Palmanova, Spain, ITF World Tennis Tour, W15 Palmanova, clay, outdoor: 1R, Anna Siskova (CZE) - Vicky Van De Peer (BEL) 26 64 63, 2R: Celia Cervino Ruiz (ESP) 57 63 61, QF: Maria Gutierrez Carrasco (ESP) 16 64 63, SF: Yvonne Cavalle-Reimers (ESP) 62 46 62, F:  Alba REY GARCIA (ESP) 6-3 6-1 TITLE!!!!

Palmanova, Spain, ITF World Tennis Tour, W15 Palmanova, clay, outdoor: 1R, Anna Siskova (CZE) - Vicky Van De Peer (BEL) 26 64 63, 2R: Celia Cervino Ruiz (ESP) 57 63 61, QF: Maria Gutierrez Carrasco (ESP) 16 64 63, SF: Yvonne Cavalle-Reimers (ESP) 62 46 62, F:  Alba REY GARCIA (ESP) 6-3 6-1 TITLE!!!!


02 Feb

Vera Zvonareva, former world No. 2, couldn’t play tennis for a long time: Again (and gladly) in Trnava

Former world No. 2, Wimbledon and US Open 2010 singles runner-up, bronze medalist at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing or 2-times Grand Slam Doubles & Mixed Doubles winner. Do we need say more? Vera Zvonareva (35) from Russia is coming back to Trnava after two years - she was participating in EMPIRE Slovak Open 2018 on clay. Now, she wants to play her best at EMPIRE Women’s Indoor 2020 hard tournament.

04 Dec

Peter Benjamin Privara: U16 Tennis Player of the Year 2019 in Europe!

Peter Benjamin Privara from EMPIRE Tennis Academy in Trnava, Slovakia, who is coached by Daniel Trcka, is the U16 Tennis Player of the Year 2019 in Europe.

13 Oct

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Artem Dubrivnyy qualified for the main draw at ATP Moscow

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Artem Dubrivnyy who is coached by Karol Beck, perfectly mastered two-round singles qualification at the VTB Kremlin Cup event in Moscow.

07 Oct

New EMPIRE Tennis Academy physiotherapy centre in Trnava

This top medical facility, which serves not only professional athletes but also the public, commenced operation in August 2019 and is located in the international EMPIRE Tennis Academy building, in Cukrova street, Trnava.

Physiotherapy of EMPIRE focuses on the treatment of acute, painful conditions and chronic diseases and brings comprehensive physiotherapeutic diligence to Trnava. The preparation of the facility itself was very demanding.

11 Aug

Ange Oby Kajuru from EMPIRE Tennis Academy winning at ITF in Olomouc

Ange Oby Kajuru, Trnava EMPIRE Tennis Academy member who is coached by Rene Hanak, enjoyed her first ever singles title at the ITF Women's Circuit in Olomouc.

11 Aug


EMPIRE Tennis Academy members were successful at the international ITF junior tournaments in Slovakia and Poland in the 32nd week of the year 2019.

22 Jun

David Schwarc winning at the Ukrainian Junior Open 

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member David Schwarc, has had a very successful June playing the U14 European Tennis circuit. 
With the help of his coach, Peter Lajkep, David has won Tennis Europe U14 singles title in Budapest (Hungary), Kharkiv (Ukraine) and Irpin (Ukraine), where he defeated Vladimir Bazilevskyi of Israel in 3 sets, 6:1, 6:7 and 6:1. 

07 Jun

Andrej Martin after two challenger trophies: The victories are the result of hard work

Slovakia Davis Cup players and member of Trnava´s EMPIRE Tennis Academy Andrej Martin is looking forward that original Kosice event - which were played later in Poprad - has settled down in the capital city Bratislava for this year. Bratislava Open will take place from 17th to 23rd June on clay courts of Slovan Bratislava tennis club.

19 May

Blinkova was in the EMPIRE Slovak Open 2019 singles final, lost to Pera

The winner Nr. 11 of the biggest women's tennis tournament in Slovakia, EMPIRE Slovak Open 2019, became Bernarda Pera (USA). In the Trnava finals, she beats Anna Blinkova in two dramatic sets 7-5, 7-5, and receives 15 239 USD and 140 WTA ranking points.

11 May

Andrej Martin won challenger tournament in Nanchang

Andrej Martin from EMPIRE Tennis Academy won 2019 GANJIANG NEW AREA INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGER in China (54 160 USD). 

14 Apr

Peter Benjamin Privara won his third title from TEJT in 2019

Member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy Peter Benjamin Privara (14), coached by Daniel Trcka, has won his third title this season from Tennis Europe Junior Tour (TEJT) 16 & Under in singles. Last time he had reason to celebrate after his victory in Serbian town Novi Sad.

06 Mar

Francesca Feodorov from Romania has moved to Trnava because of the Academy: Place to improve my game

"Now Trnava is my home - I am live here for most of the time, except the time when I am out for tournaments," told us 15-years old Francesca Andrea Feodorov who is from the town of Constanta in Romania. She doesn't have plans to travel there yet – her parents are in Trnava as well as her cat Bambi, so she keeps enjoying living in Slovakia.

12 Feb

Miloslav Grolmus about Pavel Shumeiko: The emphasis will be put on his performance progress and improvement of the game

Just 18-year-old Ukrainian tennis player Pavel Shumeiko, coached by Miloslav Grolmus, has got a difficult road to climb. In the season 2018 he finished 81st in ITF rankings and if he hasn´t injured himself, he could’ve been even higher.

03 Feb

Tereza Mihalikova, led by Hromec, will rely on fitness coach Jozef Ivanko: New man in the team

Winner of the Junior Australian Open 2015 Tereza Mihalikova (20), who is going to participate at EMPIRE Women’s Indoor 2019 tournament, had spent the entire 2018 season under the guidance of tennis coach Martin Hromec.

14 Jan

TC EMPIRE Trnava will host two women tournaments with prize money 25 000 USD in February

New international women's tournaments have been added to TC EMPIRE Trnava’s schedule with unveiling the new ITF World Tennis Tour 2019 season. By the year 2018, four EMPIRE Women's Indoor tournaments took place in Trnava in February, but from 2019 season the prize money will raise from 15 000 USD to 25 000. The innovation is to organize two tournaments in a row. The first one will be running February 4-10th, the upcoming tournaments February 11-17th.

10 Jan

Karol Beck helped Artem Dubrivnyy once again to move up in the ATP rankings

Russian tennis player Artem Dubrivnyy (19) has been in Trnava since 2014. After a successful junior career, he produced solid performances in senior category too, as he has reached the Top 600 in the ATP singles ranking. "Artem needs to play challenging matches to be physically more resilient. However, his approach is more professional right now.

31 Dec

Molchanova and Privara, coached by Daniel Trcka, were successful also abroad: Among the best in Europe

Their ranking in the international Tennis Europe Junior Tour under 14 years of age speaks for everything.

26 Dec

Anna Blinkova had been in Slovakia for fitness training and she wants to move even higher among the first hundreed players in WTA rankings: Ready to work hard

Yet another member of the EMPIRE Tennis Academy from Russia Anna Blinkova (20) had enjoyed the breakthrough season in her career. She‘s managed to move first time into the Top 100 WTA singles rankings, but the ambitions are, of course, higher.

01 Dec

Platenik has been giving advice to Czech tennis player Kilnarova in Trnava and devotes his time to his family

The head coach Vladimir Platenik is again at the EMPIRE Tennis Academy these days, where he is giving advice to 19-year-old Monika Kilnarova, a tennis player from Czech Republic. He is her consultant-mentor, and the Slovak coach is also glad that he’s got more time for his family and kids who are also involved in sports - tennis and hockey.

23 Oct

The best Slovak Junior player Lenka Stara has really enjoyed her grand slam experience, she is looking forward to the women’s tournaments

Lenka Stara (18), a member of the EMPIRE Tennis Academy, and a trainee of the coach Martin Durdik, has just completed her last year in junior tennis.

13 Oct

Junior players from the EMPIRE Tennis Academy have been improving their stamina in the mountain resort Skalka pri Kremnici, their supervisor was the coach Kristian Cupak

During the first week of October, there was a fitness training program in Skalka pri Kremnici.

03 Oct

First junior title for Olga Molchanova on the ITF circuit

Olga Molchanova, just 14 years old member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy member, advanced to her first final at the ITF international junior circuit and she won it.

10 Sep

Coach Brtko about Feodorov’s first final: It was a great experience for her

Member of the EMPIRE tennis academy, Romanian player Francesca Andrea Feodorov (15), coached by Michal Brtko, advanced to her career first singles finals at the ITF International Junior tournament.

04 Aug

Young Israeli tennis players and coaches spent a week in EMPIRE Tennis Academy: We have been treated very well in Trnava, they said

EMPIRE Tennis Academy's weekly camp had been attended by young players and coaches from Ashkelon – coastal city in the Southern District of Israel.  Members of the club had been chosen this place in Slovakia based on positive responses from web. They had not any reason to regret their decision.

31 Jul

Radka Zelnickova has played singles final at the junior tournament in San Marino

TC EMPIRE Trnava and EMPIRE Tennis Academy member, 15-year-old Radka Zelnickova, has reached the singles final at the junior event in San Marino.

30 Jul

Igor Zelenay clinched the doubles final in Gstaad

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Igor Zelenay has played the final of the ATP tournament in Gstaad, Switzerland.

23 Jul

Patrik Fabian has got a chance to work at the EMPIRE Tennis Academy as a coach, he works with junior’s players including Shestakov, Fekete or Cierny

At the beginning, Patrik Fabian became member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy team in Trnava from the beginning of the 2017 season, but due to health complication, which didn’t allowed him to continue his professional career, he started to work especially as a coach in the international academy. He tries to help many Slovak but also foreign players in the academy.

22 Jul

Artem Dubrivnyy won an ITF Tournament in Georgia

Russian member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy Artem Dubrivnyy, coached by Karol Beck, has won singles ITF Tournament in Telavi, Georgia as he beat in the final Iranian Khaledan 6-2 2-6 6-2.

15 Jul

Lenka Stara, Empire Tennis Academy member, has played in Wimbledon

Some members of Trnava’s EMPIRE Tennis Academy fought in Wimbledon grandslam lawn tournaments, which is played in July in Great Britain with prize pot of 34 million pounds. Lenka  Stara from Slovakia has played in the junior singles main round and she advanced to the second round of the tournament.

10 Jul

Wimbledon 2018: Kasatkina advanced to the quarterfinals

The Russian No.14 Daria Kasatkina from EMPIRE Tennis Academy seed discusses how her strong showing at the 2018 French Open has bolstered her belief about performing on the biggest stages. She advanced to the fourth round  when she beat Ashleigh Barty from Australia (7-5, 6-3).

07 Jul

Wimbledon: Belinda Bencic sends Caroline Garcia packing in straight sets and then won against Riske & Suarez

Belinda Bencic put together an outstanding performance to earn her first top-10 win since January, defeating world number six Caroline Garcia in the opening round of Wimbledon. She beat also Alison Riske from the USA and Suarez-Navarro from Spain and advanced to the fourth round of the Wimbledon 2018.

05 Jun

Kasatkina from EMPIRE Tennis Academy completes Wozniacki stunner at Roland Garros

Daria Kasatkina from EMPIRE Tennis Academy is through to her first ever Grand Slam quarterfinal after defeating World No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets at Roland Garros.

27 May

Kozlova from EMPIRE Tennis Academy KOs defending champ Ostapenko in Paris shocker

67th-ranked Kateryna Kozlova from EMPIRE Tennis Academy, who is coached by Jaroslav Levinsky, pulled off a stunning result, eliminating defending champion Jelena Ostapenko in the first round at Roland Garros.

