Italian Tennis Federation International Coaches Symposium in Rome
The Italian Tennis Federation recently organised a first International Symposium for coaches under the direction of Michelangelo Delledera, Technical Director of the Higher Institute of Education “Roberto Lombardi” and head of the organizing committee.
The event vastly exceeded the expectations of the organisers, who had originally planned to serve 800 coaches, with 1,700 participants completely filling the prestigious SuperTennis Arena during the first day of the BNL Internazionali d’Italia qualifying weekend, and enthusiastically attended the 10-hour event.
20 foreign coaches were also in attendance and received a private on-the-spot translation of the Italian-language presentations. The program was intense and highly professional:
First, the opening ceremony with greetings from the Italian Federation President, Angelo Binaghi, and awards for all speakers. Then came the technical presentations, which included two acclaimed speeches by Nick Bollettieri, with kids performing and practicing his ideas and theories.
All invited speakers, who included Alex Ferrauti, Miguel Crespo, Nick Bollettieri and ITF/Tennis Europe Development Officer Hrvoje Zmajic had prepared presentations and on-court demonstrations. Also well-received was the presentation organized by the team of the Italian Federation national coaches who installed the entire 18 & Under technical progression in one court with single spot comments for the different areas: technical, psychological and physical.
The public had also the opportunity to hear the presentations of Umberto Rianna and Max Sartori, who talked in particular about the progress of some ‘hot’ Italian players, and of how Andreas Seppi improved his baseline strokes in the last few months.
Having deemed the event a great success, the organisers announced plans to repeat the project in 2015.