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About Silva Tennis Academy

Led by former ATP professional tennis player, Victor Silva, Silva Tennis Academy is focused on training professional skills to players of all skill levels and ages. We teach a range of solid all-around tennis fundamentals, holistically building a player’s foundation: fundamentals, strategy, mental fitness, physical fitness, sportsmanship and life skills. While most of our athletes are focused on competing in junior, high school, and college competitive environments, we have many adults playing at various competitive levels as well.

Our philosophy is to TRAIN LIKE A BEAST. “Beast” to us means staying strong, focusing the mind, staying locked in, and grinding steadily.

THE COACHING TEAM

VICTOR SILVA, DIRECTOR AND HEAD COACH OF SILVA ACADEMY

Victor SilvaVictor started playing in Sao Paolo, Brazil, coached by his father, Edson. He has played tennis since he was five years old and started to compete seriously at 12. He won 10 national tournaments in Brazil and more than 50 titles in the Brazilian Tennis Federation. He turned pro at 16 and earned his first ATP point shortly thereafter. Victor came to California at 17 years of age, played at Wilson High School in Long Beach,then two years of college at Long Beach State. Victor started Silva Tennis Academy in 2020.

LEANDRO GILLE, HEAD COACH

LeandroLeandro started playing tennis when he was eight years old in São Paolo, Brazil, reaching the first class of the Brazilian Tennis playing levels (USTA 5.5 equivalent). He has coached tennis for twenty-five years training top international junior players, including a ten year stint at Alphaville Tennis Club in São Paolo and a season in Portugal. He received his Physical Education degree from FESB – Higher Education Foundation of Bragança Paulista in São Paulo, Brazil.

CAIKE SILVA, ASSISTANT COACH

Victor SilvaCaike started playing tennis when he was 12, coached by his father and in two years became the number 1 junior tennis player in Sao Paulo Brazil. He came to California when he was sixteen to join his brother Victor on the Silva Tennis Academy coaching staff.

MARTA ALEMANY SANCHEZ, ACADEMY MANAGER

Victor SilvaMarta started playing soccer when she was four years old in Spain and was recruited to play for FC Barcelona when she was fifteen. She was selected to play for the Spanish National Team and also the Catalunya National Team, and was a member of the Spanish World Cup team in 2014. She has her masters degree in Sports Management from Cal State Long Beach. Marta is in charge of organizing the logistics and the training schedule of Silva Tennis Academy and advises on the sales and marketing strategy.

VINCE DUQUÉ, PERFORMANCE & MENTAL FITNESS COACH

Victor SilvaVince has been coaching sports and mentoring young people in the film business for over thirty years. He started coaching gymnastics since he was 16 years old, and at 23, he was the Founder and Program Director of Friedberg Gymnastics Center in Friedberg, Germany for two years. He is an astute student of sports and performance psychology since training as an NCAA Division 1 gymnast at the US Military Academy at West Point. He studied leadership to accompany his Economics degree, and has a minor in Systems Engineering. He is the founder of Stay On Your Path , his performance and creative coaching program. If you are interested in mental training with Vince, he can be reached at vince@StayOnYourPath.com.

OUR VISION

We are focusing our academy on being professional, competitive and international, after all, we’re originally from Brazil. Our goal is to bring players from different states and countries, especially players from Brazil who don’t have a lot of international tennis opportunities, to come here and train with us to learn professional skills and to interact with different cultures. We want our athletes to come to our academy and feel like they’re part of a tennis family and feel like they have coaches who understand them and want to see the best in them. We especially want to give those who don’t have the opportunity in other countries, to come here and get a realistic chance to attend college or even go pro.

In the next two years after we establish a really strong foundation here in Southern California, we want to open a Silva Academy in Brazil and bring American players there to learn clay court tennis there and expose them to the Brazilian culture.

We learned tennis from our dad – we learned from love so we teach from love. We don’t just nurture the relationship with our players merely as a coach – player connection. Our athletes are our friends, our community. We try to bring our players and parents as close as possible to each other in a tight community, no matter who they are, no matter which level they are, inviting them to events and barbecues.

Most importantly, as tennis is a life sport, we’re inspiring our athletes with lessons that will not only help them become solid tennis players, but also solid human beings.

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