Here's what others have had to say about Saddlebrook Resort and Saddlebrook Tennis (Hopman).
"I attended the Saddlebrook tennis camp for 5 days in July 2017 and loved it. I like to be challenged and the Saddlebrook Camp did not disappoint. I was most interested in working on my physical conditioning so I appreciate that they pushed me physically. Every article of clothing I wore, including sneakers, was drenched in sweat. I lost weight, gained muscle, and have motivation to work on my diet and exercise at home. Technique flaws that I was making, unbeknowest to me, were pointed out. I have a deeper understanding of proper tennis technique, even though I was already a student of the game. Off the courts, the huge pool is great. I want to go back."—E.H., Adv. Int., July 2017
"Excellent tennis program, best tennis instructors. You will be working hard and you will improve your tennis level. Recommend the 5 days package. Howard Moore and Shawn McGee are managing this tennis camp better than ever. I have been coming here for the last 30 years and I love it."—N.B., Adv., July 2017
"Let me just start off by saying that Saddlebrook Resort is the best tennis vacation I have taken in my life!!!! It all started from the moment I booked my reservation. I spoke with a very polite and knowledgeable gentleman named Giancarlo. He helped me set up everything on my reservation from room and tennis, all the way down to the transportation I needed to and from the resort. He will help you book the best and most affordable package that fits you perfectly. I had spoken to other people in the reservations department but none of them had the same "touch" as Mr. Giancarlo did. If you need to book a reservation don't waste your time and ASK FOR HIM DIRECTLY! When I arrived at the resort, everyone was very pleasant and polite. At the front desk I was greeted by Ms. Katie who made the whole check-in process simple and very informative. She gave me all the information on where I should report in the morning for the tennis, and what other amenities the resort had to offer. From there I went up to my room, that by the way had everything I had requested (Thanks to Mr. Giancarlo again) and even had a personal note from the Hopman Staff and basket of fresh fruit! The next day I started, what I consider the best tennis training I have received in my life. During my stay I had either Coach Ty or Coach Phil everyday. Coach Ty is very knowledgeable and helped me fixed little thing in my game that made a huge difference at the end. Coach Phil is also very knowledgeable, but with him you receive an extra personal trainer that pushes you on, and like he tell you on the court, makes you "MOVE YOUR BUTT"!! A special thanks to both of them for making this experience so good and memorable. Request them as your coaches and you will not be disappointed! At the resort, I also had the pleasure to meet the Tennis Director, Mr. Howard Moore. Just a little warning on him, he can sometimes sound a little "too excited" but if you really do listen to him you will learn a lot and he does genuinely cares about the tennis experience you are receiving at the resort. Again a special thanks to Giancarlo, Katie, Ty, Phil, and Howard for making this experience so enjoyable. Overall I could not ask for a better tennis vacation!"—R.D., Adv., June 2017
"Saddlebrook Tennis is an incredibly well structured program. The organization of the instructional groups, ability to coordinate instruction for multiple levels of play, and staffing were excellent. Camp was run on Har-Tru courts, which was an excellent amenity over hard courts. Healthy snacks, water, and Gatorade were available court side at all times.
My personal experience showed an instructor (Howard) with the ability to diversify lessons to accommodate multiple levels of play within the same group. My husband was moved between groups during our two day stay because his level of play was higher than he initially reported. His instructor was able to note that, report it back to the office, and have him properly assigned for his next camp session.
The kid's program (non-tennis) is fine, but quite unstructured. The kids do not have a set agenda, so parents do not know where to find them during the day without asking the pool desk. On a VERY strong note, if your child is the only child in camp on a given day, she/he will be allowed to dictate his/her own schedule (or you can suggest) and will receive one-on-one attention without an increase in price.
Food options on-site are limited, and the main restaurant is very expensive. The food was quite good, however. There were a variety of kid's options on a separate kid menu."—R.C., Int., June 2017
"Outstanding tennis coaching. My family and I were at Saddlebrook in April. The coaching was fantastic ( special thanks to Larry) and the atmosphere was exciting due to the Fed Cup match that was due to take place the following week.
A highly recommended holiday for tennis fans."—S.A., Low Int., May 2017
"Outstanding tennis instruction in a great setting.
Disciplined, hardworking and committed pros who work hard with you in small groups 2-3 for 5 hours a day. A great way to improve your game and they do it with enthusiasm and a sense of humor. A good place for for young children to either start playing the game or continue if they are already playing.
Strengths - Nested in a resort setting and lots of green space
- Very high quality instruction
- Excellent tennis facilities ( clay courts)
- Accommodation in condos with full kitchens
- Well managed
Weaknesses - None noted. We are repeat visitors"—D.N., Adv. Int., May 2017
"The camp was fantastic with focused instruction and variety in the drills. The weather was so nice and I had so much fun my body sort of broke down a bit towards the end of the week. Lots of liquids were provided each day to stay hydrated and the spa at the resort was enjoyable so that helped. My best advice based on my experience is to pace yourself and mix in match play or rally sessions to apply what you've learned. There were many drills but I not much match play on my part, mostly due to poor planning on my part. Tennis is not an afterthought around these parts...45 well-maintained courts with friendly instruction. Beautiful weather and surroundings. The video instruction was a useful tool and was very effective. It's opt-in so be sure to request it when you get there."—A.G., Adv. Int., April 2017
"I just finished a long tennis weekend. It was a beautiful place and we had great instructions. Howard Moore was a real Pro and I would love to return next year."—C.S., Int., April 2017
"Howard Moore was an exceptional coach. He made oour trip educational and memorable!!!"—M.B., Int., April 2017
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"We had a fantastic time at Saddlebrook. Howard was the best pro! Great personality and excellent instruction. We played a variety of surfaces and learned multiple new techniques."—S.S., Int., April 2017
"I was part of a clinic where Tai was the professional leading my group and he was outstanding. Just the right amount of technical discussion combined with hitting. I highly recommend him!"—G.R., Adv., April 2017
The room rates quoted below are special discounts for those who also enroll in a Saddlebrook International Tennis Academy (at least one guest must be taking the tennis-instruction series). By booking tennis and lodging together, you get a deluxe guest room, 5 hours/day of intensive tennis, complimentary court time, daily lunch, and access to the fitness center and spa. One- and two-bedroom suites with full kitchens are also available (call for rates). Mention Tennis Resorts Online when you book and you'll receive an upgrade to a one-bedroom suite (subject to availability) and a complimentary Saddlebrook Amenity Basket. Other packages and room rates are available.
5700 Saddlebrook Way Wesley Chapel, FL 33543-4499
813-907-4200 Toll-free: 800-729-8383, x4200 Fax: 813-973-2936 Web Link: Saddlebrook Resort
Special For Tennis Resorts Online
Free Upgrade to One-bedroom Suite + Amenity Basket
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.