Weekend Warrior Programme at La Manga Club

Can you improve your game in one weekend?

The tennis academy at La Manga have designed a weekend programme that is guaranteed to improve your game. The areas covered include movement and positioning, improving your forehand and your backhand, playing at the net and tactical awareness. Coaching is carried out over Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Weekend Warrior programme runs every weekend throughout March, April, May and June.

La Manga Club, Spain

We are offering this great weekend of tennis for £565 per person. This price includes:

  • Private airport transfers
  • 4 nights in a panoramic room at the 4* Las Lomas Village
  • The accommodation includes breakfast
  • 8 hour weekend warriors tennis programme

Please note flights are NOT included.

4* Las Lomas Village

Designed in the style of a typical Mediterranean Village, the popular Las Lomas offers top quality accommodation in a tranquil setting, overlooking the North Course and a 6-minute drive to the Tennis Centre. This charming village has its own private leisure facilities with restaurants, mini-market, tennis court, crazy golf, 2 outdoor swimming pools (1 heated), a separate babies’ pool and children’s play area.

At Las Lomas there are townhouses from a studio to 3 bedroom units and also the View Apartments that comprise of 1 bedroom deluxe rooms to a 3 bedroom apartment with kitchen, dining area and 3 en-suite bathrooms.

All apartments feature a fully equipped kitchen, spacious living room with TV and video, air conditioning, bedrooms with en-suite bathroom, and most have a terrace with built-in barbecue for an al fresco feast.

Weekend tennis at the Mouratoglou Academy

The Mouratoglou Tennis Academy is one of the world’s most advanced tennis academies. It’s founder, Patrick Mouratoglou has worked with some of the greats in the game including Marcos Baghdatis, Grigor Dimitrov, and more recently Serena Williams. The Academy offers high performance tennis coaching and comfortable accommodation.

Serena Williams

The Academy is offering some weekend packages for March, April and May which may be perfect for a Spring getaway. The price includes an 8 hour intensive coaching programme, flights, transfers and 3 nights half-board accommodation. Prices start from £1,095 per person (based on 2 sharing).

Availability for this package includes the following weekends:

  • 9th March
  • 30th March
  • 27th April
  • 18th May
  • 25th May

Find out more about the Mouratoglou Academy or contact us for more information.

February Half-Term offer for La Manga Club

La Manga Club is situated in the Costa Cálida, a stretch of Mediterranean coast in Spain that boasts it’s own micro-climate. This setting means the resort enjoys over 300 days of sunshine per year. We think it contributes to making this the perfect getaway for the February half term.

We have an offer for a family of 4 staying at the 5* Principe Felipe Hotel for 7 nights (using 2 inter-connecting rooms). This includes airport transfers and a 10 hour tennis programme tailored to adults and children. This all for £890 per person.

What makes La Manga such an attractive destination?

  • Short 20 minute transfer from Murcia airport
  • 5* luxury at the Principe Felipe Hotel
  • Breakfast included
  • Excellent tennis programme run by top British coach James Rose
  • Perfect climate for tennis with over 300 days sunshine per year
  • Large choice of restaurants

Jo Durie and Alan Jones share their top 5 tennis tips

Jo Durie and Alan Jones run regular training events at La Manga in Spain. We approached them to share their top tips for improving your tennis. Scroll down to see an opportunity for intermediate to advanced players in November.

Practicing ground strokes

Jo Durie and Alan Jones

Tip 1

Don’t get obsessed with technique – Technique is individual, just watch the top players and you can see how much technique differs but all have great footwork, concentrate more on footwork than technique.

Tip 2

More errors are made in the net
than hitting the ball long or wide, concentrate on net clearance and always aim to give yourself a margin of 3 foot net clearance.

Tip 3

How many of us turn up to the tennis courts, hit a couple of groundstrokes, a volley, a couple of serves and if we are really daring a smash and then start a game? Try and dedicate more time to practising your serve – remember the serve is pivotal to every rally and every point. More matches are lost due to poor percentage of serves in than any other part of the game.

Tip 4

Realise that impact is destiny! The impact of when the ball strikes your racket strings will determine the direction of the ball, speed and spin. Take time to consider how you affect ball impact and how well do you manage your racket? Do you have fluency in your backswing, impact and follow through or is it erratic?

Tip 5

Make sure that every time you leave the tennis court whether it be a social hit, club night or competitive match, you give 100 percent all the time! Remember to leave everything out on the court every time. Hard work, effort and commitment is everything in tennis, always ask yourself how committed I am to reach every ball – remember a ball in play is not a lost point!

