Q: Do I have to be a TOP PLAYER to be Invited into the EuroElite Project?
ABSOLUTELY NOT! In fact, although we get many top players at EE this is NOT our Mission to have the top-ranked players! We want players who are actively competitive on the national tours, are curious about what is “out there” and want to experience an International Tour or two per year, who are cool kids and who we feel ADD TO OUR POSITIVE ENVIRONMENT. IN OTHER WORDS…WE DO NOT CARE ABOUT YOUR RANKING AND WE HAVE A PLACE FOR EVERYONE!
Sharing yourself as a player AND a human is what EE is all about. Having FUN, being SERIOUS on the court with NEW AND EXCITING DRILLS/CONCEPTS which TAKE NO TALENT TO PERFORM and MAKING FRIENDS are all reasons that many players stay with us YEAR AFTER YEAR!
Q: How am I invited to the EE Project? What do I have to do?
All EE Project Members have one thing in common: ALL MUST ATTEND A EuroElite SUMMER CAMP!
There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this guideline and the reason is simple: during the 4.5 days of Summer Camp, we can see WHO you are. You can also see WHO WE ARE as well and thus in those days we evaluate each other to determine if there is a good synergy and “fit” for us…then the Invitation to join EuroElite is PERSONALLY GIVEN to that player at the end of their Summer Camp!
If you are NOT invited to the EE Project that year, you will be encouraged to still come to one Weekend Camp or MHPC during that following season so we can keep in touch and see if the growth in your game either technically, tactically or mentally is improving… then we try again We are not looking for Perfect players but for PASSIONATE PLAYERS who want to go out and try AT LEAST ONE TIME A YEAR the International Tour. If this is not of interest, then EuroElite Project Membership will not be offered. We feel all should try to get out of the “Scandinavian Coccon” one time a year but also if young, keep it close like Prague (just 1 hour direct flight away… basically like going from G-borg to Stockholm…easy!)
Q: Do I have to miss A LOT OF SCHOOL in order to be in the EE Project?
THIS IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTIONS OF ALL… YOU DO NOT HAVE TO MISS EVEN ONE DAY OF SCHOOL TO BE A EUROELITE PROJECT MEMBER!
We have a Project for every age, level and need so that you can choose for example to do Two Mini High Performance Camps (which many do) during the Indoor season and you miss ONLY 2 DAYS OF SCHOOL about 4 months apart from each other! If you choose one MHPC and one Weekend Camp you miss only 1 day of school ALL YEAR! If you choose only Weekend Camps you miss 0 Days of School!
TOURING: We have enough tours during the Summer Months that you do not even have to miss school for a Tour! We have Tennis Europe 12/14/16s…TEN-PRO TOURS for ages 10-15 and all levels of ITF Tours during the Summer Months.
IN SHORT… THERE IS SUCH A SMALL TIME IMPRINT AND SUCH A GREAT REWARD THAT EuroElite MAKES MORE SENSE NOW MORE THAN EVER!!! Most Project Choices are only 2 Camps per year so you can choose a WC or MHPC during the school year and a Summer Camp. OR… if you want your Summers Free to Tour… just choose 2 camps during the school year and again, you don’t have to miss school even one day if you choose Weekend Camps:-)
WE OFFER OVER 25 INDOOR CAMPS PER SEASON so there is a camp for YOU!
Q: About your International Tours: Why should I go with EuroElite?? WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOU AND OTHERS?
A: I think that this question is best answered by long-time EuroEliter and player from KLTK Academy, Johan Garpered.
Johan started with EuroElite Tours at age 11 in 2013 going to Turkey TE 12s with us and his last Tour was ITF Asia Grade 4, 3,2 and 4 for ONE MONTH! So… please read below as Johan really has replied about what HE and others feel about what we do so well!
Nice to hear from you. It’s definitely mutual, really miss working with you and touring with all the guys. My answers are below:-)
1. What did you Like about EuroElite Tours?
There were a lot of things I liked about Euroelite.
