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COMPARING TENNIS COACHING APPS AND SITES

Which one is right for you?

By Rich Neher

CONTEXT: I've been watching many tennis apps on the market for quite some time. We have also reported about some in the past. Many come up with a lot of hype and promises but can they actually deliver? It was decided to make it a 3-part series comparing apps. Last month, we were looking at Tennis Club Management Apps promising to run many or most of the functions in your club. This month we'll examine Coaching Apps and Sites and in November we'll look at apps that mainly Connect Players.

Trying to set up the criteria for comparing 'Coaching Apps and Sites' we were trying to figure out what's really important for our readers. From a long list of possible criteria, we narrowed it down to 8.

1. We wanted to know whether the app is readily available in the marketplace.

2. How many installations are there approximately? 

3. What Platform is offered? IOS - Android - Desktop

4. Is the App/Site for Players, Coaches, or both?

5. How much do they charge each user?

6. Can Coaches make money with the App/Site??

7. What are the future plans and enhancements by the owners?

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We had originally sent above 7 questions to 12 owners. That in itself is often a difficult task because you have to be Sherlock Holmes to find them. I personally would not deal with an app or a site that doesn't identify who owns or manages it. Only 7 replied. Too bad.

Five sites/apps didn't reply:

Ultimate Tennis Coach

Expert Connect

Coach Tube

Coach Now

Tennis Zone

Two sites/apps didn't want to be included:

Broudy Tennis - Not quite sure why. Jack Broudy has put some good courses with tons of videos for players on the site. And I understand coaches are his clients, too. https://www.broudytennis.com/

Mouratoglou E-Coaching - That's too bad. Beautiful site and IOS app. I zoomed with his Communication and PR Director Marie Feichtinger and she pointed out that Patrick has other priorities right now and doesn't want to focus on his app. https://mouratoglou-ecoaching.com/

Five sites/apps replied with detailed information:

Tennis Drills TV

Full Court Tennis

SevenSix

Top Court

Apeak Tennis

 

Kudos to Jorge Capestany (Tennisdrills), Brian Teacher (Full Court Tennis), and Trond Kittelsen (SevenSix) who did not hesitate to send the answers to our questions.

No app is like the other. Many have good features which is another reason why it's sad some didn't reply.

Note: We did not want to look at the comparison from a 'Winner' point of view to find out which app is the 'Best' but rather aimed to compare what each app is capable of. You can read it and make up your own mind if you want to get in touch with that vendor for more information or a demo.

We started with a simple table listing capabilities and then go a little more detailed into the app and who's behind it.

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Launch
Year

2020

Web

solution

X

IOS
App

X

Android

App

X

No. of
Users

*

For

Players

X

For

Coaches

X

Cost

per month

-

Cost

per year

$180*

Make $$$

with it?

*

TOP COURT

Launch
Year

2022

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Web

solution

X

IOS
App

X

Android

App

-*

No. of
Users

*

For

Players

X

For

Coaches

X

Cost

per month

Free*

Cost

per year

Free*

Make $$$

with it?

X

FULL COURT TENNIS

Launch
Year

2020

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Web

solution

X

IOS
App

X

Android

App

-*

No. of
Users

*

For

Players

X

For

Coaches

-*

Cost

per month

$9

Cost

per year

$100

Make $$$

with it?

-

SEVENSIX

Launch
Year

2007

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Web

solution

X

IOS
App

-

Android

App

-

No. of
Users

1,500*

For

Players

-*

For

Coaches

X

Cost

per month

$19.95

Cost

per year

$199

Make $$$

with it?

-

TENNIS DRILLS TV

Launch
Year

2022

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Web

solution

X*

IOS
App

X

Android

App

X

No. of
Users

1,400

For

Players

X

For

Coaches

X*

Cost

per month

-

Cost

per year

$70

Make $$$

with it?

X

APEAK TENNIS / COACH

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TopCourt
"They changed the game. Now you."

"Learn from the most inspiring players, coaches, and icons in sports."