13 May

Anna Blinkova at EMPIRE Slovak Open 2018: I feel like home here

Anna Blinkova, who plays at the EMPIRE Slovak Open tournament, is the Russian member of the EMPIRE Tennis Academy, which is situated in Trnava. She is No. 115 in the WTA rankings what is close to her career record (No. 113).

11 Apr

Rebecca Sramkova from EMPIRE Tennis Academy: I am on the right track

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Rebecca Sramkova (21) has visited Trnava’s international tennis academy for Open Day in the beginnings of April. Slovak player closed last season in July because of health problems, but fresh two March titles from Turkey helped her to get back into a good mood.

08 Apr

Anhelina Kalinina won title in USA without losing set

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member, coached by Vladimir Platenik, Anhelina Kalinina won the ITF tournament in American town Jackson (25 000 USD).

01 Apr

Anna Blinkova from EMPIRE Tennis Academy wins ITF tournament in France

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Anna Blinkova, who is coached by Mislav Hizak, wins ITF tournament ENGIE OPEN DE SEINE-ET-MARNE in French town Croissy-Beaubourg. It was slightly unusual victory for her, as her final rival Czech Karolina Muchova did not get the final.

27 Mar

Rebecca Sramkova wins another title in Antalya

Trnava’s EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Rebecca Sramkova made another final at ITF circuit and afterwards she wins again the title in Turkey's Antalya. 

18 Mar

Kasatkina beat Wozniacki, Kerber & Williams to reach Indian Wells final

Russia's Daria Kasatkina scored her second win over Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki this season to reach her second career quarterfinal at the BNP Paribas Open. Than she also beat Angelique Kerber from Germany and Venus Williams and she played in the finals! Then she lost to Naomi Osaka from Japan 3-6 2-6.

11 Mar

Igor Zelenay won doubles in China, claim his 33rd trophy

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member and doubles specialist Igor Zelenay claimed another trophy - this time at China challenger. It was his 33rd tournament victory during his career. Zelenay has played at the Zhuhai Open 2018 hard court with Ukrainian Denys Molchanov.

10 Mar

Final for Olga Molchanova at international tournament SLOVAK OPEN U14 in Bratislava

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Olga Molchanova showed some great performances during international tournament TEJT U14 SLOVAN OPEN 2018.

Tournament, belong to Tennis Europe Junior tour, was running on hard court for children Under 14 (Category 2) in TK Slovan Bratislava ground in the beginning of March.

10 Mar

Tereza Mihalikova from EMPIRE Tennis Academy won ITF title in India

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Tereza Mihalikova, coached by Martin Hromec, proved to win tournament in India’s town Bhopal (15 000 USD) on hard surface. She beats British opponent Emily Webbley-Smith in the final 6-1 5-7 6-0. 

04 Mar

Artem Dubrivnyy won the first senior title at the Moscow tournament!

Trnava's EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Artem Dubrivnyy has made successful FUTURES category tournament at Moscow, where 19-year-old player coached by Karol Beck won the whole competition on hard surface.

26 Feb

Stara has the most valuable title, she won 1st Grade tournament in Kazan, Cierny with triumph in Poland

TC EMPIRE Trnava and EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Lenka Stara has recorded her biggest success in her career, as she won Yeltsin Cup in Russia. Stara, who is coached by Martin Durdik, has won her third title, but for the first time in Grade 1 category.

24 Feb

Kasatkina battles past Muguruza and into Dubai final, lost there to Svitolina

Daria Kasatkina from EMPIRE Tennis Academy saved three match points to defeat WTA World No.3 Garbiñe Muguruza and secure a spot in the Dubai Duty Free Shopping Tennis Championships final. Then she played against Elina Svitolina, another member of the Academy in Trnava. Svitolina beat Kasatkina in the final 6-4, 6-0.

11 Feb

Eva Siska of Slovak origin, a new member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy in Trnava

Eva Siska, born in Texas, who has Slovak roots, has become a new member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy. She has moved to Trnava with her parents. Here, she is going to have a training base.

10 Feb

Andrej Martin prevails 6-4, 6-2 over world No. 10 and first seed Pablo Carreno in Quito, he played in the semi-finals

Slovak tennis player and member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy in Trnava Andrej Martin scored one of his biggest wins in professional career.

06 Feb

EMPIRE Women's Indoor 2018 with Vivien Juhaszova again, she praised her cooperation with the coach Durdik

Vivien Juhaszova (24), EMPIRE Tennis Academy member, coached by Martin Durdik, has played EMPIRE Women's Indoor tournament a year ago also. She was able to advance to the quarterfinals in singles and final in doubles. New season - as in the past season - will start for her at home side on hard court and she will be one of the favourites for the overall triumph in the upcoming tournament. 

04 Feb

Kateryna Kozlova advanced to Taipei City final

Unseeded Kateryna Kozlova from EMPIRE Tennis Academy and Timea Babos (No. 4 seed) faced each other in the Taiwan Open final, to try to claim their first singles title of 2018.

03 Feb

Daria Kasatkina knocks off No.1 Wozniacki in St. Petersburg

Russian Daria Kasatkina from EMPIRE Tennis Academy scored her second career win over a reigning World No.1 with a straight sets victory over Caroline Wozniacki in the quarterfinals at the St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy.

30 Jan

Pavel Shumeiko won another junior tournament, he moved up to the junior Top 60

Ukrainian member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy in Trnava Pavel Shumeiko scored another important triumph. After he won the tournament in Senec in the beginning of the year, he fought hard at the another tournament in Ukraine.

21 Jan

She did it again. Anhelina Kalinina won another tournament in Florida

Anhelina Kalinina, member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy, who is coached by Vladimir Platenik, won second tournament in a row in Florida.

15 Jan

Brilliant start for Kalinina. First title at the first tournament

What a start! Anhelina Kalinina, the new member of the EMPIRE Tennis Academy from Trnava, won the first ITF tournament and opening event of the year in Florida. The DME Sports Women's Tennis Championship ($25,000) tournament was played outdoor - on green clay.

14 Jan

Pavel Shumeiko won the junior tournament in Senec

Ukrainian member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy Pavel Shumeiko advanced to the finals at the junior tennis tournament Grade 2 in Senec, and then he beat Czech Jiri Lehecka in the final 6-4, 6-2. 

06 Jan

Elina Svitolina is the champion in Brisbane!

Elina Svitolina from EMPIRE Tennis Academy has ended Karolina Pliskova’s title defence at the Brisbane International, booking her spot in the final with a straight-sets win on Friday night. The third-seeded Ukranian got her revenge over the Czech in a rematch of last year’s semifinal, winning 7-5 7-5 at Pat Rafter Arena.

04 Jan

Belinda Bencic and Roger Federer won the Hopman Cup final!

Switzerland are Mastercard Hopman Cup champions for the third time after Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic combined to topple Team Germany’s Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber 4-3(3) 4-2.

29 Dec

Swiss Bencic fought her way back to TOP 100 after preparation in EMPIRE Tennis Academy, now it's time for Hopman Cup

Former world No. 7 Belinda Bencic (20) is a member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy from August 2017. She injured her wrist and had to undergo a surgery in May, but despite her fear, everything turned out great. Surgery was a success as well as her comeback. She won three tournaments during three months and went back to WTA Top 100 in singles.

26 Dec

Miloslav Grolmus appreciates the attitude of his Japanese trainee Ken Onishi: We are working on his weapons

Miloslav Grolmus leads the 21-year-old Japanese tennis player Ken Onishi from May 2017. The former No. 28 ITF junior is on a way to his career maximum.

24 Dec

Elina Svitolina had the best year in her career: She was surprised, what she found in Trnava

Ukrainian member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy Elina Svitolina has reached No. 3 at WTA ranking at September 2017, but she still has a big goal in her mind. She wants to be on the top of the ranking one day. With the team she hired at December 2016, she was able to win five tournaments last season, but 23 year old player wants more.

21 Dec

Daria Kasatkina from EMPIRE Tennis Academy: Ready for Top 20

Daria Kasatkina (20) has been a member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy for more than three years. She has moved up more than 300 places in the WTA rankings during that time, she is a member of Top 30 in the world, she have made an enormous progress when she cooperated with Vladimir Platenik from the same tennis academy.

20 Dec

Head coach Vladimir Platenik is working on the next phase of the development for Academy in Trnava

Vladimir Platenik, head coach at Trnava Academy, has good reason to smile. Together with his colleagues he teamed up solid squad consist of really successful players at 2017 season.

18 Dec

Anna Blinkova is back in Trnava, her new coach will be Mislav Hizak

Anna Blinkova (19), former EMPIRE Tennis Academy member, is back in Trnava. She agreed to work with a Croatian coach from our academy, Mislav Hizak. Promising Russian player will be relying on his experience and a positive attitude.

16 Dec

Bencic reaching fourth seasons title at ITF Dubai

Swiss Belinda Bencic, as a member of EMPIRE Trnava Tennis Academy continues  her great comeback. After coming back to professional tennis in September when she underwent a wrist surgery in May, she won already four tournaments, this time in Dubai when beating lot of good players on her way to her fourth singles title.

28 Nov

EMPIRE Tennis Academy members spent 11 days at Liptov region led by coach Maros Molnar

Eleven days had spent the members of the EMPIRE Tennis Academy at a high quality fitness camp at Liptovsky Jan, spa village and municipality in Liptovsky Mikulas. The camp was led by experienced and well-known Slovak fitness coach Maros Molnar. Based on past experience, Molnar has decided for slightly different daily schedule.

19 Nov

Vivien Juhaszova with victory in Spain, it's her third singles title

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Vivien Juhaszova who is coached by Martin Durdik was successful in spanish city of Benicarlo.

Vivien Juhászová played at 15 000 USD event in Benicarlo, Spain.

19 Nov

Bencic keeps winning, she won the title in Taipei

Belinda Bencic's winning streak reached 10 straight matches after eliminating countrywoman Viktorija Golubic in the Taipei OEC Open semifinals and winning against Arantxa Rus in the final.

12 Nov

Belinda Bencic triumphs in Hua Hin in Thailand

Belinda Bencic from EMPIRE Tennis Aademy showed she has overcome her injury problems with victory at the Hua Hin Championships.

05 Nov

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Andrej Martin is now coached by Jan Hernych

Slovak Davis cup team member and EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Andrej Martin (28) started new cooperation with coach. Jan Hernych (38), former number 59 in the world of Czechia is his new coach.

28 Oct

Belinda Bencic reached singles semifinals and won doubles at Poitiers

EMPIRE Trnava Tennis Academy member Belinda Bencic was playing ITF 100 000 INTERNATIONAUX FEMININS DE LA VIENNE.

28 Oct


Ken Onishi , EMPIRE Trnava Tennis Academy member who is coached by Miloslav Grolmus, has played really well at ITF KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA.

23 Oct

Olga Molchanova winning under 14 title in Latvia

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Olga Molchanova has reached Tennis Europe under 14 years tournament finals which was played in Latvia in Adaž.

21 Oct

Kasatkina beat Sasnovich and Begu in straight sets to make her way into the finals of the Kremlin Cup

Daria Kasatkina from EMPIRE Tennis Academy beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, to make her way into the semifinals of the Kremlin Cup. Then she beat also Irina-Camelia Begu from Romania and she play ed in the final!

19 Oct

WTA Finals debutante Svitolina from EMPIRE Tennis Academy: This year has already been amazing and the best in my career

World No. 4 Elina Svitolina, who is the member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy in Trnava, is primed to make Ukrainian history at the WTA Finals. WTA Insider breaks down her five-title haul season. Elina Svitolina's breakthrough 2017 season saw her transition from a steady young climber to a force to be reckoned with on tour.

15 Oct

Tereza Mihalikova winning her first ITF title this year in Egypt

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Tereza Mihalíková coached by Stefan Vukov reached victory at ITF 15k at Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

14 Oct

Juhaszova reached singles semifinals at ITF Sevilla

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Vivien Juhaszova who is coached by Martin Durdik has reached both singles and doubles semifinals at 25,000 USD ITF tournament in Sevilla.

