We follow the journey of Barnaby Smith (16), one of the best junior in Great Britain and new Sánchez-Casal annual player. Last two weeks Smith was part of Sánchez-Casal Team who travelled to Croatia for competing in two Futures Tournaments.
Sánchez-Casal coach and former ATP player, Héctor Ruiz, was leading the Tour in Croatia and from his point of view “Barnaby was nearly to pass the qualy and get into the maindraw in the first Future. So, these two Futures are a great experience for his tennis. We will continue working with the main goal to get more experience instead of score”.
This week Barnaby is training at Sánchez-Casal under the guidance of Stefan Ortega, former coach of Sveta Kuznetsova. He is training with the Sánchez-Casal System on court (working the three areas of the court, improving the footwork) and in the gym (coordination, strength, power…).
He is doing the same drills that ATP like Andy Murray, Grigor Dimitrov, Juan Mónaco, Gilles Muller and WTA like Sveta Kuznetsova used to do at the Academy years ago.
The Tournament calendar is a key factor, so this is the reason why he has been playing Futures and in a few weeks will play ITF Junior.
First of all he will have an important event at home in the Sánchez-Casal ITF Junior Cup, and then Barnaby will travel to the north of Spain to compete in ITF Tournaments in Sanxenxo and Pontevedra.
Stefan Ortega is working on Smith´s footwork with the Sánchez-Casal drills, and affirms that “We are focus on the development pathway, so these weeks are great for training properly on the court and in the gym as well. The Tournament calendar is key in this phase.The calendar for Barnaby includes ITF and Futures. In the Futures, his goal is to get the rhythm of those players who are older. It´s important to play long rallies, long matches”.
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