Over the years JA Resorts & Hotels has played host to some of the world’s biggest sports stars. Here, we look back on JA Head Tennis Coach Davide’s most memorable guests.

Looking to fine-tune your backhand or strengthen a serve? Davide Giusti is the go-to man for all things tennis. As head of JA’s Tennis Academy, the tennis ace is no stranger to meeting the most famous faces in sport, including Thomas Enqvist and Roger Federer. Read on below as the professional tennis coach shares his photos and memories on meeting these top players.

Thomas Enqvist
In addition to being a great champion of the highest level, Thomas is also heavily involved in charity events and tennis promotion, especially for children around the world. I was fortunate enough to work with him on three separate occasions for JA events. It was very helpful on a personal front as he gave me a lot of very practical advice and useful insight into working with children. He is a regular hotel guest and will soon return for more JA events.

Roger Federer
I was lucky enough to meet Roger during the IPTL tournament that took place here in Dubai. I was also able to have dinner with him one evening, which was a wonderful experience. He is a very humble and friendly person who willingly shares advice on how to approach the game of tennis at the mental level. He also revealed that his strength and fitness were the elements that have allowed him to have such a long career.

Denis Istomin
I met Dennis at the JA Tennis Academy in December last year while he was preparing for the Australian Open. He was visiting the Emirates to play in the World Championships and stopped by the JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort to train with his national team. He was incredibly approachable and took the time to sign autographs for fans and guests. Denis also told me that his number one trick to improving his backhand is to work hard on the position of his feet (side ways) approaching the ball. This technique ensures the body does not loose balance during the movement of the arms which helps the direction of the ball.

Tennis at JA
Serve up an ace at JA’s Tennis Academy located in the JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort in Dubai. Perfect your game or enjoy lessons on the pro-grade courts and facilities.

Tennis court hire: AED90 during the day and AED100 in the evenings.
Private tennis lessons: 60-minute classes costs AED320 per person.
Group tennis lessons: 60-minute classes for up to four people cost AED200 per person.

Package rates are also available upon request. The Tennis Academy is open Monday to Sunday from 6am to 9pm.

Children’s tennis classes, events and special tournaments are held on a regular basis at the JA Tennis Academy.

Jonas Björkman
I have hosted several JA events with Jonas and I must say he is a brilliant example of how deep respect and passion for tennis can elevate a player to even higher levels. If I were to give a player advice, it would be to follow a pattern of behavior similar to champions such as Jonas. In fact, Andy Murray chose him as a coach which ultimately saw him grow and improve throughout 2015.

Ekaterina Makarova
Ekaterina is a very kind and sweet girl who has always been very helpful when the children are training at JA she always manages to make it fun on the court! She is a dedicated player and trains very hard for up to nine hours a day with her Russian national team. As a player, she always give her best in every game and impresses with her incredible strength.

Game On
Discover Zenniz, a new automatic game-tracking tool set to improve your match What it does: Zenniz enables players to get a better insight into their game. The technology helps players track their progress and improve skills over time, while making the game more interesting and engaging. Zenniz can also work as a referee and offer accurate line calls while you play.

How it works:
On the court Zenniz offers a touch screen device that will give you real time data of your game, such as serve & shot speeds and line calls – without the need for wearable or sensors in your racket. Everything is tracked with the new innovative sensors, which are placed around the court. All you need to do is to log into the device once you start to play. From there, you can also review all your match data on your mobile, tablet or laptop postgame.

The result:
Zenniz provides shot placement maps and key match stats to help you improve on the tactical side of your game, allowing players to perform better.