One of Ross School’s major draws is its robust tennis program, the first in the New York area to pair high-performance tennis training with a rigorous academic program. Even with summer vacation in full effect, tennis center students are committed to improving their games.
“Whereas during the academic year, we have the same players for an extended time, the players for the summer Tennis Academy often vary week to week,” said Holly Li, Tennis Center Manager. The population may be different during the summer, but the goal remains the same: to help players become better competitors. In three summer programs geared toward players in grades 1–12, the Tennis Center offers the athletes on-court training, as well as conditioning and access to state-of-the-art diagnostic tools.
“The summer program is a wonderful introduction to Ross School Tennis Academy. It gives players a chance to experience the strength of the program and to get to know the pros. This is also a beautiful place to spend the summer,” Holly said. “We’ve had students spend the summer here and then choose to stay with the program for the academic year.”
Throughout the summer, the Tennis Center hosts eight tournaments, all sanctioned by the United States Tennis Association (USTA). These tournaments are open to all USTA members, and they attract some of the best players between Long Island and New York City, giving the students many competitors against whom to test their skills on the court.
Although it primarily serves the Ross School and Summer Camp @Ross communities, the Ross Tennis Center also offers a number of public programs, including private lessons, game arranging, and adult clinics. “Many people don’t realize that the Tennis Center is not just open to students and campers,” said Vinicius Carmo, director of Tennis @Ross. “This is an active facility with a lot of community offerings. We hope that public will come and take advantage of all that we have to offer.”