By Susana Zaragoza, Online Marketer at Academia Sánchez-Casal in Naples, Florida
Ukrainian tennis player Olga Savchuk has been training at Sanchez-Casal Academy in Florida for the past several weeks to get ready to compete in the US Open Series.
Savchuk, who achieved her career high doubles ranking of No. 34 last week, has kicked off her American tour at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, where she will play the doubles semifinal tomorrow with A. Pavlyuchenkova (RU) against US A. Spears and C. Vandeweghe .
We spoke with Olga during her stay to know more about her future plans.
How did you decide to come to ASC Florida to train?
I was looking for a place in Florida to practice. I asked Carlos Martinez, the coach of Svetlana Kuznetsova, with who I’ve been friends on the Tour for a long time, and he recommended that I come here. (Both Kuznetsova and Martínez are Sanchez-Casal alumni).
How was your stay at ASC Florida?
I liked it very much. I was particularly surprised to have found hard courts, which are not easily found in Florida, and which were very useful for my training. The club is huge: it has two gyms, a pool and everything that a professional tennis player needs to train.
What are your future plans?
I’m going to Stanford, Toronto, Cincinnati, New York, New Heaven and the US Open to compete in the US Open Series, so training here was a very good preparation for the upcoming tournaments.
What are your expectations for this year?
Right now I’m having the best year of my career. I achieved my best ranking this week, WTA doubles No. 34, and I just hope to make the top 20 by the end of the year.
We wish Olga the best of luck and hope to welcome her again soon!
Academia Sánchez-Casal offers the Pre-tournament program, aimed at players who will compete at International or National tournaments, to get the best preparation.
This summer other players have trained at Sánchez-Casal before some major tournaments. That’s the case of Jerry Shang, who won the USTA National Clay Court Under12 championship; Jake Beasley, who got the 8th position in both singles & doubles in the 18s Clay Court Nationals Championship in Delray Beach; and Alyssa Mayo, who captured the Girls’ 18 Singles and Doubles title at the Georgia Junior Open Championship.
By training at Sánchez-Casal Academy, players can:
- Prepare for the tournament environment by training on clay at sea level in tropical weather conditions, with world class facilities and coaches;
- Work on tactical and mental aspects to strengthen their game; and
- Gain confidence.
Learn more about the program here: https://asc-florida.com/tournaments
Susana Zaragoza, Online Marketer
Sánchez-Casal Academy, Florida