1.1 The ”team-feeling” was always tangible whenever I travelled with Dave and Euroelite. Dave made sure you were supporting your friends and helping them with small things that in the end could make the difference in a match. You made a lot of great friends and created nice memories.
1.2 The Scientific/Fact-based approach. Dave always made it very clear that he teaches facts and not feelings which I really appreciated. Some coaches have a tendency to work a bit too much with the approach that ”this worked before” or ”I FEEL this option is better” which can lead to confusion for the player. Dave always gave us rock solid facts that held up and that you could lean against in stressful match situations. For example Dave showed us the mathematical difference in playing cross-court as opposed to down the line. That gave you a bigger sense of how important it was to stay cross-court most of the time.
1.3 The Discipline.
Nowadays a lot of people talk about the weight of motivation and that has its place but I think discipline is one of the most important components in being successful. Dave had high standards where he expected and created a culture where you; Worked 100%, came in time for the practices and meetings, stayed positive and also had fun at the same time. After being a month in Asia with Dave I was WAY more disciplined than I had been before. In the beginning maybe I didn’t love the Discipline part of EE because it required a lot of effort from me but I learned to like it since I knew it developed me.
2. What do we do differently from other Tour Leaders?
I think EE are more professional and have a more elaborate plan of what you are doing on tour. Making sure that you get practice matches when you’re out of the tournaments. Not everybody does this. Also being careful and monitoring the screen-time which can have pretty big impact on your concentration. Also, another thing different about EE Tours, getting away from the Hotel-Tennis club rhytm once a week for a cultural experience. That meant a lot, seeing new places and being able to relax at a tournament and definitely NOT at the expense of practice time, we still practiced more than everybody else!
3. Which Concepts stayed with you even after our tour time was over?
My overall impression of the Concepts in EE is that they were very well thought-out and solid ideas on how to go about your tennis on a daily basis. First-strike was my favorite.
4. How did your game change whilst on the EuroElite tour?
I feel my game and especially tactics got finetuned and I got more conscious about how to win matches using my strengths against my opponents weaknesses. I stopped focusing only on my game and got better at ”winning ugly”.
5. Did you like the mix of Tennis and Cultural outings? Was it a good to “get out”?
Yeah, it’s definitely a good mix. The things you learn about yourself and your tennis can easily be translated to other situations you face in your life. One of the most Important things that I will take with me is Mental toughness. I think college can be a tough environment and having been on tours with EE I definitely feel I am prepared If I go to college.
Hope to see you soon!
Q: How “tough” really is EuroElite… I heard it was “super tough”!
Depending on your definition of tough… I would say that we are constantly teaching LIFE SKILLS (See the mail I got from Henrik Atlevi (FairPlay TK) on February 08, 2018 below). We think that “the Adventure begins where your Comfort Zone Ends”… meaning we will challenge you to wake early, have a few long days, have discipline, make your bed, say “thank you for the food” to those who prepare it, hold your racket and body the proper way during all training passes. So do we as EE coaches “slack up”? NEVER! We work with you as competitive and passionate players to let you know how the most successful International Juniors are playing, acting and training. We go out on over 40+ tours per year and so this gives us a unique window into HOW Juniors from other countries are hitting, acting and training!
So no… it is not really that TOUGH… but it IS 100% FOCUSED ALL THE TIME. We have A LOT OF FUN at our EE Camps and Tours but it is Serious Fun and at the end of the camp, you will be SO SATISFIED THAT YOU MADE IT (much like “boot camp”) THRU WITH THE OTHER PLAYERS.
Bottom line: our job is to take you on a VALUABLE LIFE-EVALUATED TENNIS EXPERIENCE JOURNEY which is 100% connected to you “making it” to not just at your personal highest level Tennis your way with your style and prepare you for USA Collegiate Tennis…but for the most important game of all…LIFE!
