Raphael Maurer – Switzerland
Raphael was born on January 10, 1979 in Lausanne, Switzerland. A sports fanatic at a very young age, Raphael chose tennis over soccer at the age of 13. Ranked # 2 in the country in the 14&under age group, Raphael won the Winter Cup (European Team Championships) for Switzerland alongside Michel Kratochvil (former top 50 ATP player). In 1993, he entered the National Training Center in Ecublens, Lausanne, where he started working with famous French Coach and French Davis Cup Captain, George Deniau, as well as Pierre Paganini, current Physical Trainer for Roger Federer. Raphael trained there for 2 years with the best players in Switzerland, including Marc Rosset and Roger Federer. He travelled with Swiss players such as Michel Kratochvil, Martina Hingis, and Patty Schnyder. During his junior career, Raphael won 8 medals in National Championships, including 3 gold and had wins over many current professional players including Juan-Carlos Ferrero. He also participated in some big international events such as the Orange Bowl.
In 1998, Raphael was offered a tennis scholarship at Flagler College (NAIA) in Florida where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sport Management with minors in Business Administration and Spanish. During his four years at the school, the tennis team never finished the season below 7th in the nation and Raphael was named All-American twice, ending his sophomore year ranked #2 in the nation in doubles.
Raphael coached Elite players in some of the most prestigious events such as the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon. During his time with the HKTA, Raphael helped Zhang Ling and Venise Chan, Hong Kong’s best juniors with top 50 ITF world rankings, to rankings as high as 500 on their 1st year on the WTA tour. He also helped them achieve great results, including a silver medal at the Junior Asian Championships in Korea. Raphael also coached at Sanchez-Casal Tennis Academy, where he was a sparring partner for Svetlana Kuznetsova. He was then hired as a travelling coach at Van der Meer Tennis Academy in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, coaching juniors at prestigious ITF events including the Costa Rica Bowl and the Orange Bowl. He received his PTR Professional certification after intensive courses with Dennis Van der Meer. Raphael was the Director of a Tennis Academy in Kansas City, USA as well as the Head Coach of the Hong Kong International Tennis Academy. Raphael speaks French, German, English and Spanish fluently.