Get the scoop on top-rated tennis programs at TOPS’L Beach & Racquet Resort from Joe D’Aleo, the resort’s director of tennis.
Q: We understand your background in the tennis realm goes way back.
A: Yes, I’ve been with TOPS’L for over 21 years and hit my first tennis ball at age three! Growing up, I played junior tennis and spent a lot of time on the courts playing with my parents. Years of dedication and passion led me to be ranked fifth in the state of Georgia before heading off to college, where I played collegiate tennis singles and doubles at Georgia Tech. Not long after graduating from college I started my career at TOPS’L as an assistant tennis professional in 1995, and I’ve been USPTA certified (United States Professional Tennis Association) for just as long.
Q: What is it about TOPS’L that sets it apart from the other tennis resorts in the area?
A: TOPS’L stands apart from resorts not just in Florida, but also around the country. Beginner and seasoned players alike travel across the United States for the opportunity to play on our 12 Rubico© clay tennis courts and sink their toes into our sugar-white sand. Being that the resort is nestled within 52 acres bordering a nature preserve, guests love that even at full capacity the resort never feels crowded or congested. We can always find a spot for you on the courts, at the beach, or by the pool.
Q: Do you have any advice for beginners who want to take advantage of the courts while they’re on vacation at TOPS’L?
A: My advice for beginner tennis players, no matter what age, is the start with a series of private tennis lessons from one of our highly talented USPTA certified tennis professionals here at TOPS’L. Your introduction to the game is important in order to learn the basics, for example: proper grips and technique. Taking a few hours of lessons to eliminate bad habits from the beginning is imperative to making the most of your time on the courts, whether you want to win matches against friends or enter a successful career as a tennis player.
D’Aleo’s awards and accolades include: 2016 – USPTA Florida Board Vice President; 2011 & 2012 – USPTA Florida District President of the Year; 2011 – USTA Florida & USPTA Florida Service Award; 2010-2013 – USPTA Florida District President for District 1, Panhandle; 2006-2007 – Nominated by USPTA as District Pro of the Year for the Florida Panhandle division; and 2003 – Voted Best Teaching Professional on the Emerald Coast by readers of Emerald Coast Magazine.