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Poll about what constitutes a fair price to play on a resort tennis court

Court Fees: What's Fair?

I have long been a champion of not having to pay court fees on a resort vacation because I don't think avid players like the idea of a meter running whenever they step on court. I'm not necessarily saying that court fees have to be free—though that's the ideal—but guests should have the option of booking a tennis package that includes court fees so that anyone planning to play more than an hour a day can do so without running up their bill.
Still tennis centers are expected to be profit centers, and court fees are certainly one source of profit. But how much is reasonable? I've recently seen fees as high as $50/hour—on a hard court, no less—which seem exorbitant to me. But what do you think? Let me know by posting your opinion on the Tennis Resorts Online blog page, and then take the following poll on what you're willing to pay. It will automatically update to show the percentage of people voting for each category.


How much are you willing to pay for court time at a tennis resort?


Win a Saddlebrook Junior Camp

Saddlebrook Tennis Junior Camp, Wesley Chapel, FL

Saddlebrook International Tennis in Wesley Chapel, FL wants to encourage more reviews not only of its own ongoing junior camp but of junior camps all across the country. As an incentive to file a report, it is offering a Saddlebrook junior camp as a prize. The 6-day/5-night award comprises 5+ hours of daily tennis instruction, shared lodging in a junior suite, and three meals daily. To be eligible either rate yours or your child's experience of a Saddlebrook junior camp at Rate Saddlebrook's Junior Camp or if you're rating a different junior camp visit the Saddlebrook junior page on this site for instructions. The camp will be awarded on May 1, 2015. Also, check out Saddlebrook's special offers on both adult and junior camps.

How To Sweep a Clay Court

On a recent visit to the Gstaad Palace in Switzerland for a Roy Emerson Tennis Week, I came across this sign showing how to sweep a tennis court and brush the lines. Does anyone have a more efficient method? If so, post them on Tennis Resorts Online's blog.

How to sweep a clay tennis court
©Roger Cox
How to brush the lines of a clay tennis court
©Roger Cox

Exclusive Packages and Specials

Discounts, room upgrades, and special packages only available on Tennis Resorts Online.

Dave Marshall Tennis, Delaware
Exclusive Weekend Specials
Delaware beach From now through December, Dave Marshall has two special weekend (Friday-Sunday) packages exclusively for Tennis Resorts Online readers.
"Singles Spectacular": a weekend clinic for one with 8 hours of instruction, match play, a tournament, and lodging in a 1-bedroom condo. Cost: $600.
"Double the Fun": a weekend clinic for two with 8 hours of instruction, match play, a tournament, and lodging in a 2-bedroom condo. Cost: $850.
To book, phone Dave Marshall at 302-645-0713 and tell him you want the "Tennis Resorts Online special."

Resort at Longboat Key Club, Florida
All here. All yours. All pro.
Tennis Gardens at the Resort at Longboat Key Club Escape to the Four-Diamond Resort at Longboat Key Club and enjoy complimentary play on our USTA award-winning, 20-court Tennis Gardens. Experience golf, spa, dining, and Sarasota’s culture and nightlife. Click here now for our "Tennis Tune Up Package" Package.

John Newcombe Tennis Ranch, Texas
TRO Exclusive: Save $100!
John Newcombe Tennis Ranch Tennis Resorts Online users can claim a special $100/person discount on any adult all-inclusive week-long camp program. To get it, telephone reservations toll-free at 800-444-6204 or email the Ranch. You must mention Tennis Resorts Online to get the discount. Request a brochure.

Julian Krinsky School of Tennis, Pennsylvania (Juniors)
JKCP Special: Save on Jr. Packages
Julian Krinsky Tennis Camps and Programs Tennis Resorts Online has secured a discount of $250* off residential and $100 off day* bookings on any tennis camp you book at the Julian Krinsky School of Tennis. To get it, email or apply online at and use one of these codes: for Residential camps, TRORES2015, and for day camps, TRODAY2015.

Not sure what you want? Send an online brochure request.
*Note: May not be combined with other discounts.

