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A First Look at Lake Nona

Chris Lewit

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On overview of the new American tennis paradise: Lake Nona.

I recently had the good fortune of being invited by Jose Higueras to observe Player Development preseason training at the new Lake Nona, Florida USTA National Campus. It's one of my very favorite times of the year to study with the USTA national coaching team as they prepare the best American junior and professional players for the Australian Open and the beginning of the new year on tour.

I arrived in December on the first day the facility was opened to players and coaches, even before the scheduled January 2nd public opening. The campus was still undergoing some construction and it was exciting to see the new "Home of American Tennis" in its infancy, before the throngs of players would arrive to play on the 102 tennis courts at the facility.

Yes--102 courts! It's the largest single installation of tennis courts I have ever seen, sprawling over 40 plus acres, on a parcel adjacent to the Orlando airport. It was a very smart move by the USTA to situate themselves near a large international airport because ease of access by travel-weary professionals and the public is one of the most important aspects of the facility.

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Chris Lewit, a former number one for Cornell and pro circuit player, coaches in the New York City area and also runs a high-performance boarding summer camp in Southern Vermont. He specializes in training aspiring junior tournament players using progressive Spanish and European training methods. His best-selling book, Secrets of Spanish Tennis, has helped coaches and players worldwide learn how to train the Spanish way.

Learn more about Chris and his coaching at ChrisLewit.com.



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