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July 02, 2012

Tennis Lessons at the Gstaad Palace

By Ingrid Skjong | sports

Tennis Lessons at the Gstaad Palace
Courtesy Gstaad Palace

With the French Open wrapping up in early June, Wimbledon continuing through July 8 in London and the US Open just around the corner, it is high tennis season. For those wanting to up their game in style, the Gstaad Palace in Gstaad, Switzerland, is taking to the court with week-long clinics led by tennis legend Roy Emerson.

Emerson—the winner of 12 Grand Slam tournament singles titles and 16 Grand Slam men’s doubles titles, and the only man to win singles and doubles titles at all four Grand Slam events—has been a fan of the hotel since 1974, when he held his first camp here. Participants will enjoy first-rate service, but the highlight is 25 hours of tennis instruction on the Palace’s four clay courts that offer panoramic views of the Bernese Alps. Emerson and a cadre of tennis pros (including his son, Anthony Emerson) demonstrate techniques and collaborate with players to strengthen their skills. The instruction is focused; one pro works with groups of three to four guests at a time. (Players fall into advanced, intermediate or advanced-beginner levels.)

Off the court, participants have access to a 25-minute sports massage at the spa and unlimited visits to the indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, gym and steam bath, as well as select social events. The week kicks off with a welcome cocktail party—and ends with a much-improved game. $4,255 per person; Palacestrasse 28; 41-33/748-5000; palace.ch.