Sousa looking to build on Estoril win
Joao Sousa, Portugal’s top male tennis player, last year became the first Portuguese player to take home the ATP Estoril Open title – and he will be hoping to do the same again this season.
Sousa, who had never won a match at the event before last year, knows that he is now entering the latter phase of his tennis career, having turned 30 just last month.
In recent seasons he has benefited from training extensively with Rafael Nadal, and also with a raft of elite players at the BTT Academy in Barcelona where he is based.
Sousa grew up in Guimaraes and begun playing tennis with his father who was an avid player. His success at junior tournaments around Portugal convinced him and his family to take the decisive step of pursuing a professional career.
He is now a trailblazer for the next generation of Portuguese tennis players. Joao Domingues and Goncalo Oliveira, 25 and 24 respectively, are currently making strides lower down the rankings and Pedro Sousa, a 30-year-old late bloomer, achieved his first top 100 ranking at the start of this year.
Thanks in part to these role-models, tennis in Portugal continues to grow – and you can come and see for yourself the wonderful environment for learning and playing the game.
Here at Annabel Croft Holidays, we deliver a world-class tennis experience from our base at the Pine Cliffs resort in the Algarve. Benefiting from the region’s 300 days of sunshine a year, wewelcome 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 email@example.com