The Van Der Meer Tennis Center on South Carolina’s Hilton Head Island announced that former South African ATP Tour player Marcos Ondruska has joined the program as Academy Director. He had previously trained there part time and went on to rank as high as No. 27 in the world. He reached the 4th round of the Australian Open (his best Grand Slam finish), losing to Jim Courier, and won four ATP Tour doubles titles.
Jason Purcell has been named the head tennis professional at The Phoenician in Scottsdale, AZ. He had previously taught at the resort in 1998-99 and had most recently been head tennis professional at the Orienta Beach Club in Mamaroneck, NY, where he also directed their summer junior program.
The iTUSA International Tennis Academy relocates its World Headquarters on April 1 from the Hyatt Regency Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona to its own facility in nearby Glendale. The new location will have seven hard and clay courts, dormitories, and a full service training center.
The Claremont Hotel, Club & Spa has been named the 2011 Northern California Facility of the Year by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA). The historic hotel, which opened in 1915, has 16 hard courts under USPTA Master Professional Rosie Bareis. “We couldn’t be more proud of our team and the tremendous work they’ve done,” said Bareis, “This award reinforces our dedication to providing the best training and facilities for our guests and Club members and to continuing the expansion of The Claremont’s vibrant tennis community.”
The Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo opened a grass court on Christmas Day 2011. The new grass court utilizes Tifdwarf Bermuda grass and is the first true grass regulation tennis court at any Four Seasons property worldwide. The new court complements the four Har-Tru courts at the tennis complex, a facility run by Peter Burwash International’s David Hong.