January Bling Bling

Posted: February 10, 2014 in Strive Events
Anna Claire Takes 5th Place Singles Southern Level One

Anna Claire Takes 5th Place Singles Southern Level One January 2014

Strive Girls Take 1st and 2nd Doubles at Southern Level One 2014

Strive Girls AC and Kelsey Take 1st and 2nd in Doubles at Southern Level One January 2014

It was a fun filled start to the year in January for the Strive girls.  Anna Claire and Kelsey racked up the bling bling at the highest level Southern event of the year, the Winter Southern Level One event in Macon, Ga. Anna Claire had her all time best showing in a Level One Southern event achieving a 5th place finish en route to a 5-1 record for the week in singles. Anna Claire and Kelsey played with different partners but also made it all the way to the doubles final securing Strives first Southern Level One Doubles title while also finishing runner up at the same time.  Interestingly enough the coaches and parents found it a bit more relaxing to have an all Strive final. It seems this is a win/win proposition that we wouldn’t mind getting used to.


Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations! At our specialized boutique we have a very small number of only 5 students in our Strive Tennis environment and 2 coaches. This lends to the most laser focused hands on player development training environment offered anywhere in the world. What took us 3 years to do in the 1990’s (mind you we had a pool of 1500 students with 8 locations to work with back then when we were ACE Academy)  has taken us only 1 year 3 months to achieve similar results with our current players totaling only 5 players.

Congratulations to Strive players Kelsey Smith who made semi finals achieving a 4th place finish and Anna Claire Mitchell Who went 5-1 to win the consolation draw achieving a 5th place finish at last weeks National Level 2 event. Both players defeated multiple seeded players above them along the way.

AC and Kelsey had no national ranking to speak of just over a one year ago. They were losing right and left, day and night, working on the development of a very difficult style of game to master, so it’s quite a remarkable feat to say the least to achieve such a lofty result in such a short amount of time.  It has not been an easy road, as many losses, many ups and downs, much foresight and patience, much vision, parents who wanted to quit, players who wanted to quit, and much needed trust in our guidance had to be surrendered to in hope that the execution of the games they were working on would one day come to fruition. We are glad you had faith and trust in our guidance girls. Your trust is paying off. These two girls will tell you the rewards have been worth all the pain and agony they had to go through to reach such goals. The future is bright!

More importantly they won doing things other players were/are not willing to do at 11 years old…even serving and volleying to win on match points. Trust and faith are a peculiar thing.  They could have given in and quit many times over the last year, could have given into their fears and let discouragement rule their lives as they were taking their lumps developing their games, but rather the players and parents bought into what we were selling…and instead did NOT quit, persevered, and in the end prevailed. We are very proud of you AC and Kelsey! You are now on your  way to a top 50 national ranking, of which they will both achieve barring injury in 2014. Sometimes one must go slow to go fast. As they say “Choices are the hinges of destiny”. Choose wisely…

“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They are not there to scare you. They are there to let you know that something is worth it”- C. JoyBell C

First Southern Level One Title

Posted: September 1, 2013 in Strive Events
AC Southern Level One Title

AC Wins Southern Level 1 Doubles Title with Carly.

It took only 11 months to get her first Southern Level One Title, and she worked very hard to get there. Anna Claire “AC” Mitchell partnered with Carly Briggs to win the Southern Level 1 Doubles Title August 2013. AC had fun serving and volleying for the first time in a tournament. What was way cool is that she actually ended the first set with two serve and volley winners. Not bad for only being 4 feet nothing and only learning S & V the week prior. Just think when she gets 12 years old…She might be able to hit 3 serve and volley winners :-). Congratulations AC and Carly!

Kayleigh Wins First Title

At 9 years old Kayleigh has come light years with the development of her game in only 9 months of training. We accepted Kayleigh into the Strive environment at almost a complete beginner level based upon her exceptional effort, attitude, and passion for the game. She has now bloomed into one of the biggest games at Strive and certainly one of the fiercest for a 9 year old that you will see anywhere on this tennis planet we call earth.  We believe great things are in store for Kayleigh’s tennis future. Congratulations Kayleigh on winning your first 12’s tournament  title, of which we are sure many more are to come. Not bad for only being 9 years old and only training regularly for 9 months. Keep rockin!

Olivia, Anna Claire, and SevynKelsey and AC- 1st Place and 2nd Placeac_kelsey_heath_1st_2nd_may_2013_s3Girls 12's Southern L3 Champions. Congrats Girls!Girls 12’s Southern L3 Champions. Congrats Girls!

