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Tennis Resorts Online: The Leading Guide to Tennis Travel

Tennis Resorts Online
Your Definitive Guide To Tennis Travel

Roy Emerson Tennis Weeks/Gstaad Palace, Switzerland
©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 Cliff Drysdale Tennis at Amelia, Florida
    "After years of hearing about the fabulous women's retreats were a group of tennis ladies and I decided to give it a try. Every one of us had such an amazing experience. The Amelia tennis facility is gorgeous and the tennis instruction was top notch. The plantation is beautiful and full of activities if you had enough tennis for awhile. Imagine a week with friends, good food, beautiful weather and the most entertaining tennis instructors you can imagine. 5 star experience. A must try!"—G.T., Adv. Int., April 2016
  • 5-Ball Rating Wild Dunes Resort, South Carolina
    "I loved this tennis club. I can't do it justice on this review, but the clay courts and all the pros that drilled us for the weekend where phenomenal! Charlie and his crew have great professionalism dealing with all levels (3.0-open in our group of 18 people). The energy from Nick & Jess and their corrections were spot on! The kept it moving and had our heart rates racing. That's not an easy task with our veteran open players, so I highly recommend you check it out if you are in Isle of Palms, SC"—M.O., Adv., April 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, California
    "My wife and I have been traveling to the desert for many years and one of the highlights is to participate in the JW Marriott Desert Springs tennis clinics, and Grand Slam round robin. The staff from Jim Leupold on down is by far the best in the business. they make tennis fun, and not complicated as we club players tend to do. The tennis program is a must do when in Palm Desert."—J.B., Adv. Int., April 2016
  • 5-Ball Rating Bio-Hotel Stanglwirt, Tirol Austria
    "It is such a Special place, the People are so friendly, you feel always welcome, the surroundings are beautiful, the Food is super, and of course the PBI Tennis Trainers are always super and in your time without Tennis lessons you have incredibly many different oppurtunities you could follow"—G.B., Int., April 2016
  • 5-Ball Rating Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina
    "Their number one strength by far is the staff, starting with Jonathan Barth. They are without a doubt the best - both in terms of tennis knowledge and ability to get tips across to players, but also their enthusiasm and love for what they do. Also their junior programs are excellent. And you can't beat the setting - there is sooo much to do when not on the courts! Both on the island and in Charleston."—B.P., Adv., April 2016

Exclusive Packages and Specials

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

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

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.

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.

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.

JKCP Special: Save on Jr. Packages

Julian Krinsky Tennis Camps and Programs Tennis Resorts Online has secured a discount of $250* off residential and $100 off day-camp* bookings on any tennis camp you book at the Julian Krinsky School of Tennis. To get it, email imagine@jkcp.com or apply online at http://www.jkcp.com and use one of these codes: for Residential camps, TRORES2016, and for day camps, TRODAY2016

For more information, visit www.jkcp.com/tennis or call 610-265-9401. Offer expires Aug. 31, 2016
*Note: May not be combined with other discounts.

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

Doubles Boot Camps

Ladies Tennis Retreats. Gather your friends and join the Cliff Drysdale team for the Best Week in Tennis. Hosted at 4 select luxury resorts in Calif. and Fla., these 5-day getaways combine, drills, match play, luxurious lodging, and dinner parties. May 18-22 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, FL. For other camp dates, locations, and information, call 305-365-4297 or visit Drysdale Luxury Retreats

Topnotch 250x250-2014

Caneel mar2015

Develop your tennis skills during your luxury Caribbean getaway to Caneel Bay Resort. Work with our outstanding Peter Burwash International Tennis staff, surrounded by lush U.S. Virgin Islands National Park land. Enjoy our 7 private beaches, massage cabanas, fine dining—all located on the secluded island of St. John. For information and reservations: 340-776-6111 or visit www.caneelbay.com

Upcoming Events

Tournament indicates a tournament

May 6-8, 2016

Paws & Balls Team Tennis Challenge, Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, South Carolina, Phone: 843-785-1152
A team tennis format comprised of men's and women's singles and doubles and combo mixed doubles, sponsored by Hilton Head Plastic Surgery and benefitting Hilton Head Humane Association.

Apr. 29-May 8, 2016, 2016

Tournament Mutua Madrid Open. www.madrid-open.com
A combined men's and women's clay-court event. Andy Murray and Petra Kvitova are defending champions.

May 13-15, 2016

Sandestin Men's 7.5 Combo Team Challenge, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Florida, Phone: 850-267-6114
This event features a minimum of six doubles teams, with a combined NTRP rating of 7.5, each playing in a round robin against the other teams over the course of a long weekend.

May 14-16, 2016

Tournament  $10,000 USPTA TOPS’L Clay Court Championships, TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort by Wyndham, Florida
Open to USPTA-certified professionals, this weekend event consists of competition in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. Spectators are welcome.

May 9-15, 2016

National Women's 50-90 Hardcourt Championships, La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, California
The USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships in singles and doubles for age categories 50 and over, 60 and over, 70 and over, 80 and over, and 90 and over. These women's events are national championships and attract the best players from all over the country in each age group, making this field of competitors the strongest in the country in each age division.

May 9-15, 2016

44th Annual Men's Spring Senior Championships, La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, California
Held at the same time as the USTA National Women's Senior Championships, this event provide men with competition in singles and doubles for 60 and over, 65 and over, 70 and over, 75 and over, 80 and over, and 85 and over age groups. Expect about 300+ participants in the two events.

May 7-17, 2016

Tournament Internazionali BNL d'Italia. www.internazionalibnlditalia.com/
The Italian Open, a combined men's and women's event, held in Rome's Foro Italico.

May 20-22, 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+

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