By Roger Cox, Editor
Couples Swept Away in Negril caters to adult vacationers looking for an active vacation, tennis players chief among them. The resort accepts couples and singles, putting them up in 134 verandaed rooms and 72 new suites scattered through a 20-acre garden that borders a seven-mile-long ribbon of soft white sand. Everything at the resort is included in the price, from lodging and meals to drinks, fitness classes, and a wealth of recreation, including golf, watersports, aerobics classes, scuba diving and, of course, tennis.
When it comes to tennis, that means clinics for all levels of players and a round robin tournament every day from Monday through Friday on the resort's 10 lighted hard and clay courts. There are four local PTR-certified pros on staff, among them Brenton White, Steve Beckford, and Hopeton McPherson, all of whom have 20 or more years of teaching experience. They're available for private lessons (included in the all-inclusive price). In addition, during most weeks, Swept Away takes the uncommon step of bringing in a visiting pro from the U.S. or abroad to run the clinics and share his expertise, and each year in January they run a Fantasy week with several well-known touring pros. Tennis may be one of more than a dozen activities, but it commands more attention and lures more guests than any of its rivals.
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