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Tennis Instruction Sergio Cruz

Sergio Cruz

Born in Manica – Mozambique – Oriental Africa

Dipl. Tennis Teacher S.T.V. (Swiss Tennis), U.S.P.T.R. – U.S.P.T.A.

Mozambique Juniors – Nr. 1 – 14s, 16s, 18s

Nr. 1 Ranked Portugal 1978 – 1981


Davis Cup Player – Portugal 1970/1980


Kings Cup Player- Portugal 1978/1980


National Champion Portugal 1978 & 1980


Nr. 1 Ranked Portugal 1978 – 1981


Over 10 years International Tennis player (Davis Cup, Kings Cup, A.T.P.)

25 years experience as Coach, Teacher and Instructor.

1988/89/90 Trainer and Coach from Jim Courier, Ex-Nr. 1 ATP.


Besides Courier, through the years Sergio has given on court tennis instruction and training to players like; Pete Sampras, Cedric Pioline, Tim Mayotte, David Wheaton, Brad Gilbert, Mark Knowles, Bonnie Gaduzek, Julie Halard, Mary Pierce and many others.

Worked in cooperation with:

Mr. Harry Hopman (Coached Australia to 22 Davis Cup wins)

Nick Bollittieri

Dr. James Loehr (“Toughness for Tennis” and other books.) “Sergio Cruz, designed and lead the 6 month study on

periodization for the competition Tennis player group at the NBTA 1987/88 which results and observations where

acribicly noted by Yokito our assistant” Dr. James E. Loehr

Dr. Jeff Chandler (Sport Science Dr.)

Dr. Justino Esteves (Portugal Olympic Sports Medicine )

Dr. H. Krahl (Germany Olympic Sport Medicine Dr.)

Pat Echeberry (Movement and Speed specialist)

Between 1988, 89 and 90, under contract with IMG/NBTA, Sergio was FULLY responsible for all areas of Jim Couriers development – tennis, physical, mental training and ATP coaching.

Mind you, Sergio is not what you can call a fan or a bag carrier type Coach and he was not a push over as a tennis player either! Sergio, played more than 400 International Open prize money and ATP tournaments, with wins over many World class players (just to name a few):

José Moreno Nr. 4 Spain 1976. (who among others beat John Newcombe N#1 ATP 1971)

Alexandro Pierola Nr. 4 Chile 1977. (took Björn Borg to a 6/7 5/7 in Barcelona)

Marko Ostoja N#2 Yugoslavia 1980. (Extended Stefan Edberg Nr. 1 ATP to a 6-3 6-7 6-3 in Basel 1984)

Aktar Ali Nr. 2 India 1972, (with wins over the Armitraj brothers Vijay Nr. 7 ATP singles and Anand Nr. 1 ATP Doubles, as well as over Ramanathan Krishnan the best Indian player of all time with wins over players such as Rod Laver.)

Bernard Boileau Nr. 1 Belgium 1980 (who later on beat Andrés Gomez, future winner of Roland Garros 1990)

This is not just another list of players – THIS PROVES SERGIO CAN PLAY and the tennis instruction he will give you is world class.

Sergio speaks fluently:

Englisch, French, Spanisch, Portuguese, good German and some Italian

As a website onwer and teacher I often talk about tennis instruction, the game of tennis and all
aspects of it and sure enough players need to know all the intricate elements of
the how to hit a tennis ball and keep it inside those lines and for that they
need:

The grips

The foot work

The tactics

The techniques

The volleys

The serves

The forehands

The backhands

The lobs

The drop shots

The fitness

The mental training

The diet

And much more…

In the course of the years I have learned not to be fooled by sporadic moments
of enthusiasm from my pupils.

When I look at them deep into their eyes I look for more then the flickering
flame of a candle that will die with the lightest blow of my breath.

My gaze searches for a flame more eternal, more powerful, more enduring, that no
hurricane, torment or disaster will ever extinguish, passion!

Passion, that will drive those gangly bodies and legs to go to a tennis wall and
hit tennis balls against it for hours, day after day, hot or cold, bright or
dark, tired or not.

Passion, that will ask questions and will always want to know more, explore
further, to discover the game.

Passion, that will drive you out of bed after a 3 months almost near death
illness and makes you go to the tennis court first. Only to be disappointed
because unfortunately your Doctor (who plays tennis) is there and shocked takes
you immediately home in his car.

Passion, to run enough miles, facing wind, cold, rain, snow, to circle the earth
several times over in the course of a career.

Passion, to exercise without complaint no matter how hard or how far you are
pushing your body.

Passion, to go on the court minutes, hours, days, months, years without even
noticing the time going by.

Passion, to travel the world many times over from tennis tournament to tennis
tournament, seeking that elusive moment that is to hold the winners cup above
your head.

Passion, with the certitude of nothing, no money, no glory, no benefits but to
try to master the game.

When I see such eyes the twinkle of all stars in the universe plays in my eyes!

That is all I live for and that is why I write for you!

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2 thoughts on “Tennis Instruction”

  1. Boa noite aqui do Porto

    Estava na loja do Sr.Vieira à conversa e surgiu o seu nome!!! Sergio Cruz …. grande jogador e treinador dos melhores.

    Fiquei curioso e aqui estou ….é incrível termos alguém com o seu percurso!!!
    E igualmente incrível que se fale tão pouco de si.

    Por essa mesma razão aqui estou a deixar este comentário, pois acredito que de alguma forma tenha sentido essa falta de reconhecimento

    Um grande bem haja e obrigado por existir

    Cumprimentos
    Filipe Maia

    PS_È pena não estar cá pois talentos aqui não faltam …. faltam é pessoas como senhor

    1. Muito obrigado Sr. Filipe Maia. 🙂

      Um grande abraço para si e o Sr. Vieira um grande amigo do T.C.P. que jamais esquecerei.

      A F.T.P. tratou-me sempre como cidadão de segunda, ao ponto de que apesar de eu já ter representado Portugal quase 9 anos em várias competições internacionáis, a pedido de um “Sr.” chamado João Lagos que nos Inter-Clubes duvidáva da minha Nacionalidade (apesar de ter sido meu Capitão na King’s Cup na Roménia e ter visto o meu passaporte), fui obrigado a deslocar-me pessoalmente à Federação Portuguêsa de Ténis e apresentar o meu Passaporte e Bilhete de Identidade. Meus páis são ambos Portuguêses nascidos em Viana e no Porto, eu óbviamente sou Português.

      Um País infeliz com liderança infeliz e arrogante em muitas àreas e no desporto não é excepção. Agora que estou à beira da cova nada me interessa no ténis Nacional, mas houve uma altura há 25 anos em que teria dado tudo para ajudar os jovens do ténis Português, mas infelizmente tinhamos um palhaço para presidente da F.P.T. que tinha a lata de dizer em reuniões officiáis da I.T.F. que o Sérgio Cruz era demasiado bem pago!

      Eu penso o João Sousa tem sido um bastião de orgulho para o ténis Português e espero a F.T.P o trate com o respeito ele merece e quando ele deixar a competição que lhe deêm uma posição no desenvolvimento de jogadores de alta competição. O João é o próximo degrau para a subida de um Português no Top 10 da élite do ténis Internacional.

      Obrigado pela sua simpatia e por ser um amante do ténis.

      Um abraço

      Sérgio Cruz

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