College Tennis

If you focus purely on academics, you have less chance of getting that scholarship. You can still get a scholarship through academics. Why not get both?

College Tennis

So why college, two reasons why we would really consider, well, I guess there are three reasons why we would consider college. One is the expense, unless you're in a country that offers a payment scheme for university or a free university, university can be expensive. Now in the United States, university is super expensive if you're going to a well-known school. Now, this isn't so much of the issue, but in places like Australia, New Zealand, England, Europe, pretty much most places in the world. If you're playing tennis still and studying full-time on campus at a university, you're going to really, really struggle. The United States offers a system that you can combine both. Really elite-level tennis, really elite level schools.

So it's the perfect combination. So you might think when a lot of parents get to the age where their child's at the age of 16, that's like school or tennis. Why not have both? If you can get your tennis up to a level, invest time and money in that process from, you know, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17 years of age, that time energy and money investment can lead to the reward of free education at university.

Now, this is one really important point. If you focus purely on academics, you have less chance of getting that scholarship. You can still get a scholarship through academics. Why not get both? So you don't need to be Einstein to get good grades at college. You need to have solid grades. Absolutely. You need to sit in an SAT. We'll explain all that down below, but it's not crazy hard to achieve. What you need is a great combination of very good tennis and very good studies, not exceptional at either. So that's something that everyone can achieve.

The second thing and really important part of college is not everyone's ready to go on tour at the age of 18. Maturity level, physical capabilities. I didn't grow into my body until I was a little bit sort of 19/20. After going to the gym, getting a bit stronger, getting faster. I wasn't really ready to compete until I was 20 years old, basically. So for me, college maybe was the better option and I should have taken that. It would have given me two years of study, two years at a really high level of tennis and two years to mature and grow into my body and my mind, I would have been much more grounded and more performance-ready at 20 than 18 going into tour. You can always leave college. It's very hard to go back when you're 22 or 23, cause they have some age restrictions and it's harder to go to the US for college reasons. So for parents out there who are trying to find the right balance with their child, whether tennis needs to be the priority or not is a really interesting discussion and it's not something I can answer for you. It's got to come from you and your family. The dynamic between you and your child and that conversation. But what I can tell you is that most children that study full-time without any escape, really struggle between the years of 18 to 22, there's a lot going on, they're becoming an adult, they're out in the world and what I think tennis or any sport really is. But in our situation, tennis brings that grounding and grounding is such an important thing for someone who maybe has just gone overseas to study, or is trying to pursue a career that is really intense and involves a lot of hours sitting at a desk, tennis could be a great escape.

You don't have to be the best tennis player in the world to have tennis at a college level, but it can complement your studies. It can help you succeed in your areas of pursuit, whether that's a degree or starting a business or going and doing your master's after your undergraduate, tennis can always be there. It's not like a switch you turn on and off. It's always ready to go and it compliments your studies. So I don't think it's an one or the other type scenario, it's just how much energy and intention you want to direct, and you want to lead with tennis and go to college, or you want to lead with studies and continue with tennis.

We don't know what's going to happen in life, but I can tell you this. If you sit at a desk all day long with no escape, nothing to ground you to what you've been doing for most of your life, I think it will be a really tough battle and you'll find those, those battles come in later down the track.

So the college system works in multiple ways for their scholarships. Now, you get a percentage scholarship based on your academics and also your sports. So you could be number one in the team and have a full sports scholarship and do well at school and get a full academic scholarship. That means your expenses are completely covered. You may be number four in the team and you only have 25% of your sports scholarship covered, but you're an exceptional student and you have a hundred percent of that covet. They are split into two, for example, a good friend of mine who I grew up playing with, went to college on a tennis scholarship. I believe he was number six in the team and had 25 or 30% on his sports, but he's a very good student. In the end, he had a zero sports scholarship after two years and had a complete full scholarship with academics. He continued playing on the team and he just played matches and training. So he went the other way when he was at college and took the academic pursuit. I had another friend who went to college down in North Carolina, [00:06:00] and he went the other way where he had a really good starting position with academics and had a hundred percent scholarship. And then as he was there, he's tennis got better and he moved up the team and he was able to get a larger sports scholarship.

Now prices vary from state to state, college to college and especially those in the Ivy League. So you can be talking anywhere from 15,000 US dollars a year, right up to about 300,000 per year. When you're looking at your Ivy league colleges, the reputation of the Ivy League is incredible. As you know, the Harvard's, the Stanford's, the Princeton's of this world, and they're an exceptional level that tennis programs are really, really top-notch, and the academics are known throughout the world the top universities. So you might look at it, hey, I want my child to go to one of these Ivy League schools. Can I afford 300,000 US dollars per year? If you can. Amazing. Maybe you go, I need to go a little bit lower end than a hundred thousand if you can. Great. What a great combination to combine both and get a scholarship. Even if it's a part scholarship. If this is the direction you want to go, 25% on a $300,000 scholarship tuition fee is a significant amount. Even if it's a hundred thousand dollars a year, there are 25,000 US dollars in your pocket. You will have a sheet listed below inside this area and will cost up a few universities to get an idea.

The process of getting to college is quite challenging. You got to do a lot of visits, video resumes, some exams, contact the universities. We also do that, but it's a case by case thing and we don't take everyone on, but if it's something that you want to do and work with us, we can help you there. Just get in touch privately via email and we can work that through together.

So if you're looking to go to college and that's a really, really important and valuable option for you, there's a couple of ways that you can go about doing it.

One is all by yourself. There's nothing stopping a parent from doing all the paperwork, filming all the required video resumes, the Encore presentation, packaging it up, contacting all the universities, the Scouts, et cetera. Completely can do that. It's super time consuming, really, really tough. And knowing the people to contact can be a real pain in the behind. So what we can do for you is to help you with that process. So essentially become like an agent on your behalf. We help give you all the tools to do that. So we film the video if we can, if we're in close proximity to you, if not, we'll give you a full video guideline on the best angles to film, cameras to use, how to mount on the fence, et cetera.

We will also take care of the paperwork, understanding what visas are required. Talking with the schools, getting the right coaches to look at the right videos of your child. We can do that. If that's something that you're really interested in doing potentially your child would be with the ages of 15, 16. Then it's a perfect time to do it because in some cases, and in some countries you have to change your high school subjects to give you the right amount of points for your grade point average because, in the United States, they use a grade point average. To give you the option of going to the United States. So for example, for me, I had to change in year 10 when I was 16 to do Physics at school because I needed an extra mass on my grade point average and my report to help me get into college. So I did get into a college and sign. I just decided not to go for me at the time.

I wish I did now, but, but I didn't. So here I am with the lessons of someone who didn't go helping you guys set that up for your child.