Sanchez-Casal Tennis Academy

Discussion in 'Tennis Travel' started by shsman2091, Jan 5, 2006.

  1. shsman2091

    shsman2091 Rookie

    Jul 26, 2005
    Anyone been to this academy in Barcelona, Spain? Any feedback on it? I'm thinking about going here or at Newks for three months this spring or summer.
  2. Geezer Guy

    Geezer Guy Hall of Fame

    Feb 17, 2005
    Big Canoe, GA
    As I recall, there have been a couple of people that have posted about Casal's. Click on the SEARCH option above and type in CASAL to see the threads.

    Quite a few have been to Newk's. (I've been to the adult camp.) It has generally good reviews.
  3. LostMyMojo

    LostMyMojo New User

    Nov 19, 2005
    I remember searching a while ago. I DO remember seeing a bad review for juniors going over there, it was mostly just endless drilling.

    Which DOES help, but you can do that on your own. But you should see the full review, do a search. I was interested in Bruguera Tennis Academy, but I couldn't get enough information on it from others. I emailed a guy who said he emailed (All Court? The one with a space between all and court, not AllCourt), but I haven't gotten a response.

    And from what I've seen, everyone who's been to Newk's has either liked it or loved it. I'd be more interested in that than Sanchez-Casal.
  4. forehander

    forehander New User

    Feb 28, 2005
    I posted this review of Sanchez-Casal last summer. Here it is again:

    Since I started this thread and my son recently returned from a stay at the Sanches-Casal academy, I thought I'd update you and give a review for anyone interested.

    The main complaint about this camp is that it is VERY unorganized. Trainers and students were walking around clueless as to what to do and where to go. Eventually they would figure it out and students would be sent to a court to do some training.

    How was the training? Well, I'd have to say it was mediocre. The instructors, besides being unorganized, showed that they were not really into what they were doing. Did my son learn anything? Yes, but it could have been so much better. He has a much better personal coach here at home. But it was an interesting experience and it gave him exposure to many very high level junior players.

    What was the tennis training like? It was pounding ground strokes for three hours in the morning and playing out some sets with other students in the afternoon. There was no serve work and no volley work. It was all about ground strokes. My son's ground strokes did improve. You can't pound out ground strokes for 4 hours a day 6 days a week in a competitive environment and not improve. The quality of the players there was very high. There were government sponsored top juniors from Australia and many very good players from all over the world. My son is a solid 4.0 player and I'd have to say that most of the players were better than him. Some were very very good. They looked like they were soon ready to turn pro. So, pounding groundstrokes with all of these players that are better than you can definitely improve your game. My son's technique was slightly modified and improved. He learned to extend more through his stroke. Most of the work was done on clay courts. Kuznetzova was there training, but of course she was off training by herself with a personal coach. Don't expect to go there and receive the same professional level of training that other top juniors or pros receive. You'll just be one of the campers on the assembly line. I suppose all of these academies are similar.

    Intermixed with the tennis training is about 3 hours of physical training. The makes for a full day of activity. How was the physical training? I'd have to say it was "Mickey Mouse" training. By that I mean that it was not very professional and was obviously meant to just keep the kids busy so that they wouldn't goof off. Believe me, my son has received years of professional physical training from former NBA trainers. He knows what true quality physical training is. This was not it. It was hard work, but it was not quality work. There is a difference. Most players could not do it. Many faked injury to get out of doing it. My son who has a fierce work ethic, was probably the only player who could complete the work.

    The academy itself is a little dumpy. It is full of flies because it is next to a farm. The facilities are not as nice as they appear in the pictures.

