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nswelshman
06-11-2009, 08:11 AM
Many people come to rely on information posted in this forum, but really what are the truths about tennis academies in barcelona? All those who support or dispute please add your view.

Best Overall - Sanchez Casal

Beginners, Intermediates, Futures, Grand Slam winners. Sanchez Casal caters for everyone. Facilities are top notch. Coaches like to put smiles on faces. Schooling leads to university scholarships. Many liken Sanchez-Casal to IMG-Bollettieris with good reason. The best in the world have trained at both. Some of the most highly regarded coaches in the world train at both. But if you´re not on the right side of future champion, don´t expect them to make you or train you like one. Notable alumni: Svetlana Kuznetsova, Andy Murray. During the year noteworthy appearances by Rafa Nadal and Ana Ivanovic make use of the courts.

Best Professional Tennis - CIT/FCT Centre Internacional Tennis/Federacio Catalana Tenis

This is where real professionals and those aspiring to be professionals train. Lead daily by Albert Costa and Jordi Arrese and supported by the ITF, Tennis Europe and the Spanish Federation, players are exposed to intense personal high-level training. Training facilities including indoor courts, gym and pool are second to none in Barcelona. The centre itself has seen more professionals pass through its doors than can be counted including: David Nalbandian, David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez, Flavia Pennetta, Fran Schiavone, Shahar Peer, Janko Tipsarivic and is the permanent base to half of Spains Fed Cup team. If you want to be the diva of the courts, go somewhere else, this place will leave you feeling inadequate. If you want to feel true exhaustion from true training, this place is more than adequate.

Best Junior Tennis - CIT/FCT Centre Internacional Tennis/Federacio Catalana Tenis

The best juniors are shipped to the CIT from all over the world. Asia. Africa. Europe. America. Australasia. Number 1 juniors from all continents find their way there. The training centre of choice for its professional prospects and the chance to mix it up not only with others like them, but step up as hitting partners for the worlds best ATP and WTA players. Competitive focused juniors reach new levels unmatched by anything else in Barcelona. Sweat, blood and tears are bred daily there. Champions have risen from there. But accordingly so have just as many heartbreaks. Family of one current ATP Grandslam champion thinks it´s good enough for them, the question is, are you good enough for it?

Best Scenery - Bruguera Tennis Academy

Location: Idyllic. Air: Clean. Views: Vast. For all its claims to tennis fame, nowadays Bruguera still boasts the best in Spain, though not for its tennis. If you´re looking for a short period of rejuvenating tennis set in a mountain landscape, look no further. Tall pines surround the club and open up to an impressive Barcelona view. Many a local joins the academy members to take sun by the large pool and gossip about the day to day passing of life. If relaxation is a priority, look no further. If you come to Bruguera searching for tennis, more searching will be required.

Best Holiday - Bruguera Tennis Academy

Coaches here know the formula to smiles and can leave you with vacation memories of a lifetime. Players here learn what a real Spanish Fiesta is, becoming privy to the late night life of Barcelona. The person on the dancefloor looks like your coach? Bets on, it is. All nationalities are represented from New Zealand to Norway, Denmark to Dubai. Learn Spanish during your holiday while enjoying arguably the most friendly staff in town. A true family feeling Academy, many of the coaches spent the greater part of their life in this Academy and accordingly treat all players like welcomed guests in their home. The residence for what it lacks in modernity and comfort, makes up for with its friendships and sense of group. The academy needs more than a lick of paint to make up for its degrading facilities and horrific gym, but all this is of little focus when tennis focused applicants are in no great abundance.

Bumbaska
03-11-2010, 02:40 PM
Hi, I enjoyed reading your take on Barcelona Academies. I am sending my son to Spain for 3-4 weeks this summer. He is 14 yo and he has been playing for 7 years. He plays national tournaments in USA but he might not be good enough for CIT. Have you heard about other places in Barcelona like Elitennis orbProAB academy? Any ideas or recommendation? S-C is very expensive and I am afraid my son will disappear among hundreds of other players.
Thanks