Costa Navarino and Mouratoglou

Costa Navarino, the prime sustainable destination in the Mediterranean has teamed up with Patrick Mouratoglou, the long-term coach of 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams and mentor of Greece’s world number five Stefanos Tsitsipas, to launch the first European Mouratoglou Tennis Center this summer.

With 12 brand new floodlit courts including clay, hard and natural grass courts, professional and amateur players can combine leisure and top-class training from June 9th with dedicated programs and experiences, under the instruction of experienced and Mouratoglou trained coacheswhile staying at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino and The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort, both located at Navarino Dunes.

From the age of 14+ anyone can take part in dedicated tennis clinics, while for guests aged six and upwards, private or group lessons are ideal to maximise personal performance, covering in-depth aspects of the Mouratoglou Academy’s philosophy. Beginners, intermediates or experts aged 10+ seeking the ultimate test can ‘Challenge the Pro’ for an hour of head-to-head contest with one of the top coaches.

For guests seeking fun and more energetic learning experiences, weekly cardio tennis sessions are available to those aged 16+. Other competitive social tennis experiences on offer include the scheduled ladies’ morning or men’s night mixed doubles matches.

Available from this autumn, the Mouratoglou Signature Tennis Camps for adults and children will cover everything from technique and tactics to fitness. The camps are the ultimate introduction to tennis in a playful yet structured environment and will be organized into two age groups, eight to 14-year-olds and upwards. They will be bookable on a two or five-day basis including accommodation options.

Finally, the UTS Nights, interactive tennis tournaments for a more competitive playing experience, for those aged 10+ starting with a minimum group of 8 guests or up to 32 players including multiple matches, draw and medal ceremonies.

Off the court, players can enjoy access to the latest tennis equipment, apparel and accessories at the center’s fully stocked tennis pro shop. A tennis racquet-stringing service is also available, with equipment hire on offer for guests looking to rent courts on an individual basis.

More information can be found at https://www.costanavarino.com/mouratoglou-tennis-center/.

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Terry worked with the WTA for over a decade and sat on a commission which drew up guidelines to help players avoid burn-out and deal with pressure in their mid-teens. One of the outcomes was ruling how many tournaments a player could enter before a certain age.
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Williams, a veteran of press conferences in a career which is now in its fourth decade, believes all players should have access to counselling. “I think that’s so important to have a sounding board, whether it’s someone at the WTA or whether it’s someone in your life,” said the American star.
Terry believes Osaka is right to avoid the spotlight when she is suffering from depression. Key is a family support group and, if needed, professional help.
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