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Tennis holidays at La Manga Club

As summer approaches the build-up to the famed Wimbledon tennis tournament in June is not far off.

If you are a tennis enthusiast and want to hone your own tennis skills, a holiday at La Manga Club could be the perfect break this year.

Located on the Costa Calida, on a tennis holiday at La Manga Club you can relax outside your villa with a pool before trying out your skills at the internationally renowned tennis centre.

Whether you want to take your tennis holiday in June during Wimbledon or in December, the year-round climate of the Mar Menor means that you can play tennis on the floodlit courts at any time.

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"Promising" cricketers train at La Manga Club

Famous for its tennis, golf and football facilities, La Manga Club also attracts sporting stars from other categories.

Isle of Man Today reports that two young cricketers from the Isle of Man have been invited to attend the tenth annual ICC European Centre of Excellence at La Manga Club this week, beginning April 14th 2008.

The men, Alasdair Slack of Cronkbourne Cricket Club and Bradley Marshall of Castletown Cricket Club, arrived at La Manga Club on Monday April 14th.

At La Manga Club they will engage in practice sessions and training from top coaches

La Manga Club is famous for its tennis and golf facilities but it also boasts two cricket pitches with artificial wickets and a four-bay net area.

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Prepaid credit cards 'great' for tennis breaks in Spain

Prepaid foreign currency debit cards are likely to replace traveller's cheques as the most efficient way of taking money abroad on tennis holidays in Spain, it has been suggested.

According to comparison site, prepaid cards are a cost-effective way of taking money abroad.

Steve Willey, head of cards and payments at moneysupermarket.

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Tennis holiday for tennis ace?

Perhaps tennis star Maria Sharapova will be considering a tennis break in Spain after she was beaten in the Pacific Life Opens this month.

Eatsleepsport reports that the tennis ace has claimed she needs a holiday after being beaten in the semi-final by Svetlana Kuznetsova on Friday March 21st.

The challenger beat Sharapova 6-3 5-7 6-2 in Indian Wells and the star who has been known to play tennis in Spain on Spanish holidays is now looking to recuperate.

"I'm playing a lot of tennis, been flying a lot.

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Advice for older Brits on tennis holidays in Spain

Older Britons who plan to travel to Spain for tennis breaks this summer have been issued with advice from the Foreign Office.

According to the Foreign Office, some over-55s are endangering their health while on holiday by over indulging in food, alcohol and sports.

Surveys reported by the government department showed that 20 per cent of 55-plus holidaymakers attempt activities they would not normally engage in at home while on holiday.

"The Foreign Office is all for over-55s having fun on holiday, but it is crucial they make some simple preparations to help avoid encountering difficulties whilst abroad," commented Foreign Office minister Meg Munn.

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Tennis star 'regained passion' in Spain

Tennis ace Maria Sharapova rediscovered her drive at the final tennis championships of 2008 in Madrid last November, it has been reported.

According to the Herald Sun, prior to this major tennis tournament, the Russian women's professional tennis player has been considering taking an extended break, according to the Herald Sun.

"I didn't really expect too much from myself that week (in Madrid) and I really played great tennis," the former world number one told the publication.

The comment comes after Sharapova beat opponent Jelena Jankovic in the Australian Open earlier this week.

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Sporty types 'should take flights to La Manga'

While many holidaymakers travel overseas to enjoy a well earned rest with the occasional dip in the sea and lots of lounging around on the beach, this is not always the case.

For sporty types, the above is more akin to hell than heaven, however Spanish holidays do not need to be restricted to one or the other.

According to one commentator, La Manga Club is the "best" choice of Spanish holiday for sporty types.

The Telegraph reports that for those taking flights to Murcia, the resort is only 30 minutes drive away and caters to adults and children wishing to improve their skills in golf, tennis and football.

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USA reaches the Davis Cup Final

The USA were propelled into the final of the Davis Cup on Sunday, as Andy Roddick beat Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman in straight sets in the semi-final of the premier team event in men's tennis.

With a series of 16 aces over the course of the match, American fifth seed Roddick beat doubles specialist Bjorkman 6-2, 7-6, 6-4 to put the USA into the final.

James Blake also defeated Simon Aspelin, sealing the Swedish defeat at 4-1 and easing them the American team into the finals, where they will play defending champions Russia.

The USA last beat Russia in the Davis Cup final in 1995 and have not won the competition since.

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Davenport wins three months after giving birth

Lindsay Davenport won the Bali Open at the weekend, after a one-year break from tennis and just three months after giving birth to her first child.

Davenport, the 2005 champion, beat second seed Daniela Hantuchova in three sets, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.

Over the course of her year's maternity leave and the birth of her son on June 10th, Davenport's world ranking had slipped to 234th. But this looks set to change, as the former world number one, who the US Open in 1998, Wimbledon in 1999 and the Australian Open in 2000 has shown that being a mother is no barrier to tennis success.

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Federer unstoppable in 12th Grand Slam title

Roger Federer beat Serbia's Novak Djokovic to win a fourth successive US Open title in straight sets on Sunday.

Federer won 7-6, 7-6, 6-4, giving the world number one his 12th Grand Slam title - equal to Australia's Roy Emerson, and just two behind Pete Sampras' final tally of 14.

The Swiss star has been victorious in 12 of the 18 slams since his victory in Wimbledon in 2003 and seems set to claim his place in the record books as the most unstoppable man in tennis history.

Sunday's final did not see Federer at his best, with 20-year-old Djokovic having opportunities to win both the first and second sets.

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