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Vic Braden Project Needs Financial Help

For more years that I know, Vic Braden has been one of the most influential—not to mention, Vic Bradenfunniest—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 Try Tennis Freeyou 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 info@tennisindustry.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 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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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."


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!


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.



Saddlebrook Tennis (Hopman), Florida
Exclusive Weekend and weeklong special BOGO
Saddlebrook International Tennis at Saddlebrook Resort 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.

Please call Saddlebrook resort for details at 813-907-4200 and tell reservations you want the "Tennis Resorts Online special."


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Sept. 21-28, 2014

Tournament  Amelia Island $10,000 Women's Championships, Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Florida, Phone: 904-277-5151
A women's pro circuit event with a 64-draw qualifying event followed by the 32-draw main tournament

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

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