Ricany, Czech Republic, ITF Futures, Penta Trading Indoor Ricany 2018, hard, indoor: 1R, Artem Dubrivnyy (RUS) - Marek GENGEL (CZE) 7-6(4) 7-6(3), 2R: Tomas JIROUSEK (CZE) 6-1 6-2, QF: Robin STANEK (CZE) 6-1 6-4, SF: Jiri LEHECKA (CZE) walkover.

Ricany, Czech Republic, ITF Futures, Penta Trading Indoor Ricany 2018, hard, indoor: 1R, Artem Dubrivnyy (RUS) - Marek GENGEL (CZE) 7-6(4) 7-6(3), 2R: Tomas JIROUSEK (CZE) 6-1 6-2, QF: Robin STANEK (CZE) 6-1 6-4, SF: Jiri LEHECKA (CZE) walkover.

Platenik has been giving advice to Czech tennis player Kilnarova in Trnava and devotes his time to his family

The head coach Vladimir Platenik is again at the EMPIRE Tennis Academy these days, where he is giving advice to 19-year-old Monika Kilnarova, a tennis player from Czech Republic. He is her consultant-mentor, and the Slovak coach is also glad that he’s got more time for his family and kids who are also involved in sports - tennis and hockey.

Kilnarova is a 19-year-old native from Ostrava, currently 324th player in WTA ranking. She´d been practicing several times in Trnava before. "I have always enjoyed the club. I like the background, coaches. I’ve agreed with my parents that this is the great place to prepare for the next season," she said to www.empire-tennis.academy.com the reasons for joining the club.

"I have never practiced with a coach with so much experience that already brought up so many top players. So, every advice is beneficial to me. I am grateful for this opportunity to work with Vladimir Platenik," said Kilnarova, who is very fond of the new location of EMPIRE Tennis Academy. "It's great. Players have everything in one place, physiotherapy, fitness, tennis, regeneration, accommodation and food. Overall, I really like TC EMPIRE, all of them are positive and professional," told us Kilnarova, who’s got a clear goal for the new season. "I would like to get to the WTA tournaments," she added.

EMPIRE Tennis Academy head coach Platenik is well, after 19 years of traveling around the world he’s got more of a free program. "I mainly spend my time with my daughter Ela. She really wants to play tennis, and I din’t have much time before. We are committed to go a little more professionally. I am particularly interested in my children; the daughter is now practicing 4-5 hours a day. Son has got hockey training from six o’clock in the morning, league matches over the weekends. This is my full time job now," he told to www.empire-tennis.academy.com a coach who likes to help the other women’s players, if he is approached.

"We agreed with the academy that when the potential player comes to the club we’ll do the consultations. Kilnarova’s family has been here several times. I'm working with Monika once a day. She is working hard, has got her own style, but she's a solid player. She is very dangerous for her opponents. Monika does not make to many mistakes and moves well. She’s got a fighting spirit, knows how to focus on her game," he said, naming the strengths of Czech tennis player.

Platenik had other offers, but this time management is exactly as he wants it. "There’s the minimum number of players I would like to work with at the tour. I’m not seeing the desire to improve, to respect each other. I sometimes feel they will take more ball boys/girls and those who put you in a good mood than those who want to move the tennis player somewhere forward. They don’t want to sacrifice much like Nadal or Federer. I have got offers from new girls that I could have imagined working with, but now the family is the first. Then there is everything else," he concluded the debate.

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Ivan Kopčáni, www.empire-tennis-academy.com
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