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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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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.

  • 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 Reunion Resort & Golf Club, Florida
    "The Pro, Josh Surowski, provides an outstanding experience. He is friendly, involved, and has a vision of excellent service that he successfully conveys to his team."—M.S., Int., February 2020
  • 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 Sea Island, Georgia
    "Sea Island has something for everyone. It's extremely upscale, but it's still a beach resort. The tennis is located right near the beach club, fitness/spa, and the hotel, the Cloister. It truly is a magical place."—T.P., Pro, January 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

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.

  • 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 Reunion Resort & Golf Club, Florida
    "The Pro, Josh Surowski, provides an outstanding experience. He is friendly, involved, and has a vision of excellent service that he successfully conveys to his team."—M.S., Int., February 2020
  • 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 Sea Island, Georgia
    "Sea Island has something for everyone. It's extremely upscale, but it's still a beach resort. The tennis is located right near the beach club, fitness/spa, and the hotel, the Cloister. It truly is a magical place."—T.P., Pro, January 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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