The 58th Orange Bowl International Championship

The 58th Orange Bowl International Championship

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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.

Players Participate in Eddie Herr International

Players Participate in Eddie Herr International

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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’s “First & Last: Hans Gildemeister”

Tennis-Prose’s “First & Last: Hans Gildemeister”

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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

GMT Summer Classic UTR Tournament

GMT Summer Classic UTR Tournament

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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!

Why Coaches Should Attend their Student’s Tournaments

Why Coaches Should Attend their Student’s Tournaments

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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.”

Athletes from Aruba, Maryland, and Utah Train at GMT

Athletes from Aruba, Maryland, and Utah Train at GMT

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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.

2019 Summer Camps

2019 Summer Camps

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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 Players From Chile

We Welcome Four Players From Chile

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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.”