The Best Tennis Academies in The World

The worlds best tennis academies by Functional Tennis

We often get asked by parents what is the best academy for their kid. This can be a tough question to answer as there are many factors to consider when choosing an academy

  • Location
  • Courts
  • Coaching
  • Coach to player ratio
  • Heritage
  • What other players train there
  • Access to education
  • Tournament travel opportunity
  • Accommodation
  • Life skills thought and more

There are many recognised academies all over the world with the majority in Europe especially Spain but they can all deliver different results. We recommend you spend time speaking to players and parents who have spent time in the academies to learn as much as possible about them and see which is the best fit.

Below is a list of some of our favourites. We will add more over the coming months.

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Piatti Tennis Academy (Bordighera IM, Italy)

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

Mouratoglou Tennis Academy (Biot, France)

Barcelona Tennis Academy (Barcelona, Spain)

Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy (Manacor, Spain)

Good To Great Tennis Academy (DANDERYD. Sweden)

Kim Clijsters Tennis Academy (Bree, Belgium)

IMG Tennis Academy (Florida, USA)

Saviano Tennis Academy (Florida, USA)

BTT Tennis Academy (Barcelona, Spain)

Anthony Harris Tennis Academy (Cape Town, South Africa)

Impact Tennis Academy (Nonthaburi, Thailand)

Other Academies Coming Soon




Piatti Tennis Center (Bordighera IM, Italy)

Piatti Tennis Center - Recommended by Functional Tennis

I've spoken to many people about the Piatti Tennis Center and the one thing that is always say is the word "Family". Players who train there are made feel like family at Piatti, the environment seems fun and friendly but the intensity is high. It is based on the Italian Riviera between San Remo and Nice, so weather should be nice all year round.

Riccardo Piatti has been getting the most out of players since the late 1980's. He has worked with many past top Italian players getting into 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 briefly worked with Novak Djokovic and currently works with Borna Coric who at 22 years old has a ranking of ATP 13.

Their aim is to complete the preparation of professional athletes and young talents who approach a professional tennis career. They operate with a max of 2 players on court with 1 to 2 coaches. Many great such as Djokovic, Dimitrov, Wawrinka, Berdych, Cilic, Raonic and Zverev may be seen practising there throughout the year.

The estimated cost to train at the Piatti Tennis Center for 1 year €18500. They do not offer full board.


Court Type Outdoor Indoor

Hard Court

2

2

Clay Court

2 (at nearby club)

0

4 Courts in total on site with 2 with PlaySight technology.


Info N/A

Head Coach

Riccardo Piatti

Total Coaches

25 (This is a big number for the size of the complex but some of the coaches are travelling full time with players)

On-site Gym

Yes

On-site Pool

No

On-site Restaurant

Yes

On-site Accommodation

No

ATP Players

Borna Coric, Viktor Galovic, Thomas Fabbiano, Simone Bolelli, Jannik Sinner, Zhizhen Zhang.

WTA Players

None

ITF Under 18 Players

Jannik Sinner, Ela Milic, Tea Lukic, Branko Djuric

Under 14 Players

Ela Milic, Branko Djuric, Tyra Grant, Noah Canonico

Total Number of Athletes

40/45 Full Time plus many more during the year

Nearest Airport / Travel Time

Nice, 45 minutes




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

Waske Tennis University

"Made in Germany" describes the quality that the Alexander Waske Tennis-University has been delivering since 2010.

Focused on individuality and intensity the German academy has been working with several champions like Kerber, Petkovic, Martic, Melzer, Haas, Berankis but they have also been successful building juniors from a young age. E.g Jonas Forejtek, AO Doubles champion, European champion, Jule Niemeier, Sumit Nagal, Wimbledon Junior champion doubles.

The system of having two players per court only, with a responsible coach guarantees the focus on the individual needs of every player.
 
The Tennis-University is aware that being responsible for grown-ups means that you are also responsible for building characters and not only responsible for their tennis strokes. The players are mentioning that the personal attention that is given to them make them feel like home.
 
Events like the Christmas Battle, weekly game day, the yearly soccer game and leisure activities create a team spirit which is felt throughout the whole academy.
 
