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.
On April 15, Jai and Camilo arrived from Maryland and stayed a week at Gildemeister Tennis Academy, partaking in the room and board program offered.
Camilo trained at GMT last year as well, whereas Jai was new to the program.
In addition, Gijs and Hugo Fidler, who are highly ranked players from Aruba, trained at GMT for a week. This was not their first visit here because they came last summer for a few weeks.
Also, Victoria Cooksey, from Utah, is currently training at the academy for three weeks, where she will be competing in tournaments, and in July, six athletes from Chile will arrive.
The opportunity for tennis players from other states or countries to come train at GMT not only benefits them, but our local players as well. They are exposed to different cultures and different styles of play.
Summer is solely a few months away, so a great place to train at is Gildemeister Tennis Academy. You can find our summer camp schedule in our Programs page with information about times and training.
We also offer room and board options to campers who come from across the country or from as far as South America. But, we also host day campers from throughout the Tampa Bay Area.
We, at GMT, are aware a student athlete’s life becomes extremely busy during the school year, so we ensure to offer the best training sessions during the summer to enable our athletes grow as tennis players.
It is hard work, but, in the end, the results prove to be amazing.
One of our students, Bobby James-Rodil (USA) said, “The constant repetition of drills, the matches, and the coaches make the experience enjoyable in the brutal Florida weather. But, at the same time, I feel I grow as a player, mentally and physically. And, the experience of playing with kids from other countries is cool as well.”
To reserve a place in our June through August of 2019 summer camp, please visit our Contact page.
We welcome four athletes from Chile: Martin Cancino, Benjamín Allende, Danali Zamora, and Josefina Lara. They will be staying at GMT for a few weeks, taking part in our room and board program, which you can learn more about in our about page. Also, contact Hans Gildemeister for more information.
Allende said, “I like the atmosphere and relationships between the players and coaches and vice versa. I feel that at GMT the coaching staff pay more attention to each individual player’s needs. If my grades improve in school, I will return in the fall because I appreciate what I have here [at GMT] and am aware of how great of a coach Hans Gildemeister and Christopher Le Bert Gildemeister are. I appreciate what Hans and Christopher do for me everyday.”
Whether you are a recreational or competitive tennis player, if you are in the midst of playing poorly due to a lack of confidence/mental obstacles or looking for ways to strengthen your mental toughness, then the following book is for you—“The Inner Game of Tennis” by W. Timothy Gallwey.
I myself, play competitively, often succumbing to nervousness, tightness, and the negativity that comes with losses of points. Gallwey reveals how to master the Inner Game and grow as an athlete and person both on and off the court.
“The Inner Game of Tennis” is a quick and easy read, yet it can provide you with the ability to allow yourself to improve and have fun.
The following are quotes from the novel, hoping to provide you with an idea of what to expect from “The Inner Game of Tennis.”
“I was beginning to learn what all good pros and students of tennis must learn: that images are better than words, showing better than telling, too much instruction worse than none.”
“He is conscious, but not thinking, not over-trying. A player in this state knows where he wants the ball to go, but he doesn’t have to ‘try hard’ to send it there.”
“When we unlearn to be judgmental, it is possible to achieve spontaneous, focused play.”
“Ending judgment means you neither add nor subtract from the facts before your eyes. Things appear as they are—undistorted. In this way, the mind becomes more calm.”
“Trusting your body in tennis means letting your body hit the ball…Letting it happen is not making it happen.”
“Once you are competing it is too late to work on your strokes, but it is possible to hold in your mind the image of where you want the ball to go and then allow the body to do what it is necessary to hit it there.”
“The player has only two requirements for success: hit each ball over the net and into the court.”
“But when your attention is on the here and now, the actions which need to be done in the present have their best chance of being successfully accomplished, and as a result the future will become the best possible present.”
“The score of a tennis match may be an indication of how well I performed or how hard I tried, but it does not define me, nor give me cause to consider myself as something more or less than I was before the match.”
Although the novel states tennis in it’s title, it can be applied to anyone, in any profession, leaving you with a quiet, still mind which results in mastering the Inner Game.
Mi Lan, who made it to the quarterfinals of the girl’s 14s at the Eddie Herr International Tournament this year, trained at Gildemeister Tennis Academy.
Go check out the following article, written by Scoop Malinowski, to learn about Hans Gildemeister’s thoughts on the up-and-coming talent Mi Lan, and what she, herself, thought of GMT.
“Could you imagine if Lan trains with me for about five or six months, how good she can be. Nobody knows. Lan is a great project but has to improve a few things. And teach her how to play big points and find her comfort spot on the court to go for winners.”