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Issue No. 6 I S S U E N O . 8 / J U LY 2 0 1 9

CLIFF DRYSDALE TENNIS

WHO’S NEXT? TENNIS IS ON THE RISE

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LETTERS FROM THE EDITORS

ENJOY THE MOMENT, PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE I feel extremely fortunate to have a career that enables me to be around the great game of tennis. As a youngster growing up in New Zealand playing at the local grass court club each weekend, I would have never imagined that tennis would take me around the world, help provide an education, and enable me to meet and spend time with so many amazing people. Scott Colebourne Editor-at-Large

When I look back on what drew me to tennis, it now dawns upon me that the same thing continues to drive me today. I loved tennis because whether I won or lost, I was responsible for that outcome. It was all on me, and each time on the court, I had the opportunity to make an impact. At times this was fantastic, many others it was tough, and I have my fair share of broken rackets to prove that I didn’t always handle it well.

One of those skills I developed as a junior player was my preparation and problem solving. I maximized my minimal talent by taking copious notes about my own and my opponents’ games; I then used these notes to design strategies to set up my strengths versus their weaknesses. I still have this journal today, and it’s just as detailed as I remember and brings back many fond memories. In my career and in particular as I look at the future of tennis, preparation and problem solving continues to serve me well. There are those out there who are concerned about tennis as a sport; I don’t share those concerns. I know tennis is amazing; it teaches us so many things, provides so many opportunities, and for those that prepare well and are ready to solve problems, can lead to a lifetime of fun and success.

PROMISE OF A NEW WAVE At Cliff Drysdale Tennis, when we look at the tennis world today, whether it be the pro circuit or amateur players, we can’t help but notice one thing…that change is coming – and it is going to be exciting.

Katie Steck Managing Editor

Since my days as a junior-level player, the same few players have dominated the pro circuit, especially on the men’s side. This is changing. Players like Stefanos Tsitsipas, our feature story, Denis Shapovalov, Jelena Ostapenko, and Amanda Anisimova are rising rapidly on the ATP and WTA tours. Their games – and ability to entertain– are a source of excitement and hold promise of a new wave of stars and rivalries. Cliff Drysdale Tennis continues to be revolutionary on and off the court, just like this new wave of rising stars. We strive to

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continuously improve the programs at all of our clubs, our coaches are constantly seeking to develop their practice, and we consistently deliver new programs for adult and juniors of all levels like Family Fun Days, Tennis 101 Programs, and the PTU Program. Additionally, we are partnering with the USTA in an effort to grow the game across the country, especially with younger players by creating a pathway that keeps players engaged and wanting more. For so long, the game has been unwilling to evolve. The opposite is true at CDT. Within the pages of this issue of EXPERIENCE we dig deeper into how the sport is transforming at different levels and provide insight into new and exciting programs offered through the CDT brand.

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OUR NEXT BIG THING

Kimberly Arena Senior Editor

We’re lucky in this day and age to bear witness to some of the best quality tennis that has ever been played. Many have called this the Golden Era in men’s tennis - Federer, Nadal, Murray and Djokovic have dominated the top of the rankings for over a decade, and the women’s tour keeps us on our toes with so many talented players rotating in as World No. 1, with no one woman becoming dominant in Serena’s absence from the top spot. As pundits vie to anoint tennis’ “Next Big Thing,” and Americans are craving for one of our own charismatic young stars to stake this claim, our sport does not need a supernova…in fact, every Grand Slam as of late has become a breeding ground for breakthroughs and fairy tales, unseeded youngsters slaying the giants and leaving fans and the press abuzz with excitement as to what’s next. “American tennis is struggling” is a sentiment that echoes through the minds of many fans. In recent years we have seen the U.S. populate the ATP and WTA top 100 with many quality players, hailing one “Next Big Thing” after another. Yet, since 2003, Sloane Stephens is the only player aside from the Williams sisters to win a Grand Slam title.

There are many reasons we have seen US tennis decline. Globalization allowed the rest of the world to catch up and surpass the quality of American player development. We became complacent, the USTA lacked adequate investment in our players, American work ethic in training is incomparable to that of Europeans, tennis is too expensive, has too many competing sports for our top athletes…the list goes on and on. But we are battling back, and we can now begin to enjoy the benefits, with plenty of young Americans in the emergence of phenoms in the game. U.S. player development has picked up the slack, and there is once again hope for our littlest rising stars to realize their potential as they progress through their development pathways. We now have Tiafoe, Anisimova, Fritz, Kenin and Opelka among the top US players to watch. While it remains hard to definitively pinpoint the “Next Big Thing,” tennis fans can certainly rejoice in watching some incredible tennis as players quest to reach the top. I, for one, am excited as a fan and tennis industry professional to be watching from the sidelines and a part of this journey.

OWN WHAT’S YOURS With so much going on in our industry, and the world, it can feel like there are a million things outside of our hands that inevitably will end up affecting us. Tennis has reached a pivotal moment; players that will go down as the greatest of all time are nearing retirement. And yet, through this boom of professional tennis, recreational and junior participation has stalled or even declined in the U.S. and many areas of the world. Joey Hanf Managing Editor

In 2019, I see a growing number of people that are letting outside factors affect their mindset and performance on things that they actually do control. Just because pro tennis is flourishing, that doesn’t mean that teaching professionals and national associations can assume participation growth. It’s very easy to place blame on another individual, organization or business. But pointing the finger doesn’t get us anywhere, and it’s often just a method of avoiding the tough realities that we face.

As you read through this issue of EXPERIENCE, you’ll see that some of the most influential figures in our sport have made their mark by controlling their own path. I’m proud to work each day at Cliff Drysdale Tennis to provide measurable improvements to the sport of tennis, both on and off the court. I’m especially proud when I see our tennis professionals doing the hard work at the grassroots level to grow the game. It’s true that our sport has lagged behind others in terms of innovation and connecting with young people, but we should view that as an opportunity, not a setback. Everyone in tennis knows what our sport can do for an individual; now we must better communicate that to the public. It all starts with players, coaches, and industry executives owning their craft.

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FROM THE DESK of DON HENDERSON

A DE E P E R V IS IO N Tennis has been my life, and I’ve worn many different hats in the sport that I love. I spent considerable time as a player, traveling across Europe and playing tournaments. At the time, that was living my dream. Then I worked as a coach, director of tennis, and eventually tennis management executive. Influencing the growth of our sport has been my absolute mission. Finally, I’ve been fortunate enough to be a tennis parent, something that has taught me so much about our industry, and more specifically the current generation of players, coaches and parents. I’ve found with ever-growing prominence that so many have become overly focused on results. It makes sense; we want to win every match that we play. We want, or perhaps more accurately, parents want their kids to win and move up the rankings. There are many issues with that goal. First, developing junior players is not one size fits all. Every tennis player is different, and you can see that quite clearly when you look at professional tennis today. There are many “identities” a player can have: short, tall, powerful, crafty, smart, consistent etc. Each one of these can succeed. When the result becomes the primary goal, too often I’ve seen players utilize technique and strategy that isn’t best for their development. They may win the 14 and under trophy, but are they preparing themselves for the future? Probably not. And what if the result isn’t what you hoped for? Then the junior player is left feeling even worse. There are not a lot of positives of parenting from a lens of wins and losses.

This mindset doesn’t just come from parents — coaches too are at fault. Teaching players to win at a young age does not necessarily equate to future improvement, and often times it actually creates bad habits. Not every player should use an eastern, semi-western or western forehand grip. Comfort and feel is unique to the individual. When we coach with a results-oriented approach, we are hiding from structural improvement and instead hoping to cover them up with a tennis band-aid. As we at Cliff Drysdale Tennis launch our nationwide junior tennis campaign this summer, our goal, as well as my own as a tennis parent, is to give junior players the best foundation possible to improve and enjoy the sport. This will allow to them to be most successful, and in the long run, win matches! More than anything else, stop pushing….instead of just hitting groundstrokes and hoping for an opponent’s error, try to be aggressive, come to the net and take time away. Go for your shots, the same ones you’ve worked on in practice, rather than reverting to tactics that allow you to hide your weaknesses. Parents, coaches and players: stop focusing on winning and losing and start focusing on playing the right way. You are going to lose more matches with this approach, but your game will continue to develop and you will win more in the future. Play the right way, play every point tough with relentless positivity and good things will happen. Long term vision is easier said than done, especially in 2019, but it’s still so important. Creating the culture of trusting the process rather than trying to win every moment is absolutely something we should all strive for, and I’m excited to see CDT coaches and junior players embrace that culture going forward.

