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Emilio Sánchez On "the Spanish Method" and His Florida Academy
The Academia Sánchez-Casal in Barcelona, Spain is justifiably famous as the training ground for such international standouts as Andy Murray, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anna Ivanovic, Janko Tipsarevic, and others. In 2012, they bought the former Naples Bath & Tennis Club in Florida, bringing the so-called "Spanish Method" to a satellite campus run by none other than co-founder Emilio Sánchez himself. During his career on tour, he had a Top 10 ranking in singles and No. 1 in doubles, winning three Grand Slam doubles titles (two French, one U.S. Open) and later served as captain of the Spanish Davis Cup during its championship 2008 season. In Naples, he personally takes a role in the on-court instruction as he works to build this budding junior academy into one as effective as its Spanish sister. But just what is "the Spanish Method" anyway?
"The Spanish method is a way of placing yourself to hit the ball," Sánchez began. "In our clinics, we divide the court in three areas (here he draws a court and circles the area behind the baseline, the area between the baseline and service line and the area from the service line to the net). Inside these areas we will always move diagonally whenever we attack ball, so there is a lot of emphasis on footwork and movement. It makes players tougher. And because they work much harder in the practice sessions, in the matches they are more like survivors, they are warriors. They don't mind doing what they have to do to get behind the ball, and they know that if they can get behind the ball, they're going to have more options to hit the ball more places." More on the adult and junior programs at the Florida campus of the Academia Sánchez-Casal.
Tennis and More On Kauai, Hawaii's "Garden Isle"
Scores of movies have been filled on Hawai'i's island of Kaua'i, most recently "The Descendants," starring George Clooney. Less developed than the other major islands, it retains a haunting, even primeval beauty. Parts of the center of the 552-square-mile island remain impenetrable, including the often cloud-shrouded 5,142-foot Mount Waialeale crater—one of the wettest places on earth—near the core. So too the roadless Na Pali coast on the northwest, a haunting landscape of steep knife-edged ridges and deep canyons best viewed by boat. Even a short list of the movies shot on the island—"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Avatar," "Jurassic Park," and "South Pacific" (where Hanalei and the North Shore stood in for the iconic Bali Ha'i)—hints at the lush, exotic landscapes to be found there. Part of the allure of the island is that there are so many ways to take it all in: by road, helicopter, on foot or bicycle, by kayak, on horseback, or zipline. It is a place for active vacationers and, if you choose carefully, for tennis players, as you'll see when you read the report of my latest visit: Tennis on the "Garden Isle" of Kauai.
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On the Road
Dispatches from my latest travels