Travelling with the players, besides training at the academy is one more thing that makes the Tennis-University special.
 
All of the Tennis-University coaches do their jobs with passion, following their philosophy and including their own coaching mythology.
 
For costs to attend Waske you will have to directly get in contact with Waske as they did not provide me with this information.

Court Type Outdoor Indoor

Hard Court

4

4

Clay Court

5

0

13 Courts in total


Info

Head Coach

Björn Simon

Total Coaches

12

On-site Gym

Yes

On-site Pool

No

On-site Restaurant

Yes

ATP Players

Mmoh, Bemelmans, Gunneswaran, Tatsuma Ito, Petzschner, Peya, Maamoun

WTA Players

Petkovic, Niemeier, Kimmelmann

ITF Under 18 Players

Forejtek (European Champion), Inoue, Magun, Persson, Rakita, Ozolins, Stefan Popovic

Under 14 Players

Patel

Total Number of Athletes

30

Nearest Airport & Travel Time

Frankfurt Airport / 20 minutes




Mouratoglou Tennis Academy (Biot, France)

Probably the most famous academy in the World alongside IMG, The Mouratoglou Academy has worked with best Junior players in the world to the best Pro players in the world. Founded in 1996 by Patrick Mouratoglou, the academy has grown to be an incredible tennis academy with impressive facilities, great coaches and a high level of players. Patrick and the Mouratoglou team has helped Serena Williams win countless Grand Slams and now with the up and coming Tsitsipas on the book, it wont be long before he gets his hands on a Slam with the help of Mouratoglou.

They acknowledge that “most of the kids are not going to be champions” and ensure life skills and access to US Universities is a priority. They send "60 players every year" to American Universities on tennis scholarships and our number 1 in France and probably Europe for this. (2)

Mouratoglou quoted me €38,000 to train with with full board for the year but there are many options available and you can see the full price list here. With high demand for places applicants, being selected to join their Academy is dependent on a number of factors including, but not limited to, motivation, general attitude, tennis level, academic level.


Court Type Outdoor Indoor

Hard Court

13

4

Clay Court

13

4

34 Courts in total

Info

Head Coach

Kerei Abakar

Total Coaches

Roughly 35

On-site Gym

Yes

On-site Pool

Yes

On-site Restaurant

Yes

ATP Players

Tsitsipas, Paire, Popyrin, Molleker

WTA Players

Serena Williams, Cornet, Pavlyuchenkova

ITF Under 18 Players

Jason Tseng, Coco Gauff, Lorenzo Musetti

Under 14 Players

Linda & Brenda Fruhvirtova, Rashed Naif

Total Number of Athletes

4000 campers, 180 student-athletes and 30 pro players a year

Nearest Airport / Travel Time

Nice, 15 Minutes




Barcelona Tennis Academy (Barcelona, Spain)

Barcelona Tennis Academy

The Barcelona Tennis Academy is a small, family-oriented academy located in the seaside town of Castelldefels, home of football star Lionel Messi, just 15km from Barcelona, 10 minutes from the international airport and a 5-minute walk to the beach. Thanks to BTA’s small size, the approach to players’ development can be individualised to each player. Players are treated with personal attention. There is a very close relationship between coaches, players and parents. Knowing the players so well enables BTA to create for them individualised training programmes, tailored to their needs and ability. The academy’s priority is to help the players reach their full potential. The coaching at BTA is run 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’s staff to help the children become better players and, most importantly, better individuals.

Raphael Maurer, BTA’s Director, was a top ranked junior in Switzerland, training, traveling and competing with players such as Roger Federer and Martina Hingis. He then played College Tennis in Florida, USA, where he was a 2-time All-American. Raphael coached some of the best junior players in America, Asia and Europe, developing an academy in Asia and now in Spain.

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

Yearly cost (10 month programme) is €24,500 which includes tennis and accommodation but not school. With school the total cost is €34,000.


