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McEnroe and Courier Kick Off New Tennis Offerings at Casa de Campo Resort

LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic — Tennis legends John McEnroe and Jim Courier kicked off the new tennis offerings at the Casa de Campo Resort by competing a special exhibition match November 7. The appearance by the two tennis Hall of Famers was part of the resort’s effort to raise the profile of its tennis offerings at its 16-court tennis center. Expertly deemed “Wimbledon of the Caribbean” by Travel + Leisure and “Best Tennis Facility” by USPTR (United States Professional Tennis Registry), Casa de Campo’s La Terraza Tennis Center is an integral component to Casa de Campo’s Sporting Life experience. The… Read More

John McEnroe Walks The Walk With Tennis Academy, Johnny Mac Tennis Project

By Randy Walker @TennisPublisher   Throughout the 2014 PowerShares Series tennis circuit this winter, John McEnroe commented, when asked by local media, on the state of tennis in the United States, not being shy expressing his concerns. “It’s too expensive and it’s not accessible enough,” said McEnroe of tennis in a familiar refrain at the PowerShares Series stop in Birmingham, Alabama, as seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp1M8KodEXk But McEnroe is not just talking the talk of what should be done to improve American tennis. He is also walking the walk. On Randall’s Island, just a short lob from Harlem and Manhattan’s Upper… Read More

10 Things To Do to Truly Experience Paris While At The French Open

By worldtennistravel.com “ Enjoy first class tennis experiences around the world”   What are the ‘10 things to do’ as part of your itinerary while you are enjoying Paris and the French Open. The idea behind these tips is to make your trip to the Grand Slam even more memorable by introducing you to the beautiful world of the Parisian charm and taking you away from the touristic “Must-do” that you have may have already visited several times. Here are 10 suggestions to enjoy a pure Parisian experience…. Immerse in the soulful music at Le Vieux Belleville They say a… Read More

John McEnroe Tennis Academy Creating Big Tennis In The Big Apple

By Randy Walker @TennisPublisher   New York City is certainly seen as one of the world’s “Tennis Hotspots” considering it is the epicenter of American tennis at the end of each summer when it hosts the U.S. Open. However, the Big Apple has an even better reputation as a 12-month-a-year hub for tennis with the increased success and attention being paid to the John McEnroe Tennis Academy. Located on Randall’s Island, just in the shadow of Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the John McEnroe Tennis Academy features 20 courts – 10 hard and 10 green clay all available for 12-months a… Read More

Vero Beach, Florida Is A Haven For Tennis

By Randy Walker @TennisPublisher   One of the unsung hot spots for tennis in the United States is Vero Beach, Florida. Located nearly equi-distant between Orlando and West Palm Beach, Vero Beach was for years known as the Spring Training ground for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball, but is now being more known for its tennis, especially since the Dodgers left “Dodgertown” in 2008 to conduct its Spring Training in Arizona. Most of the tennis activity in town takes place in active programs at 13 private clubs around the town, including The Moorings (www.TheMoorings.com) The River Club… Read More

Roland Garros Through The Eyes of Bud Collins

When tennis fans think of the grandest stages in the sport, Paris and the French Championships at Roland Garros ranks high on the list. Bud Collins, the Hall of Fame journalist and master chronicler of tennis, gives fans a snapshot look at the history of the French Championships in this excerpt from his newly-updated third edition version of his famous book THE BUD COLLINS HISTORY OF TENNIS, available here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1937559386/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_ctDrtb11FQD5Y72N   Crimson clay has made the French Championship distinctive, the lone major contested on the footing beloved by dirt-kicking Europeans and Latin Americans. For 46 years (1928–74), Stade Roland Garros… Read More

Andy Roddick’s Top Five Tennis Moments In Houston

Throughout his tennis career, Andy Roddick has had a strong connection with the city of Houston. Some of the greatest success for the Austin, Texas resident came in the city when playing in the annual U.S. Clay Court Championships, the Davis Cup and the ATP’s year-ending Tennis Master Cup – all held at Houston’s Westside Tennis Club. Roddick will renew his love affair with Houston when he competes in the Camden Wealth Advisors Cup, part of the PowerShares Series “legends” tennis circuit (www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com). Roddick will compete at the Toyota Center on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7 pm alongside Andre Agassi,… Read More

South Seas Island Resort Features Pavel-Blackwood Tennis Academy

By Randy Walker @TennisPublisher   We have a trivia question for tennis buffs. Who was the SECOND-to-last player who Andre Agassi beat in his storied tennis career? Any ideas? Stumped? Don’t go to ATPWorldTour.com and cheat. It was Andrei Pavel of Romania, who played a very much overlooked and overshadowed first round match against Agassi at the 2006 U.S. Open, Agassi final pro event. Pavel was nearly the player who put Agassi into retirement, but fell in a nail-biting four-set night match 6-7(4), 7-6(8), 7-6(6), 6-2. The match was overshadowed by Agassi’s second round match, ultimately his final pro career… Read More

“2nd Serve” Movie Puts Louisville On The Tennis Map

“2nd Serve” – a romantic comedy set in the world of local, club tennis, starring Josh Hopkins of “Cougar Town,” Cameron Monaghan of TV’s “Shameless” and “Click” and Alexie Gilmore of “World’s Greatest Dad” and “Grey’s Anatomy” – is now available for purchase on DVD and for digital download. The movie was filmed in Louisville, Kentucky, primarily at the Louisville Boat Club and the Jewish Community Center. “2nd Serve” is available for purchase on Amazon.com here: http://www.amazon.com/2nd-Serve-Hopkins/dp/B00CQRNLAQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1378146972&sr=8-1&keywords=2nd+Serve as well as at Blockbuster here: http://www.blockbuster.com/browse/catalog/movieDetails/589479, at Best Buy here: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/2nd-Serve—DVD/21539039.p?id=2714745&skuId=21539039, at Kmart here: http://entertainment.kmart.com/2nd-serve/818768010632, and Family Video here: http://www.familyvideo.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=419844/. Written by USPTA… Read More

Murphy Jensen Envisions Sea Island Resort As Five-Star Training Playground For Elite Pros

Murphy Jensen Envisions Sea Island Resort As Five-Star Training Playground For Elite Pros By Randy Walker @TennisPublisher The historic Sea Island Resort, set along the beautiful marshland on the coast of Georgia, is well known as an eco-system for professional golf. No less than 30 professional golfers call the Sea Island area home, including former PGA champion Davis Love, III, former Masters champion Zach Johnson and 2012 Players’ champion Matt Kuchar. Three highly-regarded golf courses grace the property, including the Seaside Course that hosts the annual McGladrey Classic PGA Tour event, and make for an ideal training environment. Even a… Read More