The Heartbeat of Tennis in Birmingham!
The Academy is located at Highland Park Tennis Center. The tennis professionals of the Academy provide quality instruction and programming for all ages. Our tennis professionals are committed to helping each person achieve his/her goals through extensive programming.
Come see our newly renovated facility (historic Highland Park). The home of Alabama’s Court Elite, the Alabama Tennis Association and The Alabama Tennis Hall of Fame.
Charles ”Flip” Phillips founded the Academy in 1996. The Academy was primarily established to train serious junior tournament players, but now provides instruction for players of all ages and ability levels. You will find that the majority of all high level players produced in the Birmingham area have been developed or are currently in our Program.
ACE is the only Elite program in Birmingham with the results to prove it. ACE has produced and coached players from the beginning level to the Tour. Those players have won Championships at the State, Sectional, National, ITF and the Tour level.
Phillips was head professional at Birmingham Country Club and Maryland Farms Racquet Club in Nashville and also trained many of the nation’s top juniors while serving as a director at the prestigious Nick Bolletieri Academy. Standifer’s resume includes director of tennis experience in Jacksonville, FL, Birmingham, AL, Corpus Christi, TX, and Atlanta, GA.
Our goal is for our students to learn that through work, sacrifice, commitment, self-discipline and dedication any goal in life can be achieved. We strive to project a high standard of moral values and ethics that is not only applied to tennis but to everyday life. We develop these qualities by propelling the student past their comfort zone. Therefore, the student realizes that the limitations they have are only the ones that they set on themselves. Another goal is for our students to learn how to control their minds, whether it may be their emotions, concentration or any other mental obstacle in their path. Most importantly, we want to impact our students’ lives in a positive manner by giving them the opportunity to realize their potential not only in tennis but also in life.