Best place to retire for a tennis player ?

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  1. Ronaldo

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    Saw a tennis club in downtown Tampa with clay courts. Anyone familiar with the club and how is the tennis scene?
     
  2. Chotobaka

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    Great titty bars, Charlie's Steak House and clay courts? Where do I sign up for a week or two of hillbilly heaven?
     
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  3. Hydrocella

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    Unless you're super talented and see an uber-competive 4.5+ retirement lifestyle I recommend checking out:
    Chiang Mai - Thailand
    Pattaya - Thailand

    It doesn't get much better than Chiang Mai for retirement, and yeah there's quite a bit of tennising to be found locally. Not as organized as the communities out in the West but by this point, after years in Asia, I need the support structure around me and only want to focus on my enjoyment. Not that I'm retired, just turned 41 recently, but I've put in about 3 years looking for the right place. Slovenia, Taiwan, China, Thailand, Canada [home], Philippines. Thailand comes closest, Chiang Mai the most appealing of all spots as weather isn't hellish in the summers. Even perfect oceans and beaches can get tiresome after a while.

    Places left to check out:
    Hilton Head
    Panama
    Peru/Chile
     
  4. atatu

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    Thanks ! Good info. Is Pattaya a tourist hell hole now ? Did you look at Bali at all ?
     
  5. Hydrocella

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    To be absolutely honest I think Thailand is a bit overrated. It's just the most convenient option here in Asia for Westerners because it was the first spot to really open up for retirees. I recommended the above keeping in mind people that perhaps are not familiar with Asia and may not want to put in the legwork needed to get the best from it. For a first time mover to Asia, or someone that has only been here a couple of years or holidays, Thailand is an easy spot to jump into. From this perspective, Chiang Mai/Pattaya, are relatively low-cost/risk adventures.

    For me personally, as I've lived/worked in Asia for the better part of a decade, I prefer Philippines, and yes Bali. Both however require a certain investment into relationships/legal understanding and figuring out what bits are right for you. Undoubtedly, even for me, there are times when one wants the conveniences that are available in Thailand without the struggle.

    I suppose much depends on how crystallized you are in how you imagine retirement: Medical assistance nearby? Good spot to meet fellow retirees? Easy to pop into and out of? Good internet? Progressive banking? Good value for money?

    Funny you mention Bali, as it happens I've got a Bed and Breakfast coming up on the Eastern side of the island [Seraya] as a type of semi-retirement plan. Yes, there's a tennis court:

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    *I've also got a small place in Phuket though. There are sometimes when I crave for the conveniences after years of living in bigger cities.
     
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    Wow that's fantastic ! Please keep us updated on your Bali venture, I finished up high school in Jakarta in the early 1980's and I have a soft spot for Indonesia in general but Bali in particular, I really want to go back for a visit and assess the possibility of retiring there in the future. atatu2014@gmail.com
     
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    Oh, actually the idea is a bed and breakfast with an emphasis on tennis holidays for the serious adult learners. Over the years I've come to know a network of very good coaches in the region. Having taken a few of the tennis holidays in Europe/US I honestly don't think they offer good value for money. Personalized coaching with good video analysis for a fair price, and accommodation - that's the semi-retirement vision I can put my time/effort into.

    I too have sort of a soft spot for Bali, the tourist areas Seminyak and Kuta can be a bit yucky - you probably wouldn't like them. But it's a big island. Much of it is quiet and serene. Seraya, where the upcoming property is, is on the North-East side, about 2 hours drive from the city centre.

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    You should definitely visit, Asia has probably come a long way from how you remember it. When I was growing up the convenience and infrastructure difference between the East and West made it a bit difficult to imagine living on this side. But nowadays, whenever I travel to the West, I'm often missing Asia. Between Taiwan/Hong Kong/Bali/Philippines/Phuket I think I've got the sort of convenience/luxury/adventure that is difficult to imagine back in Canada.

    Plus yeah, I loathe the dreary winters in Canada. Don't ever want to go back.
     
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    damn i hope i can stil play (physically) when i retire! but i'll be watching this thread :)
     
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    I would check out Houston, Austin and San Antonio as well. Tons of tennis, pretty much year round warm weather and a lower cost of living than the coasts.
     
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    It's that time of year again, when I dream about retiring someplace warm with lots of courts or someplace not that warm that has affordable indoor courts...I can't believe this thread is almost 13 years old now ! Recently a friend of mine informed me he is going to retire in Athens, Georgia, where he can play lots of tennis and watch the Bulldogs play, does anyone live there and have some thoughts about it as a retirement spot ?
     
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    102 more courts coming to Orlando in 12 days:

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    Been in Asia a few years. Haven't played tennis everywhere, but I have played in Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Indonesia.

