Tennis plays its own role in Charleston’s claim as one of the nation’s elite travel destinations. America’s Best Tennis Town will be on international display on Sunday at 7 p.m. as the Tennis Channel premieres its new 30-minute Tour Guide travel series.
Filmed alongside this past spring’s Family Circle Cup, Tour Guide host Danielle Dotzenrod gives viewers an inside look at Charleston, not just the world-class tennis center and tournament, but also of local landmarks, hotels and most notably its highly acclaimed restaurants.
John LaVerne of Culinary Tours of Charleston guides Dotzenrod on a downtown tour that has Dotzenrod and LaVerne feasting on oysters served by executive chef Graham Dailey at Peninsula Grill and executive chef Michelle Weaver at Charleston Grill, and a shrimp dish by executive chef Frank Lee at Slightly North of Broad.
The episode goes onsite at the Family Circle Cup to interview Family Circle general manager Bob Moran and fans as well as tennis stars Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Samantha Stosur, Sloane Stephens and Lucie Safarova.
Cobblestone streets, and historic buildings and churches are on display as well as beaches. WTA Tour star Julia Goerges of Germany takes a bike ride along The Battery while being interviewed by Dotzenrod.
The scene switches to Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle of Palms where the Boardwalk Inn and golf courses are featured, along with the Wild Dunes Racquet Club. Dotzenrod rallies enthusiastically during hitting drills with Wild Dunes tennis director Charley Rasheed.
Tour Guide’s aim is to show viewers how to plan an unforgettable tennis vacation around a specific tournament such as the Family Circle Cup, highlighting nearby attractions, landmarks, hotels, restaurants and excursions while in town. Other Tour Guide episodes will include Washington, Amsterdam, and Lisbon, Portugal.
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