20 YEAR EVOLUTION
After the many wonderful years spent in Paris, Patrick decided to move his activity to the south of France, in Sophia-Antipolis near Nice. He first bought the renowned Sophia Country Club complex and is currently building what will undoubtedly be in 2016, the most stunning Tennis Academy in Europe. Bold ambitions to say the least, the Academy aims to become one of the main training centers for high-level male and female players. The grounds will also play host to an elite sport & study school open to students and trainees from all over the world, it will accommodate the best aspiring junior talents from the Champ 'Seed Foundation, sport business events will be hosted there as well new tournaments and initiatives in collaboration with the French Tennis Federation. Why not become the World Mekka of tennis while we’re at it!
In the heart of the Sophia Antipolis technopole, located 15 minutes from Cannes and 20 minutes from Nice. The Academy is accessible from the NICE -CÔTE D'AZUR International Airport.
ACTIVITIES & KEY FIGURES
More than 7000 matches played every year
130 male and female players in the Tennis-Study section
A training center for Top ATP & WTA players
1500 campers per year (for a week or more)
50 scholarship athlete/students placed in Top American Colleges every year
25 Coaches & 5 physical trainers
20 professors (both french & english speakers)
33 courts (Clay & Green set)
8 indoor courts
THE PROJECT - WORK IN PROGRESS
JUNE 2015 – Delivery of the first 33 courts
20 clay courts / 13 hard courts (including 8 indoor courts)
JUNE 2016 – Delivery & inauguration of the final project -
An Academy Building of 3000 m² which includes a medical center, a restaurant -cafeteria, a fitness room, an indoor swimming pool, a tennis pro shop, meeting & conference rooms, VIP spaces and offices.
A Campus of 2500 m² which includes 75 double rooms, 10 apartments, 15 class rooms, 2 study rooms, 2 play rooms and 1 multi-media room.
A Center Court designed for exhibitions and developed specially for preparing the French Open.
An Athletics track: 4 x 80 meter sprinting lanes