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Hello All-
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!
 

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Hi, I used to work at the Newcombe tennis ranch. If you are looking for a week of fun with good competition, Newks is a great place. Go in the middle of the summer for the largest weeks with the best competition.
Based off what you and your son's goals are though, I would recommend taking the summers a little more seriously and try to find a local academy. Newcombe's tennis academy offers a couple of different options for the summers, with very solid coaching and a great ability to judge and match ability; but I'm sure you could find one in your own area.
Colleges today look at UTR (universal tennis rating) over most other ranking systems. If your son has played any sanctioned tournaments, then he already has a UTR. Go to the website, and find out what it is. Most college players are anywhere from a 9.0(DIII) to 14+(DI). Hope this helps, and good luck!
 

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I know a bloke who won Australian Coach of the year last year and now works at Newcombe. I think he was at Bolleteri prior to that a few years back and was training at university in the U.S for one semester too. Newcombe looks like a fun summer trip but thats all I saw on his facebook feed rather than real investigation. Sometimes it is better to find a local coach who is a really good one rather than sending them to these crazy big name schools. But at 15-16 with a decent level I would just pay for court hire for two weeks and get him to do drills with a hitting partner.
 
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