As we get closer to the end of this trip, It is sad to leave mostly because of the weather and the great tennis, but also because of the people of Brazil and the effort they put into trying to talk to us and their work ethnic. Whenever we go out to restaurants or even when we play a match with an opponent who lives in Brazil they try very hard to communicate even when it’s not their first language and they don’t know English at all. Its very refreshing when they try so hard to have a conversation with you off the court and you appreciated it even more. We also visited a MMA and Fitness academy by the name of “Team Nogueira”. While we were at this academy we learned Jiu Jitsu and also MMA. By the end of the session we stopped and talked to the MMA professor at the academy and he was mentioning us how he loves his country and the sport he plays, because in Brazil it’s much harder to make a name for yourself trying to go professional in this country. He told us to love our country and find passion into the sport we play and to love it with everything you have. Today we went to the Municipal Market of Sao Paulo. It was great to see a variety of Brazil’s culture and its cuisine, especially their tropical fruits.
Brazil is country that holds many great diversities and cultures. It is home to a number of people from around the world. That’s what makes it so different from all the other countries. When I first arrived in Brazil it was like stepping onto a new playing field. It was completely different from the Hamptons with each place both having its pros and cons. The people in Brazil are friendly and were very welcoming towards us. Throughout the trip we have seen how lucky we are at Ross living in such luxurious conditions. As we look around we see people on the streets begging for money and all we can do is be thankful for what we have. It is not right to complain for your wants while others beg for their needs.
Last week we visited a number of tennis clubs and we played some great tennis under the sun. Each place we played at was very much different from the last. We have also played in a beach tennis tournament near Sao Paulo. Even though we did not win we left with smiles on our face. My favorite food style here in Brazil is probably churrasco, Vinicius took as to a great restaurant (churrascaria) which is a all you can eat place. As for dessert, the brigadeiro chocolate commonly found in many supermarkets. Travelling with friends into a foreign country is an experience that is not given to many. These opportunities will not only help us in our future but it will also make us better people.
I would like to thank the people who organized this trip: Vinicius Carmo, Pedro Davisson and Mauricio Gattuso. You guys have made this experience an unforgettable one.
“We already spent two weeks in Brazil now and I enjoyed every single day a lot. Last week, we went to a beautiful place in the mountains outside of Sao Paulo, to test ourselves with older players from the local Tennis Academy. We also got to see their boarding houses. It was really interesting to see, how different they are to our house in East Hampton and everyone of us learned to appreciate our great conditions at Ross. We left the mountains on Thursday night and came back to our hotel in the city of Sao Paulo, to get ready for a Beach Tennis Tournament on Saturday. None of us had ever played this different kind of tennis before and we had just one day to practice, so we started at the tournament as complete rookies. Nonetheless, we were more than competitive to the other teams and had a lot of fun.
Brazil is one of the most astonishing places I have ever traveled to. In the first week that we stayed in São Paulo we played tennis and we worked out in great locations with some of the best fitness coaches you will ever meet. The red clay of Brazil is very different from the hard courts in New York and even different from the red clay at home in Germany. Every day we went to a different club to play with new kids. But we did not only do sport. We went to some really nice restaurants where we tried some food that you can’t get anywhere else in the world.
My two favorite things are acai which is a sort of ice cream made from a Brazilian fruit. It does not only taste good but it is also very healthy. My probably new favorite drink is Guanara, a soda also made out of a Brazilian food. The weather here is amazing. It doesn’t get any colder than 70 degrees and even if it rains it is more like a warm shower. At night though we faced some serious problems because it was just to hot.
I have never travelled with so many friends and so far in to about half of the trip it was a great experience and maybe one of the best journeys I have ever made. With the athletic but also the cultural part. Thank you vinicius, Pedro and Mauricio .
Brazil is one of the most beautiful places I have been ever, the weather is great, the food is great, and the culture is great. Within two days I was already sunburnt and getting more tan by the second. I have had food that I thought even exist. So far my favorites have been acai it is like a ice cream of fruit. Its also extremely healthy for you and it taste great. My other favorite food is guarana its not a food it is a drink. Better than Coke, Dr. Pepper, and Sprite Guarana is a soda made a fruit. Sweet and delicious I try not to drink more than two a day.
The tennis is amazing, there are red clay courts at every club we have went to. Red clay is rare in north America because the cold weather is bad for it. The weather is perfect, 80 plus degrees is an awesome change from below zero. After a long day of tennis the perfect way to cool down is the pool! So far my tennis game improved a lot from being more powerful to having more control of my shots. I am defiantly coming back to Brazil soon.
By Grant Amerling
The RSTA players have been working very hard. Sunday, RSTA team was hosted by Bruno(RSTA player)’s family and enjoyed a soccer game, Brazilian barbecue, swimingand they couldn’t resist to hit some ball at the end of the day
Today, our group had a very relaxing and fun day at Bruno’s house in the countryside of Sao Paulo. We left at about 9:00am and the trip was about 1 1/2 hours. When we got to the house, we played a soccer match against some other guys who lived in the complex. Then, we went to Bruno’s uncle’s house to enjoy some Brazilian BBQ. They made some really good sausage as well as steak. After the meats, we ate some ice cream with brigadeiro. After lunch, we went down to play some tennis at his complex. They had 3 red clay courts and 1 hard court. Furthermore, there was a very cool lake with a river next to the tennis courts. Overall, it was a very good day.
By Evan Felcher
Today was a very interesting day as we explored the depths of Sao Paulo. We left our hotel at 830 and drove two hours to a tennis club also in Sao Paulo. Sao Paulo is the largest city in Brazil and each day we have been visiting new clubs in this amazing city. In my opinion, this was the best club because of the amazing qualities of the players and the quality of the facility were spot on. For this club, all the courts were clay, however in the clubs we have been to in the past, the majority was also clay courts with the exception of some being hard. We also saw one of our fellow RSTA members, Gabriel, at the mall by the tennis club we were visiting today. Overall, the tennis has been fantastic and very helpful because we are playing with very advanced juniors from all around the world, especially in the club we went to today. This is improving our game every second as well as the amazing coaches. Besides the tennis, our group explored the Brazlian cultural ways of life and we ate a variety of many delicious foods. Another remarkable thing about Brazil so far is the pool we have on the top floor of our hotel which really makes its day view because of its spontaneous view. It’s nothing like cooling off in a nice pool after a long day of sweaty tennis! Furthermore, I can not wait to spend two more weeks in Brazil and continue to learn more, see more places in Sao Paulo and continue to experience the Brazilian way of life!
By Gabriel Rissman
The players are facing great competition in Brazil. Everyday we compete against a tennis club where several juniors practice in a daily basis. The idea of the trip is to play against different players everyday to improve match play. We are also playing outdoors and in different surfaces. It is a preparation for college tennis where the players are constant competing against different players in different schools.
RSTA players also experienced a class in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. A self defense martial art that is very popular in Brazil. The class helped their fitness and coordination skills. They had a lot of fun!!!