Italy is a country where tennis has been booming in the past ten years and where excellence exist on and off the court.
Since 2010 the country had a significant break-through in women’s tennis with two major title singles winners (Francesca Schiavone’s at the 2010 French Open and Flavia Pennetta at the 2015 US Open), multiple major runners-up, a career grand slam in doubles and two Fed Cups. On the men’s side, Fabio Fognini has been a stable top-20 player in the past few year and is now backed up by the rise of Marco Cecchinato. Multiple young players are coming up and breaking the top-100 as we speak.
Off the court Italy is one of the most represented countries as far as training and managing players. Ugo Colombini is managing Juan Martin Del Potro and Andy Murray, while Corrado Tschabuschnig is the agent of Troicki, Basilashvili, Dolgopolov and many other top-100 players. Riccardo Piatti is a world-level tennis coach having worked with Djokovic, Gasquet, Ljubicic and Raonic, while Marco Panichi is a renowned fitness coach who worked with Djokovic, Fognini, Kutznetsova, Hantuchova and many others.
During the Master’s degree there will be multiple guest speaker appearances to make sure that the expertise and excellence in these fields is passed along to the participants of the course. This will give you a chance to meet some great names first hand and will allow you to chat and ask questions to them directly, an invaluable experience for someone willing to work in tennis.
While attending a Master’s program in Sports Management, with OMI you will have the opportunity to train and play tennis at a high level in Rome. This will be possible through international-level coaches working at a nearby tennis academy where you will be training along with ATP-level players.
Continuity with the information learned in the classroom is guaranteed, to make sure the theoretical concepts exposed (teaching technique, strategy, etc.) will be practiced and absorbed thanks to in-depth training sessions at the academy. Practice will take place five times a week and will be complemented by conditioning and everything else you might need to improve your game and reach your potential as a tennis player.
While in Italy, you will be able to play any international tournament you want. You will be also given a national federation card, which will enable you to play all kinds of national money tournaments. These tournaments are very common in the Rome area (and not only) and will allow you to improve your ranking, test your new skills and make some money on the side if you place well enough.
By attending OMI, you will not only have the opportunity to get a Master’s degree in Sports Management and play tennis at a high level; you will also directly experience the fascinating Italian culture which is full of history, traditions, sport, art, cuisine, and much more.
OMI gives you the possibility to live an authentic and professional experience while surrounded by a spectacular scenery in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.