Along with Texas and Florida, California has long been known for producing the highest level of tennis in the USA throughout the years. A big reason for that? There are countless California academies that function year-round due to immaculate weather.
Growing up and going to college in California myself, I have had personal experience with many of the academies we list below. My promise is that from my knowledge, I would send my own child to any of the academies listed below. And trust me, there are many that I had to leave out. There are many more great ones in the area, but these are the ones that we can vouch for most confidently.
Junior academies are a great option if you’re looking for something where your child can develop as a player and a person. It can be difficult to find all the information you need in one place, so we’ve made this article to lay it all out for you. Let’s face it, looking at Yelp reviews for tennis academies just isn’t going to cut it. This is an important decision, and you are much better off asking the experts. Luckily, we have experience with many of them and are here to tell you which ones are best.
Because California is such a large state, we felt it necessary to differentiate between Southern California and Northern California. We include information such as location, price, academy goals, and schedule.
The tennis academies featured in this article have proven to be successful by their track records. Each has a resume showing their production of high level players throughout the years. Most of them have been a training hub for future division 1 college players, as well as highly successful professionals. Whatever your child’s goals may be, these 10 academies can help to achieve them.
#1 – TennisPower Academy
TennisPower Academy is a world-class training facility located at Peninsula Racquet Club in Southern California. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and majestic Catalina Island, the Academy prominently sits on the cliffs of the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula. It boasts 12 fully lit courts with an amazing ocean view clubhouse and terrace, locker room and pro shop.
TennisPower Academy is owned and managed by Oliver Messerli, a WTA and ATP touring coach with 25 years of developmental experience. He has been the traveling coach of names such as Mary Pierce, Lisa Raymond and Jason Jung. The Academy is home to several current touring professionals that work closely with TennisPower coaches on and off the court.
Aside from tennis, training includes tennis-specific outdoor gym conditioning and fitness training. A physiotherapist is available to the athletes as needed.
TennisPower Academy is smaller than most boarding academies, which allows more individual attention for players to receive from their coaches. The academy prides itself on being able to tailor specific goals and objectives with the needs and personalities of each unique athlete in different stages of their development.
Attentive coaches guide professionals and ITF players on and off the court from technical development to physical and mental conditioning to tournament and travel planning. They also structure serious junior players toward their ultimate goals; whether it’s following a path to play college tennis or pursuing the ITF platform. Players are able to leverage on TennisPower Academy relationships with many college coaches and countless years of travel on the junior circuit.
The Academy offers a full training schedule year round for traveling professionals, home-schooled players and all juniors looking to attend an after-school program. Full-time programs account for 15 to 20 hours of training on court and 5 hours of conditioning and mobility/flexibility work weekly.