It’s 6:00am and Julia’s alarm clock sounds. Outside it’s still a bit dark and quiet. She prepares her tennis bag and grabs her racquet. She walks five minutes from the house to the cafeteria with some campers to meet the big group and have breakfast by 6:30am. Breakfast includes cereal, toast, ham and cheese sandwiches, fruit juice and milk.
At 7:00am she’s on the court to start her morning practice for three hours. It’s a sunny day as almost every day is in Naples, Florida. After tennis practice, she has an hour of fitness to stretch but also goes through a tennis specific performance training.
This is the story of Eva Guerrero Álvarez (19 years old, from Almería) who since 2017 has been a player in the Sánchez-Casal Academy. It is the story of a girl who at the age of 5 fell in love with tennis, who has a passion that she lives for 365 days a year, and who dreams of becoming a professional tennis player: something that requires immense amounts of effort, and full-time dedication.
At Sánchez-Casal Academy, the development of our long-stay players is very important to us. That is why we created the ASC Player Development and Competition Plan, summarized in the Sánchez-Casal Pyramid©, which shows players the path to success in the professional world of tennis. Do you want to follow the same path as Murray, Kuznetsova, Sanchez V, Dimitrov or Monaco?
I accompanied Verdasco to the Rome Masters in May 2017 and when he lost, I got the urge to stop by Madrid to visit Casper, something within me pushed me to visit him instead of going to Barcelona to see my mother.
At first glance he seems shy, or maybe he is, but as soon as he speaks, his low tone captivates you. His arguments are very strong, and he knows how to put himself in your place. Víctor Hugo Camargo puts effort into what he does, he is always available, and the ASC values are his DNA. He is involved with attention, his greatest virtue is that he cares about others and gives everything for them.
The Emilio Sanchez Vicario Foundation (FESV) has received the Best Institution 2018 award in the annual Professional Tennis Registry (RPT) awards. The Professional Tennis Registry, as an awards entity, pays tribute to people, entities, and institutions that, through their daily activities, are at the foundation of Spanish tennis and contribute to creating and expanding its base.
The nº 1 seed, Roberto Carballés, was proclaimed champion of the Challenger Sánchez-Casal Mapfre, by defeating another Spanish player, Pedro Martínez, by 1/6, 6/3, 6/0. Carballés commented that “I felt at home during this week, which culminated with this important triumph, and I encourage more tournaments of this level to be organized in Spain.”
This week we explore the documentary ‘Ivan Lendl: Sporting Greats Show’ which focuses on the former world #1 tennis player’s career. The documentary features testimonials of Lendl’s entourage including tennis legend, compatriot and ASC Florida coach Pavel Slozil. Lendl and Slozil grew up together in the city of Ostrava, Czechoslovakia and were part of the winning Czech Davis Cup team in 1980.
From the 7th to the 14th of October, the Sánchez-Casal Academy will host the Sánchez-Casal Mapfre tournament, from the ATP Challenger Tour. This tournament will bring together international professional tennis players for the second most important tournament in the region.
This week I want to share a story about a special person on the Sanchez-Casal team, Alvaro Pino. Alvaro is the son of Antonio Pino, a former tennis player, and coach who has worked with us since the Academy was founded in Barcelona.