Check out this Paphos Tennis Coach

The other weekend, this Paphos Tennis Coach decided to have some fun and put together a video so you could get a snapshot of my lessons.  I was limited by what photos and videos I had, but I managed to put something together.

Have a look on Facebook and/or my YouTube channel and like and share it please.  I’d love to hear your comments:



Do you have photos and videos you would like to share? Send them in or post them on the Sacha Appleton Tennis Academy page in Facebook.

Tennis Tournaments – It’s Important to have Something To Aim For

English: Nadal in 2006

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In tennis, as in life, we tend to drift around aimlessly unless we have something to aim for, some target, deadline or event.  You know that feeling, you’ve been working towards something for ages and once it’s over, you feel flat, you actually miss all that hard work and excitement, the meaning it brought to your life.  Do you then ask yourself, what next?

Well with tennis it can be the same.  You can just play for fun, but you may still have a goal of reaching a certain standard and helps to clearly define this to yourself.  Or, you may wish to compete in tournaments.

As well as the official Cyprus Tennis Federation (CTF) tournaments, which are an excellent way to improve your tennis, there are a number of amateur ones you can take part in without having to be registered with the CTF

The ATL holds tournaments in every town throughout the year, which are split into levels according to your playing ability.  This means that beginners can play their first ever match and semi-pros can also play competitive matches.  The idea is for everyone to have fun and meet other people to play with.  The ATL is accepting registrations now for its 2012 season.  Are you going to take part?  I certainly hope most of my students will.

It’s not just though about having the goal, it’s also about what you learn.  Just by taking part in a tournament, you will find your game improves by 10, 20, maybe even 50%.

So, make sure you have a goal for your tennis and see yourself improve by leaps and bounds!

Intensive Tennis Week Reviewed

After 12 hours of tennis spread over 6 days, plus a mini tournament at the end.  What did the girls think?  Sue, Prue, Ruth, Sheena and Steph had taken a leap of faith booking an intensive tennis week with an unknown (to them) tennis coach, Sacha Appleton.  They’d previously been on a number of tennis holidays in Spain (La Manga), Portugal and elsewhere, so you could say they were experts on tennis courses.

The whole team together

The first day was just an introduction, with some basic tennis skills and some matchplay.  then each day, a different area was covered, with some revision of the previous days.  the final day ended in a mini-tournament won by Ruth – well done!  Everyone played well and I’d like to think everyone had improved.  I’d certainly like to think that Sheena’s serve in particular had become more of a weapon.  But what did they think?  After the mini-tournament, we all gathered for a very healthy post match drink (well there was fruit in them) and reviewed the course.

Ruth receiving her prize

According to Ruth, she enjoyed taking a look at different aspects, like learning better how to focus and learning a bit more about strategy.  She felt it wasn’t something that had been covered in their previous 8 tennis holidays.  Pru felt that several simple  tips on technique had helped her and would be easy to remember when she got back.  Sue just enjoyed learning together and felt her service had improved.  Even just looking up and aiming the serve.  Loosening the grip and learning where to hit the ball were also tips that they liked generally.

As a whole, they liked that the programme was individualised, tailored to them.  With all their previous courses, there was always a set area to cover each day and often the coaches tried to push them to do techniques, such as a topspin serve, that they weren’t comfortable with.  This was the first time they were coached by a woman, which they found less intimidating and they had fun.

Overall, they believed their game had improved and that they had been given the tools to be able to continue with this improvement, spot any errors creeping in and correct them.

Thanks girls for a great time!  You can see more photos on Facebook on