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Tennis FAQs

The Adult Program at The Drysdale Tennis School was founded in the spring of 2009 and is designed to accommodate a variety of skills and tennis objectives; from the serious league campaigners to first time players we have a program for everyone. Since we opened we have been awarded a number of accolades including

Featured in Huffington Post Travel 2012
Top 20 Tennis Camp in the Country, Tennis Resorts Online, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Top 50 Tennis Resorts in the Country, Tennis Resorts Online, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
#10 Tennis Resort in the Country, TENNIS Magazine, November 2010
#2 Tennis Resort for Families, TENNIS Magazine, November 2010

The Drysdale Tennis School has eight red clay courts, six hard courts and two indoor courts and is complemented by the Stratton Sports Center which includes a 15,000 sq ft recreation space, weights, stretching room, cardio machines, hot tub, swimming pool, steam room and locker rooms. All facilities are available for use as part of your tennis vacation or stay at Stratton Mountain Resort.

Pro Staff

Robert Menzies, Assistant Director of Tennis

A native of New Zealand, Robert started with Cliff Drysdale in the summer of 2012 here on Stratton Mountain Resort and moved onto positions in Florida during the winter and spring, before returning to take up the position of Assistant Director and to run the winter program that is on offer here.

A certified PTR Level 1 professional in the USA and a certified Tennis New Zealand teaching professional, Rob has been playing tennis since the age of eight and started coaching when he was sixteen. He attended Auckland University in New Zealand where he studied Sport and Recreation, focusing on coaching, nutrition, psychology and exercise principles. Robert has help previous positions as the Head Coach of the Te Pai Park Tennis Club and Massey High School teams in New Zealand.

Nicknamed “The Doctor” (as he can fix anything on the tennis court) his ability to coach people of all ages and identify the finer details has been recognized by his peers and clients alike. If you have any questions about the tennis program here at Stratton Mountain Resort, or tennis in general, email Robert at

Billy Simmers, Head Professional

Billy Simmers has amassed a lifetime of experience in tennis and is a huge asset to the Drysdale Tennis School. Billy's background is as extensive as it can be in tennis, having been involved in the industry for the past 30 years, during this time Billy has worked alongside tennis legends such as John Newcombe, Cliff Drysdale, and Nick Bollettieri. His experience in players ranges from young beginners to professional players; Billy is also a wealth of information about Stratton and the surrounding area. Along with being certified by, Billy is also the Vermont State Rep for the USPTA.

In the summer Robert and Billy are joined by a fantastic staff of international and local pros. You can find them on the courts teaching; watch them during exhibitions, and socialize with them during the Friday Night Mixers and Saturday dinners.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am a beginner player, am I good enough for the school?

Most players are nervous before joining a group class. Don't worry, as long as you've been on a court before we can work with the skills you already have and build on them to develop your confidence and improve your play. If you are a beginner player or haven't played in a while then we suggest that you try to hit once or twice the week before you come to begin getting your timing in order.

I'm an advanced player, is it worthwhile for me to attend the school?

All players regardless of skill have areas they can improve, our aim is to use your natural style combined with our coaching and professional expertise to improve all areas of your game, be it technical, strokes, match play or strategy. For the more advanced players drills are tailored to emphasize spin, speed, and depth as well as match play and live ball drills with other advanced players and the pro's.

How do I know that I will be placed in a group appropriate with my skill level?

All guests are asked their ability level upon making their reservation. We ask for information such as a USTA rating (3.5, 4.0 etc. if applicable), playing history and/or years of private instruction in order to try and match guests with players of a similar ability level. In addition to this we evaluate all players on the court during the warm ups and clinics. Once we begin each clinic if it is obvious that there are mismatches in a group then we are able to adjust groups as we see fit. If you have questions or concerns about your court assignment please make sure to talk to one of the pro's so that we can ensure your tennis experience is a memorable one. It's in ours as well as your best interests to have evenly matched groupings.

How tough are the programs physically?

Our 2 ½ hour camp clinics are designed to push you! In fact many players have come off the court stating they hit more balls and ran more than most 3 hr and longer sessions at other programs. However we're not here to break you down, the soft clay courts and the cooler summer climate in Vermont ensure that your energy levels and enthusiasm stay high. For the hard core that wants it we aim to please and can provide intensive private lessons in the afternoon or before the morning clinics.

What should I pack for tennis?

Proper tennis attire and footwear are required. Make sure to bring a comfortable broken-in pair of tennis shoes. Sunscreen and a hat or visor is a must! There are drinking fountains available close to the courts and we suggest bringing your own personal water bottle to ensure that you stay hydrated. We also recommend more than one racquet in case you break a string. We provide stringing services in our pro shop as well as a full line of Wilson rackets that are available to demo. If you have any apparel needs during your stay our fully stocked pro shop is on hand.

