Tennis Camps vs. Schools

You can greatly improve your level of tennis with the solid instruction offered at a tennis camp. Camp does not require a full-time commitment like a tennis school or tennis academy, but it can still be very beneficial. College tennis camps are a good choice, but there are also plenty of respectable private camps that aren’t affiliated with colleges.

Tennis, similar to golf, is a sport that also offers the possibility of long-term, intense instruction. At a tennis academy, like the well-known Nick Bollettieri IMG Academy, tennis players go to school full time, and work on tennis every day. The intense immersion in can certainly help you make great strides in improving your game, but that kind of high school experience isn’t for everybody. 


What Are the Benefits of Tennis Camp?

Attending a tennis camp or clinic is a good idea during the tennis recruiting process. Camp can help a high school tennis player in several ways.


  • College tennis coaches and former or current college tennis players are great teachers when it comes to improving your skills.
  • College tennis camps provide some exposure to college tennis programs, but it’s important for recruits to realize that the chances of being “discovered” at a camp are slim. However, coaches already familiar with you get the chance to evaluate your game more closely at tennis camp.
  • Tennis camp shows how you compare to other high school tennis players, and it can show you what tennis skills you need to work on the most.
  • A college tennis camp can provide a good feel for what campus life is like. You get a chance to live in the dorms, check out a school’s athletic facilities and experience aspects of the college that might just make it easier to choose a school when the recruiting process is over.


Choosing a Tennis Camp

Do your research when choosing a tennis camp, and decide if your goal is to work on your technique, or to gain exposure.


If you’re going to camp to improve your technique, learn as much as you can about the coaching staff. What’s their level of experience? Do they have a strong history of producing talented tennis players? Ask someone who’s been to the camp about the level of quality.


If you want to gain exposure, it’s a good idea to go to tennis camp at a college that’s recruiting you. Tennis coaches don’t really spend time scouting at camps, so go to a college where they already know who you are. Find out which coaches will be there, and reach out to them to let them know you’re coming.



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