Tony Nadal

The Nadals are a close-knit family and share an apartment building in Manacor, Mallorca. Toni Nadal has three brothers including Sebastian Nadal and Miguel Angel Nadal and a sister. Sebastian Nadal is Rafael Nadal’s father and owns and manages his own restaurant and window glass company and Miguel Angel, known as the “Beast of Barcelona,” is a retired football player who played for RCD Mallorca, FC Barcelona, and Spain’s national team in the 1994, 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups. Toni Nadal studied history at university level, but his real passion was tennis. He became a Spanish tennis professional and trained the number two junior in Spain right out of university and also became a business partner with his brother Sebastian. Toni Nadal has three children. Nadal introduced tennis to his nephew Rafael Nadal at the age of four. Rafael also played football and could have gone professional but when Rafael was 12 years old, Toni told him he would achieve greater success in tennis, and from then on Toni became Rafael Nadal’s tennis coach, mentor, support system, strategist and emotional anchor. Toni is said to be extremely modest, level-headed, down-to-earth and tries to instill these values and qualities in Rafael.His philosophy is that you can only achieve something with hard work and that there is always room for improvement.Nadal tries to develop character in Rafael because he knows that it could have a profound impact on results and motivation. Tony’s goal when he created the GPTCA with Rainer, Alberto and Dirk was to unite worldwide coaches who have a passion for the tour in a vast community and to provide them with tips and inside information regarding the best practices used on the tour.

Rainer Schuettler

Rainer Shuettler began playing tennis at the age of nine. He resides in Switzerland. In 2003, Schüttler became the first German since Boris Becker in 1989 to advance to the fourth round at all Grand Slams. He became the first German to reach a Grand Slam final, at the Australian Open, since Michael Stich. En route to the final, which he lost in straight sets toAndre Agassi, he defeated Andy Roddick who would end the season as world no 1. In 2004, Schüttler reached his first career ATP Masters Series final in Monte Carlo. That week, he would reach a career high ranking of No. 5. Schüttler won a silver medal for Germany in tennis men's doubles with partner Nicolas Kiefer at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. In 2008, Schüttler reached his first career semi-final at Wimbledon . He was defeated by eventual champion Rafael Nadal. In 2010 Schüttler and his former Davis Cup companion Alexander Waske founded the Schüttler Waske Tennis-University, a tennis academy for professional tennis players. Schüttler retired in October 2012 and now coaches Sergiy Stakhovsky. He has been very actively involved in the GPTCA movement since the start.

Alberto Castellani

During his more than 30 years activity as a professional high-level coach, Alberto Castellani has taken part in more than 300 Grand Prix, ATP events, challengers, Grand Slams and Super 9 tournaments, from which he got credits and official passes. As a Technical Director of the Unione Italiana SportperTutti (UISP) Tennis League, Alberto directs the training courses for tennis teachers and coaches and oversees the USIP’s Scientific and Technical Committee. For over 15 years, he has been a faculty member of the Physical Education Department at the University of Perugia, with an emphasis in sports psychology, technical theory and teaching for individual sports, and in the specialized degree course for Sciences and Techniques of the Sporting Activity. As an International ATP Coach, Alberto is a member of the Coach Association of the ATP, and elite group of 40 coaches around world. He graduated as a tennis teacher at the National School for Teachers of the Italian Tennis Federation and registered in the Official List of Teachers. He is the current president of the GPTCA and founding member.

Dirk Hordorff

During his more than 30 years activity as a professional high-level coach, Alberto Castellani has taken part in more than 300 Grand Prix, ATP events, challengers, Grand Slams and Super 9 tournaments, from which he got credits and official passes. As a Technical Director of the Unione Italiana SportperTutti (UISP) Tennis League, Alberto directs the training courses for tennis teachers and coaches and oversees the USIP’s Scientific and Technical Committee. For over 15 years, he has been a faculty member of the Physical Education Department at the University of Perugia, with an emphasis in sports psychology, technical theory and teaching for individual sports, and in the specialized degree course for Sciences and Techniques of the Sporting Activity. As an International ATP Coach, Alberto is a member of the Coach Association of the ATP, and elite group of 40 coaches around world. He graduated as a tennis teacher at the National School for Teachers of the Italian Tennis Federation and registered in the Official List of Teachers. He is the current president of the GPTCA and founding member.

