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Issue No. 3

Cliff Drysdale Tennis

RISE: Murray Achieves

World Number 1

In this Issue:

The Gifts of Tennis:

Fitness, Family & Friends Legendary Coach & ESPN Commentator

Darren Cahill Weighs In q & a from The pro tour and much more!


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A Letter From The Editors The Year of the Fittest Use strength to set yourself apart Watching professional tennis this season, one thing has made it itself abundantly clear; 2016 was the Year Of The Fittest. Being a fitness professional for over 20 years and an amateur athlete my entire life, I’ve seen and experimented with different fads and trends. The pros and amateurs alike have always taken their fitness and nutrition seriously, however, it has transcended to a level that blows me away! Rather than simply testing the waters, athletes are now taking a more holistic approach to health and fitness. Disciplines like yoga, pilates and meditation (which were once an afterthought) have become not only legitimate but essential. The dominance Novak Djokovic has displayed in recent years is credited to his change in nutrition as well as physical and mental training. On the flip side, the human body can only endure such a beating until it takes its toll. The increasing demand for high performance in professional tennis may not only shorten the lifespan of a player, but also may leave permanent scars.

there are a lot of dumbbells clinking around the gym. On the contrary, Rafa is all about the CORE. A few examples of what he incorporates in his fitness regimen: -The Power Plate: a vibrating platform that engages 95% of muscles throughout the body and assists with recovery of broken down muscle tissue -Resistance Bands: stretch and strengthen the muscle by applying resistance, but is not “load bearing” like free weights. It increases mobility and mimics functional movement unlike dumbbells.

DiAnna Drysdale Executive Editor

-Stretching: improves your range of motion, increases circulation and calms the mind. In spite of all that Rafa is doing, he has still has been stricken with injuries of late.

The agility of the modern tennis professional allows them to play the game at a level that we have never seen before. I am very enthusiastic for the future of the fitness industry which I have been a student of for Rafael Nadal is physically one of the most of my life. The marriage of strongest players on the tour and fitness and tennis not only changes his level of fitness can be attributed the sport, but also how the sport to many factors. First and foremost, is regarded. It is no longer the a lot of court time. Observing genteel country club sport. Today’s Nadal’s physique one would think tennis professional could compete 4

alongside elite athletes from any other sport. My concern is whether these modern techniques can prevent these athletes bodies from breaking down. So are all the high-tech and mainstream ideas increasing the lifespan of an athlete, or leading up to injury? This is hardly a new conversation but there are new solutions being discussed. Technology is infiltrating the world of fitness and to postulate the idea that it will play a more pertinent role in professional sports is compelling but still being explored. In this issue we will hear from those behind the scenes of our favorite sport and what to expect in 2017 and beyond.

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Sharing the Gift of Tennis

Kimberly Arena Senior Editor Nearly a decade ago I made a life-changing decision and walked away from my pursuit of a career in law to work for a small startup tennis management company. I had

come to realize that I wanted to work not only in a field that I was passionate about, but also where my mission was to better the lives of others and bring people joy every day. Sharing and growing the game of tennis has truly brought joy not only to my life, but to the lives of thousands of children and adults that have discovered a love of the game through Cliff Drysdale Tennis. We live in an age obsessed with fitness, and it can often

Building Life Long Relationships Katie Steck Managing Editor

For me, tennis has always been a family sport. As I look back on all of the ways tennis has influenced my life, I am realizing that tennis is much more than a sport; it is an EXPERIENCE.

Growing up in a tennis family, my grandparents had a tennis court in their backyard, my dad and I would always go play tennis at our neighborhood courts, and now I help coach my brother who is looking to play collegiate tennis. While playing college tennis, I was fortunate enough to have teammates that became my family away from home. Friendships forged on the tennis court tend to last a lifetime. As I began my coaching career at various Cliff Drysdale clubs, I was able to create lasting friendships with members, guests, and fellow coaches. My experience is a testament to just how much tennis can be a vital component of any relationship. The tennis experience has always been a vital part of my identity. In my new role here at Cliff Drysdale Management as National Membership Manager, I am gracious to have the opportunity to help our members and their families grow and shape their individual tennis experiences through our new and exciting membership benefits program, EXPERIENCE.

feel overwhelming. Being fit and staying fit does not have to be an elusive goal. The key is to adapt your lifestyle. Find a way to stay fit that is fun, unintimidating, and a social activity that you can enjoy with friends and family members. Herein lies the beauty of the sport of tennis, the highly touted “sport of a lifetime.” No matter your age or ability level, tennis can be enjoyed and it’s pure element

of FUN never decreases. Not only is tennis good for your body, but it is a vehicle for betterment of your social life as well. Through tennis we connect with new friends and can involve our entire family. Tennis is an all encompassing LIFESTYLE! Tennis is a great way to live your life and a betterment gift that we can all share by introducing the game to someone new. Share the game today!

The Tennis Nerd On a long bus-ride home from a college tennis match, while my teammates discussed school and their weekend plans, I was preoccupied checking the liveJoey Hanf scores from an ATP Challenger event. One of my good friends Managing Editor looked over at me and said, “Joey you are such a ‘Tennis Nerd’.” It was joke at the time, but 4 years later I could not be more proud to embrace that title. I was a late bloomer to the sport; I didn’t start playing or watching tennis until I was 16. But once I was in, there’s been no looking back. I played for a couple years at the DIII level. But my passion for the sport has evolved off the court since then. I founded an independent media outlet, appropriately named, “The Tennis Nerds.” I covered tournaments, interviewed players, and worked for ESPN at the U.S. Open. I spent two unbelievable years with the Cornell Men’s Tennis team, and built life-long relationships during that time . I’m incredibly fortunate to have a role at Cliff Drysdale Management where I’m surrounded by my passion every single day. Tennis is massive and all-encompassing, but I’m always amazed at how intertwined the sport really is.

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Cliff Notes

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Cliff Notes Murray Claims World #1

Court Speed vs Entertainment

Andy Murray gets to world number one on the wings of superb physical shape. All elite players today have to be in top condition, but he has taken that commitment to fitness to new levels. He was helped by the injuries to Federer and Nadal, but he deserves this honor. Results don’t lie. The question now is can he stay on top? It’s in the nature of tennis to have a dominant player. Think Laver, Sampras, Connors, Federer, King, Navratilova, Evert, Graf; but competition at the top has never been tighter. My bet is Djokovic finds his way back to number one in 2017.

When I first played internationally three of the four majors were played on grass. Except for Wimbledon it was very poor grass with low and unpredictable bounces. Hence the need for serve and volley and chip and charge. Anything to avoid the ball bouncing. That has changed of course and with it so has the game. The challenge for today’s administrators is to keep the conditions to where the game is fun to watch. I have enjoyed this era of men’s tennis because the big four play a style that combines variety and finesse with power. It is really boring to me to watch the huge servers banging ace after ace and we seem to be seeing more of them.

Fitness As A Lifestyle

Fitness gave Murray the gift of becoming number one. The Uncertainty and Excitement Tennis gives the gift of fitness to everyone who plays of 2017 it. The heart rate elevates during a point and then rests in between points. It’s the most fun way to get in and stay in shape. If you can guide your loved ones to this 2017 is going to be great to watch. Can the big four game, and it becomes a lifestyle, you will have done hang on to their dominance? Federer and Nadal will be back and hopefully stay injury free. Will there be wonders for them. a breakthrough from someone like Jack Sock or Nick Kyrgios? Serena Williams has had ups and downs Billie Jean Set The Standard all her tennis life but is still the class of the women’s For all the accolades Billie Jean King has enjoyed game when she is on track. Will Angie Kerber, whose over the years, I remember her being the pioneer elevated fitness level carried her to two majors this of physical fitness for women players. She was a year consolidate her new status? All will be revealed gym rat. Martina followed and today, like their male and it begins for real in Melbourne in January. counterparts, women’s tennis is played by superior athletes.

Tennis’ Bad Boys? Then there is curious Kyrgios. Sanctioned by the ATP for lack of effort and out for the rest of the year. Tennis has had celebrated bad boys like John Mcenroe and Jimmy Connors, but they kept their antics within limits. Kyrgios’s disdain for the game and fans and his fellow players is impossible to figure. The closest comparison is Marcelo Rios from Chile who got to number one. He was a real jerk and had a short career and I predict the same for Nick Kyrgios. It’s sad because he is a huge talent.

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Pros vs. Joes

By Rick Limpert

The “Pro Am Experience” can benefit not only the amateur participant but the professional and the sport as well. “I’m here for you,” said PGA Champions Tour golfer, Mike Goodes, when asked by an amateur playing partner what he wanted to get out of the Wednesday Pro Am round before an important PGA Champions Tour event in Mississippi. Goodes, who is a perennial top-30 finisher on the Champions Tour, is one of the many professional athletes who has embraced the practice of playing with amateur golfers, whether they be fans, tournament sponsors or maybe employees or business executives that are on an outing or being rewarded for a job well done.

Am that takes place each winter on the California coast. For 80 years, this famous Celebrity Pro-Am has brought together current top professional golfers and Hollywood legends to one of the top golf courses in the world as they entertain the golfing world while trying to hit a little white ball in a hole.

