We are all aware of the importance that the athletic training has in sport and in particular in tennis. Organize yourself to make it professional is a must for the best national schools and in first position among all others, fearless to be contradicted, the Ace Tennis Center of Volvera.

Matteo Ponzano and Edoardo Deiro take care of this delicate sector, in perfect synchronization and always in full cooperation. He is the first to explain the operative philosophy: “ We work individually, with a meticulous attention to the features, the needs, the physical and technical aspects of the athlete, all this based on the constant instruction of the coach that follows him on the court. Therefore the programs are customized in accordance with the management policy that works towards the quality and not the quantity”. The synergy with the coach is absolute: “Very often – continues Matteo Ponzano – we work on the court with specific exercises that the coach changes instantly on the play field.

We inspire ourselves, as regards the athletic training, to the method called GSA (Global Systemic Activation), conceived by the Spanish Javier Capitaine, athletic trainer of Fabio Fognini among others.
How long is the average time that one athlete dedicate to the athletic training?: “The basic session lasts 1 hour and a half, excluding the warm-up and the cool-down time. We are committed to reproduce the court stimulations also when we train the physical aspect. Also with the younger ones, the footprint of the athletic preparation is already specific at the 80 % for tennis, since who come to us already have the will of training to become a tennis player”.

At the second working season at the Ace Tennis Center, how do you evaluate the growth of each athlete? “Great, especially when it comes to learning that one must sacrifice oneself and work hard”. What is your main objective? “Let our athletes gain more and more culture of training and working. Then carrying them along through the growing process in the best way possible, giving them the fundamental instruments to become tennis players”.

A great example can come also from whom is already a professional, such as Wta Marina Kachar. “There is no doubt. Marina is a Wta player and so all the work done is based on the competitive schedule of the tournaments. She has great potential and it is very exciting working with her also due to her willingness to learn new things, understanding their origins and wanting to confront herself with the other spokesperson. A true example for our young ones to follow also for her dedication and self-sacrifice. She is usually at the Ace Tennis Center and she trains 7 hours a day, four hours playing tennis and three hours dedicated to athletic preparation. In the morning, she plays two hours with the tennis racket and one hour and a half it is dedicated to athletic preparation, with a particular focus on flexibility and elasticity. In the afternoon, she plays tennis for a couple of hours and another hour and a half is again dedicated to athletic preparation based on more heavy conditioning work.”

Let’s go back to the kind of professional commitment you put at the very base. You practice several specific works. Please ,describe some. “Some of them are for instance blinded eyes, stopped up ears to intensify the analyzers. We also use small and irregular tennis balls to stimulate further more the reflexes. Even when training with weights, we look for biomechanical affinity with the movement used when playing. We take care of the training strength in an asymmetric way, fully in assonance with the nature of tennis itself. This means working on your entire body in an accurate and specific way, taking into consideration the final objective and that means letting the athlete become a true player.”

Meanwhile, the athletes at the Center progress even the ones that follow them with peculiar professionalism. A “do ut des” motto that is a guarantee of success and quality. Like the important two years collaboration with Matteo Ponzano from Centro Ricerche dell’Università degli Studi di Torino, Facoltà di Scienze Motorie: “A scientific research focused on tennis – wraps up Matteo – that represents a personal and professional enrichment as well work wise for our field of activity.”

Roberto Bertellino