Spotlight On Matias Territoriale
Casa de campo’s tennis director & ITF World Ranking
HOW DID YOUR CASA DE CAMPO STORY BEGIN?
I have known the president Mr. Pichardo from Mexico when we worked together in the same company for over five years and then out of a new opportunity, he contacted me and offered to join him in the new adventure at Casa de Campo and explain the magnitude that it represents. That’s how my story began in Dominican Republic back in January 2017 and since then I have found a new family to support and together continue to strive for greatness with passion in hospitality and sports.
WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING THING ABOUT YOUR ROLE AS DIRECTOR OF TENNIS?
The fine relation we have built with the guests, the satisfaction of providing a good service and the team. Not only they are part of the tennis staff but they have grown into professionals players since children and have participated in competitions. It makes me feel very proud of my team and the work we have accomplished with boleritos (ball boys).
WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF WHEN IT COMES TO THE TENNIS PROGRAM AND THE FACILITIES AT CASA?
When arrived I was surprised to find a great quality of the club facilities. It’s very unique within the Caribbean region for the courts and the location. At Casa de Campo one can create memorable experiences for every member in the family.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT TEACHING TENNIS TO CHILDREN?
Working with kids from the beginning can create a strong foundation. I like seeing their constant development and helping them to discover their skills and talents with our Tennis academy. We currently have over 50 children between the ages of 5 and 16 years old taking classes on regular basis.
YOU’VE PLAYED WITH MANY CLIENTS, CELEBRITIES & NOTABLES OVER YOUR TIME HERE. ANY MEMORABLE MOMENTS TO SHARE?
Many clients have come, celebrities, people who despite being very important and have many followers have shown to be very humble and above all enjoy the practice of tennis, I have managed to have a good relationship with many of them.
One of the memorable experiences we had was last year Tennis exhibition with Nicolas Almagro and Victor Estrella, they are both very talented professional players who offer their time to give clinics to kids. Also the Tennis center has been part of locations for reality shows, photoshoots and videos many times in the past.
WHAT IS THE MOST EXCITING RECENT DEVELOPMENT FOR TENNIS LOVERS AT CASA?
Recently the 13 courts have been completely renovated with new equipment and material, we are renovating the club’s pool to have a more complete and modern place for the recreation of our visitors. It is planned to improve the lighting of the courts and extended to all of them to have more availability at night according to demand. Next year we will have the 42nd edition of our annual international tournament, one of the most traditional tennis tournaments in the country. We have also included next year’s national junior tournaments and an exhibition with professional players worldwide.