EMPIRE Tennis Academy women's team with new power. Four times Grand Slam champion, four times winner of Fed Cup trophy with Czech team and Roland Garros singles finalist in 2015 Lucie Safarova became new member of the EMPIRE Tennis Academy thus joined other pillars and players.
Within EMPIRE Tennis Academy women's team there are top ranked WTA players: Elina Svitolina (Ukraine), Daria Kasatkina (Russia) being coached by Vladimir Platenik and young Slovak talents Tereza Mihalikova and Rebecca Sramkova. Team formation is in line with concept of Trnava club and Tennis Academy itself.
TC EMPIRE men's squad is created of Davis cup players Andrej Martin and Igor Zelenay and younger players as Patrik Fabian, Martin Blasko and Czech Vaclav Safranek.
Czech Lucie Safarova is the latest team addition. She has with her American partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands recently reached her 4th doubles title at the Australian Open Grand Slam tournament in Melbourne.
"I really look forward to Trnava since I wanted to see everything here and to play here. So far, my busy schedule did not allow that. I decided to enter the project I liked. And I think there are great people in Trnava who are interested in the progress of young tennis players and also tennis in general, "said Safarova for www.empire-tennis-academy.com.
Vladimir Platenik, who is a head-coach in Trnava, informed her about the Tennis Academy itself. "We know each other for a long time from WTA circuit, but apart from him I heard good references from the other players, too. Tennis player does not spend much time at home, but when I'll be at home, I'll be glad to go to Trnava for practice opportunity. There is an ideal environment for professional training. And Trnava is not far from Brno! We look forward to our future cooperation, "said winner of 7 WTA tournaments in singles and 13 in doubles.
Platenik : Top player with lot of experience
Safarova’s entry is highly welcomed by Vladimir Platenik, coach of Daria Kasatkina, number 27 in WTA rankings. "She’s a top player with lot of experience. We have basically approached coach Frantisek Cermak after splitting with Kvitova regarding cooperation with our Academy. He was also approached by Lucia, so we agreed to cooperation of all sides concerned. I am delighted that the club will have from time to time such a great player. We also hope to have great cooperation with her coach, who was a top player. He can also contribute with his experience and knowledge to all the players and coaches in Trnava. Both of them are big legends in the Czech tennis. It’s great they join their future with us, "commented Vladimir Platenik to the cooperation.
Entire EMPIRE Tennis Academy women’s team:
Players: Rebecca Sramkova, Tereza Mihalikova, Vivien Juhaszova, Lenka Jurikova, Sandra Jamrichova, Laura Maluniakova (all from Slovakia), Elina Svitolina (Ukraine), Daria Kasatkina (Russia), Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic), Ons Jabeur (Tunisia), Kateryna Kozlova (Ukraine), Anna Blinkova (Russia), Sadafmoh Tolibova (Belarus).
Coaches: Head-coach Vladimir Platenik, Frantisek Cermak, Mislav Hizak, Jaroslav Levinsky, Jozef Sramka, Martin Durdik, Alexander Somogyi.