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La Manga Club celebrates major Spanish tennis honour

La Manga Club’s reputation as Europe’s leading tennis destination will be further enhanced next month when it stages one of Spain’s most prestigious junior tournaments for the first time in its history.
The country’s tennis stars of the future will gather at the award-winning five-star resort in Murcia to contest the 2013 Babolat Cup from May 21-26.

More than 3,000 youngsters from 19 different Spanish territories annually take part in the national tournament, and the winners of this year’s boys and girls competitions will go forward to represent their country in the under-14 category at the European Junior Championships.

The likes of Rafael Nadal, winner of 11 Grand Slam titles including a record seven French Opens, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Sergio Bruguera and Conchita Martinez have all used the event as a springboard to stardom in the past.

La Manga Club’s hosting of the Babolat Cup comes hot on the heels of South African men’s number one Kevin Anderson and ladies world number 24 Ekaterina Makarova using the complex’s first-class facilities, which includes a 28-court tennis academy, to fine-tune their preparations for the French Open at the end of next month.

Anderson and Makarova are the latest star names from the world of tennis to head to La Manga Club and experience the first-class facilities that has made it Europe’s must-visit tennis destination.

US Open champion Andy Murray and British ladies stars Heather Watson and Laura Watson have all used the resort as a training base on their way to stardom and La Manga Club’s new role as the official overseas training base of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) until 2016 means it is the place to head to for tennis enthusiasts this year.

Players of all ages and abilities can brush up on various aspects of their game at the resort’s outstanding academy with a wide range of different courses being staged over the coming months.

And with the region of Murcia boasting an annual 300 days’ sunshine a year and one of the best climates in Spain, temperatures are ideal to improve your skills the year round. One of the most popular programmes on offer in 2013 is the ‘Weekend Warrior’ breaks, with three-night packages starting from just €289 per person.

Packages include 10 hours’ group coaching and match play, complimentary access to Spa La Manga Club’s fitness centre, indoor pool, saunas and steam rooms and free shuttle bus transfer around the resort.

And children from as young as three up to the age of 19 can benefit from the expertise of La Manga Club’s team of coaches with a series of five-day courses being held at the junior academy over May half-term.

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