant in Studio City. Well done Louise!
***Indoor Courts Opening 8th May***
Our fantastic new indoor courts, opening 8th May at Madinat Arena, are almost ready! The following courts are available to book NOW though our mobile app:
- 3 Indoor Tennis Courts
- 2 Indoor Padel Courts (opening 1st June)
- 1 Indoor Mini Tennis Court
Check out our social activities that will be taking place at the indoor courts and book NOW through our mobile app to avoid disappointment:
Adult Social Nights – Mondays & Fridays, 9-11pm
Ladies Coffee Morning – Sundays, 9-11am
UTR U12 Boys and Girls Singles Tournament – Results
Well done to everyone who took part in our Under 12 tournament. Congratulations to our champion Chris Jovan who beat Darshan Patel 6-1 7-6 (7-4) in the final last weekend. Well done boys on a fantastic tournament!
Ace for Good Tournament
Thanks to everyone who took part in the Ace for Good Tournament last weekend. A fantastic event with lots of exciting matches! Good luck to our doubles finalists for this weekend as they go head to head for the trophy!
Interview with Coach Inno
This week’s interview is with Rackets Academy Coach, Innocent Chimanzee.
1. Who are your favourite professional players?
My favourite professional players are Roger Federer and Serena Williams.
2. Why do you love tennis?
I love tennis because it’s one sport that gets every part of you exercising at the same time.
3. How did you get into tennis?
My brother was a coach, he introduced me to tennis and since then I’ve been loving it.
4. When did you start playing tennis?
I have been playing for over 25 years now.
5. List 3 things you like about Rackets Academy
- Knowing that I joined Rackets Academy when it was only George, myself and Francisco in 2016 and seeing what the Academy has achieved now in the UAE is amazing.
- At Rackets Academy our clients’ happiness is taken seriously.
- Rackets Academy prioritises coaches’ welfare and professional services to their clients.
Rule of the Week – Rule for Young Players
To reach your maximum level of ability, it requires sound techniques, a winning mentality and to be in good physical shape.
Coach Petar’s Tip of the Week
“Tennis is a mental game. There are many times when we cannot control what is happening on the court but the things we can control we have to do our best:
1. Come prepared for the lesson – water, new grip, towel – warm up, stay in the zone.
2. Start with footwork, once the body temperature has increased , miracles can happen.
3. Focus on timing and big targets – do not aim for lines and corners, go for fast, consistent shots in big targets (1m inside the court).
4. If you are losing the matches, analyse what the reason is and how to improve instead of being frustrated.
5. Do not play to impress, play to win the game, set and match.…Good luck!“
Mrs Miyagi’s Ladies League: Season 7 – W/c 25th April: Results
Well done to our B Team ladies who played last week. Very close matches between The Match Makers and Las Chicas with both lines going to super break and only a 3 game difference! Congratulations to Spinderellas, The Match Makers and Bulldogs who won their matches. See scores below.
Spinderellas vs Baseliners:
Line 1: 6-0 6-1 (winner: Spinderellas)
Line 2: 6-2 6-7 (2-7) 10-6 (winner: Spinderellas)
Overall Winner: Spinderellas
The Match Makers vs Las Chicas:
Line 1: 4-6 6-1 6-10 (winner: Las Chicas)
Line 2: 7-5 5-7 13-11 (winner: The Match Makers)
Overall Winner: The Match Makers
Aces vs Bulldogs:
Line 1: 6-4 2-6 8-10 (winner: Bulldogs)
Line 2: 4-6 1-6 (winner: Bulldogs)
Overall Winner: Bulldogs
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