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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 www.generationcup.com, which also has information about booking a Club Med holiday encompassing each tournament.

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Exclusive Packages and Specials

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

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.


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!


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."


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.



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


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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.

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On the Road

Dispatches from my latest travels

Taking a Swing At Cape Cod

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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 Kiawah Mar2011Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina. Play the Tennis Resort Ranked Number 1 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

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Upcoming Events

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Oct. 4-6, 2014

Amelia Island Husband Wife Championships , Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Florida, Phone: 904-277-5151
Presented by EMANON Records and hosted at the romantic Omni Amelia Island Plantation, this event will crown a national championship on the clay courts for the Husband-Wife open division. Other divisions include the Florida sanctioned combined age 100 and 120. All players will receive a tournament tee shirt and player party/happy hour. Call (904) 277 5151 for registration and inquiries.

Oct. 8-12, 2014

Cliff Drysdale Ladies Tennis Retreat, Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, Florida, Phone: 800-733-7987
This getaway bundles 15 hours of tennis with Cliff Drysdale and staff, team competition, and an awards dinner with four nights of accommodations, daily breakfast, and a welcome cocktail party and dinner.

Oct. 10-12, 2014

Ladies' 3.0 Team Challenge and 8.5 Ladies Combo, 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.

Oct. 15-19, 2014

Drysdale Tennis Ladies Retreat, Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Florida, Phone: 904-277-5151
Join director of tennis Scott Colebourne and his professional staff for this 5-day/4-night, ladies-only tennis retreat. The The package bundles oceanview accommodations with 15 hours of instruction and drills, coached team competition and match play, daily breakfast, an awards banquet and players' party, dinner in Fernandina Beach, and optional spa services.

Oct. 17-20, 2014

Couples Swept Away Open Clay Court Championship, Couples Swept Away Negril, Jamaica
A men's only competition in several divisions: Open and Class 2 Singles, Over 35 Singles, and Pro-Am and Amateur doubles. The event begins Friday evening with a cocktail party and the draw and concludes on Sunday with the finals, awards presentation, and cocktail reception. 

Oct. 17-19, 2014

Ladies 4.0 Interstate Team Challenge, TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort by Wyndham, Florida
For teams of women with an average NTRP rating of no more than 4.0.

Oct. 22-26, 2014

Cliff Drysdale Ladies Tennis Retreat, Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, Florida, Phone: 800-733-7987
This getaway bundles 15 hours of tennis with Cliff Drysdale and staff, team competition, and an awards dinner with four nights of accommodations, daily breakfast, and a welcome cocktail party and dinner.

Oct. 23-26, 2014

Singles Sessions, Total Tennis, New York

Oct. 19-24, 2014

26th Tennis Fantasies Week, John Newcombe Tennis Ranch, Texas, Phone: 800-874-7788
John Newcombe himself heads a cast of Legends that includes Roy Emerson, Mark Woodforde, Marty Riessen, Guillermo Vilas, Fred Stolle, Owen Davidson, Charlie Passarell, Dick Stockton, Brian Gottfried, Rich Leach, Geoff Masters, Ross Case, and, for the first time, Rod Laver for this four-day camp of clinics, team matches (with pros as team coaches), exhibitions, and competition against the amateurs. The pros are constant fixtures, on court, at meals, and for cocktail parties and entertainment nightly. Curious to know more? Read E.J. Kahn III's blog about his experiences in 2012.

Oct. 26-29, 2014

Meet Play Love Tennis, Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, Arizona, Phone: 408-768-4047
This "women's tennis getaway" event is open to 3.5 and 4.0 women from across the country who are 45+. This is team tennis (minimum 7 players per team) with a guaranteed three (8-game pro-set) matches per day. It’s competitively fun tennis in a beautiful desert setting. See the website for details

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