Tennis academies are quickly becoming the most popular centres for players of all abilities to train and compete. Over several years, academies have started to produce grand slam winners, and it is for that reason that future stars and current word ranked players want a piece of the action. With more scientific research on sport, academies are now able to provide the whole package, such as nutrition, fitness and psychology. Below are ten academies across the world that are renowned for its player production and facilities.
1. Mouratoglou Academy
No of Courts: 34
Based: Biot, France
Bio: French Tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou has worked with many up-and-coming players, including Marcos Baghdatis, Julia Vakulenko, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Serena Williams, Jérémy Chardy, Laura Robson, Yanina Wickmayer and Grigor Dimitrov. The academy’s goal is for its student athletes to learn to perform to the best of their ability. Whether on court or in class, goals are achieved through continuous effort, focus and determination
2. Justine Henin Academy
No of Courts: 19
Based: Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Bio: Justine Henin aims to pass on a range of values of sports training like courage, fighting spirit, respect and discipline. Players such as Anna Chakvetadze, Daniela Hantuchova, Yanina Wickmayer, Elina Svitolina and Monica Puig are just a handful of players to have trained at the Academy.
- Rafael Nadal Academy
No of Courts: 26
Based: Manacor, Spain
Bio: Rafael Nadal is still on the ATP Tour, and with this iconic status and incredible ability, it was a no brainer for Nadal to open up an academy in his hometown. The Academy combines tennis and education so that students can continue their professional tennis pathway without neglecting their academic studies. The Academy has its own training system based on experience acquired by Rafa and his technical team during many years on the ATP circuit, and including the values that have been significant to his achievements and success.
No of Courts: 50+
Based: Bradenton, Florida
Bio: Celebrity status coach, Nick Bollettieri founded the IMG after numerous successes with his players. The IMG Academy Bollettieri tennis program pioneered the concept of a residency program nearly 40 years ago and still sets the standard by which all tennis academies around the world are measured. Kei Nishikori, Maria Sharapova and Monica Puig are players currently training at the academy.
- Sanchez Casal Academy
No of Courts: 28
Based: Barcelona, Spain
Bio: The Sánchez-Casal Academy is considered as a well known reference for its unique training system established by coaches with worldwide reputation and for developing elite players such as Murray, Kuznetsova, Dimitrov, Hantuchova, Mónaco, among others.
- Spartak Academy
No of Courts: 17
Based: Moscow, Russia
Bio: The academy is known for training a number of top Russian tennis players who have gone on to win Grand Slam titles. Players such as Elena Dementieva, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Anna Kournikova, Anastasia Myskina, Marat Safin, Dinara Safina. Competition for places at the academy is notoriously high due to its rigorous training program.
- Bruguera Academy
No of Courts: 16
Based: Barcelona, Spain
Bio: The academy offer a unique and internationally reputed programme
that combines tennis, education and values. Bruguera Tennis Academy is endorsed by the career accomplishments of more than 25 players who have succeeded in breaking into the Top 100 in the ATP and WTA rankings, such as Sergi Bruguera, Garbiñe Muguruza, Juan Aguilera and Jordi Arrese.
- Kim Clijsters Academy
No of Courts: 18
Based: Bree, Belgium
Bio: When Clijsters opened the Academy last year it was her vision to bring together all the needs of tennis players under one roof. Yanina Wickmayer, Elise Mertens, Seppe Cuypers, Lara Salden and Phillis Vanenburg are a few ATP and WTA players training at the academy.