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The Great Tennis Resort Calendar

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March

Mar. 20-Apr. 2, 2017

Miami Open Tennis. Phone: 800-725-5472. www.miamiopen.com. 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.


Mar. 25-Apr. 2, 2017

Asics Easter Bowl. www.easterbowl.com. 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.


April

Apr. 3-7, 2017

Boomer Tennis (Senior Clinics). Van Der Meer Tennis, Shipyard, SC 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.


Apr. 7-9, 2017

Backhands, Vines, and Volleys Tennis Camp. Silverado Resort and Spa, CA Phone: 505-257-0200. silveradoresort.com. Silverado Resort and Spa hosts a special 2½-day camp that pairs tennis instruction with wine education and tastings in the Napa Valley. It begins with a Friday round robin and dinner followed by a half day of tennis clinics—taught by Peter Burwash International pros Katie Dellich and Quinn Saine—on Saturday and Sunday. The weekend package also includes a wine tasting class taught by Silverado's sommelier, two-for-one winery tasting passes, Peter Buswash's book "Tennis For Life," and two night's lodging. For more information visit silveradoresort.com or phone 505-257-0200


Apr. 1-9, 2017

Volvo Cars Open (formerly Family Circle Cup). Phone: 800-677-2293. www.volvocarsopen.com/. A women's clay-coourt event held on Daniel Island in Charleston, SC. Sloane Stevens in defending champion. For resort lodging check out Wild Dunes Resort, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, or check out other accommodations in Charleston.


Apr. 14-16, 2017

Boomer Tennis (Senior Tennis). Van Der Meer Tennis, Shipyard, SC Phone: 800-845-6138. This 8-hour weekend 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.


Apr. 12-16, 2017

34th Helen Drake Invitational Tennis Tournament. TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort by Wyndham, FL A USTA event with Men's and Women's singles and doubles competition in Open, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s , and 80s as well as Open, 45s, and 55s Mixed Doubles. Festivities include a player party, silent auction, and a raffle for prizes. It has a reputation for drawing the largest number of entrants of any adult tournament in Florida.


Apr. 8-16, 2017

U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships. Phone: 713-874-6294. www.mensclaycourt.com. Held at River Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas. 


Apr. 21-23, 2017

Ladies 4.5 & 7.5 Combo (4.0 & 3.5) Team Challenge. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, FL Phone: 850-267-7114. www.sandestin.com/tennis. Two Events: one pits a minimum of six doubles teams, with a total NTRP rating of 7.5 (max. of three 4.0 players/team), in a round robin against the other teams over the course of a long weekend. The other event hosts 4.5 teams in their own round robin. The package includes accommodations, breakfasts, awards, and fun.


Apr. 21-23, 2017

32nd BillyBob Century Cup Doubles Tournament. South Beach Racquet Club, SC Phone: 843-671-2215. www.southbeachracquetclub.com. This is a combo men's, women's and mixed doubles tournament with divisions based on age or age and NTRP rating. There are 8 divisions ranging from Open 80s (that is combined age of 80 or more) up to below 4.0 with a combined age of 160. The entry fee includes a Saturday night players' party and a T-shirt.


Apr. 22-23, 2017

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, Semifinals. Saddlebrook Resort, FL Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel, FL, north of Tampa, has been selected as the site for the 2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Semifinal between the United States and the Czech Republic. The best-of-five match series begins on Saturday, April 22, with two singles matches, follow the next day by two reverse singles matches and a doubles match. Competition will take place on a Har-Tru court. U.S. Fed Cup Captain Kathy Rinaldi will select the four players to represent the U.S. The Czech Republic is likely to be led by 2016 US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova and world No. 2 doubles player Lucie Safarova.


Apr.15-23, 2017

Monte Carlo Rolex Masters. www.monte-carlorolexmasters.com/. Men's event held on red clay.


Apr. 26-30, 2017

Ladies Retreat by Cliff Drysdale Tennis. Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, CA Phone: 800-733-7987. www.experiencecdt.com/san-diego-tennis-retreats. Director of tennis Bryce Cunningham and the Cliff Drysdale Tennis staff stage this ladies-only retreat at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, north of San Diego, CA. The 5-day event bundles drills and match play with lodging and meals.


