Austin Tennis Academy Austin's Premier Tennis Academy Tue, 07 Nov 2017 15:45:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Two Weeks Of Winter Tennis Camp At ATA – Sign Up Now! Tue, 07 Nov 2017 15:40:08 +0000 2017 Winter Tennis Training Camps

This Winter, your child can take advantage of the Austin Tennis Academy’s Winter Camps to progress at a rapid rate. The camps are designed to provide the greatest development of your child’s physical, mental, technical, and tactical performance levels.


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Week 1 – December 26th, 2017 – December 29th, 2017
Week 2 – January 1st, 2018 – January 5th, 2018


QuickStart Camp 9:00am – 10:30am (age 5-8)
Morning Camp 9:00am – 12:00pm (All levels)
Tournament Tough Training Camp 1:00pm – 4:00pm


QuickStart Camp Week 1 (Tue – Fri): $140/week ($40/day drop-in)
QuickStart Camp Week 2: $175/week ($40/day drop-in)
Morning Camp Week 1 (Tue – Fri): $250/week ($80/day drop-in)
Morning Camp Week 2: $275/week ($80/day drop-in)
Tournament Tough Training Camp Week 1 (Tue – Fri): $300/week ($90/day drop-in)
Tournament Tough Training Camp Week 2: $375/week ($90/day drop-in)

Quick Start Camp

9:00am – 10:30am
The Quick Start tennis format used by the Austin Tennis Academy gives kids the opportunity to rally a ball over the net and learn to play points as quickly as possible – all in a fun environment. Our coaches recognize the importance of starting kids off well, and with success. The ATA was instrumental in developing this groundbreaking nationwide program and served as the pilot program for the USTA. This program uses the appropriate size racquet, court and ball to allow kids to do more – faster! Suggested Age: 5-8 years old

Morning Camp

9:00am – 12:00pm
Players will improve their game by learning fundamental skills, practicing game situations, and improving overall movement. Using the latest techniques and international innovations, players learn valuable athletic skills for tennis and other sports.

Afternoon “Tournament Tough” Camp

Tournament players will improve their game by using competitive game situations, technical training and point play, as well as movement and flexibility training. ATA Academy players will be training at this time.


  1. Registration must be made online.
  2. Payment in advance is required to reserve your slot. An administrative fee of $50 will be applied for cancellations.
  3. ATA camps are held rain or shine. Indoor sessions are held in the event of inclement weather.
  4. No refunds or make-ups for days missed.
  5. Weekly rate applies to that particular week only (no carryover).
  6. Medical Release and Hold Harmless must be filled out online.
  7. Players may leave credit card on file to cover pro shop purchases, lunch, etc.
  8. ATA does not offer housing. Private housing may be available. Email to inquire.
  9. Prompt pick-up is expected. Early drop-off and late pick-up is available upon request for $50 per week.

 Register Now! ]]> 0 Photos From The 2017 ATA Scholarship Shootout Mon, 30 Oct 2017 16:42:19 +0000 What a fantastic weekend!  This year’s Grand Slam Shootout Pro-Am was chock full of fun.  From Danny Walker’s stories at the Shootout Party at the Sonesta Friday evening to Larry Whitson’s 17th appearance in the event, to 20 first time Shootout players, to the fantastic tennis played by current players and coaches, ATA, St Stephen’s and Fretz program alumni players.

The live auction was a blast and the silent auction finished strong.  Our fundraising looks to be one of our strongest years in the past 10 year’s shootouts.

Thank you to everyone who supported and participated. Here are a few pictures from the weekend:

Life-long friends and doubles partners Jeff Offerdahl and Chase Curry joined forces for a strong alumni team.

Sydney Williams and her dad teamed up as one of many parent-child teams this weekend.

Ryan Berber joined forces with Josh Hagar to form another strong ATA alumni team.

Tyler Anson and Laura Schlockman high five after one of many high-quality points.

To see many more pictures, head over to the ATA Facebook page!

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2017 ATA Scholarship Shootout – THIS WEEKEND Tue, 24 Oct 2017 13:39:54 +0000 The 2017 Austin Tennis Academy Scholarship Shootout is THIS WEEKEND! On Friday, the community will convene for an evening of fun including dinner & drinks, silent and live auction items, team announcements and auctions and much more, all at the Sonesta Hotel beginning at 5:30. On Saturday, the Pro-Am Doubles Calcutta tennis tournament will serve it up on the ATA courts bright and early and will unfold through the day.

The entire weekend benefits the Austin Athletic Scholarship Foundation, providing need-based financial aid for the wonderful programming that happens year-round at the Austin Tennis Academy.

