Tennis Centre and cricket pitches at La Manga Club are packed for the start of the new season
The tennis and cricket season at La Manga Club couldn’t have got off to a better start with hundreds of players passing through over the next two weeks from all around Europe. Families, schools and clubs have all been enjoying the tennis and cricket facilities that the resort has to offer.
La Manga Club, 7th April 2016. Easter at La Manga Club marked the start of the tennis and cricket season. Families, schools, clubs, professional players and academies have all travelled to the resort to enjoy the brilliant sporting facilities, the warm climate and superb food.
Tennis and cricket are two of the sports that are most representative of La Manga Club alongside golf and football. The Tennis Centre at La Manga Club is complete with 28 courts including 20 clay courts (including an exhibition court and the centre court that holds 1200 spectators), 4 hard courts, 4 artificial grass, 2 padel courts and 1 squash. Additionally, there is a racket centre where you are able to hire equipment, a reparation service, Junior Club for children, a gym, outdoor swimming pool, mini golf and an area for bowls and pétanque. In terms of cricket, La Manga Club is one of the headquarters of the European Federation (ICC) for Academies and Tournaments, as well as for the Spanish national team and La Manga Cricket Club.
Tennis at La Manga Club
In these first two weeks of April, 500 players will pass through the tennis academies at La Manga Club led by James Rose with a team of 15 professionals.
Tennis classes for all abilities and ages will take over the 28 courts at the Tennis Centre at La Manga Club, as well as a large number of schools, clubs and academies. An example is Swiss player Michel Kratochvil who reached number 35 in the world in the ATP ranking, he will be here at La Manga Club leading an intensive training camp. One of the most promising young players in Europe has also been at the resort recently, also from Switzerland, Jean Marc Malkowski. A huge number of other professional players will also use the tennis courts at La Manga Club in order to prepare for their upcoming season.
One of the most anticipated events that takes place at the Tennis Centre also has resumed: exhibition tournaments. These tournaments are an occasion where many people meet up to enjoy watching the professionals of La Manga Club play alongside some ´special guests´ and provide a perfect finale to an intense week of tennis.
Cricket at La Manga Club
The cricket season at La Manga Club has also got off to a strong start. During these weeks many cricket teams (mainly from the UK) have been training and taking part in friendly matches at the resorts facilities and the Cricket Academy at La Manga Club is now also underway.
This weekend will see La Manga Classic T20 Tournament played at the resort, where 8 teams (7 from the UK and 1 from Spain) will participate, involving more than 100 players from 8th to 10th April starting at 10 and finishing at 18h.
Tennis Centre at La Manga Club
With its top-class facilities, the Tennis Centre at La Manga Club has been recently included in a list of the 75 best tennis resorts in the world by the digital publication 'Tennis Resorts Online', a prestigious guide followed by all tennis lovers. The Tennis Centre at La Manga Club is one of only two European tennis resorts to appear on this exclusive list.
The Overseas training base for the LTA
For several years, the Tennis Centre at La Manga Club has been the official overseas training base for the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association). This agreement has recently been renewed for a further three years, meaning that throughout the year, big names in British and European tennis can be found training outdoors at La Manga Club. These tennis players come here not only for the fantastic facilities at the centre, but also for the warm temperatures and calm weather which allows this sport to be played here year-round.
Not only the great names in tennis, such as Leon Smith (captain of the Great Britain Davis Cup team), have trained at La Manga Club Tennis Centre, but also many future British tennis stars.
National and European tournaments
La Manga Club Tennis Centre is very active all year and its facilities are regularly used to hold national and European tournaments. Next May, the Spanish Senior Individual Championship along with the Tennis Open in December will attract hundreds of professional and amateur players to La Manga Club sports, leisure and golf resort.
Tennis Academies at La Manga Club
The Tennis Centre at La Manga Club also has a professional tennis academy for adults and children. Group classes and tailored individual lessons are available during the week and at weekends along with intensive courses.