More than 10 years after she brought Andy to Barcelona, Judy Murray came to @Ascflorida to support Ali Collins.
After the incredible journey in Indian Wells, this week I received the visit of Judy Murray, she came to see her protégée Ali Collins, student athlete at Sanchez-Casal Florida. We had a great practice together and she gave Ali some amazing advice. I enjoyed so much the memories that she had regarding the journey that Andy spent in Barcelona and how she remembers every step of it; the tournaments, the fights, the moments. I took one of her comments and kept it in my special book of memories: “Andy a few years ago realized how important was training in Barcelona and understood everything that at the moment he didn’t believe was so important. Today he believes even more that the work he did was key for his game”. It was rewarding and also fulfilling.
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and having the Murray’s being so grateful, helps so much to keep fighting to continue to give more opportunities to others.
Furthering Andy Murray’s experience at our Academy, we have just launched a TV campaign on the Tennis Channel featuring Ali Collins, a protégée of Andy’s mother, Judy. Ali hails from the same home town as the Murray family and is a student-athlete at our Naples campus. She has ranked as high as 119 on the ITF Junior Circuit and has also represented Great Britain in the Junior Fed Cup. She is a perfect example of the successful training framework that our system features to help emerging stars balance the demands of the tennis calendar with their studies.
We have been organizing the first 25000$ Ustaprocircuit event, as well as a prior wildcard tournament, it has been a total success thanks to the help of the sponsors like @BMWof Naples, @Headtennis, and many others, the level of players has been amazing and they show outstanding professionalism. I have to congratulate our young players, specially Victoria Emma because she won a match in both singles and doubles together with Ali Collins.
And I’m going to present another success story at the Sanchez-Casal Academy at our Naples location, her name is Victoria Emma, a student-athlete who has trained with us since she was eight years old. Last November, she Victoria was named Junior of the Year by the USTA Florida and was ranked number eleven in the country by the Tennis Recruiting Network for the Class of 2017. Victoria is currently a junior and has recently committed to the University of Florida, securing what promises to be a bright career in college tennis. Her success is another example of how combining tennis development with an on site coordinated education can benefit young tennis players by providing them wider complete and fully designed options for the future.
On Wednesday I had the pleasure to be part of the Wink news shows, we record different videos that were featured and was very challenging.
As the founder of the Sanchez-Casal Academy, last week I was proud to announce the launch of our Intercontinental Program, which combines our High-performance Tennis Training with quality, fully accredited High School studies in both Naples, Florida and Barcelona, Spain. Both are build upon and incorporate rooted with the renowned Spanish Tennis System, which has benefitted world class players such as Murray, Kuznetsova, Dimitrov, Monaco, Hantuchova, Bovina, and Miller. Lots of requests of information that shows how innovative and special is this program.
Twenty-five years ago when I was competing on the ATP Professional Tour (where I reached a career high of number one in doubles and number seven in singles), I realized how difficult it was to both train for tennis and receive a quality education as an elite player in juggle studies with training and competition. It was then that I began to embrace the idea of an academy where junior players could both reach their tennis goals as well as pursue their studies; and, where the tennis facilities, residence and school would be in the same place allowing the students to optimize their time and be provided with the stability that tennis requires. Now, Sanchez-Casal offers two campuses in place that make this a reality. Additionally, the two venues and our Intercontinental Program has the additional benefit of providing an international cultural exchange. It is a one-of-a-kind program. Sanchez-Casal is the only tennis academy in the world to have a center in Europe (Barcelona, Spain) and in the United States (Naples, Florida). The Intercontinental Study Program offers an exclusive opportunity to pursue academic studies while training, in a personalized integrated manner, allowing our student athletes to become an elite players at two locations. Our Academy in Barcelona opened in 1999, and Naples is now celebrating it’s fourth year of operations.