Caneel Bay Resort Tennis Updates

We recently caught up with Eric Gessner, our Director of Tennis at Caneel Bay Resort to talk about his new role and some updates! See our Q&A below:      Eric Gessner, Caneel Bay Resort Tennis Director 

How long have you been instructing Tennis at Caneel Bay Resort?
I have been on and off St. John and Caneel Bay since 1998. I have been with Peter Burwash International, PBI, for 20 years. I have worked with every level player and group in the tennis industry and I still love teaching the game, the best.

Anything new and exciting with our Caneel Bay Tennis program that you can share?
The upper courts 8 & 9 are getting a face lift. The old artificial grass is going away and we are convertiIMG_3230ng them into hard courts. This move should help Caneel have long lasting, hard courts, for many years to come and the foundation will be able to withstand any issues from the high water table on St. John.

Do you have any new tennis apparel or gear in the pro shop? What brands are you currently carrying?
Great new product is in! Adidas, Nike, Boast, Wilson and Asics round out our new buying campaign with new style and the hottest colors of the year.

What is a highlight for you at Caneel Bay or a favorite thing about playing/instructing at Caneel?
The property itself is one of the most beautiful backdrops to play and instruct in the world. The flowers and palms swaying in the Caribbean breeze is second to none.

Do you have a lot of regulars who come to Caneel for tennis? What is so special about our tennis program?
We do get many returning guests to Caneel Bay specifically for the tennis. The best part of our program is our quality of service, the attention to each guests needs and our ability to bring a family feel, to the program.



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