infos on bolletieri academy needed...

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  1. christinamaniac7

    christinamaniac7 Semi-Pro

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    hi people,
    i tried to ask my question on another thread but there were yet no reply so decided to make my own!!! ;)

    i have planned to go to the bolletieri academy after this summer and to have some practices with their pupils for at least 4 weeks!
    now i've got a question about there and hope some of you experienced guys will have an answer for it ;)

    1.i want to have their short-term program for 4 to 6 weeks! is it possible to get any Wild Cards(of course by their help) for any kind of futures/challengers after that amount of time?
    i know someone who went there for 3 weeks ad they arranged a bunch of futures' WC for him in the USA??

    of course i have loads of various questions about there but right now am in a hurry,so i'll ask other questions the next time i logged in!

    thanks in advance...:p ;)
     
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  2. TonLars

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    The best thing you will gain from their academy is tons of time to play and conditioning. Youll pretty much be playing and conditioning all day as long as youre physically able to. As far as getting Wildcards that obviously depends how good you are. Many players who go to train there for a little while are professionals and so this person probably wanted some help from them and they got him in some tournaments by WC. Otherwise youll be placed into a group by your ability and youll train and play against those others in your group. This academy isnt going to turn you into something and make you improve immensely however. Youre not going to get much quality or quantity in instruction. But again, you will get physically worked from dawn till dusk, and youll be hitting a ton of balls in drills an matches, so through the sheer time you should be able to get to your peak and possibly improve a little from the experience. If youre really good, then they will work with you one-on-one more and if youre just not very well known then they can probably help you like they helped your friend. But most people arent that lucky and youre going to have to just enter those things and qualify/win to get even started.
     
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  3. christinamaniac7

    christinamaniac7 Semi-Pro

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    thanks tonlars for the comprehensive explanations of the academy!
    you mentioned above that they make you playing and conditioning as long as youre physically able,then what if i'm so much able to play more than 5 hours a day?? is it anything out of their daily program which i looked up on their website??
    and one more thing,you know i don't really want to go there with this mindset that they'll turn me into a special player and or make immense improve to my game... i just want to practice more and in the meantime have a chance to gain any possible WCs by their helpings,what's your opinion on this?? do you think it's the necessary mindset for everyone who wants to come there!??

    thanks again,
     
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  4. Forehand Forever

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    Mindset when I went to Bollettieri was to have fun. The week that I went down there was no tournaments but my friends and I had the best time down there. The pudding there is amazing.
     
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  5. TonLars

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    Youll literally be playing from morning until evening with a short lunch time break. If youre good like im assuming from what youre writing, they will put you with the other full-time players and youll be starting as early as 6:30am until about 11ish, and then youll get back out there at 11 and go until about 4ish. In my opinion thats a LOT of tennis and conditioning, especially if youre working hard. Most people arent accustomed to that much. Youll definitely be getting alot of practice. Again you should not count on getting these wildcards, unless you are a really good player with alot of potential and/or young and youre relatively unknown in the USA. You need to play the qualifying tournaments. If you have some good results right away then youll maybe have a shot to get a Wildcard and not have to work your way through like most people. The mindset I had going there was to get my game going as in getting to my peak playing ability, and play alot of matches to get ready for tournaments. I really was not impressed with their instructors and the drills they do, and I feel sorry for the kids that are invested in that academy since almost all except the special talents will only become marginally good players without the well rounded experience (tennis and especially non-tennis) a kid needs to develop and mature for the rest of their career or life.
     
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  6. Voltron

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    TonLars, are you still playing collage tennis? Or have you graduated?
     
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  7. Rpp

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    If you only want a WC there are other ways to get them. You should go to academy only to train hard and get better in your play. There you shouldn't worry about wild cards but maybe you will see there is any reason to ask for one. Especially for challengers you should be pretty good, by then you have qualified for Futures many times.
     
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    thanks everyone for the helping...
     
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    does anyone have anyother way to get a WC?? is it sellable?? if so,how much would it cost? (i heard some of challengers do sell it!)
    thanks in advance...
     
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  10. Rpp

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    It is against the rules but certainly it happens. For a low tier challenger I would estimate you have to pay around 2000 USD. One player who has much more information about this is Jochen Matcshke from Germany. He has played in so many challengers and I think he never won a match.
     
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    does anyone else have any other idea??
     
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    Actually earn your way into the tournament?

    Just a guess.

    J
     
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    Most of the players don't pay to get to the tournaments. They fight the hard way....if you are good enough you qualify to Futures, earn your first points and then move to the next level.
     
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    well i guess i can compete at futures and challengers! but i don't know how to contact futures events and or how to play even the FU's qualies?? is there any way to get a WC for qualies??
    i sent many mails to some of FU organisers but never got a reply!!!:-(
     
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  15. fgs

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    christinamaniac7,
    you don't need a wild card to get into any quali, you need an ipin from the itf (www.itftennis.com) and then you can register online for the tournament of your choice. if there are not lots of registrations of ranked players, you can get your spot in the qualies and there you go. best of luck.
     
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  16. christinamaniac7

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    thanks FGS for the great help! i didn't know that i can enter futures without WC for at least qualies! i've registered for IPIN and cuz i still don't have a master/credit card i have to pay them on the first t'ment i'll participate. i just don't know how to do so??
     
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    christinamaniac7,
    one option would be to use your parents' credit card, the other one would be to obtain that ipin on-site. some tournaments allow for such on-line registration from the tournament site, and this goes for payment as well - i think though that this way is a little bit more expensive (not sure!). check it out and good luck.
     
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  18. christinamaniac7

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    THANKS AGAIN,I SAW FROM YOUR PROFILE THAT YOU'RE FROM ROMANIA,CAN I GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU VIA MAIL OR PMs TO ASK SOME IMPORTANT QUESTIONS ABOUT THERE? CUZ I PLAN TO GO TO ONE EUROPEAN COUNTRY AFTER THIS SUMMER...SO I NEED MORE INFOS!:p
     
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    any thoughts?
     
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  20. sasuke32495

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    does anyone know how much a month at bollitieri's camp is?
     
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  21. Rpp

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    1595usd per week full board....their website probably has the full price list.
     
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  22. fgs

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    christinamaniac7,
    sorry for the delayed answer - have been on holidays.
    yes, mail at fg-schmidt@hotmail.com and hopefully i can answer your questions.
     
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  23. sasuke32495

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    damn thats alot of money
     
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