Studies show that you must reach, fall, FAIL and get up again in order to BE SUCCESSFUL! You cannot stay in a Comfort Zone all the time as this has nothing to do with the real world whatsoever so we GENTLY PUSH YOU INTO THE REAL WORLD OF DISCIPLINE, COMPETITION, TIME-MANAGEMENT and FUN TEAMWORK! See the words of a recent graduate of the EuroElite Concept System from age 12-18… Henik Atlevi (FPTK-Sweden)
It’s been a very long time. Missing the hard camps 🙂
Just wanted to tell you that now being at USA College for a while I’ve learned so much and being reminded of all the things you taught me. Not so much about tennis tactics (even though that is helping a lot) but about discipline, time management and manners.
If we are late, even by 1 minute we are not allowed to practice.
If we don’t get all the gear out on court at time, we are not allowed to practice.
It is incredibly tough and I just wanted to thank you for teaching me discipline, manners and even socialising(no mobils at the meal table!). It’s been very helpful for me and I feel like Scandinavians (Swedes in my experience) don’t appreciate what you are doing enough. I feel like a lot of guys just think that you are tough just because you like it but it REALLY HELPS. They have no idea how tough it can really be.
So again, thank you for the things you have taught me, it has been super SUPER helpful.
(P.s, missing the Asia and south America tour 🙂 )
Regards Henrik Atlevi
University of California-Santa Barbara
Q: Do EuroElite Activities come before Club/Region and Federation activities?
NEVER!!! (well, almost never as it depends on the circumstances) but generally we tend to plan WAY BEFORE clubs, regions and federations do. With that in mind, if something comes up and you have been doing well and get an invite to be on a team…you GO FOR THAT and we have enough other camps/tours that you can join later.
We have NEVER HAD A PLAYER NOT SATISFIED ON HOW WE WORKED WITH THE CLUB/REGION AND FEDERATIONS so you do not have to worry about this. CLUBS COME FIRST! They are the driving force in your tennis but having said that, PARENTS have to have due diligence to be sure you have done all the research of dates when you sign up for a EuroElite Camp or Tour as we all expect each other to SHOW UP AS YOU SIGNED UP. There ARE EXCEPTIONS from time to time and we are totally Flexible with this as long as it is not a reoccurring situation and that we find a SOLUTION for a Make Up Camp or Tour:-)
WE WORK WITH YOU AND CLUBS SO WE ARE A COMPLIMENT AND NEVER WANT TO BE A COMPETITION OR A POINT OF STRESS! EuroElite is designed to be a Secondary HELPER to the clubs… giving their juniors the chance to travel in a professional environment to camps and tours thus adding to the players’ wonderful TENNIS JOURNEY = STAYING IN THE GAME WHEN THEY ARE EXCITED AND INSPIRED!
Q: How many Tours are the Minimum to become a Project Member?
All depends on the PROJECT you choose but the MINIMUM IS ONLY ONE TOUR PER YEAR!
The Futures Project asks for only ONE(1) Tour per year. Challenger Project TWO(2), ATP Project (3) and the Grand Slam Project FOUR or MORE. The prices get cheaper the more Tours you go on and you do Fewer Camps the more you tour. The reason is that you will be with EE during these tours and will learn a lot of those weeks on the road with us!
Q: How many Camps are the Minimum to be in the EE Project?
Two Camps per year are Minimum for all players EXCEPT for those playing their final year of ITFs or those who have been selected to NIU, RIG or in one of the Full-Time Academies like our Partners at Good to Great or KLTK Academy.
THEN we have a new Project called: EuroElite-LITE! Players do only ONE CAMP PER YEAR and then Tour with EE at least once per year.
When you are young and starting with EE (say age 11-12) we encourage the 3 Camp Project (Futures) and only 1 Tour for the year. Players are allowed in the Futures Project only ONE SEASON and then they must move onto other Projects. That means players have a CHOICE to do either 2 or 3 camps per year and they can choose WHAT TYPE OF CAMP they prefer:-)
Q: Ten-Pro vs. Tennis Europe Tournaments… Which is better?
EuroElite has now gone on 3 Ten-Pro events the past 10 months and we plan for 4 more this 2018! They are GREAT FOR GUARANTEED MATCH PLAY especially for the INDOOR SEASON when normally players only get their matches in then go home if eliminated. Sometimes this is only ONE match!
