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.

 

 

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.

His goal is to complete the preparation of professional athletes and young talents who are approaching a professional tennis career. They operate with a maximum of 2 players on the court with 1 or 2 coaches. Many big names like Djokovic, Dimitrov, Wawrinka, Berdych, Cilic, Raonic and Zverev can be seen practicing there all year round.

The estimated price to train at Piatti Tennis Center for 1 year is 20 000 USD

Types of tennis courtExteriorInterior
Hard court22
Clay court2 (in nearby club)0
4 courts in total
Info
Boss CoachRiccardo Piatti
Total coaches25 (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 playersBorna Coric, Viktor Galovic, Thomas Fabbiano, Simone Bolelli, Jannik Sinner, Zhizhen Zhang.
WTA playersNone
ITF under 18 years oldJannik Sinner, Ela Milic, Tea Lukic, Branko Djuric
Under 14 years oldEla Milic, Branko Djuric, Tyra Grant, Noah Canonico
Total number of athletes40/45 full time and many more during the year
Nearby airports and distance Nice Airport/ 45 min

 

 

Learn more on www.piattitenniscenter.it or in Instagram.com/piattitenniscenter

 

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.

The Tennis Academy is aware that being responsible for the players, means that you are also responsible for building professionals and not just responsible for their tennis hits. Players mention that the personal attention given to them makes them feel at home.

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.

The prices for attending Waske will have to be contacted directly with Waske as they do not display this information on their website.

Types of tennis courtExteriorInterior
Hard court44
Clay court50
13 courts in total
Info
Boss CoachBjörn Simon
Total coaches12
gym?yes
Pool?no
Restaurant?yes
 ATP playersMmoh, Bernelmans, Gunneswaran, Tatsuma Ito,  Petzschner, Peya, Maamoun
WTA playersPetkovic, Niemeier, Kimmelmann
ITF under 18 years oldJonas Forejtek ( #1 ITF 2019, Junior AO y Wimbledon champion doubles, Junior US Open champion singles), Karlis Ozolins (#6 ITF), Stefan Popovic (#124 ITF) Jule Niemeier, Sumit Nagal (Wimbledon Junior champion doubles)
Under 14 years oldPatel
total number of althletes30
Nearby Airports and distance Frankfurt Airport/ 20 min

 

 

Learn more on www.tennis-university.com or in Instagram.com/tennis_university

 

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.

They acknowledge that “most kids aren’t going to be champions” and say that life skills and access to U.S. universities is a priority. They send “60 players every year” to American universities on tennis scholarships and our number 1 in France and probably in Europe for this.

Mouratoglou asks for 40 000 USD for training with full board for the year but there are many options available. With a high demand for places, being selected to enter his Academy depends on a number of factors including, but not limited to, motivation, general attitude, level of tennis and academic level.

Types of tennis courtExteriorInterior
hard court134
Clay court134
34 courts in total
Info
Boss CoachKerei Abakar
Total number of coachesRoughly 25
gym?yes
Pool?yes
Restaurant?yes
ATP playersTsitsipas, Benoit Paire, Popyrin, Molleker
 WTA playersSerena Williams, Cornet, Pavlyuchenkova
ITF under 18 years oldJason Tseng, Coco Gauff, Lorenzo Musetti
Under 14 years oldLinda & Brenda Fruhvirtova, Rashed Naif
Total number of athletes4000 in camp, 180 pupils/athletes and 30 pro players a year
Nearby Airports and distanceNice Airport/ 15 min

 

 

Learn more on www.mouratoglou.com or in Instagram.com/mouratoglou_tennis_academy

 

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).

The Barcelona Tennis Academy offers a warm family atmosphere and is a great place to develop and grow as a young player thanks to the passion and dedication of the academy staff to help children become better players and, most importantly, better people.

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.

The annual cost (10 month program) is 28 000 USD which includes tennis and accommodation but not the school. With the school the total cost is 37 000 USD.

Types of tennis courtExteriorInterior
Hard court10
Clay court210
22 courts in total
Info
Boss CoachJordane Doble
Total number of coaches5
gym?yes
Pool?yes
Restaurant?yes
Accommodation?yes (but not on-site)
ATP playersNone
WTA playersLiu Min
ITF under 18 years oldAmina Suleimanova, Paige Wise, Saara Kunakunova
Under 14 years oldDaniel Tulgara, Elijah Burns, Viswasenan Navaneethan
Total number of athletes14
Nearby airports and distanceBarcelona airport/ 10 min

 

 

Learn more on www.btatennis.com or in Instagram.com/barcelonatennisacademy

 

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. It is said to cost 56,000 euros a year for the tennis, the school and the accommodation.

