By Ritwik Chatterjee, ESIS/ASC Florida Alumnus, class of 2016 and ASC Coach
It was 2014 when I first came across Academia Sanchez-Casal. I had just finished 10th grade and was frustrated with my daily life in India. I always felt like there was something holding me back and that I could perform better, both as an athlete and as a student. So, when I decided to join ASC, I came prepared to work hard and take my tennis to a new level, but what I got was truly something extraordinary. The two years I spent here was the most enriching years of my life. The quality of the tennis and fitness training was second to none, which was helped by a good, private international school. The coaches and staff made me feel as if I were a part of their family, so much so that 2 years after I graduated as the valedictorian of my class, I felt the urge to return to ASC as a coach.
Both ICI coaching courses that I took here, especially the Professional Competitive Coaching course, were very informative, helpful and well structured. I learned about several different aspects of coaching that I had never thought of. The experience of Emilio Sanchez and Luis Mediero could clearly be understood as they imparted tennis wisdom to the coaches who were taking the course.
My experience as a coach here at ASC was as rewarding as my time as a student. Apart from learning about the multiple facets of being a tennis coach, I found my interactions with the student-athletes to be very fruitful. The passion, drive and motivation present in the players only make me want to help them improve as much as I can.
If anything, my return to ASC has shown me that my love for the sport has only grown and that it shows no sign of stopping any time soon.
ASC Florida Coach and ESIS Alumnus, class of 2016