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Nadal 'destined for Benidorm'

Tennis ace Rafa Nadal will arrive in the Spanish resort of Benidorm this week, ahead of Spain's forthcoming Davis Cup clash against Serbia.

According to the Benidorm Spotlight, Nadal is due to arrive on Friday to begin is preparations for the tournament which takes place from March 6th to 8th.

The event will take place in a specially designed stadium at Terra Mitica and, according to the newspaper, more than 14,000 tickets have been snapped up by tennis fans.

Nadal is said to be recovering from a recent knee injury and pulled out of a recent competition in Dubai in order to prepare for Benidorm.

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Take a tennis holiday at La Manga Club

Those looking to escape the dreary British weather and spend some time outdoors may wish to consider a tennis holiday at La Manga Club.

With 28 multi-surface tennis courts, including four hard courts, La Manga is one of the best tennis resorts in Europe.

As well as playing tennis for fun, holidaymakers can improve their skills by attending La Manga's tennis academy, which offers on-court coaching and in-depth video analysis.

Whether you are a child, a beginner or an aspiring professional, the team at La Manga can help you to improve your game.

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Break helps tennis star bounce back

Taking a tennis holiday to La Manga Club is the preferred way to relax for many fans of the game but, for one professional, a different kind of break was required.

Jelena Dokic has revealed that taking time out from the tennis circuit is what she needed to get back on top of her game.

The Yugoslavian distanced herself from tennis as she battled depression and poor form but, having returned to the game, now feels ready to enter the world top ten rankings.

Discussing her hiatus, she told the Australian newspaper: "A lot of people didn't know what was going on.

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England's female footballers emerge from La Manga camp

The England Women's football squad will be jetting off for further training soon, having spent time at a camp in La Manga Club this month.

Manager Hope Powell has selected 26 players for another get-together in Cyprus between February 3rd and 13th.

The squad were based at La Manga Club from January 12th to 17th for a few sessions in the Costa Calida sunshine.

January is proving to be a busy month for the camp, which has also welcomed the squads of FC Basel and PSV Eindhoven since the start of the new year.

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Tennis holiday romance for pop star

Amy Winehouse is reportedly enjoying a holiday romance with a tennis instructor as she takes a break from the UK.

The pop star is getting herself in shape while she takes time out from the music scene and has met a new man in the process.

According to the Sun, Winehouse's new squeeze is a tennis instructor and is very much the active, sporty type.

A source told the newspaper: "He teaches tennis and other sports at the resort where Amy stayed […] Amy's really into him.

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Enjoy golf holidays at La Manga Club

The Andalucia region of Spain was recently named as Europe's best golf destination and with resorts such as La Manga Club, it's little wonder.

La Manga is home to three championship golf courses, as well as an impressive range of practice facilities and with the gloomy weather set to continue at home, it's the ideal place to work on your technique and soak up some sunshine.

Countless international tournaments have been held at the resort and it is widely regarded to be one of the best in Europe.

Those looking to develop their skills will find expert coaching on offer at La Manga's Golf Academy, with instructors combining state-of-the-art video analysis with traditional teaching methods.

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Newspaper apologises to La Manga-based tennis player

Those taking tennis holidays in La Manga Club may cross paths with British pro Robert Dee, who is based in the region.

And if it seems that he has an extra spring in his step, then it is because he has received another printed apology from an English newspaper.

The London Evening Standard has been forced to print an apology to Dee after it described him as "the world's worst tennis player", Press Gazette reports.

Statistics used by the newspaper did not include 22 victories racked up in professional matches in Spain by Dee, who the Times reports lives in a family home in La Manga.

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American consumers go sports mad during holidays

Need a new tennis racquet for your tennis holidays in Spain? It seems America does, as the nation went sports crazy this month.

According to new figures from online marketing analyst comScore, sports and fitness saw the fastest growth in sales as the Christmas period approaches.

Sales of such goods rose by 31 per cent during the period, compared to the second highest growth of 18 per cent, in books and magazines.

"With five fewer days of holiday shopping between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, there is increasing pressure on consumers to make their holiday purchases in time for Christmas," said Gian Fulgoni, chairman of comScore.

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More UK tennis players heading to La Manga Club in 2009?

Holidaymakers should not be too surprised if they see an increasing number of British beginners on tennis holidays in Spain next year.

A new survey reveals that more than a quarter (27 per cent) of people making new year's resolutions in the UK are looking to take up a new sport, hobby or interest.

While La Manga Club's world class golf courses could offer a less physically demanding option, it seems tennis might be better suited to the 48 per cent who wish to get more exercise in 2008.

Similarly, 49 per cent are aiming to lose weight, according to the survey by Gocompare.

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Brits snap up bargain flights to Spain

Budget carrier bmibaby has reported a surge in the number of Brits booking last-minute flights to Spain and other popular destinations.

The airline has slashed its prices on a number of routes from Manchester, Birmingham International and Cardiff International, with flights to Malaga available from just £24.99 including taxes and charges.

Since the start of the sale, traffic to the website has increased by 150 per cent, with bookings up 40 per cent, suggesting that despite the credit crunch, people are still eager to escape the UK.

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