Naples, Florida is one of the wealthiest areas in the country, so it should come as no surprise that the tennis scene there is world-class. However, you don’t need to be a multi-millionaire to enjoy tennis in Naples. While there are amazing private tennis clubs for the ultra-elite, there are also incredible public tennis options for those looking for a more reasonable outlet to take the court.
The Arthur Allen Tennis Center in the heart of Old Naples is the flagship public tennis facility in the area. The facility features twelve hydro har-tru courts that are kept in pristine condition. It is rare to find a public facility with clay courts, so the Allen Tennis Center is elevated above most public facilities from this fact alone. It is even further separated by the competition based on its other excellent amenities! The full service facility features locker rooms, four full-time certified teaching professionals, and regular events for players of all skill levels and ages.
For those looking for a more exclusive tennis experience in Naples, the Port Royal Club is the finest around. The club is typically reserved for Naples’ elite. It is situated right on the beach on the gulf of Mexico, and driving through the gates may feel more Caribbean than Floridian. Though the club is one of the social hubs in the area, all of it’s offerings are centered around it gorgeous tennis facility. There are nine har-tru courts, staffed by USPTA certified teaching professionals, as well as a pro-shop for all your tennis shopping needs. The club offers clinics for juniors and adults, private lessons, and even Pro-Am competitions throughout the year. The club is expensive, but you get what you pay for, so if you have the money, there is no finer facility in the area.
While Naples offers something for all tennis players, it is also a destination for some of the top players in the world, both professionals and aspiring professionals. The Academia Sanchez-Casal is located in Naples and is one of the top tennis academies in the world. It is the full-time home for top players from America and internationally. For the best-of-the-best, they come to ASC on a full-time basis, where they go to school and train simultaneously.
Unlike normal schools, their days are centered around their tennis training and school takes place either early in the morning or in the evening, giving each player ample time to work on their game and their fitness. For serious players not ready to train full-time, there are also monthly, weekly, and summer programs very popular among players with aspirations of playing elite Division 1 tennis. The facilities, coaching and competition are of the highest caliber, which is why it’s notable alumni include Svetlana Kuznetsova, Andy Murray, Daniela Hantuchova, Grigor Dimitrov, and many other household-name players.
Julie H. is PlayYourCourt’s featured pro providing tennis lessons in the Naples area. Julie is a PTR certified teaching professional who has dedicated her life to helping players improve their game. She has coached high school tennis, been Director of Tennis at elite country clubs, and helped first time players develop their love for the game. She still plays competitively at a very high level, and though she specializes in working with ladies and juniors, there is nobody she can’t help!