After a rather quiet spell at the beginning of 2015 the Tennis club came back to life again when I took over as president of the club, starting competing at the MBAT 2015, which is the main sports event for Business schools held in HEC Paris. During the MBAT tournament, Tennis was played in the Davis cup format and we finished 4th out of approximately 20 teams.
The Tennis club has also had new members join the board in the month of September and with them also came new initiatives. Thanks to Vivian Krall, a fellow board member, we were able to secure a 10% discount on sporting goods for the IE Tennis club members at Deportes Wimbledon store in Madrid.
We have also created a whatsapp group for club members as a communication medium to meet, practice and play tennis. It’s not surprising to say that given the passion for tennis the group has its been very active during this year.
The club is also planning to starting coaching sessions wth Andrew Raphaelson at the beginning of January, who will be joining us as an IE student. Andrew Raphaelson has played tennis all his life, including 4 years for the University of San Diego in the United States. In addition to helping coach a number of junior and collegiate players over the years, he has also hit with many top professional players including Fernando Verdasco, Ernests Gulbis, Caroline Wozniaki, and Sorana Cirstea. Andrew has volunteered to coach IE students who are looking for assistance with improving certain aspects of their game. Given the talent pool at IE I feel we have a very good chance of bringing home Gold this time round at MBAT 2016. We are also in the process of organizing the first ever IE tennis singles tournament for gents and ladies in December 2015. I must say given the level of commitment and enthusiasm of the current board members the future of the club looks very promising.