In the age of social media, we have never been closer or have had a chance to interact with our sports heroes; so it’s only natural that pro ams have never been more popular. Pro Ams became more prevalent and popular post World War II; they hit their stride in the 70s and 80s when events could lure sponsors with rounds of golf alongside “I’ll help them read putts, give little tips Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus along or mini lessons when asked,” explains with the opportunity to throw footballs Goodes. “Ultimately, we are all here to with Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana. play some golf and have fun.” Today, pro ams have become almost There may be no more famous pro a billion dollar industry around the am than the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro world and usually fall into one of three 12

categories: 1. A friendly or actual competition 2. An “Experience” 3. A Fantasy Camp or Retreat

Pro Am Competition While the majority of pro am competitions take place on Monday’s and Wednesday’s on golf courses, other sports have embraced the pro am philosophy and have taken it a step further than the sport of golf by making amateurs part of the their official competition. Fishing, bowling and dancing offer the chance to compete in official events with the pros for a season or in a yearlong competition. The Bassmasters Open division allows for co-angler amateurs to fish alongside the pros while competing for a separate prize purse in their own

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An “experience” can also serve a greater purpose. The 2016 All Star Tennis Charity Event at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne helped raise funds for First Serve Miami, an organization dedicated to introduce tennis to young children. These are children competition. that otherwise would not “ In 1991, the Bassmasters Central Pro have the opportunity to participate in Stated Peg L. Smith, chief executive officer of The American Camp Am was one of the the first pro am or learn the sport. Association (ACA). “Camp isn’t (fishing) tournaments,” states longtime While an “experience” event might be just for kids anymore,” she says. “In a Bassmasters pro, Larry “Doc” Segar. very high end or deemed luxurious, hectic world, it offers an oasis, with Seger, who also runs a fishing guide they can be as simple as a free clinic opportunities for learning in a fun service in Kimberling City, Mo. said it’s put on by local professionals or group environment.” And more people are a rare chance to learn from a seasoned instruction to a court full of kids. opting for unique learning programs veteran, but it goes both ways. over your typical park-yourself-on-aFantasy Camp & Retreats beach getaway. “Many adults find a “As a pro I love to fish tournaments, and having an amateur in the boat is Baseball fantasy camps started camp vacation to be more rewarding.” fun and helpful. I like showing them new techniques and learning some from them. We are a team and more than once, I wasn’t catching fish, and then the amateur catches a couple. I pay attention to what bait and what he is doing differently. The amateur saved my day by catching a fish, and I’ve gone on to do well because of it.”

The Experience A “Pro Am Experience” can be anything from hanging out at a dinner or cocktail party to actually taking the court or field of play with the professionals. Cliff Drysdale Tennis does this with their clinics, retreats, legend events as well as their Pro Am events at the BNP Paribas and Miami Opens. An “experience” can not only bring fans closer to the stars of various sports, but it can also be used to promote a bigger event or serve as a way for amateur athletes to hone their skills.

popping up in the 1970s as a way for Fantasy camps give a semi-realistic Major League Baseball teams to offer view of what goes on behind-thesomething unique to their superfans. scenes in sports. From clubhouse A week at the team’s spring training meetings to strategy sessions and site with former big leaguers really even the opportunity to see how elite does make an awesome gift for the athletes prepare for competitions, fantasy camps and retreats, trips taken with friends and other like-minded people are truly a once in a lifetime weeks, unless you go back year after year.

person that has everything. Now, fantasy camps appealing to every taste are offered. For sports, tennis, basketball and camps with Olympians are offered at various times of the year. Out of the sports world, there are rock & roll music fantasy camps to go along with ghost hunting and winemaking camps.

Many camps and retreats will go to great lengths to keep patrons coming back, including offering perks and discounts, so check your camp’s website often and read the fine print. Trying to plan out a pro-am experience of your own? Goodes offers some valuable advice. “Enjoy yourself and soak it in. We’ll make sure you even enjoy your bad shots.”

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WHY TENNIS? TO PUT IN THE MILES

Tennis is the ultimate exercise both mentally and physically. A typical tennis match can last from 30 minutes to several hours. Over the course of the match, a tennis player can run 3 to 5 miles. (Dr. Jack Groppel & Dr. Nicholas

DiNubile, The Physician and SportsMedicine)

TO BUILD STRENGTH

Playing tennis burns fat, improves cardiovascular fitness, and helps the body maintain higher energy levels. Playing tennis builds muscle power and improves physical capacity. (Dr.

Jack Groppel & Dr. Nicholas DiNubile, The Physician and Sports Medicine)

TO BE HAPPY

Tennis players scored higher in vigor, optimism and self-esteem while scoring lower in depression, anger, confusion, anxiety and tension than other athletes or non-athletes. (Source: Dr.

TO BURN CALORIES

Competitive tennis burns more calories (528 to 610 for an hour of singles) than aerobics, inline skating, or cycling, according to studies on caloric expenditures.

Joan Finn, et al., Southern Connecticut State University)

TO DEVELOP YOUR BRAIN

Since tennis requires alertness and tactical thinking, it may generate new connections between nerves in the brain and thus promote a lifetime of continuing development of the brain. (Scientists at

the University of Illinois)

*From research compiled by the Tennis Industry Association


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Darren Cahill presents Andre Agassi with a trophy at the Australian Open.

PLAN THE WORK, WORK THE PLAN

By Darren Cahill

also fuel their bodies accordingly. You can’t run a racing car with a V8 engine These are the first words that Gil Now let’s work that plan. on poor fuel and expect it to win races, Reyes uses when discussing Andre We’ve become smarter and more as it’ll underperform. The exact same Agassi and his 15-year professional educated as athletes and coaches in applies to our bodies. relationship with one of the all time recent years. That can be seen with Unlike previous era’s in tennis, this is greats of tennis. many players now playing career also evident in the lack of teenagers Gil was the Strength & Conditioning best tennis in their late 20’s and early that are now capable of breaking trainer that guided Andre through his 30’s which has extended the playing through into the top 10 and winning 8 Major wins and an Olympic Gold window and earning potential for Grand Slam tournaments. They don’t Medal. Gil changed the landscape for tennis players. have the strength or power needed training athletes in tennis by helping The old school thought of practicing to compete at the highest level and it Andre return as the oldest ever world 5 hours a day, ignoring pain, staying takes time to build that platform. #1 at 33 years of age in the men’s game. away from the gym and enjoying a Just take a look at the ATP Top 10 few beers at dinner has been replaced right now. There are 5 players sitting His rule was simple. with tennis players spending as much Discuss what is exactly needed to time concentrating on their off-court in the Top 10 that are aged 30 or improve Andre. Discuss what specific work as they do hitting tennis balls. older. Serena Williams has added 9 tournament we are planning to peak It’s now about treating their bodies majors to her career total (22) since for. Discuss the priority between as their greatest asset by building turning 30. The game of tennis has training and tennis, and when should strength, flexibility and power to excel shifted from a skillful running sport that change. Build strength and trust in competition, and protect muscles mainly dominated by the younger in the athlete by leading, listening and and joints from potential injury. They generation, to a more strength based athletic endurance test that the 16

learning. Don’t break down the athlete.

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older generation are more physically prepared for. As Rafael Nadal likes to say, unless you are willing to suffer physically and mentally in today’s game, you won’t be tasting too much success. It doesn’t really matter what age you are, or at what level you play tennis, we are all searching for the same goal.

IMPROVEMENT For the players, one of the golden rules is to be specific with where that improvement is going to come from each time you step on the court. Pick one or two areas of your game to concentrate on and work through it. When you leave the court, you should be feeling better about that particular part of your game. Don’t dilute your practice sessions by working through every part of your game. The gains will come more slowly and important messages get lost. For the coaches, try the 4P way of teaching.

1. PATIENCE Listen to your player, learn from experiences and lead them whenever possible. Don’t rush improvement. The worst thing you can do is to try to squeeze 6 months of work into 3 months and not educate your player. The need to understand to believe it, to feel it, to implement it. Always preach the big picture and explain why you are running certain drills. In essence, it is your job to teach the player to coach themselves. To be able to problem solve in the heat of battle and figure their way out of different

scenarios and challenges.

after exercise recovery.

2. PRACTICE

Anyone at any level can benefit from putting the correct fuel into Practice with purpose, direction and their body at regular intervals. We intensity. One hour spent on the have learned over time that skipping court practicing at 100% is better meals is the worst thing you can do than 4 hours at 80%. I spent 5 years for your body and health. working with Andre and he rarely practiced for more than 90-minutes Eat regularly during the coarse of the but his practice partners always day mixed with a little exercise. Gil felt like they had just played a gut would always preach to Andre, never busting 5-set match, such was the be hungry and never be full. That’s intensity. when your metabolism works best and your body consistently burns fat.

3. PERSEVERANCE

Nothing that is good comes easy. It doesn’t take much energy, sacrifice or work to be average. Champions don’t know easy. It is easy to coach through the good times. When winning is coming easily. Anyone can do that. The true test of a coach is working through the difficult times and helping the player find the right answers.

