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Girls Tennis Academy Overview

IMG Academy’s girls tennis academy is still referred to by many as the best in the world because of our team of dedicated and experienced coaches, strong attention to detail in each individuals’ customized tennis training program, and years of proven results. Since its inception over 40 years ago as Bollettieri Tennis, our girls tennis school's focus remains on overall development of each player, inclusive of pre and post- competition strategy, tournament selection, college placement, and tennis-specific technology and training.

Training alongside next generation juniors ranked among the top in the world along with current Top 10 professionals builds inclusive success that drives a passionate and competitive atmosphere unlike anywhere else. Diversity among student-athletes and the dynamic energy surrounding campus brings about the best attributes in each individual and offers a life-changing experience. Girls tennis academy student-athletes attain their goals as they’re provided with on-site resources and expert coaching oftentimes only available to touring professionals.

Program & Alumni Accomplishments

132 Combined Grand Slam singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles

23 D1 commitments in the 2016, 2017 and 2018 signing classes

1 ITF No. 1 ranking in 2017 & French Open Junior Champion (Whitney Osuigwe)

8 Girls Grand Slam singles champions

9 Girls Eddier Herr singles champions

26 Players who have earned top-10 WTA rankings

The IMG Academy Standard

It’s the competitive atmosphere and the unmatched intensity and drive within the courts that creates such a balanced and supportive culture around the entire tennis program, which remains unrivaled around the world. Paired with pristine academics, the tennis program emphasizes that keeping up with school work remains as important as competing at the highest level. With structured and tangible plans in place throughout the week, student-athletes and coaches feel comfortable communicating regularly and build relationships with each other that lead to individual success as an Ascender. Fundamental instruction leads directly to internal Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) tournaments while on-court training and personalized coaching results in steady growth throughout the year. Technical and tactical elements remain the focus, along with footwork, conditioning, mental toughness, vision training, leadership, nutrition, and speed and agility training.

Student-athletes utilize video analysis to review key elements of their games, and they also have access to off-court training programs developed solely for their specific skills. At IMG Academy, it's not about your starting level or ranking but about your goals and where you finish. No matter if a student-athletes aspires to join a high-level D1 program, attend a university of the highest academic regard, or compete on the WTA tour, IMG Academy's program understands how to create a personalized track for every individual.

Enrollment & Evaluation Period

Coaches familiarize themselves with a student-athlete's game as much as possible before she(he) even steps foot on campus through UTR, national, USTA, and ITF rankings, and videos when applicable.

The coaches create a plan and structure for a player's training program during their first few weeks as an Ascender. During that period, players and coaches will work on the below:

  • A physical evaluation
  • Addressing anything technical or tactical that may need improvement
  • Understanding what works best for each individual and develop programs accordingly
  • Competitive match play
  • Coaches seeing how each individual's style of play develops from drills to competition

Individual, Weekly Plans

Depending on a student-athlete's upcoming tournament schedule or previous week's play, coaches will create individual, weekly plans inclusive of in-house match play, drills and training, and performance elements like mental toughness and vision training. In-house tournaments (described below) are incorporated into weekly plans dependent on the student-athlete's overall tournament and travel schedule.

Weekly plans incorporate the following methods:

  • Establishing an objective and goal
  • Coaches increasing or decreasing intensity/volume based on pre-post competition
  • Situation sessions based on a student-athlete's upcoming opponent(s)
  • Coach/player meetings following the week to understand performance, next week's focus, and next-steps for improvement

College Recruitment

With the way the game is evolving, college is a huge part of player development. The prestige of the tennis program creates an unrivaled atmosphere for the college recruitment process and offers endless opportunities both academically and athletically. No matter the path a student-athlete hopes to take, the tennis program, along with the College Planning and Placement department, outlines a strategic plan for success at the next level, inclusive of the below:

  • Standardized test prep
  • College applications from enrollment in grade 9 through graduation
  • Working directly with a specific college advisor to confidently reach next-level goals
  • Creating recruitment videos
  • Creating a list of schools that suite the student-athlete both academically and athletically
  • Communication with college coaches through visits to IMG Academy, official, and unofficial visits

Tournament Schedules & Program Environment

IMG Academy's tennis program encompasses the world's most diverse and well-rounded competition available anywhere around the world. Student-athletes work with their coach to develop a tournament schedule that fits their level and needs, as each player's pathway to success varies. With the ability to outline the year dependent on initial skill level, ranking, and qualifying ability, if applicable, student-athletes feel comfortable entering each tournament with a structure and a plan surrounding them. Additionally, depending on the event, coaches may travel to tournaments with players. Tournament schedules may include:

  • ITF Junior Entry Level, Advanced, and Pro level
  • USTA (local and national)
  • UTR
  • Junior Grand Slams
  • IMG In-House Tournaments (details below)

In-House Competition

Because of the high level of tennis available from one location, including players from around the world, student-athletes are constantly challenged and have the ability to compete against different levels and styles at any time. Many of these in-house tournaments last throughout the year or for several months and build a camaraderie and culture around the program that's absolutely unique to IMG Academy.

