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Laver Joins Legends, Terry Kahn Blogs

E.J. "Terry" Kahn III has once again Terry Kahnpacked his tennis racquets and sense of humor off to the John Newcombe Legends Week in New Braunfels, Texas. As in two previous years, he has been recruited onto Fred Stolle's Dunnies team—something of a surprise given that Fred Stolle hates to lose and the Dunnies have never won with Kahn on the team. That's a record he hopes to reverse.
Ego aside, however, Kahn's principal incentive for returning can be traced directly to a new recruit to the Legends coaching staff: Rod Laver, the only man ever to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in the same year not once but twice. Kahn joins more than 100 other men who have signed on for the five-day testosterone-fueled festival of tennis, barracking, off-color jokes, and drinking, led by such legendary players as John Newcombe, Fred Stolle, Roy Emerson, Owen Davidson, and of course Rod Laver. Terry will be filing reports almost daily at Newks Legends 2014

Legendary Tennis Instructor Vic Braden Passes Away

Vic Braden, who made "Laugh and Win" the catchphrase of his approach to tennis, passed away at his home in Coto de Caza, California on October 6. He was 85 and had been in failing health. According to his wife Melody, "his heart just gave out."
Through the 1980s and 90s he championed a new methodology behind teaching tennis, one that relied on scientific research and his own background in sports psychology. Although he himself had played on Vic BradenJack Kramer's tennis tour, he had a deep well of sympathy for the less gifted. He used humor to soften the frustration with phrases like "every day two million people play tennis and one million lose." He poked fun at their fears of standing at the net and getting a "fuzz sandwich" and of their foibles of paying a pro for a lesson but then telling him, "Don't mess with my strokes. I'll just get a good tan." But there was a deep-seated seriousness behind his jolly demeanor: he deeply wanted to get and keep people involved with tennis and devoted his life to doing so.
I first met him, as did thousands of others, at his tennis college in Coto de Caza in the 1980s. We kept in touch over the years and each time we met he bubbled with enthusiasm about some new line of research—like brain mapping, which included serving on the board of the Vic Braden Sports Institute For Neurological Research—or newly launched project, like his recent Junior Ambassadors Program, which taught elementary and junior high students how to coach. Medical afflictions in recent years slowed him down—but not much. His wife reported that he was deep into the writing of three new books when he passed away.
I spoke to him by phone a couple of weeks ago. Although weakened illness, he did not want to talk about his health condition but about the future of his Junior Ambassadors Program. To the very last, he wanted to make a difference in people's lives. Billie Jean King spoke for many of us when she Tweeted, "Vic Braden was a dear friend who helped make a difference in my life. He had a kind and generous heart. Tennis has lost a treasure."

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

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 Club Med, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for Generation CupMed 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, which also has information about booking a Club Med holiday encompassing each tournament.

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Saddlebrook Tennis (Hopman), Florida
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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.

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Resort at Longboat Key Club, Florida
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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
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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.

Port Royal Racquet Club, South Carolina
Special $30/Person Off Group Packages
Beach at Port Royal 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!

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 or apply online at 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 302-462-0062 and tell him you want the "Tennis Resorts Online special."

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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

A Northern California Tennis Odyssey

Big Island's Kohala Coast: Where Hawaiian Royalty Vacationed

Soaring Above Phoenix, Arizona

Update on Florida's Alluring Panhandle

Guide to Hilton Head Island Tennis

Newport, Rhode Island, For Tennis Players

Sponsor Kapalua Tennis Text+GraphExperience the award-winning Kapalua Tennis Garden. Our team of Kapalua Tennis Professionals offers daily clinics, matchmaking, tournaments, junior camps stroke of the day, cardio tennis and more. Stay at the AAA Five Diamond Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua or The Kapalua Villas. To learn more about Kapalua Tennis and book your trip today, visit

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Dec. 22, 2014

2nd Annual Holiday Breakfast Scramble, Makena Beach & Golf Resort, Hawaii, Phone: 808-891-4050
This popular event begins with a tennis scramble followed by, what else?, scrambled eggs and other brunch favorites.

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