To get you excited, here are a few pictures from the doubles action last year:


ATA CEO Jack Newman springs into a kick serve during the finals with partner Bailey Forgus at the net.


ATA College Prep student Callie Creath and partner Chad Loup are all smiles after winning a long point.


ATA College Prep student Juan De Dios Abboud and his father teamed up at line 1 doubles.


Academy player Marcus Sweeney joined forces with his father to create a dynamic duo on the court last weekend.


ATA’s Brian Notis joined forces with his student and Academy player Blaine Kanak for the doubles event.

We hope to see all of you this weekend at the 17th annual ATA Scholarship Shootout!

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Josh Hagar talks Glimmer impact, kicks off new campaign Mon, 23 Oct 2017 18:42:16 +0000 A foundational principle of the Austin Tennis Academy culture is giving back. The staff works to surround all students with opportunities to participate in and contribute to the world around them. Last week, ATA College Prep and recent Notre Dame graduate Josh Hagar joined Academy practice to tell his story of spearheading the Playing For Glimmer Campaign, while urging the next generation to step up and get involved.

“No program I’ve ever been a part of anywhere in the world has something like this where they acknowledge where they are and try to do something to give back,” explained Hagar, who is now playing tennis professionally. “I’m here to talk to all of you about kicking off this year’s campaign.”

ATA has set the goal to raise $100,000 to go towards a new school and 3 new water wells in the villages of Gondar. This is the next step in a pledge ATA CEO Jack Newman made to A Glimmer of Hope about 12 years ago to raise $1 million for those most in need in rural Ethiopia. The campaign recently surpassed $600,000 of the $1 million goal.

Santiago Montoya, an ATA alum and current part of the Glimmer team, explained how every dollar makes a difference.

“Ethiopia is around 100 million people, 80 million live outside of the city. 30 million of those are living on under $1 per day,” Santi said. “Those are the people we are helping.”

By partnering with Glimmer, the community will send 100% of the money raised to these school and clean water projects.

“The power of clean water – combined with a quality education – means that hundreds of children will have the opportunity to thrive. The projects funded by the Austin Tennis Academy will make an immediate and lasting difference as part of Glimmer’s work in the Villages of Gondar.”  –

After introducing Josh, Coach Newman closed the discussion by again urging each Academy player to consider participating.

“My goal is that everyone has a campaign page,” Newman said. “Whatever the dollar amount you raise is immaterial. I would like each of you to get engaged and do something.”

Take a look at the overall ATA campaign page for this year by clicking here, and scroll through some of the campaign pages started by ATA students towards the bottom.



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ATACP’s Annika Pandey Named National Merit Commended Student Tue, 10 Oct 2017 18:45:51 +0000 ATA College Prep senior Annika Pandey has been named a Commended Student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program, placing her in the top 5% of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition.

“This recognition is a tribute to Annika’s long-term dedication to her studies, work ethic, and perseverance,” said ATACP Director Carol Hagar.

Around 50,000 Commended Students are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise, all of whom entered the competition by taking the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

“I think the biggest factors that contributed to my success were my parents because they always push me to do my best and set high goals and academics have always been really important to us,” Annika said. “I also think Carol and College Prep have helped me keep up with the material a lot. Mr. Rutherford and Coach Tommy have also kept me really challenged in the classroom so that has definitely helped.”

Annika is currently narrowing her college choice as she moves through her second to last high-school semester. Over the past month, she has visited Claremont McKenna College in California, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and MIT in Boston.

“I really liked all of them, but I found that campus atmosphere and student body were two things that were really important to me so I think I will be making my final decision based on those two criteria,” Annika said.

Wherever she lands, Annika is angling for a well-rounded experience in college. While medical school is the post-grad plan, a major in anything from International Studies to Business or Economics over biology or chemistry spikes her interest most at the moment.

“I want to be challenged in college of course and being in an area where there is a lot to do is important to me,” Annika said. “I’m really excited to be a little bit more independent and sort of gain my footing in the world while learning a lot and spending time with interesting and ambitious people.”

Congratulations, Annika!

2017 ATA Scholarship Shootout: Info, Sponsorship Levels, & More! Sat, 30 Sep 2017 13:00:07 +0000 The 2017 Austin Tennis Academy Scholarship Shootout is approaching quickly! The festivities this year will mark the 17th annual party and pro-am tennis tournament in support of ATA and the Austin Athletic Scholarship Foundation.

Each year, the community comes together for a fun-filled weekend that raises money to provide need-based financial aid for the wonderful programming that happens year-round at the Austin Tennis Academy.


