Andrew Castle’s astute observations are familiar to tennis fans from his role as lead commentator on the BBC’s Wimbledon coverage. But later this year, after the strawberries and cream have been consumed, enthusiasts will have the chance to benefit first-hand from the former British number one’s insights as Castle heads up a special tennis coaching week at Mauritius’s Shandrani Beachcomber Resort & Spa from September 25 to October 3 (from £2,399 per person, with return British Airways flights from Gatwick).
Hosted by The Private Travel Company and First4Tennis, the Mauritius Tennis Week will see Castle and a team of trainers put players through their paces on six floodlit hard courts set in 70 acres of tropical gardens. Over six days there will be daily teaching sessions – taking in drill sessions and tactics workshops for singles and doubles, with special attention given to serving, groundstrokes and net play – as well as tournaments and a gala awards dinner.
For downtime, including the day of rest built into the programme, the resort offers a nine-hole pitch-and-putt golf course, spa, watersports – including windsurfing, waterskiing, kayaking and Hobie Cat sailing – and three perfect white-sand beaches.
Late September is generally dry in Mauritius, with temperatures in the mid-20s, so the weather should be perfect for tennis. “The week is so varied,” says Castle. “We use state-of-the-art technology to help players analyse their game, and it’s a great chance for tennis enthusiasts to focus on honing their skills.”