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Welcome to Courtside

My name is Andy and more often than not I'm to be found courtside watching my son Elijah playing the sport he loves; tennis. It's this weekly pilgrimage, coffee in hand, which led me to create the Courtside Podcast.

Courtside is a series of conversations exploring the journey sport-parents go on as we support our children in the sport they love.

Through Courtside you’ll hear from Players, Parents, Coaches and experts in the fields of sports science and adolescent development in order that as Courtside Parents we can create a positive courtside environment, meaning that our children flourish through the culture we create around the sport that they love.

So, how's your courtside culture?

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Apr 8, 2018

As courtside parents, there are not many times that surpass seeing the joy on our children's faces than seeing them lift the trophy.

But can we overstate the value of winning especially in young players as they start out in their sport? Yes, says Raphael Maurer Founder and Director of Barcelona Tennis Academy

There are some great reflections around:

  • Sport being a long adventure
  • Winning seen as "I've improved" 
  • A 2:1 win-loss ratio creates learning

Bio

Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, Raphael chose tennis over soccer and entered the National Training Center in Ecublens, Lausanne, where he started working with famous French Coach and French Davis Cup Captain, George Deniau, as well as Pierre Paganini, current Physical Trainer for Roger Federer. Raphael trained there for 2 years with the best players in Switzerland, including Marc Rosset and Roger Federer. He traveled with Swiss players such as Michel Kratochvil, Martina Hingis, and Patty Schnyder. During his junior career, Raphael won 8 medals in National Championships, including 3 gold and had wins over many current professional players including Juan-Carlos Ferrero.


In 1998, Raphael was offered a tennis scholarship at Flagler College (NAIA) in Florida where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sport Management with minors in Business Administration and Spanish. During his four years at the school, the tennis team never finished the season below 7th in the nation and Raphael was named All-American twice, ending his sophomore year ranked #2 in the nation in doubles.

Raphael founded the Barcelona Tennis Academy in 2010.

Find out more about Raphael and The Barcelona Tennis Academy 

https://www.btatennis.com/