Don Henderson, CEO of Cliff Drysdale Management

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4 Letters from the Editors An inside look at the inspiration behind Issue No. 8 of EXPERIENCE.

6 From the CEO’s Desk

TA B L E O F C O N T E N T S

July 2019 Edition

Don Henderson on a patient, long term approach to tennis development.

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46 Attitude Wins:

Hall of Famer Cliff Drysdale provides insight and opinion on the tennis industry.

How confidence and humility can help you become the best player possible.

20 Georgia on Your Mind

48 The PTU Experience

Wine and Tennis make Chateau Elan an exciting new destination.

A first hand account of the allencompassing training program.

52 On the Rise: Amanda Anismimova Already a major semifinalist, just 17 years old, with unlimited potential.

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24 Wimbledon in Wisconsin Explore the stunning new grass courts at Sand Valley Resort.

28 Fresh & Fearless Go behind the curtain to understand how rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas is unabashedly himself.

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68 Live Where You Play 42 Revolutionizing the Game Cliff Drysdale Tennis unveils new Junior Tennis campaign.

44 CDT At-A-Glance Take a look at the some of the standout moments from the past 6 months at CDT! 10

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EDITORIAL EDITORIAL DIREC TOR

Kimberly Arena

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Joey Hanf Katie Steck

E D I T O R AT L A R G E

Scott Colebourne

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Scott Colebourne Joey Hanf Alex Huggan Rick Limpert Scott Mcculloch Dominic Mahboubi Jon Fortier L AYO U T & D E S I G N

Stacy Alford COVER PHOTO CREDIT

Jacky Cheong

BUSINESS PRINTER:

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NEVER SETTLE FOR THE STATUS QUO

During the 2017 U.S. Open, ESPN tennis production leaders asked for a meeting with executives of the four majors and the ATP/WTA. The impetus was to share the networks concern about keeping up with other sports in terms of access to players both on site and during a match, length of matches, and other changes. All designed to spice up the overall production elements to present the sport in a way to appeal to a broader audience. A challenge to tennis’s leaders to move from their comfort zone. It was clear that the listeners were very receptive. For ESPN there was no agenda other than a more compelling presentation. Since that time every one of the tennis organizations have come up with ideas some of which, like the time clock, four game sets, or on court coaching tweaks, have come to pass. Isn’t it interesting how even golf, known as the stodgiest game of all has come up with a bag full of new rules to speed up their game. Like it or not our new evolving world is lived at a much faster pace. Watching two athletes mano a mano is compelling by its nature. But for five hours? Best of five set matches will eventually be buried in the grave of history. To those who argue that all great matches have been best of five ask them if there has never been a great woman’s match?

Tournament format changes are also being experimented with. The Laver Cup is huge and the new ATP Cup next January, with Tennis Australia actively involved, will be an even bigger success. The new Davis Cup is a step in the right direction, but needs some serious refinement. The stubborn mindset of the past has held tennis back so I am happy to see more tournaments and organizations pushing the boundaries. Tennis instruction and your improvement can be viewed in the same lens. Don’t settle for your current game. Touring professionals have incredible technique, but still hire coaches to tweak their game and so should you. You’ll improve and it will keep tennis fresh and fun. We are not settling with our company’s tennis programming; you’ll see examples throughout this magazine where we are implementing programs catered to new audiences and players of all ages. Please try a new clinic, league, equipment change or tournament this summer and challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone.

Happy summer!!

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Cliff Drysdale Tennis Selected to Manage Tennis Operations at Santa Ana Country Club Costa Rica Club Added to CDT’s International Portfolio; Daniel Lopez Named Director of Tennis Cliff Drysdale Tennis has been selected to manage tennis operations at Santa Ana County Club, a first of its kind private club located in San Jose, Costa Rica. The location becomes the first CDT managed facility in Central America, with Daniel Lopez named Director of Tennis. Troon®, leader in the club management industry and operator of SACC, under its division Troon Privé, acquired CDT in 2018. Based in Texas, CDT currently manages 32 facilities in the United States (US), Bermuda and now Costa Rica. “Cliff Drysdale Tennis is the perfect combination to exalt a lifestyle centered on integral well-being,” said Marcelo Joffe, General Manager of Santa Ana Country Club. “Tennis is one of the many ways to socialize and improve or maintain physical fitness. Santa Ana Country Club will lead the way with its program and facilities.” Santa Ana Country Club is the most innovate private club in Costa Rica, with nearly $50 Million invested into developing world class, sustainable facilities and amenities. Located in the “Valley in the Sun”, Santa Ana is nestled in the foothills of the greater San Jose region, and features a unique blend of traditional Costa Rican culture and modern luxury. The club has all the characteristics of a high-end resort, in a healthy, safe and stimulating environment. Facility highlights include a 10,000 square-foot fitness and wellness area, volleyball, soccer and squash courts, premium golf simulators and practice greens as well as three swimming pools and a plethora of culinary offerings. The social and sports club will be a versatile solution for members to spend time with friends and family, enjoy varied cuisine, exercise, study, work or simply relax. “Santa Ana is a world class facility that we are honored to work with,” said Don Henderson, CEO of Cliff Drysdale Management. “We’re thrilled to expand our offerings to Costa Rica, and allow SACC members the opportunity to experience the ultimate tennis experience both at the home club and at our numerous locations around the world.” Tennis facilities at Santa Ana are on-par with the most prestigious private clubs worldwide. Of the nine total courts, seven are European red clay, a surface utilized in

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international competition such as Davis Cup and the French Open. Four of the red clay courts are covered, allowing for all-season play regardless of outside weather conditions. Finally, two championship hard courts, also covered, round out the facility. Another standout feature of the tennis offerings is the introduction of PlaySight technology to two courts, which allows players to see real time data and video for training sessions. “Our facility is second to none, not only in Costa Rica but around the world,” said Daniel Lopez, Director of Tennis. “We are thrilled to offer members an all-encompassing program for players of all ages and abilities.” Lopez has over a decade of tennis management experience, having held leaderships roles at numerous CDT managed facilities. He will oversee diverse programming at SACC for both adults and juniors. Elite Costa Rica players will be able to compete in Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) events, a leading rating system that allows players to be recruited for collegiate and professional programs. Select SACC players will have the opportunity to train at high-performance academies in the United States. For more information about Santa Ana Country Club, please visit: https://santaanacountryclubcr.com/

About Santa Ana Country Club Santa Ana Country Club is a social and sports club conceived as a solution center focused on the wellness of those who visit it and on the protection of the environment. With a total investment of approximately $50 million from Costa Rican partners, Santa Ana is the most innovative country club in the country in 40 years. It has a strategic location, next to Route 27, in front of the Villa Real residential complex in Santa Ana. It is the only club that has included sustainability criteria from its design and construction stages and the first private project to receive the Bandera Azul Ecological (PBAE) Category XV: Sustainable Construction recognition for the construction phase. Of its eight hectares, seven will be preserved for the enjoyment of nature and recreation.

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Santa Ana Country Club The most innovative private club in Costa Rica, with nearly $50 Million invested into developing world class, sustainable facilities and amenities. Located in Santa Ana is nestled in the foothills of the greater San Jose region, and features a unique blend of traditional culture and modern luxury.


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TEAM TROON, a collection of top international golf

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talent, is now representing the Troon® brand throughout

select digital and social campaigns in cooperation with Troon and

professional golf. PGA TOUR golfers Justin Thomas,

Troon-managed facilities. “We are excited to partner with many of

Gary Woodland, Patrick Cantlay, and Matt Kuchar of the United

the top golfers in the world,” said Tim Schantz, CEO, Troon. “Team

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DIS C OV ER

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Fabulous locations. Perfect fairways. Outstanding service. Troon’s collection of daily-fee, resort, private, and semi-private managed facilities deliver memorable guest experiences at renowned Troon Golf,® Honours Golf® and Troon Privé® clubs around the world. We could go on about immaculate course conditions; historic scenery and unparalleled service. But really, we recommend that you experience it for yourself. To learn more, visit us at www.Troon.com.

