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Road to USA

Thanks to our partnership with Same Group DREAM program, we support players in their efforts to access American universities.

Partnership with Same Group

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Join an American university in the best possible conditions and with the best possible scholarship thanks to the Wawrinka Academy!

Same Group is a Swiss company that accompanies athletes to American universities.

With their help, we created our "Road to USA" offer:


6 months or 1 year full-time at the Wawrinka Academy after obtaining the federal maturity or the baccalaureate, depending on your objectives.


English lessons 2x per week



Support from Same Group for 12 to 15 months before leaving for the USA to analyze the options and guide you towards the best sporting and academic choices.

Return on investment

We help you obtain scholarships between 5 to 10% higher, thanks to privileged relationships with coaches. This will save you an average of 2,500 Swiss francs.

We take care of the administrative procedures, which sometimes take between 75 and 100 hours in total. You can focus 200% on your studies and your tennis, with a very professional structure and supervision, both for training and tournaments.


Without supervision, the athlete will have less time to devote to his studies and tennis, and the scholarship will therefore be lower.

Don't forget that each 5 places gained in the Swiss ranking can bring you between 2 and 3% of additional scholarship, so on average 1'500 Swiss francs for every 5 places won!

Thanks to our vast network, we know what American coaches are looking for and your file will become a priority in their eyes.


With our "Road to USA" formula, it's up toto several tens of thousands of francs saved over the entire duration of the university course, in addition to accessing a wider range of universities when making your choice.

Some figures (estimate) of scholarships obtained according to the ranking:

Ranking Switzerland (men)


N1 (1-10)

N2 (11-20)

N2 (21-30)

N3 (31-45)

N3 (46-60)

N3 (61-70)

N4 (71-110)

N4 (111-150)

R1 (151-230)

R2 (311-400)

Scholarship (men),these scholarships are approximate and therefore may vary


100% (with or without Same Group)

100% (with Same Group), 90% (alone)

90-95% (with Same Group), 80-85% (alone)

85-90% (with Same Group), 75-80% (alone)

80-85% (with Same Group), 70-75% (alone)

75-80% (with Same Group), 65-70% (alone)

70-75% (with Same Group), 60-65% (alone)

60-65% (with Same Group), 45-50% (alone)

55-60% (with Same Group), 40-50% (alone)

35-50% (with Same Group), 10-30% (alone)

Ranking Switzerland (women)


N1 (1-10)

N2 (11-20)

N2 (21-24)

N3 (25-45)

N4 (46-60)

N4 (61-75)

R1 (76-110)

R1 (111-144)

R2 (145-230)

R2-R3 (231-400)

Scholarship (women),these scholarships are approximate and therefore may vary


100% (with or without Same Group)

100% (with Same Group), 100% (alone)

100% (with Same Group), 90% (alone)

95-100% (with Same Group), 80-85% (alone)

90-100% (with Same Group), 75-80% (alone)

85-90% (with Same Group), 70-75% (alone)

80-85% (with Same Group), 65-70% (alone)

70-80% (with Same Group), 50-60% (alone)

65-75% (with Same Group), 40-55% (alone)

40-65% (with Same Group), 10-45% (alone)

A few additional remarks:

For women, scholarships are often more than 10% higher than those granted to men. The budgets of women's tennis teams are higher than those of men. University coaches not only look at player rankings, but also at their academic results. Scholarships can also be set aside for the athlete. What is included in the scholarships: tuition, accommodation, food, sports expenses (sportswear, travel, etc.), medical care, textbooks, insurance. A scholarship can easily cover fees up to $100,000. Many current professional players have represented an American university in the past: Cameron Norrie, Maxime Cressy, Kevin Anderson, Francis Cerundolo, Alexander Ritschard, Arthur Rinderknech, Robert Farah, Jennifer Brady, Danielle Collins,… In the United States, the average cost of an academic year is $35,000 per year. However, some universities may cost as little as $10,000 per year, while others may cost up to $70,000. Same Group will not accept a player above the 400th place in the Swiss ranking. However, it is still possible to find a university and a scholarship (between 10 and 30%) if the player is beyond the 400th place. In the 2023 ranking of the best universities in the world, 15 American universities are in the top 20 and 42 American universities in the top 100.