Saddlebrook Tennis (Hopman), Florida
Free Upgrade to One-bedroom Suite + Amenity Basket
Saddlebrook International Tennis at Saddlebrook Resort Book the Saddlebrook Tennis School (which offers five hours a day of instruction) and a regular deluxe guest room at Saddlebrook Resort and they'll upgrade you to a one-bedroom suite* at no extra cost (two-night minimum) and include a complimentary Saddlebrook Amenity basket.

To get it, phone toll-free 800-729-8383, x4200 and ask for the Tennis Resorts Online Upgrade.

*Subject to availability at the time of booking

Saddlebrook Junior Tennis (Hopman), Florida (Juniors)
Saddlebrook Summer Junior Camp Bonus Menu
Saddlebrook International Tennis at Saddlebrook Resort Book any full-week junior summer camp at Florida's Saddlebook Resort and your son or daughter can choose from a menu of free add-ons to supplement their program 5-day/6-night their program. In addition to up to 5 hours a day of intensive training and competition, your child can opt for any one of the following:

Please call Saddlebrook resort for details at 800.729.8383 x4200 and tell reservations you want the "Tennis Resorts Online Summer Junior Camp Special."

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Your Recent Reviews

Every time you review a resort or camp you know first hand, you're automatically entered in a drawing for one of the two tennis vacations we're giving away: Saddlebrook International Tennis and TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort by Wyndham, both in Florida, and New England Tennis Holidays at Sugarbush, in Vermont.
Here's a sample of recent critiques of the top resorts and camps by other vacationers, followed by a link where you can post your own.

Review Your Favorite Places

On the Road

Dispatches from my latest travels

Taking a Swing At Cape Cod

Revisiting the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in Texas

Resort Hopping In Southwest Florida

Emilio Sánchez on "the Spanish Method"

Tennis on the "Garden Isle" of Kauai

Sea Island, Georgia, and the Jensen Brothers

Cliff Drysdale Tennis at Hawk's Cay Resort, Florida

A Northern California Tennis Odyssey

Big Island's Kohala Coast: Where Hawaiian Royalty Vacationed

Soaring Above Phoenix, Arizona

Update on Florida's Alluring Panhandle

Guide to Hilton Head Island Tennis

Newport, Rhode Island, For Tennis Players

Sponsor Four Seasons NevisPlay tennis in paradise at Four Seasons Resort Nevis. Featuring 10 professional tennis courts (4 of them red clay) managed by the renowned Peter Burwash International. Guests can now play day and night with the Unlimited Tennis for Life® package. From tailored lessons with a Pro to matches under the stars, tennis heaven awaits in Caribbean luxury. To book, call 869 469 1111 or 800 819 5053 or visit

Sponsor Kapalua Tennis Text+GraphExperience the award-winning Kapalua Tennis Garden. Our team of Kapalua Tennis Professionals offers daily clinics, matchmaking, tournaments, junior camps stroke of the day, cardio tennis and more. Stay at the AAA Five Diamond Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua or The Kapalua Villas. To learn more about Kapalua Tennis and book your trip today, visit

Sponsor Doubles Boot CampsLadies Retreat in Carlsbad, California at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, California, Phone: 305-365-4297 Director Bryce Cunningham and the Cliff Drysdale Tennis staff stage their first ladies-only retreat at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. The 5-day sessions bundle drills and match play with lodging and meals. For information and reservations, contact Ximena Trujillo at or visit

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Upcoming Events

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Mar. 10, 2015

Desert Smash, La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, California
Will  Ferrell hosts this celebrity pro-am, with benefits going to his Cancer for College charity. Among those participating are Justin Chambers (Grey’s Anatomy), Kevin McKidd (Grey’s Anatomy, Brave), Timothy Olyphant (Justified, Live Free or Die Hard), RedFoo (LMFAO), Lance Bass and Boris Kodjoe along with ATP World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and ATP World No. 1 Doubles Team Bob and Mike Bryan. The tennis event concludes with a Player Party and surprise live musical performance. General admission tickets start at $100.

