Tournaments & Trips

Sashka’s letter to tennis clubs of Slovenia, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France & Switzerland

09.08.2017
Sashka during her quali match at Santa Croce ITF Juniors Grade 1 international tournament

Dear tennis friends,

Dear players, coaches, captains & managers of tennis clubs & teams,

My name is Oleksandra Oliynykova. I am a refugee & junior tennis player.

Honestly speaking, I am the least probable person to become a pro tennis player.

My family does not have enough money to support my practices & tournament travels though they work hard to supply me with necessary basics (racquets, balls, shoes etc.).

I am a refugee, a person without citizenship (full story here) – so I can’t count on big help of domestic tennis federation or local sponsors.

Finally, I do not have an outstanding, phenomenal talent – all my wins & achievements happened because of hard work and full devotion, day after day.

The only thing I definitely have with me all the time through is my belief & desire to become a tennis player – despite all obstacles.

That’s why I am departing to the “Big Tennis Trip 2017” – to play street tennis on central squares of 50 European cities, promote tennis among wider public (including those people who can’t access it now) and support my crowdfunding campaign.

That’s why I am writing this to ask for your assistance – as my colleagues in playing & loving tennis.
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Tournaments & Trips

7 Questions & Answers about Sashka’s “Big Tennis Trip” in September-October 2017

03.08.2017
Big Tennis Trip 2017 - preparation started

Yes, we are trying to do this again! This time, we take more timeframe to prepare ourselves and make this experience even more exciting for us & interesting to follow for our friends & readers (we will blog, tweet, youtube & live-broadcast every single day of our trip!).

So what is the “Big Tennis Trip”? For 2 months, day by day, Oleksandra (accompanied by her coach Mate) is going to play street tennis on central squares of European cities. One day – one city (with several days off, for sure)! So everybody can join Sashka and play a couple of points vs. her – no need to go to a tennis club!

Why are we doing this? How exactly is it going to look like? What cities do we plan to visit? How can you participate in this breathtaking event organisation? Why do we think this trip is REALLY important not only for Sashka, but for many people around the world? Read 7 Q&As below (and do not forget to ask more questions if you have them).
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Coach Writing...

How we met our – calm & reliable – hitting partner (part 2)

30.06.2017
Our electric team member & working horse

Just to be clear: this machine saved Oleksandra’s tennis career – at least, on current level. If we do not have it, Sashka wouldn’t definitely reach that level where she is now (National Junior Champion & world Top-500 junior player).

Nobody knows for sure (except me 🙂) whether she will ever enter pro tour & when she will manage to do this, but without this purchase she would probably finish with competitive tennis this spring.

This is our honest review of Lobster Grand 5 Elite LE tennis ball machine & its usage in training process of a competitive junior female player. While we got a discount from local Lobster dealer, we are NOT obliged to post any promotional articles about the machine. That’s why we will notice some “cons” as well as many well-deserved “pros” of Lobster Grand 5 Elite LE.
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Tournaments & Trips

ITF Juniors Grade 1 in Offenbach: the solid, German quality

15.06.2017
Jelena Ostapenko (in pink t-shirt, left)

This week brought to Sashka a lot of new experiences: gradually she becomes familiar with the best European junior tennis tournaments (outside Grand Slams, of course). One of such events is ITF Juniors Grade 1 tournament in Offenbach, Germany – a 25-years tradition tourney with a lot of future tennis stars earning their ITF Juniors points & titles here.

In the day of qualification matches sign-in, players, coaches & parents watched the Women’s Roland Garros final on the big screen TV at the lobby of the host tennis club. The portrait of that match hero, Jelena Ostapenko, was on the stand dedicated to the tournament history: in 2012 she played quarterfinal singles & final doubles here in Offenbach! Nearby we also found teenage photos of Pablo Carreno Busta, Ana Konjuh and many others.

Please find below our report on Sashka’s travel to Offenbach (which is still in progress!)
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Info & Other

10 tips & tricks of LOW-COST tennis

24.05.2017

I wrote this for individual players & families who are trying to proceed in junior competitive tennis on a tight budget. So if you – just like us – count every dollar/euro while keep going further on tennis trainings & tournaments, may be this will be helpful for you. I will also welcome your own tips & tricks on the matter – below in “Comments” section and on our social network profiles (twi, fb).
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Trainings

How To Improve Sashka’s Service (watching Youtube)

18.05.2017
Improving Sashka's Service is a Big Task

Sashka’s performance in Santa Croce showed us many of her weaknesses. Besides of mental issues – this is probably the most complicated thing, as it is far more than tennis & includes the consequences of her “common life” difficulties – one of the biggest problems is her service.

Bad thing is that service is “a separate science of tennis”. This shot is a non-typical technical element comparing to other tennis technics as main action happens (mostly) vertically – not horizontally like in case of forehand & backhand.

Good thing that you do not need a hitting partner to practice your serve. It is only a matter of your REAL devotion to make a progress as a player.

Even if you do not have an experienced coach nearby (who will teach you how to make the serve better), there is a solution just a click away: you can find a lot of really useful video on Youtube on the matter. This is exactly what Sashka & me decided to do. Why ask a local pro if we can use a wisdom of the Web, completely for free?
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Tournaments & Trips

Santa Croce ITF Juniors Grade 1: touching the legend, meeting Italian soul

16.05.2017
Santa Croce 39th International Tennis Tournament

I am writing this post, sitting on the open terrace of Santa Croce Tennis Club – the legendary place of European junior tennis. Martina Hingis & Victoria Azarenka, Gustavo Kuerten & Andy Murray, Ana Ivanovic & Amelie Mauresmo played here while being juniors. Though the tournament itself is over for Sashka – she lost yesterday in the final round of qualifications – we both are very happy to be here. Below I want to tell you what we experienced, saw & felt in these past 3 days.
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Life Beyond Tennis

#AskSashka: all questions & answers – in one post

13.05.2017
Sashka on her practice

While travelling through Italy by bus (her final destination was ITF Juniors Grade 1 tournament in Santa Croce), Sashka started a “flash Q&A session” tagged as #AskSashka. It was very interesting & enjoying experience for everybody who took part in it, including Sashka herself! So we decided to place all questions & answers in one place – please find them below.

BTW, if you wanna ask something more, do not hesitate to do it (be sure to include @sashkatennis in your q’s text so we definitely see it).
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