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Murcia Open Tennis returns

Those who fancy seeing and playing a bit of tennis in lovely warm conditions can do so in La Manga in December.

While northern Europe shivers, those who come down to Spain to enjoy the mild winter weather can immerse themselves in the sixth Murcia Open Tennis Tournament, which will take place in the resort's 28-court Tennis centre and feature a wide range of age groups, starting with the over-35s and going up to the over 75s.

An official ITF seniors tournament with ranking points and prize money, the event will feature both singles and doubles tennis.

When not enjoying the whacking of yellow balls around indoors, sport lovers at the La Manga resort can enjoy playing with balls of all sizes, shapes and colours.

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Majority of travellers keep 'holiday weight' off

The Majority of British travellers do not gain weight when on holiday, a new poll has revealed.

Research carried out by Holiday Extras found that 51 per cent of Britons return from their holidays at the same weight, while 11 per cent of people actually lose weight while abroad.

Commenting on the findings, Mike Whiting, managing editor at Holiday Extras, said: "It seems that the modern outlook on healthy eating is being extending into people's travels. Gone are the days when travellers would indulge during their time away and instead they are maintaining a balanced diet that can only prove beneficial to their health.

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'Get in shape' at La Manga

While many people want to chill out on their holidays, others will be keen to keep fit and make sure their bodies are in good shape.

La Manga resorts have a wide selection of sporting and leisure activities to keep guests occupied during their break.

From swimming to jogging and from tennis to pitch and putt, there is something for all athletic abilities and appetites.

Such is the pedigree of the area's training facilities that sports professionals, from footballers to tennis players, are frequent visitors.

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Activity holidays 'prove popular'

British holidaymakers will be reaching for their golf clubs and tennis racquets this year, a new poll has suggested.

Research carried out by online travel community TripAdvisor suggested that British travellers are eager to engage more in activities when on holiday.

Of those surveyed, 26 per cent said they would like to take an activity holiday over the coming year, while five per cent said they were eager to try their hand at some extreme sports.

However, it seems that skiing holidays are not quite so popular, with just ten per cent of Britons planning to hit the slopes this year.

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Credit crunch 'will not halt 2009 holidays'

Sports lovers planning tennis holidays in Spain next year are unlikely to change the plans in light of economic problems.

That is the suggestion of Malcolm Preston, partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, who told the audience at the Association of British Travel Agents convention that people will be reluctant to forgo a holiday, regardless of the financial climate.

According to TravelMole, Mr Preston referred to statistics which showed that only ten per cent of people answered 'travel' when asked what their first cutback would be in an economic downturn.

"There are many things that will go before that, which backs up our feeling that the [holiday] industry is pretty resilient," he said.

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In-flight calls 'could be expensive'

Tennis players booking flights to Spain might have read with interest the news that a leading budget airline is equipping its planes with masts to enable its passengers to use their mobile phones.

One industry commentator, however, has warned passengers not to be too excited by the development, claiming that such calls will not be cheap.

Those en route to tennis holidays to La Manga Club might be tempted to dial their friends, but Lawrence Price, director of aviation strategy at Mott MacDonald, said that the calls will be treated as a "potential revenue stream" by airlines.

"Remember many airlines, particularly larger airlines, have had phones in seatbacks for years […] but they do charge premium and there will be a premium on you using your mobile phone on an airplane," he argued.

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Give us another bank holiday, say British staff

Workers in the UK would relish the opportunity of taking tennis holidays in Spain and other types of breaks in October.

However, unless they book the time off, they are unlikely to be able to go, as there is no bank holiday during the month.

It is a fact that rankles a majority of employees, who told employment law firm Peninsula that a day off would boost morale as winter approaches.

"Autumn nights, colder days and the fact that Christmas seems so far away makes it more appealing to workers for a bank holiday to be introduced in October," said Peter Done, managing director of the firm, according to the Daily Mail.

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Nadal wins another title

Spanish tennis hero Rafael Nadal has won another tournament and another trophy to add to his sizable collection.

The Majorcan came out on top in the Rogers Cup in Toronto this week to pick up his fifth straight tournament trophy, with this year's Wimbledon and French Open titles already bagged in recent weeks.

Unbeaten on any surface for several months, Nadal is close to becoming the official world number one player for the first time in his short but illustrious career.

Tennis in Spain has been in good shape since Nadal rose to prominence but this summer has also been one to remember for the football team, which won the European Championships and cyclist Carlos Sastre, who won the Tour de France last week.

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Spain sees summer of sporting glory continue

Spain has seen its summer of sporting glory continue with the news that Carlos Sastre came in ahead of the pack at this year's Tour de France.

The event is widely recognised as the most prestigious cycling event in the world and Sastre recently became the seventh Spaniard to win it.

His success follows hot on the heels of those of the Spanish national football team at the European Championships and tennis superstar Rafael Nadal in the final of men's singles at Wimbledon.

The sporting successes of Spain this year may come as little surprise to those who have sampled the high-quality facilities available at the La Manga Club on the Mediterranean coast.

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Caution urged with daredevil pursuits abroad

British holidaymakers have been urged to exercise a degree of caution when they set off overseas this summer in order to avoid incurring considerable costs.

According to research by, more one-third of holidaymakers form the UK indulge in some sort of "daredevil" activity while overseas and in one-eighth of these instances the individual involved has no travel insurance cover.

The findings from the price comparison firm could encourage more Britons to take up the relatively low-risk option of enjoying tennis holidays in Spain or golf holidays on the Mediterranean coast.

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