Tell Me Where to Move for Best Tennis

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  1. USS Tang

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    I am (hypothetically) wealthy beyond all belief; I am a retired white male, in good health, and in my mid-60s; I am also a 4.5 NTRP who plays in sanctioned USTA tournaments. I want to get a lot better by playing more tennis and in more age-bracket tournaments.
    Right now, I live in the Middle Atlantic region of the U.S. What part of the country should I move to?
     
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  2. r2473

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  3. USS Tang

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    Is that where the Fountain of Youth is?
     
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  4. LeeD

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    SanFrancisco.
    You have money.
    There is the CalClub, GoldenGateway, and SanFranciscoTennisClub all within 4 miles of each other, and 152 public tennis courts not including the 18 inside the Presidio, all public.
    Within 30 miles driving distances, you have at least 15 other private indoor tennis clubs, and over 500 public tennis courts.
    There are courts where you can see the GoldenGateBridge while playing, one inside the middle of Chinatown, and plenty with no view whatsoever.
    HarborPoint in Belvedere is less than 10 miles away, MtTam racket club maybe 14 mile drive.
    Year round tournaments, plenty of players.
     
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  5. El Diablo

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    People in their mid 60s don't "get a lot better by playing more tennis." They either get worse as they age or they "get a lot injured" by playing more tennis. Step one: accept reality. You're not 30. Age happens.
     
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  6. mikeler

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    Florida has a lot of Har Tru courts, good for old legs.
     
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  7. sureshs

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    Go to a tennis place with no hurricanes or earthquakes. It is called Nevada.
     
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  8. atatu

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    Longboat Key, Florida. Although if you are a true 4.5 you'll be better than most of the residents there, but since you're wealthy you can pay the pros in the area to hit with you.
     
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  9. Angle Queen

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    You're in Mid-Atlantic. Must be north of here.

    I'll put in a good word for the Richmond metro area. 2-hours from DC, mountains, beaches. Vibrant tennis community including over 200 4.5 Men with an 11-team 4.5 Adult flight and a 6-team 4.5 Seniors Flight (which will prob increase with the new 40+, 55+ categories). I can hook you up...whether you're interested in a club or playing as an independent. There's even been a book written about our town's tennis.

    Seriously, we have a relatively low cost of living...yet the amenities can be large.

    Why are you looking to leave where you are?

    EDIT to add: after noticing your UserID...I'm also highly involved with our local American Legion Post. Lot of vets around here. Your kind, sir, are welcome.
     
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  10. Coach Chad

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    Central Florida...Great tennis here in Orlando!
     
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    I would just drive around Pennsylvania and then post about it.

    No, you're thinking about pomegranate vodka rocks.
     
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  12. UCSF2012

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    If you're in your mid 60's, your best place is in front of the TV, watching tennis.
     
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  13. USS Tang

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    Angle Queen, speaking of Richmond (and excuse me for playing the "name game"), at a clay court tournament last September I ran into a teaching pro formerly from Richmond.
     
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  14. Angle Queen

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    That name is not familiar. A quick 'net check had him here in Richmond back in the 80s...and at a Club...I could never afford. I'm old (I suppose) but that was a bit before my time and certainly outa-my-league, literally.

    His USTA record is amusing. Sure enough he's got a Richmond tag, but has played off-and-on for the past decade...in East Central...Ohio (where he seems to be a teaching pro at a posh CC). Maybe a mid-west snowbird? Or a recent retiree?
     
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  16. Mike Bulgakov

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    San Diego is my favourite area in the U.S. for tennis. It has great weather and many quality free courts. La Costa, a great place for tennis, use to have a WTA tournament; unfortunately, now it is more recognized for being near a tourist destination made of legos.
     
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  17. sureshs

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    It still has.

    http://www.mercuryinsuranceopen.com/
     
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  18. sureshs

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    Life begins at 60 these days.
     
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    I'm a 4.5 and almost 60, so I've been looking around for a great location, too. I'm convinced it's Hilton Head, S.C. Tons of claycourts, and lots of inter-club tournaments. The weather is alittle more moderate than Florida in the summer, and it's only been hit by a hurricane once in the past 100 years.
     
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  20. Angle Queen

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    HH is a nice spot, indeed. Plenty of amenities and appropriate COL.

    But be forewarned, the summers are hot. And humid. SW heat does not translate into what we experience here in the SE. It's a different animal entirely. You do get used to it (I think, I'm a been-here) but it will, literally, take your breath away at times. Good luck with your adventure. We should all be so lucky (and skilled) to have the ability to choose a good retirement time and spot.
     
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  21. sureshs

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    Money will do it.

    And we should have homes in multiple retirement places as no place is perfect.

    Reminds me to check on my villa in Monte Carlo and the apartment in the Burj Hotel, Dubai. I might also give in and buy one of those private islands for sale in the Caribbean.
     
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  22. acura9927

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    Northern New Mexico.
    Its the best combination of home prices, space, weather and scenery.
     
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  23. LeeD

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    He was fat and out of shape 30 years ago.
     
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  24. sureshs

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    I think he meant resist or reverse.
     
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    ^^^LOL at all three journo-style context-twisters! I'm now the same weight I was at 30, but the head-fat % has been reduced drastically! Now if I could just remember where I put my carkeys...
     
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    NOT Ireland!
     
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  27. LeeD

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    Pac Lefty, you're back!
    Cool.
     
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  30. LeeD

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    Tighten trucks, end of problems, add 20 mph more speed, total control.
     
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    I know a few guys in their mid 60s that are incredible players, so I have to disagree with such a harsh statement.
     
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  32. atatu

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    I keep hearing that Atlanta is a good place to retire, can anyone confirm. I know they have great leagues (ALTA) but how about clay courts ?
     
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  33. Thepowerofchoice

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    I'm considering Bradenton/Sarasota, Florida. How's tennis life down there? :)
     
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  34. stringertom

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    You can't go wrong anywhere on the Gulf Coast from Clearwater to Naples. The summer is sticky in comparison to the Atlantic side I described (Vero to Jupiter).
     
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  35. Thepowerofchoice

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    Cool...I'm heading down there in couple of weeks for a quick visit. Definitely bringing my racquet.
     
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    Bring your racket....I maybe in town visiting my sister...would love to play you.
     
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