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Tennis In the Time of COVID-19

The arrival of the coronavirus put an abrupt end to most everyone's plans for a spring tennis vacation. The harsh new reality began to set in when the BNP Paribas in Indian Wells announced that the tournament could not be held once local authorities banned large gatherings. Other spring tournaments followed suit, including Roland Garros, which made the controversial decision not to cancel but to postpone the Paris event until September. Then Wimbledon canceled altogether, followed by all of the other June and July events. The ATP and WTA pros headed home, sheltering in place like the rest of us and wondering when they'd get to compete again.
And it wasn't only spectator events that succumbed. Most tennis resorts and camps, faced with the same with prohibitions against large-group gatherings, had to shutter their hotels and suspend tennis and golf operations. Sheltering in place became the norm, and the only people flying were those who had to. Many of us, now working at home (or, sadly for many, not at all), couldn't take advantage of our free time by playing in our local clubs or parks even though we could argue that it was conceivable to socially distance on a tennis court, especially if we were playing singles. We missed tennis terribly, but it seemed petty to complain when the death toll from the virus headed north of 100,000 and first-responders risked their lives going to work intent on saving the lives of others.
The virus is still among us, but as new cases and deaths have declined, parts of the country have begun to relax their restrictions on various types of businesses. That has allowed some tennis resorts and camps to reopen, often somewhat tentatively, as they feel their way into this new reality. Their websites inevitably have a COVID-19 link spelling out the services available (hotel, villa, restaurants, recreation), the precautions they've taken, and what they may expect of you in the way of masks, gloves, social distancing. This will unquestionably be a transitional summer, one during which we feel our way toward the new normal, both at home and, if we can manage it, on vacation.
And it's because of this uncertainty, and the fact that many resorts and camps have not yet reopened, that I've postponed announcing this year's Top 100 Resorts and Camps. I need to see first how the summer plays out and to what degree resort tennis recovers.

The Guide To Taking Your Tennis Racquet On the Road

Since 1999, Tennis Resorts Online has been helping vacationers decide where to go on their next tennis holiday. I've made a career of giving such advice, initially as Tennis magazine's travel and resorts editor and since 1999 as the founder of this website. What you see here are not paid listings but the descriptions—provided without cost to resorts and camps—of those properties I feel are worthy of your attention. Over the course of several decades, I've visited more than 350 resorts on five continents and participated in some 50 different tennis camps, many more than once. It is that personal experience—supplemented now by reviews submitted by vacationers like you—that underpins this website.


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Dave Marshall 2019

Dave Marshall Tennis runs Friday-Sunday weekend camps consisting of 8 hours of instruction and drills at $250/person as well as private clinics and other programing during the week. The professional staff includes Coach Dave Marshall, who coaches the Bryan Brothers and was a part of Mike Bryan’s doubles Grand Slams at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, and Coach Ellis Ferreira, who himself has two Grand Slam doubles titles. Optional lodging packages arranged. For more information, phone 302.645.0713, email dave@davemarshalltennis.com or visit Dave Marshall Tennis


Drysdale 2019 Programs

Experience an unmatched ladies' getaway at Omni Amelia Island Resort in Amelia Island, FL from Oct. 7-11, 2020 for a tennis retreat that offers educational drill and match-play sessions combined with first-class accommodations and delightful dining. For more information, please call 830-625-5911x208, email k.steck@cliffdrysdale.com, or visit us at experiencecdt.com



Finding the Tennis Resort or Camp That's Best For You

What you'll find on these and the following pages is a suite of tools to help you make an informed choice on where to go. Start by checking out the rankings of the Top 100 Tennis Resorts and Camps, which we base solely on the reviews submitted by people like you. For more personal advice, use the "Tailored Search" form that lets you specify precisely the features you're looking for in a resort or camp. Those results link to my personal descriptions, which are supplemented by the reviews—good or bad—of others who themselves have been there. There are also maps of what can be found in six different regions of the U.S. and one for Europe. Every property we list appears in a master index, listing both alphabetically and by state, region, or country. There is also a section devoted to junior camps, though since I'm a little old to participate in any of those I've had to settle for writing a description and let those juniors who've attended or their parents write personal reviews. To supplement all of this I've included a calendar of events taking place at tennis properties across the globe. We also ask resorts or camps to put together packages that offer special discounts or perks to Tennis Resorts Online readers. You can contact me at . See you on the courts. —Roger Cox, Editor

Your Recent Reviews

Every time you review a resort or camp between now and September 1, 2020, you'll be automatically entered in a drawing to win a holiday at New England Tennis Holidays at Sugarbush, in Vermont.
Here's a sample of recent critiques of resorts and camps by other vacationers, followed by a link where you can post your own.

