Portuguese tennis on the up
Could this be the era of Portuguese tennis? With improving facilities, more tournaments and a first bona fide superstar in Joao Sousa, there is hope that Portugal may finally be about to capitalise on its passion for the game.
All of this was on the mind of Vasco Costa, the Portuguese Tennis Federation’s President, when asked last year about the trajectory of the game in Portugal:
“With more tournaments, more people are able to work in tennis in Portugal, for example in roles related to umpiring. More competitions mean more professional roles and they also contribute to the development of local economies.”
Last year saw the first Braga Open being run, and that – alongside the Lisbon Challenger and the ATP 250 Estoril Open – means that there is now a genuine ‘Portuguese swing’ in the European spring calendar.
These tournaments also mean that Portuguese players can qualify and play more in their home country, reducing the costs that make many tennis players’ lifestyles unsustainable. The fact they can test themselves against the world-class fields signing up to the events is another positive for their development.
Here at Annabel Croft Holidays, we are trying to play our part in creating a wonderful environment in Portugal in which to play tennis. Based in the Algarve, we benefit from the region’s 300 days of sunshine a year andwelcome players all year round who wish to play and practice the game on holiday.
We have five floodlit tennis courts – two clay and three hard – as well as one padel court, and our qualified coaches provide a range of courses for both adults and children which are a great way to improve your tennis. All of this is surrounded by the landscaped gardens of the resort and the beach a short walk away!
If you’d like to improve your tennis on holiday in Portugal, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org