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New Tennis Academy Adds to Area’s Standing as a Major Sports Training Hub

Posted: July 1st, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Athlete & Artist Visas, Sarasota Immigrants | No Comments »

The Sarasota Bradenton area has been known for years as a hub for sports training–particularly tennis. Now, some famous names have decided to base their new tennis academy on Longboat Key.

Johan Kriek and John Eagleton have opened the Kriek Eagleton Tennis Academy at the Longboat Key Club and Resort on Longboat Key, Florida. The academy works with players of all ages, but targets students under 20 years old. Part-time and full-time options are available along with short-term training options. The academy works with local schools to offer a flexible schedule that allows for training and academics.

Like other local tennis academies, Kriek Eagleton expects to include a number of international athletes among its students. Parents of international tennis athletes often prefer to have their children train in America due to the high caliber of instruction, the quality of the education, and the cultural experience.

Kriek is an internationally renowned player who was ranked in the Top 10 in the world. He won the Australian Open in 1981 and 1982 and has 14 singles titles and eight doubles titles. Eagleton says of Kriek, “He might be the highest-ranked player to ever commit to being on the court”. Eagleton, formerly ranked No. 1 at the University of Miami for 3 years in singles and 4 years is doubles, has wins over many top players at the professional level. He is an ATP tour-certified professional who has established himself as a highly respected coach. He has developed players to reach state, national and NCAA championships and has helped many students attain scholarships to top universities.

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Chris Jaensch

Attorney P. Christopher Jaensch received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1992 and a Juris Doctor degree in 1995 from the University of Florida. While at UF, he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa Society and Florida Blue Key, the oldest and most prestigious leadership honorary in the state of Florida.

Mr. Jaensch is a member of the Florida Bar, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Sarasota Bar Association. He has served as President of the Sarasota-Manatee International Trade Club and served as Regional Vice Chair, Tampa Bay, for the Central Florida Chapter of AILA. He was a member of City of Sarasota Charter Review Committee and has been active in several local organizations, including the influential Laurel Park Neighborhood Association in downtown Sarasota.

Mr. Jaensch has over 18 years of experience in the field of immigration and nationality law and focuses his practice on four primary categories (a) investors and entrepreneurs, (b) business executives, managers and professionals, (c) amateur and professional athletes and coaches and (d) performing artists and immigrants with extraordinary ability.

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