Court Type Outdoor Indoor

Hard Court

1

0

Clay Court

21

0

22 Courts in total


Info N/A

Head Coach

Jordane Doble

Total Coaches

5

On-site Gym

Yes

On-site Pool

Yes

On-site Restaurant

Yes

On-site Accommodation

No (Apartments, hotels, host families)

ATP Players

N/A

WTA Players

Liu Min

ITF Under 18 Players

Amina Suleimanova, Paige Wise, Saara Kunakunova

Under 14 Players

Daniel Tulgara, Elijah Burns, Viswasenan Navaneethan

Total Number of Athletes

14

Nearest Airport / Travel Time

Barcelona / 10 minutes




Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy (Manacor, Spain)

Rafa Nadel Tennis Academy

Rafa Nadal has put together a great tennis center in his home island of Manacor. Filled with 26 courts, padel courts, pool, international English school, Museum and much more, this is a place with serious inspiration. It's said to cost €56,000 (4) per year for tennis, school and accommodation.

They have a mixture of junior and adult programmes and cater for all levels and you can spend from 1 day there to 1 year.

 


Court Type Outdoor Indoor

Hard Court

N/A

N/A

Clay Court

N/A

N/A

26 Courts in total


Info N/A

Head Coach

Joel Figueras

Total Coaches

N/A

On-site Gym

Yes

On-site Pool

Yes

On-site Restaurant

Yes

On-site Accommodation

Yes

ATP Players

Jamie Munar, Casper Ruud

WTA Players

N/A

ITF Under 18 Players

N/A

Under 14 Players

N/A

Total Number of Athletes

N/A

Nearest Airport / Travel Time

Palma, 30 minutes




Good To Great Tennis Academy (DANDERYD. Sweden)

The Good to great tennis academy

Good To Great is a Swedish Tennis Academy owned and run by former pro players Magnus Norman, Nicklas Kulti and Mikael Tillstrom. They call themselves a "Boutique Tennis Academy" (5) where spots are limited. The academy has 6 different programmes available depending on the commitment of the junior. With their full time elite programme, players train 9 - 16 times a week, over 6 days. Performance group training will take place three to four times per week and individual fitness programs are customised per student. (6)

Coaches follow players to tournaments and there is also an option of a personal trainer. At the academy the maximum player - coach ratio is 3-1. Facilities looks world class and they will soon be adding 7 new outdoor clay courts to their 7 indoor hard courts. They team with with an international school that understands the players need of flexibility and allows students to prepares them for college life as well as assisting them in finding a US college.

Their website doe not list any prices.


Court Type Outdoor Indoor

Hard Court

0

7

Clay Court

7 (Summer 2019)

0

7 courts in total at present (Feb 2019)


Info tockholm Arlanda Airport

Head Coach

Magnus Norman

Total Coaches

11 Full Time

On-site Gym

Yes

On-site Pool

No

On-site Restaurant

Yes

On-site Accommodation

Yes

ATP Players

Stan Wawrinka, Otto Virtanen

WTA Players

Rebecca Peterson

ITF Under 18 Players

N/A

Under 14 Players

N/A

Total Number of Athletes

42

Nearest Airport / Travel Time

Stockholm Arlanda Airport / 30 minutes by car




IMG Tennis Academy (Florida, USA)

IMG Tennis Academy

Established nearly 40 years ago, the IMG Tennis Academy is the most well known Tennis Academy in the world. It has set the standard by which all academies are measured worldwide. They provide customised individual development plans and tournament schedules to set each athlete up for success to reach their peak potential.

They've trained the best players in the world since Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Tommy Haas, Anna Kournikova, Tommy Haas, Monica Seles and more recently Kei Nishikori, Maria Sharapova, Ryan Harrison and many more. They've helped countless players commit to the highest ranked D1 college and universities in the States

For the most recent year, tuition ranges from $55,950 to $79,950 per year depending on age, boarding and grade of student-athlete (5)


Court Type Outdoor Indoor

Hard Court

33

4

Clay Court

18

0

55+ Courts in total


Info

Head Coach

ROHAN GOETZKE

Total Coaches

N/A

On-site Gym

Yes

On-site Pool

Yes

On-site Restaurant

Yes

On-site Accommodation

Yes

ATP Players

Kei Nishikori

WTA Players

Danielle Collins

ITF Under 18 Players

Whitney Osuigwe

Under 14 Players

N/A

Total Number of Athletes

N/A

Nearest Airport / Travel Time

Tampa International, 1 hour dirve

Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, 15 minute drive




Kim Clijsters Tennis Academy (Bree, Belgium)

