May 14, 2015

Tennis is a great activity for all the family to enjoy on holiday

Tennis is a thrilling sport, one which I've always enjoyed playing with my family on holiday. When we're travelling through Europe, I love to look out for sports clubs and tennis courts, where you can take some time to play a game with friends and family.

Each year, the French Open, officially known as Les internationaux de France de Tennis, Roland Garros , holds a two-week-long tournament, showcasing the best talent from the tennis world. This year the event will be taking place between 19th May and 7th June.

It's a thrilling Grand Slam to watch, as playing on a clay court means that players are subjected to a much more physically demanding game. If you're unable to catch the French Open, here's my selection of holiday destinations, where you can enjoy the sport for yourself.

 The French Open showcases the world's most successful tennis players on a clay court
The French Open showcases the world's most successful tennis players on a clay court

Tennis-Club SCC Berlin, Germany

One of Berlin's larger, more professional tennis clubs, the SCC in Berlin is representative of the city's exclusive tennis clubs. This stunning club was founded in 1911, and is Berlin's third largest club. The club is found in Berlin's Charlottenburg district, which is a beautiful part of Berlin, packed with history and great architecture to check out.

Berlin's SCC has 19 tennis courts, and the club has been celebrated for its great tennis youth clubs. If you want to pop by for a game, there's an hourly rate for non-members, and you needn't worry about the weather, as five of their courts are indoors. You can even grab a bite to eat afterwards, in the club's impressive restaurant.

La Manga Club, Spain

Near the beautiful city of Cartagena, you'll find Spain's La Manga sports club. This resort is home to a 28-court tennis centre, which attracts tennis players from across Europe. It's a great place for all tennis players from all skill levels to play, and speaking from experience, it's the place to go for families who are really into the sport. There's a golf course, and spa onsite, so you can divide your time accordingly.

Highly -qualified coaches will assess your skill level, and you'll be given the option of playing against others of a similar level. You can choose to stay here over the weekend, or if you're a tennis buff, why not stay for the week. There's a crèche for the little ones, who aren't ready to hold a racquet yet, and my kids thrived with the help of the club's English-speaking coaches.

La Garangeoire campsite, France

France is dotted with great campsites, and many have tennis courts attached. Whilst travelling the country, one that stood out to me was La Garangeoire . This is a great campsite with reasonable prices, and during the high season, the campsite holds weekly tennis tournaments. You can take part in group lessons, or if you prefer, individual lessons are available during the high season, too.

 Tennis is a good sport for kids to learn, as it's fun and keeps them active
Tennis is a good sport for kids to learn, as it's fun and keeps them active

There are two large tennis courts, and a host of other activities to enjoy like archery and mountain biking. My family loves camping, so we pitched a tent, but if you need more space you can hire a two-bedroom chalet, a lodge, or a mobile home. This campsite in Western France is a wonderful place to spend a family holiday and it's somewhere that's drawn my family back time and time again. During the months of April, May, June, and September, playing tennis is free, and you'll pay a small fee during the high season.

Are you keen to try your hand at tennis during your next holiday? With Eurotunnel Le Shuttle it takes just 35 minutes to get from Folkestone to Calais, so you can be improving your racket skills in no time.

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