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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  6. atatu

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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
     
  7. Hydrocella

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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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  8. nytennisaddict

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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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  10. Rjtennis

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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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