SotoTennis Academy (STA) is a leading Tennis Academy based in southern Spain and led by Daniel Kiernan, former British number 1 doubles player.

Located in Sotogrande, Costa del Sol and boasting a year-round outdoor environment, STA offers European red clay courts, American-style hard courts and a fantastic sporting tradition.

STA provides the perfect environment for passionate young tennis players aiming for a future in the game, whether US College, or the Professional Tour.

Access weeks are also available for those looking to complement their current programme.

“STA have supported me above and beyond. They believed in me before and after I graduated from US College and gave me what I needed to go onto the Professional Tour.”

- Lloyd Glasspool (right), Winner of NCAAs Doubles with partner Søren Hess-Olesen (left)


Full Time Players

Full time players’ programmes are designed and delivered as part of a total plan supporting the individual’s goals through:

  • Performance planning
  • Sport Science support
  • Tournament travel

Full time programmes are therefore designed to include:

  • Year-round programme management
  • Tennis squads (daily amount dependent on package)
  • Strength & Conditioning sessions (daily amount dependent on package)
  • Weekly individual session
  • Match play
  • Local tournament support
  • International tournament support
  • Sport Science support

Access Players

Access programmes are on offer to like-minded players looking to supplement their current programmes: pre-season blocks, winter training, or experience on European clay.

Training weeks are delivered in line with the personal coach and individual development goals.

Four Access Player spaces are available per week, except for school holidays where there are 16 spaces for players per week.

Access Groups

Open to competition level teams looking to experience a different environment and support their programme at home.

Contact us for further information about Access Groups or bespoke packages.

Summer Programmes




STA values are engrained in the players’ behaviours, thus setting the culture required to succeed on and off the court.

Players are encouraged to ‘Control the Controllables’ and provide unconditional effort at all times.



Individualised performance planning is carried out 3 times per year between players and coaches to ensure clarity on where they are, where they want to go and how they are going to get there.

STA’s online platform, Tenicity, is used to stay connected with players, parents and staff and to ensure player progress is measured and monitored efficiently and effectively.



Touring teams on the ITF and Tennis Europe Tours, ranging from gaining your first international experience to Grand Slam junior level.

Rafa Nadal Tour
8 national level events running from January-August each year for U12 and U14s.

Marca Tour
25 national events running throughout the year for U16 players.

Andalucia Tour
360 events on STA’s doorstep every year for players of all ages and levels to compete on weekends ranging from U10 to prize money open events.


US College

Tennis Smart work with STA players and staff throughout the whole process:

  • Finding the right US College for the player
  • Application and registration
  • Finding the right career after university
  • And more

SAT/ACT support is also available to all players throughout their application process.

Pro Tour

It is about what’s right for the individual.

For this reason STA caters for players:

  • Just starting their professional journey
  • Joining the tour post-US College
  • Those who are already established Grand Slam professional players