4. PRINCIPLES Behind every principle is a promise of great things. We all may not be able to play like Federer or Nadal

Take note of tat important 30-minute window after exercise. That is the best time to take a mix of protein and carbohydrates for recovery and you’ll feel better for it the next day. And finally, remember the golden rule if you have a particular shot that is holding you back, or if you’re like Cliff Drysdale and you keep slamming those forehands into the bottom of the net, IF YOU DON’T MAKE A CHANGE, DON’T EXPECT TO SEE ONE. Be willing to try new things. Experiment with technique and equipment to find something that works for you. Listen to your coach. Listen to your player. There is always a way to get better.

but we can have the same principles and love of the game. Be true to yourself and your plan by pushing hard each day for improvement. To quote the late Steve Jobs “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe to be great work, and the only way to do great Darren Cahill has been an elite coach on both the ATP and WTA tours. He work is to love what you do” There are many companies that offer wonderful products to enhance training and recovery. Try scienceinsport.com for supplements pre-training, during competition and

has previously worked with Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt, and Andy Murray amongst many other. He is the current coach of WTA #4 Simona Halep, and is a longtime ESPN analyst.

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Four Things Everyone Can Do To Stay Healthy By Elio Latella

Tennis is a sport played by many, and longevity in the game is crucial for success. With such a focus today on utilizing every possible tool to improve, I have included a few ways in which all players can help prevent injuries and how to stay on the court longer with minimized fatigue. When I was three years old I struck my first ball with my father’s racket which was likely bigger than I was at the time! At 26 years old, studying for my Master’s degree in Exercise Science, and a few tournaments later; I’ve had the experience of playing through numerous different situations. From growing up as a junior who began tournaments late (age 12), to winning a national championship in college with a team I will never forget. Needless to say, I have spent more than a few hours on the court. None of this would have been possible were it not for a few essential tips from coaches and trainers over the years. I am going to pass on some different aspects of fitness that I have gathered over the years that will ensure success and longevity in your game!

1) Pigeon - An effective hip opener that stretches the quadriceps and hip flexors for the side of the leg which is pointed back.

a dynamic warmup (stretching using active body movements) has been shown to prevent injuries and perform better.

different ways of producing energy depending on the type of work we do. Tennis relies upon carbohydrates for long periods of energy and sustained exertion. A simple way to combat fatigue at 4-4 in the third set would be to ensure you have a light meal high Nutrition: Many people are not aware in carbohydrates before you walk out of just how much good nutrition plays on court. This applies to any level into athletic success. The body uses tournament player, or anyone simply

wanting to get the most out of their training session. Good ideas are: Pasta, chicken and rice, or steamed vegetables. A banana is always a good thing to have in your tennis bag for a boost in carbohydrates midmatch or even some jelly beans (don’t get too crazy here!) for faster energy glucose when you’re really feeling tired.

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2) Forward Fold - Stretches the hamstring where they meet the IT

3) Seated crossover - Helps to keep the spine, hips and shoulder joints flexible.

band.

Stretches: Some players love them, some hate them! I personally lean towards the latter despite doing yoga and having stretched all my life after play. Now let me be clear: There is a BIG myth you should stretch to “warm up” before play. For tennis players, a dynamic warmup (meaning stretching using active body movements) has been shown to prevent injuries and perform better. It is upon cooling down where focus is needed on releasing stretches. My three stretching recommendations are: Pigeon, forward fold, and a seated crossover. These variations allow for improved lower back health, hamstring flexibility, and range of motion - great for reaching that wider ball like Djokovic! Aim to do each stretch 2-3 times for 20 seconds after play. This will help keep you limber and in the game for years to come! 20

Warm up: As I mentioned above, a good warm up is a great way to stay healthy and not increase your risk of injury on cold muscles! A “theraband” is a great investment many players use to warm up shoulders, wrists, and back. Be active! Light jogging and tennis-based footwork get your blood pumping and joints ready for action.

These tips can be easily implemented to any sports routine and you will find, over time, how your performance can improve from small changes in preparation and health maintenance! Now get out there and have some fun!

Listen to your body: Finally, unless you are in a do-or-die match situation where going home is not an option…Listen to your body! Trust your training and feeling on court to understand how much more you can get out of your time on court. One thing I always say to my players is that “quality is more important than quantity.” Train focused and have fun but know when recovery is needed at the same time. Your body is an amazing machine that will tell you everything, so just listen.

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Q&A: Nicole Gibbs by Joey Hanf

Nicole Gibbs is a 23 year old American professional tennis player from Cincinnati, Ohio. 2016 saw Gibbs’ cement herself inside the top 100 for the first time in her career. She competed on the biggest stages against the elite talent of the WTA. Gibbs was the top seed at November’s CopperWynd Women’s Pro Challenge, hosted by Cliff Drysdale Tennis. Joey Hanf spoke with Gibbs about her experience on the court, in college, the locker room, and much more.

result there, you will finish with a career high season-ending ranking around #75. How pleased are you with this season? Nicole Gibbs: Yeah, I think I made a

lot of moves forward this year. 2015 was actually a pretty tough year for me. I dropped from a career high of #82 to all the way outside the top 150. To have recovered from that and also reached a new career high ranking of Joey Hanf: First off, you’re in 68 has been really positive for me. the homestretch of your 2016 Also ending the season well inside the season at the CopperWynd Pro top 100 is a really strong statement Challenge—and regardless of about both my resiliency and how I

was able to get a team together that was really able to push me and get me back on track. So I do feel really happy with the trajectory of my career. That being said, I think I started the year really strong, and then I had a little bit of a hiccup mid-season. I didn’t pick up hardly any points in Europe and so that’s definitely something I’m going to be looking at next year; how can I maximize that part of the season and not have this kind of up-and-down rollercoaster of results. I would say I’m really pleased with the way my season has gone, but there’s tons and tons of

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room for improvement. JH: What was one or two of your favorite moments throughout the year? Gibbs: I think the Indian Wells-Miami swing was really

telling for me. Although I had a fair number of top 100 and top 50 wins in my career up to that point, I had never really done it with the consistency that I brought those few weeks. I started that stretch with the tournament in Monterrey; I gained a little bit of confidence there with all the match play. Then I found myself grinding out of Indian Wells Qualifying all the way to the fourth round and pushing (Petra) Kvitova to deep in a third set. So that match in particular but also just the consistency I was able to show over those few weeks was really encouraging for me. It was my favorite part of the year.

JH: Those tournaments have pretty vastly different court and weather conditions. How were you able to adjust so well? Gibbs: For me a hard court is a hard court. Monterrey

or having a really good friend network completely outside of tennis that doesn’t care whether you win or lose; those are always principles that have been really important to me. So having that stepping stone of Stanford was incredible for my tennis, but even more so for Nicole Gibbs, #76 ranked WTA player, it was incredible was the top seed at the CopperWynd for me as a person Women’s Pro Challenge, Hosted by to maintain Cliff Drysdale Management. that sense of authenticity and not jump the gun on being “all tennis all the time”.

was pretty fast and Indian Wells was quite slow; Miami somewhere in between. It definitely takes a little bit of an adjustment period each week. But for me, if I’m on a hard JH: Talk about the relationships you have with former court I’m comfortable and I’m happy. teammates, coaches and friends at Stanford.

JH: Let’s take a step back. How and when did you get started in tennis?

Gibbs: Tennis is an interesting sport in that it is so individual,

but there’s also such a strong community around it. I mean, Gibbs: I started playing when I was three years old. Possible you’re seeing the same players virtually week-in and weekeven before if that’s a thing (laughing). My dad was really out(around the tour). So it’s definitely beneficial—but not into tennis; he had played a little bit of college tennis himself absolutely necessary—to kind of force some friendships and had always wanted his kids to play the game. It’s gone there. But college is totally different. Having those people who legitimately want you to do well -- it’s not like “oh I’m down through several generations in our family. friends with you but secretly I hope I’m better than you”. (In JH: Even as a highly ranked junior, you decided to go college) We’re actually working towards the same goals and the college route and play tennis at Stanford. How we’re here to support each other. So that was really special for much has that decision shaped you into the person me. Even now in my pro career, Kristie Ahn, who I played with you are today? at Stanford, is on tour as well and we’re splitting an Airbnb here in Scottsdale. So I feel very strongly about holding on Gibbs: I think that decision has been really important to my tight to those really solid friendships, because it can be a little career, but only inasmuch as it was very authentic to who I am. strenuous making friendships when you’re on tour. It’s who I’ve always been; having a sense of balance in my life. Not being a one-trick pony as they say. Tennis is really, really JH: When you made the move to turn professional, important to me, but it’s also important to balance yourself how much of an adjustment was it to start playing for out. Whether that means getting a further education yourself again rather than a team? 24

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There was definitely an adjustment period. You have to be comfortable being alone when you’re on tour. That’s just part of the animal, especially as you first transition. Right now I’m in a place where I’m able to travel with the coach and my dad almost week-in and week-out and that’s incredible. But when I first came out it was just me on the road and maybe there was a USTA coach there who could help me, but they were with several players at a time. You definitely don’t get that isolated social feel to it when you first come on tour so that was definitely a little bit of a culture shock for me. JH: How has your “Team” evolved since you’ve been on tour?

Gibbs: I was very fortunate in that I was able to work my way into the top 100 almost within one year to date of being on tour which affords you a lot more options. At the end of 2015 I started thinking about moving on from just the USTA and really get a team that’s fully dedicated to me and see what that feels like and if I’m able to maximize my career more within that setting. So that’s when I brought on (my current coach) Roger Smith who has been an incredible asset for me. I really believe in what we’re doing and I think when you have that sound process and you’re committing to it every single day with the same people there’s no way to not improve. JH: I know “fitting in” at the locker room can be a challenge for some players. What was that experience like for you? Gibbs: Yeah; I knew a lot of the players on the

challenger(ITF) tour. Having played those pro events since I was 14 years old I did feel fairly worked into that social scene. What was a little bit of a shock was moving up to the next level. Because it’s like, whoa, these are the people that I see on TV. I don’t necessarily believe I deserve to speak to these people much less play against them (laughing). There was definitely a transition period where I would go ‘Oh my god, there’s Serena, or there’s Jankovic’ and so on. It was crazy to just be in the same room as them. Over time you start to realize that all these players are people; there not just the face you see on TV. So this year I felt like I really hit my stride with that; I’m very comfortable with virtually everyone I see in the locker room.

