Tennis anyone? Playing in England and stateside
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If you prefer to stateside, there’s a wealth of options. The one that still comes out on top is one I’ve always liked, on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the Longboat Key Club in LongBoat Key.
The resort boasts 20 Har-Tru courts including five lit for night play. A patented underground HydroGrid watering system ensures consistent playing conditions and eliminates downtime. There’s also a tennis concierge who will arrange matches or restring your racquet if necessary and a USTA-certified stadium that can seat up to 2,500 spectators. In addition to the tennis gardens, this family resort also puts you on one of the best beaches in the Sarasota area.
If you prefer the West Coast, there’s Northern California’s The Lodge at Pebble Beach. There are 12 courts, two clay and 10 Plexipave. The Sunken Center at Pebble Beach’s Tennis Pavilion draws year round tournaments while the Beach and Tennis Club’s calendar of mixers, game-matching and clinics is topped with A-plus facilities, including a beachfront lap pool and Pilates studio.
Should you choose to visit London, go to www.visitlondon.com and explore travel options and packages. If tennis is your thing, visit www.tennismagazine.com, www.usta.org or consult your local travel professional.
Copyright by Marcia Abramson