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.

Rene Hanak was recognised as one of the best Czechoslovak junior tennis players in late 80s. He won the national singles and doubles titles in under 14 and 16 categories and he played the singles final of the famous Pardubice Junior Cup. Additionally, he won the doubles there as well. Since 14, he was regularly selected for Czechoslovak national teams.

Born in Havirov, his ATP career best rankings remains No. 349 in singles and No. 243 in doubles. After ending his career, he moved from Prerov to Ostrava. In Moravia, he coached Adam Vejmelka, who is as old as Tomas Berdych and in August 2007, youngster worked his way up the rankings onto No. 247.

After joining Bltc tennis club in Brno and co-operation with Jan Kukal in Slovakia, his commitments to TK Slovan Bratislava and his return to Ostrava, he decided to move abroad. In 2009, he became the chief coach of tennis city club in Heraklion, Greece.

While he was in Greece, he was offered a new contract from Vladimir Platenik to become a new coach of EMPIRE Tennis Academy. "Last October Vladimir Platenik approached me and I liked...



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