Adult Tennis Camps | Costa del Tennis

I live a fairly simple, quiet life in a small town in Italy, but thanks to social media I am beginning to develop a network of tennis-playing friends from all over the world. I am so pleased to receive comments, feedback, words of encouragement, and constructive criticism on my blog, YouTube and Instagram tennis photos and videos, and I am touched when someone takes the time to reach out to me via email. Recently, the Tennis Director at Costa del Tennis, Rhonda, sent me a lovely message to say ‘hola’ and chat about our shared interest in contributing to the tennis community. This message reminded me how much I would like to go to another adult tennis camp, but unfortunately this is unlikely to happen any time soon as I already have plans to attend the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, the Queen’s Aegon Championships, a 3 day tennis camp/tournament in Pescara, the Motor GP in Assen, and if you add to that my trip home for Easter, a one-week holiday in the Algarve and at least 5 work trips (all before early July) it doesn’t leave much time! Luckily Costa del Tennis adult tennis camps run all the way into the autumn/early winter, so I will hopefully manage to organise one of their holidays before the end of the year.

Even though I can’t give you a personal review of their adult tennis camps (yet!), I still wanted to write a post about Costa del Tennis on my blog, as I heard from Rhonda that they have an exciting holiday coming up that involves the Barcelona Open, and I wanted to share the details with you (through her own words). More adult tennis camp reviews can be found here.


Q1) Who is Costa del Tennis?

Costa del Tennis is a travel company specialized in offering warm & friendly tennis destinations year-round.  We connect players from around the world because tennis is an international sport and bringing all the different cultures together keeps it interesting and allows people to connect paths well beyond the tennis court.

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Costa del Tennis is co-owned by Rhonda Costa, Tennis Director and Jana Rebelo, General Manager.

Also we work with a handful of outstanding tennis pros in Barcelona who happen to be great humans,serious players and engaging teachers. We work with the same values and methods of teaching so everyone is on the same page. I appreciate them very much and so do our guests.

Q2) What can recreational players expect to achieve from a week long camp/holiday?

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Great Question!  Truthfully, although we’re a holiday company people know us for tennis and not so much the cocktails that happen afterwards.  We socialize with players but most visitors don’t make the party the center of the week.

The only part of my life that I’m Type A is on the tennis court. So I work players to a point that I know I can get their best even if they think they can’t.  I’d like players to make consistency a primary focus – instead of hitting the ball 100 miles per hour.

It’s also important for players to leave understanding back at home how to coach their way out of tough situations on court. When they truly understand their mistakes because of our work on court, they’re able to self coach much more on their own.

Ultimately, players seem to appreciate the daily matchplay. We focus on getting them to swing freely through their nerves during points so they can play the way they train.

Besides the tennis they can expect a great destination with players from around the world, well located accommodations in order to experience the local culture and small groups on court.

Q3) Can you tell us more about the Barcelona Open Tennis Holiday?

The Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell 2017 ATP 500 Masters tournament is a pretty fantastic week both socially and on court for our players.

We play tennis at a local club just outside of Barcelona and visit the tourney together.

Costa del Tennis provides the tickets to our players free for Tuesday’s day & evening sessions.

The “Real Club de tenis de Barcelona” is one of the most beautiful clubs I’ve ever visited and is located in the heart of Barcelona.  Not sure how but it manages to feel so relaxed and easy for such a high profile club.

The locals come out BigTime for hometown players and celebrity sightings! So it’s a very social event.

All the top Spanish players take part in the Barcelona Open which means you get up close and personal to Rafa & Feliciano Lopez.  The court seating is super intimate so it’s impossible to be in nosebleed seating.

International players also love to participate in this tournament and this year’s event brings many surprise players like; Dominic Theim, David Goffin, Richard Gasquet and Kyle Edmund from the UK.

One of my favorite things is connecting people!  So many times, I get on the phone personally to invite players because after knowing them well, I might see potential personalities branch off into future business or travel adventures.  Who knows, but the sky’s the limit on a tennis holiday 😉


If you are interesting in booking a spot on the Barcelona Open Tennis Holiday, or any of the other upcoming camps in Barcelona, Gran Canaria and Malaga, then just drop a line to play@costa-del-tennis.com.