The answer to the math equation is two champions, a Finalist, and one 3rd place showing in the same weekend. The Strive Girls made their first collective impact on the southern circuit in Birmingham, Alabama May 11-12 2013 at the Southern Level 3 event held at Highland Park Racquet Club. The new Strive training environment which began 9 months ago in September with our girl power collective has been a hard working, up and down, but rather fast road to the top of the Southern ranks comparatively speaking from where we began. Our girls have gone from losing to non seeds, to defeating seeds, and now in 9 months time to earning multiple Southern titles in the same weekend whilst the other Strive girls were chomping at the title holders heels meeting  them in the finals and another achieving 3rd place in the girls 14’s division.

Congratulations to Anna Claire Mitchell for winning her 2nd Southern title of the year of which many more are to come. She is quickly becoming a force at the top of the Southern Girls 12’s. Congrats to Sevyn Waters for winning her first Southern Title only a few months after recovering from foot surgery. Kelsey Smith fought her way to the finals barely falling in a 3rd set tiebreak to fellow Strive player AC Mitchell in the final. Congrats also to Olivia Kapp as she knocked off the #1 seed en route to a 3rd place finish in the girls 14’s division.  It was an extra special tournament as Olivia celebrated her 13th birthday and the players had the honor of dedicating their titles and wins to their mothers on Mother’s Day weekend. We are excited to see what is in store for the Strive girls for the rest of 2013.

6 year old vs Federer

Do you have a boy who is currently 6, 7 or 8 born in 2005, 2006 or 2007?

Are you a parent who would love to provide their child with an opportunity to actually reach their full potential in the sport of tennis no matter what that potential might be?

Are you a parent that would like to give your child the most realistic opportunity possible to reach a professional playing level?

If so then now is the time to sign up for our waiting list for the most exclusive and specialized training environment in the world today. Starting June 1, 2013 we will begin the evaluation process over the next 24 months of both player and parent for acceptance into our 2015 hand chosen select training environment.

The Summer of 2015 8 to 10 boys from around the world will be hand chosen to be apart of a select group to begin training full time at Strive Tennis June 1, 2015. Between now and 2015 we would like you to bring your son to us so that we can begin the player/parent evaluation process. Over the next two years we will make sure he is technically and psychologically on course and ready to begin full time training in Atlanta with us in 2015. We will also begin our parental education over this time period ensuring our psychological development program is being followed.

If over the next 24 months during the parent/player evaluation process it is deemed that the player/parent is an optimal fit for our unique environment then your boy will be accepted as a part of a hand selected group of boys chosen to be developed to their full potential in the sport of tennis by world renowned coaches Heath Waters and Lindsay Lee-Waters.

Seeing is believing, so come spend one hour with us to see what opportunity you will not want to pass up if you so desire to give your child a once in a lifetime opportunity. If interested please sign up for the waiting list here. We will contact you personally to make evaluation arrangements.

Don’t Let the Tutu Fool You!

Strive Tennis Academy is always looking for players who desire to reach their full potential in the sport of tennis. The development of the optimal mindset is first and foremost the main priority of our program. Please note acceptance is based upon multiple day tryouts.

Selection Process:

1. Player will initially be observed and evaluated by Strive staff while playing in the target environment of match play.

2. Player will be required to take a one hour private lesson with Heath or Lindsay on successive days (Fri and Sat, or Sat and Sun).

3. Players and parents will be required to complete and pass our assessment/evaluation process.

4. Those who pass the initial screenings will be invited to a group training session with our current Strive Tennis Academy players to evaluate group cohesiveness/chemistry.

5. If a player meets all criteria, and is deemed a proper fit for our training environment, he or she will be sent a quasi-acceptance letter and be invited to pre-enroll.

6. If a player is quasi-accepted they will then be put on a 30 day trial observation period before official acceptance is granted 30 days after quasi-acceptance date.

7. Our program is not for the faint of heart. Our goal will be to weed out the players who are playing for the wrong reasons and find the players who are passionate and committed to becoming the best they can be in this sport. If your child has the desire to be the best they can be and are willing to work their very hardest then feel free to contact us for tryout information by clicking here.

8. A player’s spot in the Strive Environment has to be earned each and every month. Hence after acceptance if a child or if parents fail to support the agreed upon requirements of the Strive Environment they will be released. Our environment is number one and will be protected at all times. This is a journey towards the pursuit of excellence and we want it to be FUN :-).

Gallery  —  Posted: November 8, 2012 in Strive Events