As a Tennis Coach, to me the perfect holiday is playing loads of tennis every day. So after the long hours of July & August, I headed off to Spain before the new school year started. Where to? A relaxing beach? No, the JC Ferrero Equelite Tennis Academy near Villena, a small town not that far from Alicante. Strangely enough Juan Carlos Ferrero announced his retirement from tennis a couple of days after I left! 🙂
The academy caters for both adults and children and is extremely friendly and there are usually some ATP or WTA players visiting. The coaches were all excellent and it was a fantastic experience. I made sure they pushed me hard and improved my own game significantly. At the same time I gained a really good insight into Tennis Coaching Spanish style, tennis specific physical conditioning and the mental side of the game. I would recommend it to anyone.
I spent the mornings with Gusto, who had loads of “gusto” and who focused a lot on footwork. If you’ve ever watched Nadal, you will know that his is superb.
Alberto & Dino took care of my physical conditioning – I never knew you could do so much with the agility training ladder. My two left feet took a while, but finally cracked it – salsa helped with some and hindered others. Some sessions I worked in a group with some of the children
who are there full time. They were all very helpful, showing me how to do some of the exercises.
Then in the afternoon, it was back to tennis with Roberto once and the other times with Frederico from Italy. We did many drills, focusing a lot on consistency and placement, as well as serving. I kept on challenging him to hit a service I couldn’t return. He did get a few past me, but it didn’t take me long to get a handle on his serve, apart from a few aces.
Overall it was an excellent experience and I’d like to thank Gorka & Javier for organising everything, as well as Nasos at Tennis Point in Limassol for recommending it to me 🙂 As it is a Prince academy, all my racquets and other gear were not out of place. I hope to go again!
I also got to visit Barcelona, Girona and the fiesta at Villena and eat loads of tapas.
So next time, see if you can spot some of the Spanish influence in my coaching!
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