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Laver Joins Legends, Terry Kahn Blogs

E.J. "Terry" Kahn III has once again Terry Kahnpacked his tennis racquets and sense of humor off to the John Newcombe Legends Week in New Braunfels, Texas. As in two previous years, he has been recruited onto Fred Stolle's Dunnies team—something of a surprise given that Fred Stolle hates to lose and the Dunnies have never won with Kahn on the team. That's a record he hopes to reverse.
Ego aside, however, Kahn's principal incentive for returning can be traced directly to a new recruit to the Legends coaching staff: Rod Laver, the only man ever to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in the same year not once but twice. Kahn joins more than 100 other men who have signed on for the five-day testosterone-fueled festival of tennis, barracking, off-color jokes, and drinking, led by such legendary players as John Newcombe, Fred Stolle, Roy Emerson, Owen Davidson, and of course Rod Laver. Terry will be filing reports almost daily at Newks Legends 2014

Legendary Tennis Instructor Vic Braden Passes Away

Vic Braden, who made "Laugh and Win" the catchphrase of his approach to tennis, passed away at his home in Coto de Caza, California on October 6. He was 85 and had been in failing health. According to his wife Melody, "his heart just gave out."
Through the 1980s and 90s he championed a new methodology behind teaching tennis, one that relied on scientific research and his own background in sports psychology. Although he himself had played on Vic BradenJack Kramer's tennis tour, he had a deep well of sympathy for the less gifted. He used humor to soften the frustration with phrases like "every day two million people play tennis and one million lose." He poked fun at their fears of standing at the net and getting a "fuzz sandwich" and of their foibles of paying a pro for a lesson but then telling him, "Don't mess with my strokes. I'll just get a good tan." But there was a deep-seated seriousness behind his jolly demeanor: he deeply wanted to get and keep people involved with tennis and devoted his life to doing so.
I first met him, as did thousands of others, at his tennis college in Coto de Caza in the 1980s. We kept in touch over the years and each time we met he bubbled with enthusiasm about some new line of research—like brain mapping, which included serving on the board of the Vic Braden Sports Institute For Neurological Research—or newly launched project, like his recent Junior Ambassadors Program, which taught elementary and junior high students how to coach. Medical afflictions in recent years slowed him down—but not much. His wife reported that he was deep into the writing of three new books when he passed away.
I spoke to him by phone a couple of weeks ago. Although weakened illness, he did not want to talk about his health condition but about the future of his Junior Ambassadors Program. To the very last, he wanted to make a difference in people's lives. Billie Jean King spoke for many of us when she Tweeted, "Vic Braden was a dear friend who helped make a difference in my life. He had a kind and generous heart. Tennis has lost a treasure."

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

Club Med's Generation Cup Tournament Series

Hall of Famer and Grand Slam Doubles winner Rosie Casals and her company Sportswoman Inc. have teamed up with Tennis Media Group to bring you a new tournament circuit for senior tennis players: Club Club Med, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for Generation CupMed Generation Cup Series. The events bring together men and women 50-70 years of age to compete in a round-robin format with both men's and women's doubles and mixed.
At these five- and six-day tournaments participants vie for trophies, prizes, and free vacations. The series launches Nov. 15, 2014 at Club Med-Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, then moves to a different venue each month, culminating in the Championship round at Club Med-Sandpiper Bay in Florida in April 2015. For more information, visit www.generationcup.com, which also has information about booking a Club Med holiday encompassing each tournament.

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

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Resort at Longboat Key Club, Florida
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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
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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.


Port Royal Racquet Club, South Carolina
Special $30/Person Off Group Packages
Beach at Port Royal Book our team Ambassador Package for groups and receive $30.00 off per person for stays between August - December of this year. Our three-night Ambassador Package includes Two-Bedroom Deluxe villas (based on four people sharing a two-bedroom), six hours of clinics, unlimited court time, one lunch at our clubhouse, souvenirs and pro shop discounts. Our normal Ambassador discounted price is $405.00 per person, but if you mention Tennis Resorts Online when you book you will receive the extra specail rate of $375.00 per person! To make your reservation for your team tennis trip, please call Tanda at 843-686-8803 and say you want the Tennis Resorts Online special rate. We will look forward to having you vacation with us!


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 302-462-0062 and tell him you want the "Tennis Resorts Online 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.

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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

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Oct. 26-29, 2014

Meet Play Love Tennis, Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, Arizona, Phone: 408-768-4047
This "women's tennis getaway" event is open to 3.5 and 4.0 women from across the country who are 45+. This is team tennis (minimum 7 players per team) with a guaranteed three (8-game pro-set) matches per day. It’s competitively fun tennis in a beautiful desert setting. See the website for details

Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2014

Tournament  USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Florida
The event features competition among 40 Men's and Women's College Teams from Florida State, Florida, Central Fla, Virginia, Southern Cal, Auburn, Miami, Clemson, UNC, Stetson, South Florida, Princeton, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and beyond. Admission is free. It's followed on Sunday by a Co-Ed round robin for guests and visitors.

Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014

4th Annual Pot of Gold Charitable Doubles Tourney, Makena Beach & Golf Resort, Hawaii
The tournament divisions are Men's, Women's, and Mixed Doubles in 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, and 4.5 categories. The competition concludes with a Player's Party featuring fresh food prepared by the Makena Beach & Golf Resort's culinary team along with live dance music, prize giveaways and a special surprise gift for all participants. Last year they gave away over $9,000 worth in prizes and attracted more than 200 participants. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Maui Hotel and Lodging Association's Annual Charity Walk, which benefits local charities.

Nov. 1-2, 2014

Tennis With Venus Williams, Sandy Lane, Barbados, West Indies, Phone: 246-444-2001
Guests on a special four-night package get not only lodging and breakfast daily but also a two-hour clinic and access to a cocktail party with seven-time Grand Slam singles champion Venus Williams.

Nov. 2-9, 2014

Tournament  $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit Women's Championship, South Seas Island Resort, Florida, Phone: 239-472-5111
Sponsored by South Seas Resort Plantation and presented by Doc Ford's Rum Bar and Grille, this $50,000 event begins Nov. 2 with two days of qualifying rounds followed by main-draw singles and doubles beginning Nov. 4. Its spectator appeal side, the tournament also raises money for three local philanthropic causes: the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, Madisen’s Match and Partners for Breast Cancer Care, Inc. For more information, visit the event's Facebook page. The main draw is preceeded by a Wild Card tournament Oct. 23-28.

Nov. 7-9, 2014

Women's Team Tournament (3.0, 3.5 & 4.0), Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Florida, Phone: 904-277-5151
 Bring your team of 6 players for a competitive 3-day weekend of tournament play on Racquet Park’s 23 har tru clay courts. A minimum of 4 matches guaranteed over Friday, Saturday and Sunday in a round robin format. Tennis and lodging packages available.

Nov. 7-9, 2014

2014 evolve9 Revolution Coaches Conference , IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis Program, Florida

A stellar group of coaches, among them Nick Bollettieri, gather for two and a half days of innovative but very practical presentations on introducing tennis to 6 to 12 year olds and on shepherding their performance.


Nov. 7, 2014

McEnroe vs. Courier, Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic
John McEnroe, who won seven major singles titles during his career and another 10 in doubles and mixed, and Jim Courier, who won four major singles titles, will face off in an exhibition on the clay courts of this Dominican Republic resort. The festivities will include special clinics and hitting sessions with patrons and the pair will attend a special Casa de Campo tennis cocktail party. Event packages for the clinics, party and exhibition match are for sale and can purchased by emailing res1@ccampo.com.do.

Nov. 14-16, 2014

Vail's Fall Mixed Tourney, Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, Colorado, Phone: 970-479-5941
3.5 and 4.0 Mixed Doubles. To register, visit Vail's Fall Mixed Tourney.

Nov. 14-16, 2014

Ladies' 3.5 Team Challenge, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Florida, Phone: 850-267-7114
This event features a minimum of six doubles teams, each playing in a round robin against the other teams over the course of a long weekend.

Nov. 15-22, 2014

Club Med Generation Cup Tournament, Club Med-Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
A singles, doubles, and mixed doubles competition for those aged 50-70 and staying at the resort during the tournament week. At these five- and six-day tournaments participants vie for trophies, prizes, and free vacations.

Nov. 18-22, 2014

Rosewood Little Dix Bay Legends Tennis Camp, Rosewood Little Dix Bay, British Virgin Islands, Phone: 888-ROSEWOOD
This 4-day/five-night retreat comprises 3 days of on-court clinics with former French Open Doubles Champion Murphy Jensen, renowned coach Wayne Bryan (father of Bob and Mike), and a guest appearance by Brad Gilbert. Also part of the package is lodging, meals, beveragesw, various discounts and free perks, and an exclusive Necker Cup exhibition (on Sir Richard Branson's private Necker Island) that headlines Bjorn Borg, Boris Becker, Kim Cljisters, Martina Hingis and last year’s Wimbledon winner Marion Bartoli. In addition, participants gain entry to the Charity Dinner, Auction & "End of the World" Party with Sir Richard Branson and other ATP / WTT Tennis Legends. Packages start at £4,470/person, double occupancy.

Nov. 19-23, 2014

Wailea Fantasy Tennis Camp, Wailea Tennis Club, Hawaii
Now in its 7th year, the annual Wailea Fantasy Tennis Camp this year headlines a bevy of former Top 10 players, including Lindsay Davenport, Michael Chang, and Tracy Austin with former U.S. Davis Cup Captain Tom Gullikson, former ATP pros Taylor Dent, and Michael Sell. Campers enjoy four days of instruction, drills, videoanalysis, and play with the pros on a package that includes lodging at the Four Season Resort Maui. For more info contact Camp Director Cathy Nicoloff at 808-879-1958 or cnicoloff@waileagolf.com.

Nov. 21-23, 2014

Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Classic, Boca Raton Resort & Club, Florida
Chris Evert, winner of 18 Grand Slam titles, and celebrities from the worlds of politics, entertainment, business, and, naturally, tennis will be on hand for three days of instruction, drills, round-robins, a cocktail reception, dinner, and silent auction, all to raise money for several charities dedicated to the prevention of drug abuse and child neglect or to helping at-risk children and their families. Tennis activities will take place at the nearby Delray Beach Tennis Center, with dinner and entertainment staged at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.

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