Friday, October 27th – Player Party, Dinner, Silent and Live Auction at Sonesta

Saturday, October 28th – Pro-Am Team Tennis Tournament at ATA


$300 – 1 tournament entry, 2 tickets to the Player Party

$100 – per person for Player Party only / just watching the tennis on Saturday

$750 – Table of 10 seats at the Player Party / just watching the tennis on Saturday


Local businesses have the opportunity to support the event as banner sponsors at a variety of levels. This is an excellent opportunity to support the program and families who otherwise couldn’t access it while exposing the wider ATA community to a local brand or business.

Championship Level Sponsor – $3000

  • 3 x 8 Banner with business logo on ATA fences all weekend
  • 4 Tournament Entries
  • 10 total seats at the Player Party
  • Promotional items at Sponsors table
  • Recognition on ATA website

Grand Slam Level Sponsor – $2000

  • 3 x 6 Banner with business logo on ATA fences all weekend
  • 2 Tournament Entries
  • 5 total seats at the Player Party
  • Promotional items at Sponsors table
  • Recognition on ATA website

Masters Level Sponsor – $1000

  • 3 x 4 Banner with business logo on ATA fences all weekend
  • 1 Tournament Entry
  • 2 Seats at the Player Party
  • Promotional items at Sponsors table
  • Recognition on ATA website

Community Level Sponsor$300

  • Banner placement with business logo on ATA fences all weekend
  • Promotional items at Sponsors table



Coaches Lessons

Tennis Bags

And more!


Lesson Packages

Spa Packages

Coach Newman Dinner

Catered Paella by Cecy Abboud

Ladies Team Clinic with 2 coaches, lunch included

And more! (Anything you or your business would like to offer for an Auction item? Reach out!)

To register for the Shootout tournament and party, please reach out to For questions or to sign up as a Banner Sponsor, please reach out to

See you at the 2017 Scholarship Shootout!

ATA College Prep Hustles To Help With Harvey Relief Mon, 11 Sep 2017 16:22:15 +0000 Over the first week of school, the ATA College Prep community combined their efforts to try to make a small positive impact amid a large and ongoing tragedy. After thousands upon of thousands were displaced from south east Texas following Hurricane Harvey, the CP community focused on families heading to Austin. Together with the Austin Disaster Relief Network, the group donated two packed van loads of essential supplies to those most in need.

In total, ATA College Prep gathered and compiled 30 full Welcome Kits (1 per family), 8 boxes of organized essential supplies, 10 cases of diapers, 14 bags of clothes, blankets and kids toys, 6 cases of baby food and 4 cases of water.

The group will continue to engage in opportunities to serve those affected by this disaster throughout the year. Check back here for updates, or feel free to reach out with any possible opportunities or interest to participate.

And, most of all, a huge and heartfelt THANK YOU to those of you who donated and/or helped over the last week.


ATA College Prep Students Zip Through Orientation Sat, 02 Sep 2017 15:10:01 +0000 The 2017-2018 school year at ATA College Prep kicked off late last week with two fun-filled days of orientation. Beyond the standard class schedules and syllabus discussions, the time together was packed with everything from Woosh. Bang. Pow., to tangled human knots, to zip-lining through the Texas hill-country. Here are a few pictures from the fun.

Carol introduces the students to the rules of Woosh. Bang. Pow.


After linking each left arm to a teammate’s right arm who was not immediately next to you, the groups worked to untangle the knot of arms.

Callie, Kristin, Sydney and Jordan smile for a picture while secured to the platform at the top of a tree between lines.

Mac and Alex race through the tree tops on the longest line of the day.

Mac, Jackson, Alex, Christian, Harrison and James casually lean off of the platform as they wait for the next line.

Sophia hangs on as she repels through the trees to the next landing.

The students and teachers enjoyed two action-packed days together and are primed and ready for an amazing start to the year. Check back here for regular updates on the action in the classroom and out as the ATA College Prep year kicks off.


How ATA Can Help With Hurricane Harvey Relief Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:48:55 +0000 Dear ATA Players, Parents and Patrons,

We can’t do everything, but we can do something.

One of our goals is to produce citizens of significance, not just accomplishment. Being a good citizen means being a good neighbor.  We talk to our students about this all the time and it’s important that we demonstrate character as well as talk about it.

The news from Hurricane Harvey’s impact continues to be hard to fathom. The death toll is going up. The number of people displaced is climbing by 10s of thousands. I know that many of you have family and friends in the area who are suffering, and all of you have some sort of personal connection to this disaster.

