Odyssey Tennis Academy’s mission
At the Odyssey Tennis Academy, we consider studies to be as important as tennis. In fact, we believe that players’ success in their studies is an important factor in their success and improvements on the court.
Here are some reasons explaining this philosophy:
1. Access to the highest level
We believe that academic success increases the chances of players to perform on the professional tour.
We do not believe in the “all or nothing” philosophy that encourages parents to have their kids drop out of school with the underlying idea that the time they spend in school has a negative effect on their tennis carrier.
On the contrary, we believe that successful students maximize their chances of improving quickly and reaching their highest potential. Indeed, we are convinced that the values and qualities that players must develop to perform academically (especially in a remote system like the one we propose) are the same as those they will need to be effective on the court. .
Some of those values include: work ethic, concentration, organization, autonomy, problem solving …
There is no doubt that these qualities are transversal and will allow the success of a student in a full-time tennis and study program both in class and on the court.
2. Preparation for the future
Not all children will reach the level necessary to play on the tour at the end of high school. Failure to prepare for this eventuality would be a serious mistake that would ultimately leave the player with limited options and an increased amount of unnecessary pressure. This pressure is often harmful and prevents players from improving by forcing them to only focus on short-term results without long-term goals allowing access to the highest level and the full development of their potential.
At the Odyssey Tennis Academy, we make every effort to keep all options open for our athletes and their families when they finish high school.
We make sure they do the right thing to:
- Remain eligible with the NCAA and have the option to study in the US on scholarship within some of the best universities in the country
- Be able to enter university in France and stay at the Academy if this is the choice made by the player and his/her family
- Obtain a quality diploma (French or American) allowing them access the wrokforce in the best possbile conditions
3. Development of the individual
At the Odyssey Tennis Academy, we are not only looking to develop a tennis player, but also a quality individual. We believe in the power of a holistic education led by strong values that are reinforced by our coaches on and off the court in order to develop the human side of our athletes. Our goal is to train athletes but also responsible, respectful citizens who learn how to move in the complexity of today’s society.