IMG is a high performance academy located in Bradenton, Florida. Its known worldwide for training athletes in different sports, one of them being tennis and the training program is designed by Nick Bollettieri, Sports Director of the IMG academy and one of the world´s most prestigious tennis instructors.
Coaching programme designed by Nick Bollettieri
First class facilities
Magnificent physical training programme
The application process is complicated and needs a lot of time
This academy has trained great tennis players such as Kei Nishikori or Maria Sharapova and many professionals choose it each year to prepare for a tournament because of its fantastic facilities.
The annual program is for boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 19 who are looking for an intensive training program to improve their tennis level and get in shape so they can compete professionally some day.
In addition to the training, it also offers an academic program that follows the USA education program for kids who study ESO or Bachillerato, so they can continue with their education. Athletes who wish can study English to improve their level.
In addition to having fantastic facilities, IMG has its own housing for athletes as well as its own education center.
IMG Tennis Academy
The training program designed by Nick Bollettieri has helped a great number of youngsters improve their tennis since 1978. Great names such as Agassi, the Williams sisters, Martina Hingis or Monica Seles, have found their effective method and have become great tennis sports stars. Rohan Goetzke is the right hand of Bollettieri, technical director of the German tennis Federation and technical director of the academy.
The annual training program is divided into several areas:
Training court sessions
Several hours of daily training focuses on technique, playing matches and performing many exercises to improve all the hits and aspects of the game.
Improving the physical condition of a player is very important toward becoming a great tennis player and also to avoid injuries and recuperate faster. IMG knows this and that is why its training program focuses a lot on daily exercise to improve flexibility, strength, speed, coordination and resistance convert youngsters into great athletes. To achieve this, the facility has the most modern facilities.
Mental strength in tennis is essential to achieve results and players work with specialized psychologists who help them improve this aspect, gain confidence and reassurance in themselves on the court during critical moments of the game and maintain a correct attitude from start to finish.
Good nutrition is essential so an athlete can perform his/her best level of play. The technical team of the academy counts on nutritionists who are in charge of designing be best menus for each athlete.
Each player is examined regularly to track his/her evolution and reports are generated so the parents have a monitoring process of what their child is achieving.
IMG Tennis Academy
This academy offers an education program from grade six to twelve. The base of the education is for students to foster communication and creativity. To do this, the Harkness method is used consisting in the instructor to not just presenting a concrete subject, but to ask questions to the group so they can activate their mind and reflect. Later on the opinions of the group are analyzed. Thanks to this method, critical thinking is fostered and the various forms of thinking are accepted so even the most timid students can loose their shyness and slowly speak in front of an audience and present their opinions.
Language classes at Tennis camp
The principal characteristics of this education program are the following:
A flexible schedule is offered with 5 morning and 5 afternoon classes so all the students can work around their training sessions.
All the subjects, exercises and homework are available on the online platform to help students learn in and out of the academy should they be away competing. Parents also have access to the platform and know what their kids are studying, how they are evolving and know their grades.
3 core subjects are available: English, science and mathematics. The English classes in 11th grade focus on language arts and literature.
It’s also possible to choose social science, languages (Spanish, French or Chinese) or art classes.
Tutors are available to help kids with questions or homework at night, once they are finished with classes and training.
Teachers are also available to offer support during competitions. If a student is away competing for more than 5 days, he/she will be accompanied by a tutor in charge of making sure homework is completed.
IMG Tennis Academy
Students have a busy schedule from Monday to Friday. They combine their training schedule with their classes during the morning or the afternoon (depends on each case). They have more free time on the weekends although competitions are scheduled during this time in or out of the academy.
The academy also organizes entertaining activities and field trips on the weekends since a bit of fun is always great to strengthen ties of friendship, change the routine and allow the mind and body to rest for a day from the busy life of an athlete.
This would be an example of a daily schedule for a student at IMG:
IMG Tennis Academy
The IMG academy is the best in the world. Its enormous extension, excellent quality facilities and advanced technology make it ideal for young tennis players who want to become elite athletes.
Regarding the tennis facilities, the academy has 52 different surface courts (fast, clay and covered courts) with video analysis technology.
The academy has a huge gymnasium where physical preparation takes place. It also has many sports fields (football, basketball, golf, baseball, track and field, etc.).
IMG Tennis Academy camp Accommodation
Distance between facilities
Athletes who train at this academy stay at the student housing located at the premises. The rooms are normally double standard rooms with a desk and a bathroom. Luxurious rooms are also available and offer more amenities.
Many common areas are also available for students such as relaxing areas, game rooms, study areas and recreational rooms, etc.
There is also a spa at the academy and several sports stores where students can buy whatever they need. A train service is available at the academy to move around from place to place (similar to tourism trains) that students use to move around in.
IMG Tennis Academy
The prices of this programme vary according to a number of factors, such as the demand for places and the age of the participant. Please indicate the approximate start date you are considering and we will contact you as soon as possible with the prices and dates which are available.
The academic year is from September to June although 2-week programs are available all year with any commencement date.
Included in the price
- Sports training program
- Education program
- Full room and board
- Free use of the academic facilities
Not included in the price
- Transportation to and from the academy is not included in the price
- Transfer service
- Cancelation insurance
Through an international insurance company, we offer two different types of insurance:
Camp cancellation insurance
If you want to rest assured that you can recover your money in the event that your child is unable to attend the camp because of unforeseen circumstances - our cancellation insurance policy may be of interest to you. More information here
We also offer a travel insurance policy that also includes medical assistance. Details of the full policy coverage can be found here
- Camp cancellation or interruption insurance
If you want to rest assured that you can recover your money in the event that your child is unable to attend the camp or has to interrupt their stay in the camp because of unforeseen circumstances - our cancellation insurance policy may be of interest to you. More information here
- Travel insurance
We also offer a travel insurance policy that also includes medical assistance for just €8/week (for EU citizens) or €15/week (for the rest of the world). Details of the full policy coverage can be found here
The closest airports to the academy are Sarasota and Tampa. The academy offers an optional transfer service to take the athletes from the airport to the academy and vice versa.
The approximate price of the transfer service is the following:
- Sarasota Airport: $80 round trip
- Tampa Airport: $205 round trip
The transfer of minors who travel with accompaniment during the flight has an additional cost of $50 per one-way trip.