Chris Madsen, aka The Great Dane, head coach at Vida Tennis Veneto, has spent the last three weeks working with Juan José Rosas from Peru. Ranked at number 20 on the ITF junior world ranking, this was an exciting experience for both Chris and Juan.

Chris travelled with Juan José to the Traralgon ITF Grade 1 tournament last week. Despite some wet weather and tough competition, Juan put on a great performance in the doubles, beating two top 10 players with his partner Lloyd Harris from South Africa. When asked about his experience at the tournament and his time spent in Australia so far, Juan said, “I was very disappointed loosing the first round in my singles. I felt really good to make such a great result in my doubles. I really enjoy being in Australia. It is very different from Peru, but very interesting and I like the people here.”

With the Australian Open Juniors tournament kicking off last week, Juan got off to a flying start. On Sunday Juan, the 13th seed, beat Australian player Daniel Nolan in straight sets in the first round singles. Juan said after his singles “It a great feeling winning today in my first match in Australian Open. I haven’t played too many matches this year so I am very pleased getting through to the second round.” That same day, he and his partner Lloys Harris were also successful in the doubles, beating Sigsgaard/Ly in a tight match that ended 10-8 in the super tiebreak.

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In the second round Juan Jose unfortunately went down to Marko Osmakcic from Switzerland in straight sets. In the second round of the doubles, they lost a very close match to a Japanese pair.

Chris thoroughly enjoyed the chance to collaborate and coach an international player. “To work with a player at Juan José’s level gives me a greater perspective of the development of high performance players. Understanding and keep investigating the process becoming a world-class junior player is one of the main reasons why I became a tennis coach. I am looking forward implementing the last three weeks of experience from Traralgon and Australian Open to my coaching at Vida in the next term”

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Player profile of Juan José Rosas