Photo: Suzie Dyrbus, ITFJunior Camp
Thirty seven players and coaches from eleven different countries attended the Cruyff Foundation European Junior Camp, which was was held in Aarau-West, Switzerland for the first time in its history, having moved from Belgium the previous year.
The Cruyff Foundation is Programme Partner of the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Junior Programme, which incorporates a series of regional junior camps providing opportunities such as this for juniors to be involved in the sport, as well as the junior event at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup and the Cruyff Foundation Junior Masters for the top ranked junior players.
The mornings were spent doing different on court coaching exercises. The coaches took the juniors using a range of different coaching styles through a number of drills and training situations enhancing their tactical and technical ability. Everyone was eager to learn and benefit from the wide coaching expertise, which included former world No.1 Robin Ammerlaan.
Every afternoon saw the juniors take part in an ITF Junior tournament followed by a variety of evening activities. These included basketball, a quiz night and an interactive juggling and co-ordination games evening with the ceremony and a fire show to finish up the week.
The girls' singles was won by local player Nalani Buob (SUI), who beat Aysegul Zararsiz (TUR), while Mitch Graauw (NED) successfully defended his boys' title after seeing off compatriot Ruben Spaargaren (NED) 41 41.
The coaches also voted for several awards. Alexey Potanin (RUS) won most improved player, Evgeny Gulyukin (RUS) won best sportsmanship, Najwa Awane (MAR) won best smile, Ruebin Spaargaren won player of the camp and Frederic Patierno (FRA) won coach of the camp.