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Jeannie Collects More Trophies

Thirteen year old Jeannie Barcia added yet another trophy to her growing collection.

Last weekend she battled through to become runner up in the XV TORNEO FEDERADO CLUB DE TENIS PUENTE ROMANO. This federated tournament counts towards the rankings on a regional and national level for all participants by age category. Jeannie was competing in the 14 years and under category.

In the semi-final match Jeannie was up against Semona Alter, a tough competitor. Semona is physically very strong with a good serve, she plays well from the baseline and her forehand and backhand strokes are consistently good. The match was scheduled for 20.00 pm and watching the warm-up one could see that it would be a tough match.

The first game of the first set was very long and was finally won by Simona. However, Jeannie remained calm and took the next game to level the score at 1-1. From then on the match was played like professional players, every point was fought hard with many strong cross-court exchanges and down the line winners. Jeannie finally took the first set 6-3.

The second set was even more strongly contested. Every point was a struggle but Jeannie’s big forehand drive started to come into play. If Jeannie received the ball in the centre of the court her forehand was very solid. The intense and exciting atmosphere of the match drew a large crowd with many players and trainers watching the game. Jeannie finally won 6-3 6-4 in a match that lasted two and a half hours.

The next day the final took place at 10.00 am, Jeannie’s competitor was the other semi-final winner Telma Lorenzo. Jeannie lost the final 2-6 3-6. The match was very different to the semi-final with some line-call disputes and Jeannie didn’t settle and made too many unforced errors.

These two matches were very different and are an example of different ways of winning and losing. They provided a great experience for young players like Jeannie to develop their game.

If would would like to help Jeannie on her way to becoming a professional tennis player then please go to

Jeannie Competes in her first International Tournament

Juan Fuster Zaragoza – 28th August

This will be the first time that Jeannie has participated in an international tournament and she needs all the help she can get. The Juan Fuster Zaragoza tournament is for under 14 junior tennis players and takes place at the Club De Tenis “Lope De Vega” in Benidorm, Alicante, during the week of 28th August 2018. This is an important tournament for Jeannie and her coach father Orlando, it will be a new experience for Jeannie as she chases her dream of becoming a professional player.

Recent tournaments

Jeannie’s recent tournaments have been at the Rafa Nadal Tour in Madrid where she reached the quarter finals and then at the beginning of August Jeannie reached the finals of the under 16 XXI Circuito Andaluz de Verano. It is difficult for Jeannie to compete in many of these tournaments without raising some funding. For example, the cost of competing in the Rafa Nadal tournamant in Madrid, including the hotel, entry fee and travel was around 700 Euros. Ironically, the more successfull she is, advancing to the next round, the more expensive it can be, having to pay for extra nights in a hotel.

How can you help Jeannie?

Even a small donation of €5 will help Jeannie and her Dad to compete in future tournaments. If  you would like to give Jeannie your support please make your way to:

Jeannie Barcia wins the semi-final 6-3 6-3 against Diana Husar in the 16 years and under XXI Circuito de Verano tournament:

Jeannie Barcia is aiming for the top

Fund Raising

A fund raising campaign has been launched to help Jeannie Barcia reach her goal of becoming a professional tennis player. Almost every week, Jeannie has to travel and compete in tournaments across Spain against players with far more finacial resources.  Without competing in tournaments it is not possible for Jeannie to gain points to increase her ranking. You can find out Jeannies latest ranking in Spain by clicking here.

How can I help Jeannie?

If you would like to help Jeannie then please go to the Jeannie Barcia donations page:


In order to spread the word, a number of postcards have been produced in English, Filipino and Spanish. A postcard will be sent to anyone who helps Jeannie with a donation.

Exciting Match at Malaga Ladies Open Tournament

On Saturday the 19th May 2018, Jeannie took part in the Malaga ladies open tournament, Jeannie was in a very exciting quarter final match on Saturday. Her opponent was Anaïs Peralta Criado. Anaïs is three years older than Jeannie and ranked 231 in Spain. It was a very close match lasting almost 3 hours, Jeannie (ranked 631) won the first set 6-3 but her opponent fought back and won the second set 1-6. After a close third set Anaïs  won 3-6, but it was a good display from Jeannie who attacked all the way through, only narrowly losing because of a few mistakes. It was an excellent performance from Jeannie and very good experience. the final score 6:3,1:6,3:6,

Here is a solid forehand from Jeannie during the match:

12 year old Jeannie is Tournament Runner Up

Jeannie Barcia was in action once again, appearing in this weekend’s tournament at The Royal Tennis Club in Marbella. Jeannie fought through to the final and was the runner up in the X1 championship, 14 years and under class.

