By Roger Cox, Editor
The Mouratoglou Tennis Center Jumeirah extends the reach of renowned coach Patrick Mouratoglou's empire from his original Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in Nice, France, to the upscale hotels of Jumeirah and Madinat in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Like his French outpost, this one attracts professional tennis players, who use it as a training base between tournaments. But complemented as it is by lavish hotels and their amenities, the Mouratoglou Tennis Center Jumeirah also affords tennis-playing guests access to programs based on the Mouratoglou methodology and taught by his credentialed staff.
Peter Wessels, a Dutch-born former top ATP Top 100 player anchors a staff of nine, all of them Mouratoglou-certified coaches. Much of the focus is on private and semi-private instruction, though those suppplemented by advanced and intermediate clinics—and by "advanced" they mean tournament and national players—cardio tennis sessions, ladies' clinics, junior programs, and customized sessions. These take place on the seven hard courts adjaced to the Jumeirah Beach Hotel or the four hard courts at Jumeirah Madinat.
The Kids Club at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel organizes social activities and provides kids with a place to play, although the 30 rides at the adjacent Wadi Wadi Waterpark may have a stronger pull.
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Mouratoglou Tennis Center Jumeirah
Dubai, United Arab Emirates +971-50-316 9108
Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Architecturally stunning, the Jumeirah Beach Hotel drew its inspiration from a breaking wave. Its 618 rooms, suites, and villas variously have views of gardens and the Burj Al Arab rising above the Arabian Gulf. Among its amenities are five outdoor pools, a spa, fitness center, and four restaurants. Umm Suqeim Beach is a short walk or free shuttle ride away.Dubai, United Arab Emirates +971 4 348 00 00
Said to be the largest resort in the Emirates, the Arabian-inspired Jumeirah Madinat borders a private beach, its luxury hotels, summerhouses, restaurants, bars, and souks spread around a network of waterways and gardens.Dubai, United Arab Emirates 971-4-344 5333
Travel Instructions. The Jumeirah neighborhood of Dubai is 26 km (16 miles) from Dubai International Airport (DXB), a roughly 30-minute taxi ride.
General Tourist Information. For general information about Dubai, check out the Visit Dubai website.