KEY NUMBERS

Charles Auffray and his team Since 1998

470
students in tennis study
+8000
campers
98%
High school success rate
+115
players ranked negative
+900
players placed in American universities
160
university partners

85% of our students have obtained a tennis scholarship in the USA
78%
: average scholarship
School and sports education

THE SPORT & ACADEMIC EDUCATION IS OUR PRIORITY

Located on the Mediterranean shore, the French Touch Academy benefits from an ideal geographic location and an incomparable climate. Our sport facilities and campus are ideally situated within the heart of the holiday resort and only afew minutes from the sea front by foot. Withmore than 300 days of sun a year, the region benefits from a highly favourableclimate which makes for the best possible conditions to play tennis and trainall year round. The school, located on the campus, enables our students to combine within the best conditions the pursuit of a high-level tennis programme based on total commitment and the conduct of an innovative schooling, adapted specifically tothe needs of the student. An academic and sport education is our priority, hence why at the French Touch Academy, we are committed to all our students obtaining the Baccalaureate and benefiting from a university prospect in the US as a scholar once the Bac obtained.

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Tennis academy located in the seaside resort of Cap d'Agde

A UNIQUE GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION AND AN IDEAL CLIMATE ALL YEAR AROUND

Located on the Mediterranean shore, the French Touch Academy benefits from an ideal geographic location and an incomparable climate. Our sport facilities and campus are ideally situated within the heart of the holiday resort and only a few minutes from the sea front by foot. With more than 300 days of sun a year, the region benefits from a highly favorable climate which makes for the best possible conditions to play tennis and train all year round.

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PLAYERS WHO HAVE GONE THROUGH THE HANDS OF OUR COACHES

Eric Prodon

Eric Prodon
Top 100 ATP

Jonathan Eysseric

Jonathan Eysseric
Ex n°1 Junior World Champion

Benoit Paire

Benoit Pair
Top 20 ATP

Marton Fucscovics

Marton Fucsovics
Top 50 ATP

Danilo Petrovic

Danilo Petrovic
Top 150 ATP

Courtelot

Nicolas Coutelot
Top 80 ATP

Constant Lestienne

Constant Lestienne
Top 200 ATP

Tak Wang

Tak Wang
Top 250 ATP

Dayana Yastremska

Dayana Yastremska
Top 25 WTA

Elina Svitolina

Elina Svitolina
N°2 WTA

Dalma Galfi

Dalma Galfi
Ex n°1 World Junior -
Top 200 WTA

Romain Lachens sharing his experience at the French Touch Academy

Romain Lachens

Manager for the organisation of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games
Ranked 1/6 before leaving to the US

'I was ranked O at the time and had obtained the equivalent of a Bachelor degree in France. I was a good club player but with low professional tennis expectations. I lived an absolutely unique experience at StMary's University in California over the course of 2 years. Learning the language and the quality of the lectures in general have enabled me to acquire the necessary experience to succeed in my carreer in the world of sport - working conditions I have always dreamt of. Upon returning in France, I was lucky enough to work for the Lagardere Pareis Racing, I then pursued my dream to partake in the Olympic Games by becoming the Manager for the organisation of the 2024 Olympics.'

Stéphane Matheu, who went to an American University thanks to a scholarship

Stéphane Matheu

Manager Team Pro Winamax
Ranked -30 before leaving to the US

'Charles enabled me to integrate the University of Las Vegas (UNLV) in 2000. My profile was rather unusual at the time, because I had already played on the professional circuit (former 280 ATP) for 8 seasons before deciding to go back to studying. I thereby took the opposite pathway to most players who normally first go to the USA, and then integrate the professional circuit once they complete their studies. This experience has simply changed my life. After obtaining 2 Business degrees (Bachelor in Management Information Systems in 2003, followed by an MBA in finance in 2005). After my studies I worked in real estate for 2 years also in Las Vegas. I then embarked into the management and coaching of professional poker players in 2008, notably alongside Bertrand Grospellier. Today, 11 years later, I am blessed to still be able to work in this particular field as I am the manager of the Team Pro Winamax since 2010.'

Alexis Rafidison, who went to an American university thanks to Charles Auffray and his USA scholarship service.

Alexis Rafidisson

Global Relationship Manager - Crédit Agricole
Ranked -4/6 before leaving to the US

'I made the decision to go to the USA at the University of Pepperdine in Los Angeles via the intermediary of Charles Auffray. My choice was guided by my will to find a mix between academic excellence (Pepperdine is in a partneship with Essec) and ambition on the tennis side. In my life there is a before and after Pepperdine. I graduated with a Bachelor in International Business. Following this experience, I was able to integrate a prestigious business school (the EM Lyon) in France to do a Master in finance. Today, I have been working for a corporate bank (Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank) for 14 years and I am about to leave for Shanghai in a few weeks time for a director's role as an expatriate.'

Charles Bottoni, student of Charles Auffray's academy studying at American University.

Charles Bottoni

Global Relationship Manager - Crédit Agricole
Ranked -4/6 before leaving to the US

"At the age of 17, I entered the ISP academy (Sophia Antipolis), directed by Charles Auffray. This specialized training enabled me to obtain my Bac ES and climb to the -2/6 ranking. I then studied 4 years in the USA from 2008 to 2012 at the University of East Tennessee State a top 40 division 1NCAA team. It was a unique experience combining both studies and tennis at a high level. I was able to travel and play the best players in the country (UT, Florida, Georgia...) and even participate in the NCAA team/individual tournament! Aufinal, this adventure allowed me to get out of my comfort zone, get a Bachelor's degree (Business Administration and Marketing), speak fluent English, improve my tennis and have friends all over the world. "

Pierrick Izern, who went to American University thanks to a scholarship through Charles Auffray.

Pierrick Izern

Media Rights Director - Bein Sport Group
Rated 0 when he left the
company

"I left through Charles a few years ago and I was lucky enough to be able to enter a university in California (University of San Diego) thanks to my level of tennis (0 at the time). It was an extraordinary experience. The high level of university tennis allowed me to progress and I was able to join the professional circuit after graduation (Top ATP ranking: 374). At the same time, the diploma and the experience acquired during these 4 years allowed me to climb the professional ladder more quickly. And if I am today Director of Audiovisual Rights for the Bein Sports Group, I owe it in part to the career I accomplished in the USA."

Emilia Milovanovic and her experience in American University

Emilia Milovanovic

Olympic Committee 2024
Ranked 0 at the time of his departure

"The best decision, quite simply. Thanks to Charles Auffray, I had the opportunity to join a 1st division university in the United States and despite the anxiety of leaving everything in France, I very quickly understood that this adventure would be a real springboard for my future. During my studies at the universities of South Carolina and Wofford, I learned to balance the schedules of a top athlete and a student. This was an added value when I wanted to join the professional world in France where I joined the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Committee for more than 3 years. High level sport taught me rigour, team spirit and surpassing oneself, which I find every day in my professional life. Each new professional challenge is a tennis match that I try to win. Today I am responsible for Bridgestone's Olympic activation for Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa. I can only recommend this experience which is a real school of life. "

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