FAQs

When can I register for the next Tennis Congress event?

To receive a pre-public invitation to register for future events, enter your email in the box at the bottom of this page (“Sign Up for Advance Notice on Registration”) and you will have the best chance to secure a spot.

Who is the Tennis Congress for?

The Tennis Congress is designed for adult players who are passionate about learning and serious about achieving their personal best. The 2016 Tennis Congress event is designed for Low Intermediate to Advanced and High Performance players (NTRP 3.0-5.0+ / ITN 7-3). If you don’t know rating, see the NTRP or ITN descriptions and take this quiz.

I'm not advanced enough to attend but want to train hard - what should I do?

If you are a beginner or advanced beginner who’s getting serious about tennis, we recommend you attend one of the Top 25 Tennis Camps listed here and sign up to receive advance notice (bottom left of this page) to get notified for future Congress events that specialize in training players newer to tennis. 

Do you offer scholarships or financial assistance for those who can't afford to attend?

Yes! We award several full and partial tuition scholarships each year through a competitive application process. Click here for details and to apply for the 2017 competition – the application deadline is July 15.

What is the minimum age for participation?

21 years old.

Can my non-playing spouse, partner or friend join me?

Yes – The Hilton El Conquistador and surrounding area offer a beautiful setting to relax while you’re attending classes. Our negotiated special rate with the Hilton is for up to two people per room with no additional charge. After you register you will be able to reserve a spot for a guest at any or all of the Congress dinner/social events.

Will I have fun if I come alone?

Yes! Don’t worry, we’ll make sure you meet others quickly who make you feel totally welcome. We’ll pair you up with one of our Alumni Ambassadors, who will reach out to you in advance, greet you when you arrive, and introduce you to several alumni on the first day so you feel totally welcome.

Can you group me in customized classes with my spouse, partner, or friend(s)?

Yes, if you are at the same playing ability and share similar priorities. You can indicate this on the detailed profile form we send you after you register, on which we’ll ask if you want us to arrange all your customized classes together (even if it means sacrificing some of your individual priorities), or if you’d be happy with having some classes together so we can tailor classes to each of you. We generally recommend the latter.

Can I choose my instructors?

For your on-court customized classes, we will work hard to match you with the faculty members who are most expert in the priority areas you indicate — as well as to match you with any specific faculty members you request. We can’t guarantee you’ll be placed with any specific faculty member(s), but we can guarantee that we will do our very best to accommodate as many requests as possible.    

Can my non-playing spouse, partner or friend join me for meals?

Yes! After you register, we will send you options. There is no extra charge to have a spouse/friend in your hotel room. There is a guest fee for receptions, meals and dinner programs – your spouse/friend can purchase passes to selected meals/events or all of them.

Does the program fee include my hotel room?

No – this way you have the option of arriving or departing a little earlier or later to enjoy the Hilton El Conquistador resort at the special negotiated rate Congress rate of $149/night. When you register we’ll send you details on how to reserve your room at this exclusive rate for Congress participants, valid 3 days before and after the event.

I want to share a room - can you help me find a roommate?

Yes – during registration we’ll ask if you’d like to split a room and then do our best to put you in touch with others who are also seeking roommates.

Which airport should I fly into?

You can fly either into the Tucson AZ airport (TUS), which is about a 30 minutes drive from the Congress site at the Hilton El Conquistador Resort or the Phoenix AZ airport (PHX), which is about 90 minutes drive. If you fly into Tucson, you can rent a car or take advantage of the Hilton’s inexpensive transportation service offered to participants. We will contact you during the summer with the full range of available options for ground transportation both from Tucson and Phoenix.

Are day passes available?

No. To ensure an outstanding experience for all participants and keep class sizes relatively small, we do not offer any day passes.

What is the cancellation policy?

