We caught up with Scott Wakefield, our beloved Senior Tennis Coach at the Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy – join Scott and his team if tennis is, or could be, your passion.
Tell us, when did you fall in love with tennis & what is your biggest tennis achievement?
I was 5… I was entered into a short tennis county event and somehow won it. I represented Hertfordshire as their number 1 player as a junior, went on to represent the county as a senior (and won titles as both) and I have competed in tournaments throughout Europe too.
What makes the Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy on Aphrodite Hills stand out?
Its 5* facilities (which the team work hard to maintain), the clay courts are top class & the fact that it is big enough to hold up to 36 players per hour, but small enough to keep the personalised feel of a member’s club and pay & play facility for non-members and holiday makers.
You live on the resort, what is your favourite facility other than the tennis academy?
After work socialising: Anoi & the Beer Garden. The massages at the spa are a life saver after I’ve been on court for up to 10hrs a day. The golf course is an amazing course to play on my day off as well, it’s a shame my golf doesn’t do the course justice!
Do you enjoy any sports other than tennis?
I play football in Paphos every Thursday with the resort staff.
What is the most rewarding aspect of coaching for you?
Seeing your players develop their skill set, from beginners through to advanced players. Tennis is a game for life. Meeting new players from various walks of life is an interesting part of my job and many clients also become great friends.
Can you share your favourite coaching tip that you say to students with us?
Spin is control! Make them play!
You have created a very welcoming & social environment at the tennis academy, what’s your secret?
My motto at the academy is: there are no strangers, just friends we haven’t met yet.
Which 4 players would you choose for a tennis ‘field of dreams’?
Bjorn Borg (my all time tennis idol) & Elvis vs Rafael Nadal & Muhammad Ali – what a match! My umpire would have to be Oliver Reed, I would love to have met him. Can I also go out for post-match drinks with them all?
Other than Cyprus, where has been your favourite place to live and why?
Mallorca has been a second home to me for years. My brother, also a tennis pro, has been teaching on the island for 12 years – hence we love Rafa! The weather is great there too (Cyprus weather still tops Mallorca though!).
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