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Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre
At Grand Palladium Resort Costa Mujeres and TRS Coral Hotel

Isla Mujures, QR Mexico

By Roger Cox, Editor

A central element in Costa Mujeres resort, the Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre has many of the same elements that defined his original tennis academy on his home island of Majorca: a training method devised by Toni Nadal, a clean modernist design, outdoor red-clay and covered courts, an interactive museum with a collection of Rafa's trophies and other sports memorabilia, and a sports cafe. But in Mexico, the focus has shifted from training elite juniors and professionals to providing world-class instruction to vacationers, adults and juniors alike, who are happy to devote a few hours a day to working on their games when not basking on the beach, lying around the pool, or otherwise enjoying resort amenities and exploring this part of the Mexican coast.
Pricing is all-inclusive. Guests bed down in suites at one of two hotels with the resort: the 690-room Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa or the 490-suite, adults-only TRS Coral Hotel, directly adjacent to the beach with a private beach club. All have access to the Palladium Spa, which in addition to massages and beauty treatments has sauna, steam, Jacuzzi, hot and cold whirlpools, a water slide, and relaxation areas, and to the fitness center at the Nadal complex. An area called Family Selection has daily themed program of activities at the baby club (for 1-to-3 year olds), kids club (for 4-to-12 year olds), and teens club (for kids aged 11 up). Between the two hotels, dining options are extensive, with a seven à la carte restaurants at the Grand Palladium and another six at the TRS, supplemented by more than a score of bars and lounges.




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Tennis Features

Tennis Staff. There are currently four pros on staff, headed by director Tomas Prieto and assistant Alex Praderas. Both have nearly 20 years of coaching experience, most recently at the Nadal Tennis Academy by MoviStar in Majorca.
Tennis Programs. Although private lessons are available, the primary focus is on camps, for both adults and juniors. In general, the group sessions for adults run 1 or 2 hours a day over 3 to 6 days (not necessarily consecutive). The intensity varies from medium to very high, depending on the option chosen. At the most demanding level, there is one pro for just two players, while the hourly drill session ups that ratio to 1:8. There are also sessions for those looking to work on their doubles games. The last combine work on technique and strategy with critiqued matches. Juniors have similar options. These range from a recreational program for kids ages 5 to 7 to a high intensity module designed to maximize each player's strengths and minimize the weaknesses while improving both their overall performance and general fitness. In addition, there are holiday and summer camps for juniors.
What distinguishes these camps is their approach. Alex Praderas explains: "We use training methodology developed at the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar . It differentiates us from other centres by offering more realistic training situations and drills that will help the players develop their skills much more quickly. Tennis is a sport that requires you to hit, receive, and constantly adapt, and for that you need versatility. We believe that group lessons offer players a much better training environment and opportunities for improvement since they have a chance to play and compete with different players of all styles.
"Rather than simply feeding balls, which can lead to players hitting hundreds of shots with no real purpose, we like to actively involve our coaches in the drills. The goal is to get players to focus on controlling the ball (aiming at the coach) and receiving a variety of different ball types which vary in height and speed and simulate a real rally."
"We also believe in working with controlled rallies which simulate real match situations, allowing players to work on the different skills required for a complete game. This type of training allow the coaches to focus more on giving the best feedback and tips rather than just being mere ball machines and motivators."
Courts & Fees. There are 8 red-clay courts (three beneath a roof) complemented by a full-service pro shop. Players who need them get free use of racquets and balls (or pay a small fee for demo racquets). The shop also provides towels and beverages. The cafe at the centre is accessible to guests as part of their all-inclusive package. Court fees: None for guests; $25/hour for others.

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Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre

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Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre
Vialidad Paseo Mujeres
Isla Mujures, QR 77400 Mexico
+1 917-341-2197
Web Link: Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre

Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa

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Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa
Vialidad Paseo Mujeres
Isla Mujures, QR 77400 Mexico
Toll-free: 888-237-1226
Web Link: Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa

TRS Cotal Hotel

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TRS Cotal Hotel
Vialidad Paseo Mujeres
Isla Mujures, QR 77400 Mexico
Toll-free: 888-237-1226
Web Link: TRS Cotal Hotel

Travel Essentials

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Travel Instructions. By Air: The Nadal Tennis Centre and adjacent hotels are a 35-minute drive from Cancun International Airport (CUN).

General Tourist Information. Visit the Cancun pages of Visit Mexico.