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Charles Auffray and his team since 1998

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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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The international Tennis Center of Cap d'Agde, located in the South of France

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
Top 100 ATP

Jonathan Eysseric
Ex n°1 Mondial Junior

Benoit Paire
Top 20 ATP

Marton Fucsovics
Top 50 ATP

Danilo Petrovic
Top 150 ATP

Nicolas Coutelot
Top 80 ATP

Constant Lestienne
Top 200 ATP

Tak Wang
Top 250 ATP

Dayana Yastremska
Top 25 WTA

Elina Svitolina

Dalma Galfi
Ex n°1 Mondiale Junior –
Top 200 WTA

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

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 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 Angvia 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

Consultant Sales Force Groupe Magellan Consulting Paris
Ranked 1/6 before leaving to the US

'At age 17, I joined the ISP Academy in Sophia Antipolis, which was managed by Charles Auffray. This specialised education programme enabled me to obtain my Baccalaureate in Social Economics (ES) and to improve my ranking up to -2/6.
I then studied for 4 years in the USA from 2008 to 2012 at the University of East Tennessee State - a top 40 division 1 NCAA team. It was a unique experience which combined both high level tennis and studies. I got to travel and play against the best players in the country (UT, Florida, Georgia...) and even participate in the team / individual NCAA tournament! In the end, this adventure pushed me to get out of my comfort zone, enabled me to obtain a Bachelor degree (Business Administration & Marketing), become fluent in English, improve my tennis game and make long lasting friendships across the world.'

Pierrick Izern

Director Media Rights - Groupe Bein Sport
Ranked 0 before leaving to the US

'I left for the USA via the intermediary of Charles a few years ago and was fortunate to be able to integrate a University in California (University of San Diego) thanks to my level in tennis (ranked 0 at the time). It was a truly extraordinary experience. The high university tennis level enabled me to progress to the point where I was able to join the professional circuit after obtaining my degree (Best ATP ranking: No 374). The diploma and experience acquired during these 4 years have also enabled me to rise up the ranks of professional life faster. I am today the Head of Audiovisual rights for the Group Bein Sports. I owe it partly to my fulfilling journey in the USA.'

Emilia Milovanovic

Olympic Committee Paris 2024
Ranked 0 before leaving to the US

'Simply the best decision I have made in my life. Thanks to Charles Auffray, I was given the opportunity to join a 1st division university in the United States. Despite the anxiety of leaving everything behind in France, I quickly understood that this adventure would be a big steppingstone for my future. During my studies at the University of South Carolina and at Wolford, I learnt to manage the schedule of a high-level athlete and student. This proved to be an asset when I joined the professional world in France, where I integrated the Olympic and Paralympic committee for the Paris 2024 Games for 3 years. High-level sport has taught me rigour, how o be a team-player and how to push one-self. 3 essential attributes that I find on a daily basis in my professional life. Every new professional challenge is a tennis match that I try and win. I am today Responsible of the Olympic activation for Bridgestone in Europe, Middle-East, India and Africa.
I can only recommend this experience, which is a true school of life.'

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