Pine Cliffs Resort, Algarve TENNIS HOLIDAYS

The Annabel Croft Tennis Academy at Pine Cliffs Resort is one of Europe’s finest tennis destinations and combines luxury resort services with a beautiful tennis academy setting. Pine Cliffs Resort is in the heart of the Algarve, located only a short drive from the wonderful Vilamoura and Vale do Lobo golfing estates and features many wonderful attractions for sports fanatics, families and groups. The tennis features 5 tennis courts – 2 red clay and 3 green set hard courts all located in a wonderful setting amongst the landscaped gardens of the resort.



The weekend retreat is a 4 day, 3 night tennis package that allows players to participate in an intensive tennis coaching experience from Friday to Monday programme. Ideally players need to be in resort by early afternoon on the Friday. Outlined below is the Tennis programme for the 4 days ahead (this is subject to change depending on number of participants)

Weekend Retreat Itinerary: Friday: 2pm-4pm Tennis Welcome from Head Tennis Professional – Goal setting

“The first session gives all players the chance to hit a few balls and have their game assessed, meet other players looking to participate in the programme for the weekend, seek equipment advice or simply ask Goncalo about how to take steps forward to improve their play. This session also gives players participating in the course a chance to enter into some goal setting for the days ahead.”

Saturday: 9.30am-11.30 am Coaching Clinic 1: Getting the basics right

“The first coaching clinic of the weekend focuses on getting the key footwork and ball positions correct to maximise success on the tennis court. Players will be encouraged to work on moving to balls in a range of different positions via a series of specific drills which moves players forward and backwards at specific angles. Players are encouraged to find a good contact point with each shot and progress to target orientated hitting skills. The session also covers some basic swing tips on the groundstrokes and volleys and introduces the 3 basic court zones – back court, mid court and front court zones – crucial areas to practice from and enjoy learning to develop a well balanced game. The session is completed with essential work on the serve which is a feature of every coaching clinic at the academy.”

Saturday: 4pm-6pm Coaching Clinic 2: Developing a tactical game

“The afternoon features a chance to start to learn the basic strategies and tactics associated with the game of tennis. Depending on the standard of the players in the group, tactics can range from keeping the ball in play and gaining consistency in your strokes, to building rallies and learning how to finish points of correctly. Tuition is given for both singles and doubles where applicable and the sessions is always finished with good humored point play and some favorite ACTA games.” 

Sunday: 9.30am-11.30am Coaching Clinic 3: Further footwork and technical development

“The first session on Sunday carries on from the on court work on Saturday morning with a series of key drills designed to progress a players footwork and positioning to the ball. Players are encouraged to push their boundaries to cover more of the court and learn how professional players read the game and react quickly to different situations. This session also focuses players on key swing shapes and racket work. Players are challenged to understand their pros and cons of their current grip positions and how to create better swing shapes when playing each shot.”

Sunday: 4pm-6pm Internal / External Competition

“Although there is a tournament at the academy every Friday evening, all participants on Goncalo’s weekend tennis retreat are encouraged to play a round robin tournament or match play situation against another guest or client on Sunday afternoon. This is an opportunity for Goncalo to assess your game in a live tennis game and give you feedback on where you are making mistakes or how to maximize your strengths when playing. Just like the Davis Cup, this session is a unique opportunity to have a coach helping you through a game and giving you the confidence to play better tennis as a result.”

Monday: 9.00am-11.00am Specialty Shots and Summaries

“Monday’s session is designed to be a chance for players to practice some shots that are more specialist areas of the game such as drop shots and smashes as well as ask questions about some previous areas of the weekend’s play. This session will also allow Goncalo to go over any areas that may be necessary to reinforce good habits when leaving the academy. Players are also encouraged to work on an exit strategy from the coaching programme – mostly a discussion on not waiting too long before picking up a racket again! The coaching and weekend is concluded with a summary from Goncalo and a chance to exchange emails so that ACTA can stay in touch with your progress and hopefully see you back on court again very soon!”