Apr. 29-May 6, 2017

Antigua Tennis Week. Curtain Bluff Resort, Antigua, West Indies Phone: 888-289-9898. www.curtainbluff.com/tennis/events.html. International Tennis Hall of Famer Fred Stolle, the winner of 18 Grand Slam titles, leads this animated week of clinics, exhibitions, pro-ams, team competitions, cocktails, and dinners with help from Owen Davidson, himself a multiple Grand Slam winner, and Aussie champion Ross Case.


April 26-30, 2017

117th Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament. Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, CA Phone: 805-646-7241. www.ojaitourney.org. An Open, collegiate, and junior event centered in Ojai but whose early rounds are played at venues and private courts all over the county. To help kick off the tournament, they've invited the legendary Rod Laver. He will be the special guest at the Thursday Night BBQ on April 27, and then will be further honored the following night (Friday) at a special "Evening With Rod Laver."


May

May 1-5, 2017

Boomer Tennis (Senior Clinics). Van Der Meer Tennis, Shipyard, SC 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.


May 3-7, 2017

Ladies Retreat by Cliff Drysdale Tennis. Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, FL Phone: 800-733-7987. www.experiencecdt.com/amelia-island-tennis-retreats. Join director of tennis Scott Colebourne and his professional staff for this 5-day/4-night, ladies-only tennis retreat. The package bundles oceanview accommodations with 15 hours of instruction and drills, coached team competition and match play, daily breakfast, an awards banquet and players' party, dinner in Fernandina Beach, and optional spa services.


May 5-7, 2017

Sandestin Men's 7.5 Combo Team Challenge. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, FL Phone: 850-267-6114. www.sandestin.com/tennis. This event features a minimum of six doubles teams, with a combined NTRP rating of 7.5, each playing in a round robin against the other teams over the course of a long weekend.


May12-14, 2017

Paws & Balls Team Tennis Challenge. Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, SC Phone: 843-785-1152. www.palmettodunes.com/activities/hilton-head-tennis-tournaments/. A World Team Tennis format comprised of men's and women's singles and doubles and combo mixed doubles, sponsored by Coast Restaurants and Bars (CRAB) and benefitting Hilton Head Humane Association.


May 5-14, 2017

Mutua Madrid Open. www.madrid-open.com. A combined men's and women's clay-court event. Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep are defending champions.


May 19-21, 2017

Backhands, Vines, and Volleys Tennis Camp. Silverado Resort and Spa, CA Phone: 505-257-0200. silveradoresort.com. Silverado Resort and Spa hosts a special 2½-day camp that pairs tennis instruction with wine education and tastings in the Napa Valley. It begins with a Friday round robin and dinner followed by a half day of tennis clinics—taught by Peter Burwash International pros Katie Dellich and Quinn Saine—on Saturday and Sunday. The weekend package also includes a wine tasting class taught by Silverado's sommelier, two-for-one winery tasting passes, Peter Buswash's book "Tennis For Life," and two night's lodging. For more information visit silveradoresort.com or phone 505-257-0200


May 19-21, 2017

Boomer Tennis (Senior Tennis). Van Der Meer Tennis, Shipyard, SC Phone: 800-845-6138. This 8-hour weekend 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.


May 10-21, 2017

Internazionali BNL d'Italia. www.internazionalibnlditalia.com/. The Italian Open, a combined men's and women's event, held in Rome's Foro Italico.


May 22-June 11, 2017

ROLAND GARROS (French Open). www.rolandgarros.com. Novak Djokovic finally won the Grand Slam trophy missing from his collection while Garbine Muguruza picked up her first.


June

June 2-4, 2017

38th Annual Banana Open. Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, SC Phone: 843-785-1152. www.palmettodunes.com/activities/hilton-head-tennis-tournaments/. Men's and Women's Singles and Doubles and Mixed doubles and a 55+ doubles and combo mixed doubles competition. Presented by Honor Our Heroes Foundation.


