It seems everyone is heading outdoors to get healthy, and tennis is booming across the country. Of the 21.64 million Americans who say they played tennis last year, nearly 3 million were new to the game, a 44% increase. Participation in the sport increased by 22% in 2020 over 2019.
St. Andrews Country Club is home to 14 exceptional clay courts, a stadium court, and two pickleball courts. The tennis program is one of the best in the nation. Overseeing the program as the Director of Tennis is Aaron Krickstein, formerly ranked as high as No. 6 in the world. Aaron is a nine-time ATP Tour titlist and still holds the records for the youngest player to win an ATP Tour event at age 16 and the youngest in the world top 10 at age 17. In working for St. Andrews for over 18 years, Aaron has noticed an extensive growth of the tennis program over the past year. Here’s what he has to say about the growth of St. Andrews’ tennis program.
Why do you think tennis has become so popular nationwide?
“I think the pandemic has certainly played a role in the resurgence of tennis since it is a great socially distant sport that is played mostly outside. Also, the sport has been documented as the most useful sport for human health. It’s a great cardio workout and a fun social sport that can be played for a lifetime.”
What is unique about the tennis facilities at St. Andrews Country Club?
“The facilities at St. Andrews Country Club are first class. Our tennis courts are second to none and are known as the best tennis courts in South Florida for their consistently pristine condition. Our USPTA certified professional staff is quite diversified and very talented in helping members achieve their goals. Additionally, the program offers a wide variety of tournaments, mixers, round robins, challenge ladders, member-guest events, professional exhibitions, and a growing junior program. We also have monthly pickleball events as well as tennis and pickleball inter-club league matches against other local area clubs.”
What is pickleball? How is it related to tennis?
“Pickleball has become an extremely popular game nationwide. It is probably best described as a combination of ping pong, tennis, and badminton. It’s a very social game that is easy to learn and play in no time. Pickleball has captured the imagination of people all over the country.”
What would you say to a Member who wants to start playing tennis but has never played before?
“I would tell them that we have the staff and overall program to not only get you back on the court but to get you hooked into playing tennis for the rest of your life. Tennis is the sport for a lifetime, and the St. Andrews Tennis Program has something for everyone.
As Director of Tennis, my goal is to make the tennis experience an enjoyable one for all our members and their guests. Whether they take a lesson or clinic, play socially, or participate in one of our many events, I believe that we accomplish that mission every day of the year!”
An exceptional tennis program is not the only amenity residents of St. Andrews Country Club can enjoy. St. Andrews is also home to two 18-hole championship golf courses with virtually no tee times. The Clubhouse is the social gathering place of the community, with a full-service, award-winning spa & salon, fitness center, four restaurants, three pools, Kids Club, playground and more. With distinctions including a “Distinguished Club of the World” and “Top Ten Healthiest Clubs in America”, its world-class amenities make life a permanent vacation.
With a prime location in upscale Boca Raton, Florida, this country club is near some of the city’s highlights, ranging from Florida Atlantic University, the Wick Theatre, and some of Florida’s best beaches. Three area airports: Palm Beach International, Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale International Airport, or the nearby private FBO at the Boca Raton Airport allows travel to be seamless.
For more information about the enviable lifestyle at St. Andrews Country Club, visit StAndrewsStyle.com to request a complimentary copy of our digital brochure, or call our real estate team at 561-451-4900.