The Best tennis academies in the world 2020

It is often wondered which are the best tennis academies for children. This can be a difficult question to answer as there are many factors to consider when choosing an academy

  • Location
  • Number and types of courts
  • Training
  • coach-player relation
  • Training methology
  • Access to education
  • Opportunity to travel to tournaments
  • Accommodation
  • Life skills, mentoring and more

The best tennis academies in the world 2020

There are many academies recognized around the world, most of them in Europe, especially in Spain, but all of them can give different results. We recommend that you spend time talking to players and parents who have spent time at the academies to learn as much as possible about them and see which is the best option. Before you start, I would recommend that you get to know all the types of tennis courts that exist so that you know which ones are best for your child.

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So if I'm an adult I can't do tennis lessons at these academies? Of course you can! All tennis academies mentioned in this article have a school for children/young people and another one for older adults.

Piatti Tennis Center (Bordighera IM, Italy)

piatti tennis club

The Piatti Tennis Centre is always described by the word “Family”. The players who train there feel like a family. At Piatti, the atmosphere seems fun and friendly but the intensity is high. It is based on the Italian Riviera between San Remo and Nice, so the climate is pleasant all year round.

Riccardo Piatti has been getting the most out of players since the late 1980s. He has worked with many of the best Italian players of the past to enter the top 20, as well as Ivan Ljubičić (ATP 954 – ATP 3), Richard Gasquet (ATP 31 – ATP 9), Milos Raonic (ATP 11 – ATP 3). He also worked briefly with Novak Djokovic and currently works with Borna Coric who at 22 has an ATP 13 ranking.

Type of court
Exterior
Interior
Hard court
2
2
Clay court
2 (in nearby club)
0
Info
Head Coach
Riccardo Piatti
Total coaches
25 (many of these travel full time with pro players, that’s why there are so many)
Gym?
yes
Pool?
No
Restaurant?
Yes
Accommodation?
No
ATP players
Borna Coric, Viktor Galovic, Thomas Fabbiano, Simone Bolelli, Jannik Sinner, Zhizhen Zhang.
WTA players
None
ITF under 18
Jannik Sinner, Ela Milic, Tea Lukic, Branko Djuric
Under 14
Ela Milic, Branko Djuric, Tyra Grant, Noah Canonico
Total number of athletes
40/45 full time and many more during the year
Nearby airports and distance
 Nice Airport/ 45 min

Alexander Waske Tennis-University (Offenbach am Main, Germany)

tennis academy alexander waske germany

“Made in Germany” describes the quality that the Alexander Waske Tennis Academy has been delivering since 2010.

Focusing on individuality and intensity, the German academy has been working with several champions such as Kerber, Petkovic, Martic, Melzer, Haas, Berankis, but has also been successful in building juniors from an early age. For example, Jonas Forejtek ( #1 ITF 2019, junior AO and Wimbledon doubles champion, junior US Open singles champion), Karlis Ozolins (#6 ITF), Stefan Popovic (#124 ITF) Jule Niemeier, Sumit Nagal (junior Wimbledon doubles champion) and more.

The system of having only two players per court, with a responsible coach ensures focus on the individual needs of each player.

Events such as the Christmas Battle, the weekly game day, the annual football match and leisure activities create a team spirit that is felt throughout the club.

Traveling with the players, besides training at the academy is one more thing that makes the Tennis Club special.

All the coaches at the tennis club do their job with passion, following their philosophy and including their own training methodology.

Type of court
Exterior
Interior
Hard court
4
4
Clay court
5
0
Info
Head coach
Björn Simon
Total coaches
12
Gym?
Yes
Pool?
No
Restaurant?
Yes
ATP players
Mmoh, Bernelmans, Gunneswaran, Tatsuma Ito,  Petzschner, Peya, Maamoun
WTA players
Petkovic, Niemeier, Kimmelmann
ITF under 18
Jonas Forejtek ( #1 ITF 2019, Junior AO y Wimbledon champion dobles, Junior US Open champion singles), Karlis Ozolins (#6 ITF), Stefan Popovic (#124 ITF) Jule Niemeier, Sumit Nagal (Wimbledon Junior champion doubles)
Under 14
Patel
Total number of athletes
30
Nearby Airports and distance
 Frankfurt Airport/ 20 min

Mouratoglou Tennis Academy (Biot, France)

mouratoglou France tennis academy

Probably one of the most famous tennis academies in the world along with IMG. Mouratoglou Academy has worked with the best Junior players in the world up to the best Pro players in the world. Founded in 1996 by Patrick Mouratoglou, the academy has grown into an incredible tennis academy with impressive facilities, great coaches and a high level of players. Patrick and Mouratoglou’s team have helped Serena Williams win countless Grand Slams and now, with the promising Tsitsipas in the book, it won’t be long before he gets a Slam with Mouratoglou’s help.

