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March 26, 2014

Play Tennis Like a Pro on Mustique

By Sasha Levine | sports

Play Tennis Like a Pro on Mustique
Courtesy of Mustique

Mustique—the Caribbean island tucked between St. Vincent and the Grenadines—is launching its first-ever five-day tennis clinic (May 5–9), run by resident professional coach Richard Schaffer and former tennis pro Slaven Ovuka.

The 20-hour clinic offers one-on-one attention from the experts. Players will take part in the same drills that are used to coach professionals and receive elite advice and attention while learning new stroke techniques, developing creative thinking on the court and increasing mental and physical flexibility.

“The goal of Mustique Tennis Week was to create the best tennis-coaching week in the world,” says Schaffer, “giving regular tennis fans access to a coach who works with some of the best world-ranked ATP/WTA players.”

Between sessions, players can recuperate with private beach-yoga classes, spa treatments and massage therapy and complement their workout with traditional water sports like sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling and paddleboarding. Accommodation options range from one of the island’s 75 fully staffed private villas (from $5,000 a week; 855-261-1316) to the venerable Cotton House (rooms, from $450; 784-456-4777; cottonhouse.net), a historic boutique hotel, whose two restaurants are run by Michelin-starred chef Tristan Welch.

“We want them [guests] to walk away from Mustique having experienced one of the most beautiful destinations in the world,” Schaffer says, “as well as a new concept on how to play the game of tennis.” Mustique Tennis Week, $2,500 a person; to reserve a spot or a villa, contact Victoria Hawbecker at 855-261-1316 or victoria@mustique.vc; mustique-island.com.