Alexandra Boulbin

I left for the United States at the age of 18 to join a university in South Carolina (Limestone University) in order to join the women's tennis team and start a Bachelor's degree. I was recruited with my R2 ranking, the university being in the second division of the NCAA. The scholarship offered to me at the time of signing covered 80% of the total costs (study and accommodation). The scholarship was slightly increased from the second year. The team was made up of an average of ten girls of different levels, and the regional championship had an overall level of N4-R4. During my four years of Bachelor, I alternated between the first and second position in singles, and I occupied the first position in doubles. The overall level of the divisions increases from year to year, so the competitive aspect remains very interesting even for players with better rankings when they leave. Going to pursue this course in the United States was by far the best decision of my life. I spent four wonderful years maintaining a competitive level of tennis, meeting young people from all over the world while pursuing my studies. After getting my bachelor's degree, I changed universities to start a master's degree in accounting at Clemson University. This Master's degree in a recognized university allowed me to get a job in a multinational in Geneva on my return to Switzerland. I now work as a tax specialist for an American asset manager, Capital Group. I recommend this experience to all players who wish to continue their studies without having to put tennis aside, knowing that it is not only a sporting but also a human opportunity that you will remember all your life!


Oscar Reis

I went to Drury University, Springfield, Missouri, and finished my freshman year. The first half, it took me some time to adapt, coming from Switzerland it's another world, but the second half when we started the season it was great. I came to Wawrinka Academy after finishing my Matura, and I wanted to improve my ranking for a year to get a scholarship. I found there a framework to progress as much as possible in the shortest possible time.​ Before coming, I didn't know what it was like to train like a pro, the discipline, the rigor you have to have. I had no idea of my type of game, I was able to learn basic tactics to structure my game. And then, playing 4 hours a day, it quickly brings you to a small level! :) For those who want to go to the USA, I advise them to surround themselves with a structure and not to do so without an agency, because they are the ones who talk to coaches about scholarships. It's harder for players to chat directly. Another piece of advice I would tell them not to be afraid to go. Personally I had doubts, but in one year I learned, I grew, I moved away from my comfort zone. And I look forward to the next three years. The level of tennis is important, but you can get a full scholarship in a good team without being N3 or N4. I was R2 when I started, and I'm on a Division 2 team that was top 35 in the USA. I had to fight to earn my place in the team, but it was worth it. For the rest, I will stay another year in the team, but I would like to try to be transferred to a division 1 for the last two years of my bachelor. Then, depending on my level, try the professional circuit once I have my bachelor's degree.


Nicolas Mobayed

In December I joined the Wawrinka Tennis Academy. Originally coming from the German speaking part of Switzerland it was a big transition for me to move to Lausanne. However, the coaches and players from the Academy as well as the people from the CSEL made the transition a lot smoother. My goal was to improve my tennis skills to be fit for college tennis in the United States. Since I was a child, I have been passionate about tennis. It has been my dream to play at the college level, and with hard work and dedication at the Wawrinka academy I was able to achieve my goals. I was able to realize my full potential and achieve success, thanks to the tailored training and workout sessions at the Wawrinka Academy. I truly believe that this Academy is the ideal place for anyone who wants to improve their game. Apart from tennis I have been completing an online diploma with the Lucerne International School to meet the requirements for College in the United States. The balance between studying and training has been set in such a way that there is no overload of each activity on a given day. One of the best parts of the Academy is that Tournaments are organized with groups and that Coaches take time on the weekends to watch the matches. Occasionally they go out of their way to organize trips for students to see professional matches at ATP Tour events, which are always lots of fun. The experience can be a truly memorable one, providing students with the opportunity to become immersed in the professional world of tennis. As my time at the Wawrinka Academy approaches to an end, I am excited to begin the next phase of my education at Drew University, and I am grateful for the opportunity that the Wawrinka Academy has given me to prepare for this leap.

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