The Kim Clijsters Tennis Academy

The Kim Clijsters Academy like the GTG Academy refers to itself as a "boutique" tennis academy (6). Run by multiple grand slam winner Kim Clijsters and one of the best fitness trainers in the world Carl Meas, the KCA provides a nice friendly home for all levels of tennis players to hone their skills and progress their tennis level. I've heard a few people say how friendly the environment is there with the Clijsters family making you feel like you are at home.


Court Type Outdoor Indoor

Hard Court

0

3

Clay Court

10

0

Gravel

0

5

18 Courts in total with 1 having Hawk Eye Technology installed.


Info E

Head Coach

Kim Clijsters

Total Coaches

15+ Full Time

On-site Gym

Yes

On-site Pool

No

On-site Restaurant

Yes

On-site Accommodation

No but they supply a nearby player house which is 2 minutes away form the center

ATP Players

N/A

WTA Players

Elise Mertens

ITF Under 18 Players

N/A

Under 14 Players

N/A

Total Number of Athletes

N/A

Nearest Airport / Travel Time

Eindhoven Airport / 50 minutes

Dusseldorf Intl Airport / 1hr 20

Brussels Airport, Zaventem / 1hr 20




Saviano Tennis Academy (Florida, USA)

With over 41 years of world class tennis experience Nick Saviano knows a thing or two about tennis. He has helped train over 50 players who have gone on to full time careers in the ATP and WTA including Grand Slam winners and world #1's, Junior Wimbledon, US Open, French Open and Italian Open Champions, 24 USTA National Junior Champions, 8 Foreign National Junior Champions and more than 25 ITF Junior Champions, including Sunshine Cup, Orange Bowl and Eddie Herr winners. (7)

The academy offers many different types of packages to help suit your needs and have a maximum 4 to 1 player to coach ratio.

2018 prices for a full year (9 months) were $30500 without school tuition (7)


Court Type Outdoor Indoor

Hard Court

N/A

N/A

Clay Court

N/A

N/A

28 courts in total


Info N/A

Head Coach

Nick Saviano

Total Coaches

N/A

On-site Gym

Yes

On-site Pool

No

On-site Restaurant

Yes

On-site Accommodation

No but they supply a nearby player house which is 2 minutes away form the center

ATP Players

N/A

WTA Players

N/A

ITF Under 18 Players

N/A

Under 14 Players

N/A

Total Number of Athletes

N/A

Nearest Airport / Travel Time

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport / 30 minutes




BTT Tennis Academy (Barcelona, Spain)

 

BTT TENNIS ACADEMY is a high performance center situated in the facilities of the Club Esportiu Valldoreix in the town of Valldoreix near Barcelona. Founded in 2004 by Francis Roig, Alvaro Margets and Jordi Vilaró, all three continue to direct and personally oversee the daily running of the BTT TENNIS ACADEMY. They have strengthened there team with Alberto Riba who has brought to the academy all his high performance tennis experience previously acquired in his position as Managing Director of the Spanish Tennis Federation an Leo Azevedo, a Brazilian coach with great experience and who has worked in the development programs of the USTA also joined the academy.

BTT TENNIS ACADEMY is focused on ensuring that all their student-players particular individual needs are satisfied with customized training programs. Alberto Costa, Alex Corretja, Feliciano López, Fernando Verdasco, Marcel Granollers, Tommy Robredo, Teimuraz Gabashvili and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova are just some examples of top international players that have all put their trust in their academy over many years.

In BTT TENNIS ACADEMY each player is a project and as proof of this, personalized attention is provided for each student with a maximum of two players per coach and court, one of the aspects which best defines the quality of our highly individual coaching programmes.

BTT offers full year, half year and shorter programmes to suit players of all ages. From looking through their brochure the level and structure of training looks very impressive. They also offer international schooling.

I advise you check out their website for information on pricing.