As a community, we do our best to respond in ways that contribute positively to our neighbors who are suffering, mourning and vulnerable.

To start, ATA has pledged to match the first $5,000 raised by the community through our partnership with the American Red Cross. If you feel compelled to contribute financially to disaster relief efforts, please follow this link to the ATA campaign page:

Secondly, ATA College Prep students are gathering supplies to create welcome kits for displaced families seeking shelter in Austin through the Austin Disaster Relief Network. If you’d like to donate supplies to help with these welcome kits, these are the specific items needed for each kit:

Feminine Products
Baby Bottles/Formula
Baby Food
1 plastic container with a lid to hold the above items

Any donations for welcome kits should be dropped off at ATA College Prep before Wednesday the 6th. Feel free to contact Tommy Collins with questions.

Lastly, ATA’s Jackie Zapien is organizing donations to help animals that are ending up in shelters or homeless as a result of Hurricane Harvey. This Sunday, she will be driving a load of supplies to the Houston area to help relief efforts focused on animals. If you are able to donate any dog food, cat food, treats, toys, litter, leashes, blankets, or pet bedding, please drop it off at ATA before this Sunday and she will make sure it is put to good use.

Together as a community, we hope to make a small positive impact on what has become the largest natural disaster this country has ever seen. Thank you all for participating.

ATA Adds Experience, Energy With Coach Shaimaa Elsisi Mon, 28 Aug 2017 17:53:30 +0000 The Austin Tennis Academy has hired Coach Shaimaa Elsisi as the latest addition to its standout coaching staff, CEO Jack Newman announced recently.

“Shaimaa will be an excellent addition to the ATA coaching staff,” Newman said. “She brings college coaching experience and an incredibly positive, high energy level to practice.”

Elsisi joins the ATA community after spending the past year as the Volunteer Assistant Coach at Baylor University, where she landed after moving from Florida. While in the sunshine state, Shaimaa took the court for Troy University where she competed for the Trojans and earned both her bachelors and masters degrees.

A native of Cairo, Elsisi was one of the top ranked junior players in Egypt before moving to the United States to play college tennis. She helped the Trojans to a winning record each year that she played at Troy.

“Tennis has taught me everything,” Shaimaa said. “Matches have given me mental strength, practice has given me stamina, tournaments have given me social skills, team competition has given me spirit, traveling has given me experience, participation has given me the best friendship…. tennis has given me my soul!”

After serving as a graduate assistant coach for the men’s and women’s teams at Troy, Shaimaa moved on to a head coaching position at Hillsborough Community College where she stayed until relocating to Baylor.

“I am a coach because of my passion for tennis,” Shaimaa said. “I chose to become a coach to give back to the sport, to impact my student-athletes’ lives in a positive way, to help them succeed on and off the court, and to give them the opportunity that my own coaches gave me as a student-athlete.”

That passion she mentions stems from a family full of tennis players including her sister, who is the head coach at Troy, her brother, who coaches professionally back in Egypt, but all started with her father.

Shaimaa, center, pictured with her sister and brother.

“I learned how to walk on a tennis court,” Shaimaa said. “My late father (my favorite person in the whole world) was a tennis coach and he took me to his work every day and I fell in love with tennis because of him! It was our special place! I love tennis and it’s my happy place and every time I stepped on the court in my playing years it felt like it was my first time!”

In addition to being an accomplished tennis coach and player, Elsisi is an exceptional student, earning her bachelor’s degree in sport and fitness management with a minor in recreation and her master’s degree in sports and fitness management with a concentration in sports administration. She now applies this love of learning to her students.

“As a coach, I learn everything I can about every student-athlete—not every individual responds in the same way,” Shaimaa said. “My goal is to learn what motivates them and keeps them engaged to give them the opportunity to develop their skill level in a structured learning environment that constantly challenges them while providing them with both encouragement and support.”

Off the court, Shaimaa loves traveling and visiting family and friends. She enjoys playing golf, softball, watching Disney movies with friend’s kids, and reading about nutrition and health issues.

After her first few weeks around ATA, one thing has stuck out to her that distinguishes this place from the rest.

“It’s culture! I loved it right away and I felt home the minute I walked in and I loved how welcoming everyone was right away,” Shaimaa said. “Everyone is very professional and very friendly. Kids are respectful, and they work hard on and off the court. They have great attitudes and are very coachable. The staff is great and passionate about what they do and they care about the kids on and off the court. It’s definitely a place that I can call home and family! I feel very lucky to be part of the ATA family and I’m very grateful to Coach Newman for this wonderful opportunity.”

Welcome to the ATA community, Coach Shaimaa!!