December 2011. January 22, 2012 was the 100th anniversary of the Henry Flagler?s Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad, a train that carried visitors from the Florida mainland all the way to Key West, a journey of some 100 miles. That’s an historical reason to consider the Florida Keys as a vacation destination. I’m headed down today, too early for the centennial celebrations, but then it’s tennis, first and foremost, that motivated this trip (well, that and trading New York City’s winter for Florida’s 80-degree December).
I’m headed south because Cliff Drysdale will be making an appearance at Hawk’s Cay, the tiny resort on Duck Key. His management company took over the eight-court complex earlier this year, and my trip will give me the opportunity to experience first-hand what that means for tennis vacationers as well as the chance to interview Drysdale on a whole host of topics on the state of tennis. I’ll post my impressions? over the next few days as I get to personally experience the changes.