Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 25°C

min temp: 19°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Numbers rise at Elena Baltacha Tennis Academy

13:00 01 September 2012

Elena Baltacha

Elena Baltacha

Archant

NINO Severino revealed that over 60 new girls will be joining Elena Baltacha’s Academy of Tennis (EBAT) on Monday.

Baltacha’s coach revealed the news as the Suffolk Closed Tennis Championships saw a noticeable increase in female participation, especially at Mini-Tennis level.

The Academy currently has 14 members, including nationally-ranked Russian-born Sofiya Khalyaeva, but that figure will rise dramatically to 75 following a successful recruitment drive around seven schools in Ipswich and the surrounding area.

Severino is delighted with the Academy’s pulling power and was also proud of the Baltacha Academy’s participation at this week’s tournament at Ipswich Sports Club.

“We had the highest percentage of girls for an academy of our’s size enter the Suffolk Closed Championship,” said Severino.

“It was a really great showing from the girls, considering many are from deprived areas and considering the arguments that say that parents from such areas don’t support their children.

“They always make sure that their kids go to every tournament and the girls are reaping the rewards of their experiences.”

Baltacha is currently taking time away from the tennis court and will undergo ankle surgery before deciding whether or not to make a return to the ladies’ circuit.

The 28-year-old has already mooted that her return may not be so cut and dry, especially as the academy grows at such a pace. Coaching may be the way forward for the Ukranian-born Brit, who will be expanding her workforce to cope with the number of new recruits.

0 comments

Conor Grant

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy will be without midfielder Conor Grant for Saturday’s home game with Preston North End, as he revealed there could be a deal in the offing for free agent striker Leon Best.

Grant Ward battles with Wes Hoolahan during the Ipswich Town v Norwich City (Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 21 August 2016.   Picture: Steve Waller   www.stephenwaller.com

After a positive performance against Norwich, could the derby draw be a platform for Ipswich Town to build on?

Dalian Atkinson playing for Ipswich in 1988. (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)

An inquest was today opened into the death of ex-Ipswich Town footballer Dalian Atkinson after he was shot with a police Taser.

West Ham United's Martin Samuelsen.

Ipswich Town are carefully considering loan moves for young duo Martin Samuelsen and Adam Armstrong ahead of the transfer window closing next Wednesday.

Ipswich Town's Adam Webster (left).

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says summer signing Adam Webster is not the finished article, following the defender’s step up to Championship football.

Mick McCarthy

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has revealed he is still trying to bring new faces to Portman Road before the transfer window closes at 11pm on August 31.

Leon Best celebrates after scoring for Rotherham United in the Ipswich Town v Rotherham United (Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 19 March 2016.      
Picture: Steve Waller       
www.stephenwaller.com

Ipswich Town have handed a trial to much-travelled striker Leon Best.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy shakes hands with Norwich manager Alex Neil.   Picture: Steve Waller   www.stephenwaller.com

This was an East Anglian derby draw to build upon.

Town fans look up towards the Norwich supporters after a yellow flare was thrown into them during the first half of the Ipswich Town v Norwich City (Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 21 August 2016.   Picture: Steve Waller   www.stephenwaller.com

Officers have made a number of arrests following today’s derby match between Ipswich Town and Norwich City – including two relating to the dispersal of a flare in the grounds.

Town's Jonathan Douglas is fouled by Alexander Tettey, although Kevin Bru couldn't make the free kick count in the Ipswich Town v Norwich City (Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 21 August 2016.   Picture: Steve Waller   www.stephenwaller.com

It was an entertaining derby match at Portman Road on Sunday, even if neither team was able to secure all three points.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24