Madrid heats up as top seeds exit

Kei Nishikori

Kei Nishikori (Photo credit: Carine06)

So who thought Tennis was boring?  Come on confess!! 🙂

Madrid, one of the big warm-up tournaments before the French Open is in full swing and its red (thankfully not blue this year) clay has been claiming its victims. Grigor Dimitrov finally showed the level of play that he has been promising for the last few years and emerged covered in red dust as the victor in a fantastic battle with Djokovic, only to be brought down by Warwinka.  The Swiss player has been playing his best tennis this year and will be challenging Tsonga next.  Murray has scraped through most of his matches, seeming not quite at home on clay yet.  Considering he trained for several years in Spain, it’s surprising that it’s his worst surface, but we will see.  Maybe he will hit top form at the French Open or indeed this week where he will meet Berdych in the next round.  Tommy Haas showed some brilliant tennis before finally being beaten by Ferrer, who doesn’t seem to be fully recovered from his trouncing by Nadal earlier in the year.  So, who else has fallen? Federer was taken out by Nishikori, another upcoming player who has claimed several top scalps in the last year.  Nadal is still going strong.

In the womens draw, Sharapova and Williams are through to the quarters.  Robson, after brilliantly beating Radwanska, succumbed to Ivanovic.  Errani, Kerber and Kanepi are all through, but one big name is missing.  After her meltdown, Azarenka lost to Makarova.

Looking forward to today’s Tennis matches?  I am.

The Cyprus ATL Tournaments may not be quite as exciting, but they are still fun to play in and watch.  Paphos Tennis is growing.  Who knows, one day we may see a top ATP event in Cyprus!  I can’t wait!

ATL Tennis Tournament draws are up

The ATL amateur tennis tournament draws are up on

These are Tennis Tournaments in each of the major towns of Nicosia, Limassol and Pafos.  It’s a series of knockout Tennis Tournaments throughout the year.  You register online and have two weeks to play your match.  The finals are all held on one day, usually at Aphrodite Hills.atl ad 1

Anyone can take part and there are singles and doubles categories.  The singles is also split into levels:

ATL 50 – beginners (it may even be their first ever match)

ATL 100 – advanced beginners

ATL 250 – intermediates

ATL 500 – advanced players & coaches

It’s great fun and only € 12 per tournament, or less if you pay for the whole year.  This includes entry into 2 singles categories and the doubles 🙂

So, whatever your age or sex, hurry up and register for the next tournament.  If you would like to see the finals of the big ATL 1000, then that will be at 4pm on Saturday 18th May at Aphrodite Hills.

Come join the fun!

Are You Warming Up?

Be honest, how many of you never warm up before you play tennis?  I’ve done it myself many times, been in a hurry and not bothered, but I try now to do it every time.

I may be wrong, so please let me know your thoughts, but it seems that men are especially bad at it. It may be that I know more male tennis players, but it always seems to be them that get injured and every time I ask them, they admit that they didn’t warm up.

It is very important to warm up your muscles before submitting them to the punishment we mete out every time we play. At the beginning of every lesson, we do a short warm up with stretching exercises from top to toe and in some lessons we work further on fitness, flexibility and strength.

There is loads of advice out there for warm ups, so I’ve attached a few links below:

Seminars postponed

Most of you will be aware, but in case you are not, I have delayed the 2 Tennis Seminars SACHA SEMINAR A4 2PP V3that were scheduled for the 28th March due to the situation in Cyprus. I made the decision over a week before as I didn’t believe that it would be the first thing on people’s minds.

I will hopefully shortly be fixing a new date, probably in May, so please continue to register and I will email you updates:

Help your child succeed in sport

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Knowing how to handle your child is difficult sometimes

It may be sport, or it may be exams, or anything else in life, that causes your child to break into tears at losing, or become aggressive because they have won, or have a melt-down.  They may decide they suddenly don’t want to do the one thing they really loved. Coping with pressure is something we spend our whole lives learning to do, with varying success.  What if someone could advise us how to help our children navigate through this?

On the 28th March at 17.45 at Neapolis University in Pafos, Sacha Appleton Tennis SACHA SEMINAR A4 2PP V3Academy is hosting a seminar designed to help you specifically with this.  Entitled “How to help your child succeed in sport” and lasting around 1 hour, it will be presented by Elena Avraam, a BASES and AASP accredited Sports Psychologist.  She has worked with various Welsh National Teams (including Tennis, Squash, Volleyball, Football) and currently helps AEL football team in Cyprus and several junior tennis players who are competing abroad.

The seminar will be in English, with translation into Russian and Greek, if required and will cost € 10, including refreshments.

It will be followed by a separate hour and a half presentation for competitors aimed at helping improve tennis performance (or indeed any other sport) by 15% or more.  It will tackle performing under pressure, helping you identify your weaknesses and giving you tools to handle it.  Children can attend, but must be at least 10 years old and mature enough to understand and benefit from the performance training.  The cost or this will be € 15.  There will be discounts available for those wishing to attend both seminars, or for families who wish to attend together.

Places are limited and must be booked in advance.  To find out more, call me on 99 329107, or email