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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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Laver Cup Daily Preview: Team Europe Goes for a Fifth Straight Laver Cup

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The lineup for Day 3 (twitter.com/lavercup)

Heading into Day 3, the 2022 Laver Cup is feeling extremely familiar.  Team Europe has an 8-4 advantage, and only needs two wins on Sunday to secure their fifth consecutive Laver Cup.  Team World needs to win three matches to pull off the upset and obtain their first. 

 

Sunday’s play gets underway in London at 12:00pm local time.  And each match on Sunday is worth three points.


Matteo Berrettini and Andy Murray (Team Europe) vs. Felix Auger-Aliassime and Jack Sock (Team World) – 12:00pm

Berrettini was victorious in both singles and doubles on Saturday, defeating Auger-Aliassime in singles, and teaming with Djokovic to overcome Sock and de Minaur in doubles.  So Matteo gained victories over both of his Sunday opponents on Saturday.  Murray lost to de Minaur in singles on Friday.  Andy and Jack are the most accomplished doubles players in this match, as Sock is pretty much Team World’s doubles specialist.  If he and Felix cannot pull of the victory on Sunday, it could be a pretty short day.


Novak Djokovic (Team Europe) vs. Felix Auger-Aliassime (Team World)

Like Berrettini, Djokovic won in singles and doubles on Saturday, comfortably dispatching of Tiafoe in singles.  While it was his first match in over two months, Novak showed no rust whatsoever.  Auger-Aliassime’s loss to Berrettini on Saturday will not help his confidence against the 21-time Major champion.

Novak and Felix have only played once before, and that occurred four months ago in Rome on clay.  It was a pretty tight affair, but Djokovic prevailed 7-5, 7-6(1).  And there’s not much evidence to support a different outcome on Sunday.  Novak is surely eager to re-assert his authority after missing so much of this season due to his vaccination status.


Stefanos Tsitsipas (Team Europe) vs. Frances Tiafoe (Team World) – If Necessary

Tsitsipas easily beat Diego Schwartzman on Friday, dropping just three games.  He is 3-2 against Tiafoe, and 3-1 on hard courts.  However, Frances claimed their most recent encounter, last fall in Vienna, which was also on an indoor hard court.


Casper Ruud (Team Europe) vs. Taylor Fritz (Team World) – If Necessary

Ruud defeated Sock on Friday, while Fritz defeated Norrie on Saturday.  If this match takes place, it will be their first career meeting.


The full Laver Cup schedule is here.

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Roger Federer Claims Happiness Over Tennis Retirement In Emotional Last Match

It was an emotional evening in London as Roger Federer said goodbye to tennis.

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Roger Federer has said that his retirement from tennis was full of joy not sadness after an emotional occasion at the Laver Cup.

 

The career of one of the greatest tennis players of all time is over after 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer played his last match of his career at the O2 Arena in London.

Federer teamed up with Rafael Nadal to take on Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock with the American pairing claiming victory 4-6 7-6(2) 11-9 to level the tie for Team World at 2-2.

However celebration was limited as the whole venue celebrated, cried and soaked up the emotion that Roger Federer’s career was over.

There were tears from Federer, his family as well as rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic as the end of an era was upon Tennis.

Even a performance from Ellie Goulding saw the Arena’s emotion get stronger as the Swiss maestro said goodbye to a sport he has played since he was a kid.

However despite the tears Federer claimed after the match that it was a day of celebration not sadness as he closed a big chapter of his life, “It’s been a wonderful day. I’m happy, not sad. It feels great to be here. I’m happy I made it through,” Federer told the BBC website.

“It’s been the perfect journey. I’d do it all again. Everyone’s here, the boys and girls. My wife has been so supportive. She could have stopped me a long, long time ago but she didn’t.

“Being with the guys and having family and friends, I didn’t feel the stress so much even if I felt something would go during the match. I am so glad I made it through and the match was great. I couldn’t be happier.”

After 1,750 matches in his career, Federer now faces the prospect of leaving the sport he has know for over 20 years as a professional tennis player.

But Federer gave the biggest hint yet that he wants to continue to be apart of the sport for the future.

