Connect with us


BISP students to train like the tennis champs

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: Even if you’ve never held a tennis racket and you don’t follow tennis news, you probably know the name of Rafael Nadal. Ranked number one by ATP, Olympic Gold medalist in Beijing, eight-time winner of the French Open, two-time Wimbledon Champion, two-time US Open Champion… the list goes on.

But Nadal isn’t the only Spaniard to conquer the world of tennis. In fact, in the last 20 years, Spanish tennis has produced a World Number One every five years, including Arancha Sánchez Vicario (1995), Carlos Moya (1999) and Juan Carlos Ferrero (2003). What do all these champions have in common? They all trained using the Registro Profesional de Tenis (RPT) method. The same method that was just introduced at British International School Phuket (BISP).

“RPT was born 25 years ago out of the need for a standardized coaching system,” said Adrian Rattenbury, an RPT coach who recently visited Phuket for the soft launch of BISP’s new High-Performance Tennis Academy. The idea was to provide coaches with a consistent method of training and the results are nothing short of stunning.

Since its introduction in Spain in 1989, RPT has certified more than 20,500 professionals in 121 countries and gathered a number of trophies, including five Davis Cups for the Spanish tennis team. What’s the secret?

“It’s a simple method but with lots of technical information behind it. We focus on developing four elements: a strong physical base, followed by technical ability, tactical implementation and mental strength to carry it out,” explained Rattenbury.

Responsible for the implementation of the RPT methodology at BISP is Lee Austrin, BISP/RPT Tennis Academy’s coach who’s among the most qualified professionals in the RPT ranks.

“We can see BIS becoming the heart of tennis education in Asia,” he says with full confidence. “No other school in the area can deliver these methods like we can.”

According to him, the RPT method, combined with BISP facilities which he says are better than he’s seen anywhere else, throughout his coaching career in the UK and America, is a recipe for success.
It took one year of negotiations to bring the RPT training system to BISP’s new High-Performance Tennis Academy.

“The idea is to create players from a very young age by giving the students an opportunity to develop,” explained Rattenbury. “The goal is not to win as juniors but to develop and become a winning pro,” he added.

And opportunity is what BISP is all about. If the next Nadal is among its students, now he’ll have the opportunity to be discovered.

— Maciek Klimowicz


Want more Thailand news from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📝️ Join the conversation on Thaiger Talk - discuss news & life in our Thailand forums
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand8 hours ago

Thailand News Today | AoT warns about tourist exuberance, easing of restrictions | June 22

Coronavirus (Covid-19)9 hours ago

CCSA: Bars to stay closed for now, drunk customers risk the spread of Covid-19

Bangkok10 hours ago

Woman dies after jumping from Phra Khanong BTS station in Bangkok

Phuket Sandbox July 1st


Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Coronavirus (Covid-19)10 hours ago

263 covid cases linked to canned seafood factory in Songkhla

Drugs10 hours ago

Narcotics Control Board announce recent drug busts, heroin and cocaine sent by mail

Environment11 hours ago

3 Cambodian activists arrested for plotting against the government/insulting the king after documenting waste run-off

Chiang Mai11 hours ago

Chiang Mai eases restrictions, alcohol now allowed at restaurants

Thailand11 hours ago

Angry ex allegedly sets motorcycle on fire in school parking garage

Cambodia12 hours ago

6 arrested in Cambodia for allegedly trafficking people into Thailand

Coronavirus (Covid-19)13 hours ago

Tuesday Covid Update: 4,059 new cases; provincial totals

Thailand13 hours ago

Power outages coming to Kathu

Coronavirus (Covid-19)13 hours ago

Samut Sakhon governor calls for more vaccine doses after order was cut

Thailand14 hours ago

Fruit buyer arrested for allegedly using counterfeit certificates to export durian

Tourism15 hours ago

Airports of Thailand president says tourism won’t pick back up until October

Thailand15 hours ago

Mobile sterilisation/vaccination truck helps Pattaya’s cats and dogs

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism4 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8