Our Story

SotoTennis Academy (STA) is an international high-performance tennis academy based in the South of Spain in Sotogrande on the Costa del Sol. Established in 2010 by Dan and Vicki Kiernan, STA aims to provide an environment that inspires and enables our athletes to maximise their potential.

STA offers Full Time Training Programmes to performance players, with availability for competition-level players and groups to access the Academy’s year-round outdoor training on European Red clay courts and American-style hard courts

As a highly personalised and boutique-style tennis academy, our team of expert coaches deliver individualised programmes to players in a robust team environment. We are responsible for ensuring that our players see measurable outcomes in their performance through our structured and systematic approach, and give our players the opportunities, tools and resources to make these improvements.


We are also proud to offer players a unique balance of tennis and education through our joint programmes with our Academy partners. Many players have graduated from the Academy having gained scholarships with American Universities, allowing their studies and tennis journey to continue.

STA works closely with our partners to offer the best experiences for our players:

Sotogrande International School – Elite Sports: Tennis & Education Programme

Mentally Tough Tennis – Sports Psychology

Tennis Smart – American University Scholarship Support

Jorge Espada – Sports Physiotherapy

STA Philosophy

We pride ourselves on providing the best possible environment and opportunities for our players to thrive both on and off the court. STA strongly believes in developing tennis players as well as personalities, and shows this through implementing our core Academy values day in, day out.

‘Controlling the Controllables’ is where we focus our energy to help our players create more of a long-term perspective on their tennis. Each player that walks through our doors, and plays with an STA badge, will hopefully be recognised as a hardworking, well-mannered individual who has done everything they can to achieve their goals.