Where to buy a holiday home if you’re a tennis fan
Special mention of Taylor Wimpey España in The Times:
A final backhand volley sealed Rafa Nadal’s epic on-court victory at the Australian Open last weekend, the first man to win 21 grand slams with an undisputable seat among the all-time sporting greats. Off-court too, Nadal is making noise. In October 2016 on his home island of Mallorca, he opened the Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy by Movistar, an event attended by his friend and fellow tennis legend Roger Federer. Alongside juniors training full-time, the academy offers short coaching courses to keen amateurs of all ages and abilities.
The number social tennis players in the UK has been falling since 2016 when Andy Murray won Wimbledon, but the success of Emma Raducanu at the US Open, the drama over Novak Djokovic’s deportation from Melbourne and Nadal’s.
There’s no shortage of courts along the Costa del Sol from the sporting estate of Sotogrande all the way east to Marbella. Puente Romano on Marbella’s Golden Mile, 45 minutes from Malaga, is a hotel with a wonderful tennis heritage. The club was opened by Bjorn Borg in 1979, Boris Becker and JohnMcEnroe have both played there, Novak Djokovic’s brother Marko is on the coaching team and it’s where Novak himself was photographed before his ill-fated flight to Melbourne last month
Taylor Wimpey España has new-builds on the Costa del Sol from two-bedroom flats at La Cala Golf from €250,000 to four-bedroom penthouses at Sotogrande for €2.247 million.