By Roger Cox, Editor
Portofino Island Resort in Pensacola Beach is the most westerly of a necklace of tennis resorts strung along the sugary sand of the Florida Panhandle. Its five towers rise from a narrow 28-acre strip of land between the Gulf of Mexico on the south and Santa Rosa Sound on the north, while to the west lies the long stretch of uninhabited dunes and beach of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Every one of its 300+ fully-equipped two- and three-bedroom rental condos has a private terrace looking out on either the Gulf or the Sound as well as ready access to several restaurants, a spa and fitness center, swimming pools, watersports, summer kids programs, and, most importantly, five Hydro-Grid tennis courts under the direction of Arthur Anastopoulo.
A USPTA-certified pro, Anastopoulo was an NCAA All American at the University of South Carolina, where he played No. 1 singles and doubles, and later as a pro competed on the Greek Davis Cup team. He has runs an active program consisting of clinics, round robins, and game-matching services supplemented by summer junior camps as well as seasonal camps on selected dates for both adults and juniors.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Dave Marshall Tennis
Pro Shop: 850-698-6088
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Travel Instructions. By Air: Although there are closer regional airports in Fort Walton Beach (VPS) and Pensacola Regional (PNS), the major gateway to the Panhandle is Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP), roughly 90 minutes' drive to the east in Panama City. Rental cars are available at all three.
General Tourist Information. Check out the Visit Pensacola website or contact them at 800-874-1234 .