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RESORT FE AT U R E

CHÂTEAU ÉLAN By Rick Limpert

You’ll have “Georgia on Your Mind” with the New Tennis Experience at Château Élan. North Georgia’s Chateau Elan Winery and Resort may resemble a 16th century French mountain residence, but that’s just on the surface. Once inside the property, guests will find modern and world-class amenities like championship golf, the European spa and an award-winning winery. Adding to the unique Southern hospitality and lush vineyards is Cliff Drysdale Tennis, managing the tennis operations, which include: three championship hard courts, two Har-Tru clay courts and four Pickleball courts. “We’re honored to welcome the Cliff Drysdale Tennis team to the Chateau Elan family,” said Ed Walls, general manager, Château Élan Winery & Resort. “With their level of expertise in tennis management, coupled with our recent enhancements, we know this will deliver a superior sport experience to our guests and neighborhood visitors.” Walking the grounds, visitors will feel like they have been transported to the French countryside. In mid 2019, the property will undergo a $25 million refresh which will include a complete overhaul of 251 guest rooms and 24 suites, four new food and beverage outlets, the winery, as well as the resort lobby, with a new look to the current pool terrace and spa. Chateau Elan, the vision of Georgia businessman, Don Panoz and his wife, Nancy, has evolved over the years, but these 2019 enhancements and the expanded tennis program set the tone as they continue to offer unmatched luxury, distinguished experience and amenities in the Peach State. The tennis program at Chateau Elan will offer a busy schedule of daily programming, tournaments, special events, luxury tennis camps and more. The Racquet Club is open to Members, Non-Members and Resort Guests. Matt Kirkham has been named Director of Tennis, effective immediately. Kirkham, originally from Nottingham, United Kingdom, has over a decade of coaching experience, including his most recent position as Junior Program Director at Bluewater Bay Tennis Center, managed by Cliff Drysdale Tennis. Located in historic Braselton, 40 minutes away from Atlanta, Chateau Elan began with the planting of vineyards in 1981. While famous for the lush vines of Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet and Riesling grapes, the resort has grown a 3,500-acre conference and leisure destination where French provincial and Southern hospitality pair to produce exceptional wines and warm memories.

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Matt Kirkham Director of Tennis •

Originally from Nottingham, England

Played at a National and International level as a junior

9 years of experience of working with players of all ages and abilities

Held title of the Junior Program Director at Bluewater Bay Tennis Center in Niceville, FL before moving to Georgia Tel: 404-432-0525 Email: m.kirkham@cliffdrysdale.com

Traveling to Château Élan Winery & Resort Interstate 85 provides an easy route to Chateau Elan from downtown Atlanta and the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. I-85 travels north and south through Atlanta.Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is approximately 55 minutes south of Chateau Elan. Traveling from Atlanta or the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport (Approx. 45 minutes): 1) Take I-85 North to Exit 126. (Follow signs out of Airport to I-85) 2) Take a Left, and Château Élan will be the first gate on your Left. When traveling southbound: 1) Take I-85 South to Exit 126 2) Take a Right, Chateau Elan will be immediately on your left.

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Shops, antiques and art in downtown Braselton

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45 holes of Troon managed championship golf

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SA N D VAL L E Y

SAND VALLEY BRINGS WIMBLEDON TO WISCONSIN New Cliff Drysdale-managed tennis facility at Sand Valley, Nekoosa Wisconsin Rick Limpert A new chapter in Wisconsin tennis has been written with the addition of the Tennis Garden at beautiful Sand Valley Resort in Nekoosa, Wisconsin. Even with Wisconsin situated in the northern half of the country, the state has a rich tennis tradition that stretches back to the 1920s.

The experience goes deeper than the finely manicured courts. There’s the variety of private lessons, daily clinics, and summer camps available to guests and the public. It’s also recommended that players break out their “Wimbledon Whites” for daily and tournament play.

When Wisconsin tennis enthusiasts met at an Oshkosh club in 1925 to form a tennis organization, they could never have dreamed of the day that 15 pristine grass courts would find a home in their state and be run by the Cliff Drysdale Tennis management team.

Murray stresses that Sand Valley exists to respect tradition and that includes tennis.

Sitting on nearly 9,000 acres of land, Sand Valley is set in the rolling prehistoric sand dunes of Central Wisconsin. The property features three award winning golf courses, but tennis is getting as much attention thanks to engineering and technology that is now available in 2019. “We have been testing the grass court concept at Sand Valley since 2016,” said resort General Manager, Glen Murray. “Watching the reactions to how much fun it is to play tennis on grass courts surrounded by sand dunes has led us to want to share this unique experience with the world of tennis.” Wisconsin’s tennis history includes native sons, the Gullickson Twins, Tim and Tom, as well as former pro, and current Tennis Channel analyst, Leif Shiras- players that earned their best professional results on grass. 24

“Tennis has played a role at Sand Valley since the resort opened, with impromptu courts sitting near the opening tee of the first course.” Even though Sand Valley is known mainly for its three golf courses and the many accolades earned in the golf industry, tennis appears ready to makes its own mark. The 15 grass tennis courts are one of fewer than 10 public grass tennis facilities in the U.S. and the first of its kind in the Cliff Drysdale Tennis portfolio. Adds Don Henderson, CEO of Cliff Drysdale Tennis. “Combined golf and tennis facilities make for ideal sporting destinations. We look forward to encouraging travel to Sand Valley and making it one of the premier tennis locations in the Midwest.”

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L ODGI N G On-site lodging includes 65 rooms and 113 beds, with more to come. The resort was booked to near capacity for most of 2018 and into 2019.

GRASS C O URT TE NNIS Sand Valley’s tennis program will run from June through August, and offer daily clinics, lessons, special events and tournaments. Two themed adult camps will be featured throughout the summer and focus on the classic grass court style of play, such as the serve and volley. For 2019, Sand valley also offered a popular “Dream Tennis Day.” A one day tennis experience that included drills on the grass courts, lunch and a mixer to make it an unforgettable full day of tennis. Think of it as “Wimbledon in Wisconsin.”

L OCA T I O N A N D TRA VEL T I M E S Travel times to Sand Valley: • • • •

Milwaukee 2 hours 40 minutes Chicago 3 hours 55 minutes Minneapolis 3 hours 20 minutes Madison 1 hour 50 minutes

Direct commercial flights are available to the above major airports as well as Central Wisconsin Airport, which is just an hour away.

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Numerous young players have tried to breakthrough the seemingly invincible barrier of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic over the last decade. This record shattering trio has accounted for a staggering 52 major titles over their careers, halting nearly all challengers of glory. Stefanos Tsitsipas, just 20 years young, has already beaten all three. First, he emerged onto the scene with a stunning victory over world no. 1 Djokovic at the Toronto Masters in 2018. Then, in Melbourne, Tsitsipas shocked two-time defending champion Roger Federer at the Australian Open. Just a few months later in Spain, the Greek outlasted Rafael Nadal in his home country and on his favorite surface at the Madrid Masters.

before,” Tsitsipas said in self-reflection after his win over Nadal in Madrid. Tsitsipas creativity is evident in both realms; his game is one of the most attractive in all of the sport. He meshes aggression and defense into an all-around style of play. On clay, you’ll see him standing upwards of 10 feet behind the baseline, while on faster surfaces he is not afraid to step in and take the ball early. Variety of shot, pace and spin are all trademarks of his tennis. Following the modern athlete trend, Tsitsipas is a sizable 6’4, but also moves around the court exceptionally well.

Modern athletes are bigger, stronger, faster and have access to more information than ever before. They are also more vulnerable and accessible than ever, which Results on their own, however, don’t necessarily fast has unfortunately suppressed many players from track a player to stardom. Take Alexander Zverev, expressing their true personality. This is the not the who has dominated players case for Tsitsipas, who has quickly ranked below him, but strugrisen in popularity. He particigled on the big stages. Talent pated in Cliff Drysdale Tennis’s Tsitsipas has no fear in runs aplenty in the aptly-coined signature celebrity exhibition, what others think; he’s “next generation” of players; but Tennis With The Stars presented Tsitsipas has separated himself by the BNP Paribas Open in March, openly philosophical and from his colleagues on a number where the waiting line for a photo sometimes downright of fronts. was over 30 minutes.

puzzling. But it appears

In many ways, Tsitsipas transTennis has of course enjoyed a more and more likely cends the eras of tennis—and golden era, with arguably the culture. His long hair, headband, three greatest male players, and that this inner-calm and and signature one-handed backthe single greatest female player hand are all a nod at former of all time active and competing confidence also allows generations. Yet, catch him off together. Federer, Nadal, Djokovic Tsitsipas to compete at the court and you might see and the Williams sisters have him with a complicated camera filled stadiums and sold out an elite level. rig filming for his YouTube tournaments, but as these aging channel. He’s a little Bjorn Borg, stars are eventually forced to Roger Federer and teenage social media influencer retire, who is going to drive interest in the sport? all at once. Outside of his own channels, he even That question is yet to have a definitive answer. The actively publishes a podcast and operates an Instarecipe is complex, but requires effort and good fortune. gram account under the pseudonym “Steve the Young fans — the key to growing and sustaining tennis Hawk”. — want to relate to players, while also looking up to It’s clear that these new-media outlets have offered them. There aren’t many better in that regard than fans a uniquely different way of getting to know a star Tsitsipas. The final step? Winning; something the athlete. Tsitsipas has no fear in what others think; Greek has had little trouble with, climbing up to a he’s openly philosophical and sometimes downright career high no. 6 at the time of this story. He’s shown puzzling. But it appears more and more likely that this few signs of slowing down. inner-calm and confidence also allows Tsitsipas to In a time where more and more tennis players are compete at an elite level. beginning to look the same, Stefanos Tsitsipas has no “Courageous. A more courageous Stefanos with more fear in being different. guts and mentally much tougher than I was the year

