Saddlebrook, Newks, or Bollettieri

Discussion in 'Tennis Travel' started by D Wilson, Aug 17, 2007.

  1. D Wilson

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    I have read all the threads about the camps, however I need more input.

    I'm planning on taking a trip for 1-3 weeks (not sure)

    I have visited all the websites.

    My opinion so far:

    Saddlebrook- AWESOME..... Has all the surfaces and has great amenities/activities.

    Newks- The location is ALOT closer (I live in Washington State), however they only have 4 clay courts.

    Bollettieri- Pretty cool.... I don't know if you are able to play on the red clay court after the camp....??

    I'm looking for the camp that would improve me the most; regardless of location and court surfaces.

    I'm 15 years of age, A solid 4.5 NTRP player, and play lots of tournaments. My physical toughness and endurance is pretty darn good. So I'm not looking for a camp that's just going to run me to death (I don't mind AT ALL THOUGH). I'm just looking for THE BEST IMPROVEMENT CAMP.

    Thank you
     
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  2. Hewitt Aussie

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    Have been to newks and i like it a lot. It is fun also. You play about 5 hours of tennis a day. I have not been to Saddlebrook or Bolletierri, but i suspect Bolletierri will improve you a lot.
     
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  3. Forehand Forever

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    I went to Bollettieri for a week in February this year and I'm also 15. The chances of you hitting on the red clay is as slim as Roddick beating Federer. It's basically Nick's court to use for lessons and not a lot of people get to play on them. Lessons with him are like $3000 or something I heard.

    It's a lot of fun down there if you're with your friends or something. I think that if I didn't go with friends it wouldn't of been as fun because we had some sick times down there. I don't know anything about the other academies but Bollettieri is good. They do like an hour of conditioning and stuff from 9-10 in the morning then you hit from 10-12 get couple hours off then you have mental conditioning for an hour and do matchplay from 4 till whenever you're finished with your match.
     
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  4. iplaybetter

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    saddlebrook is insane
     
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  5. Geezer Guy

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    I've been to Newk's several times for week-long adult camps. I've seen the kids, and they're great. They spend almost all their time on the hardcourts though. They may have occasionally played on the clay courts, but I don't remember it.

    I've only spent two half-days at Bollettieri's. The kids there were great also, and they too were always on the hardcourts (from what I remember).

    I have not been to Saddlebrooke.

    If money is an issue, I'm sure Newk's is the best value for your dollar (or your parents dollar). I think you'll get very good instruction at any of the three places. I imagine you'll get more individual instruction at Newk's because it's a bit smaller.

    Good luck.
     
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  6. D Wilson

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    Any more advice.


    Thanks
     
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  7. SoBad

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    Do you mean that in a good way?
     
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  8. LanEvo

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    where are all these tennis camps located at? because i am interested in joining one also are they really that expensive and is it worth the money?
     
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  9. D Wilson

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    Anyone know if you can play on the red clay and grass courts in Saddlebrook?
     
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  10. uni

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    Saddlebrook is def the best, it has the nicest rooms, and yes you can play on the red clay and grass. I'm 16, and i went for a week in feburary and I got alot better. Plus, there is a pool, a jacuzzi and alot of other stuff to do while you arent on the courts
     
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  11. Geezer Guy

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    Saddlebrook & Bollettieri are near Tampa, Florida.
    Newcombe's is between San Antonio and Austin, Texas.

    Yes, they're expensive. Is it worth the money? That's a pretty subjective question that depends on a LOT of factors. Are you a serious player? Do you have a chance of going pro, or at least getting a college scholorship? Do you have expendable income that's not needed for food and shelter? etc...
     
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