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Adult Tennis Camps | JC Ferrero-Equelite Sport Academy

This summer I went to my first adult tennis camp organised by TPRA in Brallo di Pregola, Italy and spent 6 days that were simultaneously exciting, scary, intensive and rewarding. I had only just started playing tennis 3 months before, and I knew I would be the least experienced at the camp (especially in terms of playing matches), which made me rather nervous. In the end it worked out well as I was given a lot of additional training sessions, whilst the others played matches. I came away from the week with an even greater passion and desire to become a good tennis player.

I would love to go to another adult tennis camp and my partner and I have recently started dreaming of escaping the north Italian winter and visiting academies in better climates, such as the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in the south of France or the IMG Academy in Florida. In the fairly likely scenario that we don’t manage to live out these dreams, I decided I would instead add a section to my blog on tennis camps for adults so I could review all of the great programmes out there and hopefully one day I will get to visit them in person.

The first piece in this Adult Tennis Camps series starts with the JC Ferrero-Equelite Sport Academy near Villena in Spain. I came to know about this academy through one of my Instagram tennis friends (Kiko Morera). We ‘met’ on Instagram after we both won the Ellesse #yourshot competition (I won Monica Puig’s white Wimbledon tennis dress whilst Kiko won a signed t-shirt by Feliciano Lopez). He recently started working at the  JC Ferrero-Equelite Sport Academy, and so I decided to ask him a bit more about the adult training programmes.

First, a bit more about JC Ferrero-Equelite Sport Academy

The academy was founded by Antonio Martinez Cascades in 1990 with just 2 courts, and has since grown to become a world-class high performance academy with 20 courts in various surfaces. Despite its large size, the academy presents itself as a big family where players and staff live and learn together. One of the first players to graduate from the academy was former ATP World Number 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero. He now lives on the academy and supervises many of the training sessions and schedules.

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The academy offers its guests a stay at the Equelite Rural Hotel where, in addition to tennis, you can play Padel and golf (on the 9-hole course), enjoy the Sauna, dine in the restaurant, stock up in the Equelite Sport shop or recover in the physiotherapy clinic. The academy is also about 30 minutes from the beach of Alicante.

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Read my interview with JC Ferrero-Equelite Sport Academy to learn more out about the special features of the Adult Tennis Programmes:

Your website mentions that the Academy offers a personalised tennis training in the Adult programmes – what does this involve?

The academy offers a very personalised adult training week. This tennis program is totally flexible and arranged to offer the player whatever s(he) is looking for. That is why we start with a program of 3 hours of private tennis lessons. The coach and the player will discuss the aspects that should be worked on and improved and then the training sessions will be organised accordingly. Any aspects of tennis could be covered: just forehand, improve backhand, improve serve, footwork, order of play…

But we offer also the possibility for them to receive private physical training, train with the Playsight video analysis system or even receive language lessons, or try other sports such as golf or Padel (the second most popular sport in Spain, but not yet well known in the rest of Europe).

What is the Playsight video analysis system?

Playsight is a fully automated Smartcourt monitoring system that is equipped with six cameras connected to an on-court computer. The system is used to analyse matches/training sessions and offers statistics of all kinds, including the strength/spin that you put on the ball, the distance from the net, correct and missed shots, and kind of stroke used. We have installed it on both a hard and a clay court, and all adults that come for the training week have a practical session with the Playsight system. The data collected by the system is used to prepare and provide specific training exercises to address any of the weaknesses that are recorded.

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With this tool I would have been a better player” (Juan Carlos Ferrero)

What languages are the training sessions taught in?

The coaches give lessons in both English and Spanish. This tends to be the language that the player knows better, but sometimes players use this opportunity to practice a second language.

What advice would you give to adults to avoid injuries when playing tennis, especially during an intensive 1 week training programme?

It is important to stretch and warm up well before training starts, which the coaches do together with the players. Also, it is important to stretch again after training. We also prepare the adult training programme as a function of the tennis/fitness level of each player. We have fortunately not had injury problems with the adults that have attended our programmes to date.

How do you help adults change “incorrect” techniques that they may have built up over many years?

We help players understand their errors and work with them to help avoid them. Of course, it is difficult for them to change in just a week something that they have been doing for years. We encourage them to keep working on these aspects and correcting them after they leave the academy.


I think what impresses me most about this academy is the Playsight system. This, together with the beautiful location and family environment, are great reasons to visit this academy. If you would like further information or are interested in enrolling in one of the upcoming programmes, please contact Iñaki Etxegia (marketing@equelite.com) or phone (+34.965.340.013).

Let me know in the comments below about any other tennis academies that you think I should cover in this series (and if I’m available I’ll come and test them out myself!).