Speaking to the press Federer claimed that he wants to travel around the world to say thanks to those who didn’t have a chance on Friday evening, “Hopefully we’ll see each other again on a different type of tennis court, somewhere around the world,” Federer was quoted as saying by the BBC website.

“I think the message from me was just making sure I relay my passion for the sport to the fans. I have no plans whatsoever, where, how, when. All I know, I would love to go and play places I have never played before or go say thank you for years to come to all the people that have been so supportive of me.

“The hard part about the Laver Cup was that tickets were already sold out. The people who maybe would have also loved to be here couldn’t make it. Maybe there is another way down the stretch we can party all together.”

An incredible career was celebrated, rejoiced and soaked in by the whole of Tennis and now Federer gets to reflect on a once in a lifetime career.

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Laver Cup Daily Preview: Novak Djokovic to Play Singles and Doubles on Saturday

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The lineup for Day 2 (twitter.com/lavercup)

In the wake of Roger Federer’s incredibly emotional retirement on Day 1, the focus of this event shifts to the rest of the competitors on Day 2.  And for the first time in the five-year history of the Laver Cup, Team World goes into Day 2 without a deficit.  With both Federer and Rafael Nadal replaced by alternates for Day 2 and Day 3, is this Team World’s opportunity to capture their first Laver Cup? 

 

Each day, this preview will look at all four scheduled matches, while taking an extended look at the most notable match of the day.  Saturday’s day session gets underway in London at 1:00pm local time, and the night session at 7:00pm.  And each match on Saturday is worth two points.


Matteo Berrettini (Team Europe) vs. Felix Auger-Aliassime (Team World) – 1:00pm

These two good friends have played four times, with Berrettini winning on three of those occasions.  Matteo’s wins came three years ago in the final of Stuttgart on grass, in the quarterfinals of last year’s Wimbledon, and a year ago in this event.  Auger-Aliassime’s only win occurred last summer in Cincinnati.  Matteo is coming off a quarterfinal run in New York, as well as three victories last week in Davis Cup.  Felix was upset in the second round of the US Open by Jack Draper, and went 2-1 in Davis Cup.


Cameron Norrie (Team Europe) vs. Taylor Fritz (Team World) – Second in the Day Session

Norrie was also an alternate in last year’s Laver Cup, but did not play.  Fritz was a part of Team World in 2019, when he went 1-1 in singles, defeating Dominic Thiem during Sunday’s play in a must-win match to keep his team alive.  Cam is now 45-22 on the year, while Fritz is 36-17.  Both men achieved their best-ever Major performances two months ago at Wimbledon.  They played each other just last week in Davis Cup, with Norrie prevailing after three tight sets.  Overall they have split 10 previous meetings.


Novak Djokovic (Team Europe) vs. Frances Tiafoe (Team World) – 7:00pm

Is Tiafoe ready to upset another member of “The Big Three” on Saturday?  He earned the biggest win of his career by taking out Rafael Nadal at the US Open, and defeated Nadal and Federer in doubles on Day 1 alongside Jack Sock.  Meanwhile, this will be the first match for Djokovic in over two months, since he won the Wimbledon final over Nick Kyrgios.  The unvaccinated Novak was unable to travel to North America for the hard court summer season.

Djokovic has only played seven tournaments this year, amassing a record of 23-5.  Tiafoe is 26-19, and is coming off his exciting semifinal run in New York.  Their only previous matchup was at the 2021 Australian Open, when Novak defeated Frances in four sets.  Frances is certainly the much more match-tough player on this day.  But despite his recent inactivity, Djokovic should still be considered the favorite.


Matteo Berrettini and Novak Djokovic (Team Europe) vs. Alex de Minaur and Jack Sock (Team World) – Second in the Night Session

Novak will have only a few minutes of rest ahead of this doubles match, so the length of his match with Tiafoe could impact the result here.  This will be Novak’s first time playing doubles since last year’s Davis Cup finals.  Berrettini played three doubles matches this past January at the ATP Cup, going 1-2.  De Minaur overcame Andy Murray in singles on Friday in what was a grueling contest, while Sock was defeated in singles and victorious in doubles.


The full Laver Cup schedule is here.

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