National Academy Canberra

What is the National Academy – Canberra?

The National Academies (NAs) are Tennis Australia’s high performance environments that offer a comprehensive tennis training program to allow athletes to reach their full potential, with the ultimate vision of producing Grand Slam Champions.  Through world-class coaching, sport science and medicine, we foster successful professional athletic performance.  The National Academy – Canberra is one of seven NA’s across Australia.

Junior Program (11-17)

Full and partial scholarships are offered to the NA – Canberra.  As a minimum an athlete must be ranked at least in the top 10 in Australia for their age group as well as fulfilling results, participation, attitude, and behaviour criteria.  Selection for the NA – Canberra is made by the National Academy Head Coach and Tennis Australia Athlete Development Staff.

For further details, please click here to visit the Tennis Australia website.

Post Junior Program (18+)

A post junior programs has been established in Canberra to assist aspiring tennis professionals.  To be considered as part of the program, athletes must

  • Be currently based in the ACT or previously been involved with the National Academy – Canberra
  • Be currently ranked inside the top 100 on the AR rankings*
  • Be in your 18th birth year or older
  • Be a committed tennis player who is on the pro tour or aspiring to be on the pro tour in the near future

*For players who are not currently ranked in the top 100, consideration will be given to circumstances such as injury, US college or Australian University attendance, which has caused your ranking to drop out of the top 100.

Athlete Development Pathway

18+ US College/Pro Squads ITF or ATP Events Davis Cup & Fed Cup
18/u 18/u Development Squad/National Academy AMT & Junior ITF Pizzey Cup / High School 16/u Junior Davis & Fed Cup
14/u 14/u Talent Development Squad Junior State League JT & AMT & Junior ITF 12/u & 14/u Team Events/Bruce Cup 14/u World Teams
10/u 10/u Talent Development Squad Super 10’s JDS Tournaments 10/u NSW Teams Event

For further information, please contact National Academy Canberra Head Coach, Todd Larkham on [email protected]

Current or previous players in the National Academy – Canberra:

Nick Kyrgios – career high ranking ATP world No.14 (November 2016)

Alexandra Nancarrow – career high ranking WTA 385 (November 2014)

Annerly Poulos – currently ranked No 1 in birth year in Australia

Kaitlin Staines – currently ranked No 5 in birth year in Australia

Tallulah Farrow – currently ranked No 26 in birth year in Australia (returning from injury)

Ashleigh Simes – currently ranked No 7 in birth year in Australia