The Sánchez-Casal Academy has taken another step forward in its global growth, adding a new academy in Nanjing, China to its already established training centers in Barcelona and Florida. This exciting venture is the result of an agreement with The Samaranch Foundation and The Tennis Academy of China.
The new training center is located at Nanjing University, and is staffed by Academia Sánchez-Casal tennis coaches and physical conditioning trainers. Emilio Sánchez Vicario himself (captain the 2008 Spanish Davis Cup team, and silver medal winner at the 1988 Seoul Olympics) is directly supervising the project.
ASC’s expansion in China is supported by The Samaranch Foundation, the China tennis Asociation with the aim of providing opportunities and identifying promising young athletes with strong tennis potential. The goal is to provide these athletes with opportunities to grow as tennis professionals, with the option of later transferring to the European and US training centers, therefore benefiting from a broader tennis experience.
“Tennis Academy of China Sanchez-Casal will provide the opportunity to develop high performance programs and will work with the aim to implant a training system for high performance coaches”, affirms Emilio Sánchez Vicario.
About how important is this project, Emilio Sánchez remarks that “we support this project because we believe that learning from the best coaches will help Chinese tennis to develop top 100 players in some years” and added that “This partnership has the support from the Samaranch Foundation because our objective is to help young athletes to have the best opportunities to achieve their best potential”
The Sánchez-Casal System: Developing Promising Young Athletes
The decision to expand in China is the result of the interest in sport by the Chinese government and in strengthening China’s presence in the rankings of the ATP and WTA. The background and knowledge of the Sánchez-Casal system is considered fundamental to this goal, as the academy has trained players like Andy Murray (Olympic Champion, Wimbledon), Svetlana Kuznetsova (champion at Roland Garros and US Open), Grigor Dimitrov, Juan Monaco, Gilles Muller, and Johanna Konta, among others.
Expansion into China alongside the Intercontinental Tennis and School Program
Globally, Sánchez-Casal continues to develop its various programs, and it recently launched the combined Intercontinental Tennis and School program, which permits a student the opportunity to study and train throughout two semesters, in two different cultures, during one academic year. This unique double experience is offered by Sánchez-Casal and ES International School, at their combined campuses in Barcelona and Florida. In the near future the plan will be to add Nainjing and have the option to do third continent.