Sandestin Hosts Fla Largest Quickstart Tournament

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Nickia Padgett


Destin, FL – According to the United States Tennis Association (USTA), the Sandestin QuickStart Tennis Tournament on November 13 was the largest of its kind in Florida and one of the largest in the nation. A total of 66 area children at the U10, U12, and U14 levels gathered for a day of competition and fun.

Chris Petty, Director of Tennis at Sandestin said, “We are very proud of the success we achieved as hosts of the first QuickStart Tourney on the Emerald Coast.” He attributes this success to the hard work and dedication of the community volunteers and his staff including organizer and head of Junior Programming, Patrick Morris.

Prior to the tournament many of the children attended weekly QuickStart lessons. The pros at Sandestin use the QuickStart format to introduce young children to the game of tennis. Smaller court and racquet sizes, foam and decompressed balls, a simplified scoring system and lowered net height make tennis easier for young children to play and learn.

Each player received a Tournament Player T-Shirt, unlimited snacks during the games, and a Sandestin Player Packet which included several coupons to several resort outlets and attractions. 1st and 2nd place winners in each division won trophies and all U10 participants took home medals. Some families chose to book a stay under the Sandestin QuickStart Family Getaway package and received deep discounts for accommodations.

“Our goal is to introduce the game of tennis to children in a very positive environment. Combined, our enthusiastic and experienced staff, excellent USTA program and engaging players have made the junior program at Sandestin one of the best in the country,” said Morris. “In fact, with the momentum in our favor Sandestin Tennis will begin hosting quarterly QuickStart Tournaments that will lead to the year end regional tournament much like the one we just hosted.”

Tennis Resorts Online rated Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort among the top resorts for tennis instruction in the country. Tennis Magazine has also ranked Sandestin among the top tennis resorts overall in North America.

For more information call Sandestin Tennis at 850-267-7110 or email

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort was rated the # 1 Resort by Emerald Coast Magazine. Located on Northwest Florida's Gulf Coast, Sandestin is a 2,400-acre destination resort for all seasons and for all ages. Sandestin invites guests to enter a world of 30 neighborhoods with 1,400 condominiums, villas, town homes and a wide variety of hotel accommodations. A member of the Beaches of South Walton, the resort has more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 98-slip marina, a fitness center and spa, meeting space and The Village of Baytowne Wharf, a popular pedestrian village featuring shopping, dining, nightlife and events.