We understand that sometimes “life happens” with unexpected circumstances and emergencies. However, we also hope you understand that due to the highly customized nature of the Tennis Congress experience, late cancellations have serious implications for our planning and budgeting. For this reason we have the following refund policy in place: Before June 30, your program fee is refundable less a $200 cancellation charge. From July 1-August 18, your program fee is refundable less a $350 cancellation charge. From August 19-September 15, your program fee is 50% refundable. After September 16, we will issue a 50% credit you can apply to the following year’s Tennis Congress. You may also transfer (i.e. sell or gift) your program to another player (3.0-5.0 NTRP level) with no cancellation charge if you notify us and put us in touch with your designate by August 19 so we can factor them into the planning and build their customized schedule. (Between August 19-October 6, you may transfer your program to an appropriate player at or above your playing ability who is willing to do the exact program we have created for you with no cancellation charge.) If your team qualifies for a USTA Nationals championship on the same weekend as the event, we will provide a 100% refund with no cancellation charge if we are notified by August 19. If you become injured and decide to opt out of on-court classes but still attend the Congress and take advantage of the many off-court offerings, we will refund 50% of your program fee.

Can I transfer my spot to someone else?

You may transfer (i.e. sell or gift) your program to another player (3.0-5.0 NTRP level) with no cancellation charge if you notify us and put us in touch with your designate before August 19 so we can factor them into the planning and build their customized schedule. From August 19-October 6, you may transfer your program to an appropriate player at or above your playing ability who is willing to do the exact program we have created for you with no cancellation charge if you notify us and put us in touch with your designate by October 6.

What if it rains?

One of the many advantages of doing the Congress in Tucson in October is the very low chance of prolonged rain. In the event of intermittent showers, outdoor classes will stay strictly on schedule (to keep all 500+ customized classes on track) and students and coaches will “huddle” in dry areas and continue working together as effectively as possible until the rain passes. In the highly unlikely event of prolonged rain, the organizers will do their best to ensure athletes and their coaches get as much court time as possible.

Why Attend?

Train like the pros on all aspects of tennis

High performance juniors and professionals don’t just work on their technique on court, so why should adults? In addition to getting top-notch training on specific technique priorities, you’ll learn game-changing information about strategy and tactics (singles and/or doubles), footwork and movement, fitness conditioning for improved on-court performance, injury prevention and rehabilitation, nutrition, as well as the all-important “mental game.”

Get cutting edge education from world-class pros

Each Tennis Congress assembles an extraordinary group of outstanding pros from around the world—each with distinctive expertise and insights. On average, each participant has a chance to work with about a dozen top pros during the weekend.

Customize your own program and focus on what you need

The Tennis Congress gives you tons of options to tailor your education to what you want to focus on most. When you register, we’ll ask you for details about your current level and goals, what you’re particularly focused on improving now, where you may be hitting walls, and other questions to help us understand your background priorities. Your answers will directly influence the curriculum and determine which classes ultimately get offered. The pros on the faculty will also use your feedback to design sessions that address your specific interests, questions and challenges. About 2 months before the Congress, we’ll contact you to ask if either your level or priorities have changed since registration. We’ll then match you up with the right pros for on-court sessions and recommend particular off-court workshops (although you can choose which ones you want to attend). Each class will give you practical “Key Takeaways” to help you retain priority lessons and tips, along with recommended follow-up drills or exercises to help you build on what you’ve learned.

Build your capacity to boost the effectiveness of your training at home

The unprecedented format of the Tennis Congress combines world-class pros + specialized classes (both on-court and off) + customization tailored to your needs… all of which will help you get results faster. Classes are designed to generate practical “Key Takeaways” to help you retain priority lessons and tips, along with recommended follow-up drills or exercises to help you build on what you’ve learned. Importantly, the approach will empower you with capacity-building skills so you can efficiently build on what you learn and train smarter when you return home in your practices and any private lessons, clinics, and camps you attend.

Make an impact on the tennis industry

The Tennis Congress brings together some of the tennis world’s best minds plus some of the most avid, committed, passionate adult players on earth. Once you participate in a Congress, you’re part of a community that is helping to influence the future of adult tennis player development worldwide.

Get inspired and have a great time!

Get inspired by fellow players and pros who share your passion and drive, work hard in classes—then play hard in the evening!

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