Some sets, sunsets and sangria in the heart of Andalusia - an appreciation of the Lew Hoad Memorial ITF Tournament in Mijas, Spain.
Lew Hoad (b.1934 - d.1994) was arguably the greatest amateur tennis player of the 1950's. He won multiple Grand Slam Singles and Doubles titles before turning professional in 1957 and becoming a key player on the professional tennis circuit. He was also part of a successful Australian Davis Cup team on several occasions.
In 1955 he married Jennifer Staley, herself a leading Australian player, at St. Mary's church in Wimbledon.
A long-standing back injury forced him to prematurely retire from competitive tennis in the mid 1960's, after which Lew and his wife Jenny set up a tennis facility in Spain that would bear his name.
The LEW HOAD Tennis and Paddle Club was originally founded in 1968, at Mijas Costa, in an old Andalusian country estate just to the north of Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol. Only 20 minutes from Malaga International Airport, it is ideally situated for exploring all corners of Andalusia, including the historical cities of Granada, Seville and Cordoba.
The Club itself has recently been refurbished and provides a broad range of services and facilities such as swimming pool, gymnasium, hair and beauty salon, a traditional restaurant and free WiFi - an ideal atmosphere for tennis, relaxation and personal care.
There are seven Plexicushion tennis courts and six paddle courts.
The tournament, organised under the auspices of Jenny Hoad who still plays the event, is held in mid September and currently rated an ITF Grade 4. It offers a full range of singles and doubles events for men and ladies across the age groups 35-75+, also mixed doubles. Players can enter up to 3 events each.
It offers a great mix of both competitive and social tennis which is ideal if you also want to combine it with a holiday. There are usually 3 evening social events including a Gala Dinner and prize giving on Finals Day.
Why not walk in the footsteps of a true tennis 'great' and mark this down as one of your tournaments for next season. You will be guaranteed lots of tennis and a great social time in a fun and friendly atmosphere.