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GPTCA/SI World Tennis Conference: High-Level Training For Coaches Will Be Available Online

From the 25th to the 28th of March, the first world conference for tennis coaches and teachers, organized by GPTCA and Segal Institute, will be happening online. Many big names of the tennis are going to be featured as speakers: from Ljubicic to Toni Nadal, from Bollettieri to Castellani, from Becker to Massù. And Ubitennis will be there.

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In difficult situations, a famous Galileo Galilei quote is often used: “Behind every problem, there is an opportunity”. The training of tennis instructors and coaches, like all other sectors, had to face many difficulties during the last year due to the restrictions imposed worldwide to stifle the spread of the pandemic. In most cases, these difficulties led to a significant reduction in training activities, with teaching mostly happening remotely and not in the traditional classroom environment. However, having the alternative of online training can be a great opportunity, both for organisers and attendants, eliminating or significantly reducing logistical and economic problems (just think about the organising, travel, food, and lodging expenses) connected to on-site courses. By doing this, training events can be aimed at a much wider audience of participants (also because, after a year of smart-working and distance learning, everybody is more accustomed and willing to attend an online course) and with a richer and more authoritative group of speakers than if they had gathered “physically” in the same place and in the same period.

 

Therefore, a high-level training opportunity for tennis coaches and instructors materialised. The first edition of the World Tennis Conference (WTC) will be held online from the 25th to the 28th March, organized by the GPTCA (Global Professional Tennis Coach Association, the worldwide association of tennis coaches recognized by the ATP that provides training and education for tennis coaches internationally) and by SI (Segal Institute, an organization that provides consulting and services to tennis players, coaches, clubs and other organizations) with the aim of supporting them in effectively achieving their goals. WTC is an online conference for tennis coaches from around the world that, in four intense days of e-learning training, will provide them the knowledge, skills and competencies that a “High Performance Tennis Coach” should develop, i.e. a coach who is able to support his player in achieving maximum performance. 

There will be about sixty speakers – a number that confirms the organization’s commitment to making this first edition an important moment of professional growth for tennis coaches – who will take turns on the WTC virtual stage, sharing their experiences and skills with the objective of highlighting the fundamental aspects to achieve excellence in performance. It is hard to name just a few since there are so many high-profile names among them. The list will include: legendary coaches such as Nick Bollettieri, Alberto Castellani and Toni Nadal; Slam champions such as Boris Becker and Andrès Gomez; former Top 10 players such as Andrei Medvedev, Rainer Schuttler and Janko Tipsarevic; the coaches of some of today’s greatest champions, including former world N.3 Ivan Ljubicic, who now works with the man who many consider to be the greatest tennis player of all time, Roger Federer. Other current top coaches will include Nicolas Massù and Gilles Cervara, who respectively work alongside Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev. Moreover, a representative of Novak Djokovic’s team, the current world’s best player, will also intervene – Marco Panichi, the physical trainer of the Serbian champion. 

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The WTC flyer, with the names of the 60 speakers creating a stylized tennis ball

In addition to dealing with the technical, tactical, physical and mental areas, all closely contributing to the achievement of a top-notch performance (Cecilia Morini and Federico di Carlo, experts in the field of mental training, are some of the speakers that will feature), the conference also wants to address other issues that a coach should acquire to support their players more effectively on and off the court and to better organize their activities as well as their relationship with the media. 

Ubitennis will talk about these topics on the WTC virtual stage: firstly, the website’s CEO Ubaldo Scanagatta will address the issue of how to prepare players to deal with the media in the best way, drawing from his experience as a veteran journalist and tennis reporter who has worked at 160 Slams, but also as a former director of an ATP tournament (Florence, from 1974 to 1979). Ubitennis will furthermore be represented by long-time collaborator Ilvio Vidovich, who will talk about the approach to communication and media relations of tennis associations and organizations, stemming from his role as press officer of ISMCA (International Sport Mental Coach Association) as well.

Craig O’Shannessy, the most famous data analyst on the ATP circuit, will also be taking part in the conference (his presence was announced only a few days ago), and the list of speakers may further expand.  The closing speech will be held by ATP President Andrea Gaudenzi, who will talk about the future objectives of ATP, confirming the importance given to coaches training.

The organisers will guarantee access to the recording of the interventions for 30 days after the conclusion of the conference, a further opportunity offered by the e-learning modality to allow participants to get the most out of the event. In addition, as Fernando Segal (founder and CEO of the Segal Institute and director of the World Tennis Conference) told us, work is being finalised to include subtitles in English, Spanish, German and Italian – all the speeches will be given in English. 

There will also be the opportunity to enjoy the contents of the conference from a smartphone, through the Tennis ONE app.

To sum up, Galileo was right…

For those who are interested, further information is available on the event website, at https://worldtennisconference.com/

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Ons Jabeur Acknowledges Mental Toughness Ahead Of Charleston Semi-Finals

Ons Jabeur has acknowledged her improvement in her mental game as she heads into her fourth WTA semi-final in Charleston.

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Ons Jabeur has acknowledged her improvement in the mental parts of her game after reaching the Charleston semi-finals.

 

The Tunisian comfortably beat Coco Gauff 6-3 6-3 in 1 hour and 20 minutes to reach the last four in Charleston.

It was a dominant performance from the world number 28 who broke on six occasions to set up a semi-final against Danka Kovinic.

