Muguruza wins her first match since Wimbledon

Ranked number four in the WTA rankings, Garbine Muguruza returned to action following her second major triumph at Wimbledon three weeks ago. Muguruza, 23, convincingly beat the 17-year-old American Kayla Day 6-2 6-0.

After the match at the Stanford, USA, Bank of the West Classic WTA tournament, Mugaruza commented:

“I know it might sound weird – because of course winning it gives me confidence – but it doesn’t mean that I’m going to come here and because I just won Wimbledon I think it’s going to be easier to win matches. It’s not at all.

“I’m just working on trying to forget what happened and just starting Stanford. Stanford is my goal, and that’s it.”


Eight Spanish Female Players in WTA Top 100

Following her Wimbledon champion success Garbiñe Muguruza is currently ranked number four in the world. There are currently four female Spanish players in the WTA top 100 rankings, the oldest tennis female player is 28 and the youngest is just 20.

Garbiñe Muguruza234,9904
Carla Suárez Navarro281,55530
Lara Arruabarrena2593566
Sara Sorribes Tormo2069286

If your goal is to get into the top 100 then take a look at the kind of marbella tennis lesson that are offered by qualified freelance tennis coach Orlando Barcia.

Eight Spanish Players in ATP Top 100

There are currently eight Spanish players in the ATP top 100 rankings. The oldest tennis players are 35 and the youngest is 26.

Rafa Nadal317,4652
Pablo Carreno Busta262,35015
Roberto Bautista Agut292,24518
Albert Ramos-Vinolas291,72524
Feliciano Lopez351,39027
David Ferrer351,21033
Fernando Verdasco331,11537
Nicolas Almagro3163878

If your goal is to get into the top 100 then contact Orlando for a Marbella tennis lesson and improve your tennis skills.

Rafa Nadal Selects His Service Balls

Have you ever noticed that often, when a professional player is about serve, he will collect three balls, examine them and then throw one away. So what is happening here? It all comes down to hair. New tennis balls tends to have hair which is smoothed flat, whilst a ball that has had more play will be fluffy.

Tennis players may check three or more balls before serving so that they can select one smooth ball and one fluffy ball. They like to use a smooth ball for the first serve because the hairs are flattened down and therefore the ball should travel faster than an older ball. If the first serve goes astray, the player will use the fluffier ball for their second serve. Although these move more slowly, they are easier to control and so the player is less likely to concede a double fault.

Here you can see Rafa Nadal selecting the balls ready for his serve

If you have a Marbella tennis lesson you will be able to learn other techniques for improving your service game.

Using a Tennis Wall or Backboard

An excellent way to try to practise your tennis strokes is to use a tennis wall, also know as a backboard. There are three things you should think about when you come to practise using a tennis wall:

  1. Mark a target on the wall so that you have something to aim at with every stroke and always attempt to hit the ball onto the target. It’s important that you mark the target using something that can easily be removed when you have finished your practice session, for example some decorator’s masking tape.
  2. Decide on the number of bounces that you allow the ball to make before you return it. This forces you to use your feet to go forwards or backwards to get into position for the return.  A good idea is return the ball after two bounces which will give a more realistic time delay between the time the ball is hit and when you need to return it. It is important not to stay stationary and wait for the ball to reach you.
  3. Set yourself a goal for each practice session. The goal could be anything, for example, to hit twenty forehand shots in a row that are on target, followed by twenty backhand shots on target.

Jeannieross Barcia practises using a tennis wall

Muguruza Wins Wimbledon

Muguruza wins WimbledonSpain’s 23 year old Garbine Muguruza won her first Wimbledon title by beating five-time champion Venus Williams in straight sets.

In a 7-5 6-0 victory under the Centre Court roof Muguruza saved two set points and won the last nine games. After a very competitive first set Muguruza eventually broke Venus’s serve and held on to take the set. After that it was all downhill for Venus who, constantly under pressure from Muguruza, made error after error.

One day we may see Jeannieross Barcia take her place on a Wimbledon court.

The weather in Marbella is made for tennis lessons

Compare the weather chart on Day 8 at Wimbledon with the weather chart for sunny Marbella. If you want to take some tennis lessons at any time during the year Marbella is the place to be.

Wimbledon weather chart for 11-07-2017
The Weather Chart for Wimbledon on Day 8 of the Wimbledon Championship 2017

No roof will be needed over the tennis courts in Marbella today.

Marbella weather chart - 11-07-2017
The Weather Chart for Marbella on Day 8 of the Wimbledon Championship 2017

Rafael Nadal wins on the court but struggles at a self service checkout

Rafael Nadal at self service checkoutRafael Nadal was in great form yesterday with a powerful display of tennis as he progressed to the last 16 of Wimbledon with a straight-set win over Russia’s Karen Khachanov. The Spanish fourth seed Nadal took the first set in just 21 minutes and eventually won 6-1 6-4 7-6 (7-3) on Centre Court.

Rafael was also causing some interest on Twitter as he was photographed struggling to work a self service machine in a supermarket near the Wimbledon grounds.

To sharpen your tennis skills contact tennis coach Orlando Barcia.

Wimbledon 2017 Gets Under Way

The 2017 Wimbledon Grand Slam got under way yesterday. Wimbledon, the oldest tennis tournament in the world, has has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London, since 1877.

The number one seed Andy Murray progressed through to the second round but there was a surprise upset for the number 5 seed Stan Wawrinka as he was knocked out by the Russian Daniil Medvedev in an impressive four set win: 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 .

If you are staying in the area, why not take some Marbella tennis lessons to improve your tennis skills.