    If anyone is planning on visiting Bali and wants to play tennis, let me know.
    I've been mostly playing in Nusa Dua and a red clay court in Seminyak. A short video of the court.

     
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    I've only been to the NE Bali area a few times. It's definitely quieter and less crowded, but there are also almost no waves you like surfing. There is some diving/snorkeling in that area, though.

    For myself, I prefer living a bit closer to the city and city comforts like grocery stores, hardware stores, restaurants, and larger communities of people. Then again, I'm not retired either, and I have lived most of my life either in a big city or a suburb of a big city.
     
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    That's awesome, I graduated from high school in Indonesia in the 80's and still have great memories of Bali back then. Do you speak Bahasa Indonesia ?
     
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    How many Pickleball courts?
     
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    What happened to SC in MA? I live in MA and am curious about what he did.
     
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    Is this a joke or real ~ what area or suburb of Orlando? Thanks!!
     
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    saya bisa bicara sedikit sedikit saja dan says mengerti sedikit, tapi many orang bisa bicara bahasa engris di bali.

    says bisa bicara bahasa taiwan dan bahasa america dan sedikit bahasa france dan bahasa china
     
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    It's in Lake Nona (southeast Orlando) very close to the airport. The facility opens January 2nd.
     
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    Bagus sekali ! Saya suda lupa banyak bahasa Indonesia, saya kamus belajar bahasa lagi.
     
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    There are millions of bored tourists who pay a lot of money every year to come here.
     
  25. Ronaldo

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    Does Orlando have screened enclosures around each pool?
     
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    The newer homes typically do.
     
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    I think Adelaide, South Australia would be a cruisy lifestyle for the retiring tennis player.
     
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    I went to school there and now live in Atlanta. I like the idea of retiring in a college town...or at least on the outskirts (no college kids living next to me please). You have great restaurants, cultural opportunities (music/art) and some schools allow you to audit classes as geezers for free. Furthermore, Athens is about as good as it comes as far as college towns go.

    That said, I can't speak to its tennis scene. I know some profs love to play and so there must be some activity in that regard but it's not part of ALTA. The UGA tennis teams are among the best in the country and so you can watch high quality matches for free or even when the NCAA's come to town for a nominal fee. So yeah I'd say it's a pretty solid and underrated option.

    The Georgia Club is a country club community on the outskirts of Athens trying to cater to this market I believe.
     
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    What do you think of Peachtree City ? I see that the men's 55's hardcourts are being played there this year, so I'm going to go check it out.
     
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    You should enjoy it. I think Peachtree City (PTC) is a real nice area with its trees/landscaping, golf courses and golf cart paths that link the whole planned city. I can't say a ton about the tennis there but I'm sure it must be fairly active given the number of nice communities/courses plus its overall upscale socio-economics.

    If you don't know Atlanta, most of its wealth is concentrated on the northside. I grew up on the southside and now live up north. PTC is a relatively large pocket of prosperity to the south (lot of Delta pilots and others associated with "ATL") with a few other southside pockets like around Eagles Landing CC (where I worked as a teenager). Unfortunately many other areas on the southside have not fared so well in recent decades (like where I grew up in Clayton County which recently lost its public school accreditation for a short time; although there is hope with more investment around the engine that is the ATL airport including Porsche's new North American HQ, filming such as The Walking Dead and Tyler Perry's movie studio, etc.).

    So given tennis skews toward the wealthy, there is far more tennis activity on the northside. As a proxy, my kids play juniors and there are USTA tournaments every week within 30 minutes of where we live but then only a couple tournaments a year in PTC or Eagles Landing or Conyers to the east. That said, they're still playing ALTA down there so I think PTC is a solid option but if you're truly obsessed with tennis there are more options on the northside and presumably less driving with the density of tennis players.

    Probably more than you bargained for!!! ;-)
     
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    I'm in MA and I teach part time as a 4.5 level player. I heard people going to Del Ray and West Palm Beach to retire and play tennis. I'm going to travel to Baltimore for the weekend head to knoxville TN and then to Hilton Head or Myrtle Beach area to get some social tennis in. I'm also searching for a good facility in South Carolina to get some hitting in.
     
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    I posted something to the message by SC but didn't realized his message was in 2004...
     
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    I'm a 4.5 player .. teach tennis part time ... going south to Hilton Head or Kiawah Island or Myrtle Beach next week as I drive down to Baltimore for an event, then to Knoxville to visit my nephew and then down toward Hilton Head or the likes ... not sure yet ... I am looking for a tennis resort to socialize.
     
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    Can you teach tennis part time and still consider yourself retired?
     
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    gosh i hope so! that was going to be my retirement activity.
    after travelling for a couple years, i still hope to be some sort of productive member serving society (ie. i'll have a job/biz/volunteer-work/etc...)
     

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