Hope you’ve had a great week. Here’s what’s been happening at Rackets Academy over the last week. Find out who our Player of the Week is and how our ladies got on in week 3 of the league! We have results from the Green Ball Tournament that took place last weekend and a Tip of the Week & Rule of the Week from Coach Mariano. Find out ‘What’s New’ at the club and don’t forget to sign up for the 16 & Under Tournament that’s coming up this weekend. And finally, a big shout out to Zeyad who won the Dubai College boys singles and doubles school championships. Congratulations Zeyad!!
Player of the week
Congratulations to our Player of the Week Laurits Oestergaard. Laurits receives this award for his awesome performance in his first ever Green Ball Tournament last week, reaching the semi-finals at just 7 years old! Very well deserved Laurits, keep up the great work!
Ladies League results
Well done to all our ladies who played in Week 3 of the Rackets Academy doubles league. Congratulations to Full Metal Rackets, Drop Shots, Rackettes, Baseliners and Victorious for winning their matches.
Full Metal Rackets vs Venus Angels
Line 1: 6-4 6-3 (winner: Full Metal Rackets)
Line 2: 7-6 6-1 (winner: Full Metal Rackets)
Overall Winner: Full Metal Rackets
Drop Shots vs Rackettes
Line 1: 7-6 4-6 10-7 (winner: Drop Shots)
Line 2: 6-1 6-2 (winner: Drop Shots)
Overall Winner: Drop Shots
Rackettes vs Venus Angels (make up match)
Line 1: 6-3 6-1 (winner: Rackettes)
Line 2: 2-6 7-5 (winner: Venus Angels)
Overall Winner: Rackettes
Baseliners vs L&W
Line 1: 4-6 1-6 (winner: L&W)
Line 2: 6-0 6-4 (winner: Baseliners)
Overall Winner: Baseliners
Victorious vs Slice Girls
Line 1: 6-4 6-3 (winner: Victorious)
Line 2: 6-1 6-1 (winner: Victorious)
Overall Winner: Victorious
Results from Green Ball Tournament
Thanks and well done to all the kids that took part in the Green Ball Tournament last weekend, great to see so many of you there! Congratulations to our champion Aleska Antonijevic who beat Rahil Rizvie 4-2in the final. Well done boys on a great match!
Check out our tournaments that are taking place over the next few weeks. To sign up, call 052 992 8595 TODAY or email firstname.lastname@example.org:
Friday 8th February, 4pm – 16 & Under Tournament – Rackets Academy, Motor City
Friday 15th February, 4pm – Orange Ball Tournament – Fitness First, Arabian Ranches 2
We are proud to announce that we received our Tennis Emirates Affiliation certificate yesterday! This certificate recognises us as a fully certified tennis academy within the laws of the UAE, and one of the few companies to be recognised by the tennis federation.
Rule of the Week: ‘Let’ called when a ball rolls on your court
Did you know, that when a ball from another court enters the playing area, any player on the court affected may call a ‘let’ as soon as the player becomes aware of the ball. A player loses the right to call a ‘let’ if the player unreasonably delays in making the call…
Coach Mariano’s Tip of the Week: Fake Poaching in Doubles
“Fake poaching occurs when you pretend that you’re going to poach by making a move that looks like you’re about to poach, but then you don’t. This is how you do it:
- Tell your partner The worst thing that can happen is that your partner does not know you’re faking and he/she switches sides thinking you’re also switching, and then no one is there to take the ball when it’s returned.
- Take a good first step; make sure you get your opponent’s attention and give them the message that you may poach by taking a strong, obvious, loud first step.
- Push back to your position with the foot you’ve used to take your strong first step, push off and get yourself back into position at the net. You want to be in a ready position for whatever happens next.
- Play out the point
Be prepared for whatever return comes back. If you’ve been effective, you can expect it to be weak and you should be ready to possibly put it away.
I really hope you’ll give this tactic a try in your next doubles match. Good luck!”
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Have a great week!