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Our verdict:

If you enjoy playing tennis, you’ll love the trips organised by Jonathan Markson. The company offers a range of holidays, from relaxed sporting breaks to intensive training, with no single supplements on selected camps in the UK, Portugal and Spain. Its Single Player Weeks in the Algarve are particularly suitable for solo travellers.

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Jonathan Markson Tennis says

For anyone serious about improving their game or lacking a tennis partner and looking for a holiday where they can enjoy the sport, our tennis holidays and tennis camps are the perfect answer.

  • All ability levels
  • Single player weeks
  • UK and Europe

We attract plenty of solo players keen to benefit from our coaches’ expert instruction, high quality courts and the camaraderie of fellow tennis enthusiasts.

Our founder, the late Jonathan Markson, was a captain and coach of the Oxford University Blues tennis team and played for Scotland. Since our beginnings in 1981, we continue to build a tremendous legacy which provides top quality coaching to players of all ages and levels.

At Easter and in the summer months, we hold a number of adult-only tennis camps at Oxford University, using their stunning grass and hard courts in the company of top professional players and coaches. Each week includes a 30-hour core tennis programme, video analysis, assessment by our head coach and a number of singles and doubles tournaments. Accommodation is in single rooms in the University colleges with all meals provided.

We have two one-week camps based at Christ’s College Cambridge for adults only. Open to all levels except beginners, you’ll be playing and coached on the hallowed courts of Cambridge University Lawn Tennis Club.

Throughout the year, we run Single Player Weeks for both advanced and intermediate players plus beginner/refresher weeks at our stunning tennis centre in Praia da Luz on the Algarve. These fun holidays include four morning coaching sessions, tournaments, and social events from a welcome cocktail party to a prize-giving and farewell dinner. Accommodation is in double rooms for solo occupancy in a range of studios, apartments and hotels – choose from self-catering, B&B or half board.

If you prefer the idea of a tennis holiday with some coaching but without being part of a group, head to the Luz Bay Hotel or a choice of hotels in Mallorca and chances are we’ll find you a tennis partner too. There is a small single supplement or we can usually arrange for someone else of the same sex to share a room with you.

Find out more about our tennis holidays and tennis camps.

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