13 Oct

Podlipnik-Castillo with 5th ATP Challenger title in Taskhkent in 2017

Hans Podlipnik-Castillo has a very successful doubles season, winnig his fifth title. He was recently first time ever in the ATP tour doubles final in Kitzbühel, Austria, then winning with Vasilevski at ATP challenger in Slovenia and right now he reached doubles title in Uzbekistan with the same partner.

29 Sep

Vladimir Platenik and Daria Kasatkina finished their co-operation by mutual agreement

EMPIRE Trnava Tennis Academy head-coach Vladimir Platenik and curently number 31 in the WTA rankings Daria Kasatkina finished their co-operation after the WTA tournament in Wuchan. Slovak head-coach brought the Russian tennis player to the greatest success in her career and is behind her move by more than 300 places up in the WTA rankings.

27 Sep

Kasatkina defeated world number 2 Halep at WTA Wuhan

Excellent result for EMPIRE Trnava Tennis Academy member Daria Kasatkina who is coached by Vladimír Pláteník at WTA tournament in Chinese Wuhan. Daria Kasatkina defeated in the second round world number 2 Simona Halep of Romania and then lost in the third round.

23 Sep

Belinda Bencic from EMPIRE Tennis Academy reaching ITF title in St. Petersburg

Belinda Bencic, the newest member of the EMPIRE Trnava Tennis Academy, which was preparing to return to tennis circuit in Trnava after the surgery in May, returned to the competitive tennis with an ITF title.

17 Sep

Andrej Martin and Igor Zelenay from EMPIRE Tennis Academy played for Slovakia in DC, Slovakia-Poland 4-1

DAVIS CUP team members Andrej Martin and Igor Zelenay from EMPIRE TRNAVA Tennis Academy and TC EMPIRE played for their country during the weekend DC tie Slovakia vs. POLAND. (15th – 17th September 2017)

10 Sep

Kateryna Kozlova - winner at Dalian Women's Open in China

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Kateryna Kozlova who is coached by Jaroslav Levinsky, is living successful season. After reaching US Open 2017 main draw second round from qualifying draw, the Ukrainian has now reached WTA Challenger Dalian finals where she did not falter.

05 Sep

US Open 2017 in progress, Kasatkina, Safarova & Svitolina reached 4th round

EMPIRE Trnava Tennis Academy members Daria Kasatkina , Lucie Safarova and Elina Svitolina are succesful at the last grand slam tournament of the year US OPEN in New York.

19 Aug

Zelenay runner up at ATP Challenger Cordenonse

EMPIRE Trnava Tennis Academy member Igor Zelenay has reached his 33rd doubles title at ATP Challenger in Italy. 

15 Aug

Swiss Bencic chose her training base at the EMPIRE Tennis Academy in Trnava

Swiss tennis player Belinda Bencic (20), who is of Slovak origin, has been in training for one month at TC EMPIRE Trnava. The former world number 7 and winner of two WTA tournaments is preparing to return to the WTA circuit after surgery on her left wrist in May.

13 Aug

Stankovska defeated Petrovicka at ITF U18 Zilina Open

ITF U18 Zilina Open 2017 singles final was played in TK Zilina with double participation of  TC EMPIRE Trnava: Nina Stankovska and Kiara Petrovicka.

13 Aug

Elina Svitolina from EMPIRE Tennis Academy beats Wozniacki 6-4, 6-0 for Rogers title

Elina Svitolina defeated Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-0 to win the Rogers Cup women's tennis tournament on Sunday. It was Svitolina's fifth WTA Tour title of the season.

12 Aug

PODLIPNIK with his 4th challenger title in 2017

Hans Podlipnik-Castillo started his very successful season in January by winning the title in the Happy Valley, Australia, then in the same month he succeeded in Koblenz, Germany. He was successful in May in Kazakhstan and in Koblenz, Germany alongside Belarusian Andrey Vasilevsky.

06 Aug

Pavel Shumeiko won another junior title in 3 weeks, trainings in Trnava helped him

Ukrainian member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy in Trnava Pavel Shumeiko won his first ever junior title on 16th July 2017 and he added another one now. He succeeded at the ITF  Epetion Cup in Split.

06 Aug

Tereza Mihalikova reached finals in Romania

Tereza Mihalikova, EMPIRE Tennis Academy member who is coached by Croat Stefan Vukov from the same academy reached another ITF singles final in Romania. After 3 hours battle royal she lost to the local player in 3 sets 3:6, 6:3, 6:7(7). 

05 Aug

PODLIPNIK-CASTILLO reached his first doubles final at the ATP circuit

Hans Podlipnik-Castillo, Empire TRNAVA TENNIS ACADEMY member, played his best tennis at the ATP tournament GENERALI OPEN in Kitzbühel, Austria. He reached the ATP doubles finals with his Belarusian partner Andrei VASILEVSKI which is their best performance ever at the ATP circuit.

01 Aug

First ITF final for Dubrivnyy pleased his coach Karol Beck

Despite Artem Dubrivnyy - Russian player, who is a member of Empire Tennis Academy at Trnava – lost his first finale on ITF circuit, but his coach Karol Beck has a reason to smile.

30 Jul

Andrej Martin winning at ATP challenger Prague

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Andrej Martin reached title at ATP challenger Advantage Cars Prague Open 2017 by Zenova on clay.

27 Jul

Japanese Onishi at EMPIRE Tennis Academy: I have improved already

Japanese tennis player Ken Onishi trains at EMPIRE Tennis Academy in Trnava since May with help of Slovak coach Miloslav Grolmus. Three months was enough to improve not just his ATP rankings, but also the way he plays.

22 Jul

Vladimir Platenik has trained with Lucie Safarova in Slovakia

Elite Czech player and member of Trnava EMPIRE Tennis Academy Lucie Safarova has spent several days in Slovakia in preparation for a series of tournaments at USA on hard courts.

16 Jul

Olga Molchanova reached 2nd place in Fürstenfeld

Olga Molchanova, EMPIRE Tennis Academy member who is coached by Jaroslav Kormys has reached final of Tennis Europe under 14 series in Fürstenfeld, Austria.

Olga was seeded number 2 at Jufa 2017 Europe Junior Tour, as a part of Tennis Europe under 14 series and she reached the final of the tournament where she lost to number 1 seed Elena Karner of Austria in 3 sets 6:3, 1:6, 3:6. 

16 Jul

Pavel Shumeiko won the singles title in Ukraine

The member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy in Trnava Pavel Shumeiko who is coached by Jaroslav Kormys from the same Academy won his first ever junior title in his homeland. Sixteen years old Pavel has answered us couple of questions after his success.

16 Jul

Nina Stankovska with first title at ITF junior circuit

Nina Stankovska, TC EMPIRE Trnava member who is coached by Rene Hanak did not lose a match at Moravia Steel Sparta Cup in Prague.

15 Jul

Zelenay and Safranek successful in doubles in Germany and Sweden

Two EMPIRE Tennis Academy members Igor Zelenay and Václav Šafránek played at two ATP challengers in Europe. Zelenay in Braunschweig, Germany and Šafránek in Bastad, Sweden.

11 Jul

Svitolina in 4th round, Podlipnik in quarterfinals in Wimbledon

EMPIRE Tennis Academy members are playing in Wimbledon, third grand-slam tournament of the year. 

09 Jul

Mihalikova plays final at Egypt, she was beaten by Zvonareva

Member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy Tereza Mihalikova, coached by Stefan Vukov played ITF tournament final at Egypt ($15,000 USD). 

09 Jul

First title in this year for Kateryna Kozlova at Rome

Ukrainian player Kateryna Kozlova, member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy, is at good shape these days on clay, as she has won the title at ITF TIRO A VOLO TOURNAMENT at Rome ($60,000 USD). Her first in this year!

30 Jun

Ons Jabeur qualifies for Wimbledon for first time

Ons Jabeur’s last piece in the Grand Slam puzzle is complete after she qualified for her maiden Wimbledon main draw. Having played once at each of the other three majors – including a breakthrough run to the third round of the French Open as a lucky loser – the 22-year-old finally progressed from Qualifying, at her fourth attempt, at Roehampton on Friday.

20 Jun

Vanda Vargova’s coach: She is unpredictable, dynamic and she moves very well

Vanda Vargova has won five Tennis Europe's tournaments in a row in the 2017 season while coached by Juraj Jancovic, who shared the knowledge of her game with us.

11 Jun

Lucie Safarova is doubles winner at Roland Garros 2017

EMPIRE Trnava Tennis Academy member Lucie Safarova who is coached by Frantisek Cermak played at second grandslam tournament of the year Roland Garros in both singles and doubles. Although she lost in the singles first round, she made herself proud by winning the doubles title!!!

09 Jun

Hans Podlipnik-Castillo reached finals at ATP challenger in Prostejov

Hans Podlipnik-Castillo from TRNAVA EMPIRE Tennis Academy with his partner Roman Jebavy (CZE) reached doubles finals at ATP challenger event UNICREDIT CZECH OPEN in Prostejov.

07 Jun

Svitolina reached quarterfinals at Roland Garros 2017, Kasatkina & Jabeur 3rd round

Four EMPIRE Trnava Tennis Academy members were playing in the main draw of the second grand-slam tournament of this year, Roland Garros: Daria Kasatkina, coached by Vladimir Platenik, Elina Svitolina

01 Jun

Platenik about Kasatkina: It's a miracle that she is in Paris

EMPIRE Trnava Tennis Academy Headcoach Vladimir Pláteník has got several reasons to be happy. Three members of the EMPIRE Trnava Tennis Academy: Ons Jabeur, Elina Svitolina and his trainee Daria Kasatkina reached the third round of Roland Garros. She defeated Czech qualifier Markéta Vondroušová in two sets 7:6(1) and 6:4.

What is your evaluation of Daria's performance today?

31 May

Jabeur surprises Cibulkova at Roland Garros, got advice from Platenik

Lucky loser Ons Jabeur makes history in Paris, becoming the first Arab woman to reach the third round of Grand Slam by beating No.6 seed Dominika Cibulkova at the Roland Garros.

30 May

Elina Svitolina eases into French Open second round at Roland Garros

The fifth seed and the member of the EMPIRE Tennis Academy Elina Svitolina, one of the pre-tournament favourites after winning the Rome claycourt tournament, moved swiftly into the second round of the Roland Garros on Tuesday, easing through a potentially tricky encounter against Yaroslava Shvedova with a 6-4, 6-3 victory.

29 May

Ons Jabeur advanced to the 2R at the Roland Garros, she will play against Cibulkova

Tunisian member of the EMPIRE Tennis Academy Ons Jabeur (coached by Mislav Hizak) beat Ana Bogdan from Romania 6-3 6-4 and advanced to the second round at the Roland Garros tournament in Paris. It’s her best result so far at the grand slam tournament.

28 May

Kozlova lost in the 1st round, she reached her maximum at Roland Garros

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member and trainee of Jaroslav Levinsky Kateryna Kozlova, played in the first round of the Grand Slam tournament, Roland Garros on Sunday. She faced Lesia Tsurenko, a fellow countrywoman, in the first round.

28 May

Igor Zelenay reached ATP challenger Mestre finals

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Igor Zelenay reached again ATP challenger finals. This time in Italy with Austrian Julian Knowle, while last week he won a title with Canadian Shamasdin at Necker Cup.

XV Venice Challenge Save Cup was played in Mestre, Italy and was funded by 43 000 €. Together with Austrian Julian Knowle they lost in the finals to Britts Ken Skupski and Neil Skupski in 3 sets 7:5, 4:6, 5:10.

26 May

EMPIRE Tennis Academy members at Roland Garros 2017 qualifiers, Kozlova and Jabeur in the main draw!

Roland Garros 2017 singles qualifiers features many EMPIRE Tennis Academy members, among men it was Andrej Martin and Václav Šafránek.

