Patrick Sellez, the resident tennis professional at Le Guanahani on the island of St. Barth, draws from his athletic background and lifelong love of the game to oversee all aspects of the hotel’s tennis program, including conducting clinics and lessons and arranging tournaments on courts surrounded by lush tropical vegetation and scenic coastal views.
Born in Grenoble, France in 1970, Sellez fell for tennis at a young age. He was certified as a tennis instructor by the French Tennis Federation in 1995, then became head professional and Association of Tennis Professionals tournaments organizer at the Golf and Tennis Club of Valescure in Saint-Raphael on the French Riviera in 1997. He moved to St. Barth in 2001 to work for St. Barth Tennis where he led lessons, hitting sessions and technique development courses. He also played professionally and instructed at East Hampton Tennis Club in New York during summer 2002 and 2004. Since 2004, Sellez has been the exclusive partner and French West Indies ambassador for Babolat, a role he has also held for Lacoste since 2014.
Led by Sellez, Le Guanahani offers a fun and professional tennis program geared toward enjoyment and improvement. Clinics and tournaments are offered, while court availability, player punctuality and team diversity are monitored to assure a smooth running program day after day. Premium brand tennis amenities, including Babolat and Lacoste, are available to all players. Le Guanahani is the only hotel on St. Barth with its own tennis courts. The hotel offers two flood-lit courts for use by up to four players, available by reservation in advance. The upper court is surfaced with agile turf, a sand-filled artificial grass. The lower court is classic clay combining synthetic grass fibers and graded material infill. Tennis racquets and balls are provided and professional instruction is available by appointment.
When not engaging resort guests with play, instruction and guidance at Le Guanahani, Sellez enjoys the beauty of the hotel’s coastal setting along with the island of St. Barth.