United Tennis Academy










"Train for Life"

Sophie Edwards (age 12) won the Girls 16s at the Bollettieri Championships at IMG Academy Level 7
Horia Tecau wins PBZ Zagreb Indoor
Men's Pro-Am Winners: First Place Ron & Jeff, Second Place John & Cookie
Gia Cohen, Jeff Russell and Sophie Edwards at Bardmoor
Eva Tasdemir wins the Girls 12s in Sarasota
Teona Velehorschi - Finalist at the U18 ITF World Ranking Event
Max Miryni and Horia Tecau capture the title at the China Open (photo courtesy Horia Tecau)
Gabriel Trifu & Jeffrey Russell (c) Herald-Tribune 09.30.13
Gia Cohen d. Rosie Dickson G14s (Seminole Super Series)
Qinwen Zheng d. Jiangxue Han in the Girls 12s (Bollettieri Championships)
Chenhe Li d. Martin Damm in the Boys 12s (Bollettieri Champsionships)
Elli Mandlik winner of the Girls 14s at the Sarasota Super Series


Welcome to United Tennis Academy. We are located in Bradenton, Florida - the hotbed of tennis in the sunshine state. Owners Jeff Russell and Gabriel Trifu started United with two courts and only themselves as coaches. Today, United Tennis Academy resides at United Tennis Club at El Conquistador which offers 15 tennis courts and a full service club house. 

Jeff Russell explains how United Tennis Academy has grown so consistently: "Through our own life and professional experiences, we have come to understand that the complete athlete comes only in conjunction with a disciplined mind, body, and spirit. At United we train athletes to be physically strong, fast and to possess sound technique. However, we also strive for them to be proud and confident individuals in life. Because each athlete comes from their own distinct background, and each has a different level of talent, our task is to identify their strengths and weaknesses, both physical and mental, and help them improve. This is the formula which supports their desire to grow and become champions.

Using all of the resources available to us, we develop winners both on and off the court. We pride ourselves on our experience and expertise in dealing with students from all walks of life and levels of ability. This gives us a unique perspective of the needs of each player, and how to guide them in order to reach their full potential. We encourage parental involvement. When parents engage in their child's training in a constructive manner, and in cooperation with the coach, much more is achieved. We especially value our players educators. What happens in the classroom often transfers to the court and vice versa. We work closely with the educators from the various schools our athletes attend to make sure they excel both on the court and in the classroom.

This collaboration between student, coach, parent, and educator is embodied in our name "United" Tennis Academy. We are united with genuine dedication and determination, taking pride in our work, believing we can have a positive impact on the future of our students both on and off the court. Through this philosophy we teach our students to "Train For Life."



Our players are active both locally and nationally. For the most up to date information please visit our Facebook page.

Here are some of their achievements:

August 12th - Congratulations to United's Elli Mandlik on winning the USTA Designated tournament in Key Biscayne over the weekend.  She took home the trophy is the Girls 14s.  Way to go Elli!

August 6th - United Tennis was proud to welcome former WTA Professional Jill Craybas to the club!  Jill generously offered to play Gia Cohen, one of the United Tennis Academy's gifted players.  A wonderful time was had by all!  Check out the photos on facebook!

August 3rd - The United girls had a terrific weekend at the Celsius Level 7 Classic....Emily De Oliveira - Winer Under 14; Eva Tasdemir - Finalist Under 14; Sara De Oliveira - Winner Under 16....Way to go girls!!!

August 3rd - Contratulations to Horia Tecau and his doubles partner, Jean-Julian Rojer, on taking home their 5th title of the year at the Citi Open in Washington, DC.  They are now tied with the Bryan Brothers for the most doubles titles this year!

July 26th - The United girls had a terrific weekend at the Celcius Level 7 Classic....Emily De Oliveira - Winner Under 14; Eva Tasdemir - Finalist Under 14; Sara De Oliveira - Winner Under 16.....Way to go girls!!!

July 16th - Congratulations to United alumna Skylar Kuykendall on being named to ITA Academic Honor Roll!

July 2nd - The upcoming Totally Tennis magazine will include a feature story on Hana Mandlikova.  She recently moved to Bradenton so her twin 12 year olds can train at United Tennis Academy.

June 21st - Two thumbs up for Sara and Emily De Oliveira.  Both took home the trophy at this weekends Big Banger Level 6 at Celcius.  Sara won the 14s and Emily won the 12s!

June 21st - Congratulations to Horia Tecau!  he and doubles partner, Jean-Julien Roger claimed the title at the Topshelf Open in the Netherlans.  Horia won last year's Topshelf Open with partner Max Mirnyi, and had previously teamed with Robert Lindstedt to claim the championships in 2009 and 2012.

June 10th - United Tennis alumna Skylar Kuykendall has decided to head to Baton Rouge.  Good luck as a Lady Tiger!

May 4th - Check out the article about Director of Adult Tennis, Mohammed Chaouqi, in today's Herald Tribune!

April 28th - Congratulations to United's Sophie Edwards!  This weekend she wont the Longines Cup.  Sophie will pay in the center of Paris during the 2014 French Open to represent the US against qualifiers from 15 other nations for the title of Longines Future Tennis Aces.  Great job Sophie!

April 27th - Congrats to United's Horia Tecau and his doubles partner, Jean-Julien Rojer, on capturing the title in Bucharest.  This is the third year in a row that Horia has lifted the trophy (2012 with Robert Lindstedt and 2013 with Max Mirnyi).  Awesome job Horia!

April 25th - Check out the new Academy Promotional Video airing in Europe.

April 24th - United Tennis is pleased to announce Mohammed Chaouqi as the new Director of Adult Tennis.  Welcome to the United Family!

April 16th - Congratulations to United Tennis alumna Teona Velehorschi on winning the ACE Burlington ITF over the weekend!  It is the third year in a row that she has won that tournament.  We also want to congratulate her on becoming a Michigan Wolverine!  Best of luck at UM!

April 16th - A big shout out to United Tennis alumna and University of Central Florida Freshman, Cortney Cesarini, on being named Newcomer of the Year!  We are so proud of you!

April 14th - Congratulations to 12 year old Gia Cohen on winning the Girls 16s at Saddlebrook over the weekend!  Great job Gia!

April 14th - Lauren Cooper came away with the title at Saddlebrook over the weekend in the Girls 14s!  Awesome job Lauren!

April 14th - Congrats Eva Tasdemir on your win at the Super Series in Orlando (Girls 12s)!  Way to go!

April 12th - Congratulations to Horia Tecau and his doubles partner Jean-Julian Rojer on capturing the title in Casablanca!!  

March 30th - It was great to have Julia Goerges at United this week!  Julia, you are welcome here any time!  Best of luck in Charleston!

February 10th - Sophie Edwards (age 12) won the Girls 16s at the Bollettieri Championships at IMG Academy Level 7 over the weekend!  Way to go Sophie!

February 9th - Congrats to Horia Tecau on winning the PBZ Zagreb Indoor doubles Title! 

January 21st - Gia Cohen and Sophie Edwards competed at the Bardmoor Level 3 Girls 14s Tournament in Largo.  The highest level in Florida junior tournaments.  Sophia placed 2nd and Gia 5th!  Awesome job girls!!

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