21 May

Elina Svitolina beats Simona Halep for fourth title of 2017

Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina came from a set down to beat Romania’s Simona Halep and win the Italian Open, her fourth title of the year.

21 May

Zelenay reached ATP challenger Neckar Cup doubles finals

TRNAVA EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Igor Zelenay and Adil Shamasdin of Canada reached doubles final at ATP challenger event Neckar Cup in Heilbronn, Germany.

18 May

Kateryna Kozlova: I found my coach in Trnava, in EMPIRE Tennis Academy

While Ons Jabeur lost in the second round at EMPIRE SLOVAK OPEN in Trnava to Ekaterina Alexandrova 2-6, 6-4, 5-7, Kateryna Kozlova from Trnava EMPIRE Tennis Academy defeated British Naomi Broady 6-2, 2-6 and 7-6(5) and reached quarter finals.

01 May

Elina Svitolina won the third title of 2017 in Istanbul

Elina Svitolina, EMPIRE Tennis Academy member in Trnava, justified her billing as the Istanbul Cup's top seed by comprehensively beating Elise Mertens 6-2 6-4 in little over an hour in Sunday's final. The pair had never played each other on the WTA Tour, but Svitolina was always in command en route to winning her third title of 2017.

23 Apr

Sramkova, Kasatkina and Svitolina in Fed Cup, SVK - HOL 2:3

Four EMPIRE Trnava Tennis Academy members played this weekend in Fed-cup team competition. All of them tried to help their countries to qualify for the World group.

22 Apr

Mihalikova with fifth doubles title at ITF circuit

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Tereza Mihalikova who is coached by Croat Stefan Vukov was successful at ITF tournament in Cairo.

21 Apr

Vadym Ursu reached singles semifinals in Uzbekistan

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Vadym Ursu from Ukraine reached singles semifinals at ITF tournament in the city Bukhara, Uzbekistan. 

16 Apr

Andrej Martin won the singles title at ATP challenger in Mexico

EMPIRE Trnava Tennis Academy member Andrej Martin being coached by Peter Miklusicak won the singles finals at ATP Challenger San Luis Potosi in Mexico. 

15 Apr

Ons Jabeur With Superb results at Florida, reached new career high

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Ons Jabeur of Tunisia reached semifinals at ITF tournament in Florida, USA.

12 Apr

EMPIRE Tennis Academy and Mihalikova agreed on cooperation with coach Vukov

Croatian coach Stefano Vukov became in April coach of EMPIRE Tennis Academy. He will be personal coach of Tereza Mihalikova, singles winner of junior Australian Open 2015 and runner up of Australian Open 2016.

12 Apr

Sramkova from EMPIRE Tennis Academy again part of FED-CUP team

Rebecca Sramkova, EMPIRE Tennis Academy member is not omited in the FED-CUP nomination for the match Slovakia - Netherlands being played from 22nd - 23rd April on clay in NTC Bratislava.

09 Apr

Coach Platenik: Fitness coach Molnar and physiotherapist Durecova take the biggest part on Daria's success in Charleston

EMPIRE Tennis Academy Head coach Vladimir Platenik with his trainee Daria Kasatkina reached in American Charleston first career WTA singles title on the circuit. Personal coach reveals a secret of this success.

09 Apr

Daria Kasatkina winning her first ever WTA title in Charleston, Safarova wins doubles title

The member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy Daria Kasatkina, 19 and ranked No. 42 in the world, defeated Irina-Camelia Begu 6-4, 6-1 to make her third WTA Tour semifinal, then she won against Laura Siegemund of Germany and she was sucessfull even in the singles final against Jelena Ostapenko.

09 Apr

Hans Podlipnik was playing again in Davis Cup for Chile

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Hans Podlipnik-Castillo is part of Chile's Davis Cup team for the second time.

02 Apr

Elina Svitolina in Trnava: Reaching Top 10 is a massive thing for me, but I want to be No. 1

The member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy in Trnava Elina Svitolina reached No. 10 in the WTA rankings recently. It is a big thing for her but other important goals are still ahead. For example, to surpass her countryman Adrei Medvedev, he was No. 4 and then, one day, to be world No. 1 as the first Ukrainian ever.

01 Apr

Safranek successful again, this time in Italy

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member and Czech tennis player Vaclav Safranek is having successful season this time of the year. He added to his 2 ITF titles another one this weekend.

25 Mar

Mihalikova and Jamrichova successful at ITF tournaments

Two EMPIRE Tennis Academy members Tereza Mihalíková and Sandra Jamrichová were successful at ITF tournaments in Egypt and in Turkey.

24 Mar

World group heart award nominees announced, including Rebecca Sramkova

Rebecca Sramkova from EMPIRE Tennis Academy in Trnava, Karolina Pliskova, Timea Bacsinszky and Aryna Sabalenka have been nominated for the Fed Cup Heart Award representing the World Group first round.

21 Mar

Vladimir Platenik is a registered member of WTA Coach Program

The WTA has announced a newly established WTA Coach Program which was launched from January 2017 as the new season began.
Vladimír Pláteník, Trnava EMPIRE Tennis Academy headcoach, who is in charge of Daria Kasatkina, also became WTA Registered Coach.

19 Mar

Safranek succesful in ITF Antalya singles final

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Václav Šafránek was very successful at TENNIS ORGANISATIONCUP in Turkish Antalya.

11 Mar

Ons Jabeur successful in China, reached semifinals

EMPIRE TENNIS ACADEMY member Ons Jabeur of Tunisia being coached by Mislav Hizak reached singles semifinals at ITF ZHUHAI OPEN in China.

08 Mar

Pavel Shumeiko, Ukrainian with a base in EMPIRE Tennis Academy

The newest member of the EMPIRE Tennis Academy Pavel Shumeiko (16) entered the ITF junior tournament EMPIRE Cup U18 in singles by overwhelming Polish player Sikorski in two sets 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-2.

26 Feb

Safarova reached singles finals and doubles semifinals in BUDAPEST

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Lucie Šafářová was playing at WTA International in Budapest.

25 Feb

Svitolina overwhelmed Wozniacki in WTA Dubai finals

Elina Svitolina maintained her impressive mastery over top seed Angelique Kerber to upset the German and book a championship match against former No.1 Caroline Wozniacki.

21 Feb

Juniors TC EMPIRE team announced in Trnava

Men’s and women’s TC EMPIRE team needs quality based junior’s team in order to function properly and to be rivalrous. Competition in this category also met in Trnava club under the experienced headcoach Daniel Trcka.

19 Feb

Zelenay with doubles title again in France

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Igor Zelenay has again achieved doubles title in France. Two weeks after success in Quimper with Russian Mikhail Elgin this time in Cherbourg with Roman Jebavy (CZE).

17 Feb

Kasatkina defeated Kerber for a second time this season

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Daria Kasatkina being coached by Vladimír Pláteník reached quarterfinals at Premier category WTA Doha. She overwhelmed for a second time in this season WTA ranked number 2 Angelique Kerber of Germany.

13 Feb

Lucie Safarova is a new member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy in Trnava

EMPIRE Tennis Academy women's team with new power. Four times Grand Slam champion, four times winner of Fed Cup trophy with Czech team and Roland Garros singles finalist in 2015 Lucie Safarova became new member of the EMPIRE Tennis Academy thus joined other pillars and players.

12 Feb

Sramkova won both rubbers in Fed Cup and achieved 2 points for Slovakia

Fed Cup 1st round World Group II match Italy - Slovakia during a two weekend days brought for Rebecca Šramkova two historical wins as a member of Slovak national team.

06 Feb

Sramkova from EMPIRE Tennis Academy playing first time in Fed Cup team: To play for your country takes more than a skill

It’s already known for some days that Rebecca Sramkova is a part of Slovak Fed Cup team for a match Italy – Slovakia. 1st round World Group II match will be held on clay in Forli, Italy from February 11th to 12th. For EMPIRE Tennis Academy member it is a debut in a Slovak national team.

05 Feb

Zelenay with doubles title in France

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Igor Zelenay achieved doubles victory at an ATP Challenger event in French city Quimper. 

05 Feb

Svitolina with first singles title of the season in Taipei

Elina Svitolina defeated Shuai PENG from China in the finals of WTA in Taipei in two straight sets 6-3, 6-2 and has the first singles title of the 2017 season.

05 Feb

Andrej Martin for Slovakia in Davis Cup

Andrej Martin was part of an official nomination for Davis Cup match Slovakia - Hungary, which took place from 3rd to 5th February in Bratislava.

05 Feb

Blinkova in the ITF singles finals in Grenoble

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Anna Blinkova from Russia, number 157 in WTA rankings reached ITF singles finals in Grenoble.

01 Feb

Kasatkina won against Bencic in St. Petersburg

Daria Kasatkina, EMPIRE Tennis Academy member being coached by Vladimir Platenik was playing prestigious domestic tournament St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy.

28 Jan

Vaclav Safranek's victory in Kazakhstan

Vaclav Safranek, EMPIRE Tennis Academy member, won the singles title at ITF tournament Aktobe Open 2017 in the Kazakhstan city of Aktobe.

27 Jan

Svitolina reached mixed doubles semifinals in Melbourne

Two EMPIRE Tennis Academy members Daria Kasatkina and Elina Svitolina were seeded players in singles at the Australian Open 2017 in Melbourne.

22 Jan

Podlipnik successful at ATP challenger in Koblenz

Hans Podlipnik-Castillo, EMPIRE Tennis Academy member has continued his winning doubles strike at ATP challenger in Germany. It’s already his second win in January 2017, this time with Andrei Vasilevski from Belarus, after winning at City of Onkaparinga Tennis Challenger in Australian Happy Valley, where he was partnering Max Schnur (USA).

22 Jan

Lenka Stara with her 1st title on ITF Junior curcuit

TC Empire Trnava member Lenka Stara (16) has been successful at Sport Hotel Kurz -  Junior Classic 18 & Under event in Oberpullendorf, Austria. She has won her first singles junior title at the ITF junior circuit.

19 Jan

Blinkova with biggest success in her career

Anna Blinkova after 2hrs 17 minutes overwhelmed on Tuesday early morning Romanian Monica Niculescu, WTA ranked 32, 6-2 4-6 6-4 in the 1st round in Melbourne! For 18 years old EMPIRE Tennis Academy member, born in Moscow, it is the biggest success in her career.

17 Jan

Dubrivnyy and Kirkin successful on junior’s tour, Artem with 2 titles

Two junior EMPIRE Tennis Academy members are playing excellent at a tournaments on the opposite sides of the world. While Russian Artem Dubrivnyy played at ITF event in Senec, Slovakia, Ergi Kirkin is with his coach Miloslav Grolmus in Australia.

10 Jan

Daria Kasatkina has defeated world number one Angelique Kerber at WTA Sydney

Daria Kasatkina who is coached by Vladimir Platenik, Member of an EMPIRE Trnava Tennis Academy, has overwhelmed the WTA ranked world number one, Angelique Kerber at a prestigious tournament in Sydney. 

03 Jan

EMPIRE Tennis Academy has formed team of 12 men

International Tennis Academy in Trnava will in the new season 2017 consist of numerous players. Slovak experienced and young players will be joined by backup team members from Czech Republic, Russia, Ukraine and Turkey. "I would like our men’s and women’s team to function properly. Both of them should work on a high professional level with full service including tennis tournaments journeys," says Daniel Trcka, TC EMPIRE Trnava head coach.

Andrej Martin, new coach, Peter Miklusicak
22 Dec

Andrej Martin has a new coach, he wants to be in the Top 100 in long term

Andrej Martin, an EMPIRE Trnava Tennis Academy member is since December 2016 training in cooperation with his new tennis coach, Peter Miklusicak, the former coach of Dominika Cibulkova.

