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Tennis in Cyprus – with Scott Wakefield

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.

Scott Wakefield

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!

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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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Interview with Annabel Croft

Sport - AcademyAphrodite 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?
YOGA

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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