Anna and Joel rankings rise and Rod’s new qualification
Anna one win away from world ranking at pro level
Anna Popescu, 19, has been competing in pro events in the UK and also in Greece this last month. In Shrewsbury a few weeks Anna won her way to the semi-finals of the doubles event. This was Anna’s biggest result so far in her short career. Earlier in the summer Anna made the quarter-final of another doubles event in Romania. In the WTA (women’s tennis association) rankings players must have 3 results worthy of gaining WTA points before their ranking will become live. Anna also has one result in singles which was achieved in Surbiton in the lead up to Wimbledon. Anna will resume her quest for her first world ranking at the start of 2017.
Joel continues rise into the top 100
Joel Pierleoni, 13, competed in Liverpool this week at the Nike Junior International, an U14 tennis Europe event. In the singles event Joel came unstuck in the quarter-finals to a very solid Belgium boy. However, Joel was able to gain his revenge in the doubles event beating his foe in singles in the doubles semi-finals before going all the way through to the final where he won his 3rd tennis Europe title of the season with partner Henry Bowden. Joel is now ranked 120 for players aged 14 or under and in his own age (13 year olds) is now number 18 in Europe. He has one more event for the season in Gothenburg early next month before a well earned rest for Christmas.
Rod Minozzo gains C-Level ATP Certification through the GPTCA
BETA performance coach Rod Minozzo recently completed his C-Level coaching award from the Global Professional Tennis Coach Association (GPTCA). The GPTCA is an international organization dedicated to educating, training and assisting professional tennis coaches who wish to work with players on the ATP and WTA Tours and is certified by the ATP and the WTA. Founded in 2010 by some very famous coaches, including Toni Nadal, the GPTCA is aimed at coaches working with high level junior players all the way through to professionals players competing at grand slam level. The C-level award focusses on work with high level juniors to future and challenger level professionals. “These types of courses help us coaches stay up to date in the international game of tennis by learning from some very experienced coaches. One of the most interesting aspects was the amount of time spent on the mental side of the game at this level. Fantastic experience and I look forward to the next one.” said Rod. The BETA coaching team is constantly trying to evolve and develop their tennis knowledge and Rod has continued to prove this ideal with his latest coaching award. Next up for Rod will be to move onto the B-level in 2017.
BETA Tennis Director Tyrell Diaz Stevens is also completing GPTCA certifications. Tyrell is currently a B-level GPTCA coach award, however he is working through his A-level award. To obtain A-level, coaches must be former top 100 players or work with top 100 players and gain 25 of more Grand Slam or ATP/WTA level coaching accreditations. Tyrell hopes to reach this mark at some point in 2017 and become the first UK based coached to reach A-level.