Gold Medalist Teaches Tennis Clinic In Glen Cove

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Gigi Fernández at the 2009 U.S. Open

On Wednesday, May 3, local tennis players who want to improve their game will have the opportunity to get tips from Gigi Fernández, a two-time Olympic gold medalist who has won 71 WTA titles and 17 Grand Slam doubles titles, right in Glen Cove. The international of the tennis Hall of Fame member will host a clinic, Master Doubles with Gigi, at Robbie Wagner’s Tournament Training Center in Glen Cove, which includes 90 minutes on the court, followed by a luncheon.

“Fernández is recognized as one of the best doubles players of all time and is now sharing her passion and knowledge of doubles with our local players,” said Hilary Bressler, sales manager at Robbie Wagner’s, who was instrumental in organizing the event.

Bressler met Fernández at a conference earlier this year, and the tennis great offered to not only host a clinic, but to also attend the USTA Eastern Long Island annual awards ceremony later that night. Bressler and others from Robbie Wagner’s will be honored at the ceremony.

“People can come for the fun of meeting a high ranked professional and they will also get professional tips on doubles play,” said Bressler.

She said attendees will have the opportunity to take photos with Fernández after the lecture.

Fernández, an American, is the first Puerto Rican born athlete to win a gold medal and the first to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, which happened on July 12, 2010. She represented the United States at the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992) and in Atlanta in 1996, winning the gold both times.

Since retiring from the professional tour in 1997 at the age of 33, Fernández has been a tennis coach and entrepreneur. She now shares her knowledge of doubles with tennis enthusiasts throughout the USA by conducting Master Doubles with Gigi Clinics and Doubles Boot Camps.

Fernández will spend the day on the court teaching doubles and talking about the mental part of the game. She has developed her own teaching system, the Gigi Method, which simplifies doubles for all levels. Players who participate will learn how to be positioned in the right place, cover the correct area, have reliable shot selection and employ winning strategies. There will be two doubles clinic groups, each 90 minutes long. The 3.0 group goes from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and the 4.0 group takes the court from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The clinic is followed by lunch and a lecture, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., sponsored by Ameriprise Financial. Cost for participating in the clinic and lunch is $175 per person, and includes a swag bag and a $25 Tennis Express gift card. Those interested in just the luncheon and lecture can attend for $45.

Call Bressler at 516-759-0505 or visit www.robbiewagners.com for more information.

Robbie Wagner’s Tournament Training Center is at 60 Sea Cliff Ave., Glen Cove.

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