Coaching Week for intermediate to advanced players, 5th to 12th November 2017

Calling all intermediate and advanced tennis players! Get the opportunity to train with Jo and Alan’s academy students in November.

  • You will learn new skills to develop your tennis game
  • Get an opportunity to hit with some of Britain’s brightest tennis prospects
  • Discover what it really takes to be a top tennis player
  • Discover a completely new take on tennis coaching that challenges yourself to rethink your tennis game

The programme offers 10 hours of coaching at La Manga with Jo Durie and Alan Jones.

We have a variety of accommodation available to suit all budgets from the 3* self-catering at the Bellaluz to the 5* Principe Felipe.  The accommodation is all located within a 10 minute walk of the tennis academy.

Contact us for more details.

Improving your Doubles Game

Trying to find the perfect practise to improve your Doubles Game?

Doubles practice session

Kevin Wentworth

This drill is a tried and tested method which I learned at the Saddlebrook Tennis Academy. Saddlebrook is a truly fantastic resort located in Wesley Chapel near Florida. Over the years the resort has been the home and training ground for many famous pro tennis players including Martina Hingis, Jennifer Capriati and Mardy Fish.

The following drill is a great way to start your next session of doubles. It will help you improve the following:

  • Ground strokes
  • Volleys
  • Footwork
  • Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Teamwork

How does it work?

  • 1 team at the net and 1 team at the baseline
  • The net players feed the ball to either of the players on the baseline
  • The baseliners aim to get the ball past the players at the net, either down the tram lines or down the centre of the court
  • I would suggest at the start to not allow lobs to count unless you want to practise smashes
  • Once the ball is in play, continue to play the point out

Play first to ten points and then swap positions so each team has had an opportunity to play at the net and at the baseline.

This drill really helps to improve your doubles play!

Novak Djokovic’s Coaching Tips

This was filmed some time ago, but we love the tips from the tennis champ. Novak goes through each of his shots in great detail giving a clear and concise breakdown of the technique. The video includes:

Serves – Height of ball toss, moment of impact

Forehand – Importance of footwork and follow through

Backhand – Weight transference into the shot

Drop shot – One of Novak’s favourite shots showing how to change the pace for the rally

Volleys – Positioning and control

Smash – Footwork and preparation

Returns – Split steps and short back-swing


A John McEnroe impression!!

Weekend Warrior Academy, La Manga Club

Can you improve your tennis in a weekend?

Here at Tennis Holidays we love a challenge! We think YOU could improve your game over a weekend attending the Weekend Warrior programme at La Manga.

Weekend tennis at La Manga

The programme for the weekend includes:

Friday 16.00 -18.00

Movement and Positioning – a mix of specific trolley drills and live ball and point situations. Highlight the difference in movement patterns and shot selection depending on what type of ball you receive.

Saturday 11.00 – 13.00

Positioning – a mix of specific trolley drills and live ball and point situations. Highlight the difference in movement patterns and shot selection depending on what type of ball you receive.

Forehand and Backhand – a mix of specific trolley drills and live ball situations. This focuses on the key technical and tactical aspects of these ground strokes.

Saturday 16.00 -18.00

Net play – covering all aspects: movement, court position and technical. An opportunity to discover new shots and increase confidence with a clearer understanding of what is required at the net.

Sunday 11.00 -13.00

Serve and Return and tactical awareness – this covers court positioning and shot selection. From a mental aspect, the challenge of keeping positive.

Prices for the La Manga Weekend Warriors start from £495.00 per person including 8 hours tennis package, 3 or 4 nights accommodation and return transfers from Murcia airport. This price does NOT include flights.

Special Week with Davis Cup Captain, Leon Smith

14th – 21st October 2017

A Special Tennis Week in La Manga with Britain’s Davis Cup Captain Leon Smith

Leon Smith, Davis Cup Captain

We’re excited to announce a unique opportunity to receive coaching from Britain’s Davis Cup Captain. Leon Smith will be assisting the tennis academy with on-court coaching each morning between 9am and 11am during this special week. Improve your tennis and learn more about what it takes to compete for your country.

Improving your game

Wimbledon has got everyone enthusiastic about improving their games. How do we find that extra dimension that will take our game to the next level?

There is no substitute for hard work on the tennis court, but with minor adjustments you can improve the chances of winning your next match.


Video: Hosted Tennis Week at La Manga

A quick video from our recent Hosted Week in La Manga. A quick interview with Bill Hughes, who has been on a few holidays with us. The other clips show Head Tennis Pro James Rose carrying out a demonstration and being ably assisted by current tour player Rafa Martinez.