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Tennis in Croatia - holiday activities

Well, if you love sports, especially tennis - and you came to Croatia for your holiday – then you know that this country has three Grand Slam winners? Iva Majoli picked up the Roland Garros trophy in 1997, legendary Goran Ivanišević was crowned the king of Wimbledon after an epic final back in 2001 – and most recently Marin Čilić won the US Open in 2014. 

Istria is the region with the most tennis courts and the tradition of this popular sport. 

Umag has a tennis stadium named after the living legend of Goran Ivanišević – which has been the host of the ATP Plava laguna Croatia Open for over 30 years! 13 clay and one concrete court at the Tennis Centre Stella Maris are all you need for a great tennis holiday. Be sure to book your accommodation in one of the town's attractive villas in July – so you get to see the top tennis players in action as well! 

Pula is the largest Istrian city – that offers you as many as 16 clay courts every day at the TN Verudela. Rent a villa with a private pool and enjoy a good tennis session. Visit the Roman Amphitheatre called Arena, and lots of other historical monuments dating back 2000 years ago. 

Poreč is a beautiful resort full of tennis courts. The Valamar Hotel in Poreč offers you a great tennis holiday. Plenty of outdoor and covered courts just a few steps from the hotel give you a chance to sharpen your serve with the help of professional coaches. You can join the Hannes Zischka tennis camp, which lasts for four days – relax in the hotel's saunas and pools. 

Rovinj offers you eight clay courts and four artificial grass ones – all indoor, for a complete tennis experience during your vacation. At the beginning of the 1970s, the attractive international tennis tournament Istarska riviera took place for the first time in Croatia, whilst a few years later, Rovinj hosted their first groups of tennis enthusiasts. This tournament is today listed with the ATP. This is a destination where amateurs from around the world meet and take part in organised tennis schools and famous tennis camps.

Mali Lošinj is a city on the island of the same name – choose from a variety of clay courts in Tennis centre Čikat, among the trees and the cleanest air in this part of Europe. There are also Tennis centre Sunčana Uvala (Sunny bay) and Tennis centre Punta. Thanks to the mild Mediterranean climate, you can play tennis in Mali Lošinj almost 365 days a year! There are villas available for rent just a few hundred metres from the beach.

Vodice has tennis courts in which you can play at night as well – during your stay at the Olympia Hotel near the beach. Two courts located 50 metres from the beach, surrounded by pine trees. The base of the tennis courts is clay, and they are both lit. Even if you're not a guest of the hotel, you can use the tennis courts. 

Split is the hometown of so many times mentioned Goran Ivanišević – and it offers a lot to choose from when it comes to tennis. Dalmacija Cement Club in the nearby town of Solin has clay courts with beautiful mountain views, racquet and ball rentals and an on-site cafe bar. Tennis Firule and Tennis Club Split boast clay courts near the sea, and if you wand hard courts – then Teniski Klub Brda is the place to choose.