Back in the day hotels with tennis courts were exotic… now we expect them, and a tennis pro coach with you in the umpire seat in the Maldives.
Some Maldives islands are, in truth, little bigger than tennis courts.
Best thing in small packages
On Kandolhu there are 30 villas, four a la carte restaurants, a bar, beach dining experiences as well as in-villa options.
And an oceanbank of coral to gurgle in and gawp at the fishes and the turtles.
At 200m x 150m though understandably they couldn’t quite fit in a tennis court.
There are though on neighbouring big sister island Kuramathi, though it’ll be more leisurely club tennis than all-action Rafael Nadal rallies.
As I can vouch for, having raced after the younger, fitter Sri Lankan staff on my Atoll Tale adventure.
On their football pitches and cricket grounds.
While couples and leisure-seekers amble around Maldives islands in their flip-flops those of a sporty nature are indulged too.
And the good news for those who drown in shallow water is that tennis is an option.
With real-life tennis professionals.
Such as Davis Cup winner Viktor Troicki
Amilla Maldives Resort and Residences welcomes the Serbian champion who won the cup with somebody you might have heard of, Novak Djokovic.
For a two-week residence for mid-term, October 26-November 6.
Viktor follows in the tennis shoe steps of some big-hitters.
Newly crowned Olympic champion Alexander Zverev and bro Mischa.
Awesome Aussie Pat Rafter and most recently Russian pro.
And former world No.1 Angelique Kerber.
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Now don’t be mistaken into thinking you get things any easier with a female coach think again.
Abercrombie & Kent offers seven nights from £4336pps.
Price includes B&B, flights and transfers. Based on travel between October 26-November 6.
And you in the umpire seat in the Maldives.