It's Delray 2020

John Yandell

Delray Beach: pretty much at the beach.

Tired of the crowds at the match courts at the Open or Indian Wells match - or pushing and shoving to try get close to the practice courts? It's pretty much impossible. What about the ever increasing ticket prices?

Now those are great events. I've been to both of them in double figures. But my current favorite is Delray Beach. And it is pretty much at the beach.

This is like my fourth trip there. Why is that? It's a throw back in pace and feeling to the times before multiple stadiums and rows of practice courts.

Indian Wells attracts something like 600,000 attendees. Delray, an ATP 250 event, is about 1/10th that size.

Not that I am not sure they would like to have more! But the relative lack of congestion makes a huge difference in the overall feel.

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John Yandell is widely acknowledged as one of the leading students of the modern game of professional tennis. He has done personal video analysis for hundreds of high level competitive players, including Justine Henin-Hardenne, Taylor Dent and John McEnroe, among others.

In addition to his role as Editor of Tennisplayer he is the author of the critically acclaimed book Visual Tennis. The John Yandell Tennis School is located in San Francisco, California.

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