Weil Tennis Academy
By Roger Cox, Editor
Founded in 1997 and located on the grounds of the Ojai Valley Athletic Club, Weil runs year-round residential programs and summer and holiday camps on the club's 14 hard and clay courts. Housing is in two supervised dormitories on campus. It accepts only 40-50 players per year. "Competing and training like a champion, no matter what the players level, is the number one focus at Weil," says academy Mark Weil of his approach.
Rates and Reservations
The academy runs year-round live-in and day programs as well as holiday and summer camps. See the website for details.
Weil Tennis Academy
428 Bryant Circle #110
Ojai, CA 93023
Here's what others have had to say about Weil Tennis Academy.
"My son attended the Weil Academy full-time from August 2009-June 2011-he came home for the school holidays. He was a border who went to a local regular high school and then trained after lunch, and he participated in regular southern California tournaments on the weekends. Before I sent my son to Weil he was considered a top player in Cincinnati, but a player who regularly did not play to his potential.
In the last two years, he has grown tremendously as a player and as a person. His experiences at Weil helped him to become very self reliant and ready for a college experience. His pretty good tennis game developed into an excellent one - good enough to play NCAA Division 1 tennis. Without his experiences at Weil, most likely he would not have been recruited to play such a high level of competitive tennis. The whole Weil experience developed a level of maturity in my son that has enabled him to navigate his life with the tools needed to achieve maximum success."—L.F., Adv., June 2011
"My son took part in the weil summer camp 7years ago, and he liked it so much. So my son and I decided to move oversea to Ojai for one year. He had a great time with his coaches. He improved greatly and right after he came back to his country , he got to the QQ in one of the biggest National tournaments . That was amazing!!!
Coaches there were so excellent,serious,though strick. Especially his coach was such a good coach , he was so strict but dedicated himself to his players so much!! For us he was the best coach, so he missed him a lot while he was at home.
Within a year we decided to send him alone at the age of 13 to Weil. Of course we felt a little uneasy to do this, but I know its Academy derector and his assistants , who were so nice and they took my son as a family when he was there.Especially this academy deirctor listened to us so much and when in need he was always there to help us ,he is very sincere. I appreciated it so much. That's why we decided to send 13-year-old-boy alone to a foreign country. Now he is 16 years old and he is still at Weil and traing very hard to be the best tennis player he could be!! Hopefully going into pro!!!
I am sure he will be playing and also studying hard 2 more years there!! Weil is another home for him now!!!"—N.E., Adv., June 2011
"Our son attended The Weil Tennis Academy his senior year of high school (2010-2011). Although he is a relative newcomer to tennis, only playing full time for just more than a year when he joined the Academy, he was welcomed by all at Weil. The summer before his senior year he attended two weeks of camp at Weil, which included living in the dorms and traveling to tournaments. Both the camp weeks and his time there as a full time resident were excellent.
The coaches are outstanding, the instruction is fantastic, the venue incredible, and the overall experience was excellent. In addition to outstanding tennis instruction and the opportunity to compete in Southern California (one of the toughest areas for junior tennis), Weil stresses personal responsibility and understands the need for balance – it was a positive growth experience indeed.
School was an important facet and the opportunity to live in an international community was incredible. The support provided by all coaches was unbelievable – superior training, one-on-one time, traveling to tournaments, assistance in the college review process, mentoring, and yes, some fun too. Weil Tennis Academy was definitely above and beyond what we ever expected and our son would not trade his year there for anything. Thank you Weil Team!"—T.S., Adv., May 2011
"EXCEPTIONAL! Our son attended Weil Tennis Academy both a camper (3 weeks) and recently as an international full-time boarding player during the 2010/2011 season with outstanding results.
The coaching and technical training received is first-rate by Weil coaches who are motivated, enthusiastic, fun and interactive but also displayed a passion for tennis in which they incorporated during the intense training & tournament regimen of the program.
Observations & direct interactions had with extremely positive and satisfying. We appreciated the coaches’ commitment along with their communication approach with players being direct yet honest when discussing on/off court behavior and/or performance.
Boarding accommodations for players was as expected when it comes to residential dorm living facilities and basic necessities being available. As for meals, the Academy offers a full-time chef on duty equivalent to home cooked meals. However, we appreciated the on-site dorm parent who was exceptional in supporting our son with school, grocery and all other requests needed outside the tennis program.
The Weil tennis training facility itself is second to none with a plentiful of tennis hard courts being available as well as clay courts but also its terrific fitness facility nestled in the gorgeous Ojai community.
Overall, we found Weil coaches, dorm parent(s), administration staff & Mark Weil himself to be very accommodating and professional with us as parents in discussing our son's development as well as experience at the Weil Tennis program.
But do know that the Weil Academy is no country club, as we found it to be the focused and intense yet fun tennis academy program we were looking for. We would highly recommend the Weil Tennis Academy to any family whose child is serious about taking their tennis aspirations to the next level."—S.K., Adv. Int., May 2011
"My children attended this camp for the past two summers and had a great time. The staff was great and I will definitley be sending them back this year. I read some of the other reviews and do not agree with them at all. The kids are always supervised, the dorms are very acceptable and I asked my kids and they were always required to wear a seatbelt while in the vans. The tennis training is the best there is also.I would highly recommend this camp to others."—A.B., Adv. Int., February 2011
"My son attended this camp, and it was awful! There is no supervision when the kids go offsite for activities. The campers ride around in vans without seatbelts. In addition, the summer campers don't get nearly as much attention as the year-round residents do. Never going back! The courts are nice, but as stated, the dorms are unacceptable."—C.G., Adv., January 2011
"We sent our two kids here this summer, 12 and 14! they had
a great time, the coaching staff from and arround the world, they very helpful and knowledgeable! Both of my kids are nationally ranked. We loved the fact that they put a lot of emphasis on fitness and competition!
We have been to many University Camps and couple of the known Academies in Florida! This One was the best by far and we were there in Ojai the whole time with My Husband!
so we got to see things first hand....
will recommend it to serious players that want to improve
and not have too much fun..."—R.H., Adv., October 2010
"This is a very poorly organized camp. The private lessons were not planned out that the kids can get the most out of it. There is absolutely no forethought to planning their transportation. There is very little supervision of the kids when they are out of the camp area. The dorm rooms were filthy and many of the staff lack warmth and kindness.
I sent my child here for the excellent mental toughness training they boasted about. It was basically a booklet they handed out without any specific tutorial or exercises they can use to achieve the toughness. They don't ask for parents to fill out an evaluation and don't make any changes the kids suggest on their evaluations.
Why is this camp rated so high in the tennis magazines? How was the rating done?"—G.L., Adv. Int., August 2010
"We sent our daughter to Weil Tennis Academy and the tennis instruction was very good and it was a camp she wants to go to again. The main downside to the camp is the dorms are extremely rough and run down. Once she got settled in that didn't seem to matter to her and she got down to playing tennis and wants to go again. But beware the living conditions are a little rough."—B.H., Adv. Int., July 2010
"I can say with confidence that this the best Tennis camp I have ever taken my 2 kids 14& 16 to! and trust we have been doing this for almost 6 years, we went to Florida, Italy,Spain and France...
This the most intense, and well organized place that i have seen, the coaches are from all over the world and they give hands on coaching and focus both on Tactics and Technique. The Fitness Workouts are tennis oriented and very well run..
We are definitely going back...!"—W.B., Adv. Int., June 2009
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