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 21 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."



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July 24 - Check out United Tennis tomorrow on "Inside Tennis with The Koz" on SNN.  The award winning 30-minute magazine style show will be airing at 2:30 PM on Comcast Channel 6 & Verizon Channel 9.  Tomorrow's show will feature:  Jeff Russell, Gabriel Trifu, Sandra Cacic, Hana Mandlikova, Petr Korda, Monica Seles and Tony Driscoll.

July 20 - Congratulations to United's Zlata Uzdenova on winning the Girls 18s at the Super Series tournament in Tampa earlier this month!  Way to go Zlata!!

July 19 - Looking for something to do for your kid or grand kid....why not try our Pee Wee Tennis Program?!?!  Mohammed does a fabulous job introducing your little hitter to the game through fun, games and instruction.  The program meets Monday and Thursday at 11 to noon for the summer.  No commitment necessary.  Pay as you go.

July 15 - Who's ready for Davis Cup??  The Romanian team is!!  Gabriel Trifu leads them against Slovakia this week.  Let's go team!!

July 11 - It's official Horia Tecau is the 2015 Wimbledon Men's Doubles Champion!!!  He and doubles partner, Jean-Julien Roger captured the title in three straight sets against Jamie Murray and John Peers!  Congratulations Horia!!!

July 9 - Woo Hoo!!!  Congratulations to Horia Tecau and Jean-Julien Roger.  They won a battle against Bopanna and Mergea in 5 sets and now move onto the Finals of Wimbledon!!  Way to go guys!!

July 7 - Two days to register!!  The United Tennis Players Championships are this weekend.  Divisions include boys and girls 10s to 18s.  Deadline to sign up is Wednesday at 11:59 pm.