Francois Danican

The Founder of Emirates Tennis Academy: Jean-Francois Danican

Playing Career

  • Winner of national championship u16, Guadeloupe, French West-Indies
  • Winner of national Champonship u18 Guadeloupe, French West Indies
  • National team player with Guadeloupe
  • Winner of Men’s prize money Events (more than 40 events, Guadeloupe)
  • Winner of  Individual University championship in Martinique
  • Winner of 1st Division national team championship, Martinique
  • Winner of Men’s open money tournament in Meribel, Tignes,Paris…France
  • Winner of team Antilles-Guyanne championship
  • Winner of the Men’s tennis player of the year award, twice in four years, South Atlantic Conference, NCAA
  • 4 times all-conference
  • Winner of the South Carolina NCCA tournament
  • Ranked n9 in NCAA, USA.
  • Selected to the playoff of the national Rolex tournament,Memphis, Tenessee
  • Team Captain
  • Winner of Men’s events in Jebel Ali
  • Winner Of Marbella event in Sharjah
  • Winner Of Al Wasl Mens events and many others in Dubai
  • Winner of Nations cup with France team, Dubai


  • French Brevet des college, College de Capesterre, Guadeloupe
  • French Baccalureate, Lycee des droits de l’homme, Guadeloupe
  • Associate Degree, English Litterature, uNIVERSITE Antilles- Guyane, Martinique
  • Bachelor in Business Administration, Minor sports management, Mars Hill College, USW


  • PTR as a Professional (Professional tennis registry)
  • GPTCA (Global Professional Tennis certification Association)
  • PBI (Peter Burnwash International)
  • ITF (International tennis federation)
  • Participated in many workshops, International tennis Symposium in South Carolina, Olympic Committee, ITF workshops……

Place worked

  • Country club of Schoelcher, Martinique, Assistant coach ( development of mini-tennis,  juniors as well as adults)
  • Van Der MEER tennis Academy, Hilton Head, SC, USA (worked with top ATP, WTA, ITF, Davis cup and fed cup players)
  • Saddlebrook Resort, Hopman Tennis, Tampa, USA (training place for Pete Sampras, James Blake, Jennifer Capriati, Monica Seles, Justine Henin, Ana Kounikova…)
  • Al Wasl Sports Club, Head Coach, Dubai (winner of the men’s national league 9 years in a row, develop the very best player in the country, best tennis program)

Emirates Tennis Academy, Co-Owner, Head Coach

Players worked with

  • Marcos Ondruska (ATP N27)
  • Grant Stafford (ATP 53)
  • Radoslav Lukaev (ITF 21, ATP 229)
  • Aniko Kapros (n2 junior in the world, N 44 WTA)
  • Evgenia Subbotina (WTA 382)
  • Abdullah Magdas (Koweit davis cup, ATP 496)

Hitting with many ATP/WTA players including:

  • Martina Hingins (former n1 WTA)
  • Grigor Dimitrov (
  • Jelena Dokic
  • Julien Maes ( former n1 player I the world u 16, French national team)
  • Olivier Tauma ( French national team u 18)
  • Rudy Coco (ATP 382)
  • Anthony Laporte (ATP 604, former n 2 French junior player)

Coached and Developed

  • Amirvala Madanchi, Iranian Davis cup player ( n1 player in UAE,top 200 ITF, ATP 1061)
  • Omar Behroozian, (N1 uae player)
  • Mehdi Darlys (top 10 French junior player)
  • Alexey Poperyn, (top 100 ITF, Australian Junior Davis cup team)
  • Karim Najia (Lebanon national team, n1 player uae u 10, 12, 14, ITF ranked)
  • Rekeeta Peirera (n1 Asia u14, Itf ranked)
  • Brent Dixon (n1 uae under 18)
  • Alvaro Bueno (n1 uae u16, ITF ranked)
  • Alex Smith (n1 uae, u 16, ITF ranked)
  • Adham Gabr (n1 uae u 16, ITF ranked)
  • Amira Kamber (1st uae girl in the history to get a junior world ranking)
  • Ashkan Shehariz (Iran junior national team, n1 u18 UAE, ITF ranked)
  • Kirk Rebuyas (top 300 itf)
  • Ishaan Choubal (n 1 u18 UAE)
  • Noah Chapman (N1 under 18 UAE)
  • Marwan Al Kaisi (winner nike junior team, Irak National Team)
  • Sasha Aldred (winner nike junior tour)
  • Pierre Renaudie (winner nike junior tour)
  • and many others..

Worked with 3 out of 5 Master coaches in the US:

  • Dennis Van Der Meer
  • Alvaro Betancur
  • Billy Stearns

Also assistant of Dr. Louie Cap (PTR Master professional and tester)

  • Clinic with Francis Roig (Rafael Nadal coach), Mark Tennant (ITF lecturer)

Dubai ATP Open

Coached :

  • Fabrice Martin (winner of Borna Coric top 30 ATP)
  • Omar Behroozian
  • Mohamed Al Nuaimi

Organized ATP Kids day in Dubai Open:

  • Main Players: Ivo Karlovic
  •                        Isam Queshi
  •                        Rohan Bopanna
  •                        Andrea Pektovic
Organized and travelled to  tennis camps and tournaments trips tour for Juniors &ITF, ATP players in ;
  • (Spain, France, india, Qatar , Lebanon, Dominican Republic, USA, Canada, Curacao, Tunisia, Martinique, Guadeloupe, France, Koweit, Saudi, Qatar, )
Current coach of amirvala Madanchi top player in the country (for past 10 years).
Emirates tennis Academy voted the second best place to play tennis in UAE. I have developed the top players in the country for past 15 years and worked in two of the top academies in the us.