Tennis in Florida
A fantastic opportunity to receive great tennis coaching in the Sunshine 'Tennis' State.
Florida is a surprisingly accessible and affordable destination with airfares often comparable to short-haul European fares. An added bonus is that you stay in the Longboat Key Club and Resort luxury hotel as part of our tennis package.
With an emphasis on privacy, exclusivity, and personalized service, Longboat Key Club and Resort is a true luxury vacation destination for the tennis enthusiast.
- Weekly tennis programme on hard courts
- Luxurious accommodation with great views
- Breakfast included in club restaurants
- 21 tournament-grade tennis courts with stadium court
- Instruction for all ages and levels by top coaches
- Proximity to the beach, and watersports
- Disneyland, Everglades and Florida Keys are reachable by car
The tennis director is John Woods, who came to the Longboat Key Club & Resort in 1976. As a student, Woods played varsity tennis for Texas Tech University and then travelled with the prestigious Laver-Emerson camps for three years between stints at the prestigious Houston Racquet Club and the Country Club of Sarasota, among other venues.
His tennis staff, either USTA or PTR certified, have all been tournament players and have years of coaching experience.
Tennis & Accommodation
Groove your strokes on 25 hard-tru (green) clay courts that are kept to tournament standard, or battle out a match on the stadium court, which seats up to 2,500 spectators.
Adult tennis clinic run each morning at 11am. Junior clinics are available on the weekend from 9am-12pm. During the holidays the resort offers junior clinics each day at 2pm. Tennis clinics run for 90 minutes each and include one instructor for every four pupils.
We are also offering the resort’s top tennis programme the “Aces programme”. This offers a daily 90 minute clinic and also a daily 1 hour round-robin event or supervised play session. Benefits include a 15% discount at the pro shop and a 10% discount at the spa. There is also a welcome drink and a free gift.
If you have worked up an appetite, Court 21 bar features a dining area overlooking the tennis court that serves a combination of breakfast fare and healthy snack bar items.
Longboat Key Club and Resort is a 410-acre beachfront resort and private country club located on the barrier island of Longboat Key, just off the coast of Sarasota, Florida. In 2009, the resort’s tennis facility – called “The Tennis Gardens”– won the United States Tennis Association’s “Outstanding Facility Award”. The president of the WTA Tour has called the .5 million complex “truly one of the best tennis centres in the world.”
Each room at the luxury resort includes a spacious private balcony with views of the Gulf of Mexico, lagoon, or golf course. Rest your weary limbs on Sealy Presidential beds with Egyptian cotton linens and towels.
- Luxury Spa
- 6 restaurants
- 45 holes of championship golf
- White-sand beaches
Transfers and Car Hire
Hiring a car will help you to get the most out of your stay. We can arrange this for you at reasonable prices, available upon request. If you don’t want to hire a car from the airport, we would recommend that you take a taxi to the hotel. It is only a 15 minute journey from the Sarasota airport and 1.5 hours from Tampa International airport.
Tailor-Made Tennis Packages
We offer a tailor-made holiday solution for your visit to Florida. We have from guestrooms to 2-bedroom apartments with golf course, beach and lagoon view.
Please contact our office direct for further information.
We want to thank you and the Jonathan Markson Tennis for the amazing trip we did to Sarasota, FL. We just had the best time ever at the Longboat Key Resort. Great environment, beautiful beaches, prolific apartment, top professional tennis facilities.
We would also like to thank Sue, Susan and Polly at the Longboat Key Resort Tennis Center for being so kind. And last but not least, thank you John, Sammy and Mirage for the best coaching. Looking forward to see you all back very soon!
(D&E, 6-12 Jan 2013)