Emilio Sanchez Academy Celebrates 25 Years of Shaping Tennis Stars and Academic Success
Nov 15, 2023
In the world of tennis and education, few institutions have made a profound impact quite like Emilio Sanchez Academy (ESA). This November marks the 25th anniversary of ESA, a monumental milestone for a company that has been instrumental in shaping the careers of tennis pros, sending hundreds of high school students to prestigious U.S. colleges, and inspiring countless success stories. ESA’s mission has always been clear: to create opportunities in tennis and education, and over the years they have lived up to this commitment.
A Legacy of Tennis Excellence
Emilio Sanchez Academy has been a cradle for tennis champions and a nurturing ground for future stars. A testament to their unwavering dedication to the sport, ESA has trained and molded the skills of some of the biggest names in tennis, including Andy Murray, Grigor Dimitrov, Gilles Muller, Juan Monaco, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Arantxa Sanchez, Ana Ivanovic, Johanna Konta, Maria Sakkari, Andrea Petkovic, Daniela Hantuchova, and the legendary Martina Navratilova.
Above: Andy Murray training at the ES Academy in November 2004
These tennis icons not only achieved greatness in their careers but also attribute a part of their success to the world-class coaching and support they received at ESA. The academy’s commitment to creating opportunities for young talents has been integral to the rise of these remarkable athletes.
Empowering the Next Generation
While the academy’s contributions to professional tennis are extraordinary, ESA’s impact doesn’t end there. Over the past 25 years, they have opened doors to higher education for countless high school students. Graduates of ESA have been welcomed with open arms by prestigious institutions such as Columbia, Harvard, Clemson, UCLA, USC, Pepperdine, NYU, Tufts, Babson, Princeton, the University of Tampa, the University of South Carolina, Wake Forest, the University of Florida, and the University of Miami, among others.
Above: Emilio Sanchez at the academy in Naples
Through their rigorous training programs, ESA not only instills a strong work ethic but also emphasizes the importance of academics. This unique blend of tennis and education has prepared their students to excel on and off the court, turning them into well-rounded individuals poised for success.
Success Stories: Alice Ferlito
A shining example of ESA’s impact is the remarkable journey of Alice Ferlito. She began her tennis journey at the academy when she was just three years old, and under ESA’s tutelage she flourished into a formidable player. Her dedication and hard work eventually earned her a spot on Princeton University’s tennis team this year. Alice’s success story is a testament to ESA’s unwavering commitment to creating opportunities for aspiring talents.
Above: Alice Ferlito training at the ES Academy
As Emilio Sanchez Academy celebrates its 25th anniversary, it’s clear that they have fulfilled their mission of creating opportunities in tennis and education. From nurturing tennis champions to helping high schoolers achieve their dreams of attending top U.S. colleges, ESA has left an indelible mark on the world of sports and education. Their legacy continues to inspire and shape the next generation of tennis stars and academic achievers, ensuring that their impact will be felt for many years to come. Congratulations to Emilio Sanchez Academy and everyone in it on 25 years of excellence!
Source: Emilio Sanchez Academy. Top Photo: Aerial view of the Emilio Sanchez Academy, Barcelona. Photos: ES academy. This article also appears in the November/December 2023 issue of Florida Tennis Magazine. Be sure to subscribe for expanded coverage, exclusive interviews, and in-depth tennis news.