03 Dec

Ergi Kirkin, new member of an EMPIRE Tennis Academy, shocked at a famous event

Only 17 years old Turkish tennis player Ergi Kirkin was playing at Eddie Herr ITF tennis tournament held in Florida, USA, being supported by his coach Miloslav Grolmus from an EMPIRE Tennis Academy. This event is in the junior tennis hierarchy just after the grand-slams.

EMPIRE Tennis Academy, fitness camp, Liptovsky Jan
01 Dec

EMPIRE Tennis Academy members spent 9 days at Liptov region

Elite of our academy and the club met in late November in the Low Tatras – Liptovsky Jan, led by Maros Molnar, fitness coach of the team MOLFIT.

21 Nov

Juhaszova in the final of an ITF tournament in Antalya, Turkey

Vivien Juhaszova, EMPIRE Tennis Academy member being coached by Martin Durdik advanced to the singles final and doubles semi-final at an ITF tournament in Turkey.

07 Nov

Elina Svitolina - the WTA Elite Trophy finalist

In the WTA Elite Trophy final Elina Svitolina lost to Petra Kvitova, 4-6 2-6. For the first time in her career Elina finishes the season as world No.14 (it's her career-high and also a national record in the WTA rankings).

Daria Kasatkina, Kremlin Cup
22 Oct

Kasatkina in doubles final, Svitolina in singles semi at Kremlin Cup

Prestigious Kremlin Cup in Moscow was very successful for our players from EMPIRE Tennis Academy. Elina Svitolina reached the singles semi-final and Daria Kasatkina played in the doubles final.

20 Oct

Anna Blinkova wins her first WTA main draw match!

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Anna Blinkova shows impressive performances at prestigious Kremlin Cup in Moscow. Not only she got through the qualifying, but she also won her first main draw WTA match.

16 Oct

Vivien Juhaszova from EMPIRE Tennis Academy in the doubles final

EMPIRE Tennis Academy player Vivien Juhaszova made the doubles final again after a month. 25 000 USD ITF tournament was played on clay in Italian Santa Margherita Di Pula. 

14 Oct

Andrej Martin wins doubles title in Morocco

EMPIRE Tennis Academy Andrej Martin made the doubles final in Morocco again. After success at Mohammedia, he won the doubles title together with Czech Jebavy in Casablanca!

08 Oct

Tereza Mihalikova in the doubles final at ITF tournament in Toowoomba

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Tereza Mihalikova, coached by Jan Studenic, played at the 25 000 USD tournament in Australia in doubles partnering Brazilian Gabriela Ce. 

Andrej Martin, challenger, Morocco
08 Oct

Andrej Martin in the doubles final and singles quarterfinal in Morocco

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Andrej Martin, coached by Miloslav Grolmus, advanced into the doubles final at the Challenge tournament Morocco Tennis Tour – Mohammedia. 

08 Oct

Svitolina stuns Kerber to reach China Open quarter-finals, she lost in the semis

Elina Svitolina from EMPIRE Tennis Academy continued her impressive end to the season by upsetting World No. 1 Angelique Kerber in the third round of the China Open.

01 Oct

Daria Kasatkina is going to play tournaments in Beijing, Linz and Moscow

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Daria Kasatkina together with her coach Vladimir Platenik and her brother are on Asian tour. Daria made 3rd round at Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, after starting in qualies. Now she awaits tournament in Beijing. 

Andrej Martin, challenger, Rome
01 Oct

Andrej Martin makes singles quarterfinal and doubles semis in Rome

EMPIRE Tennis Academy Andrej Martin continues playing clay challenger season. He played in Rome, where he reached quarterfinal in singles and semis in doubles. 

26 Sep

Elina Svitolina advanced to the semifinal at WTA Premier tournament in Japan

Ukrainian EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Elina Svitolina played couple of tournaments in Asia. She reached semi-final at USD 1 mil. Toray Pan Pacific Open. 

Rebecca Sramkova, 100 000 USD title, France
18 Sep

Rebecca Sramkova wins first 100 000 USD title in France

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Rebecca Sramkova won Engie Open De Biarritz Basque in French town of Biarritz. It is her first 100 000 USD tournament win. Her most precious trophy of her career. 

18 Sep

Slovakia lost to Australia in the Davis Cup tie 0-3

Davis Cup play-off tie for the World Group in Australia started with a prestigious match for Andrej Martin from EMPIRE Tennis Academy. Draw determined Martin plays 21-years old, World No. 15 Nick Kyrgios but Slovak player lost. On Saturday, Martin was partnering Igor Zelenay in doubles, but they also lost to Australians.

Igor Zelenay, Davis Cup, Australia, doubles
14 Sep

Igor Zelenay before Davis Cup in Australia: I want to win the doubles

Igor Zelenay together with Andrej Martin represent EMPIRE Tennis Academy in Australian under the flag of Slovakian Davis Cup team. We interviewed Igor before the play-off match for the World Group, about his expectations and what does he think about the strengths of the rivals.

Andrej Martin, Davis Cup, Australia, Slovakia
11 Sep

Andrej Martin: Davis Cup is a priority for me, is in my heart

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Andrej Martin left for Sydney together with the Slovakian Davis Cup team (including Igor Zelenay) on September, 10. He gave us an exclusive interview shortly before leaving.

06 Sep

Martin, Zelenay and Podlipnik in the Davis Cup teams for play off tie

Three EMPIRE Tennis Academy members will be in the Davis Cup team for play offs for the World Group, played from 16th to 18th September 2016. Andrej Martin and Igor Zelenay in Slovakian team, Hans Podlipnik-Castillo will play for Chile in Canada.

Tereza Mihalikova, Egypt, two titles
04 Sep

Tereza Mihalikova claims second title in Egypt in two weeks

Tereza Mihalikova is in really good form in Egypt. She managed to win again Soho Square Egypt Women’s Future tournament in Sharm El Sheikh. It was her second title in two weeks. 

Andrej Martin, Como, challenger title
03 Sep

Andrej Martin claimed doubles title in Como

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Andrej Martin won the Challenger doubles title in Italian Como partnering Roman Jebavy from Czech Republic. 

Vivien Juhaszova, first 25K doubles title, Romania
03 Sep

Juhaszova claims first 25K doubles title in Romania

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Vivien Juhaszova, coached by Martin Durdik, claimed title at clay tournament PRO CIRCUIT MAMAIA IDU TROPHY  COMVEX in Romania. It is her first 25 000 USD doubles title. 

Anna Blinkova, Kazakhstan, ITF, final, runner up
03 Sep

Anna Blinkova made the final in Kazakhstan: I played well

Russian EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Anna Blinkova did well at Almaty Cup 2016 in Kazakhstan. She made the singles final there at 25 000 USD tournament.

01 Sep

Daria Kasatkina extends her contract with Tecnifibre

Daria Kasatkina, 19, has renewed her contract with Tecnifibre, building on their current 5-year partnership.

Tereza Mihalikova, the title, Sharm El Sheikh
28 Aug

Tereza Mihalikova wins the title in Sharm El Sheikh

EMPIRE Tennis Academy player Tereza Mihalikova won the singles tournament at Soho Square Egypt F33 Women’s Future. 

Artem Dubrivnyy, Hungary, junior title
28 Aug

Artem Dubrivnyy takes junior singles title in Hungary

Russian member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy Artem Dubrivnyy, coached by Karol Beck had a great week in Budaors, Hungary, at junior Grade 2 tournament. 

Elina Svitolina, Connecticut Open
27 Aug

Elina Svitolina made the final in Connecticut

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Elina Svitolina had a great week in New Haven, USA, where she played at WTA Premier category tournament. It was a good preparation for the last grand slam of the year, US Open 2016. 

Anna Blinkova, ITF 25K title, Westende, Belgium
21 Aug

Anna Blinkova wins 25K title in Westende

EMPIRE Tennis Academy player Anna Blinkova played great tournament Ladies Tennis Cup in Belgian town Westende. 25 000 USD tournament was played on hard courts and she won the singles title.

Artem Dubrivnyy, EMPIRE Tennis Academy
11 Aug

Artem Dubrivnyy from EMPIRE Tennis Academy: Tennis is most important thing in my life

Successful not only amongst juniors, Artem Dubrivnyy started collecting points into the ATP rankings, although he is only 17. He has more wins and more titles ahead of him, should he continue in the progress he is doing.

EMPIRE Tennis Academy, Rio, Olympics
11 Aug

Five EMPIRE Tennis Academy players at Rio Olympics, Kasatkina & Svitolina into the quarterfinals, Martin advanced to the 3rd round

International Tennis Federation released list of players, who are competing at the Olympic Games in Rio, starting on August, 6 in Brazil. Matches were played on hard courts, Greenset Grand Prix Cushion Type.

Andrej Martin, Hans Podlipnik, Biella
30 Jul

Andrej Martin and Podlipnik played against Paes in the doubles final in Italy

EMPIRE Tennis Academy player Andrej Martin is doing well not only in singles but also enjoyed good form in doubles. In Italian Biella, he reached the final together with Hans Podlipnik

Knowle, Igor Zelenay, doubles title, Prague
30 Jul

Zelenay played singles after a year, made main draw in Prague and won doubles title

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Igor Zelenay was successful in Prague at CARS PRAGUE OPEN 2016 by Zenova. After more than a year he played singles matches and made it to the main draw from the qualies. Together with Austrian Knowle, they won the doubles title. 

30 Jul

Kasatkina in the quarterfinals at Montreal Rogers Cup - Premier category tennis tournament

Rogers Cup - Premier category tennis tournament was held in Montreal, Canada and belongs to the series of the prestigious events on the professional WTA circuit. Daria Kasatkina and Elina Svitolina, two members of our EMPIRE Tennis Academy were involved in Montreal.

24 Jul

Martin advanced to ATP final in Umag, makes it to Top 100!

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Andrej Martin was playing in Umag, Croatia after successful tie against Hungary for Slovakian Davis Cup team. In Round 2, he played against Slovakian Martin Klizan and showed fantastic comeback. In quarterfinals, he beat number two seed Sousa, in semifinal Martin eliminated Argentinian Berlocq.

19 Jul

Slovak Davis Cup team will play against Australia, Andrej Martin reacts

Slovakia will meet in Austria in Davis Cup Wold Group play off match played in mid September. Draw has been held in the ITF headquarters, venue has also been determined by the draw.

Andrej Martin, Igor Zelenay, Hans Podlipnik, Davis Cup
17 Jul

Martin and Zelenay with win over Hungary in Davis Cup, Podlipnik successful as well

Members of EMPIRE Tennis Academy Andrej Martin and doubles specialist Igor Zelenay were in the Slovakian Davis Cup team against Hungary, played on clay in Budapest from 17th July.

14 Jul

Daniel Trcka from Czech Republic takes head coach role in TC EMPIRE Trnava

TC EMPIRE tennis club have a new addition to their coaching staff. By July 1st, Daniel Trcka takes over head coach role and his main task in the beginning will be to bring stability to squad and coaching staff. He is looking forward the challenge, because he will keep on working with young talents. Number of young prospects continuously grows in Trnava.

05 Jul

Ons Jabeur advanced into the main draw of WTA in Gstaad

Tunisian Ons Jabeur (21) was together with EMPIRE Tennis Academy coach Kamil Capkovic on tour in Switzerland. Jabeur advanced into the main draw from the qualies in Gstaad, at WTA International category tournament.

03 Jul

Anna Blinkova from EMPIRE Tennis Academy: I dream of winning grand slam one day and improve as a player

Russian Anna Blinkova made a successful move from youth categories into women’s tennis and former junior world No. 3 and current world champion is improving her WTA ranking.

26 Jun

Dubrivnyy takes junior title in Bochum

Russian EMPIRE Tennis Academy member, coached by Karol Beck, Artem Dubrivnyy achieved significant success at Grade 2 tournament in Germany.

Rebecca Sramkova, Rome, ITF title
25 Jun

Sramkova in great form, wins the title in Italy!

