While Serena is already assured of her place in the tournament which will feature about 80 players from 20 countries, Reya is an alternate player for Nigeria, having missed out of the qualifiers held in Lagos in April through injury while on preparation in London. Former junior national team invitees, Filippo Trombi, Lolade Holmes, Gideon and Olamide Aluko are the others that took part in the programme which include personal and group sessions.Velasco, who was also at the VGC Club, is a revered ITF-certified coach noted for the nurturing of talents in Spain through his Grip 2 Tennis Academy in Vinaros, Spain. He is billed to resume work with the Saudi Arabia Tennis Federation this weekend, where he will take charge of the Gulf nation’s junior tennis programme for the next one year.Having been in Nigeria for a similar programme two years ago, he submitted that Nigeria can produce tennis stars calling for attention of the game especially at the grassroots.“Its a good and bad news for Nigeria in tennis. The good news is that there are lots of potential. The country is having lots of talents. However, the bad news is there’s lack of information regarding the coaching aspect.“They are paying so much attention to the kids such that they are overworking them on court. The pattern they are being put through is perhaps the toughest of all,” he submitted.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Top Spanish tennis coach, Jose Velasco has rounded off his four-week coaching visit to Nigeria at the Lagos Country Club with a number of junior national players getting the latest techniques to step up their game.Prominent among the players are Serena Teluwo and Reya Holmes who are using the programme as part of build up to the ITF/CAT 12 and Under African Junior Championship scheduled for Casablanca, Morocco in September.
-Would you count on such a spherical weekend?– We had been ready to compete 5 factors, to the battle. We knew that Japan was a tricky group, with Naomi Osaka, quantity ten in the world, former primary and winner of Grand Slams. However the women had been excellent and the purpose of Sara Sorribes the primary day in opposition to Osaka gave us plenty of peace of thoughts.– He warned that he had a really united group. Is that the important thing?-Within the final two years there have been actions in the group, there have been numerous gamers and a part of my job was to get that union, to really feel snug. The connection between all is superb and the nice vibes end result in the nice of the group. The environment helps so much to the efficiency on the observe.-Carla Suárez is dealing with her final yr. How did you discover it?-It is vitally quiet, enjoying very properly. You have clear your targets. As a captain, I’m very assured as a result of that she is going to carry out in any respect factors, that it’s harmful and may win anybody. For the remainder of the companions, it provides worth.-Carla mentioned in an interview that one among her illusions is to win the Federation Cup, which in some unspecified time in the future lacked dedication however that there’s tools to obtain it. In settlement?-So he has transmitted it. If you find yourself enjoying for Spain, get pleasure from, since you change the chip from enjoying for you to enjoying on your nation. She may be very concerned and has at all times mentioned she would really like to be a champion. The great factor is that the vary of gamers we have may be very vast and the outcomes are there: in the final 5 qualifiers we have gained 4. The group may be very versatile and that makes Spain harmful.-This tie has failed Garbiñe Muguruza. Why didn’t he go?-Garbiñe has at all times been very predisposed to be on the group, as he confirmed earlier. He participated in an important tie in opposition to Paraguay to maintain us in the second world group and never descend in 2018. And final yr in Belgium, the place we achieved the ascent … This time, due to circumstances, he couldn’t be however has proven that he likes the competitors and positive that on different events we are going to have her.-Will he be in the Finals?-All the time have to be taken into consideration. She is the primary in Spain and as a captain she is a tennis participant that I would really like to be on the group as a result of it makes us stronger. I hope you’re in Budapest. Little by little, we are going to work on it.-What arguments do you have to persuade her?-Who is usually a world champion, a standard purpose, as a group, representing your nation … The arguments are stunning.-You had been collaborating together with her on the finish of final season. What was improper with him and what did he discover now?-The break with a coach, while you have been so lengthy, it is extremely tough and extra in the center of the season. I wanted some adaptation time. He completed the yr feeling good even when the outcomes didn’t mirror it. It has been proven on the Australian Open. Together with his union with Conchita he has exploded once more the extent we knew he had, to win Grand Slams. -What do you consider the change of the Federation Cup, this format of finals?-The date is sweet. The Worldwide Federation has studied it properly: on land and on the indoor observe, simply earlier than a tour begins in these situations. The format will have to be seen, though we have the Davis reference. Will probably be very demanding bodily and mentally, it has nothing to do with what we have recognized. There could be 4 qualifiers in six days, with two days off and three factors.-Will probably be performed on clay. That is a bonus …-A Spain should at all times be taken into consideration on land, as a result of on this floor we have achieved essential issues.-On this floor and with Muguruza, ought to Spain be among the many favorites?-Sure, my private purpose since I began as captain has been to battle for a Federation Cup. We have potential and enjoying on the bottom positions us higher. We should keep in mind, though we won’t be native and that may be a little level in opposition to.-Within the Davis, in the top, had been virtually all the celebrities. Do you suppose it will likely be the identical in Budapest?-Sure, as a result of in latest years virtually all of the essential gamers have been concerned and Budapest goes to be a good looking expertise. So I believe we are going to see them.– Can gamers like Sara Sorribes, Aliona Bolsova or Paula Badosa take the leap of preventing for match victories?-They’re younger and with a excessive stage, who’re seen flashes of high quality. And to allow them to be a part of the group. They have expertise and are wanting to make that high quality leap. Sara already completed in an Worldwide, Aliona reached eighth in Roland Garros and Paula has performed a superb position in Australia in opposition to Kvitova. They’re maturing and they’re going to give good outcomes.-This yr there are Olympic Video games. What does it imply to you that you just have a silver?-For me it was one of the best, one of the best of my sports activities profession. After 4 video games as a participant, I’ll go as captain and it means closing the circle. It was a purpose. It makes me very excited and I hope that we will maximize: 4 singles and two doubles. As in the Fed Cup, they have to take us into consideration, in the Video games additionally as a result of traditionally we have gained medals.– Have you ever talked about it with Garbiñe and Carla? Do you see them forming a doubles?– We have not approached the topic, however I don’t discard it. In the event that they performed collectively, they’d be a medal choice as a result of in 2016 they had been shut to transferring to the semifinals they usually just like the competitors.THIS TUESDAY, TABLE DRAWThis Tuesday, in Budapest, the draw for the Finals will happen (April 14-19). 4 teams with three choices, of which the primary will go to the semifinals. Day by day two singles and one doubles can be performed, as in Davis.Classifieds: France, USA, Belarus, Russia, Slovakia, Belgium, Australia, R. Czech, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Hungary.