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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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Simona Halep Provides Injury Update On Knee Ahead Of US Open

The return of Simona Halep looks a long way away from happening as a knee injury continues to bother the Romanian.

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Simona Halep has provided an update on her knee injury as she faces a race against time to be fit for the US Open.

The former Roland Garros and Wimbledon champion’s comeback has not gone according to plan so far as she returned from a doping ban in Miami earlier this year.

However playing time has been limited for the Romanian as her second tournament of the year ended in a first round retirement at a Challenger event in Paris.

As a result of her retirement Halep was forced to miss Roland Garros and Wimbledon as she looked to recover from a knee injury.

The injury is more serious than meets the eye though as Halep provided an update on her knee injury and revealed it’s an injury that has been occurring for the last few months, “I wanted to provide a little health update since I have been away from the court lately. It is not the best news, but I wanted to share all the same,” Halep revealed on Instagram.

“For a few months now, I have been struggling with a knee injury. It’s an injury I have never had before and it has been a tough one to manage, with the pain persisting. It has been a very difficult period (almost two years) mentally and emotionally for me and struggling physically on top of that definitely doesn’t help.

“I have decided to take the time needed to recover properly, rather than training and playing through pain. My instinct has always been to try to come back as soon as possible, but I am not a machine, I am a human being and I need time to recover from everything I have gone through.

“I’ll keep you posted and, as always, want to thank you for your permanent support. I hope to be back on court very soon.”

Halep now faces a race against time to be fit for the US Open which starts on the 26th of August.

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Alexander Zverev Commits To Olympics, Speaks About Miscommunication Between Olympics And ATP

Alexander Zverev is preparing for his Olympic title defence.

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Alexander Zverev has spoken out on the miscommunication between the Olympics and the ATP tour with tennis’ top stars set to miss some big events on the tour.

The German is getting ready to defend his Olympic title that he won in Tokyo as Zverev heads to Paris.

After narrowly missing out on Roland Garros glory, Zverev now has an opportunity at redemption as he aims for a second consecutive gold medal at the Olympics.

However there is a dilemma for big players this year as the same week as the tennis event at the Olympics at the ATP 500 event in Washington.

This is an event that Zverev usually plays but will have to miss it due to playing in Paris.

Speaking out on the miscommunication, Zverev said it’s no secret that the ATP are not best friends on the Olympics but has committed to the historic event, “The ITF or the Olympics are not best friends with the ATP, that’s not a secret,” Zverev was quoted by Tennis Infinity as saying.

Everybody continues their own tour. Yes, the Olympics is one of the, if not the, most important events we have in sports. So, the best players in the world are always going to play the Olympics over anything else, over points and over prize money.

All the top players went to Wimbledon a few years back, despite having no points on the line. It’s about prestige, it’s not about points or money. It’s about winning these kinds of titles and having medals for your country.

That’s what it’s about. I would never choose to play a 500 event over the Olympics. There are no thoughts on that, and I think Washington is going to be quite an interesting 500 event, I would say.

The ATP 500 event in Washington will be headlined by Grigor Dimitrov, Ben Shelton, Karen Khachanov and Frances Tiafoe as they are among those that have chosen ranking points over the Olympic experience.

As for Zverev he is continuing his Olympic preparations in Hamburg where he will face Pedro Martinez in the semi-finals.

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Rafael Nadal Reveals Delight At Setting Up Ajdukovic Semi-Final After Four Hour Victory

Rafael Nadal has revealed his delight at reaching the Bastad semi-finals after a four hour victory over Mariano Navone.

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Rafael Nadal has revealed his delight at reaching the semi-finals in Bastad after a four hour victory over Mariano Navone.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion prevailed in a marathon 6-7(2) 7-5 7-5 victory to reach his first semi-final since Wimbledon 2022.

The Spaniard converted ten of his 21 break point opportunities as he reached the semi-finals.

After the match Nadal revealed his delight at reaching the last four and prevailed Navone for his resilient display, “I lost for some moments my concentration, but I was able to hold physically until the end,” Nadal told the ATP website.

“That is so important for me. Let’s see how I am tomorrow, but today I am alive and in the semi-finals, so that’s very important. There were a lot of changing dynamics in every single set. For moments, he was in control. For moments, I was in control. But at the end, no one was in control! That’s true, and I had a good chance in the second with 3-0. Then I was very close to losing the match in the second set.

“In the third [I was ahead] again with 5-2, but he’s a great fighter and he played a great match. I wish him all the very best for the rest of the season.”

Nadal will now play Duje Ajdukovic in the semi-finals as he aims to continue his eight match winning streak in Bastad with this being his first appearance at the tournament since winning the title in 2005.

The other semi-final will be Nuno Borges against Thiago Agustin Tirante with both players reaching their maiden ATP tour semi-final.

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