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RACQUET SCIENCE INNOVATION AT THE FOREFRONT OF HEAD’S NEW RACQUET FITTING PROGRAM By Joey Hanf HEAD has introduced the HEAD Racquet Fitting Program powered by The Kovacs Institute to help tennis players find the right racquet for their playing style based on scientific data. In a one hour session, tennis players will receive data for 3 racquets and will be able to scientifically narrow the choice down to one racquet based on accuracy and playing statistics collected by a teaching pro and the HEAD sensor. Other sports, like golf and cycling, use fitting sessions to help people find the right golf clubs or bicycles based on performance analytics and data that proves why each product is best for them. In tennis, demo sessions allow tennis players to try tennis racquets, but they are limited to choosing the racquet based on perception and feel. HEAD partnered with Dr. Mark Kovacs, who has strong expertise in sports technologies and science based programming for elite athletes, and together they developed the Racquet Fitting Program to allow coaches to help their students find the perfect racquet for their playing style using scientific data. Athletes start by using HEAD’s online racquet selector with Watson to narrow down their options to 3 racquets. In the one hour session, athletes hit various shots to different areas of the court with the

three racquets. At the end of the session, coaches are able to show the athlete how each racquet ranks with accuracy, spin, control and power, as well as providing an overall recommendation percentage which leads to the best racquet option. “We have worked closely with the team from HEAD over the past year to develop the racquet testing protocol that is easy to implement, can be done in a short amount of time and uses a unique algorithm to provide every tennis player with the ability to see and feel which racquet is perfect for them. This is truly a game changer for the industry.” Dr. Mark Kovacs, Founder and CEO of the Kovacs Institute. “The racquet fitting process is the first of its kind in our sport. The ability to show a player what is really happening on court rather than relying on feel or whether they are having a good or bad day is what every tennis player wants and needs,” said Greg Mason, President HEAD USA Racquet Sports. “Because of the HEAD sensor and the support of the Kovacs Institute, we can now accomplish something completely unique. HEAD is all about helping consumer play better and that starts with getting the right racquet in their hand. Other sports have done it for years, now it is finally available in tennis.”

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A TIMELESS EXPERIENCE Enjoy the rich tradition of grass court tennis, the way the game was meant to be played.

Set amidst the prehistoric sand dunes of central Wisconsin, Sand Valley provides the perfect canvas for grass tennis. Grass courts fit right into the property aesthetic and provide a fun and unique tennis experience for all player levels. Sand Valley’s grass courts are open daily during the season to both lodging and day guests.

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It’s no secret that the growth and overall health of a sport relies on the youth. Without young, aspiring players, sports like tennis would be left with a hard ceiling. These juniors are going to be the sports prominent players, both professionally and recreationally. So, as tennis participation has stalled, Cliff Drysdale Tennis has made a strong move. Launched in June of 2019, a new junior tennis campaign has connected junior players at all CDT managed locations across the world. A new website, pathway of programs, and incentives for both players and parents highlight the campaign, which plays a key role in CDT’s overall mission of growing the game of tennis.

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“We now how have a one-stop shop where parents can see where their child stands, what they need to do to progress, and how they can sign up for a wide array of events.”

Information and clear communication serves as an essential goal, but perhaps even more central to the cause is encouraging players to progress on the proper pathway. Alongside key industry partners in the United States Tennis Association (USTA), Universal Tennis (UTR) and Head Tennis, CDT has created a pathway that is encompassing of all levels of players, and encourages increased participation in a wide array of programming. Each month players will have the opportunity to progress through 5 “Tiers” of placement, each of which includes special incentives, prizes and offers once accomplished.

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“Tournament competition can be intimidating for players of all ages, especially juniors,” said Rob Lowe, Director of Tennis at Walden Racquet Center. “If a player has a bad first experience, they might never play another tournament. So that’s why we introduce them to matchplay, round robins and team challenges early on in their development. Through that experience, tournament play becomes not just approachable, but incredibly fun.” All players with also have the ability to be recognized for outstanding attitude, sportsmanship and effort with CDT’s new junior campaign. Every CDT managed location will select a Junior of the Month, who will receive prizes and recognition both in club and online. One national junior of the month will be selected based on the regional winners. There will be regional tournaments hosted for all CDT junior players, and special offers and access to select events, HEAD Tennis products, and much more. Now more than ever, young players will have the ability to connect with their peers at other clubs and events around the country. “We have to leverage tennis to make it attractive, and that’s exactly our mission with our junior campaign,” said McCulloch. “We hope to not only find new players, but retain them in a sport that they can truly play for a lifetime.”

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“We believe in a pathway that encourages players to participate in clinics, lessons and play options such as match play or tournaments,” said McCulloch.

Some junior players take group clinics and lessons for many years, and are improving, but then fizzle out of the sport. Encouraging play options like Team Challenges, matchplay and tournaments is vital for player development. To move up through the Tiers, players participate in events that slowly ramp up to introduce competition.

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“Navigating tennis can be very confusing for new families, and we are making it a priority to simplify the process for parents,” said Scott McCulloch, Vice President of Operations for Cliff Drysdale Tennis.

“When players are introduced to these different offerings, they understand the importance and value of each one. We are rewarding players based on participation, not their level of play.”

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Tennis is competing against more sports and activities than ever, and has often lagged behind in its ability to connect with young families. To put it frankly, getting into tennis has become intimidating and confusing. And that’s about to change. The new junior tennis website takes important info, rules and guidelines from the many key players and organizations in tennis, and simplifies the messaging for families new to the game.

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Above (left to right) VIP Guests at Tennis with the Stars played a friendly game of King of the Court against Francis Tiafoe and Daria Kasatkina. Guests attend Doubles Boot Camp at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation for an intense three days of doubles strategy. Side (left to right) Cliff Drysdale plays with guests at the Tennis With the Stars Pro-Am. Doubles Boot Camp participants work together during the match play portion of the camp. Below (clockwise left to right) A free junior tennis clinic alongside USTA SoCal attracted a strong crowd ahead of the Tennis With The Stars. Scott Colebourne interviews children involved at Tennis with the Stars. The ProAm, led by Scott McCulloch has players competing for a spot with the stars during the exhibition later that day. Rob Lowe from Walden Racquet Club helps to grow the game of tennis with the help of Net Generation.

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Above & Side (left to right) Francis Tiafoe and Daria Kasatkina played in an afternoon of fun benefiting ACEing Autism and Desert Arc at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas. Victoria Azarenka plays in the star’s exhibition at Omni Rancho Las Palmas. Cliff Drysdale commentated the celebrity exhibition and shared laughs with Stefanos Tsitsipas. Tsitsipas participated in the ACEing Autism and Desert Arc demo clinics. Below (clockwise left to right) Ladies enjoyed a 5-day trip to the Omni La Costa Ladies Retreat this May. Genie Bouchard signs autographs and poses for pictures following the celebrity exhibition at Tennis with the Stars. Guest, Kathy Anderson, from Houston Oaks, plays in an afternoon tennis match at the Omni La Costa Ladies Retreat. Desert Arc and ACEing Autism lead a tennis clinic at (TWTS) and were co-beneficiaries for the event. Luis Vallecillo and Han Le, both coaches at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, play together in the Doubles Boot Camp Pro Exhibition. All proceeds from the silent auction at TWTS benefit ACEing Autism and Desert Arc.

