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IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy, Bradenton, Florida
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IMG Academy Tennis Program

Bradenton, Florida

By Roger Cox, Editor


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IMG 10% off Adult Camps & Packages Exclusive to Tennis Resorts Online visitors, enjoy 10% off any daily or all-inclusive IMG Academy adult tennis camp. Camp packages include options such as AM and/or PM tennis sessions, room nights at Legacy Hotel, Wellness Spa treatments, and more. Travel with your team or group, or register as an individual, to take advantage of IMG's experienced coaching and proven training methodology. Use promo code TennisResortsIMG when registering online HERE, or mention this offer to an IMG Academy adult camp advisor by calling 1-800-872-6425.

The digital video of my strokes begins with footage of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal as examples of the "modern game." I'd first seen this video on an iPad on court immediately after it had been shot, but now I'm viewing it on my home computer via a link in an email sent after I'd left. There's a voiceover by the head of adult programming, the pro who shot the video, analyzing my strokes and pointing out the improvements needed to make them more effective. As part of championing the modern game, the IMG Academy Tennis Program has also adopted modern technology to enhance its teaching.

I've attended this adult academy more than half a dozen times over the last 20+ years. I've seen it evolve from an afterthought to a well-oiled program enhanced by a carefully organized curriculum. But a different, and very important change, arrived in October 2018 when the Academy opened the 150-room Legacy Hotel. With it comes a suite of hitherto unavailable creature comforts: a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner; a cocktail lounge; 24-hour fitness center; a heated outdoor pool; a health and wellness spa. Its opening greatly enhances the off-court social experience of attending adult camp. You still don't have to stay there to participate in camp, but if you do you have a place to hang out in the evening with other campers, a place to grab a beer, or talk about which pros you saw working out.

Tennis Features

Pro Shop: 1-800-872-6425

The adult programs are run by two experienced pros, Roger Blackburn and Jonathan Osuigwe, who are assisted by as many other staff as enrollment demands.

Courts & Fees. There are 55 courts at the Academy (33 hard, 18 clay, and 4 indoor). Court fees: None.
Caveat: Don't underestimate the demands of a full-day program. Anything and everything you can do to get in shape before coming down will help. Make sure the shoes you bring are well broken in and comfortable. The coaches provide water, Gatorade, fruit, and towels to help with dehydration ion court.

Ratings

(285 Reviewers)
Tennis Overall
4½-Ball Rating Cuisine
3½-Ball Rating Romance
2-Ball Rating Kids' Programs
4½-Ball Rating
Instruction
4½-Ball Rating Lodging
3-Ball Rating Solo Travelers
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Tennis Staff
4½-Ball Rating Spa & Fitness
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Game Matching
4-Ball Rating Dollar Value
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IMG Academy Tennis Program

Ratings
( 285 Reviewers)
Tennis Overall
4½-Ball Rating
Tennis Staff
4½-Ball Rating
Instruction
4½-Ball Rating
Junior Tennis
4½-Ball Rating
Dollar Value
4-Ball Rating

Legacy Hotel Ratings
( 302 Reviewers)
Lodging
3-Ball Rating Kids' Programs
4½-Ball Rating
Cuisine
3½-Ball Rating Romance
2-Ball Rating
Solo Travelers
4½-Ball Rating
Other Recreation
3½-Ball Rating Dollar Value
4-Ball Rating
Spa & Fitness
4-Ball Rating

Ratings

(285 Reviewers)
Tennis Overall
4½-Ball Rating Game Matching
4-Ball Rating Lodging
3-Ball Rating Dollar Value
4-Ball Rating Other Recreation
3½-Ball Rating Romance
2-Ball Rating Solo Travelers
4½-Ball Rating
Tennis Staff
4½-Ball Rating Instruction
4½-Ball Rating Junior Tennis
4½-Ball Rating Cuisine
3½-Ball Rating Spa & Fitness
4-Ball Rating Setting
3½-Ball Rating Kids' Programs
4½-Ball Rating


IMG Academy Tennis Program Ratings
( 285 Reviewers)
Tennis Overall
4½-Ball Rating Instruction
4½-Ball Rating Dollar Value
4-Ball Rating
Tennis Staff
4½-Ball Rating Junior Tennis
4½-Ball Rating

