Wimbledon has been on our TV screens now for the past couple of weeks and attracted the attention of royalty no less with the appearance of Kate Middleton and Prince William, attending Centre Court today to watch Andy Murray play. Weekends away that incorporate a tennis theme are becoming evermore popular. You can book a one night stay, a whole weekend or full weeks and have use of tennis courts and the assistance of professional tutors and players on hand to help you with your serve. For the best tennis weekends, check out our list below that offers everything from professional coaching to video taping your efforts on the courts.
Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire is so well regarded in tennis circles that many of the professionals actually play here for fun and practise. In fact, in the week prior to The Wimbledon Championships, Stoke Park hosts The Boodles Challenge, an event that sees a host of the world’s Tennis elite preparing on their very own Wimbledon Specification Grass Courts. Players in recent years have included Pete Sampras, Andy Roddick, Goran Ivanisevic, Tim Henman, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and David Nalbandian. The Tennis Courts are set within and around Stoke Park’s multi award-winning £20 million Spa, Health and Racquet Pavilion. It boasts six grass courts, four all weather courts and three indoors. Stoke Park has three fully qualified Tennis Professionals who are available for personal or group coaching sessions Monday – Sunday. Corporate tennis packages start from £55 per person with a group of between 6 – 12, or book a double for £245 per night. For more information visit www.stokepark.com
For people serious about improving their tennis skills, head over to the Jonathan Markson Tennis website at www.marksontennis.com. Here you will find courses that will help you focus on your techniques, competitive play, tactics and mental attitude. In addition to the focus on the basics, attention is given (particularly with more advanced players) to the ‘early ball technique’ practised brilliantly in the past by such illustrious players as McEnroe and Sampras and now by ‘greats’ such as Federer and the Williams sisters. To ensure maximum progress and compatibility, participants are divided, where possible, into groups according to approximate standard and age. The courses systematically cover each tennis stroke. Participants learn how to overcome nerves and adopt a tougher mental attitude, that ‘killer instinct’ which is so vital to success in sport. The programme will include some competitive play for most players and you can also get a video of you playing. Costs are around £210 per person.
If you prefer a more relaxing day after your tennis lessons then check out www.nickringleisure.co.uk. Situated at the Barnham Broom Hotel, this 9 hour, 2 day tennis course is tailored to club players who are looking to improve their technique and tactical development. The Barnham Broom Hotel is an idyllic country hotel in Norfolk and has an impressive leisure club and Spa, which offers a great opportunity to relax and unwind from your hard work and efforts on the tennis court. Two nights en suite accommodation at Barnham Broom hotel includes full English breakfast and three-course evening meals daily, unlimited use of the hotel’s outdoor tennis courts and unlimited use of extensive leisure facilities, including the indoor swimming pool, the state of the art gymnasium and steam & sauna rooms (spa & beauty treatments are available at an extra cost). A tennis weekend costs around £305 per person for half board. Game set and match!