In the Sportsister camp we’ve been thinking about booking our holidays, but as ever, we wanted to do something a little bit active and a little bit different.
So this month we’ve been adventuring around Europe with the aim of brushing up on our tennis skills and for all of you tennis enthusiasts out there, we invite you to join us and do the same.
Whether you are a beginner, keen amateur, club player or aspiring pro, we have found a great array of beautiful venues and exciting tennis packages, some even exclusive to Sportsister readers, that you can enjoy either alone, or with your family and friends.
But it’s not all strawberries and cream! With the help of professional coaches on hand to offer expert advice and top level coaching, you are sure to be worked hard to improve your skills, and help bring your game up to that next level.
Aphrodite Hills Annabel Croft Tennis Holiday – Cyprus
This tennis holiday is a superb sporting getaway option for solos, couples, families and friends, and attracts players of all levels to learn or improve their skills in the year round warm climate and sumptuous surroundings.
The Tennis Academy features four perfectly maintained clay courts and five hard courts, which all have floodlights so even a little night tennis is an option!
Private coaching sessions with professional instructors are available for beginners, intermediate and advanced players, but no matter what your ability, this tennis course holiday guarantees to sharpen and improve your skills.
is package: Grand Slam Five Day Coaching Course
For five days, this includes four and a half hours per day of coaching with their professional coaches and additional complimentary court hire so there’s no excuse not to practice your new skills!
In addition to this, expect a consultation on arrival and the hire of rackets, tennis balls and tennis shoes.
Price: £1,280 per person including return flights and transfers
More info: 0845 544 1936 or visit www.healthandfitnesstravel.com
Mark Warner Tennis – Greece
Known for offering beach club holidays with a fantastic range of activities, services and facilities; Mark Warner is a top choice for a tennis break.
The company offers award winning tennis holidays at most of their European resorts, where you are guaranteed to find first class facilities and resident tennis instructors on hand for group lessons or one to one tuition.
We’d recommend Lakitira Beach Resort and San Agostino Beach Resort which were recently voted into the top ten European tennis resorts by Ace Magazine, and
boast 21 tennis courts and ten coaches between them.
We think this is the perfect opportunity to combine your love of a beach holiday with your love for tennis.
Top tennis package: Specialist Tennis Week
This week-long package is available in San Agostino, Greece, from May 26 or Lakitira, Kos, from October 6, with each week offering intensive tennis coaching (and play!) with British pro Danny Sapsford (British Davis Cup Player) and the Mark Warner tennis coaches.
Each course consists of ten hours of tuition in a group, 45 minute private lesson, a doubles workshop, professional vs amateur matches and singles and doubles tournaments plus the opportunity to trial the latest equipment.
Price: £175 per w
More info: www.markwarner.co.ukeek per person (in addition to your holiday cost)
Exclusive to Sportsister readers – when you book a Specialist Tennis Week in May or October you can receive 10 per cent off your holiday price. Just quote “Sportsister” at time of booking.
La Manga Club – Spain
La Manga Club is widely considered to be the ultimate tennis resort in Spain and one of the best in the world. Located at the very heart of La Manga Club Resort, the internationally renowned tennis centre is one of Europe’s finest outdoor facilities and is the focal point for many of the resort’s sporting activities.
Boasting 28 courts with a range of clay, hard and artificial grass surfaces, adult and junior tennis players will be able to find coaching programmes tailored to their needs and personal level.
From the informal Welcome Day on Sundays, offering free tennis and sangria (yes please!), to the weekly tennis tournaments and friendly matches, the hands-on team are sure to make you feel part of the friendly social atmosphere that reigns at the tennis club.
Top tennis package: Spring Love Tennis Package
From April 1 to June 30 the La Manga Club offers exclusively to all Sportsister readers four nights bed and breakfast accommodation sharing either a twin or double room for a tennis holiday that includes two hours tennis court time per day and a free fitness pass with access to the indoor pool, sauna, steam rooms and gym at the Spa La Manga Club.
And for young families it also includes a free junior club morning or afternoon tennis session, Monday to Friday, for children between three and twelve years old.
Price: 264 Euros at the four star Las Lomas or 470 Euros per person sharing at the five star Hotel Prinicipe Felipe
Jonathan Markson Tennis – England
Jonathan Markson Tennis has camps all over Europe, but we’ve looked specifically at staying here in the UK, to experience some Wimbledonesque grass courts and celebrate the British tradition of lawn tennis.
Our favourite location is Oxford, where top professional players and coaches come together in the summer to provide an intensive and stimulating tennis camp.
It is a unique opportunity for keen tennis players of all standards and aspirations, to combine a great tennis feast, with the experience of living like an Oxford University Student in the intimate heart of ancient Oxford, “the city of dreaming spires.”
There are also camps in London and Yorkshire, and each one aims to provide to players of all ages and levels a rewarding and enjoyable tennis experience, where the coaching is serious but fun, in an environment that is beautiful and relaxing.
Top tennis package: Markson Tennis Week
The week-long summer tennis camps begin July 1 and end August 26, running from Sunday to Sunday, with the tennis programme taking place Monday to Saturday.
Expect 30 hours of tennis over a period of the six days which includes practice and competitive matches, plus video analysis of you playing to identify your strengths and weaknesses to help your further your game. There will also be discussions on tactics, strategy and mental strength tips.
The package includes full board accommodation in a student room at Oxford University.
More info: www.marksontennis.com
Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
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