Junior Tennis Champions Center Partners with Brian Gottfried and The Bolles School

Brian Gottfried largeJunior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC) is proud to announce its partnership with American tennis legend and expert coach, Brian Gottfried, and the internationally renowned Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida.

Bolles Tennis featuring Brian Gottfried and JTCC is a new comprehensive tennis program in Northeast Florida, offering opportunities for players who have the passion and commitment to excel on and off the court.  Bolles Tennis’ flagship program is the College Prep Program which combines high performance tennis development under Brian Gottfried and JTCC and college preparatory education with The Bolles School.  College Prep students will have the exceptional opportunity to train under one of the great American tennis players and coaches, Brian Gottfried, in addition to training six weeks each year at JTCC, one of the nation’s premier junior development centers.

“Partnering with JTCC allows Bolles Tennis to continue its growth into a comprehensive training program with the goal of helping students achieve athletic and academic success, while developing strong character and leadership skills,” Gottfried said.

Brian Gottfried is world renowned for his success as a professional tennis player, achieving a career-high world singles ranking of #3 in 1977 and win­ning 25 singles and 54 doubles titles, including doubles championships at Wimbledon in 1976, the French Open in 1975 and 1977.  After his playing career, Gottfried made a successful transition into the world of high level tennis coaching, working with top collegiate and professional players including Jimmy Arias, Michael Chang, Aaron Krickstein, Jay Berger, Mal Washington and Kathy Rinaldi.

Ray Benton, CEO of JTCC, said, “Bolles has an international reputation as an excellent college preparatory school and we share the same goals—to provide young people with the tools to earn scholarships to top universities. We are looking forward to working with Bolles and Brian Gottfried in developing strong, academically oriented, tennis players.”

JTCC uses tennis as a vehicle to develop champions with the highest standards of fair play on and off the court, providing a pathway from their introduction to the game to top-tier collegiate and professional competition.  In 2014, players represented JTCC at the Junior French Open, Junior Wimbledon, and Junior US Open, in addition to 32 players being ranked in the top 50 in the nation in their respective age groups.

The Bolles School is a private college preparatory day and boarding school with an international reputation for excellence. Located in Jacksonville, Florida, the school enrolls more than 1,700 students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 on four campuses.  The Bolles School focuses on a complete education that emphasizes excellence in academics, the arts, athletics and other activities like clubs and community service.  Students can pursue their interests and learn to balance a rich variety of activities.  Bolles’ rigorous programs prepare students for future success, and 100 percent of graduating seniors go on to college.

Hardworking and motivated young players interested in learning more about Bolles Tennis and the College Prep Program should contact Assistant Director of Tennis, Matt Andre, andrem@bolles.org or 904-256-5088.

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