    Would he do it again? No. It was an interesting experience that he will always remember, but not something he would be interested in repeating.
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  6. BrokeDad

    BrokeDad New User

    Jan 12, 2006
    We travelled out to Barcelona from the UK in August 2005 with our 13 year old son ...we hadnt previously considered tennis academies but circumstances with his previous coach meant we had to organise something quicky for him if he was to continue playing competetive tennis which is what he has set his heart on.
    Firstly we visited the Sanchez-Casal academy ..we'd organised for him to spend a day there joining in with their summer program to give him a taster to see whether he liked it ..we met Emilio Sanchez who to his credit did actually spend some time assessing him before heading back to do a 1 on 1 session with a very tall blond russian looking girl under the watchful eye of her mother and obviously either already a pro or else very nearly and she could grunt for Europe !..the rest of the day was spent doing drills and playing tie breaks with the other kids all of whom were there on the Summer program although it transpired some were also part of their year round program son loved it..he loved the drills and the competiton, being surrounded by kids who were as keen as him on playing tennis and also spent an hour having one on one tuition with one of the top coaches ....he liked it so much that we returned the next day for another half day before we went to see the next academy on our list....his mind was made up this is where he wanted to go and he really wansn't too interested in seeing the other place ..however we had made arrangement to go see it and felt that we should at least give it a try ...we then travelled up into the hills above Barcelona to the Bruguera academy first sight it seemed very different to Sanchez...everything is a little more scruffy than Sanchez but any misgivings we had soon evaporated as soon as the first kid we met on our way to the reception smiled and said hello one and a half days at Sanchez none of the kids in his group had even spoken to him ..within 2 minutes of arriving at Bruguera he was engaged in conversation and making friends ...he enjoyed the rest of his days tennis and felt the coaching was even better at Bruguera plus the fact that everyone was so friendly with a much more family orientated atmosphere ..all the kids live onsite as opposed to staying with host families as at Sanchez ..this creates a much friendlier atmosphere...He decided that Bruguera was where he wanted to go and has so far spent the last 4 very happy months there .His tennis has progressed and he has made some very good friends .
  7. BrokeDad

    BrokeDad New User

    Jan 12, 2006
    deleted because of double post
  11. Hello Broke Dad! We feel like broke parents here in America!!!!! Tennis does have a way of wittling down your bank account! I have a boy who is going to be 12 in July who is an excellent player and he wants to go away to a tennis high performance camp this summer. We think it would benefit him to be around other kids who play as much and as well as he does. He does not have alot of "friends" in the tennis world because most of the parents around the area where we live are so competetive they only let their kids play with others in organized tournaments. Do you know much about the summer programs at Bruguera? I have heard that places like Bolletieri in U.S. are like factories where you spend alot of money and the children aren't well coached or trained. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!Pamom
  12. BrokeDad

    BrokeDad New User

    Jan 12, 2006
    Hi Teresa ,
    ...The summer program as far as I could tell ran in a similar fashion to their year round training program minus the 4 hours of school a night that the full time kids have to do....players are grouped according to ability not age and there is movement between groups for those performing well...the day starts at 9 am with 1.5- 2 hours of tennis, this is where the bulk of the coaching is done ,followed by a break then 1.5 hours of physical conditioning (tailored to suit kids ages)before lunch...after lunch is another 1.5-2 hours of tennis mostly based on matchplay against other students ...He'd definitely find that there would be stiff competition to help improve his tennis...there arent many kids there just to make up the numbers so to speak ,a lot of the full time kids return to train during the summer too as will our son probably I said before the facilities are a little spartan but perfectly adequate ,a nice swimming pool, soccer pitch and ping pong tables which seems to be the major sport there ! from a personal point of view our son is out there to play tennis and learn to deal with the rigours of the lifestyle that entails not have a luxury holiday ! Its a family run organisation, Xavier the academy director is the son in law of Luis Bruguera...its friendly and I'm sure that if you chose to send your son there it would not be a decision you or he would regret.
    any more info you'd like... just ask
  13. nswelshman

    nswelshman Rookie

    Apr 18, 2005
    sanchez has good courts good gym and lots of players. lots of competition in this academy, if you are good, you have good chance to improve with challenge of many players. but if you are not playin so good, you pay lot of money for not much benefit. its better you go bruguera if you want more happy
    atmosphere because they have good atmosphere to make up for not having good players. sanchez is sometimes like a factory. but all the academies do mostly same drills, work lots on groundstrokes, some approach volley stuff. the best coaches in sanchez dont work with the players who come for short time like summer or one year.

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