PHUKET, THAILAND – Thanyapura Phuket’s reputation as one of Asia’s leading sports training facilities has again been underscored after its Tennis Academy was named Peter Burwash International’s (PBI) Site of the Year.
US-based PBI, founded by former Canadian tennis professional Peter Burwash almost four decades ago, operates in more than 30 countries and sets exacting standards for its partners to meet.
The award recognises a PBI partner property that “strives to offer the highest quality in its tennis facilities, service and programmes while also demonstrating care and support of PBI and its professionals”, Mr Burwash said.
He added: “From the very beginning we recognised Thanyapura’s outstanding facilities and ambitious goals. As a result of their leadership, the tennis programmes took major strides in the past year, which made it an obvious choice for this award. We are honoured to be partnered with such a quality facility and exciting project.
“The award comes on the heels of other accolades for Thanyapura, such as being named Asia’s Best Tennis School earlier this year in a survey by readers of TennisResortsOnline.com
“It is with enormous pride that I accept the PBI Site of the Year award on behalf of our team at Thanyapura Phuket,” Mr Philipp Graf von Hardenberg, Thanyapura President and Chief Executive Officer, said.” To receive two major awards this year is recognition of the product we deliver and our desire to make sure it remains that way as we strive to meet our goal for all individuals to optimise their potential.”
PBI has been directing the tennis programme at Thanyapura Tennis Academy since it opened in July 2011. It recently played host to ITF Women’s Pro Challenger tournaments and a Davis Cup tie between Thailand and Hong Kong.
Several touring professionals leverage its world-class facilities including most recently, Maria Sharapova who trained at Thanyapura last month before the WTA Finals in Singapore. The state-of-the-art facilities include six Plexicushion courts, the same surface used at the Australian Open. Four of the courts are covered.
The PBI programme offers coaching for junior players of all ages, private lessons, clinics and courses for adults of all abilities, weekly drop-in drill sessions, cardio workouts, tennis socials and a balanced offering of competitions throughout the year.
Thanyapura Phuket is a sports training, education and health destination set on 23 hectares of pristine land located close to Phuket International Airport as well as the resort island’s famed beaches. It utilises a patented mind, body and soul-coaching philosophy to get the best out of people while it has assembled a team of world-class coaches, sports scientists, medical and health practitioners, physiotherapist and chiropractor.