June 26th to July 20th or July 11th (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.
Spain – Castelldefels and Barcelona, Spain, Costa Brava: June 27th – July 4th
- We play two sanctioned tournaments during this first week: a satellite singles and a junior singles at the Catalonian Federation’s National training centre at Cornella. The facility has 27 hard, clay and indoor courts, in addition to a fitness, wellness and health centre. Cornella is located on the outskirts of Barcelona.
- This is very challenging competition in one of the top tennis countries in the world. You will have the opportunity to practice Spanish throughout this week. We also offer the option of classroom Spanish language instruction for 5 days.
- Our base location is in Castelldefels, a scenic seaside resort with sandy beaches located 20 minutes south of Barcelona. We practice at a club nearby our hotel. The Canal Olimpic water center, built for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, offers various water sports from water skiing to boogie boarding. The town itself offers a wide variety of restaurants and shops.
- 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.
Those traveling for the shorter time period will fly from Barcelona to New York on Sunday July 11.
Prague, The Czech Republic: July 4th (evening) – July 11th
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.
Leiden, The Netherlands: July 11th (evening) – July 20th
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 26 until July 11, there were ITF junior tournaments in Denmark, Germany, Corfu, Greece and other European locations. Ask us for further information and how to qualify.