In its continued effort to provide the legendary Ritz-Carlton service, the luxury property is proud to introduce its new professional tennis instructor, Nino Portales. From Avignon, France, Nino is bringing a wealth of coaching experience from LUX Tennis, one of the top providers of customized tennis programs for celebrities and luxury resorts around the world. Nino held his first racquet at two years old and started competing at the age of five. Half French and half Italian, he grew up in an environment where tennis is a family sport, and his uncle was his first instructor. Even as a young boy, he would work as a ballboy during the Davis Cup. Since then, he has shown great potential to be a master of this majestic sport, with a serve exceeding 200 kilometers per hour. Throughout his career, he has played twice against Daniil Medvedev who is 4th in ATP world ranking and has practiced with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at 61st ATP world rank, however his hero remains to be Roger Federer with his classy style and his infallible focus.
Nino has been very active in his career, participating in 80 ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) tournaments and more than 150 matches in over 30 countries. His best victories include ATP ranking of 575 in singles and 130 in doubles, beating the players at ATP top 100 in doubles and top 500 in singles. Nino was also a regular at the Professional French Tennis Championship from 2017 to 2019. With his unmatched coaching experience from different luxury resorts in France including Hotel Ermitage, Hotel Royal Palace, and Chamonix Mont Blanc Tennis Club as well as the Amanpuri Resort in Thailand, we have no doubt that Nino will add value to an elevated Tennis Program for our hotel guests and Royal Beach Club members.
On the announcement, General Manager, Bernard de Villéle, commented, “I want Nino to completely revolutionize, energize and elevate the tennis program at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain, organizing monthly tournaments for different player levels, to hone the skills of our members and prepare them for the next level.”
“It’s a great honor and privilege to be part of The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain’s Royal Beach Club team. I am very excited to be working here and I look forward to creating an impact on the current program. With the proper discipline, a strong foundation of the game and its fundamentals, I am confident that our valued members and guests will be able to master the necessary skills to succeed in this long term sport.”, Nino commented.
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