Tennis & Paddle in Andalusia
Thanks to the mild climate in Andalusia, southern Spain, outdoor tennis can be enjoyed year round. Because it is such a popular sport, you will find here excellent private tennis clubs, especially in the coastal areas. It attracts players of all ages. Many tennis clubs offer numerous programmes designed to meet the needs of learners at any age or skill level. Almost every 3 to 5 star hotel in the region has tennis courts included in their facilities and floodlighting for evening play.
Several important tournaments are held here annually. Such as the first major international tennis tournament on a clay court: the Andalucía Tennis Experience in Marbella in April. The competition is part of the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association). Many of the biggest names in Spanish and international tennis took part, such as Anabel Medina, Serena Williams & Victoria Azarenka. There is also a double competition, with 16 couples fighting it out. After the success of the wheelchair tennis event at The Andalucía Tennis Experience Tournament 2010, it made again a part of it this year under the new name of First National Wheelchair Tennis Masters.
The tennis facilities here in Andalusia have inspired many great players in the past and attracted at least one great player today: Manolo Santana, the former French, US & Wimbledon Champion. He hosts the Marbella Open Tournement each summer at his Club near Puerto Banus.
Paddle is a relatively new sport and has become one of the most popular racquet games in Spain. A paddle (pádel in Spanish) court is smaller than a tennis court, with simpler line markings. It has high surrounding walls of glass and/or solid construction. It has been described as a squash court in the sun and is the perfect sport for Andalusia’s fantastic climate. The scoring is similar to tennis and it can also be played in either singles or doubles. A game is the best of three sets. Where it differs most from conventional tennis is in the use of a solid paddle (it looks like a giant table tennis bat), instead of a strung racquet. The service is under rather than overhand. It is a game for all ages, which allows the whole family to join in. The rise in its popularity over the past few years is proof of how enjoyable it is! So nowadays most of the tennis clubs offer the possibility to play paddle as well!
Playing tennis or paddle under the Andalusian sun is definitely more enjoyable than elsewhere. And the fact that you will be able to play the year round… it’s undoubtedly worth while to give it a try. You won’t feel sorry! Would you like to combine your business- or private event with your favourite sport, we’ll be able to make a tailor made program for you including transportation, accommodation and excursions to meet all your wishes.