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5 Reasons to Sign Up for Odyssey Tennis Summer Camp

An intense tournament schedule:

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The competitive edge of Odyssey Tennis Academy relies in the nature of the service we offer.

Most coaches would agree with the fact that the complexity of tennis requires players to play an important amount of tournaments (probably more than in any other sport) in order to become efficient and competitive. We also believe that in order to be able to play at the college level, kids need to start competing very early and on a regular basis. If they fail do so, it will surely creates a deficit that is not impossible but hard to recover in the future.

On a general note, we can observe that kids in the US do not play enough tournaments compare to their European counterparts. Such fact can explain part of the gap that exists today between European and American tennis levels.

The majority of organizations offering tennis camps to young Americans only focus on training and conditioning inside the camp. In most cases, players end up playing each other during the camp, and do not get the opportunity to do what would really make them step to the next level: play official matches against players from other cultures, and on different grounds.

Even if the amount of training, instruction, and conditioning time is important for us, our main focus is to allow campers to play tournaments. Indeed, we believe that the tennis cultural experience really happens only if we allow them to compete (in an official format) against players from other countries. In our camp, kids have the opportunity to play many tournaments.

Most players will play an average of one match per day, which in three weeks represents about 20 matches. Some USTA level kids do not even play as many matches in one season, while most are having difficulties playing as much per semester! We just can imagine the benefit it would bring to those young players.

The Red Clay Experience

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We also confront young American players to a different culture of tennis throughout the game on red clay. In 2013, out of the top 100 first ATP players, more than 25 came from either Spain or France. One of the goals of this camp is to confront as soon as possible young American players with Europeans players who own a different culture of tennis, and often, a different style of game. This early experience will greatly benefit them in the long run given that, sooner or later, all of them will have to deal with those players on the pro tour, or in college.

Another observation is that most players at the top level have been raised on clay. The global success of those players shows that the patterns of game developed on clay are also very efficient on hard court or even on grass. Throughout this camp, each player will have the opportunity to practice and compete everyday on red clay.

Expert, individualized coaching:

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Hossegor Tournament

Qualified Coaches only:

All our coaches have coached on the pro tour and/or at the NCAA Division I level. We do not hire players who just got out of school and have very limited experience coaching high-level players. We pride ourselves to provide the best coaches possible to our campers. They are all experienced, dynamic, and dedicated to make each camper better.

Low coach/player ratio:

We strive to empower our coaches to deliver the best coaching possible. Besides providing them with comfortable room and board, we keep our coach to player ratio as low as possible. In fact, unlike the typical summer camp which often stacks up to 10 campers per court, we work with a maximum of 4 players per court and per coach. Such low ratio allows players to maximize their practice time and enables our coaches to provide individual and customized feedback.

Environment that fosters success:

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The camp site hosts tennis campers from everywhere in France (Paris, Bordeaux, Perpignan...) as well as other groups from all over the world (Australia, Japan, Spain…). Campers evolve in a quiet, safe, and fun environment in the middle of the Landes forest and close to the beach and the Port d’Albret Lake.

At Sports Campus, Odyssey Tennis campers are in constant interaction with other tennis players (about 140 total). Players quickly develop strong friendships which allow them to quickly feel more comfortable and fully express their game on court.

In such a friendly environment, coaches develop a strong bond as well and campers get into it as they cheer for each other during matches and create a fun and competitive atmosphere similar to college tennis matches.

During free time, campers have the opportunity to go to the beach, the swimming pool, go on bike rides, or play ping-pong, volleyball, beach tennis, and card games. In the evening, campers also get a chance to visit downtown Vieux-Boucau, go for ice cream, or walk along the Port d’Albret Lake, all of that under adult supervision.

The cultural experience:

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Hossegor Tournament

The camp starts with a one-day visit of Paris. We take campers to the main monuments and attractions that the French capital and its surroundings have to offer.

We then travel to the Southwest of France where the camp site is located. The region is very rich in history, and the campers have the opportunity to visit some of it. We also try our best to make them discover and understand the culture that is proper to France, and specifically the Landes and Pays Basque. For example, we take them to shows in arenas that are unique in the world (courses landaises, vachettes…).

Campers will have the opportunity to discover and taste some of the best delicacies of France and more specifically of the Landes and Basques regions.

The Southwest of France has a lot to offer and the beautiful landscapes of the regions of Landes and Pays Basque are always a great summer attraction, for both French citizens and international tourists.

The Landes forest is mainly composed of tall pine trees and bicycle paths where runners, walkers, and bicyclists can equally enjoy a reinvigorating workout.

Also, Odyssey Tennis campers will discover the natural patrimoine and various landscapes of the French Atlantic Southwest region, such as the Atlantic Ocean, beaches and dunes, as well as pine forests, vast lakes, and the Pyrénées mountains (an hour drive South). Sports Campus is also located an hour by car from Spain.

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Myriam Sopel

(949) 220-6622

myriamsopel@ odysseytennis.com

Mickaël Sopel

(347) 577-2052

mickaelsopel@ odysseytennis.com