The A1 Tennis Academy is dedicated to breaking down barriers of elitism within British tennis. A1 offers free membership and coaching to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. A1 is committed to helping manage and develop performance players and coaches at all levels, and to facilitating competitive team tennis at local, regional, national and international level.
Recent success stories
Jason Barnett ITF senior tour 2010-12 was sponsored after he became unemployed. Within 2 years and after 16 tournaments including Double Bronze at 2011 world championships he became first playerto be ranked no1 world mens singles & doubles ITF senior men's 35 and over.
Marcus Willis (Nov 2012 -present)
Marcus was financially struggling to stay on the ITF futures tour A1 stepped in with funds and free management. Incredibly Marcus has climbed from an ATP ranking of 1020 to 428 in only 9 months.
Both Marcus Willis & Jason Barnett are naturally talented players but this just demonstrates how much difference a sponsorship that combines both funding & management can make.
Team Murray, and GB team success in 2013 in particular with Dan Evans proves that GB tennis is moving in the right direction.