I’ve made friends with Caroline Wozniacki, which has been incredible for me. She’s been not only a friend but a little bit of a mentor for me and so that’s been a really cool experience. I’m looking to hopefully pay that back in the future. JH: You’ve emerged as a strong voice off the court over the last couple of years. You haven’t been afraid to talk about pressing political issues; some of which are controversial. Who or what encouraged you to speak out and let your opinion be front and center in the public space? It’s not something everybody is comfortable with. Gibbs: Again I think it’s just a matter of authenticity. I’ve

never felt like I should put tennis or prospective sponsors above what I believe in as a person. So it’s always been very natural for me to voice my opinions, “use my platform” if you will. But even more that than; even if I was someone who didn’t have a platform, I would be voicing these opinions around my friends or family. My family used to joke that I should be a lawyer or a politician because I’m always very opinionated and I feel very strongly about the things I believe in. So for me it’s very natural. I have a lot of players ask me ‘wow, how are you willing to do that? You get so much blowback on twitter! Aren’t you worried about sponsors?’ For me, who I am as a person is well above what I am as a tennis player. And that’s the whole story.

JH: You’re still very young, with much of your career ahead of you; what are some of your short and long terms goals on the court? Gibbs: I always think this is kind of an interesting question;

and one that I don’t particularly like. I know it’s a cliché; “process over results” and things like that. But even more so, If I put my short term goal at getting to #50 in the world, that’s great. But what does that actually mean? I make my goals much more about improvement. For long term goals, I don’t like to have concrete things that I want to accomplish. I want to stay true to my process, dedicate everything I have to my team, and see how well I can maximize my tennis. I see no limits to what I can accomplish if I do those things.

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Tennis as a Lifestyle: The Valentine Family by Joey Hanf

teaching professional Tennis is the second most popular alongside, and their sport in the world. Hundreds of millions now three children; of people have played and watched Walker(12), Faith(9) tennis. And yet, the tennis community and Talan(7) all play is one of the most tightly connected tennis at the facility. and intertwined group of individuals “We work six days a that you will ever experience. For week at (the club), many, tennis is not only a hobby, job, or and even on Sundays activity; it’s a lifestyle. we usually end up “When you’re around the game a lot back at In-Shape you see so many similar faces,” Steve playing tennis as a Katherine Valentine, Director of Tennis at In family,” said. Shape: Laurel Glen said. “It’s really a Steve, Katherine, Walker, Faith and Talan Valentine tight knit community at the local and Each of the Valentine national level. And because you can children have played Katherine added that she feels fortunate play tennis for your whole life, you stay and won junior tournaments. that her kids are put in tough situations engaged with friends and colleagues on the tennis court, as it gives a preview for a long time.” Walker won the consolation draw at the for future interactions outside the court. 2016 “Little Mo” Nationals in Austin, The Valentine family exemplifies this Texas, beating some of the best players “Tennis is an amazing sport for kids story. Steve and Katherine, who were in the country at the 12 and under to play,” she said. “It’s mentally tough. each high level players growing up, met division. But that experience sets them up for at the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch success in life.” in New Braunfels, Texas where Steve Faith has also competed at “Little Mo” began coaching and Katherine was a tournaments--which are amongst the As displayed by the Valentines, tennis summer camp counselor. most prestigious junior tournaments in is an incredibly strong sport for families the U.S.--and Talan will surely follow suit to embrace. The world-wide game gets The two eventually became a couple, as he develops as a player. a lot more intimate when you engage and married just after Katherine with the local tennis community. graduated college. “We’re blessed that the kids love tennis, because we don’t know what we would Katherine added that she hopes her “I think that’s why we fell in love; we do if they didn’t like it,” Katherine said children continue to pass the tradition had so much in common,” Katherine laughingly. of tennis to their future families. Valentine said. “Steve and I are best friends and tennis is a big part of that.” For the Valentine’s, tennis has been “I don’t ever see us leaving the sport,” a constant, and taught them many she said. “I hope and pray that my After spending two and half years living valuable life skills. kids grow up and get their own kids in Steve’s native home of Australia, the involved in the sport. In this day in two had their first child, Walker. They “Tennis has really taught me to age of technology and video games soon moved back to the U.S., and are communicate effectively with people,” now based in Bakersfield, California. Steve said. “Whether it’s a good or bad it’s sometimes tough to get the family Steve is the Director of Tennis at In- situation, the sport forces you to deal together; having everyone love tennis Shape: Laurel Glen, a Cliff Drysdale with adversity and that’s really helped brings us closer.” Tennis-managed facility. Katherine is a me grow as a person.” Visit ExperienceCDT.com to book your tennis travel and events.

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PHIT AMERICA & CDT:

COMMITTED TO GETTING CHILDREN ACTIVE & FIT

by Mike May

According to a recent report by the CHEO Research Institute, U.S. children rank 47th in the world in overall physical fitness, based on a series of 20-meter shuttle runs (aka, The Beep Test) conducted with more than 1.1 million children from 50 countries. Yes, U.S. kids barely crack the top 50 in global fitness. Cliff Drysdale Tennis is committed to helping PHIT America reverse these troubling statistics.

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The top five countries with the fittest children are Tanzania, Iceland, Estonia, Norway and Japan. This new information only confirms the reality of the current ‘Inactivity Pandemic’ now impacting the U.S. where nearly 82 million Americans are physically inactive – many of whom are children – according to PHIT America and the Physical Activity Council. The results of a recent study conducted at the University of North Dakota and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (Canada) reveal that U.S. children are woefully out of shape when compared to children from other countries. The study was reported in a recent edition of the British Journal of Sports Medicine. “Kids who are aerobically fit tend to be healthy and healthy kids are apt 28

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to be healthy adults. So, studying aerobic fitness in the early years is very insightful to overall population health,” says Justin Lang, lead author, Healthy Active Living and Obesity research group, CHEO and PhD student, University of Ottawa.

In 2015, two-thirds of American children (ages 6-17) were classified as ‘not active to healthy standards,’ which means they were physically active less than three days a week in any activity. Of those 34.9 million children who are not ‘active to healthy standards,’ 21.6 million are 6-12 year olds and 13.3

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“This issue of physical inactivity is also the ‘time bomb’ for the healthcare crisis in the U.S. as these inactive children are much more prone to disease,” says Dr. Jordan Metzl, Sports Medicine Doctor, New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery.

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“For children, the foundation of an activity filled lifestyle starts with daily physical education in our schools,” says Dr. Tim Church, Professor at Pennington Biomedical, Louisiana State University. The leadership of Cliff Drysdale Tennis is in the midst of conducting outreach to local schools surrounding the 30 Drysdale-managed tennis and fitness clubs around the U.S. by offering tennis playing opportunities to school children, who otherwise never may have had the opportunity. The goal is to encourage a physically active lifestyle, exposing the kids to a fun activity which they can pursue as a family and for life. “Physical inactivity is a national problem, but to be most effective we need to band together to solve it at the local level,” states Scott McCulloch, VP of Operations, Cliff Drysdale Tennis. “Far too often, competitive sports and fitness programs are perceived as intimidating not only to children, but also their parents. We strive to create fun, no-cost pathways to introduce tennis to families and share all the ‘Fitness, Family and Friends’ benefits of this great game.” By understanding the current shortcomings and actively engaging our youth, both PHIT America and Cliff Drysdale Tennis are fighting to create a better future for our children.

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Q & A with Ladies Retreat Alumni

KS: What advice would you offer rookie campers?

McGill: Go into it and participate in every single thing that is offered. Do not try to stay too close with the group you go with because you can make some new great friends along the way. You miss out if you don’t try everything. Akers: Be open to the people and try to meet new friends. Do not be afraid because you are going to be a better player when you leave, no matter your level. Patti McGill and LeAnn Akers are long time alumni of the Cliff Drysdale Tennis Ladies Retreats. They have seen the retreats grow and evolve over the years, but two things have always remained true- the quality of tennis and the desire to improve throughout the week. Katie Steck was able to speak with them about some of their best memories over the years, advice for new campers, and what keeps them going back to the retreat at The Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne.

KS: Describe your favorite memory on or off the court.

McGill: I have been on winning teams, and I have been on losing teams. I really cannot pick one memory; everything is fabulous!

Akers: I love the costume night. We plan on that every year. The tennis is great and fun, but I do not think I have seen a year that people didn’t dress up. It is just hilarious. I will never forget the one time that Mr. Drysdale actually took Patti and attending the retreats? I in his car to the costume dinner. He had Akers: We had been looking for a place to stop and get gas, and he was dressed McGill: Since the first year. I have always to go, and after Patti talked with Mr. up like an 80’s rocker pumping gas by done the October Miami retreat. Drysdale at her club, she found it and the road. Akers: Patti and I have been coming then got me to go. KS: What is your favorite part of the since the beginning. KS: What makes you keep going The dates we were going happened to be the first ever ladies retreat! I called Patti McGill: Little Rock, Arkansas LeAnn to invite her and her husband to come too! Our husbands did their own LeAnn Akers: Rogers, Arkansas thing- playing tennis and relaxing by the KS: How long have you been pool during the day. Katie Steck: Where are you from?

