Tennis Academy

Casey Tennis Academy began in Riversdale Sports Club, Glasnevin, 1989 as the brainchild of Paul Casey, who together with his brothers Conor and Owen started coaching groups of tennis players on the finer points of playing and participating in club, interprovincial and international level tournaments.

The Academy is now located in Glenageary Lawn Tennis Club, where it has been growing and developing local talent since 2006.

The purpose of the Academy is to provide performance coaching to juniors who show an aptitude for tennis, at a fraction of the cost of private one-to-one coaching. The techniques being taught are the most up to date – the coaching team attends technical coaching workshops annually, where they keep abreast of the latest training principles. During the academy, the emphasis is on court work to ensure that the students are ‘doing’ the techniques correctly, but this key ‘doing’ element is greatly supported with practical tests on each of the 4 key areas that will ensure development and progression for the students. These are the Technical, Tactical, Mental and Physical components of Tennis.

The Academy runs for 6.5 hrs per week, 30 weeks per year, and costs €1,500, which compares very favourably with the cost of private coaching.

The primary goal for students is to secure a 4 year Tennis Scholarship to a Top University in America by the time they finish their secondary education, at age 17/18. Although this goal may not be achieved for every student, it demonstrates the high quality of coaching and expectations being provided by the coaching staff. To date Paul has helped secure Scholarships for over 20 Irish juniors at top US universities such as Harvard, Notre dame, Ohio State, Arkansas State, University of Houston among others. Many of these students went on to become Pro, Davis and International Cup players for Ireland when they completed their University education. Since its launch in 1989, the Casey Tennis Academy has produced ATP Players, Davis Cup Players and over 30 Junior & Senior Internationals. Currently there are 18 Girls and Boys involved in the 2012-13 Academy, ranging in age from 10 to 15 years.

The Paul Casey Academy approach is all about high quality, performance improvement for each individual student and is a very intensive and focussed program. It is not for everybody, but to ensure goals and objectives are achieved and understood for each student, Paul Casey personally assesses all students before admitting them to the academy.