Rebecca Sramkova from EMPIRE Tennis Academy continues in great performances. After reaching final in Brittish Ikley on grass, she made another final in Rome at 25K tournament, taking the title, beating Hungarian Jani. 

19 Jun

Great Sramkova advanced from qualifying to the finals in Ilkley, Great Britain

The member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy Rebecca Sramkova had performed wonderfully at the lawn ITF event (prize money 50 000 USD) in Ilkley, England. She advanced from qualifying to the singles finals in Ilkley.

18 Jun

Andrej Martin makes singles semi-final and doubles final in Poprad

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Andrej Martin did not miss out at Poprad-Tatry Challenger 2016.

08 Jun

Svitolina has similar feeling in Slovakia as in her country: There is a good atmosphere in EMPIRE Tennis Academy

The winner of four WTA tournaments and Ukrainian Fed Cup player Elina Svitolina (21) became the member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy in February 2016. Facilities in Trnava are providing the top class conditions for her. How does she feel in Slovakia, what does she like here or what are her goals for this season or the whole career? She reveals her answers in this interesting interview.

05 Jun

Zelenay has the doubles title from Prostejov, Martin has been in the finals in Furth

The two members of EMPIRE Tennis Academy Igor Zelenay and Hans Podlipnik have been fighting against each other in double finals. They both managed to progress to the finals accompanying various partners at the Unit Credit Czech Open in Prostejov, Czech Republic.

01 Jun

Kasatkina is making the most of her co-operation with Platenik: I didn’t expect such an improvement in the rankings

A year ago, if somebody had told about her improvement in the WTA rankings by almost 300 places into the TOP 40, she would have considered him an alien.

01 Jun

Svitolina was in Round 4 at Roland Garros, Kasatkina lost in 3rd round

Two EMPIRE Tennis Academy members Daria Kasatkina and Elina Svitolina were also playing in Paris at the second grand slam tournament of the season Roland Garros, played between 22 May and 5 June. 

27 May

Andrej Martin was in the third round at Roland Garros

Andrej Martin, EMPIRE Tennis Academy member, was at the second grand slam of the year, Roland Garros. As a lucky loser, he advanced into the third round. He is just the third lucky loser to reach the third round of Roland Garros in the last 30 years, joining Goffin (2012), Lee (2004).

26 May

Grolmus about Martin: Membership in EMPIRE Tennis Academy is also part of the success

Andrej Martin reached third round of Roland Garros in Paris accompanied by Miloslav Grolmus, EMPIRE Tennis Academy coach. Part of Andrej Martin’s success also lies behind excellent facilities provided by the academy for him since he joined in September 2015.

15 May

Sramkova was playing in the EMPIRE Slovak Open semi-final, Mihalikova won the doubles

Two members of the EMPIRE Tennis Academy were succesful at the EMPIRE Slovak Open tournament which was held in the TC EMPIRE club from 7th to 15th March. Rebecca Sramkova was beaten 1-6, 3-6 in the singles semi-final, Tereza Mihalikova won the doubles.

Vivien Juhaszova, Martin Durdik, semi-final, Wiesbaden
30 Apr

Juhaszova in the semi-final, she eliminated number two seed in Wiesbaden

Vivien Juhaszova is going through very successful period in her career. She is rising in the WTA rankings, first time reached top 500 in singles ranking. And now in Wiesbaden, Germany, she reached semi-final. 

Tereza Mihalikova & Jan Studenic joins EMPIRE Tennis Academy in Trnava
26 Apr

Tereza Mihalikova & Jan Studenic joins EMPIRE Tennis Academy in Trnava

Only 17 years old Tereza Mihalikova joins team of EMPIRE Tennis Academy in Trnava. She is the former Australian Open winner and one of the best junior players on the circuit. Together with her long term coach Jan Studenic, they will have fully to their disposal all the facilities in the TC EMPIRE club as well as possibilities for great sparing with Slovakian and foreign players in the academy. 

Podlipnik, Andrej Martin, doubles title, Torino, challenger
23 Apr

Podlipnik and Martin win the doubles title in Torino

Two EMPIRE Tennis Academy members have played at Torino challenger. Hans Podlipnik was successful also in singles, reaching quarterfinal.

Anna Blinkova, Alexander Somogyi, ITF Junior Masters, China
10 Apr

Blinkova and Somogyi were at Junior Masters in China, she is the World Junior Champion!

Russian member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy Anna Blinkova, coached by Alexander Somogyi, was in China for the youth ITF Junior Masters, where eight best junior players, both boys and girls were playing.

Rebecca Sramkova takes title from Uzbekistan
09 Apr

Rebecca Sramkova takes title from Uzbekistan

EMPIRE Tennis Academy player Rebecca Sramkova played at ITF tournament in Karshi, Uzbekistan. She picked up great form and took the title, her biggest career win. 

Daria Kasatkina, Charleston, USA
08 Apr

Kasatkina has started clay season in Charleston, advanced to the quarterfinals

EMPIRE Tennis Academy Daria Kasatkina, who is again a member of the Russian Fed Cup Team in the tie against Belarus, was together with her coach Vladimir Platenik in USA at another W

Andrej Martin, interview
02 Apr

Andrej Martin: If I play well, I will reach TOP 100

Davis Cup player and EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Andrej Martin (26) needed good rest after spending two months on South American trip. He was on holidays in March, skipped playing competitive tennis to come back refreshed, ready to fight his way into the TOP 100 in the ATP rankings. He is not far, being No. 127 at the moment, but it definitely won’t be easy. 

Vivien Juhaszova, Agnes Bukta, Antalya, doubles title
27 Mar

Juhaszova takes her 18th doubles title in Antalya

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Vivien Juhaszova continues in great performances. She had played exceptionally well in Antalya at 10K tournament to take home her 18th career doubles title.

coach Iain Hughes, Elina Svitolina, Oliver Nagy, Miami
26 Mar

Oliver Nagy joins Elina Svitolina's team

Member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy Oliver Nagy has received an offer he could not refuse. Oliver, 19 years old, is travelling around U.S. as part of team around Ukrainian number one Elina Svitolina, currently WTA No. 16 and winner of four WTA singles titles.

Igor Zelenay, Kazan, ATP challenger
20 Mar

Zelenay takes doubles title from Kazan

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Igor Zelenay played at Kazan Kremlin Cup Challenger in Kazan and together with Belarussian Bury they won the whole tournament. 

Daria Kasatkina, Vladimir Platenik, Indian Wells
17 Mar

Kasatkina was in the quarter-finals at Indian Wells and she is making her Top 40 debut

Daria Kasatkina, EMPIRE Tennis Academy member, continued her tournament journey at BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Together with her coach Vladimir Platenik, they arrived earlier to prepare well for the tournament what was as a very good decision​.

Jiri Novak, legend, TC EMPIRE Trnava, Trnava, tournaments
16 Mar

Jiri Novak: The best tournaments are being organized in Trnava

Former world number five, Jiri Novak (40) from Czech Republic, visited once again TC EMPIRE club in Trnava to watch all Czech players, but especially those from Prostejov, playing at junior ITF EMPIRE Cup 2016. Moreover, Jirka Novak is the one who will announce the team to fight for Galea Cup and also U18 World Championship. We used this opportunity to ask him for exclusive interview.

13 Mar

Hans Podlipnik takes doubles title in Santiago

Hans Podlipnik-Castillo from EMPIRE Tennis Academy, born in Santiago, played at Cachantun Cup in his home town. Together with Julio Peralta they won the doubles tournament. 

12 Mar

Juhaszova in the semi-final in Antalya, reaches WTA career high

Member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy Vivien Juhaszova was successful at another tournament in Antalya, Turkey. She reached the semi-final of 2016 ITF Men's & Women's Circuit Combined.

06 Mar

Svitolina won the title against Bouchard in Kuala Lumpur

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Elina Svitolina and WTA No. 18 player was playing at the international BMW Malaysian Open tournament, where she won the title. Tournament was played in the biggest Malaysian city – Kuala Lumpur.

Andrej Martin, Hans Polidpnik-Castillo, Sao Paolo, ATP
28 Feb

Martin partnering Podlipnik in ATP Sao Paolo semi-finals

Andrej Martin together with Hans Podlipnik-Castillo were at Brasil Open in Sao Paolo, where they reached the semi-finals.

Vivien Juhaszova, ITF, Italy, Benasco
27 Feb

Vivien Juhaszova in the semi-final in Italy!

EMPIRE Tennis Academy Vivien Juhaszova played after the EMPIRE Women’s Indoor at 25K event called SGE Women‘ s International Tournament in Italy. After getting through the qualifying into the main draw, she reached the singles semi-final!

Daria Kasatkina, Doha, Qatar
26 Feb

Kasatkina together with Vesnina ended 41 matches streak of Hingis and Mirza

Daria Kasatkina is in full swing, at the moment playing at Qatar Total Open. She lost her 2nd round singles match, despite having 3 match points. In doubles, she reached the semi-finals, after great triumph in the quarterfinals together with Elena Vesnina. 

Rebecca Sramkova, EMPIRE Tennis Academy
18 Feb

Rebecca Sramkova joins EMPIRE Tennis Academy

EMPIRE Tennis Academy and TC EMPIRE Trnava have signed another promising young tennis player, talented, 19 years old Rebecca Sramkova. Sramkova will benefit greatly from the partnership with the academy, which should help her in her professional career.

Artem Dubrivnyy, Egypt, ITF
17 Feb

Dubrivnyy makes the second round in Egypt

Artem Dubrivnyy from EMPIRE Tennis Academy was battling for points into the ATP rankings in Egypt. Despite his young age, 17 years old Russian tennis player successfully worked his way through the qualies into the main draw of 10k tournament in Sharm El Sheikh. 

Daria Kasatkina, Vladimir Platenik, St. Petersburg, WTA
12 Feb

Kasatkina reached the semis of St. Petersburg tournament

Daria Kasatkina from EMPIRE Tennis Academy reached the semifinals of  St. Petersburg LadiesTrophy. On Friday she beat the Slovak Dominika Cibulkova 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. The match lasted 2 hrs 34 min. 

Daria Kasatkina, Fed Cup, Russia, Moscow
07 Feb

Kasatkina in Russian Fed Cup team, won doubles match!

Daria Kasatkina from the EMPIRE Tennis Academy, coached by Vladimir Platenik, was playing for Russian Fed Cup team against Netherlands in Moscow on 6-7 February in the first round of the competition. 

04 Feb

Elina Svitolina becomes EMPIRE Tennis Academy member!

Winner of three WTA tournaments and Ukrainian fed cup player Elina Svitolina (21) became recently member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy. Facilities at the academy will provide her top class conditions. Additionally she will gain more advantages from being member of the academy, which can only help her career.

Levente Barátosi, Dalma Galfi, Juraj Jancovic
29 Jan

Junior US Open winner and world number one in Trnava

Hungarian Dalma Galfi, player that helped TC EMPIRE Trnava to win the Slovakian Extraleague title, spent time practising in Trnava together with the current coach Levente Barátosi. They met also Juraj Jancovic, her former coach and played sparing with our players.

Andrej Martin, Karol Beck, Rio, challenger
23 Jan

Martin makes the quarterfinal in Rio

Member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy Andrej Martin moved to Brazilian Rio de Janeiro following tournament in Argentinian Buenos Aires, together with his coach on tour Karol Beck.

Daria Kasatkina, Australian Open 2016
22 Jan

Kasatkina beat Konjuh & Schmiedlova to make Australian Open Round 3, lost to Serena Williams

Member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy in Trnava Daria Kasatkina had a successful entry into her first ever main draw Australian Open, beating Slovakian Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (WTA No. 29) and Ana Konjuh from Croatia (No. 87), both in two sets. 

Lenka Stara, U16 Indoor Slovak Championship
19 Jan

Lenka Stara takes Slovakian U16 Indoor Championship title

Members of TC EMPIRE club from Trnava including Lenka Stara were present at the girls’ Under 16 Indoor Slovakian Championship, played between 16th and 19th January in TK Zilina. 

