Marbella has been chosen to host the Davis Cup World Group matches between Great Britain and Spain from the 2nd to the 4th of February 2018. This means that some of the UK and Spain’s best players will be competing on the courts at the Puente Romano tennis club over three days. There will be singles and doubles games over five “rubbers”, with the winning team needing to win three or more of the five games.
This is the first time since 2013 that Spain has hosted a Davis Cup tie and the matchup between Great Britain and Spain hasn’t been seen since the 1980s. The UK has been seeded third in the World Group, but Spain are fearsome opponents, having won the title four times. Spain boasts an excellent pool of quality players to choose from, including world number one Rafael Nadal. With Andy Murray suffering a hip injury at Wimbledon, it remains to be seen whether he will be fit to play in the team. However, this year both teams got knocked out in the quarter finals, so they have a point to prove.
Marbella was competing against other destinations for this great sporting event, but the great clay court at the Puente Romano, the lovely climate in the south of Spain and good transport links made it the winning choice. It will be very popular with holiday makers too for a bit of winter sun, golf, great restaurants and of course some great holiday rentals!
Davis Cup ties are always very popular with spectators, so there have been recommendations to extend the Puente Romano grandstands to accommodate around 9,000 fans. British Tennis team members will get a priority ticket sale for their allocation and then there will be a general sale for the remaining tickets. Look out for tickets going on sale soon!
The Davis Cup will be played on Marbella’s Golden Mile, between Marbella centre and Puerto Banus. If you’re looking for a holiday rental property to stay in so you can watch the match, we’d recommend Marbella if you want a town with plenty of life and amenities, Nueva Andalucia if you’d like to combine tennis with a few rounds of golf and Puerto Banus if you want designer shops and a taste of luxurious lifestyle. We have a great selection of apartments and villas between Marbella and San Pedro, all within easy reach of Puente Romano’s tennis club. Although it is out of high season, there will be a lot of players, coaches and spectators travelling to the area for the matches, so we expect demand to be high. Book as soon as you have secured your ticket to avoid disappointment.
If you don’t manage to get a ticket, Marbella is a great destination for tennis players and fans all year round, with great tennis clubs and courts on many of the area’s urbanisations and included in the grounds of many luxury holiday homes. It is home to tennis legend Manolo Santana’s club, where you can bump into the great man himself, take a lesson, or join a tournament. There are also great Town Hall run tennis courts in many of the public parks, so pack your racquet and find yourself a court near you on your next holiday.
Another date for your diary should be the Senior Masters Tournament, which takes place each September, also at the Puente Romano. This is a great opportunity to see some of the legends of the game. Players change regularly of course, but this year we got to see John McEnroe, Yannick Noah, Pat Cash and Carlos Moya who won the tournament. It’s always a great event and is an excellent excuse for an autumn getaway. For more information about travelling to the Costa del Sol download our free holiday guide.