Type of court
Exterior
Interior
Hard court
13
4
Clay court
13
4
Info
Head coach
Kerei Abakar
Total coaches
More or less 25
Gym?
Yes
Pool?
Yes
Restaurant?
Yes
ATP players
Tsitsipas, Benoit Paire, Popyrin, Molleker
WTA players
Serena Williams, Cornet, Pavlyuchenkova
ITF under 18
Jason Tseng, Coco Gauff, Lorenzo Musetti
Under 14
Linda & Brenda Fruhvirtova, Rashed Naif
total atheletes
4000 in camp, 180 students/atheletes and 30 pro players a year
Nearby airports and distance
Nice Airport/ 15 min

Barcelona Tennis Academy (Barcelona, Spain)

barcelona tennis academy

The Barcelona Tennis Academy is a small family-run academy located in the coastal town of Castelldefels, home of football star Lionel Messi, just 15 km from Barcelona, 10 minutes from the international airport and 5 minutes walk from the beach. Thanks to the small size of the BTA, the approach to player development can be individualized for each player. Players are treated with personal attention.

There is a very close relationship between coaches, players and parents. Knowing the players so well allows the BTA to create individualized training programs for them, tailored to their needs and abilities. The priority of the academy is to help players reach their maximum potential. Training at the BTA is led by director Raphael Maurer (Switzerland) and head coach Jordane Doble (France).

Raphael Maurer, the director of the BTA, was one of the best juniors in Switzerland, training, traveling and competing with players like Roger Federer and Martina Hingis. He then played college tennis in Florida, USA, where he was twice All-American. Raphael trained some of the best junior players in the Americas, Asia and Europe, developing an academy in Asia and now in Spain.

BTA Head Coach Jordane Doble is extremely dedicated and passionate about the game. Jordane was one of the best junior players in France. She then competed on the ATP Tour, winning 7 Future tournaments, playing against players such as Nadal, Tsonga and Monfils, reaching a high ATP ranking of 385 in singles and 302 in doubles.

Type of court
Exterior
Interior
Hard court
1
0
Clay court
21
0
Info
Head Coach
Jordane Doble
Total coaches
5
Accommodation?
No
Gym?
Yes
Pool?
Yes
Restaurant?
Yes
ATP players
None
WTA players
Liu Min
ITF under 18
Amina Suleimanova, Paige Wise, Saara Kunakunova
Under 14
Daniel Tulgara, Elijah Burns, Viswasenan Navaneethan
total athletes
14
Nearby airports and distance
Barcelona airport/ 10 min

Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy (Manacor, Spain)

rafa nadal academy manacor

This is considered by me and by many the best tennis club in Spain and even in the world. Rafa Nadal has set up a large tennis centre on his home island of Manacor. With 26 courts, pádel tennis courts, swimming pool, international English school, museum and much more, it is a place with a lot of inspiration.

Type of court
Exterior
Interior
Hard court
19
0
Clay court
7
0
Info
Head coach
Joel Figueras
Total coaches
N/A
Accommodation?
Yes
Gym?
Yes
Pool?
Yes
Restaurant?
Yes
ATP players
Jamie Munar, Casper Ruud
WTA players
N/A
ITF under 18
N/A
Under 14
N/A
Total athletes
N/A
Nearby airports and distance
Palma Airport/ 30 min

Good To Great Tennis Academy (DANDERYD. Sweden)

good to great  tennis academies

Good To Great is a Swedish tennis academy owned and operated by former professional players Magnus Norman, Nicklas Kulti and Mikael Tillstrom. They call themselves the “Boutique Tennis Academy” where places are limited. The academy has 6 different programs available depending on the commitment of the young player. With their elite full-time program, the players train 9-16 times a week for 6 days. Performance group trainings will take place three to four times a week and individual fitness programs are customized per student.

