Summer Camp Suggestions
My 15yo son is “good”... I think that roughly equates to a 4.0 or 4.5. It seems like they introduced at least two new rating systems since I last played so I’m not sure. He can play with some power and is confident in most shots with very good pace and placement. Topspin is just good but not next level.
More context- his serve is getting to the next level but still hits flat, and he’s now getting confident at the net. He has an excellent backhand (he’s a lefty) and very good footwork. He made varsity in his sophomore year but barely, and we live in a district where country club sports dominate.
Anyway, we bought a ball machine and are now wondering whether these “elite” summer camps like IMG, Evert, McEnroe, Newcombe are really worth the money and travel as we consider 2020. To me it seems that Nike and Wilson camps are pretty good. I generally believe that the coach(es) is the most dominant influence, as are fitness and nutrition. Also we will get him into 1-2 USTA tournaments after Fall season.
Our goal is to help him get a full or partial scholarship at a Div.II school, but with an outside chance of Div.I.
We don’t know where he can go and the coaches all tell us he can go as far as he wants... he doesn’t know what he wants either and I want tennis to be a lifetime of fun primarily, not a burden or any pressure to please parents or anyone else.
So, thoughts on these camps and their value?
Many thanks for your support and advice!