If you wish to learn how to play tennis, the best way is to find a private tennis coach. But if you're a proud parent of a junior tennis player, hoping for a scholarship or a professional career, tennis academies are your best bet. Tennis academies offer highly qualified tennis coaches, an individual approach for each player’s development, a good reputation, and reasonable pricing.
Here are the five best tennis academies for your son or daughter:
1.Sanchez-Casal Tennis Academy:
This Barcelona-based tennis academy was founded by a three-time Grand Slam doubles champion Emilio Sanchez Vicario, and his partner Sergio Casal. Since opening, this academy has become not just a training ground for future tennis stars, but also an educational institution. Some top alumni from the academy include Andy Murray, Juan Monaco, Feliciano Lopez, Janko Tipsarevic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Ana Ivanovic.
The Sanchez-Casal Academy has not only produced some of the great names of tennis, but they also pioneered many training techniques. Some of these techniques include the famous "Spanish drill," during which players are fed ball after ball from a distance.
2.IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy
This is possibly the most famous of all tennis academies, which combines innovative athletic training methods, with intense academic study. These teaching methods aren’t only honing your physical skills, but your mental capacity as well.
Nick Bollettieri, an American tennis coach that pioneered the concept of a tennis boarding school, still prides himself on his ability to spot a champion. This tennis academy has produced some of the greatest tennis players ever, including Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, Monica Seles, and Venus and Serena Williams.
3.Spartak Tennis Club
Spartak Tennis Club is a Russian tennis academy located in the surroundings of Moscow. It was a part of the former, soviet Spartak sports society, and as such, it produced several prominent names in tennis. The alumni it produced are Elena Dementieva, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Anna Kournikova, Marat Safin, and Dinara Safina.
Also known as Shiryaevka, this tennis academy features 15 outdoor clay courts, which remain open for four months during the year, because of Russia's cold climate. The rest of the year, students undergo rigorous, old-fashion training on the indoor courts. The academy's success rate in recent years speaks for itself, and competition for the place at the academy remains high, due to its rigorous training program.
4.Gorin Tennis Academy
The Gorin Tennis Academy was founded by Vitaly Gorin, who coached several ATP and WTA players and guided them to the Top 50. He also created more top professional tennis players from the junior division than anyone else in the world.
The coaches at Gorin Tennis Academy will work with you to determine your skill level and come up with a suitable training program. They have a proven methodology that can help your child reach their full potential as a tennis player by providing them with the best coaching and instruction available.
5.Good to Great Tennis Academy
Good to Great Academy was founded by Magnus Norman, Nicklas Kulti and Mikael Tillström – players that went from good to world-class professionals. After being among the world's best, these three now teach at the academy with a burning passion for tennis and player development.
Good to Great is a small academy with a limited number of sports available. They have nine full-time coaches that take care and travel with the players to various tournaments, with the 3-to-1 player-coach ratio. This way, the academy offers maximum possibilities for players to develop to their full potential.