Booking Information: email or call 020 7751 9042

The Annabel Croft Tennis Academy at Pine Cliffs Resort, Algarve is a wonderful place to spend time on court and work at your tennis. It offers a fantastic tennis coaching programme that is suitable for the whole family. The resort is very family focused and there are always large numbers of junior players looking to participate in the programme. The large number of guests interested in playing tennis makes tournaments and social tennis highly popular activities in the timetable when they are scheduled in. The programme runs throughout the year but the academy is especially busy during the school holiday periods where booking in advance is advisable. The programme offers a wide range of coaching services including the academies renowned group based coaching courses, as well as private and shared tennis lessons, court hire and other tennis services. Players choosing to participate in either the adult or junior tennis courses will experience classes using the academies philosophy of “Movement & Repetition” that has been designed by Annabel Croft Using unique hitting sequences, players are encouraged to focus intently on their footwork for each shot in order to gain better control of the ball. In addition, small group ratios encourage a high level of hitting opportunities for each player in order to work on technical and tactical mastery of specific shots and situations. The aim is to get players to gain confidence in all areas of their game, get fitter through good quality training and really enjoy the time spent on court working on improving their game. For our younger junior players, the tennis programme at Pine Cliffs is based on the success of the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy in London. The courses on offer still have the same philosophy at heart but feature more time learning the basics of the game. These courses also feature some great games (our Cookie Tennis Challenge is legendary!) as well as certificates, stickers, activity book and trophies for our players of the week!

The weekly timetable at the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy at Pine Cliffs changes according to the season. All coaching courses for adults and juniors run are scheduled at the same time (usually 9.30am-11.30am) in peak season. Courses are recommended to players over 5 days (Monday-Friday) but bookings can be made on individual days to suit your own personal holiday timetable. The timetable features a number of carefully selected events each week including tennis tournaments, club nights for social tennis and cardio tennis classes.

All players wishing to participate in the programme are invited to attend a free Tennis Welcome session which is held on Sunday afternoons and gives the coaching team a chance to assess individual player’s level of play (standards are rated from 1-6), goals for their time on court and medical background.  Additionally, it ensures groups are evenly matched in terms of ability and content. Players looking to try tennis for the first time are encouraged to attend this tennis welcome and speak to a member of the team about what coaching is most appropriate for their development.

The Annabel Croft Tennis Academy at Pine Cliffs features the following facilities:

  • 2 Red Clay Courts
  • 3 Acrylic Hard Courts
  • Padel Tennis Court
  • Tennis Hut / Pro Shop
  • Patio and Watching Area

The facilities are high quality surfaces with some of the only clay courts available in the Algarve. They are suitable for all standards of tennis from recreational to professional play. Court hire can be purchased for players own use either as individual hours or as discounted blocks of court time. Rackets and balls are available for purchase or hire along with clothing, footwear and accessories.

Annabel Croft Coaches

One of the unique features of the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy is its use of UK based coaches and teaching framework overseas. Using LTA guidelines for licensed tennis coaches, our coaching team comprises of predominantly British tennis professionals during the peak season.

If you are visiting the academy from the UK, our coaches will instantly recognize your current playing standard by rating or ranking, or your child’s mini tennis rating. Our coaching team’s expertise in this area enables us to offer follow on advice to players returning back to the UK or advice on how to carry on your coaching at suitable clubs and programs when returning home. We have even been known to run ratings tournaments and post results if we have enough of the same players in the resort at any one time!

For players outside the UK, we make sure that we complement our UK based coaches with highly qualified International coaches capable of delivering tennis lessons in a variety of languages including Russian, German, French and Spanish.

Bookings can be made in advance through Annabel Croft Holidays or by calling the academy directly on 0207 751 9042. We strongly advise booking in advance to avoid disappointment but please note there is a 24 hour cancellation policy. All coaching groups run based on a minimum of 50% participation in each class and at the discretion of the head coach. If a group is not running due to a lack of players, alternative arrangements for coaching may be required. For Tennis only booking (no accommodation), please contact us at, telephone (0351) 289 500 100 or Ext. 3580.
Pine Cliffs Tennis all weather court

Why should you choose this tennis holiday?

The Algarve is a really fantastic tennis destination and perfect for weekend breaks and family holidays. In resort you can expect wonderful attention to detail and extra such as having the beach a short walk from the tennis courts is a real bonus. There is a range of things to do within close proximity of the resort once you have finished playing as well, making this a popular choice for visitors every year.

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