Suraj and the technical team of certified and experienced coaches have developed the training system that will be applied at the Academy.
It is a system that is regularly updated because the tennis industry is constantly developing, with changing materials that influence the speed of play (racquets, strings, balls...) and evolving training methods (especially in terms of physical and mental training) which ensure that we are seeing stronger, faster and more agile players than ever before on the professional circuits.
Emerging trends clearly show that the game of tennis is becoming progressively faster; points are shorter and the start of play (serve/return) is hugely influential to the subsequent development of the point. This means that players have to be prepared to make decisions in a shorter time.
We understand that modern tennis, and tennis of the future is played first with the ‘eyes’, then with the ‘mind’, later with the ‘legs’ and finally with the ‘hands’. At the Academy we apply training systems geared in this direction, combining them with the skills that have brought success to many of our players. Various aspects such as mobility, winning spirit, intensity (in training and in competition), concentration and a competitive mentality are worked upon.
During the training we will decide the amount of time to be dedicated to each of these aspects of play (technical, strategic, physical and mental) in order to ensure that our athletes are as competitive as possible. All training should be carried out with a clear objective, applying the maximum concentration, with no differentiation in this respect between training and competitive matches
Tennis has evolved in many different ways. One important aspect is the transformation of physical preparation and the increased importance of training players from a very young age
With the ever-changing equipment and increased physical demands on players, the challenges of the tennis circuits have never been greater.
Physical training for us is based on two pillars: coordination skills and injury prevention.
Coordination skills give young players the ability to make the impossible possible, to make the possible seem easy and the easy seem elegant. Balance, reflexes, changes of rhythm and direction, footwork, anticipation and hearing the ball are some of the areas linked to these skills. These considerations will be integrated on-court and in physical training sessions, where we will carry out personalised tasks during real play.
Tennis is an aggressive and asymmetrical sport that can cause imbalances in our muscles and joints. Preventative training, which aims to minimise these risks, forms a base for the following aspects: articular mobility exercises, stretching of the muscles that are prone to strains with the aim of alleviating tension; strengthening the stabilising muscles of the different areas of the body, such as the shoulder and the deep muscles of the back.
To work on these aspects, the Academy contains all the latest fitness and training machines and other technology.
Mental strength is very important in overcoming adversity and is one of the aspects that we work on at the Academy. Exercises are carried out on and off-court, with the aim of developing the psychological skills of the athlete, enhancing not only their tennis performance but also their ability to perform in other areas of life.
The ability to make quick decisions, to think under pressure, and to know when to pause and when to act, are important qualities both in sport and in everyday life.
The Academy also has a team of psychologists that will accompany the athletes, participating in and supervising the development of their individual work plans and intervening when potential areas for improvement are identified.
Proper nutrition has a fundamental role in life in general, especially for athletes. Good nutritional practices help to improve performance and prevent injuries.
The nutritional program at the Academy is based on different plans according to stages and its implementation is dependent on the coordination of a team of people (coaches, physical trainers, physiotherapists, psychologists and doctors), with the ultimate aim of ensuring that the student learns to ensure that they have all of the necessary nutrients at any given time. The nutritional plan at the Academy includes:
1. Evaluation of nutritional state of the student
2. Assessment of specific needs
3. Hydration in training and before, during and after competition, taking into account environmental conditions
4. Assessment of supplementary requirements and ergogenic aids
5. Support in the recovery from (and prevention of) injuries
6. Training and education: talks about nutrition and cooking workshops
Without a little bit of fun the training can become a routine and kids lose the drive. Our training involves different types of games which indulge kids.
The games are designed to increase coordination, motor skills both Gross and fine. The games may or may not be directly related to tennis but they impart the finer skills that will help kids evolve different dynamics required for tennis career.
Few of the games played are Crocodile hunter, Piggy tail, Musical rackets, Cone catch, Bouncing ball, Goal keeper, Long on, Escape artist.
Matches are not only played on court they are played off court as well. The planning, strategizing are as important as practicing on court. The class room training's teach the off court processes and practices necessary for development of player.
The class room training involves
Lectures by senior professional players and former players. The lectures include experience sharing, query session and motivational-educational talks.
Review and reflection on the matches played in practice and in tournaments. Through this review learning from mistakes and developing on the strengths of a players is addressed.
Documentation and review of the documentation on regular basis. The Documentation includes maintaining a note on activities, events, matches, mistakes, credits etc.
Players share their experiences from the recent competitions. This helps in self-reflection and also enables rest to learn from the speakers experiences.