Participation programmes in Brazilian schools introduce children to tennis and the talented players follow the player pathway of moving to the clubs, the national junior circuit and then the high-performance programme (HPP). A new initiative involves the HPP juniors travelling to ATP tournaments ...Read more with the professionals who act as mentors to facilitate the transition from junior to professional tennis. An annual national training meeting gives juniors the opportunity to play with and learn from Brazilian professionals and ex-professionals.
Rafael Bittencourt Westrupp is President of the Brazilian Tennis Federation and a former sparring partner of Gustavo Kuerten. He has held various senior roles in tennis including Tournament Director of the WTA Brasil Tennis Cup; Captain of the Worldwide U12 Championship team, Canada; and Davis Cup team coach.
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