KS: How did you first hear about the retreats?

back each year?

McGill: Well, the instruction is fabulous. McGill: I met Cliff Drysdale around We have also made some really good 2001 when he participated in a charity at friends, so it is fun to keep going back our club. In conversations, he mentioned and seeing them. Everything that CDT having a tennis facility at the Ritz. Later, does is first class. my husband won a trip for two to any Akers: We laugh and say it is our favorite Ritz in the United States, so we decided time of the year. We love the tennis, the to go to The Ritz Key Biscayne. After I pros, and of course, The Ritz! It’s one booked the accommodations, I called the of my happy places, and I look forward concierge to see if anything was going to spending time on and off the courts on in regards to tennis over our dates. there. 30

retreats?

McGill: The clinics and coaching in the morning. The coaches focus on one aspect of the game each day. Akers: Mostly we love Cliff Drysdale! He is one of the most genuine people I have ever met. Also, at the start of the week when you become part of a team. You are no longer just a rookie or an alumni, and now you are a team and get to compete. That is what your whole week is based on. What are you going to do to make your team better?

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When Moments Become a Lifetime

A Story of Longevity by Katie Steck Oftentimes, in the game of tennis, we hear coaches and players talk about how the sport, which we all love, is one that can be played for a lifetime. Fortunately for those coaches and players, there are stories like that of Bill Saunders that bring truth to such a statement. Saunders is a 93-year-old member of the Cliff Drysdale Tennis family at Bluewater Bay Tennis Center, located in Niceville, FL. Tennis has always been an integral part of Saunders’ life. For Saunders, tennis is more than just a game to be won or lost. It is, by all accounts, a way of life, and a long one at that! He attributes his good fortunes and health to the game. Bill’s tennis story began on the sidelines of a rural Virginia park, where he gleefully fetched balls for the local tennis pros as a child. Tennis’s early impressions on Bill did not materialize until after he returned from serving on behalf of the U.S. in World War II. Saunders said, “I came home from World War II and began my career with Eastern Air.”

Bill Saunders celebrated his 90th birthday at Bluewater Bay Tennis Center surrounded by Director, Gary Bertoldo, and other members and friends.

The man taught and hit with Bill day-in-and-day-out until the airline company decided to relocate Bill and his wife. Bill packed up his belongings and rekindled love of tennis and moved to Miami, FL. Saunders devoted most of his waking hours to his career. After working long hour days, Bill used his lessons at a park near the local fire station as a way to unwind. He continued to take lessons and refine his game. Bill did not realize it at the time, but tennis was soon to become one of the most important aspects of his life.

After the War, Saunders began a long and illustrious career with Eastern Airlines based out of Charlotte, N.C. “Someone from the operations department of Eastern Airlines came up from Miami and was a tennis player. Tennis became an integral and He taught me tennis,” Saunders said. treasured part of Saunders’ life upon 32

retiring from the airline company at the age of 62. Bill began channeling the same devotion he had given the company for more than 41 years into his tennis game. Under the tutelage of the local pro, Bill began competing at higher levels of the game. Saunders quickly racked up trophies at different tournaments across the state of FL. His tennis career is highlighted by his second place finish at a national championship tournament hosted by Lipton Tea in Hilton Head, SC. Saunders remembers feeling like Rod Laver, his favorite player of all time, the moment he reached the finals of the tournament.

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He attributes his success on the court to his ability to move quickly. Recalling his time spent playing mixed doubles his wife, Saunders expounded that, “she would stand in one spot and I would run back and forth”, but he didn’t mind because he loved the physical component of competition.

being a decent bowler. Overall, Bill grandchildren play baseball. When attributes his good health to,“playing asked what’s next for this lively 93 yearold man, he laughed. tennis and walking everywhere.”

Unfortunately, as all great careers go, “I would always say, when I get to Saunders’ too eventually came to an be 100, I am going to take up golf,” end. His tennis story came to a close Saunders said. late into the summer of 2016. Bill’s exit The longevity of our sport is captured from the game is as memorable as any most perfectly by Bill Saunders’s loving Saunders’ success on the court also of the greats. At the rightful age of 92, relationship with the game. Even in our came from the hours he spent studying Bill simply walked into the director’s worst losses and greatest triumphs on the game. Bill routinely watches and office at Bluewater Bay Tennis Club learns from the athletes at the top of our sport. However, Bill cautions and Some of Saunders’ fondest memories of the reminds us of the importance of not sport are... the moments he shared with the imitating these players and remaining “friends he made on [the] tennis court”. “true to yourself”. To that end, Saunders did not hesitate and donated his lightly used Wilson to acknowledge his game had to adapt rackets. Bill had decided that it was with increasing age. time for him and his wife to focus on “As I got older, I had to do a lot of family. things differently,” Saunders said. He Bill and his wife now live in Tennessee began to rely less on his movement where they enjoy dinners with and more on his ability to place the ball their children and watching their anywhere in the court.

the court, our sport has much more to offer than that initial feeling of defeat or success. It provides us an outlet for increasing our fitness, embracing our families, and growing our friendships. Simply, the game of tennis transforms moments into lifetimes.

Beyond the obvious physical benefits the game has to offer, Bill enjoyed the social aspect of the game as well. He recalls playing doubles with “some wonderful people”, including former Red Sox baseball player, Ted Williams. Some of Saunders’ fondest memories of the sport are not ripping a huge backhand winner down the line or raising a championship trophy, but rather the moments he shared with the “friends he made on [the] tennis court”. Tennis, while at the core of Bill’s life, is not the only way he has remained active in his later years. Bill and his wife frequent their local dance hall and clog the night away. He also acknowledges Bill and his wife together at Bluewater Bay Tennis Center. Visit ExperienceCDT.com to book your tennis travel and events.

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Rally For Fitness

by Cal Loveridge

Rally for Fitness offers many benefits to new players who are looking to get active on the tennis court. monotonous. They always said to do something different to stimulate the metabolism…. So TENNIS was our answer. It is such a great sport. It makes you work out from the tip The Rally For Fitness program is of your hair to the bottom of your Ana Jalil and Brenda epitomized by two new and eager feet. This sport has begun working Gonzales had never picked tennis players at CGAC. Both Ana on muscles we never knew we up a racquet until six weeks Jalil and Brenda Gonzales had had. And we get to play outdoors, never picked up a racquet until six which is always a plus. This is a ago. Now they are taking weeks ago. Now they are taking regular lessons, attending regular lessons, attending the Sip great experience, and at the Coral the Sip ‘N Serve program, ‘N Serve program, and playing at Gables Athletic Club, the staff is so pleasant. We feel like family.” and playing at least twice least twice a week on the courts a week on the courts by by themselves. Not only have they Both Gonzalez and Jalil have a grown a passion for the sport, presence and attitude that is not themselves. tennis has now become part of their only fun on the tennis court, but also inspiring and motivational. Coral Gables Athletic Club everyday life. (CGAC) has recently introduced Gonzalez is a pulmonary physician, “Regardless of talent level, when two new programs that are players show that kind of positive and Jalil manages her office. generating excitement and growing energy on the court it encourages the game of tennis at the club “Like everyone else, we live very everyone else out there, including level. Rally for Fitness offers many busy lives -- with family, work and myself, to have fun and improve,” benefits to new players who are everything in between,” Jalil said. Loveridge said. looking to get active on the tennis court. With the program, players “Entering into the Rally for Fitness This pairing in Coral Gables is get the benefit of club membership program has been very beneficial the perfect example of how the for three months, including: four for us,” she added. “Both Brenda Rally For Fitness program can lessons of Tennis 101, two 30 minute and I worked out regularly in a introduce people of every ability private lessons, and four sessions fitness center. But sometimes it was and occupation to tennis. of the highly popular Sip ‘N Serve program, which introduces match play as well as the social aspects of tennis.

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Adapting the Game and Defying all Odds by Katie Steck

A 7-year-old member, Oliver Posada, has experienced more than most do in a lifetime. The middle child of Bess and Mauricio Posada, Oliver was born with an upper limb difference called symbrachydactyly. His parents have always told him that he can do whatever he sets his mind to. That is exactly what he is doing on the tennis courts at Weston Tennis Center. There are not many known reasons for his congenital limb difference. Experts hypothesize that he may have had a blood clot in his arm in utero that prevented the growth of his left arm. They also believe it could simply be part of his natural genetic code. Even with his left arm ending a couple of inches below his elbow, he has found a way to do everything he wants to do, including tennis. He plays, climbs, swims, and rides his two-wheel bike, just like most second graders. Oliver can handle questions about his limb difference from anyone. He enjoys proving himself to others who doubt his abilities. Oliver comes from a tennis family. His parents grew up playing and wanted their children to experience the game. The oldest son and Oliver began taking lessons a couple of years ago, and it was a hit! They continued with weekly group lessons. “I wanted the lesson to be about tennis, not about Oliver having to answer a million questions about his arm,” Beth Posada said. “Watching him on the tennis court is a true joy because he is really having so much fun.” They recently switched to private lessons in hopes of taking their games to the next level. As a child with an upper limb difference, Oliver knows 36

Oliver is at Weston Tennis Center after a fun lesson with his older brother. WTC is where Mom plays in the ladies IOLA McCoy doubles league and the whole family enjoys court time every week.

