Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy was franchised by the Annabel Croft Academy between 2013 – end of 2015 – during this time we managed to grab the Former British No 1 Ladies Tennis player, T.V presenter and Tennis Academy Owner; Annabel Croft to talk about, Travel, Tennis and Aphrodite Hills.
What is your earliest tennis memory?
Watching Virginia wade win Wimbledon. She is now a great friend and has been an incredible inspiration to me.
What is your most treasured tennis memory?
Probably playing my idol Chris Evert on Court one at Wimbledon in the third round, 1985. And also winning Junior Wimbledon on that same court the same year.
Who was your toughest opponent during your career and why?
Martina Navratilova as she was so physically strong, serve and volleyed and took time away from you. Matches went very quickly as points were short!
What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
What are the things you like most about travel?
I love to experience and explore different cultures and meet people from different parts of the world. Travel has enriched my life in so many ways. With accessibility no, the world feels so much smaller, but it’s one of the greatest privileges to be able to travel.
Why Aphrodite Hills?
Cyprus is very beautiful and particularly, so is Aphrodite Hills. The Tennis Academy facility is one of the best in Europe with a perfect climate to match. The people are charming too. Therefore, an obvious choice!
What are the things you like most about tennis coaching?
It’s very rewarding being able to pass on knowledge that was passed on to me and see the results and joy it gives to others.
What is the Annabel Croft coaching ethos?
My coaching ethos is mainly about hitting lots and lots of balls from many different parts of the court. It’s about teaching players to be able to move as well as hit a tennis ball. When you play tennis you are never static and therefore as soon as you are out of position or off balance things can go wrong. Therefore, all our drills are designed to be as close to the real scenario as possible. To give confidence as well as have fun on court. We encourage all ages and abilities and through doing the drills and hitting a large volume of balls you improve.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
The harder you practice the luckier you get!
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring tennis players, what would it be?
Stay relaxed and enjoy! There are many thoughts that go through a players mind when playing tennis so it’s important to try to focus on one or two things and set small achievable goals.
What is your most treasured possession?
I try not to put too much emphasis on material things but I would be sad if my Junior Wimbledon cup got lost as it holds many great memories for me.
Where would you most like to live?
I love where I live in Kingston Upon Thames which is near beautiful Richmond Park with the deer and lakes, but I would like to live in the sun too.
Who, past and present would be your perfect doubles partner?
I always loved Bjorn Borg as a child and used to queue up to watch him in standing room only on centre court. I would choose him or Roger Federer.
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
I would like to live in the period of Downton Abbey wearing beautiful clothes and drinking plenty of English tea!
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Treat others how you want to be treated and don’t get stressed out. So many others have much worse lives and put whatever problem you have in perspective.
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