Corpus Christi vs. Charleston

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  1. tkoziol

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    I am a tennis instructor from Omaha, NE and I am thinking of relocating my family to Charleston or Corpus Christi. I'm looking to find somewhere to teach year-round. I run a very successful small business as an instructor and pro shop owner, however success is directly related to the weather. Charleston and Corpus weather looks great, and its tennis popularity is through the roof! Google Trends.

    Unfortunately, its a stalemate between these two cities. Corpus has better interest than Omaha (but less than Charleston) and not a ton of tennis facilities (private or public). It seems there is a need for instructors there. However, the problem is that the disposable income seems much lower in Corpus.

    Charleston seems to have plenty of disposable income. And things like this are promising: groupon. However, Charleston seems to have TONS of facilities and options for lessons. I didn't find much competition for private instructors like myself (looked for ads on craigslist, tennislessons.com, and google searches). I'm worried that private instructors simply can't develop a client base due to so many facilities to compete with. Or possibly so many experienced players that lessons are simply not sought after.

    I'm curious if there is a need for instructors in Charleston or not. When I did a search of other "tennis towns" it was very obvious. Atlanta, Phoenix, Tampa, Richmond, etc...all yielded insane results. Were talking about 200-400 instructors! Not to mention lots of tennis centers and private clubs. I'm thinking those towns are pretty saturated at this point. Unless I'm mistaken neither Corpus nor Charleston seemed to have those numbers. Both seemed somewhat comparable to where I am now except being much warmer and interested in tennis.

    Perhaps there are other factors then just tennis I should consider..... Things such as crime, climate, and schools only seemed slightly different. Any one have any advice? Thanks!
     
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  2. atatu

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    Do you like wind ? If not, then you might want to stay away from Corpus, I've never been there when it wasn't windy....Honestly, it's not my favorite city, the beach isn't much to speak of and the tennis facilities are limited. The best thing about it Corpus is that it's close to Port Aransas. Just my opinion. I haven't been to Charleston, but it's got to be better.
     
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  3. tkoziol

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    The wind is actually about 3-5 mph faster in Corpus. Omaha can be very windy! I also noticed the extreme heat which we get here in Omaha as well. There did seem to be a lack of public courts aside from HEB center and Al Kruse.
     
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  4. caugas

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    There's alot of good tennis in SC on the coast, lots of clubs
     
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  5. RUC

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    C'mon it's not that bad! Yes in the spring and fall it's a bit windy sometimes. Played lots of tourneys in Corpus and it's a good tennis town. North Padre not as awesome as the south but the beaches are nice. No it's not Florida but it's better than the beaches in S.C.

    Plus the women are TONNES hotter in Texas!!!!
     
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  6. anhuynh16

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    As a houstonian who travels to corpus 2-3 times a year for tournaments,corpus is the worst place to go. It's definitely a very very old town. I've been to charleston for vacation,and it is much better than corpus.
     
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    I've never been to Corpus but have visited Charleston many times since I have family there. It is a nice southern city but I don't know anything about the tennis scene there.
     
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    That's funny.........when I want to find hotties I for sure check out travel and leisure magazine!!!!
    I'm in Charleston about 10x per year and love the Family Circle event and the facility.......BUT the place is FULL of silver haired tourists! It's a huge draw for retired military who visit the place. And oh yea the main school is The Citadel (I think it's has like 15(?) female cadets - woof woof)

    ***Charleston is a cool place - and if you have to move there you will find a solid tennis community. GOLF 10x bigger - LOTS and LOTS of worse places to live.
     
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  10. RUC

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    The HEB tennis center is in an older part of the city......the downtown has had new construction and is one of the faster growing areas in the state.
    As a grown up who travels there for work on a regular basis it's no where near as bad as you think......folks who live there like it. You are also just a few miles down from San Antonio.
     
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  11. RUC

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    Check out each cities web site, you will find all the metrics on crime, cost of living, avg age.....etc. Realty sites are good as well.

    As for Tennis jobs make a call to the HEB tennis ctr in Corpus (in Texas no one calls it Corpus Christi:).)
    For Charleston call the Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island or the Charleston Tennis Center and ask - bet you will get lots of good info.
     
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    "Corpus Christi is the windiest place I ever played tennis"

    ....quote from anyone who ever played there...from grassroots, college players to pros.

    Also going for a business that is dependent on local interest in the sport...good luck. In Texas, Dallas and Houston are the centers for tennis, with Austin a few steps behind...and San Antonio firmly in a distant forth....speaking of junior tennis here....south of here, sporadic.


    Those are the Cons,

    The Pros....much cheaper cost of living, great waterfront living.
     
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  13. LeeD

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    Charleston has much less wind, if you block out hurricanes.
    Corpus has at least a 8 mph higher average wind, not including Charlston's hurricanes and tropical depressions.
    Corpus is a windsurfing destination resort town.
    Charleston is known for light calm breezes, nice shopping, E coast style homes, and lots of places to stroll and shop.
    More money in Charleston.
    The only girl that matters is one who's interested in you.
     
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    Very strong recreational tennis scene in and around Chaz. All up the coast really. Expensive cost of living (compared to other SC cities) but lots of options for housing, jobs, and recreation. A really nice small 'city'.
     
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    Update: I took a job as a head tennis pro at a facility in Charleston. I visited both Charleston and Corpus and I was more impressed with Charleston in virtually every category except the cost of living.
     
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  16. mikeler

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    Congrats. I think you'll love it there.
     
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  17. TroutSc

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    Awesome. Send me a pm/email. I'd love come do some clinics/drills. Great part of the country, I've been here ~14 yrs now from dfw/tx.

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    Charleston, voted most polite city in the U.S. several times in a row, was bestowed a new award this week: #1 Tennis Town in America. Celebrating those who serve balls as opposed to those who serve food, the city defeated Richmond, Va. and Atlanta, Ga. to claim the top spot in the U.S. Tennis Association-sponsored competition.
    Charleston was awarded a $100,000 award that will go towards junior tennis programming and facility enhancements, though no concrete plans for the money have been made yet. The city’s win was an upset, given the fact that Atlanta has more than 10 times as many players as Charleston. So how did Charleston pull it off?

    “We had a lot of community players,” Michael Saia, communications manager of the Family Circle cup said. “From local players to the Women’s Tennis Association, everyone helped.”

    The Women’s Tennis Association surely helped a great deal, as Charleston was the only top-10 city to have a professional women’s tennis event, the WTA-sponsored Family Circle Cup.

    Now that Charleston is the #1 Tennis Town in America, the community plans to keep up the work. “Over the past, 10 years the Family Circle Cup has grown exponentially,” says Saia. “We’re just going to continue to improve, there’s no need to slow down now.”
     
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    congrats! hope you love it!
     
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    Will do! The facility that I'll be at is in the newer part of West Ashley. Close to Carolina Bay and Grand Oaks. Its a very beautiful facility. Courts in a nice wooded area, I'm gonna love the wind block! Shoot me an email: kozioltennis@gmail.com
     
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