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PEAK TEN N I S

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Cultivating the Right Attitude By Dominic Mahboubi

In the most recent fifteen years of men’s tennis - that is, since Andy Roddick’s 2003 U.S. Open title - the major tournaments have been commanded with utter and unprecedented dominance by a select few. Contrary to the superlatives offered by awe-struck commentators and journalists around the globe, Nadal, Federer, and Djokovic are not beyond the mortal realm, have not received never-before-seen gifts of talent, and are indeed restricted to the same twenty-four hour days as are their counterparts. What separates these champions is the same, less-than-sensational phenomenon that produces success in every discipline and craft the human experience has on tap. It’s the one thing nobody wants to talk about, and yet it speaks the loudest: attitude. For a tennis player, forging and maintaining the right attitude is a multi-dimensional tightrope act. Exhibiting mastery over one’s body and mind and cultivating the ascetic concentration requisite for peak performance demands many years of training and keen discipline. In order to weather the storm of the learning process and thrive in spite of the challenges it faces, the quality of a developing player’s attitude is an imperative. A player’s outermost layer of attitude, plainly visible in the figure we see when he takes the court, presents a thick shell of confidence - that is, a deep trust in his own abilities to perform. Such confidence is critical because a player must be able to disengage the mind and allow himself to enter a state of flow, so that intuition may take over. But perhaps the most crucial element of attitude required for tennis players is humility. The ability to understand the relative importance of each point,

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each match and your own ability. I have personally seen many cases of youth entitlement in tennis, where a player enjoys success at a young age and lets that success actually hurt their overall development. Winning is great, but playing the right way with humility is so much more important. Humility allows us to play and compete hard, regardless of circumstance. It’s not enough to only win on your good days; you have to learn how to win when you are playing poorly. Humility allows us to understand that we are not perfect, are never going to play perfect, and still be okay with that. It’s why you see the greatest players in the world handling the roughest of conditions so well. Wind? It’s the same for both players. Players without a positive, humble attitude tend to let outside factors get in their head and affect their performance. So how do we build this winning attitude? Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is a player’s mental game. Yes, you’ll have to learn by failing. But understand that failure is part of the process to success. You won’t always want to train hard, or compete hard, but try and take those feelings and battle back against them. Make your bad days the ones that you challenge yourself the most. More than anything else, you have to enjoy what you’re doing. Is losing fun? No. But that loss puts you one step closer to achieving your goals. Every step on your journey is part of the process to being more confident, humble and successful on the tennis court. Trust yourself, respect your opponent, and good things will happen.

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PTU EX P E RI EN C E

THE PTU EXPERIENCE

by Jon Fortier

Cliff Drysdale Tennis’ new 12 month training program offers invaluable knowledge and opportunity for aspiring tennis management professionals Growing up, we dream of being able to make our passion part of our career. I often thought about what this meant. I traveled around the world, secured multiple degrees, worked in several professions, and still hadn’t quite figured it out. As we gain life experience, some passions and interests may change, but I always felt happiest when I was on the tennis court. I began to think about how I could use my business skills and passion for tennis together. This is when I found Cliff Drysdale Tennis’ PTU program. I applied, and knew instantly that it would open doors for me. Luckily, I was accepted and began in January, at the CDT headquarters in New Braunfels, Texas. I had experience playing and coaching tennis, but it became quickly apparent that being successful in this industry was not solely predicated on-court. Every day 48

my colleagues and I learned from executives and leaders in our company about how to manage the details of tennis. From accounting, HR, marketing, and operations, there are so many things that go into running a tennis business that most simply don’t see from the outside. I’ll never forget the hours spent with our CEO, Don Henderson, where he broke down step by step how to deliver the best private lesson experience for clients of all ages and abilities. Where else in the industry would I get that kind of hands-on learning? Every piece of training was accompanied by on-the-job experience. We assisted with programming at both the John Newcombe Country Club and John Newcombe Tennis Ranch. This allowed for a fantastic understanding of just how different clientele could be at varying

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locations. At the Ranch, we worked with high level academy players as well as traveling weekend adults in for a camp experience. We also got to coach alongside legends such as Roy Emmerson and John Newcombe at the legendary Tennis Fantasies week. At the Country Club, we worked with Red, Orange and Green ball juniors alongside a plethora of adult programs such as Tennis 101, Cardio Tennis and USTA Team clinics. In February, I traveled to the Omni Amelia Island Plantation for Doubles Boot Camp, a 3 day special event. It was inspirational to see pros in our company from different locations come together to share ideas and create an awesome atmosphere for the players. After just 4 months, my hard work was rewarded. I took the next step in the PTU program. I headed west and am now serving as the Head Pro at In-Shape Shingle Springs, California. Every day I’m applying the skills I’ve developed in a new-club environment. The independence I’ve been

offered is both an honor and a responsibility. Throughout the second half of the year, I’m looking forward to getting a wealth of Summer Camp experience, a huge part of our business and one that requires each of the skills we worked on in our seminars and training sessions. With 32+ facilities in the CDT portfolio, and our fast growing nature under our parent company Troon, we as tennis management professionals are never short of opportunity. And that opportunity extends off the court. Working with our talented corporate staff has shown us that we have a pathway to success in a number of fields; it’s up to us to chase our true passion. If you’re looking to find your way into the tennis industry, I would highly recommend the PTU program with Cliff Drysdale Tennis.of fields; it’s up to us to chase our true passion.

ABOUT PROFESSIONAL TENNIS U Motivated and driven candidates will be chosen from the applicant pool to complete a 12-month intensive work and training program that encompasses all facets of tennis club management, including: on court programming of all ages and levels, event hosting and execution, facility management, employee management, digital media, marketing and financial operations. PTU trainees will also work vigorously to enhance their skills off the court through seminars, coursework and planning sessions taught by tennis industry leaders and guest speakers. This is a real life, hands on, program that allows tennis professionals to learn through action and experience. The PTU program is divided into 3 phases. Phase I begins in January or August. Phase I: Intro to Tennis Management & Coaching/Work Experience Phase II: Summer Programming/Work Experience Phase III: Advanced Tennis Management/Work Experience

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1200 Hours of On-Court Teaching Daily Seminars and Classroom Sessions Taught by Industry Leaders & Guest Speakers Tennis Instructional Skill Development Organization and Management of all Tennis Programming Membership Sales and Customer Relations Digital Media Training & Expertise in How to Market Your Tennis Program Training in Accounting, Finance and Administrative Duties Essential to Success Human Resources and Leadership Training

“If you’re looking to find your way into the tennis industry, I would highly recommend the PTU program with Cliff Drysdale Tennis!” - Jon Fortier

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TENNIS INSTRUCTION LEARNING SEMINARS VIDEO ANALYSIS

If you are looking to improve your game, learn more about the intricacies of tennis while having an incredible time with a great group of ladies, then join us this October in Amelia Island! This first-of-its-kind Ladies Retreat is highlighted by an all-encompassing week of tennis instruction, learning seminars, video analysis, live-ball sessions, and so much more! Pricing starts at $1975 per player.

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AN I S I MOV A

ON THE RISE with AMANDA ANISIMOVA She’s only 17, but she’s no stranger to the spotlight by Joey Hanf

Amanda Anisimova Age: 17 Height: 5’11” Singles Ranking: 26 Plays: Right-Handed Country: USA

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As Amanda Anisimova played her quarterfinal match at the 2019 French Open against reigning champion Simona Halep, you would have forgiven her for showing a fair bit of nerves on one of tennis’s biggest courts. She’s just 17 after all, and was only participating in her 4th major main draw. But as has long been the case for the American, she doesn’t compare herself to the results of her peers, or champions of the past. “I have no idea about who did what at what age. People tell me, and then I just forget after a second. I don’t really care about it too much,” said Anisimova after her dominant Round of 16 win. “I’m in the present and I want to do good and I hope for good results, but I don’t really think about how old I am.”

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Nervous would be just about the last word you’d use to describe Anisimova’s performance, as she utterly dominated the best women’s clay court player in straight sets. She bullied Halep around the court, and did so in a manner that was not all that shocking. Anisimova didn’t play her greatest match of her life, she just played well, and she was ready for the moment. While she fell in the semifinals to eventual champion Ash Barty, the American proved that she’ll be a force to be reckoned with for many years to come. “These results are really odd, but I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing, because everything I’m doing, I feel like it’s going to work and it’s good, Anisimova

said after her quarterfinal win.” Honestly, I didn’t think I’d make it to the semifinals, but I knew at one point, something good has to happen.” Standing at 5’11, Anisimova hits the ball cleanly and with effortless power. Her backhand is already one of the very best on a tour that is highlighted by strong two handed backhands. She stands right on top of the baseline and does not give up ground easily. Her movement is fast improving, and is certainly not a weakness. Anisimova game would be impressive at any age, let alone 17. She played in the $80K RBC Pro Challenge, hosted at CDT-managed Tyler Athletic and Swim Club, when she was just 15. Even then it was clear that she would be a special player. Her father and coaches took a long term approach, encouraging an aggressive style of play in practice with limited matchplay as a junior. She developed her game from a young age, and the foundation for success appears to be very stable. “She carries herself with a lot of quiet confidence,” said Scott McCulloch, former Tournament Director of the RBC Pro Challenge. “From day 1, she was very professional about everything she did. Even at 15 it was clear she was going to be a special player.” That confidence has led to an impressive early career resume, including her first career WTA title in Bogota, as well as second week runs in a handful of major and premiere level events. She has risen to a career high ranking of no. 26 in the world, and is showing no signs of slowing down. On the WTA Tour, players have shown the ability to make incredible runs and win tournaments, but many struggle to do so on a consistent basis. Anisimova does not look to be a one tournament wonder, and she excels on every surface. American tennis has no shortage of young female prodigies, but this one might just separate herself from the rest.

