Enjoy the second part of Mike’s report about his son’s experience at the Sanchez Casal Academy.

Notes on Living in Castedellfels!

– We didn’t rent a car. Walked/Renfe/Metro everywhere and loved it! Watch your step on the sidewalks –dog crap. A Barcelona tradition?

– Best rotisserie chicken and cerdo (pork ribs): Dos Cabelleros and Rotisserie Pineda. Rober’s at Playafels for good cheap eats. Fruites Selectes Rosa in downtown for fresh fruit & veggies. Say hi to Carlos and his wife Rosa! Gailot is the high-end meat and cheese shop. Try their 3 Euro wine –it’s excellent!!! Excellent service at all these places.

– Convenience store: the Depaso gas station on Pineda is a life saver! Make their bread and pastries right there. Awesome 65 cent coffee from the Zannusi machine.

– Renfe (commuter train) can be unreliable in morning. Beware!

– Playafels at night can be over-run with rowdy tourists. Not where the locals eat and hang out. We LOVED SITGES. SPEND TIME THERE INSTEAD!

– Be prepared for more city noise at night –dogs barking, people milling around. Apartment buildings tend to have bad sound insulation. Bring a sound machine and ear plugs to get through the night.

Best Places to Eat & Buy Stuff!

You can count on the DEPASO on Ave Pineda!

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Thanks a lot to Mike, who allowed me to publish his report about his son’s experience at the Sanchez Casal Academy.
If you want to share one of your experience (encounter with a pro, your stay at a tennis academy…), please contact us.

Four Weeks at Sanchez Casal Academy
– My 14-year-old Californian son had four terrific weeks at Sanchez Casal in July 2011. We moved as a family to nearby Castelldefels for the month.
– His tennis improved a lot!
– We came mostly for the intense footwork training and because of the high quality of the players at ASC.
– We weren’t disappointed!!

Red Clay Tennis Mecca at last!
This is the sign you see right off the main road that connects Barcelona to the airport. The road is the C-31, Autovia del Castelldefels. Our heart went pitter patter with excitement when we saw it! We are finally at the place where great players are made!!!

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Close up of sign
Big arrow pointing in the direction of the Academia….nice touch!

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Let’s get over the highway, please
This shows the walk bridge off the main road (C-31). If you take the L95 bus from Castelldefels, you get off the bus in front of the Tryp Hotel (seen in background) and then walk over the highway to where this picture was taken (that is, the bus stop area for the bus heading southbound). ASC will drive your jugador directly to ASC each day if you want.

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Tennis Camp or Camping Trip?
You think for sure you’ve made a mistake –you are out in the boonies. But you are re-assured by the large ASC sign you went by. Soon you venture down this country road.

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Thanks to Jean-Matt, webmaster of toutsuragassi.com for his 2004 US Open story.
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It was back in 2004, I decided it was high time to go to the US Open and see Andre play “at home”. I asked other French fans if they were interested in coming with me. And there we went. A couple of days before the tournament we were eight people flying over the Atlantic ocean.

New York is a strange city. After a long drive from JFK (but it was in a limo, so that was not too long though ;-), we arrived in Manhattan. And even if it was our first time in NYC, there was something familiar about this place. We happened to see this city in movies, in series, and there are so many famous monuments there.

Times Square

Chrysler Builiding

Brooklyn Bridge

Anyway, we soon had to get prepared for our first day at Flushing Meadows : the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day. I was surprised to see Andre so relaxed before the tournament. He really seemed to enjoy being there. He hit a few balls with Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish.

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Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish

In the “real” tournament, Andre’s first round was scheduled on the huge Arthur Ashe Stadium for the first night session. And it was against another American player : Robby Ginepri. The stadium was packed and there was a real friendly atmosphere in the stands. Any tennis fan should definitely go to the US Open.
2004 US Open: Ginepri - Agassi

2004 US Open: Ginepri - Agassi

2004 US Open: Ginepri - Agassi

The first set was tough, but Andre eventually won 7-6 6-4 6-2. He seemed to be in pretty good shape. And by the time we flew back to France, we didn’t know that he was going to make it to the quarterfinals and an incredible match against number one Roger Federer.

This story by wil6ka was published on the Lomography website on January, 2009.

This Summer a long time dream of me came true – at least superficially;) I was always a tennis-crack in my teenage years, spent more time on the court than anywhere else. Back in the days I worshiped Boris Becker and imagined being a pro and playing in Wimbledon. Well, the story turned otherwise – but I played last Tuesday for the first time in six years, afterward my ass was aching – but this is another story.

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Anyways, I was in London this Summer and totally accidentally the Wimbledon Tournament was happening at the same time. So decision was easily made to go there. The thing was, during the day I had to work and I could only show up with friends in the early evening. And once we got there by tube we found out, that is a quite a challenge to get in. A queue of maybe 10 km was exposing itself (and I am not exaggerating). I heard about the passion of the english lining up in queues, but this was too much. But what can you do? we lined up and we gut a brochure, how the rules of lining up are…Isn’t that amazing?

The were selling merch with the message “I was queuing up in Wimbledon” and strawberries with whip-cream. After two hours we made it inside and smelled the air of history. Unluckily most of the stars had packed their stuff and enjoyed their “Feierabend” in their whirlpools. But I was there: I queued up for Wimbledon.

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More pics on the Lomography website.

Back in 2007 – part 1

Wheelchair tennis

After these entertaining doubles matches, I headed to number 7 court, for some wheelchair tennis.
There are only a few differences between tennis and wheelchair tennis:
– the player is allowed two bounces of the ball. The second bounce can be either in or out of the court boundaries
– the wheelchair is considered part of the body

Some photos and videos of Mickaël Jérémiasz, former world number one in singles and doubles.

Mickael Jeremiasz

Mickael Jeremiasz

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I had one of my best Roland Garros experience in 2007. I had bought tickets for the Benny Berthet Day but couldn’t attend it, and for the second Wednesday.
Usually, I avoid Wednesdays, because the stadiums are overcrowded and full of kids everywhere, but I really enjoyed that sunny day at Roland Garros.

Trophée des légendes
First match on the Suzanne Lenglen that day, an under 45 Legends Trophy match: Leconte/Pioline vs Champion/Cash.

A two time Grand Slam runner up (US Open 93, Wimbledon 97), Pioline won his biggest title in Monte Carlo in 2000. He is now co-director of the Paris Bercy Masters Series tournament.

Cedric Pioline

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