Giorgio DiPalermo

Giorgio di Palermo, one of the founders of B1PR sports communication and PR agency, currently serves as the European Player Representative at ATP World Tour. He earned a Law degree from the La Sapienza University in Rome in 1989 and joined the ATP in 1996, working as a Tour Manager through 2008, traveling to around 25 tournaments per year. In 2007, he was promoted to Director of Player Relations, where his responsibilities expanded to include the players’ retirement plan and officiating liaison. He also worked for the Italian Tennis Federation at Challenger and Davis Cup events.

Dan Santorum , PTR

Dan Santorum is the CEO of Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) -- the largest global organization of tennis teachers and coaches. He has conducted more than 350 PTR tennis teacher workshops on six continents, in 44 countries and 189 cities. In 1999, he became the first, and to this day the only, person to conduct workshops for tennis teachers in all 50 U.S. States. During his tenure, PTR has more than quintupled in size – from an organization of 2,800 members in 68 countries – to an organization with more than 14,500 members in 121 countries. Santorum sits on a number of non-profit boards in the tennis industry including: International Tennis Hall of Fame, National Public Parks Tennis Association and Tennis Industry Association. He also has served and continues to serve on several USTA committees. In 2000, Dan was the USA Captain who coached the USA team to an upset victory over #1 seeded Germany in the inaugural Tony Trabert Cup. In 2006, Santorum received the prestigious Educational Merit Award from the International Tennis Hall of Fame. That same year Dan was inducted into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame. In August, Dan became the 31st American to receive the ITF’s Service to the Game Award.

Jean-Philippe Fleurian

Jean-Philippe Fleurian (born 11 September 1965 in Paris) is a former tennis player from France, who turned professional in 1985. He played on the tour more than 14 years and retired in 2000. During his early years he grew up in Reunion Island (part of the Mauricius Islands) and New Caledonia a tiny French territory in between Australia and New Zeland until the age of 13 when he became the best player of the island. Rejected in France for his lack of ranking as there was no ranking on the island he decided to achieve his goal in the USA where he practiced from age 14 to 19 in many prestigious camps and finally turned pro in 1985. The right-hander reached his highest individual ranking on the ATP Tour on 30 April 1990, when he became World No. 37. He achieved victories over many top player including Boris Becker, Andre Agassi, Stephan Edberg, Sergi Bruguera, Andres Gomez, Todd Martin and many more. Fleurian participated in the Davis Cup with the French Team from 1986 to 1996 and was part of 2 winning Davis Cup years with France (1991 against the USA in Lyon, France and 1996 against Sweden in Malmo, Sweden). He married Sybile Niox-Chateau who was a top 80 professional player on the WTA tour. He is now retired from tennis and has two daughters. Fleurian is a member of the 'Champions for Peace' club, a group of 70 famous elite athletes committed to serving peace in the world through sport, created by Peace and Sport, a Monaco-based international organization chaired by HSH Prince Albert III. Fleurian has been a board member for the French Tennis Federation for 6 years and worked for the ITF as a player liaison for 7 years, interacting with the ATP, WTA, IOC and ITF. He has been selected by the GPTCA board to be the country president for North America.

Jacques Leriche

Jacques Leriche is one of the creators and pioneers of Mini Tennis which he was the first one to develop in Belgium in the years 1985 for the Belgium Tennis Federation. After a long career as a coach and trainer and an international speaker, Jacques became the Technical Director of the Belgium Tennis Federation for which he worked for more than 20 years. Jacques has coached numerous Pro players on the tour but was best known for developing young super stars as Justine Henin, Kim Clijsters, Olivier and Christophe Rochus and many more players who started with the Mini Tennis adapted methodology.
No one knows mini-tennis more than him.
After 20 years of loyal services, Jacques decided to step down in 2013 from his job as Technical Director of the Belgium Tennis Federation to partner with his friend Xavier Daufresne, a former top 100 ATP singles player. Together they launched LDTC an academy dedicated to helping the youth to succeed by providing players in needs with some technical guidance, scholarships and financial aids.Jacques Leriche is also busy promoting the Le Petit Tennis story based teaching system and line of products in Belgium. Le Petit Tennis targets children of ages 3 to 5 years with a complete line of age adapted products.

Check out Jacques Leriche explaining in French, how Mini-Tennis started in 1985 and why it was so important to adapt tennis to the younger children: http://youtu.be/_2pL5XmCDic

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