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La Manga Club delivers faultless tennis setting for Europe's elite

A popular destination among the world’s top tennis stars, Spain’s La Manga Club is also a firm favourite for the game’s leading amateurs and will be the centre of attention again this autumn when the resort stages the prestigious 2015 European Senior Tennis Club Championships for the fourth year in a row.

Following the example of the likes of British number ones Andy Murray and Heather Watson, the cream of Europe’s top senior club players will gather at the award-winning sports and leisure venue in Murcia, south-east Spain, from September 13-26 for 12 days of high-class action.

Organised by Tennis Europe – who recently extended its partnership with La Manga Club until 2017 – the event will feature men and women from its 49 tennis federations competing at the resort’s extensive 28-court academy for titles in 14 different age categories.

Founded in 1983, the championships are open to men over the age of 35 and women aged 40-plus from national champion clubs and the runners-up from the previous year in an international team competition across various age categories, as well as teams nominated by Tennis Europe member nations. Previous winners have included entrants from Germany, Portugal, Holland, France, England, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Belgium, Spain and Czech Republic and the competition for honours is set to be as fierce as ever this year.

Each country can be represented by a maximum of two clubs in every sector at La Manga Club, with teams comprising between four to seven players for men’s categories and two to five for women. The clay court championships will see elite players in the Super Seniors categories – aged 35 and upwards – compete at the resort from September 13-19, with men’s age groups ranging from 55 to over-75s to over-50s and women’s from 55-plus to over-65.

Attention will then fall on the younger categories for the rest of the event, with seniors between the ages of 35-plus to 50 for men and 40-plus to 50-plus for women featuring.

With an average of more than 300 days’ sunshine a year, La Manga Club offers the perfect destination for professional and amateur tennis players to work on all aspects of their technique under sunny skies at the venue’s outstanding 28-court academy. 

Featuring 20 clay courts, four hard courts and four on artificial grass, the academy boasts some of the finest tennis facilities in Europe and a wide range of academies are available to guests of all ages to improve their racquet skills. The official overseas training base of the Lawn Tennis Federation, La Manga Club regularly hosts the world’s top tennis stars as well as staging both Davis and Fed Cup tennis matches, with South Africa’s Kevin Anderson, ranked 17th in the world, among the recent visitors.

It is widely regarded as Spain’s flagship resort and, among its recent accolades, it was named as Spain’s leading golf complex at the 2014 World Golf Awards and was voted ‘Best Golf Resort in Spain’ by UK readers of Today’s Golfer magazine for an impressive fourth year running. 

In addition to its outstanding tennis academy, La Manga Club’s extensive facilities also include three 18-hole championship golf courses and a new Leadbetter Golf Academy – the only one of its kind in mainland Spain – a new High Performance Sports Centre and 2,000m² spa and fitness complex, a five-star hotel, four-star serviced apartments and townhouses and more than 20 bars and restaurants.

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