Inspired by Wimbledon? Fabulous Tennis Hotels

 

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The start of Wimbledon this month is sure to see many tune in to see fellow Brit Andy Murray try to retain his coveted 2013 Championship title after becoming the first British man to win the tournament in 77 years. The Wimbledon Championship, held annually at the All England Club in London since 1877, is the world’s oldest tennis tournament and widely considered the most prestigious. It is one of four Grand Slam tennis events, along with the Australian, French and US Open, and is the only Major still played on grass, the game’s original surface.

The tournament is a highlight in the British sporting calendar. Every year the nation embraces the Wimbledon spirit, whether it’s queuing for hours to get a ticket for ‘Henman Hill’, eating strawberries and cream or dusting off rackets and hitting some balls in the park. Whether it’s a week’s private tuition, the chance to go head to head in tournaments, or to simply enjoy a few friendly games in the sun, venture further than a local tennis club this summer and book a holiday inspired by its tennis.

Sani Beach Club, Halkidiki, Greece

The new sports complex near to the Sani Beach Hotel features six floodlit clay courts and qualified tennis instructors who offer professional coaching for groups and individuals, as well as organising guest tournaments and equipment hire. There is the option to buy partner courses or family packages and for children there is a teen programme and a kids camp.

 The five star Sani Beach Club. The price starts from £1,579 per family of three. The offer includes a complimentary upgrade to full board, an exclusive free child place and seven nights in a Garden View Bungalow, based on a departure date of 20 October 2014. Price includes return flights from London Gatwick with Easyjet, airport lounge access and private resort transfers.

Sheraton Algarve Hotel, Albufeira, Portugal

The Sheraton Algarve Hotel is home to the Pine Cliffs Tennis Academy which features five floodlit courts located in beautifully landscaped grounds of the hotel. The Academy is run by a team of qualified tennis professionals who can arrange matches for solo players as well as clinics for guests of all ages and skill levels. All players are offered a free consultation on the right equipment for their style of play and stringing services are available.

Sovereign is offering a saving of up to £483 on a holiday for two to the five star Sheraton Algarve Hotel. The price starts from £999 per person for seven B&B in a Deluxe Room, based on July 9th departures, and includes a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and chocolate coated strawberries and an exclusive 20% accommodation discount,  return flights from Manchester with Monarch, airport lounge access and private resort transfers. 

InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort, Paphos, Cyprus

The InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort is home to the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy, which has nine floodlit tennis courts and offers a range of private coaching and group lessons to suit adults and juniors of all levels. The pro shop stocks the latest equipment and apparel from sponsors Nike and Wilson and there is a 24 hour re-stringing service

Sovereign is offering a saving of up to £1,276 on a family holiday to the InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort. The price starts from £3,845 per family of four and includes an exclusive free child place, a complimentary upgrade to half board, a second child stays free offer (3-17 years), UK airport lounge access, private resort transfers and seven nights in a Junior Suite. Based on 26 August 2014 departure, the price includes return flights from London Gatwick with Thomas Cook

Hotel Jardin Tecina, La Gomera

This five star luxury hotel features four floodlit tennis courts which can be reserved for guests by the hour. The hotel also offers professional tennis courses for adults and children for those who fancy working on their serve. Sovereign is offering a saving of over £330 and a complimentary upgrade to half board on a holiday for two to the five star Hotel Jardin Tecina. The price starts from just £895 per person for seven nights, based on a departure date of 14 September 2014 and includes ferry transfers from Tenerife, return flights from Birmingham with Thomson, airport lounge access and private resort transfers.

Fitness Friday: 10 Reasons to Play Tennis

Since Wimbledon is in full swing, it has made me think a good bit about tennis. A few years ago, I used to play tennis almost every day, and I was involved in several different leagues and even playing various tennis tournaments. It taught me a lot of things about myself, and I thought I would share why it’s such a great sport to try. Here are 10 reasons why you should take up tennis. I have taken a few years hiatus, but hope to one day soon I can play just for fun.

1. It increases your hand eye coordination-This is something we don’t practice as adults unless you take up a racquet sort, golf or something similar.

2. It improves your memory skills-Keeping up with the score, who is serving, and where to stand, can be a challenge to remember. It’s a great brain workout.

3. It’s great exercise-It is a very cardiovascular sport but has a touch of interval training too with a lot of start and stop motion.

4. It’s a great social sport-Playing tennis is a wonderful way to meet new people and make friends. One of my first opponents ever is now one of my good friends.

5. It improves your reflexes-You have to think and act fast. It is one of the few sports that I can say that about.

6. The clothes are so cute-Enough said..

7. It’s a lifetime sport-From child age to seniors, anyone can play throughout their entire lifetime.

8. It’s a great stress reliever-There’s something about hitting that ball that truly lessons stress.

9. It improves your focus-You have to fully concentrate if you want to perform well. It takes your mind off everything else in the world.

10. It’s a blast and so addictive-Once you start playing, you’ll see exactly what I mean