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Cliff Drysdale Tennis announces new padel courts at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami

Three new state-of-the-art padel tennis courts to be completed by January 2020

Miami, FL (December 12, 2019) — Cliff Drysdale Tennis and The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami, are teaming up to offer three new cutting-edge padel tennis courts on the beachfront property, serving up an exclusive experience as the only facility in Miami to feature both tennis and padel facilities. Construction is underway, and the courts are expected to be completed and ready for play by January 1, 2020.

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Miami has established itself as the no. 1 American city for padel—a sport, which is extremely popular in Europe and South America and continues to gain momentum throughout the rest of the United States. Available for year-round play in an island escape setting, the three courts at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscanye, Miami’s renowned Cliff Drysdale Tennis Garden will be the first padel courts on Key Biscayne. The new offering will complement the resort’s already-notable tennis program, which features clinics, lessons with the pros, summer camps, and a specialized concierge for personalized experiences on Drysdale-designed clay courts.

“We are thrilled to be adding padel at one of our signature locations,” said Don Henderson, CEO and President of Cliff Drysdale Tennis. “We take immense pride in being the premier racquet sport location on Key Biscayne and in greater Miami. This addition of padel makes our facility second to none.”

All Racquet Sports, the country’s principal expert on padel, is leading the construction and development of the three courts, which are amongst the newest and most innovative in the world. Technological highlights include aluminum exclusive profiles, laser cut anchor plates, LED lighting and AFP Turf Monofibre. This technology makes the courts at Cliff Drysdale Tennis Gardens at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami the first of its kind in the United States.

Cliff Drysdale Tennis has also announced the first 50 confirmed applicants will receive a founding membership, which includes unlimited access to the padel and tennis courts, programming benefits and more. The grand opening weekend will take place January 17-18, 2020 with a number of activities such as a pro exhibition, clinic and a social event. Additionally, an Intro to Padel course and Padel Certification session will be held during the week by Marcos del Pilar of All Racquet Sports.

For more information about padel facilities and programs, please visit: www.keypadel.com

About Cliff Drysdale Tennis
Founded in 2001 by International Tennis Hall of Fame member Cliff Drysdale and partner Don Henderson, specializes in daily tennis and fitness operations and management for resorts, hotels and private clubs; sports design and construction consultation for companies interested in building world-class facilities; educational programs, summer camps, clinics and retreats; and resort, hotel corporate outing planning and leisure operations. CDM is dedicated to growing the game of tennis and strives to develop, promote and teach new programs that bring more tennis to more people. As the sport continues to grow, as does the CDM commitment to hire, educate and advance talented tennis professionals that provide service excellence both on and off the court. Cliff Drysdale Management’s property portfolio currently boasts 32 tennis facilities nationwide, including multiple Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal ranked tennis resorts on Tennis Resorts Online’s Top 100 list. In July 2018, Troon®, the leader in club management, development, and marketing acquired Cliff Drysdale Management. The acquisition brings together two influential sports management companies that have been excelling at locations around the world for more than two decades. For more information, visit www.cliffdrysdale.com

About The Ritz- Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami
The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami is just minutes from the city’s cosmopolitan center, yet feels like a secluded island getaway with its lush tropical gardens and infinity ocean views. The resort is home to two swimming pools, a secluded stretch of white sand beach, and a luxurious spa, as well as an expansive tennis center, designed by the legendary Cliff Drysdale. The property offers complimentary guest activities, including outdoor yoga, cycling classes, and guided hikes, in addition to a selection of distinctive locally-inspired dining options, including recently opened, Lightkeepers restaurant. Just outside the resort’s door, the natural beauty of Key Biscayne awaits, including miles of sun-soaked coastline and the untouched ecosystem of Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, home to hidden hiking and biking trails, some of the state’s best birdwatching, and of course, the oldest lighthouse in the state of Florida. For the culturally inclined, the neon lights of South Beach, visible from the resort’s quiet beaches, are close at hand as are the trendy restaurants and shops of downtown and Brickell. More information and reservations for The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami is available at www.ritzcarlton.com.

About The Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, MD., part of Marriott International, Inc., currently operates more than 100 hotels and over 45 residential properties in 30 countries and territories. For more information or reservations, visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com, for the latest company updates, visit news.ritzcarlton.com and to join the live conversation, use #RCMemories and follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR). The Ritz-Carlton is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the new name of Marriott’s travel program replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz- Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG). The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including earning points toward free hotel stays and nights toward Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com.

About All Racquet Sports
All Racquet Sports is the leading expert on padel in the USA and is dedicated to growing racquet sports in North America. Focused on providing a 360 degree approach to support padel, including building and selling padel courts, racquets and equipment. In addition, All Racquet Sports partners with the United State Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and the AFP Academy, powered by adidas padel, to certify teaching professionals in North America. All Racquet Sports believes the growth of the industry will come from the inclusion of all racquet sports at the same facility, increasing participation, memberships and overall sales. https://allracquetsports.com

Media Contacts:
Joey Hanf, Cliff Drysdale Tennis, 830-625-5911 ext. 206, j.hanf@cliffdrysdale.com
Tatiana Lora, The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami, 305-781-2165, tatiana.lora@ritzcarlton.com