Braen Aneiros: From Cuba to Cambodia
It has been a long journey for Cambodia’s Technical Director/National Coach Braen Aneiros. Born in Havana, Cuba where Aneiros learned to play tennis at the age of 8, and then later a move to his adopted home of Panama where he first represented Panama in Davis Cup at the age of 16 years old. By the age of 18, he was Panama’s number one player. Aneiros then accepted a college scholarship in the United States and worked summer tennis camps for Clemson’s Chuck Kriese. When Kriese moved to Bangkok to head the Southeast Asia Tennis Federation, Aneiros soon followed.
It was there in Thailand where Braen Aneiros began traveling with Noppawan Lertcheewakarn and Luksika Kumkum (WTA 86 singles). Lertcheewakarn would rise to the ITF Girl’s Singles ranking and win Wimbledon girls title as well. Working under legendary Chuck Kriese taught Aneiros much and soon he landed the job as the Technical Director/National Coach of Cambodia. Where he successfully guided Cambodia’s team from Group IV to Group III in his first year as coach. (Aneiros just had his contract with Cambodia extended till 2015.)
Then another legend coach, Bob Brett, invited Aneiros to San Remo for a preseason training camp where he got to assist Bob Brett training top ranked pro’s. From that training camp Aneiros hooked up with Japan’s Yuichi Sugita and they began touring together.
Aneiros time in Thailand was not over as in addition to his job with Cambodia he began touring with the Ratiwatana brothers on the ATP Tour and Grand Slams. Braen Aneiros is now conducting his own pre-season training camps in Cambodia. Last year the Thai Davis Cup team of Danai Udomchoke, Kittipong Wachimirong, Sonchat and Sanchai Ratiwatana joined along with Radu Albot of Moldova and Cambodia’s national team.
“I have been very fortunate to have spent some time with great coaches like Chuck Kriese and Bob Brett,” admits Aneiros. “And then I have been able to watch other great coaches like Jose Perlas (GPTCA national president- Spain) as they are preparing their players. Being on the Challenger Circuit and ATP Tour you get to observe the different ways different coaches train and teach. It is a great education for me.”
In November 2013, Aneiros traveled to Mexico City for the ITF World Wide Coaches Conference.
“I have participated in ITF and PTR courses and learned much from them,” continues Aneiros. “And now with the GPTCA I feel like I am getting a complete picture. What I like about the GPTCA is that they stress that there is no one-way to coach, but rather, different philosophies. My job is to figure out what will work best for each individual player. Plus, the new publication ELITE has great articles and advice. The coaches who are contributing these stories are on the Tour and have had years of experience to back up their philosophies.”
“I really appreciate what the GPTCA is doing for us,” says Aneiros. “Now we have a direct link to the top coaches of the top players in the world.”
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