Tennis existed in a similar form to today’s game in the days of the ancient Egyptians and Greeks and was known as a return game. About 700 years ago it began to be played in France and England and finally arrived in Spain around the year 1900. Nobody knows exactly when the first match took place in Mallorca, but everybody knows that nowadays the island is an excellent arena for the white sport. The young champion Rafael Nadal from Manacor is well-known after reaching number two seed in the worldwide tennis ranking.
The Mallorcan-born Carlos Moyá has held the number one spot and the tennis pro Nuria Llagostera from Cala Millor has also been placed in the top 50. Former champions join the Santa Ponsa tournament regularly and the racket company Head presented the new flexible racket to the world with a huge show in Cala d’Or. One reason for the local tennis boom is the warm climate with average daily temperatures of 21 ºC and only 74 days of rain a year. Mallorca simply offers the most favourable infrastructure for everyone, be it the leisure time player, the amateur or the professional. A vast number of clubs, shops and schools, as well as specialist tour operators offer everything related to the sport.
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Now that you know of the rich offering of places at hand and the equipment available, the only thing missing is a nearby court and a partner to play with, no matter whether you live in Mallorca or whether you are spending only a short time here.
If you are staying in a hotel during your holidays a tennis court will probably be on the premises. It is a shame though that only a few hotels co-operate with the local clubs and convey available slots. However, the next tennis court is never far away, especially in holiday resorts. Booking a court as member or non-member is generally no problem and costs between 9 and 14 Euro per hour. As most courts have floodlight facilities it is possible to play until late evening. Most of the courts are either hard or sand courts, there are also a few artificial turf courts but hardly any lawns. This goes some way to explaining why tennis pro Rafael Nadal was lacking the necessary experience on the lawn and dropped out of the prestigious Wimbledon Championship in the second round.
But even if you and your kids are not aiming as high as Nadal you will find plenty of possibilities to take tennis lessons on Mallorca. Lessons are offered by clubs, hotels, tennis schools and private teachers. If you would like to participate in tournaments you need a player’s license, which you can acquire by joining the Mallorcan tennis federation.
What a paradise for active tennis players, don’t you think? However, there remains one downside for the passive tennis enthusiast: the ATP-tournament which used to take place in the unique and marvellous bullring of Palma has now been moved to Valencia. The hope remains though, that at least the Spanish Davis-Cup-matches will be played here again in future.
A selection of tennis clubs in Mallorca:
Federació de Tennis de les Illes Balears
Edificio Palma Arena, Carrer Uruguay, Palma
Tel: +34 971 720 956
Calle Costa i Llobera, 1, Son Verí
Tel: +34 871 514 462
Palma Tennis Club
Carrer Joan Maria Thomàs, 4, Palma
Tel: +34 971 282 000
Tennis Club Cala d’Or
Calle de les Roquisses, 6, Cala d’Or
Santa Ponsa Tennis Club
Carrer del Riu Síl, Santa Ponsa
Tel: +34 971 692 261
Sporting Club Portals
Carrer Garcilaso de la Vega, 11, Portals
Tel: +34 971 675 887
Sport Padel Colonia
Carrer de ses Figueres, Colònia de Sant Jordi
Tel: +34 687 813 151
Castillo Hotel Son Vida
Carrer Raixa, 2, Palma
Tel: +34 971 493 493
Hipotels Cala Millor Park
Carrer Estanyol, 1, Cala Millor
Tel: +34 971 813 616
Poliesportiu Municipal de Magaluf
Av. Palmeres, 23, Magaluf
Tel: +34 971 130 051
Club Deportivo San Cayetano
Avinguda de Picasso, 21, Palma
Tel: +34 971 280 056
Poliesportiu La Salle Palma
Camí de son Rapinya, 29, Palma
Tel: +34 971 606 382