Tennis in Belgrade, Serbia

Discussion in 'Tennis Travel' started by peoplespeace, Jul 22, 2012.

  1. peoplespeace

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    Im going to Belgrade tomorrow and plan to stay for a week or two. I would love to meet some local tennis players (Novak??) and have a hit or a friendly match. Should you have information about good but reasonably priced academies or any nice clubs where i might find somebody to play with, the pls let me know!
     
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  2. PureStorm

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    I don't know more than to tell you to look at Novak club, it is great and located near river... prices in Belgrade are quite reasonable everywhere from what I remember.
     
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    Tx for the advice, i already went there and had a pretty good lesson and will be having a friendly match against a guy i met there. I already got my souvenir, though; yesterday when i went there to get info, i walked onto the side of a court, and who is playing right there? Papa Djokovic! I must say that i was surprised to see how fit he is, but a little disappointed with his strokes, they are quite proper for his generation, but i had hoped to see a bit of magic from the man who gave 50% of the genes of the guy who may very well become the 2nd best player ever! My second souvenir was hitting a few balls with a racket that Nole himself has used and gifted to the father of the guy im playing tomorrow. It was honestly a surreal to be gripping the same overgrip as that amazing amazing player and amazing guy!
     
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    Sounds awesome! Keep enjoying! :)
     
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    What area are you staying in?
     
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    In Knez Mihaila. Are u in Belgrade?
     
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    Yes, ive been playing friendly matches there yesterday and today with a guy i met a Novak academy. Very cool location of the courts and so much space behind the baseline!

    How long will u be here for and what is ur level and will u have time to play?
     
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  9. dr325i

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    Bobby's moving back to Beograd...but, he will be back (sooner or later).
    I tried a similar thing for past 30 months and am back Steatside...

    WHat level you play. I may suggest someone.
     
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    Im probably a medium to strong 5.0 (15.1 in france and a 4 in switzerland). But unless i find a tennis partner fast i will go to Sombor to see a future tournament or the croatian or slovenian sea side in search of an academy to play for a week.

    Serbia/Beograd is great....the most beautiful women in the world! It even beats argentina and croatia.....crazy!! ;)
     
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  11. dr325i

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    Go to Prague...
    It will change your opinion both ways -- women and tennis ;)
    If it is too far, Budapest will help with the women comment ;)
     
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    Haha, i dont believe u, if what ur saying is that Prague has better tennis AND women than Belgrade!

    On a serious note, im quite tired of only being able to find academies that charge 400-500 euros a week for a full time programme, ie 3 hr of group tennis a day and some fittness training. Plus, since one is only there for a short time they dont care about providing other than ****ty old balls, and often the programme is only for juniors so one is left with the option of taking 30 euros/hr lesson with a coach who is tired after a long days work and who also brings a basket of ****ty old balls to the court.

    In addition, the academies is not interested in letting u play some practice sets with their "talented" juniors, even if ur willing to pay for it, as it is bad for business if an old self taught recreational fart who has played for 4-5 yrs comes along a beats some of these talents that are the bread and butter of the academies. And most academies love to make these junior players believe that they have a good chance of going pro as long as they work hard (and stay in the academy, of course).

    I could very well go to Prague via Budapest as that is on my way to Denmark so if u know of a great place to train for a week for about 300 euros and which doesnt hide their good tennis balls in a safe, pls let me know!
     
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  13. dr325i

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    If you end up in Prague, I would suggest to contact Tennis_Balla (nick on this forum). He is a 5.5+ and a great coach. He charges reasonable fees and there are PLENTY of great courts in Prague to play -- clay, HC choices...

    Furthermore, I know a few more players in Prague that would be at your level and capable of going 3+ hours every day...

    Although, I am originally form Beograd, I lived in Prague for past 2.5 years and know the tennis crowd well...
     
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  14. peoplespeace

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    I already talked to tennis_balla so ur advice is well received! The people u talk about with a good level who can play 3plus hrs a day would they acutally have time to play if i went there??
     
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