Tennis is a wonderful sport -for people of all ages, who are generally in good health -the fitter the better, of course -depending on what level one wishes to play at! Whether playing in a ‘singles’ or a ‘doubles’ match, one can normally be assured of sweating-off a few pounds over the course of a couple of hours -particularly if one is playing in a sub-tropical climate, such as we enjoy here in the beautiful Canary Islands. Just like golf, tennis is a very popular sport in Tenerife, and there are several tennis clubs dotted around the island -along with scores of tennis courts belonging to dozens of holiday complexes, both in the south and the northern half of the island. Below is a selection of tennis establishments where couples (or groups of friends) can while-away an afternoon or two by thrashing-away with their rackets to their hearts content, before watching the victors jump the net to celebrate their championship win.
First on the list is the ‘Tennis Zoo’, which is situated in Playa de la Arena, adjacent to Los Gigantes, and run by John Debnam, a professional tennis coach. John has his own web-site www.tenniszoo.com -and can be contacted at the clubhouse on (0034) 678 758 375. Then there is the ‘Happy Days Tennis Club’, which is situated in Costa Del Silencio, and boasts ‘3’ courts of artificial grass. The club, which has hosted various tournaments, offers coaching ‘7’ days a week from 9am until dusk for €7 an hour -and can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org, or called on (0034) 922 786831. Third on the list is the Tenerife Tennis Academy, which has been completely refurbished and boasts ‘3’ tennis courts, along with ‘2’ paddle-tennis courts. The academy, which is part of the Chayofa Country Club, is primarily geared towards youngsters, offering individual or group coaching by champion tennis coaches. Prices for courts are currently €5 per hour. The academy can be contacted by e-mail on email@example.com -or called on (0034) 729691.
Number ‘4’ is the Club de Tenis Puerto de La Cruz, which is situated in the north of the island, and offers no-less than ‘6’ tennis courts for people of all ages. Their telephone number is (0034) 922 383784. Moving-on to number ‘5’, which is the Oceanico Tennis Club, which is again situated in the north of the island, only this time in the Orotava Valley, just outside Puerto de La Cruz. This is a huge, sprawling complex, which not-only offers ’10’ tennis courts, but it also has paddle courts -and a large swimming pool. The club can be called on (0034) 922 380323, or e-mailed on firstname.lastname@example.org Club De Tenis Y Padel Las Arenas is number ‘6’ on the list, and the third club on the northern half of the island. The club, which boasts ‘2’ tennis courts and ‘3’ paddle courts, offers lessons with nationally renowned instructors -and can be contacted by telephone on (0034) 922 374606.
They say that one should always leave the best until last -and so I feel it pertinent to finish with a small introduction into the Abama tennis and paddle courts, which are located in San Juan, on Tenerife’s western coast. Abama boasts ‘7’ tennis courts, which have been used for various ITF and ATP tour matches -the centre-court being able to accommodate 600 spectators, whereas the other six feature grandstands, along with covered rest-areas for the pla
yers. There are also restrooms, changing rooms and parking facilities. Abama’s Sanchez-Casal Tennis Academy, which has classes for all levels of players, includes personalised lessons, intensive courses and specialised tennis programmes. The four illuminated paddle courses have AstroTurf surfaces, and both the tennis and paddle courts can currently be rented from €15 per hour. Reservations for either the tennis or the paddle-courts, can be made by calling (0034) 922 126 000, or (0034) 648 259 236.
There are numerous other tennis and paddle-tennis clubs scattered all over Tenerife, including Club De Tenis Miraverde, in Adeje, which offers four grass courts and can be contacted on (0034) 922 712 772, Capicua Tennis Club in Santa Cruz, which features three courts and can be contacted on (0034) 922 596 502, Federation Canaria de Tenis in Santa Cruz, which can be contacted on (0034) 922 151 221 -and Club Deportivo Tenisur, in Adeje, which, apart from being a tennis club, also offers paddle-tennis, racket-ball and squash. They can be contacted by calling (0034) 922 796 167. And so for all of you who have had a very relaxing -and perhaps a somewhat lazy summer, now might be just the right time to get-out those old rackets, and strip-off the covers, before squeezing into your old tennis shorts and shirts -then head-off to your nearest tennis club for a few hours of pure, unadulterated pleasure.