Tennis is one of a number of elite sports closely identified with boarding schools. Many schools provide excellent onsite tennis courts. Boarding schools excel at producing elite tennis players for several reasons.
Given the fact that you are living at your school, you'll be able to play tennis and get instruction from your coaches and teachers for extended hours any day of the week. There's no worrying about having to catch the bus home for supper or school facilites closing early in the evening. You're just free to immerse yourself in tennis.
Another reason boarding schools and tennis go together so well is superb facilties. This is due, of course, to the strong financial backing many schools receive. For example, one Canadian boarding school campus boasts six tennis courts onsite. You can bet that there's almost always a court open.
"I loved my experience with sports at the school having played on the football, basketball and tennis teams. Being involved in sports taught me how to lead but also when to follow."
—Mark Cohon, CFL Commissioner, UCC grad
Take a close look at the boarding schools below to learn about tennis programs they offer and facilities they feature:
Some of the top tennis players in the world have attended boarding school where they got their start.
Here's a look at some of the best tennis grads produced by boarding schools the world over:
Tim Henman is a former British number one tennis player who graduated from The Reed's School, a boarding school in his native England.
Henman started at Reed's at age 11, attending on a tennis scholarship. Told that he was "too small" and "too weak" with "not enough killer instinct," his rise to the top provides an inspiring story of perseverance. Henman's success helped spearhead a resurgence of interest in tennis among British youth.
Jamie Murray, a graduate of The Leys School in England, won the Wimbledon Doubles in 2007. He was the first Briton to win at Wimbledon in 20 years.
Nicole Arendt graduated from The Hun School of Princeton, going on to win 16 doubles titles in her career.
Barbara Potter, a Hall of Fame tennis player, graduated from the Taft School in Connecticut.
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