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Tennis Resorts Online: The Leading Guide to Tennis Travel

Tennis Resorts Online
Your Definitive Guide To Tennis Travel

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©Roger Cox

The Guide To Taking Your Tennis Racquet On the Road

Since 1999, Tennis Resorts Online has been helping vacationers decide where to go on their next tennis holiday. I've made a career of giving such advice, initially as Tennis magazine's travel and resorts editor and since 1999 as the founder of this website. What you see here are not paid listings but the descriptions—provided without cost to resorts and camps—of those properties I feel are worthy of your attention. Over the course of several decades, I've visited more than 350 resorts on five continents and participated in some 50 different tennis camps, many more than once. It is that personal experience—supplemented now by reviews submitted by vacationers like you—that underpins this website.

What you'll find on these and the following pages is a suite of tools to help you make an informed choice on where to go. Start by checking out the rankings of the Top 100 Tennnis Resorts and Camps, which we base solely on the reviews submitted by people like you. For more personal advice, use the "Tailored Search" form that lets you specifiy precisely the features you're looking for in a resort or camp. Those results link to my personal descriptions, which are supplemented by the reviews—good or bad—of others who themselves have been there. There are also maps of what can be found in six different regions of the U.S. and one for Europe. Every property we list appears in a master index, listing both alphabetically and by state, region, or country. There is also a section devoted to junior camps, though since I'm a little old to participate in any of those I've had to settle for writing a description and let those juniors who've attended or their parents write personal reviews. To supplement all of this I've included a calendar of events taking place at tennis properties across the globe. We also ask resorts or camps to put together packages that offer special discounts or perks to Tennis Resorts Online readers.

Still, the site needs your input. We want to hear from you about your experience with any resort or camp you know first hand. As an incentive to take the trouble, Tennis Resorts Online gives away several tennis vacations in an annual drawing (2017 prizes to be announced soon). Every review you submit gives you another opportunity to win. To file one for a resort or camp, visit "Write a Review" or "Review a Junior Camp". Finally, let me know of ways you feel the site can be improved (and since we've just gone through a major redesign, please also let me know if there are any technical issues with any of the pages). You can contact me at . See you on the courts. —Roger Cox, Editor

Your Recent Reviews

Every time you review a resort or camp you know first hand, you're automatically entered in a drawing for one of several tennis vacations we give away each year. If you review a resort or camp between now and Apr. 30, 2016, you' be eligible to win a holiday at Saddlebrook International Tennis and Cliff Drysdale Tennis at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, both in Florida, and New England Tennis Holidays at Sugarbush, in Vermont. If you rated a junior camp, you're in the pool for a week-long junior camp at Saddlebrook Junior Tennis.
Here's a sample of recent critiques of resorts and camps by other vacationers, followed by a link where you can post your own.

  • 5-Ball Rating Academia Sánchez-Casal, Spain
    "Staff is very professional, from the shuttle driver to the head coach. This is the place to learn the Spanish Method which focus on movement and fitness. My daughter had a great time and learned a lot from very attentive and knowledgeable coaches. They provided a detailed written assessment of my daughters strengths and weaknesses. Great location, very close to the International airport (10 minutes by taxi). Shuttle is available for pickup and drop-off to major centers in Barcelona. Had a chance to chat with one of the founders, Sergio Casal, who was playing in the next court where my daughter played. Very friendly and down to earth which reflects the rest of the staff in the academy and camp."—C.P., Adv., July 2016
  • 4-Ball Rating CopperWynd Resort and Club, Arizona
    "Strengths: the most beautiful tennis resort with friendly pros. Weaknesses: Too beautiful, you would not want to leave."—H.P., Adv. Int., August 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating Taos Tennis at Quail Ridge Taos, New Mexico
    "Taos Tennis is the friendliest tennis place I've been to. Everyone gets along and the quality of the instruction is top notch. Everything is very affordable. It sits under picturesque mountains and has a great restaurant attached. My vote for best tennis place ever."—C.J., Low Int., July 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating Resort at Longboat Key Club, Florida
    "My stay at the resort at Longboat Key Club was exceptional. It emcompassed a private beach with white sand and clear water, a great pool, spacious room with fully equipped kitchenette and laundry, and housekeeping who cleaned the rooms twice a day, as well as other amenities and facilities. A variety of great restaurants were located in close proximity (1-3 miles). The Tennis Gardens at Longboat Key Club really made my stay even more special. The Staff were friendly, professional, and flexible. The courts were in top conditions. I enrolled in two tennis clinics with Jackie, a tennis pro, who really pushed me to play with intensity and kept me motivated. I also took 1 hour private lesson with Sammy who gave me lots of feedback and invaluable advice on how to become a better player. Lastly, I would like to thank Zo, the tennis concierge at The Tennis Gardens for pairing me up with other players for singles and doubles matches, as well as for being so attentive and providing great service which really made me feel welcomed and at home. I will definitely be back!"—J.M., Adv., June 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating La Manga Club, Spain
    "I have had the pleasure of attending the La Manga Adult Academy on several occasions and each time I do, I leave at the end of the week wanting more. I cannot speak highly enough about the professionalism of the staff who provide such a wonderful experience for players of all levels. The quality of coaching is exceptional and is always delivered with infectious enthusiasm. The facilities, both in the tennis academy and in the rest of the resort, are second to none in the region and I would highly recommend anyone who has the chance to visit La Manga Club, to take that opportunity. You won't regret it. In simple terms, I would just say - Great facilities, Great coaching, Great fun."—R.M., Int., July 2016

