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Photo: El Gancho director of tennis Michael Polasek, center, works with 11-year-old Nick Hansen, back, as Elliot Palestine, 15, practices at the indoor courts.

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gpw

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Jul 4, 2009
 
what does a membership cost? El Gancho's website doesn't post prices.
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Shot of adrenaline? El Gancho is a sinking ship. When El Gancho lost Warren Fulgenzi it lost its future in tennis. When Fulgenzi left El Gancho, he left the table set and Polasek pulled right up to eat off of it.
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If you want a membership, plenty of former members are only too glad to sell you theirs. The place turns out to be more disappointing than you'd expect. Chavez Center has it all, and at a fraction of the price.
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new mexico tennis wrote:
Shot of adrenaline? El Gancho is a sinking ship. When El Gancho lost Warren Fulgenzi it lost its future in tennis. When Fulgenzi left El Gancho, he left the table set and Polasek pulled right up to eat off of it.
Many years ago after my heart problem was discovered, I used to take tennis lessons from anther fella by the name of Ricardo Omana that was an excellent professional tennis player at El Gancho Whatever happen to him? This guy was defintely a gem for this El Gancho Fitness Center. I think he used to work with Warren Fulgenzzi many years ago. El Gancho Fitness Center needs to recruit more tennis pro's outside of Santa Fe like this Ricardo Omana in order to enhance their Tennis Program. Anyone out there know how to get in contact with this Omana fella?
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Jul 5, 2009
 
who cares ,just a bunch of arrogant twits.Take a walk through the facility and see how many members or staff say hello. Warren was down to earth and had a heart, and a hell of a good tennis player.
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Jul 5, 2009
 
gpw wrote:
what does a membership cost? El Gancho's website doesn't post prices.
We just got rid of ours. Fair warning however, the place is GROSS! I don't think they have changed the water in inside pool since i was a kid 35 years ago; there is hair, snot and green algae in it. The restrooms are sickening.

How that place makes it is a real wonder to me.
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Jul 5, 2009
 
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We just got rid of ours. Fair warning however, the place is GROSS! I don't think they have changed the water in inside pool since i was a kid 35 years ago; there is hair, snot and green algae in it. The restrooms are sickening.
How that place makes it is a real wonder to me.
Report them to the health department.
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Jul 5, 2009
 
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If you want a membership, plenty of former members are only too glad to sell you theirs. The place turns out to be more disappointing than you'd expect. Chavez Center has it all, and at a fraction of the price.
Knock, knock helloooo. The article is about tennis. There is no tennis at Chavez. Ever been there?
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Jul 5, 2009
 
Anyone that knows tennis in New Mexico knows that Fulgenzi is synonymous with tennis. El Gancho was the "club" people went to to improve their tennis not because of the facilities but because of Fulgenzi. Now Shelleberger not only has the best facilities in town, but now the best pro in the state, plus the future in New Mexico tennis in his kids too. Does El Gancho really think Polasek is in it for the long run or could he just be passing his time as a poser? Nonetheless, that's El Gancho's problem.
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Wow... this article was the biggest joke. When Mr.Polasek says that tennis was almost "Nonexsistent" at El Gancho he is only fooling himself! And anyone who has been or is a member at El Gancho KNOWS that Polasek simply walked into a strong tennis program built by Warren Fulgenzi.
Losing WF was great

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Shot of adrenaline? El Gancho is a sinking ship. When El Gancho lost Warren Fulgenzi it lost its future in tennis. When Fulgenzi left El Gancho, he left the table set and Polasek pulled right up to eat off of it.
Hahahahahaha!!! Clearly you are not a tennis player. You think Warren "give me all your money because I think I'm God even though I've never left New Mexico" Fulgenzi was a loss?? The place now has way more for us tennis players to do and a lot more social activities. Two grand new courts have been put in this year and the facilities upgraded. Much more has been accomplished under the current director than ever under Warren.

Oh BTW the club has gotten a full facelift over the last 6 months. If you think the Chavez center is better, you're kidding yourself.
Losing WF was great

