This was our second year sending out a contingent from PTR GB and it will certainly not be our last! As you can see from the photos at the bottom of the page, we met some great people, learnt and expanded our coaching knowledge… and made some fantastic memories!
Here’s a report from Emma Neppl, who had her first experience of the annual event which brought over 2,500 coaches together from all over the world in to one fantastic location, the Foro Italico.
We arrived on the Thursday and joined the PTR welcome reception at the Hotel Polo alongside PTR members from all over the world: Italy, Poland, China, USA. We were warmly welcomed by Luciano Botti and his team. Special acknowledgment goes to Herbert Schnaubelt, Jorge Capestany and his wife Marti who made our delegates feel so welcome! The next morning we woke early and registed as delegates at the Foro Italico and briefly explored the venue before the start of the Symposium. The tennis centre is an extensive area with a total of eleven clay surface tennis courts, eight of which are used for tournaments and the rest for training purposes. As the photos below show, it is a truly impressive venue set against the backdrop of the Monte Mario Nature Reserve. The event was a huge success with 2500+ coaches attending from all over the world. It was a great opportunity to learn from such knowledgeable and formidable speakers! We learnt about mental strength in James Loehr’s lecture and were given lots of information when it comes to working with female players with Carl Maes who travelled from the from Kim Clijsters Academy .Mark Kovacs Emma Doyle, Leo Alonso and Miguel Crespo then followed, all with excellent presentations. There were also great presentations from members of the Italian federation on a wide variety of topics (a translation was available via a headset).Late afternoon was an epic line up starting with Craig O’Shannessy and his insightful Dirtballer analysis (read more here), followed by the legends that are Nick Bollettieri and (Uncle) Toni Nadal. These coaches have so much knowledge and experience and it was an honour to hear them speak. We can’t thank Luciano Botti and Donanto Campagnoli enough for their kind hospitality and great company.