Anna Blinkova, ITF tournament, Germany, Stuttgart
17 Jan

Qualifier Blinkova wins ITF tournament in Germany both in singles and doubles

Russian Anna Blinkova, former junior world number three in singles and last year’ s finalist of junior Wimbledon, left for Germany together with her coach Alexander Somogyi from TC EMPIRE Trnava. And she did very well, to take both titles, her best performance so far in her career amongst women.

Viktor Banczi, Juraj Jancovic, ITF, Oberpullendorf, Austria
16 Jan

Banczi earned 20 ITF ranking points after reaching semi-final in Austria

Viktor Banczi from EMPIRE Tennis Academy played at another junior tournament, this time Sport Hotel Kurz Junior Classic in Oberpullendorf, Austria. It was Grade 4.

Daria Kasatkina, Vladimir Platenik, Auckland, New Zealand
06 Jan

Kasatkina's win over the World No.7 Venus Williams

One of the leading members of EMPIRE Tennis Academy Daria Kasatkina has started the new season 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. Head coach of the academy Vladimir Platenik joined her after going through tough pre-season camp.

Janos Fekete
04 Jan

Fekete is a new EMPIRE Tennis Academy member, he had fantastic season finish

Miloslav Grolmus and his player Janos Fekete, member of elite EMPIRE Tennis Academy in Trnava, finished the year as No. 61 in the Tennis Europe Year End Ranking. He was the best in his age category from Slovakia.  

Viktor Banczi
29 Dec

Jancovic: Banczi is capable to reach ITF Top 500, season starts in Senec

The 2015 season can be divided into two parts for junior member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy Viktor Banczi. First one was influenced by injuries, second was much better and he earned important points into the ITF ranking. Now time has come to set higher goals.

Andrej Martin, Hans Podlipnik-Castillo, Miloslav Grolmus, Karol Beck
21 Dec

Andrej Martin coached by Beck and Grolmus in EMPIRE Tennis Academy, Podlipnik joins academy as well

Coaching staff and players roster of EMPIRE Tennis Academy in Trnava will get a new boost. Former No. 36 in the ATP rankings Karol Beck and Chilean player Hans Podlipnik-Castillo, No. 170 in the ATP rankings.

Players and coaches of TC EMPIRE Trnava and TC Vysoke Tatry together in EMPIRE hall Trnava:
17 Dec

Daniel Trcka together with players from High Tatras in TC EMPIRE

Former coach of former World Number 5 Jiri Novak, Dan Trcka came together with his players from TC Vysoke Tatry to Trnava to spend four days in TC EMPIRE club.

11 Dec

Kasatkina works hard together with Platenik in Florida

Member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy Daria Kasatkina is in Boca Raton, in Florida. Together with head coach of the academy Vladimir Platenik they travelled for a training camp, to get used to outside conditions.

Maros Molnar, fitness camp, Liptovsky Jan, Slovakia
30 Nov

Molnar’s training camp hell in Liptovsky Jan, Slovakia

Preseason preparations for members of EMPIRE Tennis Academy in Trnava are in full swing and tennis players were experiencing hard work on training camp in Liptovsky Jan. “From 27th November until 6th December it is a real hell here,” commented head fitness coach of the academy Maros Molnar.

Igor Zelenay, Ilija Bozoljac, Brescia
21 Nov

Zelenay wins doubles title in Brescia, his second in two weeks

Member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy and TC EMPIRE Trnava Igor Zelenay played in Brescia after winning the doubles at Bratislava challenger. Together with Serb Ilija Bozoljac, they were once again successful to lift the trophy at Trofeo Città. It is their second title in two weeks.

Andrej Martin, Montevideo, Uruguay, Hans Podlipnik-Castillo
21 Nov

Martin done in South America, wins doubles trophy in Montevideo

Member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy Andrej Martin played at the last tournament on his South American tour. He played in Santiago, Lima, Bogota, Buenos Aires and Montevideo.

Igor Zelenay, EMPIRE Tennis Academy, interview
19 Nov

Zelenay: Challengers are only about survival

Recent Bratislava challenger Peugeot Slovak Open doubles winner Igor Zelenay (33) did not dream about such a good season at its‘ beginning. After surgery on his left knee, he felt pain, which limitated him, results were bad and he dropped down in the ranking. It is very different now in November. He won his fith challenger‘s title, is No.

Daria Kasatkina, WTA, Rising Star Of The Year
18 Nov

Vote for Daria Kasatkina on the WTA website!

Help Daria Kasatkina, the member of the EMPIRE Tennis Academy in Trnava (coached by Vladimir Platenik), to win the fan poll on the official WTA website.

Igor Zelenay, Ilija Bozoljac
14 Nov

Zelenay wins doubles challenger title in Bratislava

Igor Zelenay, member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy starting from 1st November, was successful at PEUGEOT Slovak Open Challenger. Together with Serbian Ilija Bozoljac they won doubles tournament.

Hanak with Novikova and Fekete in Moscow
08 Nov

Hanak with Novikova and Fekete in Moscow, Novikova wins title

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Maria Novikova and TC EMPIRE Trnava club member Janos Fekete played at Kremlin Junior 2015 in Moscow. Under 14 tournament is part of Tennis Europe circuit. Rene Hanak, one of the academy coaches was accompanying both in Moscow.

Igor Zelenay, EMPIRE Tennis Academy
03 Nov

Doubles specialist Igor Zelenay becomes new member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy

After singing contract with Andrej Martin, EMPIRE Tennis Academy in Trnava welcomes another Slovakian Davis Cup player, Igor Zelenay!  Multiple challengers winner in doubles and former Top 50 ATP player will also play extraleague matches for TC EMPIRE Trnava.

Andrej Martin, Hans Podlipnik-Castillo, Lima, Peru, challenger
01 Nov

Andrej Martin made the final in Lima, won doubles!

Slovakian tennis player recently joined EMPIRE Tennis Academy and he did not wait long for first achievements. In his second clay challenger in South America, in Lima, Andrej Martin made the final in singles and won the doubles along with Hans Podlipnik-Castillo.

30 Oct

Lenka Stara: The doubles winner in Budapest

Lenka Stara from EMPIRE Tennis Academy has achieved to win doubles together with Romanian Laura Cazacu at ALFA TS CUP in Budapest. Tournament was played indoors on clay and was considered category 4. 

Viktor Bánczi, Juraj Jančovič, Lenka Stara, ITF, Holland
23 Oct

Banczi reached quarterfinals in Netherlands

Member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy Viktor Banczi, coached by Juraj Jancovic, reached the quarterfinals of junior ITF 4 Autumn Almere 2015.

Daria Kasatkina, Vladimir Platenik, Moscow, Premier event
23 Oct

Kasatkina reached the singles semifinal of Kremlin Cup in Moscow, won doubles title

Daria Kasatkina plays under supervision of her coach Vladimir Platenik at WTA tournament Kremlin Cup by Bank of Moscow, with total prize money 702 900 USD.

Andrej Martin, ATP Challenger Tour Finals
17 Oct

Andrej Martin: I want to play ATP Challenger Tour Finals

Andrej Martin, EMPIRE Tennis Academy member, won two challengers in singles this year in Italy (Padova, Biella) and he would like to add another one. He will have perfect opportunity in South America, where he travelled this year.

Jaroslav Bulant, EMPIRE Tennis Academy
05 Oct

Jaroslav Bulant joins coaching staff in the EMPIRE Tennis Academy

The EMPIRE Tennis Academy hired another experienced international coach, 51-years old Czech Jaroslav Bulant to join coaching staff. He used to coach players like Lucie Safarova, Dominik Hrbaty and Dominika Cibulkova.

26 Sep

Juhaszova wins singles title in Turkey, Kupkova’s second WTA point

Two members of EMPIRE Tennis Academy made a successful tennis trip to Turkey. Seventeen years old Tamara Kupkova earned her second point into the WTA ranking after advancing into second round in singles and reaching the final in doubles.

Daria Kasatkina, Vladimir Platenik, Andrej Martin, EMPIRE Tennis Academy
25 Sep

Andrej Martin and Daria Kasatkina became faces of the EMPIRE Tennis Academy in Trnava

Daria Kasatkina, 18-years old Russian player, joined EMPIRE Tennis Academy a year ago. She reached the Top 100 under head coach Vladimir Platenik, making a remarkable progress throughout this time. Andrej Martin, Slovak Davis Cup player, recently joined EMPIRE Tennis Academy.

Daria Kasatkina, Vladimir Platenik, Saint-Malo, France
20 Sep

Kasatkina wins 50K title in France

Member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy and trainee of Vladimir Platenik and recently successful US Open participant Daria Kasatkina continues in great performances.

ITF points, Viktor Banczi, Juraj Jancovic, Albania
17 Sep

First ITF points for Viktor Banczi in Albania

Trainee of Juraj Jancovic, 15 years old member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy Viktor Banczi, made a comeback onto ITF circuit in great style. He reached the quarterfinals in Albania, at National Sport Park Open U18 tournament.

Daria Kasatkina, Vladimir Platenik, US Open, New York
04 Sep

Daria Kasatkina advanced to the third round at the US Open

Member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy Daria Kasatkina, coached by Vladimir Platenik, played in New York at US Open 2015 her first grand slam qualifying amongst women. She lost in the qualifying final but then she got lucky and played main draw at the US Open.

04 Sep

Pavlickova did well in Cyprus, eliminated second seeded

Timea Pavlickova of EMPIRE Tennis Academy made her way all the way into the semi-final of Aphrodite Cup in Cyprus and earned 30 points to the ITF ranking. In Limassol, U18 category tournament (Grade 3) was played on clay. 

Tamara Kupkova, Bol, ITF, first WTA point
03 Sep

Tamara Kupkova with first win amongst women, it feels like never before

Member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy Tamara Kupkova managed not only to advance into the main draw of 10K USD clay event in Bol, Croatia but she was also successful in the first round. Her first win earned her first WTA point on the ITF circuit.

Lenka Stara, Timea Pavlickova, EMPIRE Tennis Academy, Trnava, Slovakia
23 Aug

Stara together with Pavlickova won the title in Slovenia

Two 15 years old members of EMPIRE Tennis Academy and TC EMPIRE tennis club Lenka Stara and Timea Pavlickova were successful at U18 junior tournament in Kranj, Slovenia. Slovakian duo grabbed doubles title as unseeded pair.

EMPIRE Tennis Academy, Daria Kasatkina, Vladimir Platenik
20 Aug

Kasatkina with Platenik in Vancouver

Member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy Daria Kasatkina and her coach Vladimir Platenik were in a place of another tournament. Russian player entered the main draw of 100k USD event in Vancouver, tournament played on hard courts. 

13 Aug

Artem Dubrivnyy successful again

Only 16 years old member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy Artem Dubrivnyy keeps on surprising the tennis world. To add on 7 ATP points on his tally, he added three more this week from men’s tournament in Moscow.

Artem Dubrivnyy
26 Jul

Dubrivnyy second at the 2015 European Junior Championships in Moscow

Artem Dubrivnyy from EMPIRE Tennis Academy played at the 2015 European Junior Championships 16 & under in Moscow, where he was considered as one of the favourites. Dubrivnyy already earns points at men’s ATP events and he is also in the ATP rankings.  

23 Jul

Kasatkina in quarterfinals, with her second win on the main WTA circuit

Russian player and member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy Darya Kasatkina has done exceptionally well in Bad Gastein, Austria on the main WTA event with total prize money reaching as much as 226 750 US dollars. She was awarded with important points into the WTA rankings, where she will move up 20 places.

18 Jul

Dubrivnyy successful in Linz despite problems

Artem Dubrivnyy spent last week playing in Linz, Austria at prestigious Simacek ITF Junior Open 2015. Member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy, coached by Vladimir Platenik, reached semi-finals in singles.