Can I take private lessons?

Private lessons can be scheduled either before the morning clinics or in the afternoon. Reservations can be made prior to arrival by calling 802 297 4236. Players are also welcome and encouraged to join in any of our other summer classes including cardio tennis, evening clinics and our Friday Night Round Robin.

What if it rains?

We move indoors and adjust our schedule to fit as many as possible in the best possible environment. We have two indoor courts for the adult schools use should it rain so even a torrential downpour won't dampen your game.

What is there to do after my tennis is finished for the day?

A huge variety of activities are on offer once you put the racket down. Stratton Mountain Resort is a hub in summer for hiking, biking, swimming in our pool or nearby lakes and rivers, gondola rides, and any number of other outdoor activities. For sore muscles take a relaxing massage at the Stratton Sports Center. The nearby town of Manchester offers fantastic outlets for shopping and more. Or you can just relax, for an extensive list of off-court activities.

What options are there for my children?

The Drysdale Tennis School is a great place for a family vacation. If your children are interested then you can enroll them in our junior tennis camp program where we take players of all levels from beginners through experienced. Camp options range from half and full day to weekly programs. Outside of tennis there are plenty of fun family friendly activities.

Where exactly is Stratton Mountain Resort and do I need a car?

Stratton Mountain Resort is approx four hours from NYC, 2 ¾ from Boston, and 1 ½ hrs from Albany Intl Airport, for complete travel details. Private transport is recommended for getting you to and from Stratton Mountain Resort as well as being great for day trips and off mountain excursions. Once you have arrived everything you'll need on mountain including, dining, lodging, and the Drysdale Tennis School is located within walking distance.

Testimonials

"I enjoyed my mid-week escape to Stratton. The instructors were great and the drills were challenging. There was lots of energy during the morning escape clinics. The drills kept changing and kept everyone interested. I really liked the private lessons and took away several tips to help improve my game. I went the last week of August so the mountain was quiet."—S.H., Int., August 2013

"As a long-time tennis player, the chance to have direct access to Cliff Drysdale at the Legends weekend events is irreplaceable. On top of this, the pro staff of at least seven or eight pros each critiques your play in a series of practical skills drills, so you get concentrated recommendations and guidance plus enough immediate repetition to absorb the teachings fully. The atmosphere is fun but focused. A real pleasure!"—J.J., Adv. Int., July 2013

"I would tell my friends that the pros were better than expected. I really enjoyed the clinics and everyone is very friendly. I signed up for a tennis program while everyone else I played with signed up for classes a la carte. I would probably do that if I came up again. The gym/pool looked good. I think geared much more towards families than single 20s/30s. There wasn't much else to do in the area but I was also there during off season and bad weather."—A.P., Int., June 2013

"Beautiful setting. Especially good for weekend trips for those who are within driving distance."—R.H., Int., May 2013
"My girlfriends and I have been here for two years in a row. We go in August and the weather has been spectacular-perfect for playing tennis. The instructors and knowledgable and cordial. The accomodations are great and breakfast is delicious. No complaints only raves!"—A.M., Int., April 2013

"Great Tennis. Arrived on Friday to play in Round Robin Mixed, informal. Worked on different parts of tennis game on Sat and Sunday. Like the way people were divided during the work sessions. Wish there were more friendly match competitions."—W.H., Int., September 2012

"Excellent teaching staff led by Andrew with Pippie, Rob and Joe-Bob. Went Labor Day weekend 2012. Red clay courts nice but unusable first day due to rain. Only missing was setting up games after lessons. The Drysdale guys need to develop that.  So, all-all, the tennis was good and fun. The lodging and management at Stratton however, was sub-par and the few shops and eateries that we're open were absurdly expensive."—S.B., Int., September 2012

"Like the format. They try to match skill levels. Love the competitive play and games. Pros are passionate about instructing if you are willing to try things. Cliff is very accessible and is fun to be around. Enjoyed the mixed format and opportunity"—M.F., Adv. Int., August 2012

Testimonials taken from Tennis Resorts Online for further reviews please check out Tennis Resorts Online.

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The Drysdale Tennis School has amazing facilities for a junior program! With eight red clay courts, six hard courts, two indoor courts, a multi purpose 15,000 sq ft indoor recreation space and an indoor swimming pool, there is an abundant amount space to keep your child active and learning all day long.

For advanced tournament level and college players we offer private lessons and can arrange matches with players of all levels. With a staff including current and previous college and pro level players we have the ability to push your child no matter what their level.