Exclusive Packages and Specials

Discounts, room upgrades, and special packages only available on Tennis Resorts Online.

Special Discount on Team Packages

Beach at Port Royal Book our 3-day/3-night Ambassador Package for teams and get a discounted rate of $395/person. The special package includes six hours of personalized clinics, unlimited court time, accommodations in a deluxe 2-bedroom villa (discount based on four people sharing a two-bedroom), one lunch at Robber's Row Grill, logo souvenirs, and pro shop discounts. For information and help in planning your personalized holiday, call Tanda at 843-686-8803 or 843-298-0027 and say you want the Tennis Resorts Online special rate.

All here. All yours. All pro.

Tennis Gardens at the Resort at Longboat Key Club Escape to the Four-Diamond Resort at Longboat Key Club and enjoy complimentary play on our USTA award-winning, 20-court Tennis Gardens. Experience golf, spa, dining, and Sarasota’s culture and nightlife. Click here now for our "Tennis Tune Up Package" Package.

TRO Exclusive: Save $100!

John Newcombe Tennis Ranch Tennis Resorts Online users can claim a special $100/person discount on any adult all-inclusive week-long camp program. To get it, telephone reservations toll-free at 800-444-6204 or email the Ranch. You must mention Tennis Resorts Online to get the discount. Request a brochure.

Save $75/day with Tennis Lovers’ Package*

Tennis Lovers' Package at Naples Grande Beach Resort, Naples, FL TRO readers can enjoy this exclusive package offered at Naples Grande Beach Resort which boasts 15 Har-Tru clay tennis courts managed by the world-renowned Peter Burwash International team of tennis pros. Your package includes overnight accommodations in a spacious guestroom with Gulf of Mexico views, daily private lesson with a PBI pro, daily court use and ball machine use and one Tennis For Life book to enjoy on your private, furnished balcony.

To book, phone 855-969-2707 and mention code TROTENNIS or visit Tennis Lovers' Package

Terms & Conditions: *Subject to availability. Gulf of Mexico views from tower guestrooms and suites only. Must contact tennis shop at 239-594-6033 to book daily lesson and reserve court/ball machine after confirming package. Lesson, court and ball machine rental are on a per night basis.

Free Upgrade to One-bedroom Suite + Amenity Basket

Saddlebrook International Tennis at Saddlebrook Resort Book the Saddlebrook Tennis School (which offers five hours a day of instruction) and a regular deluxe guest room at Saddlebrook Resort and they'll upgrade you to a one-bedroom suite* at no extra cost (two-night minimum) and include a complimentary Saddlebrook Amenity basket.

To get it, phone toll-free 800-729-8383, x4200 and ask for the Tennis Resorts Online Upgrade.

*Subject to availability at the time of booking

On the Road

Dispatches from my latest travels

Taking a Swing At Cape Cod

Revisiting the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in Texas

Resort Hopping In Southwest Florida

Emilio Sánchez on "the Spanish Method"

Tennis on the "Garden Isle" of Kauai

Sea Island, Georgia, and the Jensen Brothers

Cliff Drysdale Tennis at Hawk's Cay Resort, Florida

Soaring Above Phoenix, Arizona

Newport, Rhode Island, For Tennis Players

©2016 Roger Cox

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Upcoming Events

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Sept. 1-4, 2016

Tournament  39th Annual International Tennis Cournament, Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic, Phone: 888-212-5073

Open to international and local male and female singles and doubles players. Free to registered guests; from $150 entry fee for non-guests. For more information or to register for the tournament, please call 809-523-8698; toll free 1-888-212-5073; or email teniscasa@ccampo.com.do

Sept.2-5, 2016

Singles Sessions, Total Tennis, New York

Sept. 2-4, 2016

9th Annual Palmetto Dunes Tennis Fall Classic, Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, South Carolina, Phone: 843-785-1152
Men's and Women's Doubles and Mixed Doubles, sponsored by Captain Woody's.

