Tennis Resorts Online, the Leading Guide to Tennis Travel and Tennis Vacations
Your Definitive Guide To Tennis Travel

Academia Sanchez-Casal Florida

Naples, Florida

By Roger Cox, Editor

Emilio Sanchez, Academia Sanchez Casal Florida, Naples, Florida
Emilio Sánchez Photo: Roger Cox

Academia Sánchez-Casal in Barcelona, Spain is renowned as the training ground for such stellar touring pros as Andy Murray, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anna Ivanovic, Janko Tipsarevic, and others. It has now once again established a training facility in the U.S., after purchasing the former Naples Bath & Tennis Club in Naples, Florida. The academy had been here before, in 2007-2010, but as a tenant rather than an owner. Now former Top 10 singles player and No. 1 doubles player Emilio Sánchez himself has taken up full-time residence in Naples to manage the program. Most of the focus is on junior development—and Sanchez himself takes the courts to personally contribute his expertise. There are some 20 enrolled junior full-time (some living at the academy, others locally), a situation made possible by the addition of a school on site. In addition there are afterschool programs (also available to the children of guests there for short stays) and summer and holiday junior camps.

Adults do, however, also have their own program under Daniel Sorribas, an Argentinian who had previously run the programs for high-performance coaches and for adults at the Academia in Barcelona. So far, according to Sánchez, the numbers have been small: 4 to 6 a week, he told me, while also characterizing them as "very high standard", meaning highly committed players and tournament competitors. A quick glance at the curriculum suggests why: many of the options include not only the usual on-court drills but off-court fitness training as well. Student:pro ratios are kept low: never more than 4:1 and often less.

Tennis Features

Pro Shop: 239-641-0010

Tennis Staff. Under Sorribas, this program, like its parent in Barcelona, makes fitness an integral part of the daily program, not only for juniors but for adults as well. Adults can choose from 2-day and 5-day menus with anywhere from 2 to 4 hours of on-court instruction and drills daily, variously supplemented by physical training, stretching, Pilates, and massages in sessions with no more than 4 students per instructor (and often less). Discounted lodging is available at the Academy, though for now the restaurant serves only lunch for adults so campers will need to go elsewhere for breakfast and dinner or make it themselves in their condo.
Courts & Fees. There are 37 clay courts (13 with lights) and 1 hard court. Court fees: None.


(1 Reviewers)
Tennis Overall
4-Ball Rating Tennis Staff
4-Ball Rating Instruction
4-Ball Rating
Game Matching
1-Ball Rating Tennis Complex
3-Ball Rating
Dollar Value
4-Ball Rating Setting
3-Ball Rating
Solo Travelers
3-Ball Rating

Spa & Fitness Center. The 3,000-square-foot fitness center has cardiovascular and weight-training equipment as well as free weights. Windows along one side face an outside deck that overlooks the swimming pool, while windows on the opposite side look out toward a lake. Personal trainers are available as are classes in Pilates and aerobics. Stairs from the fitness center lead down to locker rooms with sauna and steam and to a suite of massage rooms.


There are a small number of condominiums for rent at the property and the Academy has deals with select local hotels.


At the moment the dining option in limited to a buffet lunch served in the former Banyan Grill. Adult campers are on their own for breakfast and dinner.

See Also

For comparison's sake, also check out:

Rates and Reservations

Visit the website for current rates

Academia Sanchez-Casal Florida
4995 Airport Pulling Road North
Naples, FL 34105
Web Link: Academia Sanchez-Casal Florida

Travel Essentials

Seasons. Year-round though summers are hot in this part of Florida.

Travel Instructions. By Air: The nearest airport is Southwest Florida International Airport in Ft. Myers, 35 miles to the north. By Car: From I-75 North or Alligator Alley take Exit 16. Proceed west on Pine Ridge Road for approximately 2 miles to Airport Pulling Road and turn left to head south to the first traffic light. Go through the light and NBTC is on the right about ¼ mile along.

General Tourist Information. For information about this region, visit the Tourism Alliance of Collier County website.

©2015 Roger Cox

Doubles Boot Camps

Doubles Boot Camp at Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Join the Cliff Drysdale Tennis Team for doubles boot camp, camp Jan. 15-17, 22-24, or Feb. 12-14. The weekend includes 10 hours of instruction and match play, welcome reception, pro exhibition, and accommodations for 2 nights at Omni Amelia Island Plantation. For more information, phone 904-277-5151 or visit

Masons Tennis


(1 Reviewers)
Tennis Overall
4-Ball Rating Instruction
4-Ball Rating Tennis Complex
3-Ball Rating Dollar Value
4-Ball Rating Setting
3-Ball Rating
Tennis Staff
4-Ball Rating Game Matching
1-Ball Rating Solo Travelers
3-Ball Rating

Your Call

Here's what others have had to say about Academia Sanchez-Casal Florida.

  • 3½-Ball Rating "I selected their "Bronze" program, which is 2 hours of instruction per day for 5 days. It's pretty no-frills, meaning the 2 hours of tennis is about all you get. No meals, no t-shirt, no fruit breaks, etc. There's cold water on the court, but that's it. All of that was actually pretty OK with me - just letting you know what to expect. The instruction was quite good. The pro's were excellent players and very good teachers. Everyone around the complex was pleasant. If I were to return (and I almost certainly will) the only thing I would do differently is take a buddy! I was the only one attending this week - the first week of August - and being the only one running the drills in the 90+ degree heat was very intense. I'm used to playing singles in the heat, but this camp kicked my butt but good. There is plenty to do around Naples and SW Florida in general, so if you go with non-tennis playing family or friends there's lots for them to do. And if you go with tennis buddies, I'm sure the club will give you complementary court time to play after the drill sessions are over. If you're going to be in SW Florida and want a tennis camp, I think this is your best choice."—T.F., Adv. Int., August 2015
  • 4-Ball Rating "Had an excellent 4 day tennis camp at Sanchez-Casals. One hour of fitness followed by 2 hours on court, lunch, and a third hour on court. Instructors are personable and knowledgeable. They really do seem to care about their pupils improvement. Teaching is more movement specific and less stroke instruction compared to some of the other camps. Naples is a location as well, i.e. restaurants, beach, etc."—Z.A., Adv. Int., March 2014
  • 4-Ball Rating "Great tennis requires great movement on court-- and that's precisely what the Academia Sanchez-Casal excels in helping students of all ages achieve. While ACS is relatively new to Florida and focuses primarily on junior development, it also offers serious adult recreational players the rare opportunity to access the same top-tier coaching that the academy's juniors get. What also sets the ACS apart is the strong focus on tennis-specific fitness; adults who come through the academy are urged to get to the gym just like juniors to help perform better on court and avoid injury.
    For passionate adult tennis players serious about taking their game to the next level, that is a gift. So is the opportunity to work directly with the great Emilio Sanchez himself, who now lives at the academy in Florida with his family and is one of the most personable, down-to-earth tennis stars you'll ever meet. Emilio genuinely cares about every student who passes through his academy's doors, and it shows.
    Over time I hope to see the academy expand its program for adults to include options that involve more time training on-court each day (important to us hardcore adults used to camps that offer 4+ hours a day). But even with the current structure, a trip to Naples to train in the "Spanish Method" is well worth the investment for any adult player aiming to achieve their personal best."
    —P.S., Adv., March 2014

See more reviews

Rate Academia Sanchez-Casal Florida

©2015 Roger Cox