Join former World top 150 Junior Frederic Dewitte for a week of clinics and matchplay at all-inclusive Club Med Ixtapa, Mexico from 12/16 - 12/23.
Fred was born in Club Med, reached top 150 in the world as a junior and today directs play! California, a tennis academy in San Diego, USA.
He has played against players such as Kei Nishikori, Benoit Paire & Viktor Troicki and is fluent in French, Japanese and English.Read Full Bio
A tennis vacation? Yes, your favorite sport in an exotic setting. What could be more fun!? Oh, add windsurfing, waterskiing, sailing, gourmet buffets, groovy music, flying trapeze and a genuinely warm international ambiance where your problems… problems?
This is life at Club Méditerranée, the 1950s pioneer of the all inclusive vacation concept, the global family of resorts that I call home. At age 22 in his hometown of Amiens, France, my father had been captivated by Club Med’s utopian philosophy of simply celebrating happiness after the darkness of the mid century war. In 1972, he would begin a 29 year career with the organization.
In early 1980s Tokyo, a young woman recently out of college felt alienated by her city’s corporate atmosphere. She left Japan in 1983 to work as tennis instructor at Club Med Noumea in New Caledonia. There, she met my father who had been resort hopping for a decade climbing up the coolest hierarchy in the world. That’s the brief version of how a Franco-Japanese kid was born on Mauritius Island and spent his childhood on vacation.
Have you seen a kid roaming free on a tropical resort with endless activities and new faces to meet every week? Have you seen when that kid’s dad is resort manager? This was my life from birth to age 11. Daily choices were waterskiing, windsurfing, trapeze, ping pong, volleyball or scuba diving with barracudas! But tennis was not as easy as everything else. It required something more than other sports - something of more depth.
I was intrigued and continued to play even after our family moved to Florida to reintegrate into the “real world.” I later reached an 18-and-under world ranking of 138th, played the 2004 Australian Open Juniors and represented NCAA Division I California Polytechnic State University.
As an adult, I wanted to see my home from a new perspective. From 2008 to 2011, I was instructor at Club Meds in the Bahamas, Turkey and the Dominican Republic. In 2011, I returned to California for law school. This disruptive contrast from resort life illuminated the path toward what is today play tennis! California. A bayside San Diego complex with five courts reminiscent of Club Med life is now my tennis academy’s home where students attend dynamic multilingual clinics with upbeat, inspirational house music! Music has been a significant aid in communicating timing and tempo related concepts. It is one of the most rewarding moments to see a student shed away their self created limitations and bloom into the perfectly unique players they had deep down always known themselves to be. The tennis court has become a platform, a sanctuary where my worldview can transcend through to students that join me.
I want my students to be free on the court so that they can be free in life. I’ve found through the evolution of my own tennis that intangibles such as positive thought, rhythm, confidence and spontaneous creativity tend to transfer seamlessly between the tennis court and one’s moment-to-moment life experience. I believe seeing the clearness of this analogy can unlock untapped potential on both fronts in domino effect-like sequence.
Will you fearlessly attack the floating mid court ball or will you slice and retreat backwards? If you miss, will you slump your shoulders in regret or tune in to the innate adaptive intelligence of your body constantly seeking a receptive ear to its optimistic messages? If you “miss” in life, what is your reaction? Through my Club Med lenses, the answer has always been to step forward, to dance, to laugh because tennis is fun and life is your vacation.
As I write, I’m humbled to have a group of students joining me for our first Club Med trip. From here onwards, I envision frequent trips with tennis lovers around the word with the ultimate goal of developing grassroots tennis initiatives for underprivileged children.
Talent can be hidden anywhere regardless of socioeconomic status. So can ambition - the kind that can take a player to the top of the world. Given my position, I consider it a responsibility to create an environment where youth with such qualities are given a realistic chance be discovered and to flourish. I know this is exactly what I am here to do. Join us from December 16th to 23rd at Club Med Ixtapa for a celebration of tennis & life.
Frederic Dewitte, Director
play tennis! California
Lessons for All Levels:
Archery, fitness, classes, kayaking, sailing, flying trapeze, tennis
Open Access and Organized Play:
Basketball, beach volleyball, soccer
Greens fee package, deep sea fishing, horseback riding, snorkeling, teens spa and pajamas club
Children and Teen Clubs:
Baby Club Med - from 4 to 23 months old
Petit Club Med - from 2 to 3 years old
Mini Club Med - from 4 to 10 years old
Juniors’ Club Med - from 11 to 17 years old
Offsite Cultural and Adventure Activities
(all 1/2 Day)
Catamaran and Snorkeling Adventure
Lobster Lunch and Snorkeling on the Island of Ixtapa
Magical Sunset Cruise
Meet the Dolphins
Mountain Bike Outing - Ecotourism Excursion
Nature and Culture Walk
Pre-hispanic Excursion - Soledad de Maciel (La Chole)
Zihuatanejo / Ixtapa Discovery and Shopping
"Who knew learning to play tennis would be so fun! I’ve never played tennis or any sport for that matter. Now with Fred’s beginner clinics I CAN! He is a great instructor and his ability to break down the basics is so helpful. I love how he’s able to see mechanics and assist you with your grip, positioning and stroke. He is patient and very knowledgeable. So glad I took a chance to learn to play and you will be too."
"Freddie is a gifted tennis player and talented instructor. He is patient and at the same time persuasive in teaching the correct techniques. I have improved my stroke-play, positioning and technique considerably with his tips. He is always ready to give suggestions on how to improve one’s game. He keeps the class going with his drills and the class is over even before we realize it. It’s a lot of fun!"
"I just returned to LA from Club Med Ixtapa Pacific after a one week’s stay. I highly recommend this beautiful resort for anyone seeking to relax and recharge. Everyone is so friendly and very service oriented and attentive. The food was amazing. The onsite spa was a nice treat too. The gym was very well equipped for a workout. I loved staying in the Sol suites with a private beach right outside and having a concierge to attend to every need. Well done Club Med Ixtapa Pacific team! I can’t wait to return!"
"Fred is a fantastic tennis player and instructor! I’m an intermediate player trying to get back after a long break. So far he’s helped me to improve my strokes and my game!!! And what an amazing workout!!! He returns everything you give him! He’s charming, patient and a wealth of information. His awesome form is like watching the pros on TV! Wait, he was a high ranking player in the world of tennis! I’m so happy and thrilled to have found such an amazing instructor! He’s definitely worth it!!!"
"Just returned from a 10 day vacation with the entire family and when I say the entire family I mean we took everyone from the 14 mo old baby, 11 yr old kids (x4), the teenage niece, the mother-in-law and my husband… and EVERYONE had the time of their lives. If you have never tried Club Med, you have to go!"
"If you want to learn how to play tennis from the best … I strongly recommend play tennis! California. From beginner to advanced level, the coaching, direction and feedback is top notch. Class size is low and divided by skill set / level allowing for significant individual attention and direction. They strive to improve and grow your technical skill as well as your mental understanding of the game. I have played tennis with other coaches and at other clubs throughout San Diego. none have been as motivating and focused as play tennis! California. Fred has the knowledge, patience and skill to dramatically improve your game. If you are a beginner, they will have you playing in a relatively short period of time. I strongly recommend play tennis! California."