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John Austin Named Hall of Fame Tennis Director

John Austin, former ATP Touring Pro and past winner of the Wimbledon Mixed Doubles title,John Austin, Tennis Director at International Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport, Rhode Island has been named as tennis director at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, RI. He comes on board on Apr. 1 at a time when a major renovation and expansion is taking place, major renovation and expansion, one that will add a new indoor tennis facility, new outdoor hard courts, and improved amenities.
" I am looking forward to being part of the club's future," Austin is quoted as saying in the press releast, "especially with the renovations and programming which are sure to be an integral part of the club in the years to come." In this new role, Austin will oversee all tennis programming at the Hall of Fame Tennis Club, including its tennis instruction, social play, and USTA leagues while also putting his personal stamp on the tennis options for the tennis-playing visitors and club members.

Poll about what constitutes a fair price to play on a resort tennis court

Court Fees: What's Fair?

I have long been a champion of not having to pay court fees on a resort vacation because I don't think avid players like the idea of a meter running whenever they step on court. I'm not necessarily saying that court fees have to be free—though that's the ideal—but guests should have the option of booking a tennis package that includes court fees so that anyone planning to play more than an hour a day can do so without running up their bill.
Still tennis centers are expected to be profit centers, and court fees are certainly one source of profit. But how much is reasonable? I've recently seen fees as high as $50/hour—on a hard court, no less—which seem exorbitant to me. But what do you think? Let me know by posting your opinion on the Tennis Resorts Online blog page, and then take the following poll on what you're willing to pay. It will automatically update to show the percentage of people voting for each category.


How much are you willing to pay for court time at a tennis resort?


Win a Saddlebrook Junior Camp

Saddlebrook Tennis Junior Camp, Wesley Chapel, FL

Saddlebrook International Tennis in Wesley Chapel, FL wants to encourage more reviews not only of its own ongoing junior camp but of junior camps all across the country. As an incentive to file a report, it is offering a Saddlebrook junior camp as a prize. The 6-day/5-night award comprises 5+ hours of daily tennis instruction, shared lodging in a junior suite, and three meals daily. To be eligible either rate yours or your child's experience of a Saddlebrook junior camp at Rate Saddlebrook's Junior Camp or if you're rating a different junior camp visit the Saddlebrook junior page on this site for instructions. The camp will be awarded on May 1, 2015. Also, check out Saddlebrook's special offers on both adult and junior camps.

How To Sweep a Clay Court

On a recent visit to the Gstaad Palace in Switzerland for a Roy Emerson Tennis Week, I came across this sign showing how to sweep a tennis court and brush the lines. Does anyone have a more efficient method? If so, post them on Tennis Resorts Online's blog.

How to sweep a clay tennis court
©Roger Cox
How to brush the lines of a clay tennis court
©Roger Cox

Exclusive Packages and Specials

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

Resort at Longboat Key Club, Florida
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.

John Newcombe Tennis Ranch, Texas
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.

Julian Krinsky School of Tennis, Pennsylvania (Juniors)
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* 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, TRORES2015, and for day camps, TRODAY2015.

Not sure what you want? Send an online brochure request.
*Note: May not be combined with other discounts.

Dave Marshall Tennis, Delaware
Exclusive Weekend Specials
Delaware beach From now through December, Dave Marshall has two special weekend (Friday-Sunday) packages exclusively for Tennis Resorts Online readers.
"Singles Spectacular": a weekend clinic for one with 8 hours of instruction, match play, a tournament, and lodging in a 1-bedroom condo. Cost: $600.
"Double the Fun": a weekend clinic for two with 8 hours of instruction, match play, a tournament, and lodging in a 2-bedroom condo. Cost: $850.
To book, phone Dave Marshall at 302-645-0713 and tell him you want the "Tennis Resorts Online special."

Saddlebrook Tennis (Hopman), Florida
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

Saddlebrook Junior Tennis (Hopman), Florida (Juniors)
Saddlebrook Summer Junior Camp Bonus Menu
Saddlebrook International Tennis at Saddlebrook Resort Book any full-week junior summer camp at Florida's Saddlebook Resort and your son or daughter can choose from a menu of free add-ons to supplement their program 5-day/6-night their program. In addition to up to 5 hours a day of intensive training and competition, your child can opt for any one of the following:

Please call Saddlebrook resort for details at 800.729.8383 x4200 and tell reservations you want the "Tennis Resorts Online Summer Junior Camp Special."

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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 the two tennis vacations we're giving away: Saddlebrook International Tennis and TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort by Wyndham, both in Florida, and New England Tennis Holidays at Sugarbush, in Vermont.
Here's a sample of recent critiques of the top resorts and camps by other vacationers, followed by a link where you can post your own.

Review Your Favorite Places

Sponsor Kiawah Mar2011Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina. Play the Tennis Resort Ranked Number 2 in the World by Tennis Resorts Online. Directed by Hall of Fame Tennis Pro Roy Barth, Kiawah's programs receive the highest accolades. Custom packages include unlimited court time, accommodations, breakfast, special rates for instruction. Enjoy Kiawah's beach, spa, fine dining and golf—minutes from Charleston. For information and reservations, phone 888.856.7107 or visit www.kiawahresort.com/tennis

Sponsor Silverado text+graphicNEW! Silverado Resort, a Peter Burwash International facility in Napa Valley, CA introduces the Silverado Resort Tennis Camps, the perfect tennis camp for those fond of backhands, volleys and vines in wine country. The 2½-day tennis camp package includes two half days of instruction, accommodations at the iconic Silverado Resort and Spa, welcome dinner, wine tasting instruction and two-for-one winery tasting passes. Offered August 21-23 and October 9-11. To book phone 800-532-0500 or visit www.silveradoresort.com

Sponsor Doubles Boot CampsLadies Retreat in Carlsbad, California at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, California, Phone: 305-365-4297 Director Bryce Cunningham and the Cliff Drysdale Tennis staff stage their first ladies-only retreat at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. The 5-day sessions bundle drills and match play with lodging and meals. For information and reservations, contact Ximena Trujillo at x.trujillo@cliffdrysdale.com or visit cliffdrysdale.com/retreats/all-new-ladies-retreat-in-san-diego-ca



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Upcoming Events

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Mar. 23-Apr. 5, 2015

Tournament Miami Open Tennis. Phone: 800-725-5472. www.miamiopen.com
Fields of 96 men and 96 women compete in this major event held at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, Florida. Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are defending champions.