They have a mix of youth and adult programs and cater to all levels and you can spend from one day to one year. They also have a high performance summer camp for any type of player regardless of the age or level of play.

Types of tennis courtExteriorInterior
Hard Court190
Clay court70
26 courts in total
Info
Boss CoachJoel Figueras
Total number of coachesN/A
gym?yes
Pool?yes
Restaurant?yes
Accommodation?yes
ATP playersJamie Munar, Casper Ruud
WTA playersN/A
ITF under 18 years oldN/A
Under 14 years oldN/A
Numero total de atletasN/A
Nearby airports and distancePalma Airport/ 30 min

 

 

Learn more on www.rafanadalacademy.com or in www.Instagram.com/rafanadalacademy

 

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.

Coaches follow players to tournaments and there is also a personal trainer option. At the academy, the maximum player-coach ratio is 3 to 1. They team up with an international school that understands the players’ need for flexibility and allows the students to prepare for university life as well as help them find a university in the USA.

Their website does not include prices.

Types of tennis courtExteriorInterior
Hard court07
Clay  court70
14 courts in total
Info
Boss CoachMagnus Norman
Total number of coaches11 full-time
gym?yes
Pool?yes
Restaurant?yes
Accommodation?yes
ATP playersStan Wawrinka, Otto Virtanen
WTA playersRebecca Peterson
ITF under 18 years oldN/A
Under 14 years oldN/A
Total number of athletes42
Nearby airports and distanceArlanda airport, Stockholm/ 30 min

 

 

Learn more on  http://goodtogreat.se/en/ or in https://www.instagram.com/gtgtennisacademy

 

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.

They have trained the world’s best players from Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Anna Kournikova, Tommy Haas, Monica Seles and most recently Kei Nishikori, Maria Sharapova, Ryan Harrison and many more. They have helped countless players make a commitment to the top-ranked colleges and universities in the United States

For the most recent year, tuition costs between $55,950 and $79,950 per year, depending on the age, accommodation and grade of the student-athlete.

Types of tennis courtExteriorInterior
Hard court334
Clay court180
+55 courts in total
Info
Boss CoachRohan Goetzke
Total number of coachesN/A
gym?yes
Pool?yes
Restaurant?yes
Accommodation?yes
ATP playersKei Nishikori
WTA playersDanielle Collins
ITF under 18 years oldWhitney Osuigwe
Under 14 years oldN/A
Total number of athletesN/A
Nearby airports and distanceTampa airport/ 1 hr

Sarasota-Bradenton airport, 15 min

 

 

Learn more on https://www.imgacademy.com/boarding-school/athletics/tennis or in https://www.instagram.com/imgatennis/

 

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.

Types of tennis courtsExteriorInterior
Hard court03
Clay court100
Gravel Court05
18 courts in total  and one with hawk-eye technology implemented
Info
Boss CoachKim Clijsters
Total number of coaches15+ full time
gym?yes
Pool?no
Restaurant?yes
Accommodation?No, but they do offer a player’s house that’s only two minutes away
ATP playersN/A
WTA playersElise Mertens
ITF under 18 years oldWhitney Osuigwe
Under 14 years oldN/A
Total number of athletesN/A
Nearby airports and distance Eindhoven airport / 50 min

Dusseldorf Intl  airport/ 1hr 20min

Brussels airport, Zaventem / 1hr 20min

 

 

Learn more on http://www.sport.be/kcsportsandhealthclub/nl/academie/kcacademie/englishversion/ or in https://www.instagram.com/kimclijstersacademy/

 

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.

The academy offers many different types of programs to help meet your needs and has a maximum of 4 to 1 player per coach.

Prices for a full year (9 months) were $30,500 without school fees

Types of tennis courtExteriorInterior
Hard courtN/AN/A
Clay courtN/AN/A
28 courts in total
Info
Boss coachNick Saviano
Total number of coachesN/A
gym?yes
Pool?no
Restaurant?yes
Accommodation?No, but they do offer a house for the players that’s two minutes away from the tennis school.
ATP PlayersN/A
WTA PlayersN/A
ITF under 18 years oldN/A
Under 14 years oldN/A
Total number of athletesN/A
Nearby Airports and distanceFort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport / 30 min

 

 

Learn more on https://savianotennis.com or in https://www.instagram.com/savianotennis

 

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.