Type of court
Exterior
Interior
Hard court
0
7
Clay court
7
0
Info
Head coach
Magnus Norman
Total coaches
11 full-time
Accommodation?
Yes
Gym?
Yes
Pool?
No
Restaurant?
Yes
ATP players
Stan Wawrinka, Otto Virtanen
WTA players
Rebecca Peterson
ITF under 18
N/A
Under 14
N/A
Total athletes
42
Nearby airports and distance
Arlanda airport, Stockholm/ 30 min

IMG Tennis Academy (Florida, USA)

IMG tennis academy

Founded almost 40 years ago, the IMG Tennis Academy is the world’s best known tennis academy. It has set the standard by which all academies are measured worldwide. They provide customized individual development plans and tournament programs for each athlete to succeed and reach their maximum potential.

Type of court
Exterior
Interior
Hard court
33
4
Clay court
18
0
Info
Head coach
Rohan Goetzke
Total coaches
N/A
Accommodation?
Yes
Gym?
Yes
Pool?
Yes
Restaurant?
Yes
ATP players
Kei Nishikori
WTA players
Danielle Collins
ITF under 18
Whitney Osuigwe
Under 14
N/A
Total athletes
N/A
Nearby airports and distance
Tampa airport/ 1 hr Sarasota-Bradenton airport, 15 min

Kim Clijsters Tennis Academy (Bree, Belgium)

Kim Clijsters tennis club

The Kim Clijsters tennis Academy as the GTG Academy refers to itself as a “boutique” tennis school. Led by multiple Grand Slam winner Kim Clijsters and one of the world’s top fitness trainers Carl Meas, the KCA provides a pleasant and friendly home for tennis players of all levels to sharpen their skills and progress in their level of tennis. It is often said how friendly the atmosphere is with the Clijsters family, making you feel at home.

Type of court
Exterior
Interior
Hard court
0
3
Clay court
10
0
Gravel court
0
5
Info
Head coach
Kim Clijsters
Total coaches
15+ full-time
Accommodation?
No, but they do offer a player’s house that’s only two minutes away
Gym?
Yes
Pool?
No
Restaurant?
Yes
ATP players
N/A
WTA players
Elise Mertens
ITF under 18
Whitney Osuigwe
Under 14
N/A
Total athletes
N/A
Nearby airports and distance
Eindhoven airport / 50 min Dusseldorf Intl  airport/ 1hr 20min Brussels airport, Zaventem / 1hr 20min

Saviano Tennis Academy (Florida, USA)

tennis club saviano

With over 42 years of world-class tennis experience, Nick Saviano knows a thing or two about tennis. He has helped train over 50 players who have pursued full-time careers in the ATP and WTA, including winners of the Grand Slam and the world number 1, champions of the Junior Wimbledon, US Open, French Open and Italian Open, 24 USTA junior national champions, 8 foreign junior champions and over 25 ITF junior champions, including winners of the Sunshine Cup, the Orange Bowl and Eddie Herr.

Type of court
Exterior
Interior
Hard court
N/A
N/A
Clay court
N/A
N/A
Info
Head coach
Nick Saviano
Total coaches
N/A
Accommodation?
No, but they do offer a house for the players that’s two minutes away from the tennis school.
Gym?
Yes
Pool?
No
Restaurant?
Yes
ATP players
N/A
WTA players
N/A
ITF under 18
N/A
Under 14
N/A
Total athletes
N/A
Nearby Airports and distance
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport / 30 min

BTT Tennis Academy (Barcelona, Spain)

BTT barcelona tennis club

The TENNIS ACADEMY BTT is a high performance tennis center located in the facilities of the Club Esportiu Valldoreix in the city of Valldoreix, near Barcelona. Founded in 2004 by Francis Roig, Alvaro Margets and Jordi Vilaró, the three of them continue to personally manage and supervise the daily running of the TENNIS BTT ACADEMY. They have reinforced their team with Alberto Riba who has brought to the academy all his experience in high performance tennis previously acquired in his position as Managing Director of the Spanish Tennis Federation. Also joining the academy is Leo Azevedo, an experienced Brazilian coach who has worked on USTA development programs.