June 19-23, 2017

High-Performance Junior Camp. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, FL Phone: 850-267-7114. www.sandestin.com/tennis. Designed for tournament-level players lookingn to improve, these daycamps focus on technique, shot selection, footwork, and strategy. All participants are assigned to teams and score points for the team both during drills and in afternoon match play (during which they receive coaching). The team with most points at the end of the week wins prizes.


June 23-25, 2017

Backhands, Vines, and Volleys Tennis Camp. Silverado Resort and Spa, CA Phone: 505-257-0200. silveradoresort.com. Silverado Resort and Spa hosts a special 2½-day camp that pairs tennis instruction with wine education and tastings in the Napa Valley. It begins with a Sunday round robin and dinner followed by a half day of tennis clinics—taught by Peter Burwash International pros Katie Dellich and Quinn Saine—on Monday and Tuesday. The weekend package also includes a wine tasting class taught by Silverado's sommelier, two-for-one winery tasting passes, Peter Buswash's book "Tennis For Life," and two night's lodging. For more information visit silveradoresort.com or phone 505-257-0200


June 27-July 1, 2017

Boodles Challenge. Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel, England Phone: +44 (0) 0207 384 4877. www.theboodles.com. A grass-court exhibition that draws several of the top ATP professionals, including Novak Djokovic.


July

July 11-15, 2017

PBI World Tennis Camp. The Buccaneer, U.S. Virgin Islands Phone: 340-712-2143. www.pbitennis.com/tennis-packages-camps/pbi-world-tennis-camp-the-buccaner. This 5-day/4-night camp combines 19+ hours of clinics, drills, a fun with competitive doubles competition and a Davis Cup-themed tournament on the resort's eight newly resurfaced overnview hard courts. Built into the activitiesare a trip to Buck Island National Reef Monument, a welcoming mixer with exhibition doubles play, discounted private lessons, and an awards dinner. To sign up, visit www.pbitennis.com/tennis-packages-camps/pbi-world-tennis-camp-the-buccaner or email pbiworldcamp@pbitennis.com. Discounted room rates available at The Buccaneer.


July 3-16, 2017

WIMBLEDON. www.wimbledon.com. Serena Williams and Andy Murray are defending champions.


July 21-23, 2017

Backhands, Vines, and Volleys Tennis Camp. Silverado Resort and Spa, CA Phone: 505-257-0200. silveradoresort.com. Silverado Resort and Spa hosts a special 2½-day camp that pairs tennis instruction with wine education and tastings in the Napa Valley. It begins with a Friday round robin and dinner followed by a half day of tennis clinics—taught by Peter Burwash International pros Katie Dellich and Quinn Saine—on Saturday and Sunday. The weekend package also includes a wine tasting class taught by Silverado's sommelier, two-for-one winery tasting passes, Peter Buswash's book "Tennis For Life," and two night's lodging. For more information visit silveradoresort.com or phone 505-257-0200.


July 17-23, 2017

Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. International Tennis Hall of Fame, RI Phone: 866-914-FAME. www.halloffametennischampionships.com/. America's last grass-court event on the fabled lawns of Newport Casino. Before play on Saturday, they will hold the induction ceremony for the newest members of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.


July 24-28, 2017

High-Performance Junior Camp. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, FL Phone: 850-267-7114. www.sandestin.com/tennis. Designed for tournament-level players lookingn to improve, these daycamps focus on technique, shot selection, footwork, and strategy. All participants are assigned to teams and score points for the team both during drills and in afternoon match play (during which they receive coaching). The team with most points at the end of the week wins prizes.


July 16-24, 2017

J. Safr Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad. swissopengstaad.ch. The tournament has a history dating back more than 100 years. It was originally played on the red-clay courts at the Gstaad Palace, but later shifted to its own red-clay complex in the village proper. Feliciano Lopez took home the trophy last year.