The MTB TENNIS ACADEMY focuses on ensuring that all individual needs of its student-players are met with customized training programs. Alberto Costa, Alex Corretja, Feliciano Lopez, Fernando Verdasco, Marcel Granollers, Tommy Robredo, Teimuraz Gabashvili and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova are just a few examples of the top international players who have trusted their academy for many years.

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.

BTT offers full year, half year and shorter programs to suit players of all ages. When you look at their brochure, the level and structure of training looks very impressive. They also offer international training.

Types of tennis courtExteriorInterior
Hard court20
Clay court160
18 courts in total
Info
Boss CoachFrancis Roig, Jordi Vilaró, Alvar Margets
Total number of coaches25 full time
gym?yes
Pool?yes
Restaurant?yes
Accommodation?Yes, only 10 minutes from the club with private shuttle.
ATP playersJoao Sousa, Adrian Menéndez, Steven Diez, Zsombor Piros
WTA playersAne Mintegi
ITF under 18 years oldNikolay Nedelchev, Ane Mintegi
Under 14 years oldAlexander Frusina, Kaili Teso
Total number of athletes30
Nearby airports and distanceBarcelona airport, 20 min

 

 

Learn more on www.bttacademy.com or in https://www.instagram.com/BTT_Academy/

 

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.

They have established a foundation called Match with the aim of making a tennis champion by helping children from disadvantaged backgrounds. They take them out of poor communities and train them by giving them hope to change their lives, as well as helping them turn their dreams into reality.

The standard fee for the 12-month program is $10,350, not including the cost of international travel to the tournaments. No tuition is provided.

Types of tennis courtExteriorInterior
Hard court30
Clay court10
4 courts in total
Info
Boss CoachAnthony Harris
Total number of coaches4
gym?yes
Pool?no
Restaurant?no
Accommodation?no
ATP playersLloyd Harris
WTA playersNone
ITF under 18 years oldPierre Malan. Kholo Montsi
Under 14 years oldN/A
Total number of athletes20
Nearby airports and distanceCape Town airport, 30 min

 

 

Learn more on anthonyharristennisacademy.com or in Instagram.com/anthonyharristennisacademy

 

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.

In an environment focused on development, intensity and integrity. Only 14 students are accepted at any one time and everyone pays the same. A trial period is required for all new players with a focus on pace of work and attitude towards learning.

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

Su misión es:

  • 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

The estimated annual costs are $15 000, not including accommodation, schooling and food.

 

Types of tennis courtExteriorInterior
Hard court65
Clay court02
13 courts in total
Info
Boss CoachStephen Koon
Total number of coaches4
gym?yes
Pool?no
Restaurant?yes
Accommodation?no
ATP playersHyeon Chung, Lu Yen Hsun, Yuki Bhambri, Taro Daniel, Nikoloz Basilashvili , Wu Di, Yoshihito Nishioka
WTA playersCarina Witthoeft, Pranjala Yadlapalli, Riya Bhatia
ITF under 18 years oldJason Tseng, Dev Javia
Under 14 years oldAryan Giri, Aarav Hada
Total number of athletes14
Nearby airports and distanceBangkok airport/ 1 hr

 

 

learn more on www.impact10nis.com, Instagram.com/impacttennisacademy or in Facebook.com/IMPACTTennisAcademy

 

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.

This is a very underestimated club globally despite having a amazing coaches who have seen everything in tennis, and know how to train professionals like no one else, I strongly recommend it.

The club’s website does not say the prices, you should contact them

Types of tennis courtExteriorInterior
Hard court20
Clay court70
9 courts in total
Info
Boss CoachJose Carlos Lacambra Fajardo and Gabriel Haro Gordillo
Total number of coaches+10
gym?yes
Pool?yes
Restaurant?yes
Accommodation?no
ATP playersN/A
WTA playersN/A
ITF under 18 years oldN/A
Under 14 years oldN/A
Total number of athletesMany at summer camps and throughout the year
Nearby airports and distance Málaga airport, 20 min

 

 

Learn more on www.clubdetenismalaga.com or in www.instagram.com/clubdetenismalaga/

 

 

 

tennis ball iconYou have reached the end of the article, now you should know the best tennis academies in the world! All of them are a delight, whatever you decide to have you or your child go to, you will not be disappointed. If you have any questions write it down in the comment section and I will help you.

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