All junior programs are located just minutes walk from the Stratton Village which includes fine dining, cafes, shopping, live music and is the center for a host of outdoor activities, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking and gondola rides. With these great activities so close at hand you'll find plenty to keep yourself occupied while your child enjoys their day. Or join a tennis program yourself and then check out the off-court activities as a family!

For all your junior tennis needs in summer and winter The Drysdale Tennis School at Stratton Mountain Resort is able to provide the "ultimate tennis experience."

Pro Staff

Robert Menzies, Assistant Director of Tennis
A native of New Zealand, Robert started with Cliff Drysdale in the summer of 2012 here on Stratton Mountain Resort and moved onto positions in Florida during the winter and spring, before returning to take up the position of Assistant Director and to direct the winter program that is on offer here.

A certified PTR Level 1 professional in the USA and a certified Tennis New Zealand teaching professional, Rob has been playing tennis since the age of eight and started coaching when he was sixteen. He attended Auckland University in New Zealand where he studied Sport and Recreation, focusing on coaching, nutrition, psychology and exercise principles. Robert has held previous positions as the Head Coach of the Te Pai Park Tennis Club and Massey High School teams in New Zealand.

Nicknamed “The Doctor” (as he can fix anything on the tennis court) his ability to coach people of all ages and identify the finer details has been recognized by his peers and clients alike. If you have any questions about the tennis program here at Stratton Mountain Resort, or tennis in general, email Robert at 

Frequently Asked Questions

My child is an advanced player, is it worthwhile for them to attend camp?

All players regardless of skill have areas they can improve on; our aim is to provide them with the tools and opportunity to train hard while improving their game. The instructors all have significant playing and coaching experience ensuring your child will receive the best possible instruction. As a player's skills levels get higher we adapt the drills and match play to suit.

How do you decide on the groups the children are in?

For the instruction and match play portions of the day we divide the camp into small group according to ability and age. We are able to adjust these groups as often as we feel necessary. Each group works on similar aspects of the game but in a way that relates to the specific group and is best suited for their abilities. It is our intention to have the most evenly matched groups. If you or your child has a concern, please alert us so that we can help make the experience positive for all.

What should my child pack for tennis camp?

All your child needs is gym clothing, sneakers or tennis shoes, a racquet, and a bathing suit if they wish to swim. We also encourage children to bring sunscreen and wear a hat. If your child does not have a racquet then we do a limited number of spares that can be used.

Can my child take private lessons?

Private lessons can be scheduled at the end of the camp day. If an instructor is available then a private lesson may be scheduled during swimming time at the additional private lesson cost.

What if it rains?

We move indoors and adjust our schedule to fit as many as possible in the best possible environment. We have two indoor courts as well as the 15,000 sq ft recreation space for indoor tennis, basketball, soccer and floor hockey.

What happens if a camper breaks the rules?

We take our responsibility of ensuring a camper's safety very seriously; therefore our enforcement of rules and regulations is quite strict. Cliff Drysdale Tennis reserves the right to remove a child from camp and send them home without refund should their actions break the rules and/or endanger themselves, their peers, or our staff.

Testimonials

My daughters are still talking about how much they loved Cliff Drysdale Tennis camp in Stratton, VT. The pros and counselors were terrific! The kids played a lot of tennis and also enjoyed activities such as swimming, soccer and pizza parties. Our family enjoyed the adult tennis clinic as well as the tennis day camp this past summer, and will look into the sleepaway camp for next summer for the kids.—C.M., Sept. 2009

Scott and his team are incredible. We have young children, this was their first sports camp away from home (we were on vacation at Stratton). The team really worked well together, and got our kids focused upon the game of tennis. It was a great experience for all.—D.G., Sept. 2009

It is the best camp my 3 boys ever attended-- have a 9, 7, and 4 year old and I think it is amazing that the counselors were able to engage all of them to such an extent that they adored every day while learning a lot. They can’t wait for next summer! In all honesty, no weaknesses whatsoever-- I have never had an experience where every counselor was fabulous but these counselors really were-- every one!—J.S., Sept. 2009

I had 2 of my children in the tennis camp they were 5 and 6 and they both LOVED it. There were various ages and the director was able to organize the courts to ability of play well. It was an all round mixture of tennis games and just fun that I think any age would love. While the kids were in camp I enjoyed private lessons and clinics, which I enjoyed and will do again. Great work out and good instruction. —C.J, Sept. 2009

This was my daughters first year at a week long Tennis Camp. She thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Just the right mix of instruction, court time, fun and swimming. My only suggestion is to provide parents with an outline of what the children worked on at camp and suggestions for continued practice.—R.P, Oct. 2009

For more testimonials and online ratings visit TennisResortsOnline.com

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