Learn from the World Number 1 at the Juan Carlos Ferrero Tennis Academy


Juan Carlos Ferrero became World No. 1 in September 2003 after winning the French Open earlier that year. He now channels his immense energy into coaching and mentoring some of the Worlds rising stars of the game


JC Ferrero-Equelite Sport Academy is a high performance tennis academy located in Villena, Spain. Back in 1980, at the tender age of 22, Antonio Martinez Cascales founded a tennis school from the club that he used to practice at. By the mid 1980’s the school was one of the leading tennis schools in Spain and achieved much of it’s fame thanks to the young players they produced, including Santiago Ventura, an ATP Top 50 player.

Cascales, together with Samuel Lopezformed a formidable coaching team and soon Juan Carlos Ferrero became a part of the team at the age of 10. In 1994, Juan Carlos became the Under 14 Spanish Champion. To grow the academy into a residential centre Cascales decided to buy a small house. This small start has now become the jointly owned high-performance tennis academy.



The goal of the academy was always to have the best facilities for young athletes, where they could practice, improve their tennis skills and learn about the professional world from experienced tour players like Ferrero, Nicolas Almagro, Pablo Carreño, Guillermo Garcia Lopez, Maria-Teresa Torro Flor and James Ward.

As the Academy’s reputation grew it also started to attract other players to use the facilities at specific times of the year. These have included Maria Sharapova, who practiced at the academy to prepare for her debut at Rolland Garros in 2005, David Ferrer who obtained his first ATP points whilst playing at the Academy, Justin Henin, Dinara and Marat Safin, Thomaz Belucci, Maria Jose Martinez, Santiago Ventura, Marta Domachowska, Aravene Rezai, Mariusz Fystenberg and Mohamed Safwat.

Nowadays the academy boasts some of the best young players in the world including Pablo Carreño-Busta, Nicola Kuhn, Mario Vilella, Matija Pecotic, Carlos Sanchez Jover and Rafa Izquerdo.



Tennis Program

The Academy has a limited number of places in their annual competition program because the training is very personalised. During the player’s stay a training and competition plan is developed according to their age, level and objectives.

The total hours of weekly training is 33-38 hours including tennis, physical and psychological preparation. They train every day except Sundays and Saturday afternoons.

The training model is the same as the likes of Pablo Carreño, or Roberto Carballés will follow and it utilises the Playsight analysis system.

Their personal plan will be developed by the team consisting of trainers, physical trainers, physiotherapists, doctors, nutritionists and psychologists. The coaches are certified by the most prestigious organisations in the world and have many years of experience, led by Juan Carlos Ferrero and Antonio Martínez Cascales.




JC Ferrero Tennis Academy is located 5 minutes away from Villena and 30 minutes away from the Airport and beach of Alicante. The area of the Academy is 120.000m2. They provide all the best facilities for the players with the massive advantage of excellent weather throughout the year.

  • 10 clay courts (1 PLAYSIGHT Court)
  • 7 hard courts (1 PLAYSIGHT Court )
  • 1 indoor hard court
  • 1 central hard court
  • 1 grass court
  • 400m Running Track
  • A football (soccer) field (natural grass)
  • A golf course Pitch & Putt 9 holes
  • Gym
  • Residential players area: single (long-term stay) & double rooms (short-term stay).
  • Equelite Rural Hotel
  • School (British Council System)/Study rooms
  • Library
  • Players lounge
  • Golf practice
  • TV room
  • Free WIFI
  • Cafe and restaurant
  • 2 swimming pools
  • Gardens
  • Laundry
  • Physiotherapy clinic equipped by injury recovery Indiba products
  • Equelite/HEAD Sports shop




Located in Villena, there is a lovely rural hotel at the academy so you can enjoy a great variety of sports such as tennis, paddle tennis, cycling, running, football or golf for any level.

In addition to training with one of the best technical teams in the world you can also relax, sunbath, use the gym with a personal coach or you can use the services of a physiotherapist & masseur. You can also enjoy the catering service of traditional cooking & barbecues with special diets easily catered for.

The “wooden garden houses” offer plenty of room with a full bathroom, a small terrace and views of the garden, television, Wi-Fi, laundry service, air conditioning and private parking.


Book you place

For more information or to enquire about booking your stay at this incredible academy you can contact the Juan Carlos Ferrero Academy directly using the details below or you can click here for a booking form:

Casas de Menor,44
03400 Villena


Phone: +34 96 534 00 13
General information: [email protected]
Juan Carlos Ferrero: [email protected]


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Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.