Saddlebrook

Discussion in 'Tennis Travel' started by dempsey, Aug 30, 2006.

  1. dempsey

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    For those who have gone to Saddlebrook, are there any pros you reccomend or don't reccomend on their roster? below is a list. This will help me decide the best days of the week to attend. Thanks in advance.

    Pascal Collard
    Lance Bornmann
    Randy Brooke
    Lee Cowan
    Rick Crockett
    Derek Damico
    Ali Farook
    Marq Foster
    John Fritts
    Matt Holsopple
    Curtis Ingram
    Donny Jurak
    Tai Lam
    Joe Lang
    Fabio Lyra
    Mark Magone
    Juan Carlos Maple
    Carl McCafferty
    Rene Moller
    Gurav Mulhotra
    Stephen Poulos
    Sasha Rosten
    Hayato Sakurai
    Tony Shibusawa
    Alex Shubianok
    Julian Tejada
    Sergio Tejada
    Nona Wagh
     
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  2. TrueAce

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    Tai Lamb......awesome
     
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  3. dempsey

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    Thanks. How did he help you?
     
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  4. dempsey

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    Thanks! great help.
     
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  5. GRANITECHIEF

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    I would highly recommend Randy Brooke. He was awesome, could feed any type of ball, very informative on technique optimization. He used to be a helicopter pilot in Nam and actually got shot down behind enemy lines. Great stories, nice guy, good coach.
     
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  6. 10S_Playr

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    I'd also recommend Randy - I had a good workout with him last year. When I was back this year I worked with Pete Stecher (not on your list, I think he works there part time) - ran me hard and really makes you think about what you should be doing and why.
     
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  7. derinho

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    derek

    what about Derek? I heard he was the most passionate coach out there?
     
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  8. Rafa's best friend

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    Which Woman Pro is the HOttest of the hotties???
     
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  9. derinho

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    nona

    nona is so @#$%$& hot!!!!
     
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  10. tennis-skater

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    right now its beautiful in tampa(i live there) its about 75 no wind and no humidity we dont have anymore humidity for a few months
     
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  11. Rafa's best friend

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    Nona Wahg, what kind of name is that ?? Is she white or Hawaiann?? And did she play tour tennis ?? and what does she look like ???:p
     
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  12. SoBad

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    That's probably a misspelling - they are probably talking about Nina Wang. There have been rumours that after the Chinachem case was settled, she pocketed a nice sum and retired in Florida, teaching some tennis on the side:


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  13. Rafa's best friend

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    This is not her pic first of all and Nina wang is NOT a tennis pro and Saddlebrook would never tarnish their rep by hiring her..........:p
     
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  14. SoBad

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    Your comments only show your poor knowledge of the pro tour and tennis academies. Have a better look, she has less make-up here:

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  15. derinho

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    dudes! a bit o respek. she's indian. nona, that is.
     
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  16. derinho

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    tennis coach

    anyone who would like a better tennis coach than anyone at saddlebrook in the tampa area. reply bck
     
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  17. Dunlopkid

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    Wow, Saddlebrook has a bunch of pros.
     
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  18. Joe Average

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    Do these pros work with both juniors and adults?
     
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  19. Rafa's best friend

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    She is Mongolian, she is the long lost sister of Gingis Khan.............;)
     
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  20. goober

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    Are there enough things to do at Saddlebrook for nontennis spouse and kids?
     
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  21. GRANITECHIEF

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    Golf if huge at Saddlebrook. Also, they have the super pool (which is super), workout facilities, fabulous dining, a cool bar/restaurant and i even heard you can learn aligator wrestling, which can come in handy when you hit a ball over the fence and it lands near one of the many water bodies on the golf course.
     
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  22. Kid Carlos

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    Im planing on going next Friday, for 5-6 to train, do the adult clinic usually have good players, Im a 5.5 player, so I hope thier are some good juniors to hit with.
     
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  23. topspinmonkey5

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    I am going in a few weeks and am a 4.5. Can anyone recommend a coach? A lot of those names are not on the website.

    Does alvaro work with adults, or only kids?
     
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  24. Racquet Man

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    Nona is wonderful. She administers the adult program. She's a sweety. She was a very good junior player. She'll go the extra mile to make sure your tennis needs are taken care of.

    All the pros are great-the full time and part time. Besides the instructors they also have roving hitting partners that will grab you for an hour and kick your butt-shout out to Oscar if your reading thses posts-great guy.

    As well, the director, Howard Moore hits with many of the participants. I assure you-whether you are a 2.0 or a 5.5, you'll be matched up with someone who will run you, hit you; smash you into submission 5 hours a day. It was the best 4 days I have spent on the tennis courts.

    For the person inquiring whether there was anything to do for non tennis playing spouses: The answer is Yes. There is a beautiful pool, great spas, great gym (too bad Pat Echeberry is leaving for Henin’s 6th Sense Tennis Academy however), and close to Tampa for all your shopping needs.

    Another benefit is you have a great chance to end up hitting next to James Blake, Mardy Fish, Jennifer Capriatti, Martina Hingis and any number of other current or former pros training out of there. Enjoy yourself! I can't wait to go back

    (and this is a paid commercial........nah, I'm just kidding:)
     
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  25. Kick_It

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    I've gone 2 out of the last 3 years for at least 3 days / stay. A couple recommendations:

    1) I got alot out of working with Carl (in 06) and Andre (in 07) and recommend both though didn't get either of their last names. The staff is fantastic. They get lots of college or former college players to train/coach there. Howard is an outstanding guy.

    2) Make sure you hydrate yourself before you get there, or day 1 "aka Break-in day" can be painful. Fitness makes a huge difference too. Once you get there - they'll go over how to properly hydrate for conditions if that is new to you.

    3) It is convenient to have a rental car to go to the local grocery store (?Publix) less than 5 minutes away. I enjoyed the Italian restaurant in the same strip-mall more than the on-site food options - for variety and price.

    4) It is a decent place for others - especially those who like Golf or would enjoy a pool. However the condo/resort facilities strike me as 1970s era instead of anything modern.

    Have Fun! K_I
     
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  26. starsin47

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    Saddlebrook My Two Cents

    I have been to SB 2X and will go again. I like it in summer when you really have to push yourself through the heat/humidity.

    My suggestions are :
    Beau Jones: She kept me on the court even after the lesson/clinics were over as she said "until you get it right, we are staying here"!

    Ed Danzek: Tough. pushes you hard, and really puts emphasis on being positive, does not let you get by with any negative words, etc.

    John Fritts: Very good on fundamentals, made small changes in my serve that made a big difference.

    Martin Parkes: Maybe better suited for Jrs., but works on the mental side and can really analyze your game giving you feedback on what you need to focus on to improve. Very straightforward and honest assessment of your game.
     
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  27. saqdeez

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    I read somewhere that better coaches are there on weekends vs weekdays, any truth to that?
     
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  28. saqdeez

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    also how often does it rain in spring/summer
     
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