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Jul 8, 2009
 
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Wow... this article was the biggest joke. When Mr.Polasek says that tennis was almost "Nonexsistent" at El Gancho he is only fooling himself! And anyone who has been or is a member at El Gancho KNOWS that Polasek simply walked into a strong tennis program built by Warren Fulgenzi.
Stay at Shellaberger and watch the programs disintegrate. Warren managed to drive quite a few players over there when he was at EG.
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Losing WF was great wrote:
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Hahahahahaha!!! Clearly you are not a tennis player. You think Warren "give me all your money because I think I'm God even though I've never left New Mexico" Fulgenzi was a loss?? The place now has way more for us tennis players to do and a lot more social activities. Two grand new courts have been put in this year and the facilities upgraded. Much more has been accomplished under the current director than ever under Warren.
Oh BTW the club has gotten a full facelift over the last 6 months. If you think the Chavez center is better, you're kidding yourself.
SO they did a 'full facelift?' Did they bother to change the water in the pools and, perhaps, clean the bathrooms? That place is gross and just shows how desperate people in SF are for a pool, any pool! This city, of 70,000 only has ONE public outdoor pool. Why?
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Losing WF was great wrote:
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Hahahahahaha!!! Clearly you are not a tennis player. You think Warren "give me all your money because I think I'm God even though I've never left New Mexico" Fulgenzi was a loss?? The place now has way more for us tennis players to do and a lot more social activities. Two grand new courts have been put in this year and the facilities upgraded. Much more has been accomplished under the current director than ever under Warren.
Oh BTW the club has gotten a full facelift over the last 6 months. If you think the Chavez center is better, you're kidding yourself.
Keep your social, status symbol membership. Facts are facts, and without Warren Fulgenzi see how competitive any leagues out of El Gancho will be. But social tennis is great. If you are a serious competitive tennis player striving to improve your game, you know Warren is the pro for you. If your just a social tennis player, have at it at El Gancho. You would have a better odds playing a slot machine at a casino, than paying money and hoping Michael will improve your game. But if you want to just put your money in, close your eyes, and pull the handle that's your perogative. Just don't fool yourself thinking your game will improve! And as far as never leaving New Mexico, you're obviously talking out of your hat. Michael is 10-12 years younger than Warren, but yet Warren has shown he is not only a better teacher of the game, but also a better player. Bring your pro from Timbuktu if you'd like, but there's no beating Warren Fulgenzi
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Losing WF was great wrote:
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Hahahahahaha!!! Clearly you are not a tennis player. You think Warren "give me all your money because I think I'm God even though I've never left New Mexico" Fulgenzi was a loss?? The place now has way more for us tennis players to do and a lot more social activities. Two grand new courts have been put in this year and the facilities upgraded. Much more has been accomplished under the current director than ever under Warren.
Oh BTW the club has gotten a full facelift over the last 6 months. If you think the Chavez center is better, you're kidding yourself.
"Hahahahahaha!!!" That sounds like a comment of either a fruit toot or a backstabbing weasel. Which are you?
EG give me all your money

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Jul 9, 2009
 
"Warren give me all your money?" How bout El Gancho give me all your money? The Cisneros family is the greedy one who wants to take all the money they can hold on to. Maybe that's why membership fees are not posted on El Gancho's website. I wouldn't pay a nickel to be a member of this dump that thinks they provide tennis instruction. Highway robbery!
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Keep fooling yourself wrote:
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Keep your social, status symbol membership. Facts are facts, and without Warren Fulgenzi see how competitive any leagues out of El Gancho will be. But social tennis is great. If you are a serious competitive tennis player striving to improve your game, you know Warren is the pro for you. If your just a social tennis player, have at it at El Gancho. You would have a better odds playing a slot machine at a casino, than paying money and hoping Michael will improve your game. But if you want to just put your money in, close your eyes, and pull the handle that's your perogative. Just don't fool yourself thinking your game will improve! And as far as never leaving New Mexico, you're obviously talking out of your hat. Michael is 10-12 years younger than Warren, but yet Warren has shown he is not only a better teacher of the game, but also a better player. Bring your pro from Timbuktu if you'd like, but there's no beating Warren Fulgenzi
Michael was the South African junior champion and played all over Europe. He was actually able to make a living playing tennis and trained with current top pros such as Tomas Berdych. Warren has always favored his family and relatives over all other players in town and he always favors his own agenda. He does not truly care about improvement, but rather his paycheck at the end of each month.
Furthermore, if El Gancho is only a "social club", then why do all the best players in the city play there?? Michael is creating a strong tennis program that will only improve over time as opposed to Warren's which continually deteriorated.
It is thoroughly unfortunate that junior tennis in Santa Fe suffered such a long drought under the reign of King Warren Fulgenzi. Now, there appears to be hope for the future of our children.
EG give me all your money

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Shot of adrenaline? El Gancho is a sinking ship. When El Gancho lost Warren Fulgenzi it lost its future in tennis. When Fulgenzi left El Gancho, he left the table set and Polasek pulled right up to eat off of it.
Well put! Keep eating off the set table.
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Stay at Shellaberger and watch the programs disintegrate. Warren managed to drive quite a few players over there when he was at EG.
I remember that at Shellaberger, I met up with Mike Buciacha and his wife who were running this center. These two people knew their tennis program from the beginning prior to the new facility being built. The old tennis shop at the CSF was very well maintained and cared for by the Buicacha family, but the CSF Board of Trustees did not support him and he ended up leaving this center. This man made this place happen and he had a good staff on board that made alot of good connections with the community. Now, this place is down the hill and no longer a viable tennis center to really play good sports and anything else.
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Tennis wizard wrote:
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I remember that at Shellaberger, I met up with Mike Buciacha and his wife who were running this center. These two people knew their tennis program from the beginning prior to the new facility being built. The old tennis shop at the CSF was very well maintained and cared for by the Buicacha family, but the CSF Board of Trustees did not support him and he ended up leaving this center. This man made this place happen and he had a good staff on board that made alot of good connections with the community. Now, this place is down the hill and no longer a viable tennis center to really play good sports and anything else.
clearly you have NOT been to shellaberger and have no idea what your talkin about.

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