When it comes to tennis camps, I absolutely love them. I spent a number of years at Harry Hopman’s Saddlebrook Tennis Academy in Florida. They were some of the best years of my life.
The hours of intense training, the opportunity to meet and spend time with other players,
not to mention relaxing in the spa or pool after spending all day on the tennis court, were
all part of what tennis has given me over the years.
If you are looking to improve your game, and you live in the USA, there are a whole range of camps to choose from -- junior camps, adult camps, summer camps, all year round camps -- you name it, you’ll find it somewhere in the USA.
From the tremendously popular nationwide NIKE Tennis Camps to internationally acclaimed Florida Tennis Academies like the Harry Hopman Saddlebrook Program in Tampa, the Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, and the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, I’ve put together an extensive list of some of the very best camps in the USA.
What I’ve done is divided the country into four geographical regions:
- Northeast Tennis Camps
- Midwest Tennis Camps
- South Tennis Camps
- West Tennis Camps
By clicking on the links above, you’ll be taken to a page that lists several popular camp options in your area. Look for camps that offer a combination of group play (4:1 on-court pupil/instructor ratio should be the max) and personalized attention.
If you're looking for specialized technical instruction, make sure that private lessons are an option. In group situations, it's very difficult for instructors to focus too much on your technique because it's at the expense of the other players in the group, who are also paying for the instructor's time.
If you can combine individual lessons with group play, your level of play and your fitness are guaranteed to improve as you'll hit thousands of balls for upwards of five hours a day.
Just make sure that you get yourself in great shape before you sign up, particularly if you're going to a camp where the weather is hot. If you're not used to playing in the heat, or if you're in poor shape, you won't get anywhere near the same benefit than if you're physically fit.