Sampras Named Greenbrier Pro Emeritus
Courtesy The Greenbrier
Pete Sampras, the former world No. 1 and winner of 14 Grand Slam singles titles, has been appointed Tennis Pro Emeritus by The Greenbrier, the historic resort in West Virginia's Allegheny Mountains. Already a participant in the Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic each September, Sampras, who is a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, now makes a further appearance May 26-28, 2014 to headline a special weekend clinic, consisting of instruction, match play, a pro-am, exhibition, and cocktail party. For more information, phone 304-536-7759 or visit 2014 Pete Sampras Tennis Clinic at The Greenbrier.
Lendl Academy Moves To Bluffton
Courtesy Ivan Lendl Tennis Academy
The Ivan Lendl International Junior Tennis Academy has left its original home at the Port Royal Racquet Club for the TennisClub of the Lowcountry in nearby Bluffton. The move means that students will be able to train closer to where they are housed. TCL also has the smaller Quickstart tennis courts, and TCL and IJTA plan to add hard courts to complement the club's five clay courts. The Heritage Academy, where many of the students pursue academics, will remain on Hilton Head Island. For more on the move, see the story in The Island Packet.
Nick Bollettieri To Enter Hall of Fame
Many felt this was long overdue, but legendary coach Nick Bollettieri has at last been invited to become a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, RI, He will be inducted this July along with form World No. 1 Lindsay Davenport, 5-time Paralympic medalist Chantal Vandierendonck; Jane Brown Grimes, who has held executive leadership roles with the WTA, USTA, and the International Tennis Hall of Fame; and British tennis broadcaster and author John Barrett. There are more details in the Hall of Fame press release.
Todd Martin Named CEO of Hall of Fame
Former ATP world No. 4 Todd Martin has been named the CEO-designate of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Newport, RI. He assumes that role on April 1, and for the next several months will work with current CEO, Mark L. Stenning, who will be stepping down in September after 35 years with the organization. A highly respected member of the tennis community, Martin is a past president of the ATP Players Council and former member of the USTA Board of Directors. In the press release, Martin commented on his new position:
"I'm tremendously excited to join the International Tennis Hall of Fame, to lead the organization's staff, and to execute its mission. It is an honor to be charged with preserving the rich history of our sport and to celebrate the people who have created its greatest moments. I look forward to working with the International Tennis Hall of Fame Board of Directors and staff, and many tennis industry partners."
Cromlix: Andy Murray's Luxury Hotel Opens April 1
Courtesy Cromlix Hotel
Visitors to Kinbuck, Scotland can now stay at Andy Murray's house—or at least at Cromlix House, the Victorian mansion he purchased last year not far from where he grew up in Dunblane. Set on 34 acres of secluded woodlands and gardens, the handsome stone structure houses 10 rooms, 5 suites, a chapel, reception hall, two drawing rooms, a conservatory, library, meeting rooms, and Chez Roux restaurant. On the grounds there is a tennis court and practice wall and a lake—make that loch—for fishing. Renovations are currently underway, with bookings being accepted beginning April 1.
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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.
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