Court Type Outdoor Indoor

Hard Court

2

0

Clay Court

16

0

18 courts in total


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Head Coach

Francis Roig, Jordi Vilaró, Alvar Margets

Total Coaches

25 Full Time

On-site Gym

Yes

On-site Pool

Yes

On-site Restaurant

Yes

On-site Accommodation

No but its near, only 10 minutes away form the academy with transportation service from BTT.

ATP Players

Joao Sousa, Adrian Menéndez, Steven Diez, Zsombor Piros

WTA Players

Ane Mintegi

ITF Under 18 Players

Nikolay Nedelchev, Ane Mintegi

Under 14 Players

Alexander Frusina, Kaili Teso

Total Number of Athletes

30

Nearest Airport / Travel Time

Barcelona Airport (BCN) / 20 minute drive by car




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 a dream to create an African Champion. There are mainly South African kids in the academy but there has been kids from Zimbabwe, USA, Germany, UK, Sweden and Kenya. This year (2019) 22 year old Lloyd Harris (not related) who has been at the academy since he was 14 moved into the Top 100.

They have established a foundation called match with the aim to make a tennis champ by helping kids from underprivileged backgrounds. They take them out of poor communities and coach them giving them hope in changing their lives as well as helping them turns their dreams into reality.

Standard fees for the 12 month programme is $10350 excluding the cost of international travel to tournaments. There is no tuition provided.


Court Type Outdoor Indoor

Hard Court

3

0

Clay Court

1

0

4 courts in total


Info Bar

Head Coach

Anthony Harris

Total Coaches

4

On-site Gym

Yes

On-site Pool

No

On-site Restaurant

No

On-site Accommodation

No

ATP Players

Lloyd Harris

WTA Players

No

ITF Under 18 Players

Pierre Malan. Kholo Montsi

Under 14 Players

N/A

Total Number of Athletes

20

Nearest Airport / Travel Time

Cape Town international / 30 minutes by car




Impact Tennis Academy (Nonthaburi, Thailand)

The Impact Tennis Academy in Thailand

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

In an environment Focused on development, intensity and integrity. They only take 14 students at any time and everyone pays the same. There is a trial period required for all new players with a focus on work rate and attitude towards learning.

Being based in Thailand with lots of tournaments, low cost of living and a main airport close by makes it a great location to train.

Their Mission Statement is:

  1. To provide tennis coaching for junior players to reach their goals and potential in an environment emphasising enjoyment, hard work and accurate guidance (technical, mental, physical, matchplay)
  2. Accountability- honesty : players will know what they need to do and how to do it in order to reach their goals
  3. To teach not only tennis but life/character lessons and develop not only athletes but people
  4. To provide Atp/Wta touring pros with a world class Asian training base for them to use throughout the year

Estimated yearly costs are US$15,000 excluding accommodation, schooling and food.


Court Type Outdoor Indoor

Hard Court

6

5

Clay Court

0

2

13 courts in total


Info Bar

Head Coach

Stephen Koon

Total Coaches

4

On-site Gym

Yes

On-site Pool

No

On-site Restaurant

Yes

On-site Accommodation

No (Preferred rates with Ibis and Novotel Hotel next door)

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 Players

Jason Tseng, Dev Javia

Under 14 Players

Aryan Giri, Aarav Hada

Total Number of Athletes

14

Nearest Airport / Travel Time

Bangkok / 45 minutes by car




Other Academies We Recommend

Over the next few months we will add info on the below academies

ASC Sánchez-Casal Tennis Academy (Barcelona, Spain)

Bruguera Tennis Academy (Barcelona, Spain)

Soto Tennis Academy (Sotogrande, Spain)

Justine Henin Tennis Academy (Limelette, Belgium)

Tipsarevic Tennis Academy (Belgrade, Serbia)

Evert Tennis Academy (Florida, USA)

Rick Macci Tennis Academy (Florida, USA)

John McEnroe Tennis Academy (New York, USA)

Bob Brett / Fabio Lavazza Tennis Academy (San Remo, Italy)

Juan Carlos Ferrero - Equelite Sport Academy (Alicante, Spain)