Even with his left arm ending a couple of inches below his elbow, he has found a way to do everything he wants to do, including tennis.

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“Tennis is a fantastic way to connect with others and build friendship,” Beth added. “We think that is one of the best parts of the game.” While on the tennis court, Oliver is visibly having fun; smiling through the lesson, and letting himself laugh it off when he misses a shot. Oliver is working to develop his one handed backhand, which is difficult since he is only 7 and his size and strength are a challenge. The Posada family often watches The Posada family clockwise from the tennis as a family, and Oliver enjoys top: CDR J. Mauricio, USCF (father), watching Roger Federer with his lethal Oliver (7), Finlay (9), Kelly (6), and Bess backhand. Like Federer, Oliver intends that you do not need two hands to (mother). excel. that not only does he look different, he is going to do things differently. This has enabled him to develop a quality of resourcefulness and creativity unmatched by most other kids his age. Oliver is testing different methods to hit his serve, but so far, a high toss from his right hand while he has his racquet ticked under his left arm gives him enough time to grab the handle of the racquet and develop his serving stroke. His serve seems to be the only obstacle he has in his game, but Oliver is confident that anything can be accomplished with time and practice.

Adversity is difficult for anyone to overcome, but for 7-year-old Oliver, adversity seems second nature. He has overcome all of the challenges his symbrachydactyly has thrown at him on his way to becoming a budding young tennis player.

Oliver is participating in a sports weekend for limb different children sponsored by NubAbility Athletics, an

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instruction for many different kinds of sport skills. Oliver is perfecting a glove transfer, wherein he catches the baseball in his gloved hand and simultaneously transfers his glove under his shorter arm and retrieves the baseball to then throw it.

The Posada family focuses on how mistakes help people grow and learn. So, when you miss a shot on the court, it just means that you are giving yourself the opportunity to improve. Like most tennis parents, they hope that starting Oliver enjoys many other sports, but soccer is a favorite. He has been playing Oliver on the tennis court early will soccer since he was 4, and is also a very talented goalkeeper! Here he gains provide him with a good foundation to control of the ball so he can move it down the field. enjoy the game for a lifetime. Visit ExperienceCDT.com to book your tennis travel and events.

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TENCO: “The British Invasion” by Kimberly Arena We at Cliff Drysdale Tennis are relentless in our pursuit to grow the game of tennis and provide the most fun, unique and high quality instruction worldwide. We believe that a well-rounded approach from different coaching styles is integral to providing this high level of instruction. To bring a more international approach to the American game, Don Henderson of Cliff Drysdale Tennis joined forces with LTA certified tennis professional Callum Loveridge of the United Kingdom to establish TENCO. TENCO operates a certification and training program for LTA trained coaches focusing on the fundamentals of classic British and LTA methods of tennis coaching, as well as activation of themed tennis events and tennis instructional programs that feature an authentic British tennis experience and education for participants.

This technique for juniors and adults provides a well-rounded foundation that will ultimately improve players -from the local club to the competitive tournament.

Cal Loveridge, CEO and Co-Founder of TENCO Management, demonstrates volleying technique during a No-Bounce Clinic.

on players utilizing their “net game” via the serve and volley and other aggressive strokes executed before the bounce. Training utilizing this technique for juniors and adults TENCO’s goal for US tennis is to provides a well-rounded foundation reintegrate the British Experience that will ultimately improve American and its quintessential serve and players from the local club player to volley back into the modern game, the competitive tournament player. as it’s mastery and strategic use is activate this coaching integral to every player’s arsenal and To foundation and has fallen by the methodology on a widespread wayside in the US over the last 20+ platform, Loveridge created a years (as has the development of top proprietary clinic program titled “No ranked US players in international Bounce Tennis” which develops player competition). Today, most American skills by applying fundamentals of the players are taught by their American serve and volley art form in a modern coaches to be baseline players. game setting. No Bounce Tennis British style training methods focus focuses on three different types 38

of volleying: Forehand Volleying, Backhand Volleying and Smash (overhead) volleying. TENCO coaches use fourteen unique drills derived from their LTA training to execute these sessions at Cliff Drysdale managed locations around the US. TENCO coaches and instructional programs are currently available at 14 US locations. These incredible coaches, awesome accents, innovative practices and unique cultural theatrics truly offer a oneof-a-kind training experience! For more information contact info@ tencomanagement.com

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CopperWynd Women’s Pro Challenge by Scott McCulloch

Womens’ Pro Circuit players are joined by fitness celebrity Shaun T and partner Scott Blokker following the event Pro Am.

In anticipation of our 2nd Annual CopperWynd Women’s Pro Challenge held at the beautiful CopperWynd Resort & Club in Fountain Hills, Arizona, the nerves were on edge and the excitement was high with a vision of growth and new doors opening for this year’s event. We welcomed our new partners and beneficiary of the tournament ACEing Autism into the mix. The nerves faded as months of preparation and hard work became a reality with the large 700 square foot banners going up, the dressing of the courts and the assembly of the volunteers. The first ball was struck and the Cliff Drysdale Team led by Nick Heron & Elliott Manton kept the tournament moving along like a well-oiled machine.

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The level of tennis was exceptional with a field of American stars like Nicole Gibbs, Jennifer Brady, Samantha Crawford, Melanie Oudin, Taylor Townsend and teenage sensation Kayla Day, along with a strong international contingent. The crowds grew with each day as did the level of tennis that climaxed with a star

over Melanie Oudin and Samantha Crawford. The singles final followed and featured rising Brazilian star Beatriz Hadaad taking on American Kristie Ahn in a two and a half hour battle of heavy baseline exchanges with Hadaad prevailing in 2 tight sets. Both players delivered an extraordinary

The real winner in this tournament was tennis as all the proceeds from this year’s tournament will benefit ACEing Autism. studded finals line up. The doubles final saw 3 of the 4 players holding either a Junior or Open Grand Slam Title with the eventual winners Taylor Townsend and Ingrid Neel prevailing

level of tennis, sportsmanship and respect to each other while keeping 450 spectators on the edge of their seat including the Mayor of Fountain Hills, Linda Kavanagh and Arizona Senator, John Kavanagh.

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The real winner in this tournament was tennis, as all the proceeds from this year’s tournament will benefit ACEing Autism, a non-profit organization that provides children on the Autistic spectrum recreational tennis programs. The results they have produced with their national curriculum put together by Founder Richard Spurling and Alex Huggan makes you take a step back and realize the power that tennis provides in changing lives.

A huge thanks to all that were involved from Cliff Drysdale Tennis, CopperWynd Resort & Club, as well as all of our sponsors, volunteers and spectators. We are proud and humbled by this year’s tournament and are looking forward to next year already.

This year’s tournament would not have been possible without the efforts of our fantastic sponsors such as CopperWynd Resort & Club, Behno, USTA Southwest, Sonoran Real Estate and Lifestyle, Town of Fountain Hills, Elite Jewelry and Loan and Cliff Drysdale Tennis just to name a few. We are proud to announce that Tournament Director, Scott McCulloch, and CopperWynd owner, Bill Hinz, the first ACEing Autism program will present the singles champion, Beatrice Haddad Maia, her trophy. start at CopperWynd in early 2017 from the proceeds received from the Some Highlights of this year’s event included: tournament. • New partnership with tournament proceeds benefiting ACEing Autism • Pro-Am with sponsors and players including fitness industry leader Shaun T • Fashion shoot with the players provided by Behno, Elite Jewelry and Loan, makeup artistry by Tamara and shot by photographer Alex Huggan • Record crowds • Rally the Family day held by USTA Southwest. Connecting new families to tennis • Increased sponsorship support and funds contributed • Incredible player experience with fantastic reviews from all players • Positive reviews from US Open referee and Pro Circuit Director Brian Early who was onsite for the first 4 days 17 year old Kayla Day (USA) in action on center court.

• A year round voice as the tournament will continue to live on a weekly basis with the start of the ACEing Autism program.

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The

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Wardynski, has now blossomed into the resort’s newest offering -The Sprouting Project. Consisting of a state-of-the-art aquaponic greenhouse, expansive organic garden, large collection of beehives and barrel room, The Sprouting Project is heralded as Daven’s “legacy to Omni Amelia Island Plantation” – inviting guests to indulge in healthy, local offerings while taking pride in growing and utilizing sustainable ingredients at each of the ten on-property restaurants. Designated a chef’s playground, the greenhouse was created by his desire to bring the freshest products possible to guests while staying true What was once just a seedling idea to his “Michigan farm boy in the head of Omni Amelia Island roots.” The Sprouting Project Plantation Executive Chef, Daven Nestled at the tip of a barrier island off the Northeast Florida coast, Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort sits atop 1,350 acres surrounded by sparkling Atlantic waters and lush marshlands. Still basking in the glow of an $85 million re-imagination, the grounds offer accommodations ranging from 404 luxurious oceanfront resort rooms to private multi-room villas and the opportunity to enjoy 54 holes of championship golf, awardwinning tennis on 23 Har-Tru® clay courts, miles of secluded beaches, the largest pool deck in Northeast Florida and ten superb restaurants and lounges – creating the perfect oceanside oasis for a holistic getaway.

