Saddlebrook Resort & Tennis Program

 

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History of the Renowned Tennis Program at Saddlebrook Resort

The Tampa Tennis Academy was acquired in 1986 from the legendary Harry Hopman. Harry Hopman's philosophy and focus on fitness made Hopman one of the most successful tennis coaches in history, and became the foundation of the Saddlebrook Program. That focus is still the driving force in the intense drills we run during our daily clinics.
The Hopman Tennis Program at Saddlebrook offers tennis programs for players of all ages and ability levels. Our renowned Tampa tennis facility attracts enthusiasts from across the globe, and is home to 45 courts including all four Grand Slam surfaces. Saddlebrook Tennis has the ability to cater to the true tennis fanatics who choose to participate in our demanding five-hour a day program, offered 365 days a year, while also providing corporate meeting attendees with an opportunity to fit in a quick lesson or a few sets of competitive play. 
 
The combination of tranquility, privacy and exclusivity on property coupled with the energy of the world's top players training to reach their goals of ATP and WTA success has made Saddlebrook a historic and legendary training ground. In fact, guests have enjoyed watching some of the world's best players during their training at Saddlebrook, including the likes of: Jim Courier, Pete Sampras, Jennifer Capriati, Martina Hingis, James Blake, Mardy Fish, Andy Roddick, Jack Sock, Bob & Mike Bryan, Alexander Zverev, Mischa Zverev, & John Isner!

Saddlebrook's Florida Tennis Center features:

  • 45 Tennis Courts including all Four Grand Slam Surfaces
  • Knowledgeable and Experienced Coaching Staff
  • Top Ranked Pros Training On Property
  • Elite Fitness Center
  • Performance Training Facility
  • Tennis Pro Shop

Who was Harry Hopman?

Born in 1906 and inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1978, Henry Christian Hopman made his name as the most successful of all Davis Cup captains, leading his native Australia to 16 World Championships between 1939 and 1967. Emphasizing super fitness, he drove and inspired some of Australia's greatest tennis players including Frank Sedgman, Lew Hoad, Ken Rosewall, Ashley Cooper, Mervyn Rose, Rex Hartwig, Mal Anderson, Neale Fraser, Roy Emerson, Rod Laver, John Newcombe, Fred Stolle, & Tony Roche. In 1969, Hopman immigrated to the US and became a highly successful teaching pro at the Port Washington Tennis Academy in New York. 

A fine player, particularly in doubles, he won the Australian Men's doubles with Jack Crawford in 1929 and 1930 and four mixed doubles titles. He opened his first Hopman Tennis Academy with his wife, Lucy, in Largo, Florida, and lived in the city until his death in 1985. Saddlebrook acquired the tennis program in 1986.