The sport of tennis is one of the most important sport at the colle­giate level. No other country in the world provides such a great way to combine Tennis and acade­mics. This natu­rally attracts many talented players, which is also reflected in the perfor­mance of the teams. In general, the level in college is very high. Talented Euro­pean players are very popular with American coaches because of their tech­nical level and above-average atti­tude.

The unique American sports system allows you to achieve both athletic and academic goals.  Good tennis players even have a high chance to get a full scho­l­ar­ship, but also hobby players can realize their dream with partial scho­l­ar­s­hips.

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Recei­ving a sports scho­l­ar­ship is the ulti­mate goal for all our players. But how many teams are there actually and how many full scho­l­ar­s­hips can they award?

Basi­cally it is easier for women to get a high scho­l­ar­ship. Espe­cially in the NCAA D1 the scho­l­ar­s­hips are avail­able in great abundance. Men also have a good chance to get high scho­l­ar­s­hips, but have to make some sacri­fices compared to women.

Univer­si­ties with tennis teams:
  • Men: 532
  • Women: 668

Full scho­l­ar­s­hips per team

  • Men: 4,5
  • Women: 8


During the spring season, the trai­ning sche­dule is charac­te­rized by a high inten­sity. Up to six trai­ning sessions per week on the court and nume­rous strength and endu­rance work­outs are sche­duled on a weekly basis.

The only reco­very day of the week is usually sche­duled for Sunday. When a match is sche­duled on sundays, the reco­very day will be post­poned.

Playing a college sport is very time-consuming. Between travel, prac­tice, games, weight trai­ning and meetings, the days of a college athletes are stacked. In order to make sure that the athletes does not neglect the acade­mics, the NCAA has intro­duced rules to limit the amount of prac­tice hours. Moreover, the univer­si­ties imple­mented free tuto­ring for all athletes. As a rule, an athlete is allowed to train 8 weeks during the off season and 20 hours in season.

The fall semester is the some­what an off season in colle­giate tennis. The amount of prac­tice hours decre­ases and the players mostly compete in exhi­bi­tion tour­na­ments.

How does a college season look like?

The special thing about tennis, compared to other sports in the USA, is that there is no strict off-season. The spring semester is the main season in tennis.

In the regular season, the tennis team competes against other schools. After several Pre-season matches, the teams play for confe­rence, regional and National cham­pions­hips.

Most colleges start their high season with a one-week spring break trip to Hilton Head, South Caro­lina
Spring Tennis Fest or to the National Campus in Orlando, Florida
USTA National Campus with over 130 tennis courts. Here you have the oppor­tu­nity to play against the best univer­si­ties from all over America. Trips like this one are paid by the univer­sity.

The fall semester is the off-season in tennis. Between August and October you play indi­vi­dual tour­na­ments. Then the real off-season starts. From October to December you will spend a lot of time in the gym and on the track in order to get in shape for the season, that starts in January.


Fabi­enne Gett­wart

Tennis | Sam Houston State Univer­sity

“In my first week that I am here, I received so many impres­sions as never before in my life. So far, all in all, I’ve had a really good time here. I can abso­lutely recom­mend Sam Houston State Univer­sity. The campus is big, but ever­ything can be reached within 15 minutes. The canteen is not far from our dorms and the univer­sity buil­dings are less than 5 minutes away.
The people here are all extre­mely polite and friendly. The atmo­s­phere is comple­tely diffe­rent from that in Germany if you pay atten­tion to how people interact with one another. There are really some events taking place here every day, be it parties, meetings, BBQs etc. It is really diffi­cult to NOT make friends here. After just one day you got to know new people who would like to have some­thing to do with you and who are also very happy to help you with any problems you have. This univer­sity is also very good at suppor­ting athletes. It offers programs and makes special teachers avail­able who can deal with the content of the lesson or work on special weak­nesses. And that for free. One can go to any teacher or mentor for advice or support.
The coach is gene­rally very nice and helpful too. He doesn’t put any pres­sure on him and has a healthy atti­tude towards tennis. He is also very expe­ri­enced in double play and its stra­te­gies.
Thank you again for ever­ything. I don’t even know how I would have managed all of this without you (athlete super­visor Vesna)!”

Franca Pacelli

Tennis | Chowan Univer­sity

Hey Thorsten,
I am fine! The team and the coach are really nice and the trai­ning is also very good!
Ever­ything is going well at the univer­sity – classes are smaller and more personal and the teachers are always there for you!
In addi­tion, there is a lot of events and clubs on offer here and you are very well received!
The campus is very nice and the supply is good too. So I would defi­ni­tely recom­mend it!
Kind regards, Franca.

Oliver Tobisch

Tennis | Old Domi­nion Univer­sity

“I would like to tell you about my first expe­ri­ence at Old Domi­nion Univer­sity. The univer­sity is in Norfolk, VA on the east coast by the sea. As soon as I arrived, I was looked after very well. My coaches and the guys from the tennis team helped me to quickly find my way around the univer­sity grounds and the surroun­ding area. In the first few days I already had a few appoint­ments and meetings at univer­sity and with my tennis team, there was no ques­tion of boredom. I was well received in the tennis team, we have a lot of fun toge­ther. We have already done a lot toge­ther. We have often been to the beach, which is only 20 minutes away. We have also seen dolphins here. In the mean­time, lessons at the univer­sity have started (14 hours per week) and tennis trai­ning has also started. My daily routine is now well planned, the univer­sity is orga­nized so that lessons and trai­ning are coor­di­nated. In the first week, the day started with a “morning workout” (3 times a week, from 6:00 am to 7:30 am). Here we train strength and endu­rance. Then it goes straight to break­fast and at 9:00 a.m. the class begins. After the lunch break there is tennis trai­ning from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., after which there are usually more lessons or I go to the study hall. Here we have to spend 6 hours a week studying or doing home­work. So the day is very busy and there is little free time. But ever­ything is a lot of fun for me, I get along very well in class and my English skills improved incredibly quickly in the first few weeks. I’m enthu­si­astic about the trai­ning, the coaches are very moti­vated and help us to improve our game. Both coaches come from profes­sional tennis. After just 2 weeks of trai­ning, I flew to my first tour­na­ment in Boston with 3 other guys. That was a great expe­ri­ence, all teams played tennis at a high level. Here I was able to achieve my first indi­vi­dual college victory. The next tour­na­ment in Rich­mond is already in 2 weeks. I’m looking forward to a great and exci­ting time in USA. I am already sure that I have not regretted making the decision to play college tennis in USA. I would like to thank Scho­l­ar­book very much, who made it possible for me to find a univer­sity that corre­sponds exactly to my ideas and is the perfect univer­sity for me. From the begin­ning with the crea­tion of the appli­ca­tion video up to the final place­ment, I was given the best advice and support. We were also happy to receive help from Schoo­lar­book when filling out many of the required forms. I also received support for lear­ning the necessary tests, TOEFL and SAT. Thanks again to the whole Scho­l­ar­book team.”

Requi­re­ments for a

tennis scho­l­ar­ship

Espe­cially in tennis, it is diffi­cult to define precise criteria for a scho­l­ar­ship. When awar­ding scho­l­ar­s­hips, the College Coaches pay parti­cular atten­tion to the indi­vi­dual quali­ties of the player. The high­light video, the match record and grades in school define the worth of a player.

For this reason it is very important that you fill out our chance assess­ment so that we can look into your athletic and academic profile in detail and give you an accu­rate fore­cast. A UTR rating is very helpful for this.

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