Tourism and tennis in Valencia form a perfect partnership that captivates both locals and foreigners alike, which in the last decade has received an unprecedented boom, increasing not only variety, but the quality of what is on offer, but what are the reasons behind this? Prestigious competitions such as the Valencia Open 250? The presence of tennis figures like David Ferrer and Juan Carlos Ferrero? Or maybe the many benefits of the Mediterranean climate? Come now as we take a look at some of the factors that help us understand this sudden increase.
More than 24 million tourists (6.5 million of which are international) visisted the Levantine coast in 2015, a record figure which has been made possible thanks to world renown celebrations such as the Valencian bonfires, the growing importance of the Spanish language and the popularity of the Mediterranean cuisine; However it would be unfair to forget about the impact tennis has had on the Comunitat Valenciana, a form of active tourism which is considered one of the best sports than can be played on the Costa Blanca.
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Perfect Climate Conditions
With over 2600 hours of sunshine a year, Valencia is considered a perfect destination for athletes, especially those who practice sports like tennis due to the perfect weather conditions; This influence can be seen so much so to the extent that it has now encouraged a sport called beach tennis, a full-fledged phenomenon, which can be admired everyday on the beaches of La Malvarrosa, El Perellonet and the Playa de Las Arenas.
Valencia Open 250
As a direct result of the aforementioned, it should come as no surprise that prestigious competitions have set their sights on the Comunitat Valenciana, such as the Davis Cup, which on 4 occasions has been close to celebrating the final round at the Palacio Velodromo Luis Peg. However the Valencia Open 250, witness to the golden generation of Spanish players, is considered the main tennis attraction on the Levantine coast. The exciting duels between David Ferrer and Alexandr Dolgopolov in 2012 or between Andy Murray and Tommy Robredo in 2015 have gained Valencia tennis international recognition.
Valencian Tennis Players
Living legends such as David Ferrer and Juan Carlos Ferrero, one of the most outstanding players in the US Open, have built a solid image for tennis practiced on these coasts; Currently, Daniel Gimeno, Pablo Andujar, Anabel Medina Garrigues and Ferrer himself provide a strong attraction for fans of the sport, without forgetting of course national figures such as Fernando Verdasco, Rafeal Nadal, Carla Suarez and Garbiñe Muguruza – Current champion of the Roland Garros.
Another tourist contribution we have to consider is the training and teaching of tennis to future generations from Europe and other continents – Academies such as the Ferrer Tennis Academy, the Equelite Juan Carlos Ferrero and the International Tennis Academy of Elche all contribute countless hours to achieving this goal; However we cannot forget the dozens of clubs that all chip in as well, such as those found in Javea, Montemar, Marina D`or, Benidorm as well as almost everywhere in Valencia, not forgetting summer tennis camps provided by ISC, which combine learning Spanish and practicing sports such as tennis – A Perfect opportunity for kids aged between 13-18 to practice a sport whilst learning about Valencia culture and history.