Long Island Tennis Magazine’s Tennis Travel Destinations 2012

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Located in Bradenton, Fla., IMG Academy is home to the IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis program. Under the guiding principles of its founder, Nick Bollettieri, and the leadership and direction of Rohan Goetzke, the IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis program sets the standard by which all tennis academies are measured. With a collegiate-style schedule that balances elite academics with a customized on-court and off-court training program, IMG Academy annually sends student-athletes to some of the nation’s highest-performing universities, including Brown, Cornell, Duke, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Princeton, Stanford and countless others.

Many of the world’s top professionals have trained at IMG Academy, including Maria Sharapova, Kei Nishikori, Sabine Lisicki, Ryan Harrison and Andre Agassi, just to name a few. IMG’s student-athletes and alumni have won 939 singles titles, 441 doubles titles, 86 Grand Slam singles titles, 49 Grand Slam doubles titles, 12 Olympic Gold Medals, 10 have reached number one in the world in singles and four have been number one in the world in doubles.

With more than 50 tennis courts, all students who attend IMG Academy will receive multiple hours of on-court training per day that includes match-simulation drills and match play. Off the court, students work with physical, mental, vision training and nutrition specialists to ensure a well-rounded game.

In addition, to the Academy Program, IMG offers the following:

►Five-week summer camps

►Five-week summer camps with education options

►Three-week camps (available in winter and summer)

►Weekly camps (available year-round)

►Holiday/Spring Break Camps

►Adult camps

►ATP/WTA training

►Collegiate/team training

With programs available year-round for all ages and ability levels, IMG Academy has a program to help you become more! For more information, visit www.imgacademy.com or call (800) 872-6425.

 



Luxury Italian Tours specializes in travel to Italy and offers a variety of unique, small group tours, as well as customized trips designed especially for individual clients. Our expert team looks forward to sharing Italy’s beauty, food and rich culture so you can discover new places without forgetting the lasting favorites. Luxury Italian Tours’ philosophy is to provide you with a glimpse of Italy from our local perspective to give you an experience that you will treasure for a lifetime. 

Luxury Italian Tours’ customized services cover an enormous range and cater to your specific interests—whether this is your first trip to Italy, a return visit, your honeymoon or even an offbeat adventure you have long desired. Luxury Italian Tours plans well-organized visits to all of the historic points of interest, but we also offer unique experiences throughout the country that other groups do not provide. There is probably no Italian experience you might want that we could not help you with.

With our small group tours and individually-designed trips, you will experience the ultimate luxury of Italy whether it is over a bottle of wine, during a meal, or marveling at its simple beauty. So, whether you are interested experiencing Rome during the Italian Open, racing Ferraris on a Formula One track, going on a truffle hunt, learning how to make local specialties with professional chefs, wine-tasting at renowned vineyards or simply relaxing in an underground grotto with naturally heated spring waters, andiamo! For more information, visit www.luxuryitaliantours.com or call (855) 248-2542.

 



What makes Mauna Kea a "Top Tennis Destination?” The legendary Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, an architectural icon designed to coexist beautifully with the unforgettable landscape of the Kohala Coast is located on a silky white-sand crescent beach, Kauna’oa Bay. Escape to paradise where you will find 258 luxurious guest rooms, Laurance S. Rockefeller’s private collection of Asian and Pacific artwork, impeccable service, one of the world’s finest golf courses and tennis club plus tantalizing cuisine with unforgettable settings.
The 11-court Seaside Tennis Club is one of the largest and most sought-after tennis experiences in Hawaii. Each one of the 11 courts offer an incredible view of the Pacific blue ocean and on a clear day, you can see Maui in the background. Craig Pautler and his team serve up some of the most thoughtful touches available at the best private luxury tennis clubs, as well as lessons and daily clinics, round robin tourneys, and a comfortable lanai to relax in the shade.

Recent accolades include top 25 Tennis Resorts and World's Top 100 Resorts, tennis resorts and camps by Tennis Resorts Online and Top 10 Resorts in the U.S. (bi-annual) by Tennis Magazine.

Facilities and services include 11 ocean side tennis courts, a pro shop offering equipment and apparel, equipment rentals, men’s and women’s locker rooms, video instruction service, ball machine, tournament planning, racquet stringing, individual game-matching, customized special events, tennis clinics, round robin tournaments, private and group lessons.

Enjoy the many other amenities offered at the resort, like the weekly Lu’au and Clambake, 2,500 square-foot fitness room, and spa just to mention a few. Enjoy some private time at this world-class resort, improve your tennis game while taking in some of the most incredible views in the world and create memories that will be treasured for a lifetime.

The club is open 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. daily, and can be reached at (808) 882-5420 or by visiting www.MaunaKeaBeachHotel.com.

 



Peter Kaplan's Westhampton Beach Junior/Adult Tennis Academy
Peter Kaplan’s Westhampton Beach Junior/Adult Tennis Academy, and the affiliated Grassmere Inn, is a wonderful destination for beginners to nationally-ranked players of all ages. Private instruction and 90-minute clinics are offered daily. Camps and one- seven-day programs are available. The flexibility of the programming enables participants to enjoy the nearby beautiful ocean beaches, charming village, Performing Arts Center, movie theatre, wine country, flower farms, shopping, cafes, restaurants, water park and other East End attractions. Peter Kaplan, an attorney, former New York State Tennis Champion, and a graduate of Cornell University, is on-site every day.

Resident students/families/teams stay at the historic Grassmere Inn, located on quiet, tree-lined Beach Lane in Westhampton Beach, N.Y., only 50 yards from the beginning of the charming village, yet less than one mile from a beautiful ocean beach. The location could not be better. The Grassmere has 22 guest rooms, all with air conditioning, WiFi, cable television and private bathrooms. Ideal for families, are two suites or interconnected rooms. A delicious breakfast of fresh muffins, bagels, cereal, fruit, juice, coffee, tea, milk and yogurt is included daily.

The Tennis Academy, located three miles away, is primarily a teaching center featuring 12 soft courts. We have welcomed participants from over 25 countries and 30 states since 2000. The Academy features an enthusiastic staff, renowned for its high-quality instruction and low student-to-staff ratio. The maximum ratio is 4:1, but the average ratio is 2:1.

Thirty-five Japanese juniors have been coming for three weeks annually, for the last eight years. They run three miles before breakfast and then 10 hours of instruction, running and matches. However, most participants seek a less intensive program, taking three to five hours of instruction daily. The staff is always accommodating and happy to tailor programs to fit the needs of the customer. Frequently, an adult team will come at the beginning of the season and return for a family vacation. There are also tennis pros who bring groups. The Academy’s staff is available to supplement visiting pros staff. The groups always have an incredible time, some having returned for 10 consecutive years. Tennis during the day, a trip to the beach in the late afternoon, perhaps a glass of wine at sunset, and then dining at a great restaurant, a movie or a show at the Performing Arts Center. Occasionally, guests are coaxed into karaoke with the international staff!

For more information, call Peter Kaplan at (631) 288-4021 or (914) 234-9462, e-mail peterkaplan2002@yahoo.com or visit www.westhamptonbeachtennis.com.