For those tennis players dreaming of becoming the next Bjorn Borg, Steffi Graf, Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal or Novak Djokovic, one of the best places to make that dream come true is a tennis academy, and Europe has a wealth of tennis academies for players to choose from.
European tennis has grown considerably in the last few decades and many countries have impressive tennis academies where players can train alongside the world’s best players and enjoy access to great coaches, facilities and training systems.
The following country guides tell you about each country’s history, players, tournaments, training system and its coaches and academies.
In the mid 2000s, two of the best female players in the game, Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin were from the same Western European country: Belgium, population 11 million. Belgium proved size was no obstacle when it comes to producing elite tennis players.
Croatia has produced both men and women’s slam champions and two Davis Cup titles. You don’t have to look too hard to understand why- Croatia has a deep love of sport and Croatians have a fiercely competitive spirit.
The Czech republic has produced a real variety of tennis players - baseliners, serve and volleyers, and all courters who have left their mark on the sport.
Few countries have a history with so much flavor and depth- France has produced not only the sport itself but also some of its most talented players and, of course, one of its premier tennis tournaments, the French Open, also known as Roland Garros.
Italy has a diverse and deep tennis culture with both men and women making their marks on their tours. The country also hosts one of the oldest and most charming red clay tournaments.
Success is happening in Norwegian tennis with Ruud, who, in 2021, won 5 ATP titles and finished the season ranked no. 8.
Portugal has a popular tennis culture thanks to its great weather and the country’s general love of sport. That climate and love of tennis combined with Portugal’s more affordable training and lower tier tournaments has made the country a tennis hub.
Slovakian tennis is a magical mixture of consistency and mystery. The country has given tennis players such as Mecir, Hrbaty, Klizan, Cibulkova and Hantuchova.
When somebody says Spain to you, what words spring to mind? Sure, sea, beaches, Real or Barca...but it is hard to imagine that one of those words wouldn´t be tennis or Rafa Nadal.
A small country which has given tennis, among others, Bjorn Borg, Stefan Edberg and Mats Wilander and has produced no less than 25 mens slam singles titles in the Open era.
What else does a tennis nation need to prove its success when you have Roger Federer and Martina Hingis in your hall of fame?
Wimbledon. Need we say more? If tennis was a religion, Wimbledon would be the Mecca or the Vatican. The so called SW19 Grand Slam tournament is held at one of the world’s oldest tennis clubs and the home of the professional Lawn tennis game.