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Luxury Spanish holidays to reach new heights

Holidaymakers looking for luxury breaks in Spain will soon find that the sky's the limit, as a firm of Spanish architects have announced they are to build a 'Galactic Suite' – an opulent hotel in outer space.

Space tourists with the £2 million necessary for a three-day stay in the orbiting hotel, should be able to enter earth orbit sometime in 2012. Once there, they will pass above Spain roughly every 80 minutes, witnessing 15 sunrises each day.

At present, visitors to Spain already enjoy the height of holiday comfort in lavish hotels and golf resorts such as La Manga, which boasts five-star accommodation set in the hills of Murcia.

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Tennis hopefuls offered chance to train in La Manga

A junior tennis tournament has been held in Wigan this week, with victors being offered the chance to play in a grand final to take place in either Center Parcs in Britain or the La Manga Club in Spain.

More than 120 players participated in the Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust Open Junior Tournament, including several Wigan locals - while other competitors hailed from as far away as Kent and Worcester.

The tournament is one of a series throughout the year being sponsored by the Sunday Telegraph and Center Parcs.

La Manga Club in Spain, set in the Murcian hills, provides for a range of leisure activities including swimming, bowling, squash and petanque.

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St Andrews breaks down barriers by hosting Women's British Open

History is being made at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St Andrews this week as it plays host to a women's professional golf tournament for the first time.

For over 250 years, the Royal & Ancient clubhouse - which nestles behind the first tee - has been exclusively reserved for males, but for the duration of the Women's British Open it will be open to all.

Indeed, Janice Moody - a 34-year-old pro from Scotland - reportedly became the first mother to change a nappy in the clubhouse in its 253-year history when her son Craig found himself in need of attention.

Women have been permitted to play the Old Course, though, for the last 30 years.

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British prodigy follows Beckham from La Manga to America

An 18-year-old from Lymm, Manchester, is following in the footsteps of football megastar David Beckham by journeying to the US to pursue a professional career in "soccer".

To continue the comparison, Charlotte Robertson has even met the England star twice before - once at the La Manga resort in Spain, and also at Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium.

However, it appears that Ms Robertson didn't make much of an impression the first time around: "I don't think he remembered me, he said he didn't anyway," she told the Manchester evening News.

Beckham had been at La Manga with the England team, where they made use of the world-class training facilities, temperate climate and luxury accommodation.

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La Manga trip proves beneficial for Dunfermline star

A trip to the La Manga Club in Spain has hastened a professional footballer's rehabilitation from a serious knee injury, it has been reported.

Surgery on Greg Ross' left knee caused him to miss both the chance to appear in the Tennent's Scottish Cup final with Dunfermline and Scotland's under-20 world cup campaign - while he is also set to be unavailable for at least the first two months of the coming season.

However, a trip to the La Manga Club for some pre-season training - even though he was only able to take part in gym sessions - provided him with a much-needed boost.

"I never expected to go to La Manga," Ross explained in the Tayside and Fife Courier.

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Booty and Stretch to go separate ways after US Open

British doubles specialist Jamie Murray - brother of top-20 singles player Andy - has announced he is to split with his men's doubles partner Eric Butorac after the US Open.

The pair - nicknamed 'Booty' (Butorac) and 'Stretch' (Murray) have won three titles so far this year - in Memphis, Nottingham and San Jose.

Murray also teamed up with Serbian star Jelena Jankovic to win the mixed doubles title at this year's Wimbledon.

"Booty and Stretch will be no more after the US Open.

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