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 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:

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!!

December 9th - United Tennis made today's expansion news in the SRQ Daily!

December 5th - Our tennis family is growing....So excited for the future of United Tennis!!  Check out the feature in the Herald-Tribune.

December 2nd - Attention Eddie Herr Participants....need a practice court???  We have them.  Contact us at 941-753-1512 to reserve your court!

November 29th - United Tennis Academy officially has a new home!  Read all about it in the Herald-Tribune

November 10th - Congratulations to Eva Tasdemir on winning the Girls 12s at the Longwood Local Cup in Sarasota this weekend!  Way to go!

October 29th - We have several talented Seniors looking for great colleges!  Be sure to check out their recruiting videos! http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLlxBVmkQgfrjGpxOUNx3PA

October 27th - Way to go Teona Velehorschi!  Congratulations on reaching the finals of the U18 ITF World Ranking Event in Canada last weekend! 


October 23rd - Congratulations to United alumna Stefania Hristov and her Texas A&M doubles partner, Cristina Stancu who were runners up at the ITA/USTA Texas Regional Championships.  They will compete this weekend at the USTA Clay Court Invitational in Orlando.  Good luck girls!
October 15th - Two more titles for United Tennis Academy students!  Rosie Dickson took home the Girls 14s title and Martin Damm brought home the Boys 12s title at the Bollettieri Championships over the weekend!  Congratulations also to Semi-Finalists Eva Tasdemir (G12s) and Gabriel Liahovici (B14s)!
October 6th - Congratulations to Horia Tecau and his doubles partner Max Miryni on capturing the title at the China Open!  It's their third ATP team title!!
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