Evert Tennis Academy

Louise_a

New User
Evert Tennis Academy

Seeing as there¬ is always a bit of interest in these academies on these boards, I though I’d give you my write up of Evert, where I spent a week this month.

Tennis:

The thing most people go for, well I was on the development program, which was said to include 1:1 coaching in the morning, but I only actually had one hour of 1:1 instead of 2. It think this was because it was very busy this week, but quite annoying, as I had paid quite a lot extra for 1:1. I had 2:1 for the other hour in the morning.
Afternoon was much bigger groups coaching, 3 or 4 in a group. I only played one match in the afternoon, but I the afternoon was more match play orientated. We played a few points or various match-style games. I did two hours of tennis in the morning and two hours in the afternoon.
The coaches did vary in quality, but I wouldn’t say that any were bad at all, it was just that some seemed to care about those who were of a lower standard (like myself) a lot more than others. Some I felt were happy to just have us hit balls and play games, and not really coach; others put a real effort into every lesson.
What I felt was a problem with the coaching was that you changed coaches for every hour in the morning session, so there was much continuity with your coaching. Each lesson you had to explain what you had just done ect. On the other hand, it meant you did get to try all the coaches, and then if you wanted more coaching with one you could just ask for an extra private lesson.
The overall standard of play at the academy was high, I was one of the worst people there, and I wouldn’t describe myself as a total beginner, it was just that the full-time kids obviously got a lot better and most of the short-timers were high ranked players in their country. Despite being one of the weakest players I never felt as though I was totally out of my depth. I would say provided you have had some coaching and played a few matches, don’t worry about what level you are.

Accommodation

I lived in the dorm, it was a nice building, but the actual rooms themselves were less nice. Each room was quite small and had four bunks in. With only 3 of us in a room it was pretty crampt. I guess if you were a younger kid, you might not mind so much, but I like my space and I could never really get away from everyone else in the room.
I also had a bit of a problem with the cleanliness of the room, there was a weekly clean, which did tidy the room up a bit, but with 7 people sharing a bathroom, and 3 in a room it got pretty dirty after 2 days, so I think it could have done with being hovered a bit more often.
The food was awful, I don’t think there is a better way to say it really. Everyone seemed to know that though, even some of the staff mentioned it. Fortunately, there was plenty of space to cook your own food, and they took you to the grocery store if you wanted to go. The fridge in your room was very useful for storing extra supplies! And there is plenty of take-out in the area too, that’s good.

Non-Tennis Stuff

Because I didn’t go during the summer camp, non-tennis activities were limited. On the first Saturday night we got to go to the mall for an hour of so, but between then and the next Saturday I did not leave the tennis place once, which was a shame because there was potentially so much to do it the beautiful area of Florida. In the Summer I am reassured that it is very different, and practically every day they go swimming, or to the beach.

Overall I did enjoy the experience, some of the coaches were truly exceptional and they made a huge difference to my game. I feel that 3 hours I had with one coach was more effective than the 10 hours I had in the afternoon with different coaches, he was that good. If you are looking to stay in the dorm, I would recommend it for younger kids (under-14) during the summer, but at other times, I would probably go as a non-resident, so that you have something to do other than tennis, and have your own space and nice accommodation. The courts themselves are very well maintained, all the staff were very friendly and it is located in a really beautiful area.

I don’t know if this rather long post is of use, or interest to anyone, but please ask any questions if I haven’t answered them!
 

Louise_a

New User
There isn't really anywhere in England where u can do that kind of thing... and it's cold and wet in England. Florida was warm, and i could shop!!

More seriously... well,, i guess it had the name and they seemed helpful when i spoke to them on the phone. I looked at some other camps but none offered the 1:1 coaching session either, and Evert were pretty good with airport pickups and quite flexible with when i could arrive and leave ect.
 

AndrewD

Legend
Louise,
Im just curious to know why you chose a tennis academy over one of the other options they have in the states (apart from the airport pick-ups). Are you a tournament player of some description or was it just for a bit of fun and the Evert Academy seemed best?

Anyway, if you're thinking of going again, this website might prove helpful http://www.tennisresortsonline.com/trofiles/Top100_2005.cfm
It gives you a run-down of the top 100 tennis resorts and camps in the States with comments by former participants. Also has a break-down of where each one excels.
 

Louise_a

New User
AndrewD said:
Louise,
Im just curious to know why you chose a tennis academy over one of the other options they have in the states (apart from the airport pick-ups). Are you a tournament player of some description or was it just for a bit of fun and the Evert Academy seemed best?