TopCourt calls its service "The first streaming service powered by the world's best. 7 class types, including technique, drills, strategy, and fitness. And mental strength. Stay motivated with TopTips that lead to those a-ha moments. 20+ new classes every month, from 2 to 15 minutes each." Website

TopCourt co-founder Alex Rafee says, "TopCourt is a technology company focused on e-learning for tennis players and fans around the world. Be inspired by the best tennis players in the world. Watch hundreds of video lessons from the best as they share their stories, instruction, drills, failures, and successes. Backed by Lindsay Davenport, The Bryan Brothers, Taylor Fritz, Petra Kvitova, Belinda Bencic, Sofia Kenin, Sloane Stephens, and many more."

1. When did you come out with your App/Site?

TopCourt was launched in June of 2020 with just 3 player classes. We now have 36 classes live on the platform with new releases scheduled every month. Our content library includes hundreds of video lessons from the best and most brilliant minds in tennis. Team TopCourt’s roster includes Venus Williams, Nick Kyrgios, Alexander Zverev, Martina Navratilova, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Frances Tiafoe, Casper Ruud, Brad Gilbert, Chris Evert, Simona Halep, Taylor Fritz, The Bryan Brother, Iga Swiatek, Chris Evert, and more. 

In each class, you will find on-court lessons in technique for every stroke in the game, drills to help you develop your game, and strategy to help you win more matches. The great thing about our diverse content library is that there is truly something for everyone no matter where you are in your tennis journey. Your TopCourt experience is completely tailored to your interests and your level of play. 

2. Do you offer desktop/IOS/Android as platforms?

TopCourt is available on the web at topcourt.com, in the Apple and Google app stores through our mobile application, and on TVs, so you can stream directly through your AppleTV. 

 

3. How many users do you have approximately?

Unfortunately, I cannot share specific user data but I can share that we have TopCourt members in 73 different countries. 

 

4. Is the App/Site for Players, Coaches, or both?

TopCourt is the perfect partner for any coach or player. Players and fans are able to learn from their favorite pros and coaches on our platform. Members are able to filter by various strokes they are working on, their level of play, strategy they are trying to master, or simply by their favorite players or coaches.

Coaches love using TopCourt to learn different perspectives on the game. Learning new drills that they can implement with their players, or as a tool to help with their on-court coaching. Learning from Paul Annacone’s experience coaching Roger Federer and Pete Sampras is a favorite among coaches. 

 

5. How much does the App/Site charge?*

TopCourt’s basic membership which gives you access to all of our content across tennis and pickleball is $15/month billed annually at $180. 

 

6. Can Coaches make money with your App/Site? How much?

We do have a player and coach ambassador program for a select group and will potentially bring back new opportunities in the future. 

 

7. What are future plans and enhancements for your product?

We are always updating and enhancing the platform with new improvements and features. Recently we released a big product update, TopTips, which is a new category of content on the platform that delivers short video lessons with valuable tips on technique, strategy, mental toughness, and fitness. 

* TopCourt sells memberships for two different tiers – basic and gold. The Basic version costs $180 per year (billed annually) and has access to all of the videos, allows users to redeem gold court points, and allows users to ask questions to players. The gold version costs $600 per year (also billed annually) and gives users the following additional perks: 

  • Access to video content earlier 

  • Opportunities to win trips to our filming shoots and hit with the players

  • Opportunities to win trips to Grand Slams and other wta/atp tournaments 

  • Opportunities to ask pros questions directly 

Contact: Top Court Support

Pasadena, California

email hello@topcourt.com

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Full Court Tennis
"Connected to the world's top coaches."

  • Follow, Learn & Interact on the Full Court Feed

  • FREE Tips, Drills & Analyses for your Level of Play

  • Hire for In-App Virtual Lessons with ATP, WTA and Top Coaches

Full Court Tennis is cutting-edge technology that connects the tennis community to world-class coaches, delivering cameo-type virtual in-app lessons. Website

Full Court Tennis was founded by Brian Teacher, a former Australian Open Singles Winner who has coached extensively on the ATP and WTA Tennis Tours, as well as developed junior athletes along the way.

The mission of Full Court Tennis is to give players at all levels of the sport instant and seamless access to great coaching. Players can self-learn by following and interacting with coaches on our Full Court Feed or by hiring a coach for in-app virtual lessons. 