July 29-Aug. 5, 2017

71st Generali Open Kitzbuhel. www.generaliopen.com/en/. An ATP World Tour 250 event, this long-running tournament takes place on the red-clay at Sportstadt in the heart of Kitzbuhel. Some of the competitors stay at the nearby Bio-Hotel Stanglwirt, which stages a variety of events in conjunction with the tournament, including special tennis camps and a pro-am involving ATP tennis players who are guests.


August

Aug.4-13, 2017

Rogers Cup (Men). Phone: 877-283-6647. www.couperogers.com. ATP World Tour Masters event, held this year in Montreal's Uniprix Stadium.


Aug. 5-13, 2017

Rogers Cup (Women). Phone: 514-273-1234. www.rogerscup.com/. A WTA singles and doubles event held on the hard courts at the Rexall Centre in Toronto this year. Simona Halep won the 201 event, which was held in Montreal.


Aug. 18-26, 2017

Connecticut Open. Phone: 855-464-8366. ctopen.org. Held at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale in New Haven, CT, this WTA event attracts many of the top women just prior to the U.S. Open.


Aug. 12-20, 2017

Western & Southern Open. www.wsopen.com/. Part of the Emirates U.S. Open Series, this Cincinnati event draws top ATP and WTA players to the Lindner Family Tennis Center.


Aug. 28-Sept. 10, 2017

U.S. OPEN. www.usopen.org. Stan Wawrinka and Angelique Kerber are defending champions.


September

Sept. 1-3, 2017

10th Annual Palmetto Dunes Tennis Fall Classic. Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, SC Phone: 843-785-1152. www.palmettodunes.com/activities/hilton-head-tennis-tournaments/. Men's and Women's Singles, Combo Doubles, and Combo Mixed Doubles, sponsored by Captain Woody's.


Sept. 8-10, 2017

3.5 Ladies Team Challenge. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, FL Phone: 850-267-7114. www.sandestin.com/tennis. This event features a minimum of six doubles teams, with NTRP ratings of 3.5, each playing in a round robin against the other teams over the course of a long weekend.


Sept. 8-10, 2017

Ladies 4.5 Interstate Team Challenge. TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort by Wyndham, FL For teams of women with an average NTRP rating of no more than 4.5.


Sept. 15-17, 2017

Ladies 3.5 Interstate Team Challenge. TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort by Wyndham, FL For teams of women with an average NTRP rating of no higher than 3.5.


Sept.22-24, 2017

4.0 Ladies Team Challenge. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, FL Phone: 850-267-7114. www.sandestin.com/tennis. This event features a minimum of six doubles teams, with NTRP ratings of 4.0, each playing in a round robin against the other teams over the course of a long weekend.


Sept. 28-Oct. 1, 2017

33rd Annual Banana Open Challenge (closed). Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, SC Phone: 843-785-1152. www.palmettodunes.com/activities/hilton-head-tennis-tournaments/. Men's and Women's Singles and Doubles, Combo Mixed Doubles, and 55+ Doubles and Combo Mixed Doubles, all open only to those who have played in another local Banana tournament.


October

Oct.4-8, 2017

Cliff Drysdale Ladies Tennis Retreat. Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, FL Phone: 800-733-7987. www.experiencecdt.com/miami-tennis-retreats. Join Retreat director Scott Colebourne and his professional staff for this 5-day/4-night, ladies-only tennis retreat. The package bundles hotel accommodations with 15 hours of instruction and drills, coached team competition and match play, daily breakfast, a welcome reception, a players' party (with an awards presentation and video show), and optional spa services.


Oct. 6-8, 2017

Ladies' 3.0 Team Challenge and 8.5 Ladies Combo. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, FL Phone: 850-267-7114. www.sandestin.com/tennis. These two separate events feature a minimum of six doubles teams, each playing in a round robin against the other similarly rated teams over the course of a long weekend. One flight pits NTRP 3.0 teams against each other; the second flight consists of 8.5 combo teams comprised of a 4.0 and a 4.5.


