I just finished the 3-day Pro Tennis Instructors' Conference at Naples, FL. Both Luis Mediero (RPT founder) and Emilio Sanchez (Sanchez-Casal, AS-C) were excellent speakers and offered a lot of great insight on tips for how to teach youth tennis via progression (starting at age 3 to Juniors), Spanish Footwork Drills and the Davis Cup perspective.
We were able to hit on some har-tru clay courts while there, both before and after the conference. It also came with a lot of informative slides and animations on a handy little USB drive that they gave away.
Now I'm also a certified coach with the Sanchez Casal (AS-C) academy along with some USPTA points good toward upgrading my certification. It was only $250 for the 3 day event so it was a excellent deal - round trip airfare was about $130 from DC. If anyone's interested in going on a tennis vacation in Florida, just post a comment or send me an email for details.
I'll be organizing deals for tennis travel to Barcelona, Spain, and Europe as well. I love getting to play some tennis while on vacation, plus save money with smart options for booking. I'll be happy to help you plan on your own trip!
Being able to meet the Spanish Davis cup captain in person was a real treat. Hearing about Barcelona definitely reminded me about my own trip last summer to the main S-C Academy.
He shared many of his experiences as a former world #1 doubles player and #7 singles player. His energy was terrific. He was always very honest, candid but above all respectful of the game and the dues that come with becoming the best.
Check out all my other conference photos at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/demiace/sets/72157625471640681/detail/