Fotis Vaseos

 
 


In addition to holding an MTM certification, Fotis Vaseos holds several other tennis teaching credentials: ITF Number Verifier, Greek Tennis Federation license, Austrian Tennis Federation license and English Tennis Federation license.  He has been Greek Davis Cup Captain and trained the Greek Jr. National team, #80 WTA Christina Pakadai, #150 ATP Solonas Papas, #162 ATP Vasilis Mazarakis and #30 WTA Angeliki Kanelopoulou.


Fotis Vazeos was born March 28, 1962 in Athens, Greece, growing up near the Acropolis in an area called Pangratti, playing street soccer with neighbor children.  His spirit for sport began early as he created red team t-shirts by dying them in Easter egg coloring in his kitchen while his mother was asleep.

 

Fotis came to the world of tennis in 1973 at 11 years old, working as a ball boy at the Athens Tennis Club.

 

While working, he began playing tennis alone and became noticed by the Athens Club (ATC) for his fast talent for the sport.

 

In 1975 ( 13 years old) he was invited to train with the Athens Tennis Club Junior Team while continuing his work.

 

After 2 months training with the Jr. Team, a new coach from England, employed by ATC for the Jr. Team, noticed Fotis’ talent, worked extra hard with him and convinced the ATC Committee to financially support his training expenses and to learn the English language.

 

In 1976 Fotis became #1 boy player under 14 for the Junior National Team. He continued representing Greece as #1 position, categories under 14, 16, 18 and 21.

 

In 1980 (18yrs old) Fotis was the first junior Greek player ever to be accepted into the main draw of the French Open, Roland Garros and was world ranked in the top 50 players under 18 years old.

 

Also in 1980, Fotis competed, for the first time, as a last minute reserve player for the  Men’s Greek National Team, and beat Bozidar Paboulof, the Bulgarian champion, after a match of 4 hours and 45 minutes.  Only 5 years earlier, he was admiring him as a ball boy, knowing nothing about the sport.

 

From his win, immediately, he received recognition and support by the Greek Federation and received his first contract with sports manufacturer, Lacoste.

 

For the next 10 years Fotis was full time traveling and competing around the world, beginning in America, joining the ATP tour and playing Davis Cup for Greece. He was training and living abroad based in Switzerland and Austria.

 

1989 Fotis studied in England to receive his coaching license and started his coaching career by training the Girls Junior National Team. He became the private coach of #30 world ranked Angeliki Kanelopoulou.  He also opened his tennis school, Fotis Vazeos Tennis Academy (VFTA) for players of all ages and levels through tennis lessons, camps and tennis holidays.

 

1990 Fotis took a low ranked junior player from Rhodes, 15 year old Solonas Pepas, and offered to train him in Athens.  Within 6 months, Solonas became unbeatable and became #1 in Juniors. After 3 years he was designated Men’s First Champion of the new generation of Greek tennis, following the names of Bavelas & Kalovelonis.

 

Other players who have passed through his school are players like Christina Papadaki, Vasilis Mazarakis, Yiannis Vlahos, Christina Zahariadou, and many others.

 

1995 Fotis became Men's National Coach (Davis Cup) while continuing his Academy in Athens’s North Suburbs.

 

That same year he married American Model, Christa Rude.

1997 Fotis became private coach to Christina Papadaki

 

2002 Fotis received an offer from Genesis Health Club, a multi million dollar facility in the United States, heading their Junior Tennis Department, while having the ability to travel to various tournaments and attend seminars, getting the latest information and teaching techniques from the global tennis scene.

 

2004 Fotis returned to Greece to help prepare Christina Zarhariadou for the Olympics, representing his home country.

 

Today, Fotis continues his business and personal life with his wife, Christa, living in Athens’ North Suburbs, together with their daughter, Emilea Grace Vazeos.

 

Fotis sporadically retains his #1 national ranking for his category as he continues to compete. According to the International Tennis Ranking system, (ITF) he is rated as one of the top hundred competitors in the world.

 

Fotis strives for VFTA to focus its training to the ultimate standards of what international tennis can offer.  He brings tennis systems and programs from all over the world, providing technique training through video, on court analysis, goal evaluation, and personal technique emphasis. 

 

Fotis’ unique techniques and colorful personality inspires everybody to love the sport. People currently working with Fotis range from the world’s top influential business people and performing artists to mini tennis’ aspiring players. 

 

Fotis believes proper tennis training is essential from an early age and collaborates with high educational institutions, such as the International School of Athens, while consulting for various tennis clubs and coaches throughout Greece.


Having 4 decades of international tennis history, Fotis Vazeos is a unique talent to his country, first as an ex player, now valued as a coach and consultant.  He’s always there with an open heart and is passionate to help anyone who loves this sport as much as he.

 

Fotis Vaseos

MTM Tennis Professional


Athens, Greece

[email protected]

30-6944365607




Website:

http://fotisvazeostennis.com/index.htm







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