Thursday, 3 April 2014


Spain’s La Manga Club is playing a leading role in helping Wales develop a new generation of tennis stars after being chosen to host an elite Tennis Wales spring warm weather camp for the country’s emerging young players.

A group of Wales’ most talented youngsters headed to the award-winning resort in Murcia, south-east Spain, for a week’s training in the Spanish sunshine and expert tuition from La Manga Club’s team of coaches on the trip.

The group was made up of six boys and girls from all across Wales aged between 13 and 19, who won their age category at the 2012 Junior Welsh Championships, and for many of the players, the camp was the first time they had encountered playing on clay courts.

As well as working on clay court techniques at La Manga Club’s 28-court tennis academy, the budding stars of the future also had the chance to test their skills in match play against some of the local junior players. 

Chris Lewis, head coach of the Tennis Wales training camp, said: “The camp at La Manga Club was an invaluable experience for our players, many of whom experienced the true nature of clay court tennis for the first time.  

“Our players simply don't have access to quality red clay courts and some of them experienced what it is like to play in hot temperatures on a red clay court for the first time.

“The facilities were excellent and we had access to as much court space and gym time as we required to put the players through their paces.  

“The resort’s coaching staff worked with our players every morning and also arranged practice matches against some of the local junior players.  All of our players thoroughly enjoyed the week and undoubtedly improved.”

La Manga Club is the official overseas training base of the Lawn Tennis Association, who used the award-winning venue to help Great Britain’s elite men’s players prepare for their World Group last-16 Davis Cup tie against USA in San Diego – the first time they’ve beaten America since 1935.

Featuring a tennis academy including 20 clay courts, four hard courts and four on artificial grass, the resort boasts some of the best facilities in Europe and British stars including Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, Laura Robson and Tim Henman have all used the resort to train over the last decade. It has also been used to stage Davis Cup and Fed Cup matches.

In addition to hosting the game’s elite players, La Manga Club also runs a wide range of tuition courses and breaks throughout the year offering players of all ages the chance to perfect their techniques at its academy.
Widely regarded as Spain’s flagship resort, La Manga Club is at the forefront of sports and leisure destinations across Europe.

Set in an area three times the size of Monaco, the resort’s other extensive facilities include three 18-hole championship golf courses, a new Leadbetter Golf Academy – the only one on mainland Spain – and a 2,000sqm spa and fitness centre. It also offers the choice of a five-star hotel, four-star serviced apartments and townhouses, and more than 20 bars and restaurants.

For more information about La Manga Club and to book a break, call 00 34 968 17 5577, email or


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