Anyway, if you're thinking of going again, this website might prove helpful http://www.tennisresortsonline.com/trofiles/Top100_2005.cfm
It gives you a run-down of the top 100 tennis resorts and camps in the States with comments by former participants. Also has a break-down of where each one excels.
ah right, well yes, i do play competitively, but i'm certainly not a very high standard so it was more for a fun holiday than seriously looking to improve my tennis. Evert did happen to look good, and i spoke to one person who had been there and he said it was good. I didn't really look elsewhere, other than sanchez-casal in spain, but i had heard some negative things about that.
 

chess9

Hall of Fame
I haven't been to a single camp, so my comment is limited to thinking about this experience and reading other's thoughts.
I have a coach in England (I'm American.) where I live off and on. I have complete faith in his abilities and he knows my tennis and athletic history, my preferences in racquets, strokes, and my weaknesses. These issues are very hard to understand and address in a camp, IMHO. So, I intend to stick with the local pro approach. For kids and beginners, the camp idea is sound.

Windmill Hill, on the SE coast of England is very good, btw, but is mostly fun. Take your lover or your husband, depending of course....:)

-Robert
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Uggs
 
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vinky said:
How expensive are these academies?


At least $1,000.00 per week, including room and board. Nike runs some summer camps that are held at major colleges. Instruction is done by college level coaches, some local pros and a few college kids sprinkled in. I think you can go to one of those camps (including room and board) for about $600.00 a week.

Some of the acadamies (like Evert and others) have full time students who live their, the price for that is pretty high.........I think you can find it on their web site.
 

AndrewD

Legend
Donnie,

How expensive are the other tennis resorts, not the academies? I mean the kind of place you go for a week of tennis but is geared more to your average club player?

I've seen the prices on the top 100 website but that's rarely accurate so thought you might know.
 

Geezer Guy

Hall of Fame
I'm not Donnie, but I've looked into several of them. The price can vary quite a bit, and what's included will vary as well. For instance, at Newk's you get almost 6 hours of instruction a day, 3 meals a day, and a private room. Other places may give you fewer hours of instruction, include fewer meals, and the room may be extra. Many places have different rates for different times of the year. Some have special 2-for-the-price-of-1 weeks from time to time as well. Some places specialize in having very extravagant meals - those bump up the price as well.

When you factor in all the variables on the COST side, and then weigh that against the quality of instruction that you THINK you'll be getting, it can be a tough choice.
 

SAMPRAS

Semi-Pro
:)
AndrewD said:
Louise,
Im just curious to know why you chose a tennis academy over one of the other options they have in the states (apart from the airport pick-ups). Are you a tournament player of some description or was it just for a bit of fun and the Evert Academy seemed best?

Anyway, if you're thinking of going again, this website might prove helpful http://www.tennisresortsonline.com/trofiles/Top100_2005.cfm
It gives you a run-down of the top 100 tennis resorts and camps in the States with comments by former participants. Also has a break-down of where each one excels.

HI friend i am looking for an academy canyou give me a site with many academies ,i can choose one PLS
GOOD DAY NOW :)
 
assessment

I live less than a mile from Everts and stop by ther quite a bit. My son boards at the development camp for 2 weeks, (non consecutive) in the summer. Louisa's asssessment is pretty much right on the mark. My son really enjoys the camp though. The kids play a lot of tennis and have a great time. After a week he comes home pretty tired.
One thing you must remember at all of these academies ia the fact that they are most interested in players that will become tour players or make a mark in the devision one schools. The rest of the kids do not get the same attention. If you attend an academy you will get out of it the results directly in proportion to the dedication and effort you put in. If you work very hard and show intensity and dedication and kind of stay in their face, you will do very well. If not they will be content to feed some balls, put you with leser players and let you roll along paying the big money. Remember that most of the attention will go to the IMG clients and talented hard working players, the rest of the kids primary function is to pay the bills.
 
AndrewD said:
Donnie,

How expensive are the other tennis resorts, not the academies? I mean the kind of place you go for a week of tennis but is geared more to your average club player?

I've seen the prices on the top 100 website but that's rarely accurate so thought you might know.


The prices on the web site are fairly close, narrow it down to the top few you are interested in and then call them and ask them specific questions about rates, quality of instruction, teacher to student ratio, etc. Ask to talk to someone in the tennis shop, if you're speaking to someone in reservations, they'll tell you what they think you want to hear in order to get you to book with them.
 
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