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Spanish coach Alvarino here to improve standard of tennis

Pancho Alvarino addressing the media. Picture by Shan Rambukwella
Pancho Alvarino addressing the media. Picture by Shan Rambukwella

Pancho Alvarino, the Head Coach of Pancho Alvarino Tennis Academy in Spain has been assigned to Sri Lanka for three day visit by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to improve the standard of National Training Centres in the country.

He has 30 years of coaching experience. He was the captain of the Spanish Fed Cup team from 1985 to 1991 and won the title in 1991. Also Pancho Alvarino captained the Spanish women’s team at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.

Pancho has coached several world class tennis players such as former world number one Dinara Safina, Gala Leon, Cristina Torrence, Arantxa Parra and many others. Pancho has travelled the WTA Circuit as a coach of professional players for over 15 years.

National player

The national player development project was started by Sri Lanka Tennis Association (SLTA) in November 2018 focusing on developing outstanding junior players as a first stage of the program in five years and Pancho’s visit is very useful to get ideas and advice from him during his three day visit to the country.

SLTA has good grass-root level tennis players islandwide and large number of players are playing the game. SLTA hope to build up good junior players through player development program and also the project will be extended to the private academies also.

“I think SLTA is on the correct path to uplift the standard of tennis in Sri Lanka. I am satisfying about Sri Lankan junior players talents. We cannot expect good results in a month but may be in five years, we should have a good pack of talented players ready for the international stage,” Alvarino commented at a media briefing held at SLTA.

He also written tennis articles in tennis journals and has given presentations at national and international conferences.

 


 

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