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is quickly becoming a guest favorite.

Aquaponic Greenhouse Far from typical, The Sprouting Project greenhouse features cutting edge aquaponic systems fed by two 500 gallon fish tanks filled with Brim, Sunfish and Bluegill, inspired by Daven’s childhood summers spent fishing with his dad in Michigan. The fish provide nutrients to a complex network of eatable elements including

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wall and reclaimed pallet board roof covered completely with earth to mimic the cooler temperatures of a basement. The structure houses 36 barrels, offering a variety of fermented hot sauces made with chili peppers from the project’s hot pepper patch, infused balsamic vinegars, honey Organic Garden from the onsite apiary and barrel Able to seat up to 150 guests, the aged cocktails for cocktail blending. organic garden is an intimate Eden To source the barrel aged cocktail with a practical purpose. Spotted program, the barrel room offers gin, with strawberry vines, blackberry rum, dandelion wine, bourbon and bushes and pineapple guava, the more. garden provides fresh produce to Guests are invited to experience the Omni Amelia Island Plantation’s ten growth of food with a soul at The super dining establishments. A nod Sprouting Project every Saturday to Daven’s grandmother, the air is during tours led by the property’s perfumed with sage and basil and passionate and skilled culinary team. handwritten garden markers adorn the Visitors are encouraged to enjoy a true herb beds. farm-to-table experience with intimate access to the “Chef’s Playground” Native Bees during monthly dinners at The A hand-built bridge, a true labor of Sprouting Project, each highlighting a love crafted by the resort’s culinary different seasonal ingredient. team, leads guests from the garden to an expansive field home to 27 beehives. The colonies are home to more than 2.5 million native bees, supplying honey as a natural sweetener incorporated by chefs into seasonal dishes such as plantation honey ice cream and honey vinaigrette. The bees are helping to sustain the area’s native population, which has struggled in recent years. herbs and multiple varieties of organic lettuce. In total, the greenhouse cultivates a plethora of produce including an average of $2,000 worth of lettuce a month, allowing the resort to completely offset the initial investment.

Barrel Room The latest addition to The Spouting Project is the Barrel Room. Inspired by the cool aired basements and root cellars from Daven’s Michigan upbringing, the above ground cellar includes a solid poured cinder block Visit ExperienceCDT.com to book your tennis travel and events.

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Destination: Tennis CDT Resort Previews


CopperWynd Resort & Spa Fountain Hills, AZ

Nick Heron Director of Tennis P: 480-333-1842 n.heron@cliffdrysdale.com

Perched on the edge of the Four Peaks Mountains lies the CopperWynd Resort & Spa. With unspoiled Sonoran Desert mountain views, this really is a quiet oasis. While it may be secluded, it’s near enough to Loop 101 so that Scottsdale and Phoenix are within easy reach. Featuring nine lighted and recently resurfaced hard courts, this is an ideal setting for your tennis getaway. Managed by Cliff Drysdale Tennis, the comprehensive tennis program includes a host of group clinics and

private instruction, as well as tennis camps, round robins and much more. The tennis staff caters to a full spectrum of players, from the novice to the competitive, and they can tailor programs for individuals, couples, families, teams and groups. At CopperWynd, tennis is the centerpiece, and it’s a year round sport. “Walk out on the court and you will feel like a champion. It’s that kind of place.”

Resort Features: • 9 Lighted, Championship Hard Courts • Intimate boutique resort; 32 fantastic rooms • Luxury Spa • Full service fitness center • A lively restaurant - Flourish - that specializes in new American cuisine. Visit ExperienceCDT.com to book your tennis travel.

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The Ritz Carlton

Key Biscayne, Miami, Florida

Max Mangones Director of Tennis P: 305.365.4300 m.mangones@cliffdrysdale.com

The island of Key Biscayne, just two bridges away from bright lights of Miami, is home to the worldrenowned Ritz-Carlton. The Tennis Garden is the largest facility of any Ritz-Carlton worldwide. The international team of pros is second to none, and it is truly a first class environment from start to finish. With numerous amenities at your fingertips, the only challenge will be finding time for everything.

Just a two minute drive away is our second facility, Crandon Park Tennis Center, Led by our Director of Tennis, Freddy Goncalves. The facility is home to the Prestigious “Miami Open” each year, featuring the top ATP and WTA players in the world. Crandon Park host’s our local academy and world famous summer camps each year. Escape to our island paradise and make our courts your home.

Resort Features: • 10 Har-Tru® courts • 1 Championship hard court • Two outdoor heated oceanfront swimming pools and whirlpool • Water recreation activities including windsurfing, sailing and kayaking • Private beachfront access •

20,000 square-foot mobil four-star luxury spa and salon

• Snorkeling, scuba and diving • 5 restaurants

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Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort Amelia Island, FL Sal Barbaro Director of Tennis P: 904.277.5151 E: s.barbaro@cliffdrysdale.com

The newly re-imagined Plantation maintains it’s old world character and charm amidst the luxurious renovations executed by the Omni Hotels & Resorts.

If tennis is any part of your reason to take a holiday, this is where you need to be. Our team of pros host a wide variety of clinics, camps, as well as group and private lessons.

There is world-class golf, miles of white sandy beaches, quaint villages and a nature-inspired spa. Ranked as the #1 tennis resort in the world by Tennis Resorts Online, the facility is set in a forest of majestic spanishoaks.

The secluded feel of Amelia Island combined with a fantastic team of professionals makes this location one of the best tennis experiences in the world.

Resort Features: • Ranked #1 tennis resort in the world by tennis resorts online • 23 Har-Tru® tennis courts • Nature-inspired signature spa • 3 Miles of wide, uncrowded beaches • 54 Holes of championship golf • All encompassing fitness center Visit ExperienceCDT.com to book your tennis travel.

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Hawk’s Cay Resort Duck Key, FL

Hannah Thompson Resort Tennis Professional P: 305.743.7000 ext 1571 E: h.thompson@cliffdrysdale.com

Duck Key is a pleasant sandy islet situated in the center of the Florida Keys. Hawks Cay Resort is ideal for a family or romantic getaway.

With four Har-tru clay courts and four championship hard courts, you can experience the sport’s great variety and balance all in a day’s worth of action.

The island paradise will trumpet its memories as you reminisce about Our team will cater to your game your time here. Our tennis facilities and build a package that will leave are perfect for all levels of players. you wanting to come back for more!

Resort Features: • 4 Har-Tru®courts and 4 championship hard courts • Full service fitness center & spa • Island lagoon beach area & 5 swimming pools • Guided fishing tours • Water sports including: para-sailing, kayaking, and jet skis tours • Snorkeling, scuba and diving • 5 restaurants

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Omni La Costa Resort & Spa Carlsbad, CA

Bryce Cunningham Director of Tennis P: 760.929.6387 E: b.cunningham@cliffdrysdale.com

A vacation at La Costa is a getaway with endless activity and plenty of options for the whole family throughout the year.

offers an exciting new package called “TennisFit”. Participants will enjoy a physical training and nutrition program with 10 hours of tennis instruction, working on all aspects of the game burning a ton of calories.

Southern California’s unique advantage of having beach and mountain access all within a couple La Costa is also the host of the 2016 of hours allows resort guests to World Team Tennis champions, the experience a variety of activities. San Diego Aviators! The La Costa tennis program in partnership with PFC Fitness also

Resort Features: • 17 hard and clay courts (7 lighted) • Luxuriously appointed rooms, suites and villas • 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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Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa Rancho Mirage, CA Albert Fernandez Director of Tennis P: 760.837.2342 E: a.fernandez@cliffdrysdale.com

Located in the palm desert of including our signature event, Tennis California, the Omni Rancho Las With The Stars. Our 25 courts are Palmas is never short on excitement. conveniently located in the middle of our 27-hole golf course. The resort neighbors the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, which hosts the With numerous USTA leagues and BNP Paribas Open in March, often tournaments year round, the setting considered the most prestigious is perfect for you to improve your game while enjoying the incredible non-grand slam tournament. comfort of Palm Springs! We offer exclusive VIP packages before and during the tournament,

Resort Features: • Ranked #1 tennis resort in the 25 championship hard courts • Lazy river, two waterslides and more water fun! • Four resort restaurants • 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

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Weston Tennis Center at Bonaventure Weston, Florida Steven Browne Director of Tennis P: 954-389-8666 s.browne@cliffdrysdale.com

The city of Weston Tennis Center has a bustling, extremely active membership base. With 16 courts, a great team of professionals and various events and tournaments, Weston is a one-stop shop for all your tennis needs. Just nextdoor, set on 23 tropically landscaped acres just 20 minutes from Fort Lauderdale, Bonaventure Resort & Spa is a premier full-service resort and conference center.

Thoughtfully designed to delight both business and leisure guests, this relaxing retreat is a sprawling, sunsplashed oasis dotted by palm trees, swimming pools and waterfalls. Rounding out the resort are four restaurants, a five-star spa and fitness center, along with a recently renovated 60,000 square feet of event space.

Resort Features: • 15 hyrdo-clay courts • 1 championship hard court • Five star spa and fitness center • 60,000 square feet of event and meeting space • 18 hole championship golf course • Four resort restaurants Visit ExperienceCDT.com to book your tennis travel.

