1979 – 2004
From the very first success of 12-year-old Manuela at Orange Bowl 1979 through the Houston trophy in 1990 and the record victories and participations of Katerina on the Bulgarian Fed Cup team, to the last match of Magdalena in Zurich 2004, there was at least one Maleeva in the world’s tennis elite for over a quarter of a century. World tennis discovered Bulgaria through the Maleeva sisters and they in turn opened the wonderful prospects of this game to young talents in Bulgaria.
1998: The Maleeva sisters were coached by their mother Youlia Berberian-Maleeva for more than 20 years. “We were a team!”says Mrs. Maleeva about their experience. She has coached a few more National Champions: Bogdana Marinova, Nadejda Vassileva, Mark Markov, Nicole Hristova, Christina Nedelcheva.
Youlia Berberian-Maleeva was honored in 2016, when the WTA awarded her with their MOTHER award.
The Maleeva Tennis Club opened to the public in 2004. The Club’s most remarkable facility is the Indoor Tennis Hall, manufactured and delivered to us by the world’s leader in tennis facilities: Astron from Luxemburg. It has four courts covered with granulat – carpet with special rubber granules. Our members can play all-year-round. You will find in the Club six outdoor clay courts as well. Three of them have US Open-like lights. The indoor courts have a ramp for people with special needs. The ramp could also be used for getting the portable seats in or out.
Our program Tennis 10 sums up our long-standing relationship with young tennis players. The idea for our 5-year and older is to have fun. Our coaches are highly respected all over the country. They are well educated and well qualified for the job they do. They possess personal style, patience and most of all talent to teach. Some of them have been with us as players or coaches since the founding of the Club.
4 April, 2016
The Academy is Magdalena Maleeva’s project and is housed within the Club. Magdalena is the youngest of the Maleeva sisters. She set up Gorichka in 2006, a nonprofit initiative for education and debate on sustainable development and climate change. Later on she and her husband set up the harmonica brand for organic food, first ever in Bulgaria. They are also proud owners of organic food chain stores and proud parents of Youlia, Marco and Nina.
You can find more about her remarkable career as a professional tennis player here
Winter season 2016/2017
and Summer 2017:
The Academy’s training program includes:
- Tennis at a 4:1 ratio
- Hitting partners and practice matches
- Group and private lessons, min 6 hours/week
- General and specific physical conditioning, min 2 hours/week
- Sports psychology for emotional endurance and mental toughness
- Team building off court
- Monthly and weekly sessions
- Master Clinics with guest coaches
- Practice matches with parents or friends
- Events for parents and players
- USA and UK university scholarship pathway
- Tennis Camps