UTR On-Campus Tournaments

Hosted 2-3 times/semester, Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) tournaments allow every student-athlete to plays matches to build their UTR rating. With every student-athlete competing and earning a rating, the level of play and intensity grows with each round. Although formal tournaments occur as scheduled, match play during practice oftentimes is scored through the UTR system, allowing student-athletes an opportunity to improve their rating year round. Format for the tournaments as follows:

  • Draws based on UTR rating with an average of 16 players per draw
  • Compass Draws
  • Guaranteed 4 matches
  • College coaches visit regularly during play
utr on-campus tennis tournaments

College Format Tournaments

One of the highlights of the year, these tournaments, hosted once per semester, create a college-like atmosphere on the courts because all levels and groups combine into teams for a chance to be the overall winner. Each team has a dedicated team name and coach, who can also provide on-court coaching during play. College rules apply, and the energy during this mid-week tournament rivals the intensity in many college towns. Singles and doubles play allows for student-athletes to gain experience in both areas, compete under pressure against any level, and play in an atmosphere where every point counts.

college format tennis tournaments

Masters Tournament

This 3-day event, hosted annually at the end of the spring semester, builds off of the prestigious tournament established years ago. With past winners including Maria Sharapova, Tommy Haas, and other top ITF, ATP and WTA players, student-athletes fight until the final day for a slot in the finals. Student-athletes look forward to this challenge every year, and the honor of being the Masters Tournament champion holds true for the year. Tournament notes:

  • French-style draw, with lower ratings competing first and higher ratings entering in later rounds
  • One girls draw and on boys draw, for two total winners and the ultimate showcase of international talent
  • Trophies awarded at the end-of-year banquet with the entire program
masters tennis tournament

Continental Cup

A high intensity yet fun event, the Continental Cup produces an annual evening showcase where teams are formed based on continents and compete against each other in a four day, round robin tournament. The Laver Cup-like atmosphere produces top performances, and student-athletes and their respective team and coach compete through two boys singles, one girls singles, doubles, and mixed doubles matches. The entire campus is welcome to cheer on their continent of choice and build a unique energy. Student-athletes under 14 participate in the Junior Continental Cup, which offers them the opportunity to compete in their own event and aspire to playing in the main tournament.

continental cup tennis tournament

Eddie Herr Wild Card Tournament

Prior to the Eddie Herr Championships, this on-campus wild card event offers student-athletes a chance to play for a slot in their respective age division (BG12-18s) in the main event. Each draw's winner is guaranteed a wild card. This tournament is an opportunity to not only earn a spot in a world class event, but to also play in an intense atmosphere that also counts towards the UTR system as well.

eddie herr tennis tournament

Athletic and Personal Development Integration (APD)

IMG Academy’s girls’ tennis academy student-athletes are trained to excel at all areas of their game. Vision training and speed and agility work give our athletes an edge on the court, while nutrition, endurance, and strength training help them to outlast the competition. IMG’s performance experts also train our girls tennis players in leadership and mental toughness to help build confidence on and off the court. Empowering female athletes remains an invaluable course resulting in preparation for that final match as well as those next steps after IMG Academy. This training builds confidence, leadership and toughness and addresses ways in which females may face challenges in today’s society.

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Technology & Facilities

  • 55 tennis courts (34 hard, 17 clay, and 4 indoor)
    • One dedicated PlaySight SmartCourt - track your practice sessions to an entirely new level with the IMG Academy PlaySight court, fully equipped with a console, video analysis and sharable content. Evaluate your game through video replay and streaming, service speeds, statistical data, tactical review, and stroke analysis. With coaches who can review the instant feedback and statistics regarding ball trajectory, movement, speed, spin and more, Play Sight aligns student-athletes with another added piece of technology to enhance on-court training.
  • Tennis-specific building with coaches' offices and rooms to analyze practice and match videos, meet with coaches or advisors, and
  • Covered turf facility for speed and agility training with specific coaches who focus on working with tennis players

Performance and Sports Science Center

  • Mind Gym for mental conditioning sessions and vision training
    • Fit Lights, dynaBOARD, and cognitive perceptive technology
  • Yoga studio
  • Strength and conditioning equipment
  • Classrooms for nutrition and leadership training
  • Athletic training facility for recovery and regeneration, including hot and cold tubs

TimTam Recovery Systems Modern Recovery for All

TimTam brings professional recovery tools to girls tennis student-athletes. Conveniently located on campus, the Recovery Center features tools that support training, accelerate recovery, and were specially designed by industry-leading doctors, physios, and coaches.

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All prospective student-athletes must submit a completed application, including academic records and recommendations.

Girls Tennis Program Tuition

For academic year 2020-2021, tuition ranges from $63,900 to $83,900 per year depending on age, boarding and grade of student-athlete. Go to our tuition page for the full sport-by-sport cost breakdown.

Girls Tennis Camps

A great way to learn more about IMG Academy is to attend a camp and see first-hand how to take your game to the next level.

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Notable Girls Tennis Program College Commitments

Student-athletes receive individualized roadmaps for reaching their goal of playing their sport at the collegiate level. This work begins when a student enters upper school at grade 9 and above.

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girls tennis program athletes

I’ve worked so hard through all the groups here at IMG. It’s made me who I am today. This is my home!

- Whitney Osuigwe IMG Academy Alumna
girls tennis program athletes

I’ve been at since I was 12 years old. IMG Academy is my home away from home. My best friends today are friends I made here at IMG.

- Heather Watson IMG Academy Alumna
girls tennis program athletes

I owe a huge part of my success in college to IMG Academy. The lessons and skills I acquired at IMG allowed me to be successful not only on the court, but off as well. Going straight to college from IMG, I knew how to be part of a team, get my studies done, work hard on the court, and still have a social life. I was disciplined but had fun.

- Mallory Cecil IMG Academy Alumna

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