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Meet Filipe Teixeira, one of the youngest tennis experts in Abu Dhabi at KHALIDIYA PALACE RAYHAAN BY ROTANA!

Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana’s has a new tennis coach!

 

Filipe grew up in Portugal, where he started playing tennis at the age of 10. He studied at the Escola Superior de Desporto de Rio Maior and started working as a tennis coach in 2013. On the same year he got his first title of qualification as a sports coach, and in 2014 he received, from the Portuguese Tennis Federation, the certificate of participation at the International World Tennis Day Conference.

 

During his career he won numerous prizes:
National champion of University Teams 2014/2015 (ESDRM – IPSantarém)
National Champion of Senior Teams II division, Academic Association of Coimbra – 2013
Number 1 of the national ranking of Portugal, under18 – 2012
Number 1 of the national ranking of Portugal, under16 – 2010
Number 1 of the national ranking of Portugal, under14 – 2008
He is currently working as a tennis coach for kids, junior, performance and adult tennis as well as a tennis coach of competition and high competition players at the Felner Tennis Academy.

 

1. When did you start learning tennis?
I started when I was 9 years old, and haven’t looked back ever since.

 

2. Was it a personal choice?
Yes, it’s a funny story actually. One day we had a tennis activity at my elementary school, I tried this sport for the first time and got so intrigued that I went straight home afterwards and told my mom that this is what I want to do, and the day after she took me to my first tennis lesson.

 

3. What does it take to coach someone?
First and foremost you have to love the game and have the right skills for it. You have to take it seriously and be a good player yourself. Studying everything about tennis coaching and psychology to be able to understand what kind of a student you have in front of you and what kind of technique you need to use for each individual is crucial. Last but not least – patience, patience, patience.

 

4. Are tennis players born tennis players?
Absolutely not. You can have talent, but even talent needs dedication and development. You have to work hard every day, be focused and devoted if you want to become a professional tennis player.

 

5. Can someone start learning tennis at a late stage?
It is never too late! In fact I coach all ages in Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, it becomes more difficult the later you start, but with the right attitude, personality and concentration anything is possible!

 

6. How many hours do you personally train during the week?
To be completely honest, I am not practicing much at the moment, as I have a lot of studying and lessons at Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana to do. I go to the gym 3 to 4 times per week, and I actively play with my players every day.

 

7. A job or a passion?
Definitely not a job. It is my passion since I was a kid, I simply love it and I work hard every day to become even better.

 

8. Any message to tennis amateurs?
Tennis is much more than a sport. If you like challenges, you are mentally strong, fast, dedicated, tactical and strategical it is the right choice for you! It is a great opportunity to meet people, play doubles, singles and have some fun!