June 25th to July 19th or July 10th (25 or 16 days)
*Must be at least 2-3 Stars on tennisrecruiting.net or top 100 in USTA Sectional rankings with two wins over players ranked above you. Flexible dates from 11 to 25 days, so use European clay to prepare for USTA National Clay courts. UTR or USTA national standing list ratings will also be considered.
Spain, Mataro and Girona, Costa Brava, June 26th - July 3rd
- We play a satellite singles just north of Barcelona at Mataro, conducted by the Catalonian Tennis Federation, and a junior age group singles at Tennis Club Girona in the Northeastern Costa Brava. Both clubs have 12 claycourts in addition to padel ball courts. Mataro is a scenic seaside resort with a choice of beaches. Girona is known for its medieval architecture, walled Old Quarter and Roman remains of the Force Vella fortress. Girona is now the official filming location of "Game of Thrones."
- This is very challenging competition in one of the top tennis countries in the world. You also will have the opportunity to practice Spanish throughout the week.
- Later in the week, we will visit Barcelona, the 1992 Olympic city. We see Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia Church, the unfinished masterpiece of architect Antonio Gaudi and the most popular site in the city. We walk the streets of the famous Ramblas with stops at the marketplace and Old City, including the Gothic cathedral. We also see Barcelona harbor and walk along the Gran Via, the 5th Avenue of the city. This world class city with all its history, delicious food and amazing sights is a perfect way to finish our days in Spain.
Prague, The Czech Republic: July 4th (evening) – July 10th
Next we move onto Prague, one of the most popular European destinations, a city of red rooftops and golden spires, scenic hills and enduring landmarks. Prague is also a youthful city, home to many semester abroad high school and college students.
We will play two Czech Tennis Federation sanctioned tournaments, each with under 18 singles and doubles. Mens/Ladies and under 14 tournaments are also available for the week. Plenty of match play against claycourt specialists.
Our housing is at the comfortable and spacious four star Hotel Corinthian Panorama, a 5 minute walk from our practice courts at the Oaza Club. The hotel is not far from the centre city tourist attractions.
Major sights include Prague Castle, the Old Town Square, the medieval Charles Bridge and the remains of the Jewish Quarter, including Europe’s oldest synagogue and the Old Jewish Cemetery.
Those traveling for the shorter time period will fly from Prague to the USA on Sunday July 10th.
Those qualifying and wish to play USTA National Claycourts will leave July 8th, using European clay competition to prepare for Clays.
Leiden, The Netherlands: July 10th (evening) – July 19th
We then travel to Leiden to play the Leiden Open which features a national satellite tournament where several of our players can enter in the qualification draw. Everyone can play as well in two singles or one singles and one doubles in other draws. We have practice courts at the tournament site or another nearby club.
During the week, we will visit the major sights of Amsterdam, about 40 minutes away, including the Anne Frank House, the Riksmusum or Van Gogh Museum, and shopping on the walking street. The Hague, Capital of Holland, is also nearby, with its North Sea beach and boardwalk and The International Court of Justice.
The friendly Dutch always make us feel welcome off the court and this tournament was voted “Best Stop” on our last trip.
NOTE about ITF Tournaments:
- If your entry to the main draw or qualifier of a European ITF tournament is accepted, based on your ranking, we will take you to those tournaments as we have for many summers. Based on past summer ITF schedule from June 27th until July 10th, there were ITF junior tournaments in Denmark, Germany, Corfu, Greece and other European locations. Ask us for further information and how to qualify.