Oct. 11-15, 2017

Ladies Retreat by Cliff Drysdale Tennis. Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, FL Phone: 800-733-7987. www.experiencecdt.com/amelia-island-tennis-retreats. Join director of tennis Scott Colebourne and his professional staff for this 5-day/4-night, ladies-only tennis retreat. The package bundles oceanview accommodations with 15 hours of instruction and drills, coached team competition and match play, daily breakfast, an awards banquet and players' party, dinner in Fernandina Beach, and optional spa services.


Oct. 18-22, 2017

Cliff Drysdale Ladies Tennis Retreat. Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, FL Phone: 800-733-7987. www.experiencecdt.com/miami-tennis-retreats. Join Retreat director Scott Colebourne and his professional staff for this 5-day/4-night, ladies-only tennis retreat. The package bundles hotel accommodations with 15 hours of instruction and drills, coached team competition and match play, daily breakfast, a welcome reception, a players' party (with an awards presentation and video show), and optional spa services.


Oct. 19-23, 2017

2017 Tennis Congress. El Conquistador Resort & Country Club, Puerto Ricotenniscongress.com. Signups should begin shortly and this event typically sells out quickly. It brings together a stellar team of pros—among them Gigi Fernandez, Tim Mayotte, Emilio Sanchez, and Jeff Salzenstein—for highly personalized on- and off-court focus on improving your tennis. Registration opens in the spring. You can sign up on the website to be notified when it does.


Oct. 20-22, 2017

Backhands, Vines, and Volleys Tennis Camp. Silverado Resort and Spa, CA Phone: 505-257-0200. silveradoresort.com. Silverado Resort and Spa hosts a special 2½-day camp that pairs tennis instruction with wine education and tastings in the Napa Valley. It begins with a Friday round robin and dinner followed by a half day of tennis clinics—taught by Peter Burwash International pros Katie Dellich and Quinn Saine—on Saturday and Sunday. The weekend package also includes a wine tasting class taught by Silverado's sommelier, two-for-one winery tasting passes, Peter Buswash's book "Tennis For Life," and two night's lodging. For more information visit silveradoresort.com or phone 505-257-0200.


Oct. 15-20, 2017

29th Tennis Fantasies Week. John Newcombe Tennis Ranch, TX Phone: 800-874-7788. www.tennisfantasies.net. John Newcombe himself heads a cast of Legends that includes Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Owen Davidson, Marty Riessen, Mark Woodforde, Fred Stolle, Charlie Pasarell, Ross Case, Dick Stockton, Brian Gottfried, Rick Leach, and Luke and Murphy Jensen. Together they put on a four-day camp of clinics, team matches (with pros as team coaches), exhibitions, and competition against the amateurs. The pros are constant fixtures, on court, at meals, and for cocktail parties and entertainment nightly. Curious to know more? Read E.J. Kahn III's blog about his experiences in 2014.


Oct. 22-29, 2017

BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore. www.wtafinals.com/. WTA seasons-ending singles and doubles competition among the top qualifiers.


Oct. 27-29, 2017

23rd Annual Wild Wing Cafe "Nutty Buddy" Classic. Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, SC Phone: 843-785-1152. www.palmettodunes.com/activities/hilton-head-tennis-tournaments/. This is a fun men's and women's doubles and mixed doubles event.


Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2017

BNP Paribas Masters. www.atpworldtour.com/en/tournaments/paris/. An ATP 1000 event held indoors in Paris.


November

Nov. 3-5, 2017

Ladies' 3.5 Team Challenge. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, FL Phone: 850-267-7114. www.sandestin.com/tennis.   A minimum of six doubles teams play off in a round robin over the course of a long weekend whose package includes lodging, breakfast, award, and more.


Nov. 10-11, 2017

Team Tennis Challenge. Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, SC Phone: 843-785-1152. www.palmettodunes.com/activities/hilton-head-tennis-tournaments/. Singles, doubles, and combo mixed in World Team Tennis format. Benefitting the Hunger and Homeless Coalition of Hilton Head Island.


Nov. 12, 2017

Team Tennis & Pickleball Challenge. Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, SC www.palmettodunes.com/activities/hilton-head-tennis-tournaments/. Men's and Women's Doubles and Mixed Doubles event


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