By Debby Heus
It’s 10am Thursday morning, and here we are at the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa’s prestigious tennis courts. On these clay courts, Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, John McEnroe, Boris Becker and many other renowned professionals have left their footprints. And today you wouldn’t be surprised to run into another famous player, as many come here to practise for major tournaments. The centre court can seat 2,500 people and it is also used for international concerts. None other than Liza Minnelli, Dionne Warwick and Lionel Richie have performed here in an intimate setting – and a concert by Seal is scheduled for this summer (18 July).
Offering a wide range of sports in a privileged location, the club was founded by Björn Borg in 1979. There are eight well-maintained clay and two hard courts, four paddle courts, beautiful surroundings, a gym, personal trainers, a relaxation room, a Finnish sauna, a Turkish steam bath, and locker rooms with bathrobes, towels and flip-flops… I am now in one of the most exclusive tennis clubs in all of Europe!
Feeling a bit nervous, as I haven’t played for more than a year, I enter court number five where Isaac is waiting for me with a towel, a bottle of water and a candy bar in case I need some sugar during the practice session. He immediately calms me down and says I should have fun, just relax and play. The weather is gorgeous – as it nearly always is in Marbella – so I am looking forward to finding out what remains of my tennis skills.
After one hour of training with Isaac, having seen every grain of gravel, I am completely worn out – but extremely satisfied. I’ve had a great lesson and I’m feeling less guilty now, enjoying coffee and a light lunch on the terrace. My colleague has joined me after her session with a personal trainer at the gym. We share our experiences, both sporting red faces from all the hard work. Like me, she hasn’t been doing workouts for quite a long time, but the personal trainer provided invaluable support.
The club’s gym has sophisticated fitness and cardio training machines and, of course, personalised programs that can be adapted to your needs. They also offer Tai Chi, Pilates, yoga and spinning classes. Every Wednesday and Sunday there is a mix-in, where they start with 30 minutes of theory and practice and then play matches for one and a half hours. This is great for meeting new people and playing at different levels. I have enjoyed my day at this club so much that I will definitely come back to try the mix-in.
Puente Romano Tennis & Fitness
Tel. (+34) 952 826 103
Open every day from 8am to 10pm
Summer camp in July and August