Mission, Core Values & History
Your health and wellness begins at The Grotto Bay Tennis Club.
A visit to The Grotto Bay Tennis Club (GBTC) is a fun and energizing experience. Our club provides a spectrum of tennis programs and activities for the health, development, education and recreation needs of its patrons, hotel guest and the community.
At GBTC, we’re here to help you succeed at your fitness, wellness and tennis development goals. There are always new and exciting fitness classes and programs to participate in, including cardio tennis and our Racket Blazer tournament series, and of course support from certified tennis instructors.
Kids will love the wide variety of activities available in our holiday and summer camps and if you have an aspiring tennis star in your household, they will be in good hands in our junior development and high performance programs.
Embrace a healthy lifestyle. Contact our Club Services desk at 293-3420 to sign up for a program today!
Our mission is to provide quality lessons and competitive opportunities for players of all ages and levels in a fun, safe and encouraging environment.
Our Core Values:
1. Excellence in customer service and client retention;
2. Excellence in teaching standards and programming; and
3. Excellence in facilities upkeep and convenience to members and guests.
The Grotto Bay Tennis Club (GBTC), under the management of Certified Tennis Instructor Romar Douglas, opened its doors in January 2011. Situated on the lower front 2 acres of the Grotto Bay Beach and Tennis Resort, the GBTC has evolved into the East End community’s choice of tennis facilities, offering year round opportunities for improving, competing and socializing.
Did you know?
GBTC is part of Grotto Bay Beach Resort and partners closely with them to ensure resort guests have priority access to the courts and that GBTC patrons have easy access to the resort’s amenities.
Grotto Bay Beach and Tennis Resort has an award-winning spa. You won’t want to miss a visit to this luxurious spa in the caves at Grotto Bay. When you book your tennis lesson, think about booking a massage at the same time to ease your tired muscles and achieve full relaxation after your workout. Contact our Club Service desk at 293-3420 for more information.
Romar Douglas, Head Coach
Certified Tennis Professional by USPTA, lessons are available with Coach Romar Douglas for all abilities and age levels. At age 29, Romar Douglas is considered a young veteran in the Bermuda tennis world, having played competitive tennis for almost 20 years. After graduating with Honors from the world-renowned Van Der Meer Tennis Academy on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, Coach Douglas went on to attend Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he graduating with a Bachelor of Science.
At Johnson C. Smith University, Coach Douglas was the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (NCAA Division II conference) Rookie of the Year and was selected during his college-playing career as All-Conference Team Player in both singles and doubles for 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Coach Douglas has also represented Bermuda in a number of local tennis tournaments and was amongst the first of 3 Bermudians to represent Bermuda in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Tournament at the age of 18. While more recently Coach Douglas has represented Bermuda in the Davis Cup.
Coach Douglas is currently the BLTA’s Junior Development Coordinator and the East End’s Tennis in the Schools Initiative Coordinator. He is a certified tennis instructor and holds coaching certifications and qualifications from the US Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the US Tennis Association (USTA) and the Bermuda Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA).
Tony Thompson, Tennis Instructor
Courts and Facilities
Hours of Operation
Grotto Bay Tennis Club has 4 outdoor Plexipave courts. 2 of the 4 courts have lighting for evening play. Plexipave is the most widely used acrylic tennis court surfacing system in the world. It has achieved a global presence in tennis surface systems and enjoys an international reputation for excellence and dependability.
The tennis courts are available for booking from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm and our Pro Shop is open daily from 8:30 am to 11:00 am and 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Iced water is provided for your comfort, a beverage vending machine is accessible 24 hours a day and snacks are available for purchase in the Pro Shop.
Bathroom and shower facilities are available to Club patrons.
Court reservations are required. Reservations for evening play must be made before 5:00 p.m. Evening play is available until 9:00 p.m.
Club Rules and Etiquette
Court availability is in accordance with a first-come-first-served policy.
Saturday and Sunday leagues have priority on the lighted courts. Any of the other available hard courts may be used for thirty-minute intervals at a time. This is subject to the unused courts not being needed by other league players during league weekends.
During summer and holiday camps, priority is given to the camps on the unlighted courts.
Before Going On The Court
All members and guests must wear proper athletic or tennis attire (no color restrictions apply) on the courts. Only athletic shoes with non-marking, non-damaging soles are allowed on the courts. Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times on the courts.
Please remember to be considerate not only of those you are playing with on the courts, but those who are playing on adjacent courts as well. Please keep voices low so as not to disturb other players.
Booking A Court
Court bookings are on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Round Robins, League events, Tournaments and Club events have court priority.
The courts are cleaned daily. Should you wish to clean your court prior to play, you are welcome to use the equipment provided; please return it to its proper location.
Water and cups are available for your use; however, glass receptacles are not allowed.
When Entering The Court
When preparing to enter the court, please wait quietly at the gate until the players on the court nearest to the gate have finished a point. Then, quickly go to your assigned court, ensuring that you are not moving behind a court when a point is in play. Wait until the point is over then move quickly along the fence line to your own court.
Always control your temper – do not throw your racquet or equipment; do not smash a ball in frustration.
Players should not argue about the score. It is the responsibility of person serving to call out the score in advance of serving. Each player (or team) should call all balls that bounce on their side of the net.
One of the most fundamental principles of tennis when played without an umpire is that you must always give your opponent the benefit of the doubt. The rules provide that a ball is “in” unless it is clearly seen as “out”. If a ball has touched even a portion of the line, it is good. If you are in doubt as to how to call a ball because you have not seen it clearly, you may ask your opponent to help you on the call. If you do so, you must accept your opponent’s call. Never play a let because you are unsure of the call.
Do not offer calls on your opponent’s side unless asked for assistance by him or her.
A ball is in play until it strikes the ground or fence outside the court. Allow a ball that appears to be going long to bounce before calling it out or hitting, catching or otherwise touching it.
Ball Rolling Onto Other Courts
If a ball rolls onto your court from an adjacent court and you are rallying (not yet playing a match) – stop rallying and return the ball immediately to one of the people on the next court. If the players from whose court the ball came are in mid-point, wait until they finish or gently roll their ball along the fence behind them.