Saddlebrook Tennis adopts the intensive training methods developed by founder and legendary Australian Davis Cup coach Harry Hopman. Hopman died in 1985 but his methodology survives in programs for juniors and adults—and for the professional players who train there. It all takes place at Saddlebrook Resort, a gated, 480-acre golf and tennis community 25 miles north of Tampa, Florida. Activity centers around a "Walking Village" at the core containing a 250,000-gallon free-form swimming pool, a spa, a fitness center, and part of the complex of 45 courts, representing all the major playing surfaces: hard, clay, red clay, grass, and Rebound Ace.
There are two aspects to the Saddlebrook program for juniors: a year-round live-in academy (grades 3-12) that combines intensive tennis training with academic studies in the Saddlebrook Academy, and a program of 5-day camps offered year-round. In both cases, campers stay in condominiums near the courts and dine together. The tennis program consists of both on-court and off-court work. The bulk of the five-hour-a-day regimen focuses on specialized drills to develop consistency and accuracy supplemented by supervised match-play overseen by the professional coaching staff with the ultimate goal of improving each camper's technical, tactical, and mental games. Junior campers are welcome year-round; however attendance reaches peaks during school breaks, holidays, and the summer.
Saddlebrook Junior Tennis (Hopman)