Tennis Resorts Online Publishes the Top 100 Tennis Resorts and Camps For 2013

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Tennis Resorts Online, the Web's leading source of tennis-travel information, has just released its annual rankings of the best tennis resorts and tennis camps worldwide.

Tennis Resorts Online (http://www.tennisresortsonline.com), the Web’s leading source of tennis-travel information, has just released its annual rankings of the Top 100 Tennis Resorts and Camps worldwide. To guarantee an authoritative list, the results have been compiled from reviews submitted by tennis vacationers themselves and based on their first-hand experiences. As avid players—they average more than 100 days per year on court—and frequent travelers, these elite reviewers have a highly refined sense of what makes a tennis resort or camp great, and it is their collective wisdom and judgment that underpin these Top 100 rankings and thus assure their credibility.

This year they were asked to rate their experience in each of 20 categories. Those include the overall tennis experience and the quality of the teaching staff and instruction. However, because a tennis holiday consists of more that simply what happens on court, they were also invited to share their opinions about a wide variety of amenities and services, including lodging, cuisine, value for dollar, children’s programs, spa and fitness options, and other recreation. Using a formula that gives added weight to the tennis features, Tennis Resorts Online then computes a numerical score and uses that as its basis for determining the rankings. Any resort or camp having at least six tennis courts is eligible; however, to qualify as one of the Top 10 Resorts or Top 5 Camps, properties had to receive a minimum of 25 reviews.

Once the calculations are complete, those rankings are broken out into two broad divisions: the Top 75 Tennis Resorts and the Top 25 Tennis Camps. Kiawah Island Golf Resort on Kiawah Island in South Carolina repeated as our No. 1 Resort while the Roy Emerson Tennis Weeks at the Gstaad Palace in Switzerland once again snared the No. 1 Camp honors. Yet there was otherwise a shuffling of places since last year’s list, as well as several resorts and camps new to this inventory. And the rankings aside, we’ve also highlighted the best in several specific categories, including Best Game Matching, Best Tennis Staff, Best Instruction, Best Junior Tennis Programs, Best Lodging, Best Cuisine, Best Spa and Fitness Center, Best Setting, Best Value For Dollar, Best General Children’s Programs, Best for Couples, and Best for Single Travelers.

The collective experience of thousands of vacationing tennis players goes into these rankings. But ideas of greatness necessarily differ, and thus the list as a whole mirrors the broad landscape of tennis-vacation options, from small properties where tennis is the principal amenity to grand hotels and multi-dimensional resorts and everything in between. The Top 5 in each category follow. To see the complete list visit http://www.tennisresortsonline.com/trofiles/top-100-tennis-resorts-and-camps.cfm.

Top 5 Resorts    
1. Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina    
2. La Quinta Resort & Club, California    
3. The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Arizona    
4. JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, California    
5. Wild Dunes Resort, South Carolina    

Top 5 Camps
1. Roy Emerson Tennis Weeks at the Gstaad Palace, Switzerland
2. Cliff Drysdale Tennis at Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Florida
3. Topnotch Tennis Academy, Topnotch at Stowe, Vermont
4. John Newcombe Tennis Ranch, Texas
5. Saddlebrook Tennis (Hopman), Florida

About Tennis Resorts Online
Tennis Resorts Online (http://www.tennisresortsonline.com) debuted in 1999 with the goal of helping avid tennis players make better-informed choices about where to go on their tennis holidays. Its founder, Roger Cox, had spend the previous 17 years as Tennis magazine’s travel and resorts editor, a stint that took him to more than 350 tennis resorts and camps on five continents. Since its launch, the website has evolved into the Internet’s leading source of tennis-travel information, one that includes personal reviews, a calendar of tennis events, special tennis packages, a catalog of junior tennis camps, a tennis-travel blog, and a search form that allows vacationers to more easily find a resort or camp that meets their specific criteria. The Wall Street Journal calls it “A terrific resource for tennis players and their families.”

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