15 Jul

Kasatkina made it to the main draw of WTA event

Darya Kasatkina and Tamara Kupkova from EMPIRE Tennis Academy played in qualifying rounds of women’s tournaments. Russian player tried her luck on main WTA circuit, while Slovakian Kupkova played at 10 000 USD event in Egypt.

Anna Laguza, title, BNP PARIBAS CUP
12 Jul


Member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy Anna Laguza was successful at the elite U14 tournament in France. She managed to sail through all six rounds amongst top youth players in her age category to take home BNP Paribas Cup singles title.

Rene Hanak, EMPIRE Tennis Academy
30 Jun

Rene Hanak joins coaching staff of EMPIRE Tennis Academy

Experienced Czech coach Rene Hanak (42) joined coaching staff of the international EMPIRE Tennis Academy. After he left Greece, he wants to fully commit himself to competitive tennis. Anna Laguza, one of the best U14 European players, will be also practising with him.

Darya Kasatkina, Vladimir Platenik, ITF title, Minsk
21 Jun

Kasatkina wins second title from Minsk

Member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy in Trnava Darya Kasatkina (18) was successful at her second clay ITF tournament in Minsk. After winning last week $25K event, she achieved another great result in the same city, which means she is moving up in the WTA rankings to No. 160.

Darya Kasatkina, ITF title, Minsk
14 Jun

Impressive Kasatkina won ITF title in Minsk

Member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy Darya Kasatkina, practising in Trnava under her coach Vladimir Platenik, grabbed another title at the 25 000 USD event in Belarussian capital Minsk. In doubles, she reached the final. 

Lenka Stara, Juraj Jancovic, U16 Slovak Championship
12 Jun

Lenka Stara was a runner-up at the U16 Summer Slovak Championship

Trnava hosted another youth tennis event in the TC EMPIRE club. This time, Under 16 girls and boys played for the Slovakian Championship trophy. Lenka Stara, home based player, also participated at the event.

Artem Dubrivnyy, Vladimir Platenik, first 6 ATP points
09 Jun

Artem Dubrivnyy with first 6 ATP points

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Artem Dubrivnyy has performed exceptionally well at his third men's event in his career.

Oliver Nagy, Futures, qualifying, main draw, ATP point
28 May

Oliver Nagy into his first Futures main draw from qualifying

Member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy Oliver Nagy is trying to find his old form and he is recording first victories at the Futures tournaments. Last week, he won two qualifying rounds in Prijedora, this week he was successful again in Bosnia and Hercegovina, in the town of Brcko.

Darya Kasatkina, Vladimir Platenik, ITF title, Caserta, Italy
22 May

Kasatkina with the title from Caserta

The member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy Darya Kasatkina, who is coached in Trnava by Vladimir Platenik, has achieved another success. On clay in Italian town of Caserta, she won her fourth ITF title, dominating the $25K singles event.

Semen Burlachenko, Miloslav Grolmus, title, ETA
21 May

Burlachenko wins in Moldova

Thirteen years old Ukrainian Semen Burlachenko was practising in the EMPIRE Tennis Academy, before travelling to Moldova for ETA tournament. He has done exceptionally well there and grabbed a singles title as fourth seed.

EMPIRE Tennis Academy, Anna Laguza, Kiev, Ukraine, Tennis Europe, U16 tournament
16 May

Laguza with another title from Ukraine

The member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy in Trnava Anna Laguza is enjoying successful period of her career. After winning doubles last week in Czech town Rakovnik and reaching singles semi-final of U14 tournament, she managed to win another doubles title in Kiev. Tennis Europe U16 tournament took place in Kiev. She reached semi-final of singles competition as well.

Anna Laguza, EMPIRE Tennis Academy, Rakovnik, Tennis Europe
11 May

Laguza won doubles title in Rakovnik

The member of our academy Anna Laguza has added another title to her collection. She won doubles title and was playing singles semifinal at the Tennis Europe tournament in Rakovnik in the Czech Republic.

EMPIRE Tennis Academy, Artem Dubrivnyy, Villach, ITF
09 May

Artem Dubrivnyy won two titles in Villach

Sixteen years old Artem Dubrivnyy  has benefited from the training sessions in the EMPIRE Tennis Academy in Trnava and achieved a fantastic result in Villach. Together with the singles title, he was also successful in doubles and became the biggest star of Panaceo ITF Junior Cup.

Darya Kasatkina, WTA tournament, Marrakech, Morocco, Vladimir Platenik
28 Apr

Kasatkina in the WTA main draw for the second time

The member of the EMPIRE Tennis Academy Darya Kasatkina played the WTA tournament in Marrakech, Morocco. She was at the WTA tournament just for the second time in her career.

26 Apr

Anna Laguza was in the semifinal in Trnava

Just 13 years old EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Anna Laguza was successful at the U14 "TRNAVA CUP U14 2015" tournament in Trnava where she advanced to the singles semifinal.

Artem Dubrivnyy, ITF Junior Cap d'Ail, Grade 2, singles semifinal
10 Apr

Dubrivnyy advanced to the semifinal of ITF Junior Cap d'Ail

Member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy Artem Dubrivnyy, who is coached by Vladimir Platenik, was successful in France. He beat No. 2 seeded and advanced to the semifinal of the ITF Junior Cap d'Ail tournament.

Summer season, start, Academy car, EMPIRE Tennis Academy
29 Mar

Summer season is starting, see also our Academy Car

Summer season is knocking on the door already in our club! Our team prepares clay courts in the TC EMPIRE Trnava complex before the start of the season on 13th April 2015. It will end on 11th October.

All the necessary informations for booking a court you can find on the TC EMPIRE Trnava website:

Darya Kasatkina, Vladimir Platenik, Maros Molnar, training, Trnava, TC EMPIRE Trnava
18 Mar

Darya Kasatkina left for USA to play the tournaments

The member of EMPIRE TENNIS Academy Darya Kasatkina has done her preparation last month in Trnava after successes in Florida.

Tamara Kupkova, Anna Laguza, doubles winners, EMPIRE Cup 2015
14 Mar

Kupkova and Laguza, doubles winners of the EMPIRE Cup 2015

Two members of the EMPIRE Tennis Academy were successful in the doubles final of the U18 ITF EMPIRE Cup 2015 tournament. Tamara Kupkova and Anna Laguza won against Ukrainian girls Lyven/Shakhraychuk 6-2, 3-6, 10-6, although the were losing in the third set 1-5.

Tereza Mihalikova, Australian Open winner, TC EMPIRE Trnava, Darya Kasatkina
12 Mar

The winner of the Australian Open was training in TC EMPIRE club

Recently, Tereza Mihalikova has pleased Slovak tennis fans when she won the single junior title at the Australian Open in Melbourne. Alongside with coach Jan Studenic, she is training for the clay part of the season and she has found some quality sparring partners in TC EMPIRE Trnava.

Anna Laguza, Sweden, U14 tournament, Kungens Kanna & Drottningens Pris
01 Mar

Laguza won the doubles title in Sweden

The member of the EMPIRE Tennis Academy Anna Laguza from Ukraine has won the doubles title at the well-known U14 tournament in Sweden. She took the Kungens Kanna & Drottningens Pris title together with the Polish player Maja Chwalinska.

17 Feb

Kupkova has the Slovak title, Banczi was in the quaterfinal

Two members of the EMPIRE Tennis Academy Tamara Kupkova and Viktor Banczi were successful at the Slovak Indoor Championship in Piestany and Bratislava which was held in the half of February 2015.

02 Feb

Dalma Galfi, the Australian Open semifinalist, was training before the tournament in Trnava

Dalma Galfi, No. 10 in the junior rankings, was training before the Australian Open tournament in the TC EMPIRE Trnava. The player of our extraleague team was under the supervision of coach Juraj Jancovic who coached her from April to November 2013

31 Jan

Kasatkina won against Bellis who shocked Cibulkova at the US Open 2014

Darya Kasatkina, the member of the EMPIRE Tennis Academy who is coached by Vladimir Platenik, is still successful in Florida. She is in the semifinal of the Sunrise tournament.

30 Jan

Laguza with Platenik at the famous Les Petits As in Tarbes

The indoor season is in full swing and Anna Laguza, a member of the EMPIRE Tennis Academy, plays at the famous U14 tournament. After a win in Milovice she has headed together with her coach Vladimir Platenik to Tarbes in France where Les Petits As (Small champions) tournament was taking place.

Darya Kasatkina, EMPIRE Tennis Academy member, winner, Daytona Beach, brother Alexander
25 Jan

Darya Kasatkina wins 2nd $25K title

Darya Kasatkina, the member of the EMPIRE Tennis Academy , coached by Vladimir Platenik, is the winner of the 3rd ITF singles title in her career. She won the tournament in Daytona Beach, Florida.

19 Jan

Laguza won the tournament in Milovice

The member of the EMPIRE Tennis Academy Anna Laguza, who is coached by Vladimir Platenik, played the U14 Realsport Open tournament in Milovice, Czech Republic.

Darya Kasatkina, ITF, semifinal, Florida, Plantation
18 Jan

Kasatkina was in the semifinal, she beat second-seeded

EMPIRE Tennis Academy tennis player Daria Kasatkina whose coach is Vladimir Platenik, was successfull in the beginning of the 2015 season.

Vladimir Platenik Darya Kasatkina Florida
08 Jan

Platenik goes to Florida with Darya Kasatkina

The head coach of the EMPIRE Tennis Academy Vladimir Platenik has left for the USA with the member of our Academy Darya Kasatkina. The Russian tennis player will train there and then play three tournaments in Florida.

High Tatras, fitness camp, Tamara Kupkova, Timea Pavlickova, Anna Laguza, Maros Molnar
03 Dec

Full scheduled programme in High Tatras for Kupkova, Pavlickova and Laguza

The members of the EMPIRE Tennis Academy Tamara Kupkova, Timea Pavlickova and Anna Laguza have to work hard in High Tatras under the supervision of Maros Molnar, a popular Slovak fitness coach. In the article, you can find an answer to the question how much busy their daily programme can be.

Darya Kasatkina, Vladimir Platenik, EMPIRE Tennis Academy member,
26 Oct

Roland Garros winner Darya Kasatkina about TC EMPIRE Trnava: I like it here and I think I found a coach here

The Russian tennis player Darya Kasatkina is only 17 years old but she has already been successful among women. She was training at the TC EMPIRE tennis club under the supervision of coach Vladimir Platenik, head coach of the EMPIRE Tennis Academy. She was thrilled about the preparation and environment.

EMPIRE Tennis Academy, expert fitness coach, Maros Molnar
14 Oct

The team of EMPIRE Tennis Academy is strengthened by expert fitness coach Maros Molnar

The concept of the elite EMPIRE Tennis Academy turns into reality. After engaging an experienced coach Vladimir Platenik in our club, we have agreed to cooperate with Maros Molnar, who has lead fitness trainings of numerous well-known Slovak professional athletes, including hockey, tennis players and footballers.

Vladimir Platenik, EMPIRE Tennis Academy Head Coach
01 Oct

EMPIRE Tennis Academy has begun to cooperate with one of the most successful Slovak coaches Vladimir Platenik

The coaching team in the club has been strengthened since September 1, 2014 by a coach who was working with top players of the WTA rankings. Vladimir Platenik (38) is going to help our young players and his wish is to help them the way he did when he had succeeded as a coach of Dominika Cibulkova in 2007 - 2009.

Tamara Kupkova, silver medal, Junior Fed Cup, Mexico, San Luis Potosi
30 Sep

Kupkova has a silver medal from the junior Fed Cup: We have best team ever

The unseeded Slovakia girls team lost in the junior Fed Cup final to USA 0-3 but for tennis in Slovakia it's a great success. Tamara Kupkova from EMPIRE Tennis Academy was the member of this team and when she returned from Mexico, she was at a press conference in Bratislava to describe how she feels about silver medal.

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