“... I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing, because everything I’m doing, I feel like it’s going to work and it’s good.”

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A common goal that we have as either club operators or tennis players is to share the game of tennis with those around us or in our lives so that they may experience some of the joy that the game provides us. There are a lot of us that pick up our racquets and take the court every week ready to enjoy the game for so many reasons. For some, those reasons include competition, challenge, socializing, achievement and friendship. One thing that tennis players can all share is the addictive nature of the sport; the friendships/ relationships that we form through tennis are authentic and long lasting.

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However, the journey to get here did not come without a commitment or investment of time; and the challenge that we face today in attracting new players to the game is that there are so many options available in the fitness and lifestyle space. There is not a clear road map for how players can enter the game and play instantly while they are learning the game. Over the course of the past year at Cliff Drysdale Tennis we have placed a large focus on attracting new adult players to the game and creating an easy to follow pathway so that new players can engage with tennis instantly in a play to learn environment. The interesting fact that is very clear with new players is the motivation or goals that they have are very different from those of a traditional tennis player. The path for most of us that learned tennis was learn to play and then to start competing whether that was in a league, tournaments or our weekly match with mates.

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This pathway does not hold the same appeal to the incoming players of today as their views on tennis are more aligned with exercise, socializing, friendship, flexibility and fun. These are the motivating factors that will keep new players engaged, so it is essential that the road map we create for them embraces those values. We are providing programming and play options with flexibility and a core center around these interests. The organic nature will be that some of those players will take the competitive route and some may stay in the social space of tennis and that is perfectly fine as either way more people are playing more tennis, more often. This journey has been a very interesting one for me as I have been involved over the past year as both an operator committed to growing the game that I care for so much, and then also on a personal note supporting my girlfriend, Ambar as she took on her own tennis journey. As she started tennis I do believe a part of it was because I am involved in the sport and it plays a large role in my life, but that quickly faded away as it then


became her journey and it was very clear her motivations were to have fun, meet new friends and enjoy the lifestyle of hitting tennis balls at the park on Sunday afternoon. In case you are wondering, I am not the coach— that role I leave to one of my colleagues—I am the practice partner. It was great to watch Ambar’s journey as she moved through the progression of balls into the rally phase of tennis and the sense of belongingness and confidence she now has playing with her friends. CDT will continue to grow tennis for new adults if we embrace the values and interests of the players today and provide easy, social play options for them to engage that are not centered around competition. From there they will shape their own tennis journey and we will continue to grow the game.

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DESTINATION: CLIFF DRYSDALE TENNIS

RESORT PREVIEWS

HAWKS CAY RESORT | DUCK KEY, FL

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CHÂTEAU ÉLAN RESORT Braselton, GA

SPECIAL EVENTS Matt Kirkham

July 12, 2019: Taste of Georgia

Monthly: Night Golf Scrambles and Winemaker Experience

Weekly wine tours and tastings

Weekly live music at Paddy’s Pub

Director of Tennis P: 404.432.0525 m.kirkham@cliffdrysdale.com

Kirkham, originally from Nottingham England, is an LTA level 3 qualified pro and has taught in many different environments over 10 years. Kirkham joined CDT in 2015 joining the team at Bluewater Bay Tennis Center in Niceville, Florida taking the position as Junior program director, and was based there for 3.5 years before making the move to Chateau Elan.

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YEAR ROUND •

Daily clinics, lessons, junior programs & adult leagues

Customizable camp experiences

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RESORT FEATURES •

3 championship hard courts, 2 Har-Tru clay courts, and 4 pickleball courts

The Chateau Elan Winery, Vineyards, and Tasting Rooms

35,000 square foot European spa

Resort pool and hot tub

45 holes of championship golf


THE RITZ-CARLTON Key Biscayne, Miami, FL

RESORT FEATURES

SPECIAL EVENTS •

October 16-20, 2019: Ladies Retreat

October 23-27, 2019: Ladies Retreat

Weekly live music, cantina nights, Sunday brunch, & lounge parties

YEAR ROUND •

Daily clinics, lessons, junior programs & adult leagues

Customizable camp experiences

10 Har-Tru© courts, 1 Champion hard court

2 outdoor heated oceanfront swimming pools and whirlpool

Water recreation: windsurfing, sailing, and kayaking

Private beachfront access

20,000 square foot Mobil 4-Star luxury spa and salon

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Max Mangones

Director of Tennis P: 305.365.4300 m.mangones@cliffdrysdale.com Certified at the highest USPTA P1 coaching level, Max also has strong credentials from his playing days, including All-State Honors in Florida as a junior player, and participating in two Davis Cup ties for his native country, Haiti.

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OMNI AMELIA ISLAND PLANTATION RESORT Amelia Island, FL

SPECIAL EVENTS Sal Barbaro

September 13-15, 2019: Racquet Wars Adult Tournament

#1 tennis camp in the U.S. by Tennis Resorts Online

P: 904.277.5151 s.barbaro@cliffdrysdale.com

October 9-13, 2019: Ladies Retreat

23 Har-Tru© tennis courts

Monthly Sprouting Project Dinners

Nature inspired signature spa

3 miles of uncrowded beaches

54 holes of Championship golf

All encompassing fitness center

Director of Tennis

Sal Barbaro started his coaching career with the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch. He worked alongside legendary players and coaches such as Cliff Drysdale and Rod Laver, and brings a wealth of tennis experience to Amelia Island.

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RESORT FEATURES

YEAR ROUND •

Daily clinics, lessons, junior programs & adult leagues

Customizable camp experiences

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OMNI LA COSTA RESORT & SPA Carlsbad, CA

SPECIAL EVENTS •

RESORT FEATURES

July-August 2019: Home matches for the San Diego Aviators of World Team Tennis

August 31-September 2, 2019: Labor Day Weekend Festivities

May 2019: Ladies Retreat

YEAR ROUND •

Award Winning PFC Fitness Camp Experiences

Customizable camp experiences

13 hard courts and 4 red clay courts (7 lighted)

Bryce Cunningham

Luxuriously appointed rooms, suites and villas

P: 760.929.6387 b.cunningham@cliffdrysdale.com

Two championship golf courses designed by PGA legends

The Spa at La Costa, a renowned wellness spa ranked in the top 5 spas in the nation

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Director of Tennis

A native of Australia, Bryce brings international experience as a player and director. A former tour player on the ITF circuit, Bryce holds a USPTA P1 certification as well as certification as a personal trainer.

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OMNI RANCHO LAS PALMAS RESORT & SPA Rancho Mirage, CA

SPECIAL EVENTS Chris Fotopoulos

November 29-December 1, 2019: Desert Arts Festival

December 7, 2019: Festival of Lights

Weekly live entertainment at BluEmber, Yoga at the Spa and family entertainment

Director of Tennis

P: 816.813.2449 c.fotopoulos@cliffdrysdale.com Chris Fotopoulos, from Prairie Village Kansas, played collegiately at the University of Oklahoma, and has over 7 years of teaching experience at various clubs throughout his career. Most recently, Chris was a part of former #8 in the world Jack Sock’s team assisting/participating in practices, match warm-ups, and worked with other members of his team to help coordinate on and off court responsibilities.

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RESORT FEATURES •

25 championship hard courts

Lazy river, two waterslides and more water fun!

Four star resort restaurant

50,000 square feet of flexible meeting space

27-hole Ted Robinson designed golf course

20,000 square foot European Spa with 26 treatment rooms

YEAR ROUND •

Daily clinics, lessons, junior programs & adult leagues

Customizable camp experiences

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HAWKS CAY RESORT Duck Key, FL

SPECIAL EVENTS •

August 30-September 2, 2019: Labor Day Weekend Festivities

November 22, 2019: Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk

Weekly sunset cruises and fishing charters, morning yoga, dolphin interactions, and live entertainment at the Fire Pit

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Full service fitness center & spa

Island lagoon beach area & 5 swimming pools

Water sports including: para-sailing, kayaking, and jet ski tours

Snorkeling and scuba diving

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Daily clinics, lessons, junior programs & adult leagues

Customizable camp experiences

4 Har-Tru© courts, 4 championship hard courts

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Hannah Thompson Director of Tennis

P: 305.743.7000 h.thompson@cliffdrysdale.com

A native of the United Kingdom, Hannah has been a tennis professional since 2006 with experience coaching all ages and abilities in a developmental, technical and tactical capacity.

