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The Education of a Tennis Player: Summer School

By Joel Drucker

If a full-time academy is too big a commitment, kids can still improve their games at summer camp. Here are five of the best for short-term training.

Carmel Valley Tennis Camp, Carmel Valley, California Located on 38-acre estate 1,200 feet above the Pacific Ocean, Carmel Valley is exclusive (52 campers max) and offers virtually unlimited court time for any junior who wants it. [831] 659-2615;

Evert Tennis Academy, Boca Raton, Florida At this family run affair [which also has a full-time academy] in South Florida, there are 23 courts [9 hard, 14 clay], a student-pro ratio of at most 4-to-1, and a healthy emphasis on etiquette and sportsmanship. [800] 417-3783;

Julian Krinsky Ultimate Tennis Program, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania On the campus of Bryn Mawr College in leafy suburban Philadelphia, Krinsky's offers an "Ultimate Tennis Program" of lessons, match play-training, stroke drills, footwork drills, and video analysis. [866] 879-5527;

Nike Tennis at Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts One of 55 Nike tennis camps across the country, this one, held on the idyllic campus of Williams College, is run by the school's men's tennis coach, Dave Johnson, and is known for its enthusiastic instructors. [800] 645-3226;

Weil Summer Camps, Ojai, California In beautiful Ojai village in Southern California, Mark Weil puts over 50 students through five and a half hours of tennis a day, plus mental and physical training. At the end of the wee students get written assessments of their games. [805] 640-3413;

Source: Tennis Magazine - May 2006