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Immigrant Athlete Shines in US Open Debut

Posted: September 12th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Athlete & Artist Visas | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

A promising immigrant athlete from Mexico made it to the US Open last week.  Her name is Cassandra Vazquez and she competed in the US Open Junior Girls Tournament.  We caught up with her coach/manager, Nicolas Guizar of Guizar Tennis Academy after the tournament to talk about his talented young trainee.

ImmigrationSarasota.com:  How did Cassandra do in the US Open?

Nicolas Guizar:  She won two matches in the qualifying tournament to get in to the main draw.  In the main draw where only the top 64 in the world play she lost her first match against the Number 5 in the world in a great match.

IS.com:  You must be so proud that she has made it this far, we certainly are!  To what do you attribute her success?

Nicolas Guizar:  Her success is based on discipline, hard work, and a well-organized program and supervision from our GTA Staff.

IS.com:  The pressure of being in the US Open must be intense.  How did she cope with the stress?

Nicolas Guizar: Cassandra has been working for this opportunity for many years and yes it is a lot of pressure but based on hard work and self-confidence she managed that pressure really well.  She was able to play her best game during the biggest tournament she ever played till now.

IS.com:  Now that she’s been to the US Open, what’s next for Cassandra?

Nicolas Guizar:  We will continue to work hard to help her get into the top 10 in the world.  Our goal is that Cassandra will be in 4 Grand Slams in 2014 (U.S. OPEN, WIMBLEDON, FRENCH OPEN, AUSTRALIAN OPEN) and will win one of those.  We also would like to see Cassandra join the ranks of professional Tennis.

2013.0910.Cassandra Vazquez

Cassandra Vazquez delivering a powerful forehand.

We will be following this very talented and driven immigrant athlete closely in the coming years.


Foreign Athletes Find a Tennis Academy in Sarasota

Posted: July 19th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Athlete & Artist Visas, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , | 3 Comments »

Many foreign athletes come to Sarasota looking for a Sarasota tennis academy that can meet their needs.  Celsius Tennis Academy can help.

Directed by Cary Cohenour, it offers a full range of introductory and competitive tennis programs to fit most any new or experienced tennis player’s schedule and level of commitment.

It is located at the Sarasota Bath & Racquet Club, a family-friendly, 40,000 square foot health club facility situated near downtown Sarasota on 14 acres of with 29 Tennis Courts: 23 Har Tru, 6 Hard Courts, a Cardiovascular Center, Free Weights, Olympic Size Lap Pool, Squash and Racquetball Courts, Pro Shop, Restaurant, and more.

Led by Cary Cohenour, this tennis academy’s staff brings over 50 years combined teaching experience to the courts. In many cases, the instructors have had outstanding junior, collegiate or professional tennis playing careers before becoming coaches.

For foreign students who wish to stay in Sarasota and train long-term, Cary Cohenour arranges for housing and education.  Students stay with Sarasota families, transportation is arranged for them and they are also enrolled in an educational program.

To learn more about this Sarasota tennis academy, visit their website, or call Cary Cohenour: (941) 737-2635.