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STRATTON MOUNTAIN Stratton, VT

SPECIAL EVENTS Robert Menzies

August 9, 2019: Obstacle Course Racing Championships

7 Har-Tru© courts, 8 red clay courts and 2 indoor courts

October 17-20, 2019: Stratton Mountain Meets Mount Everest Climb

Big mountain skiing and snowboarding on 94 trails and top rated terrain parks

Stratton Mountain Live Music in the Village- Weekends in the Summer

Weekly live music, hiking, kayaking and yoga on the mountain

Hiking, biking, fly-fishing and many more activities!

Indoor and outdoor pools

27 hole golf course

Director of Tennis

P: 802.297.4236 r.menzies@cliffdrysdale.com

A New Zealand native, Robert has been coaching since he was sixteen and has spent the better part of the last eight years coaching in the United States. After gradutation for Auckland University in New Zealand, focusing on Sport and Recreation, he received coaching qualifications in both New Zealand and the USA and has been apart of the Cliff Drysdale Tennis team since 2012.

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RESORT FEATURES

YEAR ROUND •

Daily clinics, lessons, junior programs & adult leagues

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ROSEWOOD BERMUDA Hamilton Parish, Bermuda

SPECIAL EVENTS •

June 12-September 4, 2019: Harbour Nights

October 12, 2019: International Gombey Festival

November 2-9, 2019: World Rugby Classic

YEAR ROUND •

Daily clinics, lessons, junior programs & adult leagues

Customizable camp experiences

RESORT FEATURES •

A Sense of Taste culinary programs

Yana Orlova

Director of Tennis

Sense Spa

Beach club activities

Scuba diving adventures

Sunset cruises aboard “Tidal Pull”

Daily tennis clinics and lessons

Tucker’s Point golf course

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P: +1 441.705.6960 y.orlova@cliffdrysdale.com

An accomplished player who has competed professionally on the ITF Pro Circuit and acquired master’s degree in Sport Coaching, Orlova brings a wealth of tennis playing, coaching and management experience to the resort.

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SAND VALLEY RESORT Nekoosa, WI

SPECIAL EVENTS Robert Wright

July 28-30 & August 11-13, 2019: Grass Court Adult Tennis Camp

P: 888.651.5539 r.wright@cliffdrysdale.com

September 1-3, 2019: Heathland Cup Golf Tournament

Director of Tennis

Wright, from England, is an LTA-certified teaching pro with more than a decade of coaching experience. Since joining CDT in early 2016, Wright has held key leadership roles at luxury resorts in Florida, California and Maryland.

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RESORT FEATURES •

15 grass tennis courts

3 award-winning golf courses

More than 15 miles of hiking, running, and fat tire biking trails

Swimming, fishing, kayaking in 3 lakes

Dream Tennis Day- available daily

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Daily clinics, lessons, junior programs & adult camps

Customizable camp experiences

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INN AT PERRY CABIN St. Michaels, MD

SPECIAL EVENTS •

RESORT FEATURES

September 29, 2019: St. Michaels Concours d’ Elegance

Skip the Bridge program - all summer

Sail, Serve and Swing packages

3 Har-Tru tennis courts

Andrew Reiley

Director of Tennis

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Daily clinics, lessons and junior programs

Customizable camp experiences

The Sailing Academy with multi-day sailing certification courses

The Links at Perry Cabin

26 acres of gardens to wander

Outdoor pool at The Spa at Perry Cabin

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P: 410.745.2200 a.reiley@cliffdrysdale.com

Hailing from Long Island, Reiley played NCAA Collegiate Tennis in his home state of New York. Most recently, he was selected for Cliff Drysdale’s Professional Tennis U program which has led to his key involvement in the production of adult tennis camps at signature resorts in Texas, Florida, and California.

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PRIVATE TENNIS COMMUNITIES & CLUBS

LIVE WHERE YOU PLAY

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SANTA ANA COUNTRY CLUB San Jose, Costa Rica

Newly developed by Garnier & Garnier, Santa Ana Country Club is a social and sports club focused on the welfare of those who visit it and on the protection of the environment. Santa Ana Country Club is the most innovative country club being developed in Costa Rica within the last 40 years. The club has a significant focus on sustainability and has allocated 90 percent of its property to green areas with 1.6 miles of trails for walking, running, or cycling; and a Dog Park. In total there are nine tennis courts, of which seven courts are red clay and four are indoors with a semi-open design that will give the feeling of being outdoors; and the benefit of offering protection from rain and sun. Santa Ana Country Club will be a place to share with friends and family, savor a varied cuisine, study, work or simply relax.

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9 tennis courts; 7 red clay & hard courts

8 lane Semi-Olympic Pool and a recreational pool

Squash and volley ball courts

Soccer fields

Putting green and golf simulator

Gourmet dining

Fitness and Wellness Center

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Daniel Lopez

Director of Tennis P: +506.4104.2500 d.lopez@cliffdrysdale.com A native of Mexico, Daniel played NCAA Collegiate Tennis in South Carolina. He is a graduate of Cliff Drysdale´s Tennis Professional Advancement Program and has been with Cliff Drysdale for 5 years working at various locations.

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CIMARRON HILLS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Georgetown, TX

Cal Loveridge

Director of Tennis P: 512.763.8738 c.loveridge@cliffdrysdale.com Originally from the UK, Loveridge is a Level 3 Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) certified professional with a wealth of playing and coaching experience. He played collegiate tennis at Lees McRae and Newberry University before beginning his coaching career. He has served numerous key roles at Cliff Drysdale Tennis managed facilities, including most recently as Director Adult Tennis at John Newcombe Country Club in New Braunfels, Texas. 70

A private membership club and community at Cimarron Hills is located on the cusp of Austin and the Texas Hill Country. Members have access to the magnificent 45,000 squarefoot clubhouse and a full complement of award-winning community amenities. Several membership options exist for individuals and families to enjoy golf, swimming, fitness, tennis, and a full-service spa. The tennis center includes five championship hard courts, all of which are lighted for night play. Tennis programming at Cimarron Hills feature an expanded schedule for both adults and juniors. In addition to weekly programming, the club hosts various social events, mixers, and sanctioned tournaments. EXPERIENCE Magazine | www.ExperienceCDT.com

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Five lighted hard tennis courts

18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course

Cimarron Spa

Swimming pool with swim lanes and children wading areas

Hike and bike trails

World class dining


JOHN NEWCOMBE COUNTRY CLUB New Braunfels, TX

If your idea of a perfect environment for your family includes a peaceful hill country landscape as your backdrop, then John Newcombe Estate & Country Club is your dream destination! Our Club veranda overlooks our show courts and it is a perfect spot to have a glass of wine with friends and wind down. We are occasionally honored with a visit from our honorary members, the beautiful white tail deer. Our fitness center boasts a state of-the-art facility with unrivaled equipment for any and all of your workout needs. Our fitness experts are the finest in Central Texas and are up on all the latest innovations in the fitness industry. Our team offers junior performance training, group fitness classes, which includes yoga, pilates and aerobics to name a few.

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Acreage home sites and luxury custom model homes

Parks and nature trails

World class tennis instruction

13 lighted championship hard courts

Kids Club

State of the art fitness center

Junior olympic pool

Volleyball, beach tennis court & basketball court

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Graham Miller

Director of Tennis P: 830.625.2005 g.miller@cliffdrysdale.com A native of Australia who was a high ranking junior player. He served as assistant director at the John Newcombe Tennis Academy for 10 years where he coached world class junior players. He is currently the Director at the John Newcombe Country Club where he has worked for the past three years.

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RED LEDGES CLUB Heber Valley, UT

Michael Topp

Director of Tennis P: 847.997.8429 m.topp@cliffdrysdale.com

From New Zealand, Topp has held roles at a handful of Cliff Drysdale Tennis facilities since 2014. A natural problem solver with an easy smile and welcoming demeanor both on and off the court makes Michael a strong leader for the Red Ledges team.

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Nestled in beautiful Heber Valley, with the majestic background of the Timpanogos Mountains, Red Ledges is a private community that offers a one of a kind experience. We offer an array of activities in our community year round. Being part of a four season landscape offers you the best of both worlds. In the summer you are surrounded by beautiful views of natural red sandstone ledges, while in the winter you get the unmatched experience of Park City. It may take you a little time to adjust to the altitude, but rest assured; our tennis programs will give you everything you need to succeed.

