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Raquet University

Tennis Camps, from Nick Bollettieri's to Harry Hopman's, Turn Games Inside Out in a Couple of Long, Hard Days
Edward Kiersh
From the Print Edition:
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Summer 96

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I undoubtedly would. Bollettieri's academy is top-flight. But having survived this three-day odyssey into Advil Land, I was already primed to take on the world. Besides, winning my share of points against Muzquiz was enough of a thrill. I'd spare him any further embarrassment.

Edward Kiersh is a Florida-based freelance writer.
Top Tennis Camps

Nick Bollettieri's
Tennis and Sports Academy

The typical visit for adults is three days; instruction with room and board costs $660 from November through April, or $450 without accommodations. Five and a half days of instruction is $1,095, or $795 without lodging. If you can tolerate the heat, it's best to come during the off-season. There are fewer students, assuring lots of personal attention.

Off-season rates are $895, or $636 without accommodations, for the longer session, and $520, or $360 without lodging, for the three-day visit.
Call 800/USA-NICK or 941/755-1000.

As for those planned luxury villas, until the complex is fully built--or for just an ideal getaway from windshield wiper drills--stay at The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort on Longboat Key (800/4-Colony), a 20-minute drive from Bollettieri's. Along with fine restaurants offering a wine list praised by Wine Spectator, this cigar friendly hotel (see Cigar Aficionado, Spring 1996) sits on a tranquil white beach, just a few miles from the well-stocked humidors of Bennington's Tobacconist in Sarasota.

Van der Meer Tennis Center

On Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, golf is a religion. There are Big Bertha Burgers and 24-hour miniature golf courses. This is the only place in the country where Ping outlet shops outnumber the combined total of McDonald's, Wendy's and Waffle Houses.

Tennis might seem to be an afterthought, yet the Van der Meer Tennis Center is an appealing destination for beginning and intermediate players. Unlike Bollettieri's academy, which focuses on killer, rip-the-ball ground strokes, Van der Meer stresses fundamentals. Here, students (usually five per teacher) are taught the ABCs of hand coordination, proper footwork, body position and ball placement.

There are special clinics for more advanced players, usually supervised by the folksy, joke-cracking Dennis Van der Meer. Yet this modestly priced camp, which plays down the gospel of low instructor-to-student ratios, is an excellent choice for novice players.

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