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Tennis Anyone?

Rob Barr Tennis Academy

Our six Har-Tru clay courts offer a classic tennis experience in a beautiful setting.

Recognized by TENNIS magazine & the travel series Destination. Court usage is included at no additional fee for overnight resort guests. Camp Experiences & Private Lessons are available.

For Camp Availability & Lessons Please Contact Rob Barr Tennis Academy at 802-310-2492

Rob Barr Tennis Academy at The Essex Resort & Spa

Rob Barr will return for the summer season at The Essex with his Rob Barr Tennis Academy. Recognized by Tennis Resorts Online as one of the top ten camps in the world, this program welcomes juniors and adults aged eight and up.

Aspiring tennis pros and casual players will enjoy structured camps that focus on stroke development and competitive drills, workshops centered on game basics, and sessions geared toward kids and teens. Advanced players looking to fine-tune their swing can opt-in for Barr’s stroke-specific clinics that offer technical coaching and tactical applications. Private lessons are also available.

Utilizing the resort’s Har-Tru clay courts, The Rob Barr Tennis Academy is open exclusively at The Essex between June and August.

  • Camps: 9-12pm $175/day
  • Stroke of the Day Clinic: 12-1pm (Monday & Thursday only) 
  • Private lesson: $85/hr.
  • Semi-private: $50 per person/hr.

*All tennis programming and activities require 24 hr. advanced confirmation and is subject to availability.

For Camp Availability & Lessons Please Contact Rob Barr directly at 802-310-2492

Rob Barr

Veteran tennis coach Rob Barr brings 25 years of experience to The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa by way of his Rob Barr Tennis Academy. Players of all levels can hit the courts with this seasoned instructor who has coached professionals at top-tier events, including Grand Slams at the U.S. Open, Wimbledon, and the Australian Open, as well as at global tournaments like the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Tour and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Tour. 

Outside of the pro arena, Barr has maintained an impressive position as a stand-out coach in collegiate athletics. His individualistic approach to teaching has helped guide players through championship seasons, racking up appearances at Final Four NCAA DIII Championships and a NCAA national title. Barr’s career includes tenures at four Division I schools, including Rice University in Houston, Texas and the University of New Orleans, plus lead roles coaching for the USTA Eastern Championship team and the USTA Eastern Clay Courts Championship.


"The tennis program at The Essex is absolutely wonderful. The group of women I travel with have been going there for 4 years now, and each year the experience gets better. Rob Barr and his assistant, (and associate pros) all are incredibly skillful at what they do."

 "First, the teaching model is excellent. The skill is introduced and modeled, and then ample time is provided for practice and reinforcement. I must mention that Rob, in particular, takes many opportunities for one-on-one instruction as is needed by the tennis players."
"My wife and I just returned from a 5 day tennis camp at The Essex in Vermont. Beautiful weather, excellent surroundings, and great tennis! We did the five days to get thoroughly immersed in tennis…and boy were we! The day begins with breakfast, then three hours of drills and instruction in the morning. Lunch was served, and then two more hours of drill and instruction followed by doubles play. After a rest, a gourmet meal was served for dinner. The meals were exquisite. But most of all the tennis instruction was superb. Both Robb Barr (the director) and Anders Lundberg, the two pros, were both knowledgeable and encouraging. And both kept us laughing. I recommend to all players!"—W.W., Int.

"I love this tennis camp! I have gone with a group of friends for 3 years running, and my week there is a highlight of my year. The setting and courts are beautiful, the pros are great (both as people and teachers), the atmostphere is serious but also fun and supportive. I can't say enough great things about this camp! Plus, you have beauty of Vermont, the pleasures of Burlington, the enjoyment of the spa, and great food...Rob Barr does a wonderful job keeping the program running smoothly, and is a fabulous teaching pro."—N.S., Int.