Spanish ace Almagro nets new role as La Manga Club Tennis Academy director

Nico Almagro, en La Manga Club

Former world number nine Nicolas Almagro has embarked on a new adventure after announcing his retirement from professional tennis to become the new tennis academy director at La Manga Club in Murcia, south-east Spain.

La Manga Club, 8th of April, 2019.- Almagro will be in charge of the day-to-day running of the tennis academies at the resort’s tennis centre, which features 28 courts and has hosted some of the most prestigious events in the game including the Davis Cup, Fed Cup and numerous ATP tournaments.

The 33-year-old Spanish clay-court specialist announced his decision at an event to mark the inaugural ATP Challenger Open, which is being held in his home town of Murcia this week.

Almagro turned professional in 2003 and went on to 13 ATP titles; 11 ATP World Tour 250 tournaments and two ATP World Tour 500 titles, all on clay.

He was ranked in the world’s top 100 11 seasons in a row from 2006-16, and in the top 35 every year between 2006 and 2013, reaching a career-high ranking of ninth in 2011.

Almagro said: “This is an excellent opportunity to remain linked to the world of tennis, in this case, from the point of view of management and training. For any tennis professional, La Manga Club is a dream come true, not only for the quality of its facilities and its staff, but for all the history behind the resort.”

Lorenzo Martínez, director of tennis and leisure at La Manga Club, added: “We are very proud to welcome a professional like Nico to La Manga Club and we are convinced that, with his experience and technical knowledge, we will make a great team together.”