Below is a video of CEO Hans Gildemeister playing in the 1978 Davis Cup against Guillermo Vilas.
As the state of Florida begins reopening restaurants, gyms, and other public places, Gildemeister Tennis Academy (GMT) is happy to announce that summer camp will compense on Mon., June 1.
However, safety precautions and social distancing will still be implemented during training as CEO and Founder of GMT, Hans Gildemeister, stresses daily to both his students and parents.
Students will be spaced and separated throughout several courts, and large clusters of people will be avoided. Yet, training will continue to be intense as drilling, match play, and fitness sessions will be implemented every day in order to insure that our players continue to improve. Thus, they will be ready for when USTA tournaments, and others, begin again.
The schedule is as follows:
- Drilling, strategy, and match play from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
- Lunch from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- Drilling, strategy, and match play from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
- Fitness from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
As tennis clubs and fitness centers close (however, our Hunters Green and Feather Sound locations are still open) due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s still important to stay active and healthy. Exercising is a great way to alleviate stress and keep our immune systems strong as those around us continue to fall ill.
There are plenty of ways to exercise, without equipment, at home. Here are some ideas:
- Run around your neighborhood and track your distance and time using an app like Runkeeper
- Download the Nike Training Club app which offers a variety of different workouts
- Find workouts on YouTube
However, for those that play tennis, it can be a challenge to continue to practice in the midst of a quarantine; yet, you can still practice your shadow swings at home and watch tennis matches on Tennis Channel or Youtube.
Or, you can find creative ways to continue to play tennis as many people throughout the world have done. The following video shows one way people have continued to play tennis at home.
Whichever way you choose to stay active, remember that you are not alone and we will soon get past this. Stay safe, and stay active.
From December 14 – 23, the 58th Junior Orange Bowl International Championship took place in Coral Gables, Florida. This is one of the most prestigious junior tennis tournaments in the world as participants of the event include great professional tennis players such as Caroline Wozniacki, Genie Bouchard, Maria Sharapova, Alexander Zverev, Roger Federer, Juan Martin del Potro, Kei Nishikori, Andy Murray, and John Isner.
Players from Gildemeister Tennis Academy also had the opportunity to compete in this tournament against some of the best juniors in the world. Montserrat Sierra (Mexico), Felipe López (Chile), Tomas Valencia (Chile), and Maximiliano Tapia Touma (Chile) competed.
This is yet another successful year at GMT as our athletes are participating in highly selective and competitive tournaments which allows them to gain experiences and face new challenges.
Eddie Herr International is a tennis tournament in which junior players from across the world play against each other at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
On November 26, the qualifying tournament began, and eight GMT students played in it. One of the eight traveled from Chile to not only play in the tournament but to train at GMT as well.
Isabel Benitez and Montserrat Sierra played in Girl’s 14s. Sierra won two rounds in the qualifiers. Paris Marozzelli played in Girl’s 16s; she had a bye, one walkover, and, unfortunately, lost in the following round.
Bobby James-Rodil played in Boy’s 14s. Ninad Raut, Tomas Valencia (from Chile), and Noir Wyatt all participated in Boy’s 16s. Valencia won one round, and Raut won two. In addition, long-time GMT player José Moreno played in Boy’s 18s.
Felipe Lopez, who is from Chile and has been training at GMT in preparation for Eddie Herr and the Orange Bowl tournament, on the other hand, made it automatically into the Boy’s 16s main draw as a result of his high ranking in Chile.
Lopez lost first round in singles. However, he entered into the Boy’s 16s Doubles draw with partner Gonzalo Bueno from Peru. They reached the final.
The large amount of GMT students that have participated in Eddie Herr International and won multiple rounds, as compared to previous years, adds to the fact of the growth of the Academy and the development of its students.
Tennis-Prose (www.tennis-prose.com) interviewed Hans Gildemeister and shed light on his best career matches from the beginning, middle, and end of his professional career.
This is the second article Tennis-Prose has written about Gildemeister, the first titled “Two Hours at Gildemeister Tennis Academy in Tampa.”
To read Tennis-Prose’s latest article click
Check out some of our players training at our summer camp below!
(Photos taken by Christopher Le Bert Gildemeister)
CEO and head coach Hans Gildemeister organized the Gildmeister Tennis Academy Summer Classic—$400 prize money—UTR Tournament at Feather Sound Country Club (one of our two academy locations).
It is open to men of all ages and UTRs and takes place July 20-22.
Click the link below for more information such as prize descriptions, location on Google Maps, and contact information. Also, sign up using the link.
We look forward to seeing you there!
From a student’s perspective, it is important that coaches make an effort to attend matches outside of practice as it allows for the coach to see how the athlete plays during matches and under pressure—contrary to practice.
Then, coaches can give tips and help them be more confident during match play. Also, a coach’s presence at tournaments signifies they care about their student’s progression, and the student is grateful for seeing a familiar face, giving fist bumps or clapping from time to time.
This is evident at GMT where Hans Gildemeister or Christopher Le Bert Gildemeister (two GMT coaches) are always found at tournaments cheering on their students.
They sacrifice their time outside of practice to support their student’s development as a tennis player by watching them play tournaments.
All coaches should adopt this philosophy as their students will be grateful for it and will allow coaches to help their students improve.
Jose Moreno, a student at GMT, said, “It’s important to see what the player plays like in tournaments, so they know what the player really needs to work on. No one plays the same in practice as in tournaments, so it’s extremely important.”