Mar. 10, 2015

Tennis With the Stars, Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, California, Phone: (760) 862-4518
World No. 5 Kei Nishikori and Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova headline a "Tennis With the Stars" event to kick off the BNP Paribas tournament at Indian Wells. Also participating are 16-Time Grand Slam Champion Martina Hingis, former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic, and more special guests. Hosted at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa by Cliff Drysdale Tennis, the afternoon extravaganza includes a round robin Pro Am, a "King of the Court" challenge match pitting the celebrity pros against the amateur Round Robin winners, exhibition matches with the top stars, and a VIP cocktail reception to close out the evening and much more. Festivities take place from 2:30 to 7 pm, concluding with a cocktail reception. Exhibition tickets start at $50 and range up to a full VIP package with entry into the Pro Am.

The action is open to the public by reservation and is limited. Information and reservations available by visiting, phoning (760) 862-4518, or emailing Discounted room rates also available.

Mar. 9-22, 2015

Tournament BNP Paribas Open. Phone: 800-999-1585.
This combined WTA/ATP singles and doubles event takes place at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in the Palm Springs desert, with Novak Djokovic and Flavia Pannetta  as defending champions (the main draw begins March 11 for the women, March 12 for the men, following two days of qualifying events). For lodging check out La Quinta Resort & Club, JW Desert Springs Marriott Resort & Spa, Shadow Mountain Resort, Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa, Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa.

Mar.16-22, 2015

Tournament  Irving Tennis Classic, Four Seasons Resort and Club, Texas
This ATP Challenger event, with a purse of $125,000, draws a strong field of 32 men in singles, 16 teams in doubles. Last year, Austrian Lukos Rossol defeated American Steve Johnson in the singles final, and Mexico's Santiago Gonzalez teamed with Scott Lipsky of the U.S. to win the doubles title. All proceeds generated from the Irving Tennis Classic benefit Emily's Place, an organization that seeks long-term solutions for women and children who are survivors of domestic violence.

Mar. 22-29, 2015

Jose Curevo Women's Open, Innisbrook, A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort, Florida, Phone: 727-942-5241
This $25,000 Women's Pro Event in singles and doubles begins with two days of qualifying rounds followed by the main draw, beginning Mar. 24. There's also a doubles Pro-Am open to the first 12 entrants (fee $100, also includes a clinic and player party) on Mar. 23. Along with the competition, there are several USTA Community Events: a USTA Pros and Champs Challenge on Mar. 24, a Complimentary High School Team and Pro Circuit Players Tennis Challenge on Mar. 27, and a 10 and Under/Junior Play Day and Adult Tiebreak Tournament (all levels) on Mar. 28. Admission to all rounds of the tournament is free and open to the public. For more information, contact

Mar. 23-27, 2015

Boomer Tennis (Senior Clinics), Van Der Meer Tennis, Shipyard, South Carolina, Phone: 800-645-6138
This 16-hour midweek program bundles strokes mechanics, drills, supervised match play, and a Boomer fitness component, all designed for players 50 and older with NTRP ratings from 2.0-4.5.

Mar. 24, 2015

6th Annual All-Star Tennis Charity Event, Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, Florida, Phone: 305-465-4300
This afternoon event kicks off with a round-robin tournament followed by an exhibition that features Serena Williams, Kei Nishikori, Ana Ivanovic, Chris Evert, Mary Jo Fernandez, Marion Bartoli, Darren Cahill and more, with commentary by Cliff Drysdale. There are several options, ranging from spectator to participant, with proceeds benefiting TECHO, a youth-led non-profit organization that seeks to overturn poverty in disadvantaged areas of Latin America by linking volunteers with local community leaders to transform slums into empowered communities. For information and pricing, visit All Star Tennis Charity Event.

Mar. 23-Apr. 5, 2015

Tournament Miami Open Tennis. Phone: 800-725-5472.
Fields of 96 men and 96 women compete in this major event held at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, Florida. Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are defending champions.

Apr. 3-12, 2015

Tournament Asics Easter Bowl.
This annual showcase of junior talent is being staged this year at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Desert, CA. It comprises the Boys and Girls 18, 16, & 14 and under divisions. The 18's are also a top ITF international event with singles, doubles, and consolation divisions.

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