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Why Play Tennis – by Scott Wakefield

Scott Wakefield

Why play tennis? What are the benefits for your lifestyle and fitness? Scott Wakefield, the fantastic Head Coach at Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy reveals all:

 

It’s a great workout: A combination of fun, aerobic and anaerobic workout. Tennis players are nearly always moving, and the combination of short sharp sprints during rallies with constant changes in direction build muscle and stamina. Tennis promotes bone strength and density: it strengthens bones of young players and helps to prevent osteoporosis in older players. Tennis also improves your hand-eye coordination, constantly watching the ball and timing your contact points.

Tennis through the ages: Tennis is a fantastic life sport from 4 years old to, if you are lucky enough, 100 years plus! Tennis is truly the sport for a lifetime, it has been proven!
Tennis is social: Tennis is a great way to meet and make new friends. It opens up a whole new social group and organised social tennis sessions are a great way to keep playing in fun and friendly matches; you don’t even need a partner. We run social tennis at Aphrodite Hills every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am – 12pm, year round.

Mental Tennis: Tennis keeps you sharp and mentally focused. It is great for problem solving and is a game based on angle geometry and physics where strategies and tactics can win you matches. Being mentally strong fortifies your mind and helps out in all other aspects of your life.

All year round: Tennis can be played all year round, even in winter months. Cyprus receives some of the best weather in Europe so indoor courts are not necessary and there is even a shaded tennis court at the academy so that tennis can even be enjoyed during the midday sun.

Stress Buster: What better way to relieve stress than by hitting a ball as hard as you can? It feels great, and when you hit a winner it is even better!

Other benefits: Tennis helps develop a good work ethic: improvements through lessons and practice reinforces the value of hard work. Tennis helps you to learn to win graciously and lose with honour. Tennis helps you manage mistakes, learn to play within your abilities, manage and minimise your mistakes in your game and in turn, in life.

Call the Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy to find out how you can get started!

Check the Tennis Academy Schedules and Rates here.

Sport Profile: Wyn Lewis

Wyn

Age: 32                                                                                                                                       Profession: Tennis Coach

Current position: Mature student. Senior Coach at Aphrodite Hills since 2009.
Studying: Coaching Performance Analysis at Cardiff Metropolitan University. It’s fascinating.
Favourite tennis player: Past: Stefan Edberg / Present: Roger Federer.
Favourite tennis event: I love the French Open. The atmosphere is amazing & the players love it!
Preferred coaching approach: I am very much a constructivist. I don’t believe in telling people what to do – with guidance, players can discover what works best for them themselves. Self discovery is a more fun & productive way to learn.
One reason that you love Aphrodite Hills: It’s the people that make the resort magical: the tourists, residents and staff. One reason is not enough!

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Wyn coaches at Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy in the summer months – find out more about the tennis academy here.

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.

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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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Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy

The Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy has clay and hard courts for hire (hire raquets and balls also available).
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Coaching is available for adults and juniors, including a variety of kids and adult group coaching sessions.  Look out for tournaments, events and social evenings too.  ‘Smash Bar’ is open for post match refreshments and pro shop has a good selection of clothes and accessories.  Enquire at the Tennis Academy pro shop for further details: tennisreservations@aphroditehills.com
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View the Tennis Academy 2016 timetable here (2017 to be released soon):
Tennis Academy Timetable 2016