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2016 Amelia Island Labor Day Weekend

LABOR DAY WEEKEND ACTIVITIES • SEPTEMBER 2-5 "Winter is coming" and the 2016 Amelia Island Labor Day Weekend is the last chance to celebrate summer! Come bask in the sunshine, relax in our oversized infinity pool and help yourself escape reality by taking in the beauty of Amelia Island. Whether you've already booked a stay at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort or are still looking to make plans, we have a ton of activities that are sure to end your summer with a bang!

2016 Doubles Boot Camps

Cliff Drysdale Tennis at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is in the midst of its third straight year of the popular Doubles Boot Camps. Since the majority of people in the tennis community are doubles players, this camp is designed for those tennis enthusiasts who want to work on specific strategies that will take their doubles play to the next level. In year's past, players have come from all over Florida and the southeast to attend our Doubles Boot Camps and have left the sessions with a greater understanding and appreciation of the game. Not to mention, it's a great way to kick start the spring season for league play.

January 26, 2016 - Leave a comment

Events, Other, Tennis

Gain Access to Omni Amelia Island Plantation’s Amenities With an Annual Resort Pass

Ever wondered what it might be like to play in Omni Amelia Island Plantation's backyard? What if you could tee off from two championship golf courses, perfect your tennis game on 23 pristine clay courts, or dine at nine exclusive resort restaurants. Many of the activities offered at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation are reserved for resort guests, or guests of the Villas of Amelia Island Plantation and members of the Amelia Island Equity Club, but local residents can now enjoy some of the amenities as well. The 1,300 acre oceanfront resort is now offering Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia residents* the opportunity to enjoy some of their private amenities for a nominal annual resort pass fee starting at $200 per year.

Doubles Boot Camp 2015

  We Want You...For Doubles Boot Camp!   Believe it or not, the idea for Doubles Boot Camp sort of came on a whim.  Senior Director, Scott Colebourne and I were just sitting around one day discussing tennis and coaching strategies. We spent some time going over the evolution of Roger Federer's hair and we talked about how technique takes a very long time to master. What most players need to win is better strategy and tactics. We both agreed that changing your tactical approach or game plan is much easier to accomplish than say, developing a better forehand or a stronger serve. Since most adult players frequently play doubles, we felt that a camp specifically catered to doubles tactics and strategy would be just what our tennis program needed. With many camps (ours included) people come to learn better techniques and improve their weaknesses, but we wanted to change it up a bit and offer a camp that taught players ways to win using their existing game. Ultimately, the goal of the camp would be to get players to ask “when” to hit that forehand instead of “how” to hit it, which in our minds is much more important.

January 5, 2015 - Leave a comment

Blog, Events, Other, Tennis

Coaching “Animal Strong” Junior Tennis at Omni Amelia Island Plantation

My perception of what a great tennis coach is has changed drastically over my 12 years of coaching.  At first,  I thought it was the coach who gave the greatest technical advice and who also played the best.  This eventually shifted to the assumption that if you were coaching an unbelievable tennis prodigy, that must mean you were also a great coach.  Recently, however, my thoughts on this have shifted again.  Sure, you need to be technically proficient and of course you have to want the person you are coaching to get better, but there is also something more. After all, every coach has given the same set of instructions at some point in time. Players need to be told  to bend their knees, or to hit higher over the net, or to get their ball toss higher.  But with this in mind, what separates a good coach from a great one?

October 7, 2013 - Leave a comment

Tennis

September Amelia Discovery Deal ADDs Fun to Your Fall

Having first introduced the Amelia Discovery Deal in August, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation is reaching out to local residents again with another special bundle of discounted activities and dining credits for the month of September. Come discover all the fun that can be had right in your own backyard and ADD a little enjoyment to your fall! Our September ADD includes a one-hour tennis clinic with Cliff Drysdale Tennis professionals, your choice of  massage or facial; and lunch at Marché Burette, all for $110.

Amelia Island Women’s Tennis Championship

With Labor Day weekend right around the corner, may people start to think about all things FALL - from cooler temperatures to everything pumpkin-flavored to the long-awaited return of football season.  But for tennis enthusiasts, something else is also on the horizon.  The Amelia Island Women's Tennis Championship is returning to the Omni Amelia Island Plantation September 22-29th! Presented by Emanon Records, the women's professional tennis event is coming back to Racquet Park for it's fourth year.  The United States Tennis Association (USTA) Pro Circuit event  has quickly become a fixture on the local tennis calendar, providing great spectator opportunities for tennis enthusiasts.  The Amelia Island event features rising women competitors contending head-to-head on the tennis resort’s 23 Har-Tru courts over a week to crown a champion.

August 26, 2013 - Leave a comment

Events, Tennis

Wilson Kids Day at Amelia Island Futures Championships

Tennis is in full force at Omni Amelia Island Plantation this week!  The Amelia Island Futures Championships are well underway with the doubles finals starting tonight at 6pm at Racquet Park. There's been some amazing sets this week as the guys are competing for the final spots for the weekend tournament.  Do you have your tickets to the finals this weekend?

Cliff Drysdale Ladies Tennis Retreat at Omni Amelia Island Plantation

The famous Cliff Drysdale Tennis Ladies Retreats, also known as the “Best Week in Tennis,” have kicked off this year at Omni Amelia Island Plantation. The first five-day, ladies-only retreat was held in May but we have an upcoming ladies tennis retreat at Omni Amelia Island Plantation October 16-20, 2013. Watch the video of the ladies tennis retreat at Omni Amelia Island Plantation and sign up today for our fall retreat!

June 11, 2013 - Leave a comment

Tennis

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