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History and Founding :

The concept and operating aspect of Odyssey Tennis Academy has existed for many years.

Through the acquisition of Sports Campus International, Jean-Marie Castera has been training and developing French tennis players for more than 20 years within the infrastructure. The idea of providing intense competition, one-on-one training, and expert coaching has always been at the core of Jean-Marie Castera Academy. Players such as Jérémy Chardy (quarter finalist at the 2013 Austrlian Open) have been beneficiating from the Academy.

Myriam and Mickaël Sopel, founders of Odyssey Tennis Academy, have experienced and witnessed the quality and effectiveness of this Academy.

Myriam Sopel

While in high school, Myriam Sopel (who later on played number 1 doubles for Indiana University and was ranked as high as #31 in the nation) has been a participant of the Jean-Marie Castera Tennis Academy (JMTA). She feels that “her ability to perform and compete at the NCAA Division I level has been enhanced by the quality of instruction and the tough competitive schedule proposed by the camp.”

Back when Mickaël was a student in exercise science at the University Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, France, he also worked as a coach for the JMTA during summers.

Mickael Sopel

“I know what it takes to develop kids in a short period of time”, coach Sopel says. “After working with the JMTA for a couple years, I was convinced that the method works, and that the combination of practicing on clay, playing tournaments, and receiving customized instructions while being part of a group is the right formula to prepare future talents to the expectations of college tennis and professional tennis.”

Over the years, groups from Australia, Japan, or England have come to Sport Campus. Now both coaching at the collegiate level in the United States, coaches Myriam and Mickaël Sopel thought it was time to provide young American tennis players with the opportunity to participate in this fantastic adventure. From there, Odyssey Tennis Academy was launched. “We strive to share this opportunity with motivated American competitors who want to develop their skills,” coach Myriam Sopel said.

Mickaël Sopel explains that “due to the long-distance between cities, the lack of red clay, and the cost and structure of tournaments, it seems almost impossible to create this kind of service here in the US. We aim to provide the same experience that Myriam and I had to young American players.”

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Myriam Sopel

(949) 220-6622


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(347) 577-2052