1. When did you come out with your App/Site?

Launched in mid March of 2022.

2. Do you offer desktop/IOS/Android as platforms?

FCT is on iOS and available as a desktop website FullCourtTennis. Users must have a mobile account to sign into the website.

FCT is scheduled to start building Android before year-end.

3. How many users do you have approximately?

User numbers are immaterial. Why?

Every Coach has the ability to send out from the FCT app an invite for anyone (ios at the moment) to download Full Court Tennis app both from email or phone contacts via text message. Every Coach should be using the FCT app daily while on the court teaching lessons to look at their student's technique and compare it side by side to those in our FCT Pro Library - see the issues and immediately get back to work.

 

4. Is the App/Site for Players, Coaches, or both?

FCT features ATP and WTA coaches however, FCT is for all Coaches and Players at every level of the game.

Coaches love using TopCourt to learn different perspectives on the game. Learning new drills that they can implement with their players, or as a tool to help with their on-court coaching. Learning from Paul Annacone’s experience coaching Roger Federer and Pete Sampras is a favorite among coaches. 

 

5. How much does the App/Site charge?

FCT is a free download. Coaches right now receive 94% of their Hired Lesson rate upon full completion. 

 

6. Can Coaches make money with your App/Site? How much?

Coaches can make as much revenue as the market recognizes their brand and expertise. FCT provides all the tools for the Coach to grow their business as described above in point 3 and when a coach posts to the Full Court Feed the Coach has full social media access to brand their name and Logo on all posts they send out. This branding is offered free for a limited time and allows the Coach the opportunity to grow their business.

 

7. What are future plans and enhancements for your product?

FCT just added a swing lock when comparing strokes side by side to simultaneously move together. Users can change from a right-hander to left-hander and vice versa in any video. A Coach can now add Weekly Rates to get hired.

Contact: Brian Teacher, Founder

Pasadena, California

email bt@fullcourttennis.com

Tel 310-363-7991

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SevenSix
"The world's first AI tennis coach"

"SevenSix compares your swing to a Pro, helping you train and play at your best. Ace your game."

SevenSix is an award-winning AI-powered mobile app that analyzes tennis swings to help accelerate your training. Website

Founder and CEO Trond Kittelsen says, "Sevensix is a highly valuable service for tennis players who want to improve their performance. We have made the world-first AI tennis Coach with computer vision software on smartphones."

1. When did you come out with your App/Site?

SevenSix was launched as an MVP (Minimal Viable Product) in selected markets in September 2020. Version 1.0 was launched globally in January 2021. We are now in version 3.0.4.

2. Do you offer desktop/IOS/Android as platforms?

Our concept uses complex infrastructure, artificial intelligence, and machine learning algorithms. Therefore, we had to focus on one platform first, IOS. Our app works on iPhone and Ipad only. We are planning to launch the Android version in Q1 2023.

3. How many users do you have approximately?

We have users in 200 countries and 6250 cities. The user base is confidential.

4. Is the App/Site for Players, Coaches, or both?

SevenSix aims to help any tennis player improve their technique. Our algorithms are based on the knowledge of some of the best tennis coaches out there. Our main target group is players,  but coaches, clubs, and federations use the app in individual and group sessions.

5. How much does the App/Site charge?*

Users can choose between 9 dollars monthly or 100 dollars yearly subscription. (yearly price has a 20% discount for the moment.) In the following month, we are also launching micro- transactions meaning that users who are not ready to commit to a yearly subscription can pay approximately 2 dollars per swing analysis.

 

6. Can Coaches make money with your App/Site? How much?

We see our concept as an additional tool for coaches to increase their customers' knowledge and engagement. There is no revenue share,  as we would like to offer our product at an efficient price. We have ambassador programs for coaches with yearly free subscriptions.

 

7. What are future plans and enhancements for your product?

We have just now launched our application on selected Wilson rackets. Inserts with QR codes give customers a tool to improve their technique instantly with their new Wilson racket.

We are launching app updates bi-weekly. Next week we will improve our recording process. Users set up their smartphone for 5 minutes and our AI engine will select 5 strokes where 1 can be chosen for AI analysis.

