The Australian Open makes me yearn for Tennis in Sandpoint, Idaho!

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho SP37235

The Australian Open just ended...OMG!  The finals may have been the best final ever between the best two players ever.  Nadal finally bested Federer in five sets...7-5, 3-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-2.  The emotional awards ceremony was as great as the match! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFHbGCgx4jI

This brings me to tennis in Sandpoint, Idaho...yet another reason to look at Sandpoint for retirement, 2nd home or a career move.  I can't wait for the weather to cooperate and start the new season.  We have a very active tennis community and a long season to enjoy the sport.  It is not rare to head up to SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN to ski in the morning sunshine and then return to the Sandpoint valley for tennis in the afternoon.  It just doesn't get better.

We have a very active tennis association (The Sandpoint Tennis Association) with about 85 members.  The association runs a summer-long singles and doubles league 4 days a week from 5:00 p.m. to nightfall.  The outdoor season can run from early March to Thanksgiving.  We do not currenly have a public indoor club, but there are constant rumors of this happening.

The Sandpoint Tennis Association also sponsors clinics and lessons for kids and adults throughout the summer.  The Tennis Association works in conjunction with the Sandpoint Parks & Rec. department to maintain the Sandpoint City courts with wind screens, top quality nets (including center straps) and resurfacing when needed.  We have three tennis parks:  1)  Traverse Park - 6 courts; 2)  Memorial Park - 3 courts and: 3)  City Beach - 2 courts...all impeccably maintained.  Tennis is considered a VITAL part of the recreational health of the community.

You haven't lived until you have hit on the newly resurfaced City Beach Courts!  The two courts are situated on the Sandpoint City Beach peninsula with panoramic views of the spectacular Cabinet Mountains dropping into Lake Pend O'reille on the east vista, The Selkirk Crest (one of the largest wilderness areas in the U.S and Canada) on the north vista, Schweitzer Mountain to the west /northwest and the famous Sandpoint Long Bridge crossing the Lake to the south.

Sandpoint is truly a 4-season paradise.  It is a pleasure to sell real estate here and we invite tennis players to live and play here and help grow our tennis community!

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Kenneth Bargers
Prudential Woodmont Realty - Nashville, TN

Kent - I thoroughly enjoyed watching the Australian Open this year.  Not only the men's singles but all of the events gave us high quality tennis this year.  I wore out the remote switching between ESPN, ESPN2 and the Tennis Channel these past couple of weeks.  Your area seems very active for a tennis community and coming from someone that has played since the age of 12 is very appealing.  All the best to you and your business.

Feb 01, 2009 11:59 AM #1
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Kent Anderson
Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho - Sandpoint, ID
from Schweitzer to the Lake
Ken - it was one of my main focuses before moving here. It has worked out well and now I'm coaching tennis here. Great way to meet clients, too.
Feb 01, 2009 12:25 PM #2
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Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

Although Federer had the extra day's rest, he looked like he was just worn out in that fifth set. If he had been able to keep his game up, the match might have rivaled Wimbledon 2008 between Nadal and Federer, but that fifth set made it just another five-setter for me.

I won't yet put Nadal into the realms of greatest tennis players ever. I think he can get there if he can stay healthy.

Feb 16, 2009 07:20 AM #3
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Kent Anderson
Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho - Sandpoint, ID
from Schweitzer to the Lake

Jim - You sound like you must be a tennis player yourself.  I had lunch yesterday with a couple of 5.0 USTA players visiting from SanDiego up here at Schweitzer.  They were pretty passionate about the sport.

Personally, I can't believe how these guys can withstand the abuse their bodies take with the 5 setters in 100+ heat day-in and day-out.  I am VERY impresed with both Nadal and (obviously) Federer.  Thanks for checking in!

Feb 17, 2009 03:35 AM #4
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