Apr. 3-12, 2015

Tournament Asics Easter Bowl. www.easterbowl.com
This annual showcase of junior talent is being staged this year at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Desert, CA. It comprises the Boys and Girls 18, 16, & 14 and under divisions. The 18's are also a top ITF international event with singles, doubles, and consolation divisions.

Apr. 11-19, 2015

Tournament Monte Carlo Rolex Masters. www.monte-carlorolexmasters.com/
Men's event held on red clay. Stan Wawrinka is defending champion

Apr. 6-12, 2015

Tournament U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships. Phone: 713-874-6294. www.mensclaycourt.com
Held at River Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas. Fernando Verdasco is the defending champion.

Apr. 4-12, 2015

Tournament Family Circle Cup. Phone: 800-677-2293. www.familycirclecup.com
A women's clay-coourt event held on Daniel Island in Charleston, SC. For resort lodging check out Wild Dunes Resort, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, or check out other accommodations in Charleston.

Apr. 11-18, 2015

Club Med Generation Cup Tournament, Club Med-Sandpiper Bay, Florida
 A singles, doubles, and mixed doubles competition for those aged 50-70 and staying at the resort during the tournament week. At these five- and six-day tournaments participants vie for trophies, prizes, and free vacations.

Apr. 11-19, 2015

Tournament Sarasota Open. Phone: 941-809-8996. sarasotaopen.org
A USTA men's Pro Curcuit event on clay, with prize money of $100,000, qualifying events, a players' party, and more.  It takes place this year at the Lakewood Ranch Tennis Center in Lakewood Ranch, FL.

Apr. 13-19, 2015

Tennis Channel USTA National Men's 60s Hardcourt, Mission Hills Country Club, California, Phone: 760-325-8084
Men's 60s singles and doubles champsionship (single elimination with consolation for first-round losers in both singles and doubles). Signup on TennisLink. There's also a complimentary players' barbecue on Tuesday evening at the tennis clubhouse.

Apr. 15-20, 2015

Curtain Bluff Fantasy Tennis Camp, Curtain Bluff Resort, Antigua, West Indies, Phone: 888-289-9898
Former US Open Champion and #1 player Tracy Austin teams up with two-time Australian Open Champion and World #7 Johan Kriek and former touring pro Taylor Dent to headline this annual camp. Designed for adults from recreational to tournament level, the event will include five days of professional instruction and match play, a welcome party, tennis exhibition, and ample opportunities to enjoy the island of Antigua alongside tennis legends.

April 15-19, 2015

23rd Annual Women’s Coalition Tennis Classic, Buccaneer, U.S. Virgin Islands
Single-elimination competition in several divisions: Men's, Women's, and Mixed Doubles and Men's 50s and Women's 60s Doubles. There is an awards banquet sponsored by the Buccaneer on the last night of the tournament. The event raises money for the Women's Coalition of St. Croix, which provides advocacy, programs, and services to end all forms of violence and oppression by promoting equality for all.

Apr. 15-19, 2015

Ladies Retreat in San Diego, Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, California, Phone: 305-365-4300
Director of tennis Bryce Cunningham and the Cliff Drysdale Tennis staff stage this ladies-only retreat at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, north of San Diego, CA. The 5-day event bundles drills and match play with lodging and meals. For information and reservations, contact contact Ximena Trujillo at x.trujillo@cliffdrysdale.com.

Apr. 15-19, 2015

32nd Helen Drake Invitational Tennis Tournament, TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort by Wyndham, Florida
A USTA event with Men's and Women's singles and doubles competition in Open, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s , and 80s as well as Open, 45s, and 55s Mixed Doubles. Festivities include a player party, silent auction, and a raffle for prizes. It has a reputation for drawing the largest number of entrants of any adult tournament in Florida.

Apr. 17-19, 2015

Ladies 4.5 & 7.5 Combo (4.0 & 3.5) Team Challenge, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Florida, Phone: 850-267-7114
Two Events: one pits a minimum of six doubles teams, with a total NTRP rating of 7.5 (max. of three 4.0 players/team), in a round robin against the other teams over the course of a long weekend. The other event hosts 4.5 teams in their own round robin. The package includes accommodations, breakfasts, awards, and fun.

Apr. 20-24, 2015

Boomer Tennis (Senior Clinics), Van Der Meer Tennis, Shipyard, South Carolina, Phone: 800-645-6138
This 16-hour midweek program bundles strokes mechanics, drills, supervised match play, and a Boomer fitness component, all designed for players 50 and older with NTRP ratings from 2.0-4.5.

April 22-26, 2015

Tournament  114th Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, California
An Open, collegiate, and junior event centered in Ojai but whose early rounds are played at venues and private courts all over the county. In addition, this year The Ojai is honoring former world No. 1, Wimbledon champion and USC All-American Stan Smith. He'll be the featured guest at a barbecue Thurs. evening, Apr. 23 and at a wine and hors d'oeuvres receoption the following evening.

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Sea Island, Georgia, and the Jensen Brothers

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