Richer visualization also with the whole player movement compared to the PRO.

Compare technique to your favorite tennis player is also coming up. 

Contact: Trond Kittelsen, CEO

Stavanger, Norway

email trond@sevensix.no

Tel +47 91775456

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Tennis Drills TV
"Gain access to more than 2,000 drills. On demand."

"Obtain our proven step-by-step weekly lesson plans. Get tools for running special events. Weekly Lesson Plans."

Tennis Drills TV exists to make the jobs of tennis coaches easier. Website

Founder and CEO Jorge Capestany started Tennis Drills TV with the goal of making every tennis coach look like a Rock Star to their students by supplying them with an endless supply of awesome tennis drills to use in practices. Tennis Drills TV has grown to have subscribers in more than 76 countries and has the world's largest tennis drills video vault.

1. When did you come out with your App/Site?

I started the website in 2007 with just drills only. Since then we have made many changes so the site now has more than 2,000 drills, 80 tennis-related courses of which about 30 of the courses can be taken for PTR and/or USPTA educational credit.

2. Do you offer desktop/IOS/Android as platforms?

The site can be viewed on any computer or device. It is fully mobile compatible with Android and IOS phones.

 

3. How many users do you have approximately?

We have approximately 1,500 paid subscribers, about ten "corporate" clubs (all their Pros get access), and we've had over 20,000 coaches get our free drills and videos.

4. Is the App/Site for Players, Coaches, or both?

While there are sections of the site that would be attractive to players, about 95% of our subscribers are coaches. The most common type of coach is a teaching professional, and high school or college coaches.

5. How much does the App/Site charge?*

Several options:

 

6. Can Coaches make money with your App/Site? How much?

Not currently.

 

7. What are future plans and enhancements for your product?

We have over 2,000 tennis drills and another 2,000 videos on various topics. The plan is to continue to add new content every week on Sunday and keep growing the number and types of courses that we have.

Contact: Jorge Capestany, Founder

Holland, Michigan

email capestany@hope.edu

Tel (866) 323-3526

APEAK TENNIS / COACH
"Mental training for tennis players."

"Apeak tennis is effective, convenient, and affordable. Learn from the same sports psychologist as Novak Djokovic."

Apeak offers two products: one for players (Apeak Tennis) and one for coaches (Apeak Coach). Both can be accessed through the same site. Here is a short video explaining both. Website

Apeak is led by CEO and Founder Brian Park with much of the content provided by world-renowned performance psychologist, New York Times bestselling author, and coach Dr. Jim Loehr. Brian writes on his LinkedIn page, "Apeak is the first and only interactive mental training app. Our patent-pending Apeak AI is designed to provide personalized training plans based on your profile, responses, and progress."

Apeak Tennis offers a 7-day free trial and offers a money-back guarantee. If the players do not find it helpful, they will get a 100% refund. 

1. When did you come out with your App/Site?

We launched beta in March/2021 and launched the full production app Jan/2022

2. Do you offer desktop/IOS/Android as platforms?

IOS and Android app for Apeak Tennis. Apeak Coach is a website for coaches.

 

3. How many users do you have approximately?

We have over 10,000 downloads and about 1,400 paid users.

4. Is the App/Site for Players, Coaches, or both?

We have two different products. One is for players Apeak Tennis on IOS and Android Mobile app. Then we have Apeak Coach website for Coaches to monitor players’ progress, provide feedback and gain sport psychology-related education.

5. How much does the App/Site charge?*

Apeak tennis is $70 per year. Apeak Coach is free now, but we plan to charge, $50 per year for coaches.

 

6. Can Coaches make money with your App/Site? How much?

Yes, coaches can generate extra revenue by signing up on Apeak coach, where they will be able to purpose Apeak Tennis at a 30% to 50% discount, then they can increase their program fee or private lesson. Most importantly, players will improve as a result of using Apeak, so they will have a better retention rate and potentially charge more for their time.

 

7. What are future plans and enhancements for your product?

We are consistently updating and improving our product. We have three full-time developers that will continuously improve the feature and add new features to the app.

Contact: Brian Park, CEO+Founder

Seattle, Washington

email apeak@apeak.com