At the BTT TENNIS ACADEMY each player is a project and as proof of this, personal attention is given to each student with a maximum of two players per coach and court, one of the aspects that best defines the quality of our highly individualized training programs.

Type of court
Exterior
Interior
Hard court
2
0
Clay court
16
0
Info
Head coach
Francis Roig, Jordi Vilaró, Alvar Margets
Total coaches
25 full-time
Accommodation?
Yes, only 10 minutes from the club with private shuttle.
Gym?
Yes
Pool?
Yes
Restaurant?
Yes
ATP players
Joao Sousa, Adrian Menéndez, Steven Diez, Zsombor Piros
WTA players
Ane Mintegi
ITF under 18
Nikolay Nedelchev, Ane Mintegi
Under 14
Alexander Frusina, Kaili Teso
Total athletes
30
Nearby airports and distance
Barcelona airport, 20 min

Anthony Harris Tennis Academy (Cape Town, South Africa)

Anthony Harris tennis academy

Founded in 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa, by Anthony and Dionne Harris with the dream of creating an African champion. The academy is mainly attended by South African children, but there have been children from Zimbabwe, USA, Germany, UK, Sweden and Kenya. This year (2019) Lloyd Harris, 22, who has been at the academy since he was 14, entered the Top 100 in the world.

Type of court
Exterior
Interior
Hard court
3
0
Clay court
1
0
Info
Head coach
Anthony Harris
Total coaches
4
Accommodation?
No
Gym?
Yes
Pool?
No
Restaurant?
No
ATP players
Lloyd Harris
WTA players
None
ITF under 18
Pierre Malan. Kholo Montsi
Under 14
N/A
Total athletes
20
Nearby airports and distance
Cape Town airport, 30 min

Impact Tennis Academy (Nonthaburi, Thailand)

impact tennis club thailand

The Impact Tennis Academy in Thailand is focused on being an Asian training base for ATP/WTA players, as well as providing the necessary foundation for juniors to pursue their dream of becoming professionals.

Being based in Thailand with many tournaments, low cost of living and a major airport nearby makes it a great place to train.

Their mission is:

  • Provide tennis training to young players so that they can achieve their goals and potential while enjoying training but always maintaining a high level of intensity (technical, mental, physical, play)
  • Responsibility-honesty: players will know what they have to do and how to do it to achieve their goals.
  • Teaching not only tennis but also life lessons and developing not only athletes, but people
  • Provide Atp/Wta tour professionals with a world-class Asian training base for use throughout the year
Type of court
Exterior
Interior
Hard court
6
5
Clay court
0
2
Info
Head coach
Stephen Koon
Total coaches
4
Accommodation?
No
Gym?
Yes
Pool?
No
Restaurant?
Yes
ATP players
Hyeon Chung, Lu Yen Hsun, Yuki Bhambri, Taro Daniel, Nikoloz Basilashvili , Wu Di, Yoshihito Nishioka
WTA players
Carina Witthoeft, Pranjala Yadlapalli, Riya Bhatia
ITF under 18
Jason Tseng, Dev Javia
Under 14
Aryan Giri, Aarav Hada
Total athletes
14
Nearby airports and distance
Bangkok airport/ 1 hr

Málaga Tennis club (Málaga, Spain)

Malaga tennis club

The Malaga Tennis Club is an ideal place to play tennis, with a very familiar environment, and coaches with +25 years of experience with a very close player-coach relationship.  This club offers tennis lessons all year round for players of all ages and levels. Several players have left here to start their professional tennis career by winning regional and national championships.

The climate in this city is practically sunny with high temperatures every day except for the occasional rainy day in colder seasons. The high performance summer camps train the players 5 hours of tennis per day + pool + fitness, thus creating better trained tennis players for competitive tennis, improving their technique thanks to the video recording sessions and video analysis of professionals for the players to implement in their technique when training.

Type of court
Exterior
Interior
Hard court
2
0
Clay court
7
0
Info
Head coach
Jose Carlos Lacambra Fajardo and Gabriel Haro Gordillo
Total coaches
+10
Accommodation?
No
Gym?
Yes
Pool?
Yes
Restaurant?
Yes
ATP players
N/A
WTA players
N/A
ITF under 18
N/A
Under 14
N/A
Total athletes
Many at summer camps and throughout the year
Nearby airports and distance
 Málaga airport, 20 min

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