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Stratton Mountain Resort Stratton Mountain, VT Robert Menzies Director of Tennis P: 802.297.4236 E: r.menzies@cliffdrysdale.com

All year round there is a family feel programs. Our friendly staff will to our New England resort. cater to all of your tennis needs! The mountain becomes a hub of activity during the summer as preparations for holiday celebrations such as 4th of July and the annual Wanderlust Yoga and Music festival loom.

As leaves change color and the temperature becomes colder, our winter program is vastly different, but with just as much activity!

Our indoor courts and world-class athletic center paired with the winter Our range of outdoor hard and clay playground outdoors create a unique courts are bustling in the summer tennis experience for all to enjoy! with camps, clinics and various other

Resort Features: • 7 hard courts, 8 red clay courts & 2 indoor courts • Big mountain skiing and snowboarding on 94 trails and top rated terrain parks • Hiking, biking, fly-fishing and many more activities! • Indoor and outdoor pools • 27 hole golf course

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EMBRACE THE TROPICAL SPLENDOR OF SOUTH FLORIDA

SHOP, PLAY AND STAY Set on 23 tropically landscaped acres just 20 minutes from Ft. Lauderdale, Bonaventure Resort & Spa is a premier full service resort and conference center. This relaxing retreat is a sprawling, sun-splashed oasis dotted by palm trees, swimming pools, waterfalls, and koi pond - even a graceful swan. Our guest rooms feature all the amenities of home and more, with every detail accounted for. Enjoy a new experience every day with our 4 restaurants, five star spa and fitness center, pool and more.

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Tyler Tennis & Swim Club Tyler, TX

Tyler Baranowski Director of Facility & Member Services P: 903-561-3014 tylerb@cliffdrysdale.com Jake Baranowski Director of Tennis P: 903-561-3014 j.baranowski@cliffdrysdale.com With a completion date set for early 2017, the newly constructed Tyler Tennis and Swim Club will be an allinclusive, premier lifestyle club.

The new club will feature a 14,000 square foot clubhouse, outdoor pool and recreation areas, as well as 12 lighted tennis courts.

Located along the fast growing Old Jacksonville corridor, Oak Creek continues the vision of the developers as a place where residents come to live, work, and play.

The amenity will be available to transitioned members of the current Tyler Tennis & Swim club located on Shiloh Rd, Oak Creek residents, as well as a limited number of single and family memberships for the public.

Property Features: • Acreage home sites and luxury custom model homes • 12 lighted championship hard courts • 14,000 square foot clubhouse • Outdoor poor and recreation area • Kids Club • State of the art fitness center • World class tennis instruction Visit ExperienceCDT.com to Live Where You Play.

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Red Ledges Club Heber Valley, UT Michael Topp Director of Tennis P: 847.997.8429 E: m.topp@cliffdrysdale.com

If you are wondering why your ground strokes are flying long or you’re serving more aces than usual, it’s because you are at high altitude in the mountains of Utah! Nestled in beautiful Heber Valley, with the majestic background of the Timpanogos Mountains, Red Ledges is private community that offers a truly 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 unrivaled winter experience of Park City only a 15 minute drive away. From scenic views of Northern Utah, world-famous skiing, awardwinning Jack Nicklaus golf course and Cliff Drysdale tennis school, Red Ledges truly provides worldclass living.

Property Features: • 1200 acreage home sites with dramatic sweeping views • Jack Nicklaus design golf course • World class tennis instruction • Equestrian program • Fly fishing, snow shoeing, snowmobiling • State of the art fitness facility • Gourmet dining Visit ExperienceCDT.com to Live Where You Play.

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John Newcombe Estate & Country Club new Braunfels, TX Jerome Millet Club Manager P: 830.625.2005 E: j.millet@newkscc.com

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 fitness center boasts a stateof-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

Our Club veranda overlooks our in the fitness industry. show courts and it is a perfect spot to have a glass of wine with friends and wind down. We are occasionally

Our team offers junior performance training, group fitness classes, which includes yoga, pilates and aerobics

honored with a visit from our to name a few. If your excuse to honorary members, the beautiful not workout is that you have small white tail deer.

children, well, then guess again!

Property Features: • Acreage home sites and luxury custom model homes • Parks and nature trails • World class tennis instruction and 13 lighted hard courts • Kids club • State of the art fitness center • Junior Olympic pool • Volleyball, beach tennis court & basketball court Visit ExperienceCDT.com to Live Where You Play.

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Join us for one of The Best Weeks in Tennis!

LADIES RETREATS AT LUXURIOUS FLORIDA & CALIFORNIA LOCATIONS Discover unmatched ladies getaways presented by Cliff Drysdale Tennis! Join our international team of tennis directors and their professional staff for the ultimate experience in tennis, dining and luxury.These 5 day, ladies-only tennis retreats offer exciting and educational drill and match play sessions combined with first-class accommodations and delightful dining.

OUR TENNIS RETREATS INCLUDE:

UPCOMING DATES & LOCATIONS:

Double Occupancy pricing starts at $1875*

• March 6-10, 2017: Rancho Mirage, CA

VIP Camp Experience at the BNP Paribas Open (CoEd) • April 26-30, 2017: Carlsbad, CA

at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa • May 3-7, 2017: Amelia Island, FL

at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort

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• Luxurious accommodations for 4 nights • Welcome reception and cocktail party • Daily breakfast buffet • 15 hours of tennis instruction, including drills, the world famous team competition, on-court match play and coaching • Costume Night - themes announced annually • Players Party, awards presentation & video show • Optional spa services • Airport shuttle by request ($60 round trip/person)

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REGISTER EARLY FOR $100 OFF! Retreat Alumni receive an additional $100 off.

Contact Sue Lopez for more information or to reserve your spot today. s.lopez@cliffdrysdale.com PH: 305-365-4297


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Cliff Drysdale Tennis Facility Directory Tennis Resorts

Trump National Doral 4400 NW 87th Ave Doral, FL 33178 PH: 305.639.6289

Arizona CopperWynd Resort & Club 13225 North Eagle Ridge Dr Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 PH: 480.333.1831

New Hampshire

California

Owlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nest Resort and Golf Club 40 Clubhouse Lane Thornton, New Hampshire 03285

Omni La Costa Resort & Spa 2100 Costa Del Mar Rd Carlsbad, CA 92009 PH: 760.929.6387

Vermont

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa 41000 Bob Hope Dr Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 PH: 760.837.2342

Florida

Stratton Mountain Resort 10 Arbor Rd. Stratton, VT 05155 PH: 802.297.4230

Luxury Tennis Communities

Texas

Hawks Cay Resort 6100 Hawks Cay Blvd. Duck Key, FL 33050 PH: 305.743.7000 ext 1571

John Newcombe Estate & Country Club 625 Mission Valley Rd New Braunfels, TX 78132 PH: 830.625.2005

Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort 3900 Beach Lagoon Amelia Island, FL 32034 PH: 904.277.5151

Utah

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami 415 Grand Bay Dr Key Biscayne, FL 33149 PH: 305.365.4300

Red Ledges 1851 E. Center St. Heber City, Utah 84032 PH: 435.657.4055

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Membership Clubs & Public Courts

California In-Shape Demaree 909 N. Demaree Visalia, CA 93291 PH: 559-622-0480 In-Shape El Dorado 4242 Sports Club Dr. Shingle Spring 530-672-1699s, CA 95682 PH: 530.672.1699

Colorado Arrowhead at Vail 1200 Arrowhead Dr Edwards, CO 81632 PH: 970.306.8022

Florida

In-Shape Fairfield Dover 3001 Dover Ave. Fairfield, CA 94533 PH: 707.425.1483

Bluewater Bay Tennis Center 777 Bay Dr. Niceville, FL 32578 PH: 850.897.8010

In-Shape Fairfield Rancho Solano 3250 Rancho Solano Pkwy Fairfield, CA 94534 PH: 707.208.1759

Coral Gables Country Club 997 N Greenway Dr, Miami, FL 33134 PH: 305.392.0819

In-Shape Laurel Glen 6901 Ming Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93309 PH: 661.833.3510

Crandon Park Tennis Center 7300 Crandon Blvd Key Biscayne, FL 33149 PH: 305.365.2300

In-Shape Stockton Marina 6545 Embarcadero Dr. Stockton, CA 95210 PH: 209.478.1922

Indian Creek Country Club 55 Indian Creek Island Road Indian Creek Village, FL 33154 PH: 305.866.5751

In-Shape Tracy Blvd 101 S. Tracy Blvd. Tracy, CA 95376 PH: 209.830.1344

The Tennis Center at Grove Isle 4 Grove Isle Dr. Miami, FL 33133 PH: 305.860.4360

In-Shape Vacaville Browns Valley 3446 Browns Valley Rd. Vacaville, CA 95688 PH: 707.449.6465

Weston Tennis Center 16451 Racquet Club Rd Weston, FL 33326 PH: 954.389.8666

New York Southampton Racquet Club 665 Majors Path Southampton, NY 11968 PH: 631.488.4791

Ohio Cincinnati Tennis Club 1880 Dexter Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45206 PH: 513.961.1880

Texas Tyler Tennis & Swim 320 Shiloh Rd. Tyler, TX 75703 PH: 903.561.3014

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Enjoy Florida’s sunshine longer when you book the Extra Sun, Extra Fun package and enjoy a resort credit up to $250 per stay. Experience award-winning tennis programs by Cliff Drysdale Tennis, paddleboarding, Segway™ tours, ten restaurants, world-class golf, a luxurious spa and more.

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