With the 2018 Wimbledon Tennis Championships about to compete for our sporting affection and inspire athletic types to improve their prowess on court, LOTUS has some serious tennis breaks to consider.
IMROVE YOUR TENNIS TECHNIQUE AT THE ‘RAFA NADAL ACADEMY’ (MALLORCA)
Located in Manacor, Rafa Nadal’s home town, the Rafa Nadal Academy is just 30 minutes from Palma airport and ten minutes from the Levante coast, home to some of Mallorca’s most beautiful beaches. Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including 26 regulation size tennis courts, two swimming pools (indoor and outdoor), a spa, official football pitch, 7-a-side football pitch, athletics fields and handball, volleyball, squash, padel and basketball courts, as well as 68 double en-suite rooms and expert coaching, the sports centre offers the ultimate sporting experience for both amateur and elite athletes. For cyclists and triathletes, the centre also offers cycling and triathlon training services and sports rehabilitation facilities, enabling visitors to make the most of the island’s beautiful network of cycling paths.
Prices for B&B and a standard sports programme start from £105 per person per night.
For those looking to improve their tennis technique, the centre offers weekly tennis training camps on a B&B or half board basis. The weekly rates for Tennis Summer Camps (24 June to 26 August) for children and teenagers aged between 8 and 18, include 22 hours of tennis training; five hours of physical fitness training/sports activities; 4.5 hours of fun activities; full-board accommodation; medical attention; nutritional care and leisure activities are £310, while the adult weekly tennis camp, including 12 hours of tennis training and accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis starts from £1245.
Alternatively, for young people aged between 12 and 18 who are on their way to filling Andy Murray’s shoes and showing remarkable promise, then families might want to consider the ‘Annual Programme for Tennis and Academic Studies’ that includes 17 hours of tennis training per week, a further six hours of physical fitness training; an academic year at the American International School of Mallorca; accommodation on a full-board basis plus tournament organisation and medical supervision. Fees are £50,000.
For more information or to book, visit www.rafanadalacademy.com
GET BETTER AT LA MANGA CLUB, SPAIN WITH ALPHAROOMS
The La Manga Club, the sports and leisure resort situated on the coast south of Murcia, is one of Spain’s most prestigious sporting facilities. Home to 28 tennis courts on its 1400 acre site that also boasts three golf courses, eight FIFA-standard football pitches and a wellness centre, the resort has played host to the Davis Cup, the Fed Cup and ATP tournaments and is an overseas training base for the Lawn Tennis Association.
Holidaymakers keen to brush up on their ground strokes can enrol on one of their tennis academies. Courses are devised for both children and adults,from beginner level to elite with private coaching starting at £53 for two people for a 45 minute session and a 10 hour course for juniors starting from £250 and £275 for adults.
Alpharooms (alpharooms.com / 0114 407 0241) offer seven nights in Murcia, Spain from £439 per person based on two adults sharing. Staying at the four-star Las Lomas Village Apartments at La Manga Club on a bed and breakfast basis, flights are from London Stansted on 16 July 2018
JOIN YOUR OWN TENNIS TOURNAMENT IN FUERTEVENTURA
For over 10 years, the Tennis College Fuerteventura has offered guests of Suite Hotel Atlantis Fuerteventura Resort the chance to perfect their backhand or even challenge themselves in regular weekly tournaments at their professional tennis academy. The college offers three artificial courts equipped for singles and doubles games, which can also be rented for a friendly game in the Canarian sun. The academy also offers training sessions for groups catering to all ages and levels, as well as private tutoring for those in search of a more intense day on the court. Summer holiday schools are available for children from the age of three with daily classes, which includes rackets, balls and a tutor. Guests of Suite Hotel Atlantis Fuerteventura Resort can enjoy special discounts on training packages, as well as preferential access to facilities. Located in the Canary Islands, players can enjoy gorgeous beaches, year round sunshine or even relax poolside in between games at the family friendly property boasting seven pools, four restaurants, three bars and a prime location just 15 minutes from the The Tennis College Fuerteventura. Prices start from £29 per hour for three people. For more information or to book, visit: http://www.tennisfuerte.de/english-1/