Tennis New Pros

We are very excited to announce the arrival of our two new PBI tennis coaches who will be joining Herman, Azhar and Rob on the Pro team here at The Club.

 

 

Manuel
Miletic

Charles
Doucette

 

Manuel Miletic, originally from Croatia, started playing tennis at the age of nine, and by fifteen was playing junior ITF tournaments and futures. He received a full scholarship to play NCAA Division I tennis in the United States at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. There he served as team captain, played the number 1 position in singles and doubles, and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business. After four years of playing experience, he became the Assistant Coach for both Samford’s men’s and women’s tennis teams, winning two championships as a coach. Manuel continued his studies during this time, obtaining a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Most recently Manuel was Tennis Director at La Samanna by Orient Express in the French West Indies. His previous PBI assignments have included coaching at Bio-Hotel Stanglwirt in Austria and directing an active seasonal tennis program for members and guests at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi’s iconic luxury hotel. Manuel is fluent in a number of languages and has a curiosity for different cultures. Besides tennis, his hobbies include soccer, swimming and travel.
 
Charles Doucette, originally from Houston Texas, attained state and national rankings in a number of age categories as a junior, and also competed in satellite junior tournaments. He attended Prairie View A&M University studying a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing Communications while playing NCAA Division I singles and doubles. While at university he continued to teach, working at the Zina Garrison All-Court Tennis Academy, where he coached state-ranked juniors.

Most recently he was a PBI Tennis Professional at Desert Springs JW Marriot Resort, Palm Desert California. Prior to his completion of the PBI training program in late 2012, he coached at the award-winning Westside Tennis & Fitness Center in Houston for 5 years instructing juniors and adults, and conducting tournaments and tennis events. Charles is a Certified Tennis Instructor through the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) and the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA). He is also a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Charles enjoys music, languages (speaking basic German and beginner French), biking, guitar and hiking. He is very much an outdoor person and is always ready for socializing or playing tennis with friends.

Charles and Manuel will arrive in early August. To give you the opportunity to meet both our new Pro’s we will be arranging a party to welcome them to The Club. They are both looking forward to coming to Singapore and meeting our tennis playing members as soon as possible.

We’ll keep you updated on their arrival and of the welcome party date closer to the time. We know you will help us give them both a warm welcome as they join our American Club family. If you have any queries in the mean time, please contact Rob Cornell at robc@amclub.org.sg.

 

Business Center New Operating Hours

Effective August 2013, the Business Center will be open for longer each day, for added Member convenience. However, the additional operating hours will be unmanned. This change is made possible through the implementation of proximity card access for the Business Center. Members are reminded to have their membership card on hand for convenient access to this adult-only facility throughout the facility’s operating hours.

 

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Lobby/Linkway/Library Upgrade

The Lobby/Linkway/Library areas are scheduled to be upgraded over Summer beginning June 10. This is a much needed move to re-invigorate these high traffic Club areas. The upgrades will transform one of the Club’s oldest and most iconic areas into modern venues where Members, guests, and visitors can meet, collaborate and socialize. Upon completion, Members can expect a more contemporary look and better use of space designed to elevate the Membership experience.

 

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Tennis Court Resurfacing/Renovation FAQs

We are excited to announce that work on the resurfacing of the Tennis Courts is due to commence on Monday, July 1.  In the coming days we will be removing items from the courts, such as the bench seats, bins and umbrellas, in preparation for the work to begin.  Many of these items will be stored in the Tennis Gallery, which will be cordoned off, while the project is undertaken.
 
We have prepared an FAQs to answer many of the questions you may have on this project.
 
TENNIS COURT RESURFACING/RENOVATION
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

When will this project take place? – The project will commence Monday, July 1 and we expect the courts to be closed until Thursday, August 15.  These are indicative dates as the project length may be affected by weather, and the extent of the work that needs to be undertaken on the sub-surface of the courts.

 

What is involved in this project? – It has been more than 6 years since the current surface was laid. Over time the surface wears out and requires replacement for the ongoing safety of players. Taking up the surface will also give us the opportunity to check the foundation and allow us to undertake remedial work and waterproofing.

 

What kind of tennis playing surface is replacing the existing one? – We are replacing it with another synthetic grass surface very similar to the existing one. It will be the same Polyethylene yarn, 23mm with red court area and green outside.

 

What playing characteristics does this synthetic grass surface offer? – This type of synthetic grass court offers superior playing characteristics such as medium ball speed, consistent bounce, sure footing, the ability to slide, good playability both wet and dry, better drainage, and most of all, provides low stress on the body.

 

Will I have to change the way I play now? – When a new court is installed the surface needs to be “Played In”. It takes a little time for the sand to compact to capacity which then gives the true ball speed. Rain and general everyday play will allow this to happen.

 

What other renovations will be taking place around the courts? – We will be opening up part of the fencing to the right and left of the Tennis Gallery to provide spectators a better view of courts 1, 3 & 4. The perimeter, including the fencing will be freshened up with a new coat of paint and new windscreens installed. Other small changes will be done such as new pads around the light poles, new court number plates and new bins.

 

Is there anywhere else I can play tennis during the court renovations? – YES! We have made arrangements with the British Club to use their tennis courts. These will be in place from Monday, July 1 to Friday, August 9, enabling The American Club (TAC) Members to book tennis courts on Mondays & Tuesdays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., and Wednesdays to Sundays between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. To book courts, Members should contact the British Club Sports Centre at 6410-1173, giving your name and TAC membership number so that access to the British Club is provided. Note that this is for free play only, and no TAC Summer Program or private coaching will be conducted at the British Club.

 

We apologize for the inconvenience the court closure may have, but we look forward to providing our Members with a best-in-class facility once the project is completed.

 

Kid's Waterplay Feature Closure on Thursday, May 30

Dear Members,

Please be informed that the Kid’s Waterplay Feature will be closed on Thursday, May 30 for maintenance work.

We will reopen it on Friday, May 31.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.