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An Exclusive Tennis Academy Moves to Palmer Ranch

Posted: September 7th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Athlete & Artist Visas, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Eagleton/Ferreira Tennis Academy offers intense, year-round training

Sarasota Tennis Academy Eagleton-Ferreira

John Eagleton and Ellis Ferreira seek to prepare their players for the highest levels of competition. The two coaches only accept 15 players at a time into their exclusive tennis academy. Players train 7 hours a day for a year.

Coaches Eagleton and Ferreira are disciples of the European style of play. They train their players on clay courts and teach the rotational system, which helps develop greater strength and power behind each ball. Tennis’ most successful players – Nadal, Djokovic, Federer – use this system. Coaches Eagleton and Ferreira emulate European techniques because of the success of such players. They lament the fact that the US has lost so much ground in tennis during the last decade and they attribute that to the US’s aversion to clay courts. They took great care to provide evidence for this decline when I visited them and we made a graph based on the ATP data over time.

Decline in Americans in Top 100 ATP

Decline in Americans in Top 100 ATP

Shocking, isn’t it?

Eagleton and Ferreira’s ultimate goal is to get more US players back into the top 100 and they are doing that through the use of clay courts and the rotational system. Eagleton/Ferreira Tennis Academy also offers full boarding. Educational programs are offered by Emerson Preparatory School.

Coaches Eagleton and Ferreira are immigrants themselves, having come from South Africa to train and teach in the United States. This makes them uniquely fitted to helping foreign athletes who want to train in the US.

Mr. Eagleton came to the US a few years before Mr. Ferreira and began playing at the University of Miami. Already ranked the #3 junior in the world before he came to the States, Mr. Eagleton became a 4-time all-American while at the U. Afterwards he played for 8 years in the ATP and went on to coach 20 professional players.

Mr. Ferreira was in the top 5 in South Africa before he came to the University of Alabama on a tennis scholarship. He turned all-American while at Alabama and went on to have a distinguished professional career, reaching number one ranking in 2000. That year he won the Australian Open and was a finalist in the US Open, and he was 30! He was world champion in 2001.

John Eagleton & Ellis Ferreira

John Eagleton & Ellis Ferreira

For more information on the Eagleton/Ferreira Academy, visit their website. To learn more about the P-1 Visa and its requirements visit our P1 Visa Website.


Foreign Athletes Find a Tennis Academy in Sarasota

Posted: July 19th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Athlete & Artist Visas, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , | 3 Comments »

Many foreign athletes come to Sarasota looking for a Sarasota tennis academy that can meet their needs.  Celsius Tennis Academy can help.

Directed by Cary Cohenour, it offers a full range of introductory and competitive tennis programs to fit most any new or experienced tennis player’s schedule and level of commitment.

It is located at the Sarasota Bath & Racquet Club, a family-friendly, 40,000 square foot health club facility situated near downtown Sarasota on 14 acres of with 29 Tennis Courts: 23 Har Tru, 6 Hard Courts, a Cardiovascular Center, Free Weights, Olympic Size Lap Pool, Squash and Racquetball Courts, Pro Shop, Restaurant, and more.

Led by Cary Cohenour, this tennis academy’s staff brings over 50 years combined teaching experience to the courts. In many cases, the instructors have had outstanding junior, collegiate or professional tennis playing careers before becoming coaches.

For foreign students who wish to stay in Sarasota and train long-term, Cary Cohenour arranges for housing and education.  Students stay with Sarasota families, transportation is arranged for them and they are also enrolled in an educational program.

To learn more about this Sarasota tennis academy, visit their website, or call Cary Cohenour: (941) 737-2635.