Legacy Hotel Ratings
( 302 Reviewers)
Lodging
3-Ball Rating Other Recreation
3½-Ball Rating Setting
3½-Ball Rating Romance
2-Ball Rating Dollar Value
4-Ball Rating
Cuisine
3½-Ball Rating Spa & Fitness
4-Ball Rating Kids' Programs
4½-Ball Rating Solo Travelers
4½-Ball Rating

Ratings

(285 Reviewers)
Tennis Overall
4½-Ball Rating Cuisine
3½-Ball Rating Romance
2-Ball Rating Kids' Programs
4½-Ball Rating
Instruction
4½-Ball Rating Lodging
3-Ball Rating Solo Travelers
4½-Ball Rating
Tennis Staff
4½-Ball Rating Spa & Fitness
4½-Ball Rating
Game Matching
4-Ball Rating Dollar Value
4-Ball Rating Setting
3½-Ball Rating


IMG Academy Tennis Program

Ratings
( 285 Reviewers)
Tennis Overall
4½-Ball Rating
Tennis Staff
4½-Ball Rating
Instruction
4½-Ball Rating
Junior Tennis
4½-Ball Rating
Dollar Value
4-Ball Rating

Legacy Hotel Ratings
( 302 Reviewers)
Lodging
3-Ball Rating Kids' Programs
4½-Ball Rating
Cuisine
3½-Ball Rating Romance
2-Ball Rating
Solo Travelers
4½-Ball Rating
Other Recreation
3½-Ball Rating Dollar Value
4-Ball Rating
Spa & Fitness
4-Ball Rating

Other Recreation

The IMG Academy Tennis Program is in fact one of nine sports offered at this 600-acre Bradenton site, allowing juniors to pursue tennis, baseball, basketball, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, track and field, or performance training while adults can choose among tennis, golf, and performance training.

Spa & Fitness Center. The Athletic Performance & Development Facility contains a vast array of fitness and workout equipment but its purpose is much broader. The APD is a professional training center that focuses on enhancing athletic performance, not only for those who attend the various academies but also for professional athletes from a variety of sports. It encompasses a sports therapy center, which has state-of-the-art equipment for rehabilitation. In addition, the Legacy Hotel has its own fitness center as well as the Wellness Spa, which offers massages as well as specialized services.

Lodging

The Legacy Hotel has 150 rooms as well as such creature comforts as a resort-style pool, Icon Eatery & Bar for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and a grab-and-go Provisions Bar. Transportation is available to and from the hotel to on-campus programs. Besides the hotel, the Academy has kitchen-equipped villas ranging in size up to three bedrooms. In addition to options on campus, you have a broad choice of places to bed down locally, including several near the Sarasota-Bradenton airport.

Restaurants

The Icon Eatery & Bar in the hotel serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and caters to in-room dining while the Icon Loft adds small plates and signature cocktails from 4 pm to midnight. There are also dining options at the Campus Center and the Adult Clubhouse. The hotel's concierge and desks in the clubhouse and Campus Center all have a long list of local restaurants, complete with driving directions, for those who prefer to dine off-campus.

See Also

If you're looking for a demanding camp, one that will have you on court from much of the day, also check out the following:

Rates and Reservations

The pricing itself varies with the week chosen, so visit the website for exact cost of the week you plan to attend. Lodging is also available on site and ranges from hotel rooms to three-bedroom villas. 

Tennis Only Packages
1-day, $450; 3-day, $1,200; 5-day, $1,700

All-inclusive (tennis, lodging, spa service)
1-day/2-night, from $809; 3-day/4-night, from $2,129; 6-day/5-night, from $2,949

IMG Academy Tennis Program
5650 Bollettieri Blvd.
Bradenton, FL 34210

Travel Essentials

Seasons. Year-round; however, many adults scale back to a half-day program in summer.

Travel Instructions. The nearest airport is Sarasota Bradenton International (SRQ), 6 miles away.

General Tourist Information. Visit the Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau website or contact them at P.O. Box 1000, Bradenton, FL 34206-1000; phone (941) 729-9177, ext. 3980.