With the recent success of the Davis Cup qualifiers held at the Puente Romano Tennis Club, the spotlight shone squarely on Marbella not just as a summer holiday destination, but as a year round centre for sporting excellence.
The Costa del Sol has long been a favourite destination for golfers, both expert and keen amateur, and now enthusiastic spectators are also flocking to this part of the world. Last year saw Sergio García’s charity foundation sponsor the Andalucía Valderrama Masters, with the host acquitting himself admirably. Ladies golf is also becoming more popular as a spectator sport, so it was thrilling to watch local player, Azahara Muñoz, winning the Spanish Open on home turf. With almost 80 courses to choose from, improving your game is easy on the Costa del Sol.
Tennis takes centre stage
The Davis Cup brought an important boost to the local economy, as well as the excitement of an international tournament and all the glamour it entails: world class tennis players, press and a dedicated public. Thanks to the superb climate, tennis lovers can indulge their passion almost every day of the year in established, well-equipped clubs. Former Wimbledon winner Manolo Santana’s centre with is another classic that offers great facilities, should you feel brave enough to train under the watchful eye of a former champion!
For the ultimate athletes
April will this year see a competition to test the mettle of even the most dedicated athlete – the Ironman 70.3. Already fully subscribed, it will see competitors undertake the 70,3 miles of the title. It consists of a 1,9 kilometre swim in the Mediterranean, 90 kilometre bike ride as well as a 21,1 kilometre run, with the top athletes finishing the course in under four hours. Competing for a place in the World Championship to be held this year in Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa, it should be an exhilarating spectator sport, albeit an exhausting one for the participants!
Marbella’s climate and sophisticated infrastructure are an unbeatable combination for sports lovers, both professional and eager amateurs alike.