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How do I get a tennis scholarship in America?

If you are aged between 18-24, in education or have been in the last 2 years and have a clean criminal record whilst playing tennis at a competitive level, you are well positioned to become a successful U.S Sports Scholarship applicant. However, only the best young tennis players will be considered for a tennis scholarship by coaches so ideally you need to be playing at the best level in your region pushing on from local club tournaments to national championships.

There are over 1100 women’s and 950 men’s tennis programs in American college sport. It is one of the most competitive sporting environments at the collegiate level and regarded by most amateurs as the premier environment to develop your game. Tennis is a highly competitive sport for obtaining a scholarship, with coaches looking for internationally experienced players.

U.S Sports Scholarships is like no other service provider in the world in that we only offer 50 places on our recruitment programme each year to ensure that every single player receives the necessary time and personal attention to take them through the complex process of finding a suitable school in America; helping them secure the best possible financial package. To help achieve this, each player is assigned their own designated representative who is with them every step of the way. If you think you have what it takes to play and study in the USA on a tennis scholarship, please complete our free online application now.

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What is an U.S athletic tennis scholarship?

An athletic tennis scholarship is a form of scholarship to attend a U.S college or university awarded to an individual based on their academic and athletic capabilities. A tennis scholarship can cover anywhere between 0-100% of costs and these offers are authorised by the coaches at American colleges/universities. Earning a tennis scholarship will allow you the opportunity to pursue both an academic and tennis career simultaneously. This means that you will be studying for a university degree in a subject of your choice whilst training and competing at an elite level, similar to that of professional tennis.

What determines how much scholarship I get in the USA?

Your scholarship will depend on many factors including your playing ability and academic standing, as well as your coaches assigned budget for the season. However, don’t worry it is our job to ensure that we find you an American college which best suits your preferences and capabilities. If, for example, a university costs $50,000 a year all in and the coach is giving you a scholarship worth $42,000, then this is a partial scholarship as there is a $8,000 shortfall that the coach wants you to contribute towards the costs of attending the university. Most partial scholarships come with the incentive that if you perform well, both on the court and in the classroom, then the coach can reward you with a scholarship increase and cover any costs that you had been contributing towards.

Can I receive a full 100% tennis scholarship in the USA?

A tennis scholarship can cover many, sometimes all, of the costs associated with earning a university degree.  In return, the student-athlete will represent the university in their respective sport and maintain a good level of academic performance. The level of scholarship granted is fundamentally dependent on what the coach of the American college wants to offer. A 100% scholarship or ‘full ride’ covers the costs of tuition and fees, room and board, and textbooks, leaving only incidental costs to pay for the student-athlete. In this case, 100% of the costs are covered and it can be worth up to a staggering $400,000 over four years. At U.S Sports Scholarships, one in every four of our athletes will typically receive a full scholarship.

Can a tennis player go on to play on the ATP or WTA Tour after graduating from University?

Yes former tennis scholarship recipients include the likes of John Isner (University of Georgia), Bob & Mike Bryan (Stanford University), Lisa Raymond (University of Florida), James Blake (Harvard University), and Sondev Devvarman (University of Virginia). In fact collegiate tennis is thought to be the best route to a pro tennis career because of several factors, including intense competition. Playing week in and week out against some of the best amateur tennis players in the world.

How do I find out more about U.S Tennis Scholarships?

To find out more about the tennis scholarship process, fill out our form and a U.S Sports Scholarships consultant will be in touch to answer any questions you may have. If this is of interest please complete our free online application now.

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