Vic Braden Project Needs Financial Help
For more years that I know, Vic Braden has been one of the most influential—not to mention, funniest—personalities in tennis. I first met him at Coto de Caza in the 1980s on a color-coded court bordered by a wall with the elongated "C" of the topspin stroke he advocated and taught. He entertained us with aphorisms—"What do you call the club pusher? ... Champion"—and regaled us with the science behind his teaching methodology. More recently, he's been working with underprivileged children from elementary to junior high school to teach them to coach others in tennis and to teach their peers about the dangers of obesity and diabetes. He's spent a lifetime trying to make peoples' lives better, on court and off.
His latest project, Junior Tennis Ambassadors, suffered a financial setback when promised grants did not materialize and he had to make up the shortfall with his personal savings to keep the program going. That has led to Facebook and Twitter postings with a rather grimmer description of his situation. As a result, he told me, he's been getting calls from people "worried that we are begging on street corners." He then went on to say, "Some wonderful friends wanted to help raise funds, which I deeply appreciate. But, we are not planning our demise." His ambassador program, however, does need a financial infusion to continue and to expand nationally, which he wants to do using Skype. If you can, please visit his Junior Tennis Ambassadors website and donate.
Try Tennis Free In September
Are you new to tennis or do you have friends or family who are? All this month you can "Try Tennis Free" at a participating facility or with a participating certified teaching pro near you. To participate, simply visit PlayTennis.com during the month of September where there are easy-to-use search tools to help you find a participating facility or teaching pro near you.
If you have any questions about the Try Tennis Free promotion, contact the TIA at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 843-686-3036.
Club Med's Generation Cup Tournament Series
Hall of Famer and Grand Slam Doubles winner Rosie Casals and her company Sportswoman Inc. have teamed up with Tennis Media Group to bring you a new tournament circuit for senior tennis players: Club Med Generation Cup Series. The events bring together men and women 50-70 years of age to compete in a round-robin format with both men's and women's doubles and mixed.
At these five- and six-day tournaments participants vie for trophies, prizes, and free vacations. The series launches Nov. 15, 2014 at Club Med-Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, then moves to a different venue each month, culminating in the Championship round at Club Med-Sandpiper Bay in Florida in April 2015. For more information, visit www.generationcup.com, which also has information about booking a Club Med holiday encompassing each tournament.
Exclusive Packages and Specials
Discounts, room upgrades, and special packages only available on Tennis Resorts Online.
Dave Marshall Tennis, Delaware
Exclusive Weekend Specials
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 302-462-0062 and tell him you want the "Tennis Resorts Online special."
John Newcombe Tennis Ranch, Texas
TRO Exclusive: Save $100!
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.
Port Royal Racquet Club, South Carolina
Special $30/Person Off Group Packages
Book our team Ambassador Package for groups and receive $30.00 off per person for stays between August - December of this year. Our three-night Ambassador Package includes Two-Bedroom Deluxe villas (based on four people sharing a two-bedroom), six hours of clinics, unlimited court time, one lunch at our clubhouse, souvenirs and pro shop discounts. Our normal Ambassador discounted price is $405.00 per person, but if you mention Tennis Resorts Online when you book you will receive the extra specail rate of $375.00 per person! To make your reservation for your team tennis trip, please call Tanda at 843-686-8803 and say you want the Tennis Resorts Online special rate. We will look forward to having you vacation with us!
Resort at Longboat Key Club, Florida
All here. All yours. All pro.
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.
Saddlebrook Tennis (Hopman), Florida
Exclusive Weekend and weeklong special BOGO
From now through Sept. 30, Saddlebrook Resort has weeklong (Monday-Friday) & weekend (Friday-Sunday) special "Buy One, Get One" packages exclusively for Tennis Resorts Online readers.
- "Doubles BOGO Spectacular": Book a weekend clinic for yourself along with double-occupancy lodging for two, and your roommate gets the same clinic for free (of equal value or less). The clinic package includes 10 hours of instruction (in our regularly scheduled sessions), match play, and welcome fruit basket.
- "Fun in the Sun BOGO": Book a weeklong clinic for yourself along with double-occupancy lodging for two and your roommate gets the same clinic for free (of equal value or less). This package includes 25 hours of instruction per participant (in our regular scheduled sessions), match play, and lodging.
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.
On the Road
Dispatches from my latest travels