Frequently Asked Questions
- Why should I choose TENNIS: EUROPE?
- What are the ages of the players?
- How good do I have to be to travel on TENNIS: EUROPE?
- How is TENNIS: EUROPE different from other tennis programs?
- How will you meet my tennis goals?
- How many players are on a team and what is the mix of boys and girls?
- How do you supervise your teams?
- How often does the team move to different locations?
- How do you travel from tournament to tournament?
- What type of hotel or housing do you use?
- What do the players do when they are not playing tennis?
- Will participating in TENNIS: EUROPE give me any edge in getting into the college of my choice?
- Do you offer any financial assistance or fund-raising suggestions?
There are many reasons to choose Tennis: Europe for your summer – these range from educational, to social, and cultural. However Tennis: Europe is a tennis program and our big thing is match play! Our goal is to apply what you have learned at tennis clinics or camps and bring your game to the next level. The best way to do this is by playing a lot of tournament matches in a short period of time. Our coaches will watch your matches and work with you on correcting any mistakes they observe.
Our players are 14 to 18 years in Europe and 13 to 18 in North America. As teams fill, we monitor the ages of the players to make sure the team is developing appropriately for all participants.
Assuming you have mastered the basics of the game and are ready to play matches, we offer teams at various ability levels. You can play these tournaments without the pressure a home environment can place on you. If you are not sure about your level, we will talk to your local tennis pro to determine which trip is right for you and if possible, we will see you play on court. In addition, we require two teachers’ and one tennis coach’s recommendation before final acceptance.
While we practice at least 2-4 hours on non-match days, our main focus is tournament play. In North America, we play in strong hard court Southern California USTA circuits while overseas teams play on red clay against the European juniors. Skills that we focus on include consistency, movement on the court, match strategies, and placement. We also help you develop patience and, most importantly, mental toughness.
For high school varsity players who are just beginning tournaments, we concentrate on refining stroke production and emphasize improvement of match play skills to move the player up on his/her school team or help gain a first ranking. Furthermore, the increased match experience will help you become more comfortable in high school tennis or local tournaments. For USTA ranked players, our flexible schedules allow you to play all major USTA tournaments and still travel with us. While on the trip, we use the opportunity to offer specific training on red clay which improves steadiness, movement and mental approach. Working with professional tennis coaches who are experienced with advanced juniors and playing tough competition, we have seen our returning players take their games to the next level.
In North America, we usually have 16 to 18 players on a team, with three full time coaches. In Europe we limit teams to 14 to 15 players with two full time coaches. We try to keep the team evenly split between males and females.
Safety, health, and security are our top priorities. Our tennis coaches / chaperones are with the players 24/7 and sleep in the hotels with the teams. As with Olympic and USTA overseas teams, we prohibit smoking, drinking alcohol and drugs. Nightly curfews will be enforced. Our Directors and Assistant Directors are hands-on, constantly visiting teams on site throughout the summer. A list of rules is provided to all players and parents prior to the summer, and these rules will be enforced.
This all depends on your itinerary. Most teams in Europe remain at a location for one week. This gives you an opportunity to explore each place and visit the major sights. In North America we are generally at a location for at least five days before moving on to the next stop.
In Europe, depending on the trip, we use air flights, European trains and minivans. Most European travel under six hours is by train and longer travel is by air. In North America, Southern California is a compact section for tournaments, so we usually drive vans among tournament locations with drive time limited to several hours. If our West Coast trips go further afield to Vancouver, Seattle, Hawaii or San Francisco, we will go by air flights.
We stay in clean, comfortable hotels, ranging from Marriotts in California to the Ibis or Best Westerns in Europe. In locations like Mallorca, we often use resort hotels or apartments, which feature water sports and other facilities on site.
In Europe when off the court we immerse ourselves in cultural sights like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum, Ramblas, harbor cruises, canal tours, etc. In North America, we visit many scenic locations like Santa Barbara or La Jolla, but also make sure to see major sights like UCLA, Santa Monica Pier and the San Diego Zoo. We also attend evening activities such as rock concerts, World Team Tennis, baseball games, soccer games, BBQs and more.
TENNIS: EUROPE is a valuable credential to gain admission to the college of your choice. Among highly competitive colleges, admissions officers and coaches are looking for those experiences that go beyond the usual and distinguish one student from another. TENNIS: EUROPE’s value and reputation are recognized nationwide. Our network of over 5,300 alumni and college coaches throughout the country enhances the credibility of applicants. Dr. Vinokur, a Certified Guidance Counselor, has assisted trip participants in the college admissions process for over three decades. In fact, he has spoken at College Tennis Days in several USTA sections and at the National Convention of the USPTA. In many cases the directors speak to college coaches on behalf of our players.
A little bit of motivation can actually save you big bucks when traveling with us. TENNIS: EUROPE offers a total of $ 12,500. in grants each summer for those traveling to Europe -- up to $ 1,250. per person. If you raise money for your desired TENNIS: EUROPE trip, we’ll match that amount (maximum matching amount is $1,250 per person). You can fund raise through letter-writing, getting a job, running a tennis clinic or another creative tactic. Once we approve your money-making method, all you have to do is show us records of your fund-raising efforts. Grants are given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. Deadline for notifying us is April 15th.