IMG Tennis, the leading tennis agency in the world, and TATΟΪ Club, one of the most exclusive Private Members Clubs in Europe, announced today Tennis Europe is joining as an education partner for this year’s ‘IMG Future Stars Invitational Tournament’, a weeklong event for the next generation of tennis talent, coaches, and their families, to learn, play against the best from across the globe, and bring this young community together like never before. The second annual event, taking place from April 24 – April 30, 2023, will be hosted at TATΟΪ Club in Athens, Greece, which has luxury accommodations and state-of-the-art tennis facilities.
IMG Future Stars Invitational Tournament consists of a 48-player field competition for the best 24 boys and 24 girls under the age of 12, as well as unprecedented programming following each days’ matches. These mandatory workshops for students, coaches, and parents include panels and discussions hosted by executives from WTA, ATP, Nike, IMG and more, to educate families about being a professional tennis player, speakers who are experts in the nutrition and wellness spaces to help athletes understand what they need to fuel and heal their bodies, media training to prepare athletes for press interviews, and fun, exclusive entertainment, including an exhibition match between two top ATP players.
Education is a key aspect of life on the Tennis Europe Junior Tour as well. Launched in 2019, the Junior School prepares the young athletes as they follow the path to becoming professional players, with onsite and online classes covering topics including nutrition, the media, mental health, anti-doping and sponsorship. The School is the only educational program to be approved by the sport’s governing body, the International Tennis Federation, and both professional tours, the ATP and WTA. In 2022, the Tennis Europe Junior Tour saw over 12,000 tennis players compete in 465 international events for players aged 12, 14 and 16 & Under. The Tour is comprised of regular events of three categories, plus a select series of elite Super Category tournaments, including events such as ‘Les Petits As’.
Young players from around the world submitted videos to be among the lucky few invited to attend this weeklong tennis extravaganza, nurturing the next generation of professional tennis players. Two spots are held for Wild Card invitations for Greek residents who qualify to participate in the tournament. Each chosen player receives two free hotel rooms, meals provided through the duration of their stay, up to two extra credentials for parents/guardians/coaches, access to top-of-the-line recovery equipment, and enjoys the fan zone village filled with food and entertainment for both players and their guests, as well as the 2,000 daily spectators. The winner of both the boys’ and girls’ tournaments receive invitations to the prestigious Eddie Herr International Junior Championship (under 14 age group) later in the year, at the renowned IMG Academy, in Bradenton, Florida.
To see the sizzle trailer featuring tennis superstars, or to stay up to date on the latest news from the IMG Future Stars Invitational Tournament visit www.IMGFutureStars.com and follow @IMGTennis.