Timetable up for Summer Tennis Academy


The Summer Tennis Academy in Pafos starts on the 1st July, so hurry up and book your place.  This is the 2nd year that I have done the Summer Tennis Academy and for those of you looking for a Paphos Tennis Coach or wondering what to do with the kids over the long, long summer holiday, it may be the answer.

The schedule can be found by clicking STA 2013 timetable.

The academy will be run in the same format as last year – 2 hours a day 3 times a week, with several groups (divided into playing levels)  running in Kato Pafos and Coral Bay.  There are beginners, advanced beginners and intermediate/advanced groups. The morning slot is 8-10am and the evening 6-8pm.  I’ve tried to keep the price down as low as possible, so it’s € 50 per week or € 170 for the month.  It’s running from 1st – 27th July, with the option to extend it into August if there is demand.

What happens at the Summer Tennis Academy? Well it is designed to help children really progress with their tennis, as well as having fun.  It will cover various strokes, techniques, tactics and matchplay as well as having a mini tournament at the end.  The Intermediates/Advanced group will work on tournament preparation, stroke selection and winning strategies.  If there is demand, we can add tennis fitness and sports psychology training, which will incur an extra cost.

There will be children taking part from all over the world, including some from the USA.  Places are limited, so please sign up ASAP to reserve your space.

Either call me on 99 329107, or email me on tenniscoach@squaremango.net or click through to the online registration form.

Payment is either in advance by PayPal (Sacha Appleton Tennis Academy), or on the first day of the relevant Summer Tennis Academy class.

To pay for 1 week course via PayPal click here
To pay for 2 week course via PayPal click here
To pay for 3 week course via PayPal click here
To pay for 1 month course via PayPal click here

 

Meet me at the Go Gecko Fun Day on Saturday


The what?  If you haven’t heard of it, Go Gecko is a really great outdoor fitness facility at St Georges Football ground in Peyia near the Namos cafe.  They do very different classes using tyres and other more adventurous equipment that makes for a fun way of getting fit.  Not quite as much fun as a tennis lesson with your favourite Pafos Tennis Coach of course 🙂

St Georges Go Gecko Fun DayOn Saturday 15th June, they are holding a fun day for the whole family, so why not come along?  I’ll be there, doing two TennisFit classes and you can call to arrange a short introductory lesson there on my stand. Why not?  It’s free. I will have racquets and balls there and a small net.  There will be some competitions as well.

See you there!

Summer Tennis Academy starts 1st July – sign up now!


The French Open has just been won by the undisputed King of Clay, Rafa Nadal.  I just wish I’d realised before I booked my stand at the Elea Charity Day that it was Finals Day.  I was really sad to miss it and the satellite wasn’t working there 😦  Ah, well!

So, for those of you wondering what to do with the kids over the long, long summer

End of the Summer Tennis Academy

 Summer Tennis Academy 2012

holiday, never fear.  The Summer Tennis Academy in Paphos is here! After the success of last year, I am repeating the same format – 2 hours a day 3 times a week, with several groups (divided into playing levels)  running in Kato Pafos and Coral Bay.  The morning slot is 8-10am and the evening 6-8pm.  I’ve tried to keep the price down as low as possible, so it’s € 50 per week or € 170 for the month.  It’s running from 1st – 27th July, with the option to extend it into August if there is demand.

What happens at the Summer Tennis Academy? Well it is designed to help children really progress with their tennis, as well as having fun.  It will cover various strokes, techniques, tactics and matchplay as well as having a mini tournament at the end.  If there is demand, we can add tennis fitness and sports psychology training, which will incur an extra cost.

There will be children taking part from all over the world, including some from the USA.  Places are limited, so please sign up ASAP to reserve your space.

Either call me on 99 329107, or email me on tenniscoach@squaremango.net or click through to the online registration form.

 

 

 

 

Learning to play Tennis on a clay court


The French Open will be starting in a few days, the culmination of a jam packed clay court season on the ATP and WTA tour.  While you’re watching your favourite players, try to see what is different in their style of play and tactics.  If you’ve been brought up on hard courts like me, playing on a clay court is hard at first, but you will grow to love it.  I still can’t slide properly though.  The exact opposite is true of Djokovic, if you watch him, he slides on every surface, even hard courts.  It works for him, but unless you have elastic legs like him, I wouldn’t recommend it on hard courts.