Sept. 3-5, 2016

Singles Specialty Camp, IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis Program, Florida, Phone: 800-872-6425
The academy is staging a Singles Specialty Camp over Labor Day weekend. The three-day program focuses on singles strategy and play using drills and point-simulaton exercises, with competitive matches at the end of each day. Among the topcs to be covered are system 5 (hitting the right shot at the right time), serve and return of serve, recovery position, approaching styles, and risk vs reward.

Sept. 5-9, 2016

Peter Burwash International World Tennis Camp, Bio-Hotel Stanglwirt, Tirol Austria
This 5-day camp comprises a total of 20 hours on court. The daily routine consists of two hours of group instruction each morning followed two hours each afternoon spent on individualized instruction, pro-am doubles, team tennis, and live-ball action drills. For more information and to register, included discounted rom rates, visit PBI World Tennis Camp.

Sept. 3-5, 2016

35th Annual Kapalua Open Tennis Championships, Kapalua Tennis Garden, Hawaii, Phone: 808-662-7730
This annual Labor Day championship: USTA-sanctioned men's and women's singles and doubles in 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and Open divisions as well as Mixed in 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0, and Open divisions.

Sept. 9-11, 2016

Wine-Tasting and Culinary Tennis Camp, Broadmoor, Colorado
The weekend program combines 9 hours of tennis instruction with a private wine-tasting at The Broadmoor's new Fishing Lodge and conducted by Broadmoor's sommelier and a "hands on" grilling demonstration and culinary tips led by Chef Dan Witherspoon. For information and reservations, phone 719-471-5847 or email tennis@broadmoor.com.

Sept. 9-11, 2016

Ladies' 3.5 Team Challenge, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Florida, Phone: 850-267-7114
This event features a minimum of six doubles teams, each playing in a round robin against the other teams over the course of a long weekend.

Sept. 9-11, 2016

Ladies 4.5 Interstate Team Challenge, TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort by Wyndham, Florida
For teams of women with an average NTRP rating of no more than 4.5.

Sept. 9-11, 2016

Run For Hope Cancer Benefit, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hawaii, Phone: (808) 325-8052
As a benefit for the American Cancer Society Hawai'i Pacific and Friends of the University of Hawai'i Cancer Center, the resort is conducting a long weekend fundraiser that begins with a taste of local Hawaiian cuisine Friday evening before moving on to tennis and golf tournaments and 5k and 10k runs over the weekend. 

Sept. 11-13, 2016

3.5 Ladies Team Challenge, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Florida, Phone: 850-267-7114
This event features a minimum of six doubles teams, with NTRP ratings of 3.5, each playing in a round robin against the other teams over the course of a long weekend.

Sept. 16-18, 2016

Stan Smith Super Series, Sea Pines Resort, South Carolina
Wimbledon and U.S. Open Champion and former World No. 1 Stan Smith conducts a fun-filled weekend clinic at the Sea Pines Racquet Club. Over the course of nine hours (3 hours each day), Smith and his staff will focus on stroke and strategy instruction, footwork, and many practice drills as well as videotape your serve. Student:pro ratio never more than 4:1, ensuring personal attention. Open to players 17+ years old with an NTRP rating of 3.0+.

Sept. 16-18, 2016

21th Mauna Kea Resort Grand Prix Open & Class, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hawaii, Phone: 808-882-5420
Men's and women's singles and doubles competition in Open, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, and Open divisions. Cost is $50 for one event, $65 for two. Special lodging rates available. More details on the entry form.

Sept. 16-18, 2016

Ladies 3.5 Interstate Team Challenge, TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort by Wyndham, Florida
For teams of women with an average NTRP rating of no higher than 3.5.

Sept. 17-18, 2016

5th Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic, Greenbrier, West Virginia
Two former World No. 1s, Pete Sampras and John McEnroe, are back for another exhibition, but for 2016 there is an exciting new addition to the competition, a pair of stellar WTA competitors. Before Sampras and McEnroe face off on Saturday, former World No. 1 and current No. 7 Venus Williams takes on current World No. 9 Madison Keys. The following day, the team of Sampras-Williams does battle with McEnroe-Keys. Tickets are available for Saturday only, Sunday only, or both days as are one-night and two-night lodging packages.

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