  • 5-Ball Rating Hammock Beach Golf Resort & Spa, Florida
    "Outside of the gorgeous views, the tennis team is well versed in every aspect of the game. Gene Paul and his Head Pro Courtney Smith were full of energy, and extremely personable. Look forward to coming back and having more lessons soon!"—C.A.,  February 2020
  • 4½-Ball Rating Hanalei Bay Resort, Hawaii
    "We loved our romantic getaway to the Hanalei Bay Resort! The food was excellent, the rooms were clean and spacious, and the service was outstanding. I am a lifelong tennis player and have seen more than my share of clubs and resorts. The setting is breathtaking — I've never been to a club with these amazing views of the mountains and the ocean. I took a lesson with Mary, who was not only a fine player and hitting partner, but was an exceptional pro; she pointed out one thing about my swing that just might save my wrist and elbow from future pain. Plus, she's absolutely delightful. I highly recommend Hanalei Bay as a resort, and if you are in the area and want some good tennis, make sure to check out the club. You won't regret it!"—J.M., Adv., March 2020
  • 4½-Ball Rating New England Tennis Holidays at Sugarbush, Vermont
    "Beautiful location, new friends, super instructors, fantastic lodging and food, and 5 hours of tennis! Who could ask for more! GREAT time for any age! You won't be disappointed and you'll want to go back! I do!!!"—K.H., Int., April 2018
  • 4-Ball Rating Palm Island Resort, Florida
    "A hidden gem . . .Pro Art Santos is experienced, excellent with everyone whether you're a novice or a more advanced player. The year round tennis program at Palm Island Resort is one of the reasons I became an owner last year. There's also a busy fall, winter and spring fitness program in which my wife participates. The people we've met are friendly and welcoming . . . if you love tennis, love being active and love the beach, you'd make time to come to Palm Island Resort and enjoy!"—J.H., Adv., February 2020
  • 5-Ball Rating Cliff Drysdale Tennis at Amelia, Florida
    "Facility in great shape. Instructors ( especially.. Robert, Andrew, Louis, Sal) were excellent, personable & attentive to my wife 3.0 and my 4.0-4.5 individual needs/desires. They were able to effectively separate us (given play level differences) for clinics, but accommodated us together for a series of shared private lessons. We will definitely be back!!!"—J.H., Adv., March 2020

Vacation Sweepstakes

Tennis Resorts Online has once again secured four tennis vacations to give away in our annual drawing. Every review you file between now and August 31, 2020 gives you chance a winning one of these great tennis vacation prizes:

  • Cliff Drysdale Tennis at Chateau Elan Winery & Resort: The lucky winner can look forward to two days of tennis camp for two people (3 hours each day) taught by the Cliff Drysdale staff on the hard or clay courts in racquet park in the North Georgia picturesque foothills. The prize also includes two nights of accommodations in a Deluxe Inn room and access to all the recreation and amenities this winery and resort, near Atlanta, Georgia, has to offer. Valid from Sept. 1, 2020-May 31, 2021.
  • Saddlebrook Tennis: Although the tennis program is renowned as one of the planet's most intensive, the setting is pure multidimensional resort with golf, a lake-sized pool, and spa as complements to the on-court work. You could win a two-day tennis package for two, consisting of five hours of intensive tennis instruction each day (for both people) along with video analysis at this world-renowned resort in Wesley Chapel, near Tampa, Florida (lodging and meals not included).
  • Saddlebrook Junior Tennis: Rate any junior camp and you're eligible to win a one-week junior camp at Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel, FL. The 6-day/5-night session includes 5+ hours of daily instruction, shared lodging in a junior suite, and all meals.
  • New England Tennis Holidays at Sugarbush: This long-running and consistently highly rated tennis camp parlays a setting in Vermont's Green Mountains with a solid five-hour-a-day program run by experienced pros. The winner can look forward to two days of tennis camp (five hours a day) on Har-Tru courts and lunch both days, for two people (lodging is additional) Valid for 2020/2021 season.

Your Recent Reviews

Every time you review a resort or camp between now and September 1, 2020, you'll be automatically entered in a drawing to win a holiday at New England Tennis Holidays at Sugarbush, in Vermont.
Here's a sample of recent critiques of resorts and camps by other vacationers, followed by a link where you can post your own.

  • 5-Ball Rating Hammock Beach Golf Resort & Spa, Florida
    "Outside of the gorgeous views, the tennis team is well versed in every aspect of the game. Gene Paul and his Head Pro Courtney Smith were full of energy, and extremely personable. Look forward to coming back and having more lessons soon!"—C.A.,  February 2020
  • 4½-Ball Rating Hanalei Bay Resort, Hawaii
    "We loved our romantic getaway to the Hanalei Bay Resort! The food was excellent, the rooms were clean and spacious, and the service was outstanding. I am a lifelong tennis player and have seen more than my share of clubs and resorts. The setting is breathtaking — I've never been to a club with these amazing views of the mountains and the ocean. I took a lesson with Mary, who was not only a fine player and hitting partner, but was an exceptional pro; she pointed out one thing about my swing that just might save my wrist and elbow from future pain. Plus, she's absolutely delightful. I highly recommend Hanalei Bay as a resort, and if you are in the area and want some good tennis, make sure to check out the club. You won't regret it!"—J.M., Adv., March 2020
  • 4½-Ball Rating New England Tennis Holidays at Sugarbush, Vermont
    "Beautiful location, new friends, super instructors, fantastic lodging and food, and 5 hours of tennis! Who could ask for more! GREAT time for any age! You won't be disappointed and you'll want to go back! I do!!!"—K.H., Int., April 2018
  • 4-Ball Rating Palm Island Resort, Florida
    "A hidden gem . . .Pro Art Santos is experienced, excellent with everyone whether you're a novice or a more advanced player. The year round tennis program at Palm Island Resort is one of the reasons I became an owner last year. There's also a busy fall, winter and spring fitness program in which my wife participates. The people we've met are friendly and welcoming . . . if you love tennis, love being active and love the beach, you'd make time to come to Palm Island Resort and enjoy!"—J.H., Adv., February 2020
  • 5-Ball Rating Cliff Drysdale Tennis at Amelia, Florida
    "Facility in great shape. Instructors ( especially.. Robert, Andrew, Louis, Sal) were excellent, personable & attentive to my wife 3.0 and my 4.0-4.5 individual needs/desires. They were able to effectively separate us (given play level differences) for clinics, but accommodated us together for a series of shared private lessons. We will definitely be back!!!"—J.H., Adv., March 2020

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