Classic clay court players are of course the Spanish (like the King of Clay Rafael Nadal) and French.  In fact, most of Northern and Southern Europe, apart from the UK, play primarily on clay.  Here in Cyprus, there are not a lot of clay courts (they require a lot of water and maintenance) and those that there are are not in particularly good condition, apart from those at Aphrodite Hills.  If you do have a chance though, it’s worth trying.

So what’s different about clay?  What should you be watching for in what will probably be some very exciting matches at Roland Garros?

– the rallies tend to be longer

– at club level and even at the Open, you will see players waiting for the ball to drop before they hit it, whereas on hard courts you are more likely to hit at the top of the bounce or as it rises once you are in the groove

– there will be more drop shots & lobs

– spin becomes more pronounced because of the friction of the surface, so there’s more topspin & slice

– harder serves get slowed down, so it’s more about placement

– its physically more demanding, keeping the ball in and making your opponent run may work for you

– you’ll see Nadal, Ferrer and many others running around their forehands

– you’ll see most players sliding

That is a very brief summary, but I’ve included below some links to some interesting articles giving a bit more information:

http://www.thetennisspace.com/chris-evert-exclusive-how-to-play-on-clay/

Click here for a pdf article with tips to playing on clay

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/skills/4938068.stm

Español: Rafael Nadal durante la final del tor...

Español: Rafael Nadal durante la final del toreno, en la que se impuso a Roger Federer, que defendía el título logrado en 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Women’s Tennis Lessons in Paphos


Freedom classes have taken off.  We have a group in Coral Bay that have a great time every Saturday at 9am.  Progress has been quick and after only a few lessons, they are playing games.  The men had better watch out!

Freedom Classes

Freedom Classes

Pafos Tennis Lessons for women will shortly start.  Are you interested, or know anyone who is? The idea is that many women are more comfortable working out or doing sport in a class only with other women.  It’s also a chance to meet other women, chat, get fit and learn how to play tennis. Some will be in the mornings aimed at those of you wishing to escape from the children for an hour while they are at school, while others will be in the evening for those of you who work.

So, get your trainers on, bring a bottle of water and come have some fun!

1001 uses of a Tennis ball


A tennis ball is not just a ball to be hit in tennis.  It has multiple uses.  What do you think?  Can you suggest any?

 

They can be thrown at you, they can be used to create pictures, furniture, or to help as part of a disguise, or as a toy for a dog.  You can see some of my pupils trying out some uses  at http://www.facebook.com/SachaAppletonTennisAcademy/photos_albums in both the pupils album and the summer tennis academy one.

English: Australian Cattle Dogs, Thommo and Du...

English: Australian Cattle Dogs, Thommo and Dusty, wait for a tennis ball to be thrown. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Why do I ask?  Well yesterday, in my capacity as a Pafos Tennis Coach, I was asked for some old tennis balls.  What for?  Well, apparently a rumour is circulationg that if you put a tennis ball in the skimmer of your pool, all the suntan cream attaches itself to the ball instead of staying in the water.  You have to clean the ball every so often.  Crazy?  Maybe.  We will see 🙂

 

Send in any suggestions (polite ones please) of uses of a tennis ball.

 

Who’s coming to watch ATL 1000 finals at Aphrodite Hills this Saturday?


Nadal & Serena are King & Queen respectively of Madrid and have now turned their attention to Rome, where Laura Robson has already caused a shock upset, beating Venus Williams in the first round.  Next up is Serena Williams 🙂

While here at home, Tennis in Cyprus is enjoying a growing popularity and the ATL amateur Tennis Tournaments in Cyprus are aimed at increasing this, the level of Tennis in general and giving everyone, from the complete beginner to coaches the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of competition.  And, at the same time, it’s friendly competition aimed at nurturing talent and maximising enjoyment.

On Saturday 18th May at 4pm at Aphrodite Hills, the two ATL 1000 finals will take place.  Jay Querns and Stefanos Charalambous will fight for the Nicosia/Pafos crown and Marios Papacharalambous & Dmitry Lazarev will again take to the hard court to do battle.  Who will win?

Come along on Saturday and find out.  Join us there for some great tennis.