SO… IF YOU ARE AT THE AGE GROUP TARGETED (10-15years) THEN FOR THE INDOOR SEASON IT MAKES SENSE TO DO TEN-PRO EVENTS. Also if you need many matches in a row to “harden up” your Competitive Skills! TENNIS EUROPE EVENTS are also fun and a bit “stronger” than the Ten-Pros so if you are JUST STARTING OUT… Ten-Pro is better than Tennis Europe UNLESS THE TENNIS EUROPE TOUR IS ALSO A CAMP (= Tourna-CAMP:-) These special TE Tourna-Camps that EuroElite does so well GUARANTEE MAXIMUM TENNIS WHEN ELIMINATED and also Friendly Matches.
Here is what EE Touring Coach ADAM BLICHER (Denmark) has to say about this:
“For me the level of Ten-Pro is lower than Tennis Europe, so it’s a place to start when you compete internationally. If you then beat the level you can start playing Tennis Europes.
Of all the players that I have brought to the 3 Ten-Pro Tournaments it has only been Oliver Steines and so far Erwin who has really been beating the level.
Even though Amina won the tournament she got 4 really competitive matches. For all other guys I will say that it’s more relevant for them to go to Ten-Pro and get loads of matches where they win some and loose some than going to Tennis Europes where they might win 1 or 2 if they are lucky and then are out. The contra on that is what you have invented with a tourna-camp which can make up for that. But it is my belief that Ten-Pro is a really good concept for the majority of EuroeElite players.”
FINALLY: Our overall aim is HOLISTIC CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT! Every coach at EuroElite is working towards the goals of not just having Fun… we try to get each player to really enjoy the FUN OF COMPETITION! In being successful towards this goal… we DEVELOP CHARACTER!
It is our major goal to GIVE PARENTS FREEDOM to “let go” so their players have a good chance to grow independently but also for PLAYERS to feel their Characters and Self-Worth increase with every EE Visit or Tour!!
Write Dave at: firstname.lastname@example.org / I will get back to you within 48 hours:-)
ADVISE TO PARENTS ABOUT BALANCING AGE to INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT PARTICIPATION
- 1st Year 12: PRIORITY = Play 1-2 Ten-Pro Events (www.ten-pro.nl) + Maybe 1 Tennis Europe not more than a 1 hour flight away.
- 2nd Year 12: PRIORITY = Early in the Year do 1-2 Ten-Pro Events + then focus on doing maximum 2 Tennis Europe events. Keep it cheap and within a 1.5 hour flight away from home if possible unless it is a tournament/camp like we do in Turkey.
- 1st Year 14: PRIORITY = Play 1 Ten-Pro early in year or late in year to get 8 matches on one tour then 2-4 Tennis Europe events: 2 in Scandinavia and 2 Outside Scandinavia
- 2nd Year 14: PRIORITY = 4-8 Tennis Europe Events. Half in Scandinavia and Half Outside Scandinavia. Put in one Ten-Pro during the year when you need Match Play
- 1st Year 16: PRIORITY: If you don’t have a lot of experience, Stay with 2-4 Tennis Europe 16s in Scandinavia and do 1-2 TE 16s OUTSIDE Scandinavia if Match Camp is at same time: Then “Test” a few ITFs later in the year but stay in Scandinavia or on a LD Tour to a “WEAK” ITF (like Africa/Asia). IF YOU DO HAVE A LOT OF EXPERIENCE IN TE 14s… and you are ranked good.. then start to do ALL the February/March ITFs in Scandinvia. Then look for 1 Long-Tour to a weaker country to get travel experience. Finish the year entering all Scandinavian ITFs and TAKE SOME CHANCES GETTING IN!
- 2nd Year 16: PRIORITY IS ITFs. Enter ALL SCANDINAVIAN ITFs starting January and then go on 2 Long-Distance Tours if possible. The higher ranked, the more you tour away from home.
- ITF 18s: PRIORITY… ALL ITFs EXPECIALLY AWAY FROM SCANDINAVIA… THE WORLD HAS TO BE YOUR TENNIS COURT!