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Holidays for fair weather players

Posted in SPORTS & ACTIVITIES By Maggie O' Sullivan

Inspired by Wimbledon to take up tennis (again)? Before you book a session with your local pro, how about combining lessons with a holiday? 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. Five nights’ B&B from from £4,089 for a family of four.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 £4,815 for a family of four.Ritz Carlton Abama, Tenerife

Ritz Carlton Abama, Tenerife

The Ritz-Carlton Abama offers world-class tennis facilities and coaching via the acclaimed Anabelle Croft Academy, which practises Annabel Croft’s signature on-court philosophy of ‘movement and repetition’. The academy provides lessons for all levels, both individual and in couples or groups. There are seven professional quality tennis courts, with a centre court that has a capacity for 600 spectators. Seven nights' B&B from £1,129 per person.Sani Dunes, HalkidikiSani Resort, Halkidiki

Sani Resort 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. Five nights’ half board at the resort’s new Sani Dunes from £899 per person.


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