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Acreage home sites and luxury custom model homes

Parks and nature trails

4 lighted championship hard courts

Award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course

12-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Park

Jim McLean Golf School


TYLER ATHLETIC & SWIM CLUB Tyler, TX

PROPERTY FEATURES Tyler Athletic and Swim Club has received rave reviews as an all-inclusive, premier lifestyle club. Located along the fast growing Old Jacksonville corridor, in the Oak Creek community, a place where residents come to live, work, and play. The club features a 14,000 square foot clubhouse, outdoor pool and recreation areas, as well as 12 lighted tennis courts. The amenity is available to Oak Creek residents, and a limited number of single and family memberships for the public.

Acreage home sites and luxury custom model homes

12 lighted championship hard courts

14,000 square foot clubhouse

Outdoor pool and recreation area

Kids Club

World class tennis instruction

Synthetic grass premium athletic field

State of the art indoor/outdoor fitness center

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Matthew Coerver Director of Tennis

P: 903.561.3014 m.coerver@cliffdrysdale.com Matthew has been a Director of Tennis for seven years at Cliff Drysdale Tennis. He spent three years as Regional Director of seven CDT Managed In-Shape facilities. His coaching ability and passion for tennis are unmatched.

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WALDEN RACQUET CENTER Montgomery, TX

Rob Lowe

Director of Tennis P: 936.582.1022 r.lowe@cliffdrysdale.com Lowe, originally from the UK, has extensive experience working with adults & juniors of all levels. He has led numerous programs in the UK and USA at private clubs & communities ranging from 600 to 2,000 residents and/or members.

Walden on Lake Conroe is a prestigious community planned for 5,200 dwellings. Five thousand acres of the Lake Conroe are located within the Sam Houston National Forest. In addition to the lake, a privately owned 536slip marina, a breathtaking privately owned 18-hole golf course, a 16-court tennis facility, swimming pools, children’s playgrounds and “hike and bike” trails are among the many recreational amenities available to Walden residents. Social activities, community events, athletic competitions and volunteer opportunities occur year-round -- guaranteeing an active schedule for those who want to get involved. Walden Racquet Center has a full service Tennis Pro Shop, offering rackets, tennis shoes and most recent fashions in tennis and fitness apparel.

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14 outdoor courts (4 covered, 10 lighted)

21,000 acre lake

Marina

18 hole golf course

Swimming pools

Hike and bike trails


THE CLUBS AT HOUSTON OAKS Hockley, TX

The Clubs at Houston Oaks, located just 35 miles northwest of Houston, is an exclusive private membership club and community offering a number of first-class facilities for the entire family. Amenities include a Chet Williams designed 18-hole Championship Golf Course, a separate “Family 9,” Tennis Facility, Gun Club, Fish Camp with stocked fishing lakes, an Equestrian and Ranch Facility, a variety of luxury lodging options, a main clubhouse, Park House, Fishing Lodge, Gun Club Lodge, Family Pool with Lakeside Beach, Adult Infinity Pool, and soon to be completed “Bunker 55” wine cave, all set within 950 acres studded with beautiful old growth oaks and lakes. The combination of unique, firstclass amenities, natural beauty and proximity to Houston create a truly special private club and retreat.

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6 professional LED lighted, medium speed courts, including pro shop

Chet Williams designed 18-hole Championship Golf Course

Gun Club-one of the top shotgun shooting facilities in Texas

Equestrian Club

Wellness Club including fitness center, spa and lakeside beach

Fishing Club including 18 stocked lakes and ponds, retail shop, lighted dock and fishing pier

Social Club including luxury accommodations and kids club

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Michael Donald Director of Tennis

P: 713.888.0000 m.donald@cliffdrysdale.com A UK Native, Donald is certified by the Lawn Tennis Association and a graduate of Cliff Drysdale’s Tennis Professional Advancement Program. He has an impressive resume on and off the court as a tennis player, coach & team leader.

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COSTA RICA

TENNIS RESORTS

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PRIVATE CLUBS

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C L I F F D R Y S D A L E T E N N I S | Locations

BERMUDA

Cliff Drysdale Tennis manages 32 tennis facilities across the United States as well as Bermuda and Costa Rica. Facilities include award wining tennis resorts, private clubs, and public facilities. Check out our map to see which of our locations is closest to you!

PUBLIC FACILITIES

HEALTH CLUBS

PRIVATE COMMUNITY AND CLUB

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• BERMUDA Rosewood Bermuda Hamilton Parish R +1.441.298.4000 www.cliffdrysdale.com/locations/ rosewood-bermuda

• CALIFORNIA In Shape - Browns Valley

C L I F F D R Y S D A L E T E N N I S | Facilities Directory

Vacaville +1.707.449.6465 www.cdtinshape.com

In Shape - Demaree Visalia +1.559.622.0480 www.cdtinshape.com

+1.760.837.2342 www.cliffdrysdale.com/locations/ omni-rancho-las-palmas

• COLORADO Arrowhead at Vail Edwards +1.970.306.8022 www.cliffdrysdale.com/locations/ arrowhead-at-vail

Beaver Creek Tennis Center Beaver Creek +1.970.754.5781 http://cliffdrysdale.com/locations/ beaver-creek-tennis-center

Shingle Springs

• COSTA RICA

+1.530.672.1699 www.cdtinshape.com

Santa Ana Country Club

In Shape - Dover

+1.506.4104.2500 www.santaanacountryclubcr.com

San José

Fairfield +1.707.425.1483 www.cdtinshape.com

• FLORIDA

In Shape - Marina

Bluewater Bay Tennis Center

Stockton

Niceville

+1.209.478.1922 www.cdtinshape.com

+1.850.897.8010 www.bluewatertennis.com

In Shape Rancho Solano

Crandon Park Tennis Center

Fairfield

Key Biscayne

+1.707.421.8600 www.cdtinshape.com

Tracy +1.209.830.1344 www.cdtinshape.com

Omni La Costa Resort & Spa Carlsbad R

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Rancho Mirage R

In Shape - El Dorado

In Shape - Tracy Blvd

R Tennis Resort

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

+1.760.931.7501 http://cliffdrysdale.com/locations/ omni-la-costa-resort-and-spa

+1.305.365.2300 www.cliffdrysdale.com/locations/ crandon-park-tennis-center

Grove Isle Tennis Center Coconut Grove +1.305.860.4360 www.cliffdrysdale.com/locations/grove-isle

Hawks Cay Resort Duck Key R +1.305.743.7000 x1571 www.cliffdrysdale.com/locations/ hawks-cay-resort

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The Clubs at Houston Oaks

Indian Creek Country Club Indian Creek Village

Hockley

+1.305.866.5751 www.indiancreekcountryclub.org/

+1.713.888.0000 www.cliffdrysdale.com/locations/ the-clubs-at-houston-oaks

Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort Amelia Island R +1.904.277.5151 www.cliffdrysdale.com/locations/amelia

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami

John Newcombe Country Club New Braunfels +1.830.625.2005 www.newkscc.com

Miami R

Tyler Athletic and Swim Club

+1.305.365.4300 www.cliffdrysdale.com/locations/ the-ritz-carlton-key-biscayne-miami

+1.903.561.3014 www.tylerathleticandswim.com

Tyler

Walden Racquet Center on Lake Conroe

Weston Tennis Center Weston

Montgomery

+1.954.389.8666 www.westontennis.com

+1.936.582.1022 www.waldenracquetclub.com

• GEORGIA

• UTAH

Château Élan Winery & Resort

Red Ledges

Braselton R

Heber City

+1.404.432.0525 www.chateauelanracquetclub.com

+1.435.657.4055 http://cliffdrysdale.com/locations/red-ledges-club-utah

• MARYLAND

• VERMONT

Inn at Perry Cabin

Stratton Mountain Resort

St. Michaels R

Stratton R

+1.410.745.2200 www.cliffdrysdale.com/locations/ inn-at-perry-cabin

+1.802.297.4230 http://cliffdrysdale.com/locations/strattonmountain-resort

• NEW YORK

• WISCONSIN

Southampton Club & Camp

Sand Valley Resort Nekoosa R

Southampton +1.631.488.4791 http://cliffdrysdale.com/locations/southampton -racquet-club

+1.888.651.5539 www.sandvalley.com

• TEXAS Cimarron Hills Golf & Country Club Georgetown +1.512.763.8700 www.cimarronhills.com

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Issue No. 8 / July 2019 Cliff Drysdale Tennis

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