Tennis Camps, from Nick Bollettieri's to Harry Hopman's, Turn Games Inside Out in a Couple of Long, Hard Days
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"I want to give people a simple base, then let them develop their own style," says Van der Meer, a coach for 30 years, who also supervises a program at Marriott's Grande Ocean Resort on Hilton Head Island. "We go into the core elements of each stroke and teach them in small progressions. We can teach people to really serve--not just push the ball into play--in a weekend."
That philosophy is the perfect complement to a tennis vacation. No muscle aches. No do-or-die drillmasters. Just be aware that the island is famous for outlet shopping malls, where overeager family members may be tempted to splurge.
Van der Meer conducts programs at select U.S. locations, and worldwide, from the Gray Rocks Inn in St. Jovite, Quebec, to Hachioji City, Japan.
At Hilton Head, five-day clinics--24 total hours of instruction--without lodging, Monday to Friday, March to November, are $315.
Accommodation packages vary from $60 to $200 per night. Three-day sessions are $195 to $250.
Harry Hopman Tennis Academy
Seafood buffets. Candlelit restaurants. Get-away-from-it-all saunas and swimming pools. Maybe even a cigar and a relaxing round of golf.
Life is sweet at Harry Hopman's camp in Wesley Chapel, Florida, at the luxurious Saddlebrook resort near Tampa. As academy director Howard Moore says, "Here you can leave the sweat and grit on the court, and totally pamper yourself." That sounds terrific; a hedonistic approach to mastering tennis. But before any camper takes out his golf clubs, or enjoys nearby Busch Gardens, he'll need a masseuse. Hopman's is another drill-crazed proving ground dedicated to racing and reaching.
"In our small groups, we challenge players, try to get them to move a little faster," says Moore, echoing the principles of the late Harry Hopman, who taught such immortals as Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall and John Newcombe. "We want our students to be stretched, to get to balls they never reached before."
So, in the merciless Florida sun, intermediate to advanced players should be prepared for tennis' version of the Paris to Dakar rally: nonstop racing to improve court coverage and endurance. Bring the bottled water. It'll be part of yoursurvival kit.
A year-round program, the five-day clinic (25 hours of instruction) costs from $864 (May to September) to $1,122 (December to April), including accommodations.
The daily rate (for five hours) at any time of the year is $100, which doesn't include lodging.
Call 800/729-8383 for further information.
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