However yesterday’s win was also evidence that Jabeur’s mental toughness has improved as in 2020, the Tunisian was 0-5 in quarter-final matches and 0-2 against Gauff having lost in Lexington and Rome to the American teenager.

Speaking after the victory, Jabeur admitted that it was nice to settle those demons last night, “Maybe this year is a revenge year for me,” Jabeur told the WTA website.

“Honestly, mentally-wise I’m much better. I’m getting there. I had my opportunities against her last year. She’s a great player. I know exactly what I’m going to face and I was ready for the battle.

“I’m glad that I’m playing good now. I know that clay is amazing and I gotta say, I have been enjoying sliding a lot lately. It’s the best part of the clay. I like the green clay. It’s different than the red clay but I like it. The bounce is not too high, it’s not too low. It’s a good balance for me.

“I’m just trying to play my game. I’m trying to enjoy after a very tough start to the season. A lot of expectations. I’m really glad I got to prove myself this week and I’m in the semi-finals.”

Jabeur will look to continue her good form in 2020 which saw her climb into the world’s top 30 and end the season with a 27-11 win-loss record.

Saturday will be Jabeur’s fourth WTA career semi-final and her first since 2019 where she reached the last four in Tianjin.

The meeting with Kovinic will be the first WTA Tour meeting of their career although Jabeur won their meeting on the ITF circuit in Budapest in 2018 6-2 6-1.

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Lorenzo Musetti’s Run Ended By Djere In Cagliari

Sonego, Fritz, Basilashvili, join Serb in semi-final line-up.

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Italian teen sensation Lorenzo Musetti’s run at the Sardegna Open was ended by Laslo Djere in an error-strewn match played out in tricky conditions.

 

The 19-year-old, who has looked in supreme form this week and ousted top seed Dan Evans in a second round thriller on Thursday, appeared to run out of steam in the deciding set as the Serb ran out a 6-4 4-6 6-2 winner.

The strong gusts that have blown across the centre court all week at the Cagliari Tennis Club appeared to have saved their best efforts for this encounter, as both men seemed to be affected by the tricky conditions. Djere particularly struggled on his serve, offering up 8 double faults, but he was still able to take control of the final set as his young opponent faded.

Musetti will no doubt still be pleased with his work in Sardinia. He will be one to watch next week as a Wild Card at the Monte Carlo Masters, where he has been drawn against Aslan Karatsev in the first round, with a potential second round clash against Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Meanwhile, third seed Lorenzo Sonego ensured there would still be an Italian representative in the last four as he came through against Yannick Hanfmann 3-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-3. The German started impressively and had the opportunity to serve for the match at 5-4 in the second set but was unable to convert. Sonego then recovered from a 3-0 deficit in the ensuing tie break to level proceedings, before going on to seal the win.

In the semi-finals Sonego will have the chance to gain revenge for his defeat in Doha last month to Taylor Fritz. The American second seed came through 6-3 6-4 against an out-of-sorts Aljaz Bedene.

Fritz appeared to be cruising at a set and a break up, with his opponent struggling to make an impact on the gangly American. It left Bedene somewhat uncharacteristically venting his frustration, but this seemed to work for the Slovenian as he was able to break back. It was Bedene’s serve that let him down at a crucial moment, two double faults at 3-3 helping to hand Fritz another crucial, and ultimately decisive, break.

The final semi-final spot was claimed by Nikoloz Basilashvili, who defeated Jan-Lennard Struff 7-5 4-6 6-3 under the floodlights in the final action of the day. Struff has struggled for form so far in 2021 but had looked solid so far this week, and the match-up led to some predictably entertaining rallies. After a tight first two sets, Doha champion Basilashvili was able to take advantage of some Struff errors early in the third, surging to a 3-0 lead. Despite a mini-fightback from the German, Basilashvili clung on to book a Saturday meeting with the unseeded Djere.

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Lorenzo Musetti Blasts ‘Disrespectful’ Evans After Reaching Cagliari Quarter-Finals

Lorenzo Musetti has called Dan Evans disrespectful after reaching the Cagliari quarter-finals.

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Lorenzo Musetti has hit out at Dan Evans after beating him to reach the last eight in Cagliari.

 

The Italian rising star defeated Evans in a tight contest 6-1 1-6 7-6(8) to reach the quarter-finals in Cagliari.

Musetti saved four match points having been 4-0 and 6-3 down in the final set tiebreak before rallying back to claim victory.

However after the match there was an unusual celebration from the 19 year-old, who threw his racket into the ground.

Clearly frustrated, the Italian made it known after the match that he didn’t appreciate Evans’ attitude, “There are respectful experienced players on the pitch. Others like Evans, they try to use my youth to shoot (win) matches,” Musetti was quoted as saying by TennisHead in his post-match press conference.

“But it’s all experience for me. Evans disrespected me. I don’t want to be treated like a young man. It was really tough. I was 3-6 down in the tiebreak and he was playing good, always going to the net and always aggressive.

“I tried to stay calm and tried to play each point. That is what I did and it worked, so I am really happy and really proud of myself with this win.”

During the match, Evans implemented some unusual return positioning in the second set which is what may have upset the Italian.

However the main thing is Musetti is now into the quarter-finals in Cagliari as he continues his rise among tennis’ elite.

The Italian has already beaten the likes of Stan Wawrinka, Diego Schwartzman and Grigor Dimitrov as he has already broken into the top 100.

Musetti will play Laslo Djere of Serbian in the last eight on Friday.

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