Jeannie has had plenty of success this year in both, the 14 year and 16 year and under categories, and sometimes it’s worth remembering that she is still only 12 years old. Her future is looking very good.

To be able to keep doing well in tournaments, every day, Jeannie has to put a lot of hard work into her training. For this weekend’s tournament Jeannie spent a lot of time with her tennis coach (and Father) Orlando developing and practising her double handed backhand.

Andalusian 2017 Under 12 Doubles Champions

In a great weekend of tennis, Jeanine Barcia and Paula Moreno triumphed to become this year’s Andalusian Under 12 Doubles Champions.

This was how the weekend unfolded:

The Quarter-final, Saturday 18th

On Saturday, Jeannie and her partner Paula have an emphatic win, overcoming their opponents in straight sets: 6-0, 6-0.

The Semi-final, Sunday morning 19th

Early Sunday morning, their opponents for the semi-final were Laura Villanueva and Udvardy Luca. Both Laura and Udvardy are strong players with a good reputation, so this was always going to be a hard match. Jeannie’s Marbella tennis coach, her dad Orlando Barcia, was looking on nervously.

However, once the match started Jeannie is showing a lot of confidence, hitting strong forehand and backhand shots. Her partner, Paula, is also playing very well, consistently keeping the ball in play. This helps Jeannie to take advantage, and with great down-the -line and passing shots, they take the first set 6-1.

At the start of the second set their opponents are playing very well hitting strong forehands and the match gets exciting and really comes alive. Even with the rule of single point deuces (sudden death at 40 all), the games were long and hard, sometimes lasting 10 minutes long. In a great match, eventually, Jeannie and Paula triumphed 6-1, 6-4.

The Final, Sunday evening 19th

The final match was against the tournament number one favourites, Claudia Camuñes and Christina Mateos, these two players are the number one under 12 doubles players in Seville. The outcome of the final was a big surprise as Jeannie and Paula played very well from the start with some very strong stroke play. The top favourites couldn’t recover to fight back and Jeannie and Paula  pulled of an exciting win to take the championship. The final score was 6-1,6-1.

Rafael Withdraws from the ATP World Tour Finals

This week Rafael Nadal was one of the world’s best ranked eight players competing for the end of season Tour Finals at London’s O2 arena. With Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic absent, Rafael joined Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Marin Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov, and David Goffin.

However, after losing his opening match against David Goffin, Rafael withdrew on Monday night ending his season complaining of a persistent knee injury. Now that Rafael is absent from the mix, Roger Federer becomes the headline act at the ATP World Tour Finals.

Federer, looking for his Tour Finals title, got off to a winning start by defeating the America Jack Sock in straight sets on the opening day. Each player plays three group matches with the top four advancing to the semi-finals.

Federer Catching Nadal in the ATP Rankings

Following his victory over Rafael Nadel on Sunday, Roger Federer has renewed his chances of catching Rafael in the ATP world rankings and finishing the year as the world number one.

Federer’s win was the 94th title of his long career and surprisingly one-sided in two straight sets. The final result was 6-4, 6-3.

ATP Rankings - 16th October 2017

Rafa Nadal10,4651
Roger Federer8,5052
Andy Murray5,2903
Marin Čilić4,5054
Alexander Zverev Jr4,4005

Jeannie – A double champion

In great form over the last two weeks, Jeannie has won two tournaments.

Sunday 1st October – Estepona Tennis Club

Jeannie became champion in the under 14 age group. In the final match, her opponent was Hermine Kosich, who put up a great fight.

During the first set, Hermine used her forehand with power and effect and Jeannie lost the set 5-7. However, in the second set Jeannie started to find her big forehand and was also successful with many backhand passing shots; she won the second set 6-2. With the match evenly balanced the championship had to be decided by a 10 point super tie break. In the tie break, Jeannie maintained her game and confidence; finally winning the championship 5-7, 6-2, (10-5).


Sunday 24th September –  Royal Tennis Club Marbella

Royal Tennis Club Marbella .24.09.2017

Jeannie became champion in the 12 years old and under category.


Nadal takes US Open Title

Rafael Nadal, of Spain, beat Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, to win the men’s singles final of the U.S. Open. The 31-year-old has returned to the top of the world rankings and this win takes the number of Grand Slam singles titles he has won during his career to 16, second only to Roger Federer.

During the match, Nadal’s 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 win produced tennis that Anderson was unable to match. Nadal’s mastership and command meant that Anderson had no break points at all, whilst on the other hand, Anderson had to fight off 12 deuces and save four break points to win his first three service games.

Like Nadal, Anderson is a big-hitter, but in comparison to Nadal he looked meak, after two hours and 27 minutes it was all over and the crowd were treated to the image of Nadal biting the champion’s trophy.