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Tennis holidays for fair weather players

Posted in SPORTS & ACTIVITIES By Maggie O' Sullivan

Atlantis Palm, DubaiInspired by Wimbledon to take up tennis (again)? Before you book a session with your local pro, how about combining lessons with a holiday? If you choose somewhere in a warmer climate, at least you can be pretty sure play won’t be stopped by rain. Our friends at Sovereign luxury holidays have come up with the following four suggestions.

Atlantis the Palm, Dubai

Atlantis the Palm (above) has three hard-surfaced tennis courts and offers a wide range of professional equipment to hire, including floodlights for those wanting to beat the heat and play under the stars. Tennis professionals are on hand to help hone skills or pick up the basics; alternatively you can simply choose to participate in the many social events or tournament afternoons. Seven nights’ half board with a complimentary upgrade costs from £3,179 for a family of three, based on departures on 3 September 2016 from London Gatwick. Forte Village, SardiniaForte Village, Sardinia

With a fantastic range of 12 tennis courts, including clay, natural grass and synthetic, Forte Village is the perfect place to pick up a new skill or improve technique. Get insider tips from Grand Slam champions such as Pat Cash, Jonas Björkman, Claudio Mezzadri, Karel Novacek and Paul Haarhuis before entering one of the weekly singles or doubles tournaments. New at Forte Village this year is the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy, offering courses and private lessons and special events at weekends. Seven nights’ half board at Forte Village’s five-star Hotel Bougainville costs from £3,229 for a family of three, based on departures on 7 September 2016 from London Stansted. Belmond La Residencia, MallorcaBelmond La Residencia, Mallorca

Belmond La Residencia has two superb tennis courts, which guests can book without charge. The resident head tennis professional is available for private tuition, but those looking to really hone their techniques can take advantage of the complimentary fastest serve radar gun and competition, as well as the bookable ball machine, video analysis lessons and cardio monitor training. The fully equipped Pro Shop stocks various brands and a racquet restringing service. Seven nights’ b&b for the price of six costs from £1,629 per person, based on departures on 10 October 2016 from Gatwick.Sani Beach, HalkidikiSani Beach, Halkidiki

Sani Beach offers six clay courts with floodlighting in the nearby state-of-the-art Sports Complex. Qualified instructors can offer professional coaching for both groups and individuals of all strengths. Family tennis packages are also available at the Sani Tennis Academy, as well as Kids’ Camps where children aged 4-12 years can learn tennis skills, strategy and etiquette. Seven nights’ half board at the resort’s five-star Sani Beach costs from £799 per person, based on departures on 1 October 2016 from London Gatwick.

BY MAGGIE O'SULLIVAN

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