We're on our way to Florida for the three big junior tournaments--Eddie Herr, Orange Bowl and Junior Orange Bowl, so I apologize if comment posting and my posts are irregular over the next few days.
Tennis Week has launched its new website, with a much more stylish look, but today's interview with Emilio Sanchez, who has opened a branch of his academy in Naples, Fla. is heavy on substance. Richard Pagliaro asks some very astute questions and Sanchez explains in detail what he looks for in juniors, why he decided to add to the number of academies in Florida, and how he thinks the US should improve the climate for tennis in this country. All in all, a must-read for anyone interested in player development. He also mentions Grigor Dimitrov, the Bulgarian who has won two consecutive Eddie Herrs and last year's Orange Bowl 16s, who is now a student at his academy. Dimitrov was previously training at the Weil Academy when he was in the U.S.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007