Antigua, West Indies
JANUARY 8-13, 2019 

Join Midtown Tennis Directors Mike Insko, Trip Baisden, Laurent Leclerc and National Tennis Director Butch Staples for a week of tennis in Antigua, West Indies. 

Mike Insko is the Tennis Director at Midtown Athletic Club in Chicago, IL where he leads a team of 38 coaches and the world’s largest indoor tennis program. He has served on USPTA state boards and on USTA district, sectional and national boards. Mike has also been recognized as a USPTA State Professional of the Year. His current passions include bacon, bourbon and the Chicago Bears. 

Trip Baisden is the Tennis Director at Midtown’s Windy Hill Athletic Club in Atlanta, GA. He played collegiate tennis for Old Dominion University. Trip is a PTR certified tennis professional with 30+ years of club and resort experience. He received the Richmond Tennis Association Coach of the Year award and Facility of the Year by the USTA. Trip is an avid hockey fan who skated with the Washington Capitals during their open tryouts. 

Laurent Leclerc is the Tennis Director at Midtown Athletic Club in Weston, FL. He has an extensive background in coaching which includes Division 1 Men’s Coach in Ann Arbor, MI as well as coaching two USTA League National Champions. Laurent was recognized as one of the top 20 coaches by the PTR in 2000 and his clubs won facility of the year awards in 2012 and 2014. Yes, he is French Canadian and he also has a passion for hockey and the Montreal Canadiens. 

Butch Staples is the National Tennis Director for Midtown Athletic Clubs. He began his 16-year career with Midtown as the Tennis Director in Weston, FL followed by six years as the Tennis Director in Chicago. Butch is a PTR International Master Professional who was named the 2010 PTR Pro of the Year. He is also actively involved in coach education as a Net Generation lead trainer with the USTA. 

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Tennis Retreat Q&A

WHEN IS Midtown's tennis week AND HOW LONG IS IT?

Our Tennis Week is five days and nights, January 8 through January 13, 2019. 

WHAT's planned for the trip?

Some of the best of Midtown’s tennis coaches will lead a dynamic, fun-filled five days of drills, lessons and guided play. Each day starts with an optional Cardio Tennis workout in the morning before a leisurely breakfast. Following breakfast, plan on 90 minutes of coaching, drill and practice. It’s beach time after lunch followed by more tennis with a team play format once it’s cooled down in the late afternoon. There will be plenty of downtime for you to relax at the beach, participate in water sports activities or pamper yourself at the spa. 

Whos is coaching and providing instruction?

You’ll get great coaching from some of the best teaching pros in the worldrepresenting our family of clubs from North America—Mike Insko, Trip Baisden, Laurent Leclerc and Butch Staples—who will work alongside Curtain Bluff’s team of certified professionals. 

Who is going?

We are opening registration to all Midtown members from all of our clubs, but enrollment is limited to 32 players. You’ll be with members from your home club, plus you’ll make new friends with Midtown members from other clubs. 

why did you choose curtain bluff?

Curtain Bluff (curtainbluff. com) has been regularly recognized by Condé Nast and Travel & Leisure as one of the top three resorts in the Caribbean (go online and check it out). Curtain Bluff is an incomparable high-end, all-inclusive, 55-room, beach-front, boutique resort with impeccable service and incredible amenities. The tennis courts are nestled in a cove between two beaches—it is truly a beautiful and magical place. The resort’s Executive Chef of 20 years, Christophe, serves up wonderful meals, and he’s always excited to share his love of local, fresh and healthy fare. 

What are the accommodations like?

The guest rooms are beautiful, spacious junior suites, just feet from the ocean. They are designed for double occupancy, but don’t worry if you don’t have a roommate, we will match you up with another of our Tennis Week players. We plan on having a fun, cohesive group of like-minded people who love to play tennis, relax at the beach during “downtime” and have fun away from the courts. 

what other activities are available?

This is a perk of the trip that we couldn’t believe. Whether you like to water ski, sail, kayak, windsurf, snorkel, or paddle’s all included! There is also a spa perched on a bluff with stunning views. The spa menu includes a variety of massage techniques and offers body treatments, facials, manicures and pedicures. Treatments begin with some relaxation on the open veranda and end with champagne and a soak in the infinity edge hot tub. Spa services are not included, but a special group rate of 15% off will be offered while we are there. We’ll also plan a one afternoon off-site catamaran trip to explore other parts of the island…all included! 

what will happen in the evening?

After the late afternoon team play and competition you’ll enjoy cocktails in the indoor/ outdoor lounge followed by a delicious dinner with your friends, along with live music each night on the dinner terrace. Also, you will be treated to a special Tennis Week Dinner at the Sea Grape Restaurant on our last evening. 

why are you so excited about curtain bluff?

Midtown has wanted to host a Tennis Week Retreat for its members for years, and on the heels of our very successful Yoga Retreat at Curtain Bluff, we’ve recognized that this resort is as special as Midtown. It is a gorgeous destination with tons of tennis history, no TV, terrific food, genuine hospitality, and distinctive service. Wi-Fi is available throughout the resort. 

what is the cost of the retreat and how do i register?

The cost for Midtown members is $2,850 per person, excluding airfare, based on double occupancy. All tips, taxes, fees and transfers are included. Please book your airline tickets to arrive in St. John’s, Antigua (ANU) on Tuesday, January 8 and plan to depart mid-day on Sunday, January 13. The best connections from Chicago are on American Airlines, Rochester on Jet Blue, and Montreal on Air Canada. Please check the airlines for the best flight connections from Atlanta and Miami. We will make ground transfer arrangements for you. To register please contact Butch Staples, Midtown’s National Tennis Director, to confirm space is available. 

A deposit of $500 along with a copy of your flight confirmation and a copy of your passport is due at time of registration. The remaining balance is due December 2, 2018. 

Non-members may register after November 2, 2018 (additional fees apply). 

Contact your club’s head professional or Midtown’s National Tennis Director, Butch Staples at (954) 821-6622 or for more information. 

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