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Greg G 10-20-2012 06:40 PM

Orlando tennis events
 
Hi all,

Going on a rather unplanned trip to Orlando this week (Oct 25-Nov 4) with my wife and 9 year old boy. My wife has some business for a few days in Celebration. As you can imagine, I'll be up to my neck in theme park activities :-?

Anyway, on the off chance I can sneak in some tennis watching- are there any events going on during this time? I see ESPN wide world of sports nearby on Google maps..

I see there's a Nike outlet store nearby- any good?

Lastly (completely non tennis related)- what's the best transportation option to and from Legoland? :)

Thanks Guys!

mikeler 10-21-2012 04:19 AM

Celebration is a neat little area. Kind of looks like New England took over a small patch of Florida.

As for tennis watching, I think your best option is to watch a Power Player versus Bad_Call match. :) You may just want to see if there are any Open tournaments at that time because UCF is a long way from there.

The outlet stores in Orlando are pretty good. I don't use Nike stuff so I can't answer about that particular store.

As for transportation to Legoland, that is a pretty good haul from where you are staying. If you don't have a rental car, I'm guessing a cab is your only option but that will cost an arm and a a leg.

Chotobaka 10-21-2012 08:37 AM

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Originally Posted by Greg G (Post 6966434)
Hi all,

Going on a rather unplanned trip to Orlando this week (Oct 25-Nov 4) with my wife and 9 year old boy. My wife has some business for a few days in Celebration. As you can imagine, I'll be up to my neck in theme park activities :-?

Anyway, on the off chance I can sneak in some tennis watching- are there any events going on during this time? I see ESPN wide world of sports nearby on Google maps..

I see there's a Nike outlet store nearby- any good?

Lastly (completely non tennis related)- what's the best transportation option to and from Legoland? :)

Thanks Guys!

My wife visits Orlando annually for business and always comes back with good finds from both the Nike and Adidas outlets -- it appears this area has a better selection of tennis wear as she never comes back empty handed.

Power Player 10-21-2012 08:56 AM

Bad call and i have been selling out seats for our matches so make sure you arrive early. If not you can settle for watching ssgator versus mikeler, but they use rather cheap balls so the rallies are quick..lol.

mikeler 10-21-2012 12:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Power Player (Post 6967182)
Bad call and i have been selling out seats for our matches so make sure you arrive early. If not you can settle for watching ssgator versus mikeler, but they use rather cheap balls so the rallies are quick..lol.


Correction, ssgator uses cheap balls. I only buy premium grade balls.

Greg G 10-30-2012 07:56 PM

After surviving 4 straight days of theme parks, I finally escape to the Nike Outlet Store in Vineland, only to find slim pickins :(. No tennis shoes, and few choices in shorts/shirts....

Pretty chilly weather!

ssgator80 10-31-2012 02:25 AM

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Pretty chilly weather!
After a long hot summer, I would be surprised anyone here in Orlando was complaining. The Outlets are very hit or miss. Hope the family had fun at the Parks - and spent much money. LOL - keeps the economy going! Maybe next time you can get some hitting in

Greg G 10-31-2012 02:59 AM

Oh we definitely contributed to the economy, believe you me! Still have a couple of days of theme parking left (groan said the wallet). But to be honest we did have a blast! My next video will probably show me a few pounds heavier from all the food :/

Did get gouged by one taxi driver (gypsy?). That left a bad taste in the mouth.

No worries about the weather- I just wish I had packed more jackets in! Oh well more reason to shop ;). Should I even try the other Nike outlet on 192? Or do they usually have the same stuff?

mikeler 10-31-2012 04:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Greg G (Post 6985339)
Oh we definitely contributed to the economy, believe you me! Still have a couple of days of theme parking left (groan said the wallet). But to be honest we did have a blast! My next video will probably show me a few pounds heavier from all the food :/

Did get gouged by one taxi driver (gypsy?). That left a bad taste in the mouth.

No worries about the weather- I just wish I had packed more jackets in! Oh well more reason to shop ;). Should I even try the other Nike outlet on 192? Or do they usually have the same stuff?

As stated earlier, the outlets are hit or miss. I typically have to visit the New Balance Outlet several times before the shoes I use are available. The last 5 times they were out so I had to buy some shoes elsewhere.

This cool snap is below average for this time of year. A few years ago, I played a tournament the 3rd week of October and it was 93 degrees that weekend which is also well above normal. Just depends on the year.

ssgator80 10-31-2012 07:27 AM

If you want to shop tennis - go to Tennis Plaza on International Drive. You might see Mikeler buying the best balls on the planet - according to him.

bad_call 10-31-2012 07:57 AM

how did i miss this thread?

nice and cool this morning. got in a little hitting early. used the discarded balls at the court from mikeler and ssgators previous day's match. they look brand new. :)

mikeler 10-31-2012 09:09 AM

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Originally Posted by ssgator80 (Post 6985667)
If you want to shop tennis - go to Tennis Plaza on International Drive. You might see Mikeler buying the best balls on the planet - according to him.

They won't be Penn Championships, I can guarantee you that. Those balls are dead out of the can.

NMTennis 11-01-2012 05:51 PM

Hey Guys - Will be down at the Sheraton Vistana Resort in Mid November with the family for a week. Will spend most of the time with the kids at the parks, but hope to play a couple of times during the week. Anyone know the tennis scene there? Any good pros to hit with or clinics?

Thanks....

mikeler 11-02-2012 05:00 AM

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Originally Posted by NMTennis (Post 6989151)
Hey Guys - Will be down at the Sheraton Vistana Resort in Mid November with the family for a week. Will spend most of the time with the kids at the parks, but hope to play a couple of times during the week. Anyone know the tennis scene there? Any good pros to hit with or clinics?

Thanks....

ssgator80 has played down there. He can probably give you the best advice.

ssgator80 11-02-2012 06:56 AM

It has been a few years but they had 8+ clay courts. At the time they were adequately maintained - but not the best. Better than nothing.

mikeler 11-02-2012 09:09 AM

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Originally Posted by ssgator80 (Post 6989901)
It has been a few years but they had 8+ clay courts. At the time they were adequately maintained - but not the best. Better than nothing.

How is the wrist doing old man?

Greg G 11-03-2012 06:42 PM

Went back to the outlet store on Vineland, found a better selection now. Got a few shirts. Anyway we fly home tomorrow, after doing our duty to contribute to the local economy ;)

Great tennis weather here! I was itching to play the entire time.

ssgator80 11-05-2012 08:49 AM

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Anyway we fly home tomorrow, after doing our duty to contribute to the local economy
Thanks for the support - send some friends. LOL

mikeler 11-05-2012 11:10 AM

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Originally Posted by ssgator80 (Post 6996180)
Thanks for the support - send some friends. LOL

What he said. :)

Stokke 11-14-2012 12:45 PM

Hello,

We are going to spend some time in Orlando in december. Can you suggest some good, not to expensive, har-thru courts we can rent?

A place where it is possible to book in advance via the web would be perfect :)


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