The Hamptons is known as the pristine East End of Long Island archipelago where contemporary, upscale New Yorkers voyage to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city and sip Rosé poolside. In terms of geography, the Hamptons stretch from Westhampton to Long Island’s apex.
There are loads to do and the Hamptons are notorious for many things, from its acclaimed, alluring beaches to the in vogue art museums, to enclosures that cultivate higher than mid-August temperatures.
Amongst all that we must not forget about the premier year-round training facility situated in Southampton: Future Stars Summer Camps.
Since 1980, Future Stars has been providing some of the most phenomenal training in the New York-Metropolitan Area. The camp consists of eight state-of-the-art outdoor tennis courts for the outdoor season, and its programs are made for both boys and girls enlisted in grades K-12. Future Stars creates an impeccable balance between match play, drill work, strategy instruction, and off-court activities to entice players of all levels.
The distinguished camp is quite unique, to say the least, due to the overwhelming diversity on the courts. With coaches from a plethora of continents including Australia, South America, and North America, the dynamic is like no other. A key prerequisite for any teacher or coach at Future Stars is a formidable sense of enthusiasm. Each coach motivates the students through their unwavering love of tennis. Not only are students exposed to a prodigious tennis education, but also first-hand culture tutelage.
Such international coaches have distinctive teaching styles that result in putting an emphasis on different aspects of the sport. Tennis pro Andrea Sandoval from Mexico shared with us what she contends is the most critical element to a strong tennis player:
“One of the main things that I try and bring to the kids is intensity, particularly footwork. If you don’t have the right level of footwork, then you will never reach your true potential.”
Australian Dylan Cleary was candid about what he feels is a detriment to the teaching style in the United States:
“People are so happy to jump towards regular tennis balls at the cost of development. What tends to happen is by the time the child is 13, they only know how to tap the ball back over and have not developed a proper stroke.”
“Maybe it's the Aussie in me, but I believe it's important for coaches to be laid back and adaptable,” added Cleary. “Sometimes you get a group and the kids won't have good on-court chemistry right off the bat. It's my job as their coach to work with them both individually and as a group so that they can get the most out of their experience with us."
Future Stars Summer Camp pushes the campers to play their best through the intense drill work and perpetual match play. The coaches love and dedication to the sport and the children is what truly makes this camp stand out among the rest, and its diversity on the court ensure the kids attain a well-rounded experience.
Angelina Remnek is an intern and contributing writer to Long Island Tennis Magazine.