About TCI Tennis Academy

History

Located in the beautiful Turks and Caicos Islands, TCI Tennis Academy was founded in 2014 by Reinaldo (Rey) Garcia, an ITF Level 3 certified coach and former #1 ranked Columbian junior, who brings with him a wealth of local and international tennis playing, coaching and administrative experience.

Rey’s academic background in Physical Education and Sports Training, together with his expertise in biomechanics and his experience working alongside top coaches and players, laid the platform from which he developed his own unique, science-based methodology, focused on maximising the potential of players of all ages and abilities. Rey’s contagious passion for all things tennis is expressed in his tendency to coach within a fun and inclusive environment.

TCI Tennis Academy offers its students the opportunity to train and learn with the best, while surrounded by stunning white sandy beaches and idyllic stretches of clear turquoise water. The Academy operates out of the Provo Golf and Country Club, only 5 minutes walk from Grace Bay beach and easily accessible to the surrounding suburbs and luxury resorts.

Vision

We envisage the Academy developing into a premiere tennis destination in the Caribbean – a hub of excellence where players of different strengths and backgrounds are brought together with a common goal of mastering and perfecting their tennis game in a competitive environment. The Academy will cater to both recreational programs and professional players with the aid of physical training, biomechanics, video analysis and peak performance drills. One of our goals is to identify and develop a pool of local talent. In collaboration with the ITF and prospective sponsors, a core of elite juniors will represent Turks and Caicos Islands in international competition.

Mission

To strive to provide tennis players of all ages and abilities with the highest quality coaching, excellent facilities and expert analysis within an inclusive, encouraging and fun environment to ensure each individual realises their maximum tennis potential.

Reinaldo Rivera Garcia

A Columbian national, Reinaldo (Rey) was drawn to tennis from a very young age and excelled as a junior, where he was ranked number 1 and crowned as Regional and National Champion in both singles and doubles (with his partner Oscar Montanez). Rey studied Sport Education and Physical Training at university where he was able to develop his understanding of the technical side of the game through biomechanics (the study of movement of the human body). His studies took him to various tennis camps in USA for both research and work experience.

Rey has trained and played all over the world, giving him valuable insight into the minds of some of the biggest names in tennis. Working with John McEnroe’s former doubles partner, Peter Fleming, Rey learned the ‘effortless method’ which involves a focus on breathing as the foundation of movement. He also spent 2 years working with renowned tennis coach Gabe Jaramillo (former tennis director at IMG-Bollettieri Tennis Academy) who is famed for developing some of the most successful tennis training academies in the world.

Rey has tennis administration experience as the developer of Tolima Tennis League in Columbia, where he managed the ‘Tennis Initiative for Schools’ program. Rey is well known on the island, having worked as the tennis pro for Graceway Sports Centre before deciding to launch the Pro Tennis Academy in TCI. He holds a range of high level internationally recognised tennis coaching qualifications and has more recently become certified as a Peak Performance Tennis Coach (Level 3) by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

Qualifications

  • Certified as Peak Performance Tennis Coach, Level 3 (International Tennis Federation), 2014

  • Certified as Tennis Developer of Tolima Tennis League and Program Manager of ''Tennis Initiative for Schools'' (Colombian Tennis Federation), 2007

  • University degrees in Physical education and Sports Training (Tolima University, Colombia), 2007

  • Certificate of Assistance of South American Tennis Conference and Workshop (Barranquilla, Colombia), 2006

  • Certificate of Psychology Applied to Tennis. Latin American Congress (Cartagena, Colombia), 2003
  • Certificate of Mini-Tennis Coaching (Colombian Tennis Federation), 2003

  • Certified as an International Tennis Referee (Colombian Tennis Federation), 2002

Turks and Caicos Tennis Academy

Junior Tennis Program

TCI Pro Tennis Academy provides a development program officially sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation. We use modified courts, racquets and balls to best suit the age and ability of your child. The program is based on a ‘learning through play’ philosophy where children progress through stages to develop technically and tactically in an environment that is fun and stimulating.
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Private Lessons

One on one lessons provide individual attention for those looking to take their tennis more seriously. You will be able to hit a lot more balls and develop your game much faster than during group sessions. Let us help iron out problems in your technique or game strategy – sometimes it just takes a tweak to produce the magic.

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Peak Performance Program

This program focuses on juniors and adults who play at the highest level. Our head coach Rey is certified as a Peak Performance ITF Level 3 coach. He employs a scientific approach through the understanding of biomechanics and can develop your game by increasing your output with the least amount of input or energy expended.

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Adult Tennis Program

Tennis is a fantastic sport which can be played from a young age, throughout adulthood and right into retirement. The game is suitable for all shapes and sizes and can be played all year round. It’s never too late to learn and develop your skills – why not pick up a racquet and join us for a fun way to keep fit and healthy?
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Special Group Programs

Do you have friends interested in group lessons with special requests to focus on different areas of your game? Would you like to tweak the format or introduce new ideas? We are open to suggestions and can organise something to meet your needs.
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Talent Recruitment Program

TCI Tennis Academy visits local schools searching for natural talent and ability for recruitment to the After School Program. With the help of parents and sponsors, we aim to nurture and develop our home grown talent here in TCI.

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Tennis Camps

Keep an eye out on this website and on our social media pages for notice of our next tennis camp. Come and spend 2-3 days developing your tennis skills in an awesome atmosphere with good friends!

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“Learn to love tennis, love to learn tennis - whatever your age, whatever your level”

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