A NEW LEVEL

OF COMPETITIVE TENNIS

ADVANCING THE GAME

Albany Academy brings a level of competition not found anywhere else. Student-athletes receive personalized instruction, conditioning, and guidance as they improve in all aspects of the sport. Student-athletes of the tennis program spend multiple hours training on the court with both match play and skills and match-simulation drills. Through various technologies, our expert team of coaches and staff analyse each student-athlete’s technique and play to help advance their game.

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TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

COURAGE as a tennis player incorporates focus, decision-making, and determination to succeed. The application and strength of the mind is fundamental in the one-on-one battle of a tennis match. It is about working hard at every point, being drilled to make the right shot at the right time, committing to training, and attaining the most out of yourself.

MOVEMENT and fitness are crucial for a tennis player. Being fitter than an opponent is a huge advantage; being able to move freely and wear down an opponent while still feeling fresh provides both physical and mental superiority. Fitness is solely determined by the athlete and is not reliant on opponents, the type of court, or weather conditions. A fit, healthy body contributes to a fit, healthy mind.

OPPORTUNITIES are important to recognize not only on the court but in life. Having the ability to recognize when an opportunity arises and take advantage of it is a critical state of mind for all tennis players. The mental application in tennis is often the difference in achieving success, and we instill the positive thinking, concentration on the task, and ability to analyze and react in our student-athletes.

NURTURE and growth of each student-athlete is an essential part of success. We take into account the well-being of each player and help give them life skills for the future. By providing a structured, disciplined environment, we encourage student-athletes to excel in training, fitness, diet, positive thinking, and academics.

STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITIES

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TRAINING IN A WORLD-CLASS RACQUET CENTER

Student-athletes train and compete on dedicated Windsor School tennis courts along with six additional lighted Har-Tru tennis courts and hard courts at Albany. A padel tennis facility is on site for those looking to experience a different form of the game for fun.

PLAYSIGHT SMART COURTS

Precision is an important part of the game. With the latest PlaySight smart court technology, student-athletes can transform their game. The fully interactive technology monitors and tracks all activity on the court and offers professional-level analysis and evaluation tools; taking your game to the next level.

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FITNESS CENTER

With a dedicated lap pool, world-class gym, a track, soccer field, PlaySight smart courts and basketball court, Windsor School provides an unparalleled fitness center for the elite training programs of Albany Academy. The gym also includes a locker and ice bath room where student-athletes can replenish there body after a long day of training.

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ELITE TENNIS COACHES

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LLEYTON HEWITT

Lleyton Hewitt made a name for himself early on in his career, becoming the youngest male ever to be ranked No. 1 in the world in singles tennis. With singles titles victories including the U.S. Open and Wimbledon men’s singles titles, U.S. Open men’s doubles title, and back-to-back Tennis Masters Cup titles, Lleyton has earned more than 33 titles in his nearly 20-year professional career.

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RICHELE LESALDO

CO-DIRECTOR OF TENNIS

For over 20 years, Richele LeSaldo has been a leader in the tennis community. The Barbados native led her country at the #1 position in the Fed Cup and PanAm Games. Richele would later take her tennis talents to Clemson University where she was a two-time captain of their championship teams. Upon graduating, Richele played on the ITF Women’s Tour before settling at Cornell University in New York, as the Assistant Women’s Coach. Her time in New York would later afford her the opportunity to coach at illustrious clubs and academies, namely the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in Nice, France. Having traveled the world to elevate the game of rising professional tennis players, Richele captained the Barbados Fed Cup Team and had the unique privilege of coaching at all four Grand Slam Tennis Tournaments. With success in coaching and playing at the junior, collegiate and professional levels, Richele LeSaldo is an integral component of the tennis community and the Albany Tennis Academy.

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GLENN WEINER

CO-DIRECTOR OF TENNIS

As a former professional tennis player and high-performance tennis coach, Glenn turned pro at the age of 18, playing on the ATP tour for 12 years before reaching a career-high of 119 in singles and 87 in doubles. After retiring, Glenn began his coaching career at the IMG/Nick Bollettieri tennis academy. During his 14 years of coaching at IMG, Glenn worked with the elite pro and junior teams before becoming the head of the program in 2018.
 

Over the years, Glenn has coached and toured with many professional players including Kei Nishikori, Yoshihito Nishioka, Michael Mmoh, and Shintaro Mochizuki. Glenn believes his unique experience working with top professionals during their transition from junior tennis to the pros has helped form his teaching model. He believes in developing the entire athlete and creating an environment and culture that inspires and motivates athletes to reach their full potential.

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TATIANA SOLDATOVA

TENNIS PROFESSIONAL

Born and raised in Russia, Tatiana moved to the United States in 2006 to play collegiate division one tennis. After completing her bachelor’s degree, Tatiana pursued a master’s degree while being the assistant coach to both the men’s and women’s teams at Jacksonville University. In 2012, Tatiana joined the coaching team at IMG Academy, where she spent the stage of her career working will all levels and ages of players, including young children, teenagers and adults. 
 

Tatiana is very active in the tennis community, participating in USTA leagues, fundraising tournaments and exhibition matches. Tatiana is passionate about the game of tennis, bringing high energy and competition in her training.

TENNIS ACADEMY INSTAGRAM