Tennis Travel in a nutshell!?

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  1. Costagirl

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    Hello there Tennis enthusiasts...Question?

    When it comes to sealing the deal to your tennis travels what's your winning component. The tennis program offerings (intensity, friend or pro referral, brand name) or the destination itself?
     
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    Got to say, for me, the program offering. If i'm shelling out the dough, i want to be challenged and also have the first class amenities that go along with that ( massage, gym, video). I've said before here that i'm a big Saddlebrook fan. I trained with Hoppman in the early 80's and i love what they do. Also, i'm a Florida boy so i'm a bit of a homer. Heard good things about Sanchez- Cassel too, wouldn't mind checking them out.
     
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    Ok Hitman...I hear what your saying! A Florida homeboy...what level are you? I'm thinking your high level as you know the quality spots. Sanchez - Casal is a big marketing machine and I have to say - I was bummed about that. When your shelling out the bucks - you need to get that bang for your buck...so that the experience is well worth it. Do you travel with team / family?
     
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    And Mr. Hittman10 - thanks for your reply :)
     
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    Hmmmm really it depends on what the trip is for.......if I'm there for the Tennis workout then the destination not the big draw as I plan on being on the court as much as possible. Like Saddlebrook the Tennis great but the Wesley Chapel, Fl kinda dead - long drive to Tampa - same as Sanchez/Casal in Naples - outside some nice places to eat in town and maybe hitting Marco Island for the beach it's dull.

    When I travel to Llafranc, Las Palmas, Sp or southern France in the summer the tennis is secondary and all I want are great courts -
     
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    The destination or the program? Wouldn't that be something we all have our own priority about?
     
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    Smart Gavna...! Do tell me where you play in Las Palmas? Love it there...taught there for a second. But ok, so we seem to be of like mind and you are also clearly a high level. Question? when you go to SP or France - clearly the destination has to be paramount. How many hours do you typically do per day? Structured play or loose hitting with friends of like level?
    What was your experience like at Sanchez in Naples?
     
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    I have family that own property in Palma and we play at the Mallorca Tennis Club in town......have been members since the 70s. The last two years we spent a few weeks in Las Palmas and played at the Tennis Club de Gran Canaria - but my favorite club is the Llafranc Tennis Club about 1 1/2 hrs north of Barcelona - it's only about 40min south of where we stay in Cerbere, France in the summer and an amazing faculty with 20+ fantastic clay courts that were just redone last summer.

    I play ITF senior events so I tend to hit in drill sessions and with my kids who travel with us.......all 3 of my kids were / are ITF and FFT juniors so I get a soild workout.

    I try to play at least 3 to 4 hrs per day (usually in the a.m.) if we don't do the shopping, beach...etc we might hit in the evening for a quick doubles - husband/wife vs the kids or we mix and match.

    As for Sanchez we were there for our daughter as few yrs back......we bought a house in the subdivision and lived there full time as she was in the academy. Got almost got caught up in the huge mess with the club towards the end and lucky she went on to college and we sold the house just before the whole thing shut down. I know it's all been reopened now - the work she received was excellent and we also spent time in the faculty in Spain when we spent the summers playing ITF events in Europe.
     
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    same as every other thread on here. Your own assesment regarding the topic. So yes, care to actually respond? If not, not worries:-?
     
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    Thanks for the note Gavna :) It's good to be you!! You have a serious tennis life..and you certainly get the most out of it. ITF seniors..you may just be my hero. And 3 -4 hrs of tennis per day for a trips of that stature sounds about right. Lucky guy to have players of like level in the family. I'm thinking the club you play in Las Palmas is what I refer to as Club de Tenis...with the funky surface (grid style) courts. What do you think of Las Palmas as a destination? Toughest part about the north of the island is you really need to speak Spanish. And this is where the good tennis..the south end tourist part is ok but not the best tennis. It's tricky to find the best of both worlds traveling for instruction & destination.

    Would love to check out ( thanks for teaching me about) Llafranc...this is a new one for me.


    Thanks for sharing regarding Sanchez - Naples. I knew it broke down but had no idea why and then recently resumed it's position. I think it will have a good shot in Florida...great for juniors at least.

    Appreciate your insight. Enjoy your weekend :)
     
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    Great stuff about SC in Spain! I used to be high level Costagirl but not so much anymore, but pretty decent. Just love to play and i love the tough drill work at a high level training facility. Btw, you always put up the most interesting comments, keep it up!
     
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    Oh, and, how do you get started in ITF Senoirs?
     
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    Costa Girl..........here is the link to the Tenis club - they have held some Fed Cup and WTA events there in the past.

    http://www.tenisllafranc.cat/
     
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    Why thank you Mr. Hittman...sorry it's taken me so long to see this comment.

    I respect what you say about SC Spain!
     
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    This one is for the Gavna man himself!
     
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    Excellent!

    What do you know or your thoughts on Pro AB in Barcelona?
     
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