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7 of the best tennis holidays from around the world

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Come rain or shine Wimbledon has inspired many of us to dig out that dusty tennis racket and hit the courts. Carry on the momentum with a destination tennis holiday where you can practice perfecting your serve and boost your fitness in some of world’s most desirable locations. 

Whether a complete beginner or expert enthusiast, daily private tennis coaching sessions are available to take you through the paces, until you too can perform like a champion. Soak up the sun’s rays with the whole family, take a healthy break for two, or dedicate some alone time on a singles tennis holiday to the sport you love. With an array of additional fitness classes, indulgent spas and sightseeing opportunities, find a tennis holiday to determine your own perfect balance between tennis and relaxation.

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Thailand: Thanyapura Tennis

Serve it and smash it with the guidance of professional mentors on this tennis holiday at Thanyapura, sheltered beneath the peaceful mountains of Phuket. Train amongst tennis stars and international teams on six competition-class courts. Complement your tennis with a selection of fitness classes including spinning, Kinesis and Pilates. Reap the benefits of a rejuvenating sports massage at the resort spa or indulge in the experience with holistic treatments for an enhanced sense of well-being. Reconnect with your mind, body and soul at this dedicated fitness retreat and return home with a sharper game that will have your opponents running in circles.

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Antigua: Carlisle Bay Tennis

Not all pain and gain, this idyllic tennis holiday at Carlisle Bay promises a more relaxed approach to your tennis break, where you can immerse yourself in all the gifts the Caribbean has to offer. Beneath tropical palm trees nine courts, including four floodlit courts for cooler evening games, are a stone’s throw away from the turquoise waters edge. With six private tennis lessons included and optional complimentary clinics, you will have plenty of opportunity to improve your technique under the tuition of professional instructors. In-between games explore on a rainforest hike or frolic in the tropical waters paddle boarding, water-skiing or sailing before rejuvenating at the award-winning Blue Spa.

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Portugal: The Oitavos Tennis Break

Make it count with a three night tennis break to remember at The Oitavos Health and Racket Club. Found amongst the pine woods off the Estoria coast, this sports holiday has more facilities than you can shake your racket at, with ten tennis courts and three squash courts just for starters. Follow an intensive 2-3 hour professional tennis lesson with a visit to the reinvigorating Oitavos spa. Taking inspiration from the nearby ocean, a deluge of seawater therapies and organic seaweed treatments harmonize with the Turkish bath and balneotherapy area. Open sixteen hours a day, you will be able to optimise every moment and may even surprise yourself with how much your tennis progresses on your holiday.

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Greece: Porto Carras Tennis

Give your serve more pop, your backhand more accuracy and your forehand more power, all whilst improving your general health and fitness on a tennis break at Porto Carras. Mediterranean temperatures and floodlit courts allow you to play tennis throughout the year, whilst private lessons with eagle eyed instructors will resolve any problem areas in your game. Shake things up with a trip to the Sea Water Park or visit one of the Blue Flag award pristine beaches, ideal for a family holiday. Get in some early morning practice before heading to the spa to choose from a wide range of health and beauty treatments.

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Cyprus: Aphrodite Hills Tennis

Bask in the Mediterranean sun on this luxury tennis holiday at Aphrodite Hills, featuring four clay courts and five hard courts to test out your surface skills. Founded by former British number one, The Annabel Croft Tennis Academy attracts tennis enthusiasts of all levels, with a choice of programmes offering either 2.5 or five hours of coaching per day. Host to 14 restaurants and bars, with cuisine from around the world, evening meals will leave you spoilt for choice. With activities including horse riding, biking trails, water sports and an 18-hole championship standard golf course to boot, Aphrodite Hills becomes a strong contender for all round activity holidays. Game, set, match.

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Tenerife: The Ritz-Carlton, Abama

The Ritz-Carlton, Abama, tucked away on the south west coast of Tenerife in Guía de Isora is offering guests a signature tennis experience incorporating; luxurious accommodation, pro-level coaching, Michelin dining and spa therapies.

Improve your tennis skills on a four day retreat incorporating daily tennis and paddle coaching at the resort’s Sánchez Casal Tennis Academy and complimentary day passes to access the academy’s professional courts. To soothe weary limbs, the spa will provide a welcome sanctuary for a 60 minute sports massage, and for a decadent gourmet treat, you can enjoy an exclusive tasting menu at the Canary Island retreat’s two Michelin-star M.B. restaurant at the hands of Basque chef Martin Berasategui.

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Jamaica: Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa

Head to Sandals Whitehouse, one of the most beautiful all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica for a tennis and spa holiday. Sandals’ Luxury Included® (all-inclusive) offering includes day and night tennis on flood-lit courts, tennis equipment and professional instruction (this applies to all Sandals Resorts). The luxury all-beachfront tropical resort is a majestic beachfront oasis within a 500-acre nature preserve. Relax by one of three pools, including Jamaica’s largest. Other sports offered include volleyball, outdoor chess and shuffle board, billiards.

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Greece: Costa Navarino

Costa Navarino is the prime, sustainable destination in the Mediterranean, located in the Greek region of Messinia in the southwest Peloponnese. One of the most unspoiled and breathtaking seaside Mediterranean landscapes, this area has been shaped by 4,500 years of history.

Learn the basics, tune up your game or play to win at the Navarino Racquet Academy. Try your hand at any one of the resort’s nine racketsports, just for fun or with a competitive edge, and enjoy the pleasure of tennis, mini-tennis, padel, squash, badminton, table tennis, beach racket, beach tennis or speedminton.

Can’t decide to which resort to pick? For advice, guidance and booking, visit healthandfitnesstravel.com/tennis-holidays. Health and Fitness Travel offer a tailor-made service with the very best health and fitness holidays, handpicked by its expert team. 

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Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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July 16, 2014 | Travel | View comments

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