| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

The Saddlebrook Tennis Academy, located on the 480-acre property of Saddlebrook Resort, was acquired in 1986 from the legendary Harry Hopman. Harry's philosophy and focus on fitness made Hopman one of the most successful tennis coaches in history, and became the foundation of the Saddlebrook program. The Hopman Tennis Program at Saddlebrook offers programs for players of all ages and ability levels. Our renowned facilities attract enthusiasts from across the globe, and are home to 45 courts, including all four Grand Slam surfaces. Saddlebrook Tennis has the ability to cater to the true tennis fanatics who choose to participate in our demanding five-hour a day program, offered 365 days a year, while also providing corporate meeting attendees with an opportunity to fit in a quick lesson or a few sets of competitive play.

The combination of tranquility, privacy and exclusivity on property, coupled with the energy of the world's top players training to reach their goals of ATP and WTA success has made Saddlebrook a historic and legendary training ground. In fact, guests have enjoyed watching some of the world's best players during their training at Saddlebrook, including in the past: Jim Courier, Pete Sampras, Martina Hingis, James Blake, and currently, John Isner, Jack Sock, and Bob and Mike Bryan.

Hundreds of talented players come to Saddlebrook each year to vastly improve their game through training, hard work, discipline and motivation. Saddlebrook’s program includes on- and off-court performance routines, including specialized drills for consistency and accuracy, as well as supervised match-play under the supervision of a professional coaching staff. After years of experience and proven success with professional players, Saddlebrook’s junior program has been designed to improve each camper’s technical, tactical and mental games. Juniors train up to five hours daily, in addition to making new friends and enjoying fun social activities with other campers.

In addition to the tennis facilities, Saddlebrook boasts 95,000-square-feet of versatile meeting space, two Arnold Palmer Golf courses, a newly renovated golf training area, a half-million gallon pool, state-of-the-art fitness center and an international boarding school.

Saddlebrook Preparatory is a premier destination for education and aspiring junior golf and tennis athletes who wish to get the intensive training offered at Saddlebrook, whilst enjoying the luxuries of a world-class resort year-round. Some of the schools past alumni include Andy Roddick, Jennifer Capriati and Ashley Harkleroad.

For more information, call (813) 907-4200.