Wesley Chapel (Tampa), Florida (PRWEB) May 16, 2014
Brazilian Luisa Stefani came to Saddlebrook Preparatory School in 2011, as a coachable tennis student-athlete who has since excelled in both her academic studies and her tennis game. Luisa, who enrolled in Saddlebrook Prep along with her older brother Arthur, has grown in every way. “Luisa and Arthur are both good students who have very good GPA’s and they work diligently in their tennis program. They have great attitudes and are well liked by their peers.” Said Larry Robison, Saddlebrook Prep’s Headmaster.
As part of the Prep School’s Tennis program, Luisa started playing in International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournaments and quickly started to rise through the ranking system. In August of 2013, Luisa was ranked 550 in the world. Her tournament schedule in 2013 and 2014 included traveling to Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Brazil, and Venezuela, and while playing in the ITF tournament in Bolivia, Luisa won the singles event which launched her ranking to 44 in the world. Achieving this rank, allows her direct entry in Junior Grand Slams. Luisa is now also number 2 in South America rankings.
Peter Billingham, Luisa’s Saddlebrook coach says “Luisa had a goal: to reach the Slams. Luisa is the type of player who has the natural ability to compete without getting flustered. Her on-court demeanor is very professional.”
“It feels really good to have reached one of my goals for the year of being top 50 in the ITF rankings. I can’t wait to experience the Slams and all the big tournaments coming up in Europe. It will be a great opportunity for me to improve and learn. But this is just the beginning,” said Luisa. “Saddlebrook has helped me a lot during this past year. All the coaches, players, and staff, have given me lots of support. And if it weren’t for my parents, I can’t imagine where I would be right now. They are a huge part and reason of everything I have accomplished in my life.”
Saddlebrook Preparatory School is a fully-accredited, college preparatory school for student-athletes who train in either golf or tennis. The school is located on the grounds of Saddlebrook Resort which is located 30 minutes north of Tampa International Airport and comprises 480 acres with two Arnold Palmer signature golf courses and is headquarters to the Saddlebrook Golf Academy. The resort has 45 tennis courts in every Grand Slam surface and is home to the Hopman Tennis Program. Saddlebrook has a Spa, four restaurants and lounges, 530 accommodations (80% of them suites), and 95,000 sq. ft. of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting and function space.