- Smith Stearns announces the College Commitments for their Class of 2020

Smith Stearns would like to announce the college commitments of seventeen of our students who have shown resiliency and commitment during their senior year. This group of amazing student-athletes is one of the largest graduating classes we have had at the academy. They have worked hard both on and off the court to achieve both their athletic and academic goals, setting themselves up for the next chapter in their lives. They are off to further their education at some of … read more

- 2018, A Year of Growth and Success

The Year in Review 2018 was a year of growth and success for our students. Watching them develop their games and translate that growth into on-court tournament accomplishments was a true highlight of the year. 2018 saw them take home two Gold Balls, 3 Silver Balls, and 2 Bronze Balls at the USTA Super Nationals. This success was only furthered by their great performances at the sectional, international, collegiate, and professional level. All said, in 2018 Smith Stearns students brought … read more

- Smith Stearns Honors 15 Seniors at College Commitment Ceremony

Smith Stearns would like to announce the college commitments of fifteen of our students who were honored at our Senior Graduation Ceremony on May 23, 2018. This is truly an amazing group of student-athletes who have worked very hard to achieve success both on and off the court. Now they are off to further their education at some of the best colleges and tennis programs in the country. We are so proud of all of them and wish them the … read more

- 2017, Wow what a year!

As the ball dropped and 2017 came to a close its worth reminiscing on the 2017 Smith Stearns students produced. The year saw them take home four Gold Balls, eight Silver Balls, and two Bronze Balls at 2017 Super Nationals.

- Smith Stearns Mental Conditioning #MasterTheMentalGame

A strong mental game revolves around the ability to manage the “uncomfortable moment”. The student-athletes at Smith Stearns Tennis Academy have spent the last ten months learning to prepare for and embrace these moments to attain success on and off the court. The most confident individuals are those who are equipped with a mindset and skills to lean on when tension begins to mount and heart rate starts to rise. What we’ve learned… Compete WITH – A great opponent is … read more

- Loeb Reaches #1 Ranking Nationally, Carter Goes for Triple Crown, Lewis and O’Keefe Selected At-Large

Joining other alumni who have qualified for the post-season in college tennis with their respective teams, four  former students of the Smith Stearns Tennis Academy in Hilton Head, South Carolina were selected to the Division I singles and doubles championships Wednesday evening. Three of the four participants received seedings in their championship garnering them All-American honors. The NCAA Division I singles and doubles championships will take place May 24-29 at the University of Georgia’s Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, … read more

- Smith Stearns Mental Conditioning #ImagineThat

Smith Stearns student-athletes continue learning the importance of challenging themselves appropriately, creating an action plan to guide performance and seeking feedback to learn and grow from every training session and competitive opportunity. In order to build upon this idea, we encourage our athletes to develop imagery skills to prepare confidently for the intense physical and emotional battle that tennis presents. Research continues to show that imagery is one of the most powerful and integral skills to solidify a mindset of … read more

- Smith Stearns Mental Conditioning #WillingToMiss

  You’ve been playing an incredible match and it’s time to close it out. Up to this point you’ve been moving well and swinging freely. You’re serving, up double match point and start considering what’s about to happen. All of a sudden, you start feeling a little tight. Sound familiar?   The big question to consider during moments like this is, “Are you willing to miss?”   Your first instinct might be to say “No, I’m not willing to miss … read more

- Smith Stearns Students Take Home Five Titles at the Southern Winter Closed

Players from Smith Stearns Tennis Academy were able to take home 5 of 8 championships in the 16& under and 18& under age divisions.   2017 got off to a hot start for several Smith Stearns students as they competed in the Southern Section’s first Level 1 tournament of the year–taking home five of the eight championships awarded in the top two age divisions.   The girls and boys 16& under tournaments were hosted at the beautiful new Rome Tennis … read more

- Smith Stearns Mental Conditioning #competeRECHARGErepeat

  Great physical efforts can only be sustained for so long. Keen mental focus wanes over time. Throughout the year, an excellent athlete takes time to practice when tired in order to build up physical strength. The wise player also makes extra efforts to focus throughout potential distractions in order to build mental strength. Athletes must challenge themselves regularly to achieve greatness, AND they should take purposeful breaks to recover in order to maximize both short and long-term potential. Success … read more