what's new for 2015?
Technical Clinics in May Half-Term
Our next Technical Clinics are in Oxford and London during the May Half-term (25-29). More Information
Great value family tennis holidays
Tennis is a family sport which is why we have created special family weeks in the Algarve where we guarantee coaching at the same time for adults and children. We have even added a kids afternoon to allow adults some free down-time on their holidays. More Information
More tennis weeks for single tennis players
Due to popular demand we have now added more organised weeks for single tennis players in the Algarve. The week includes mornings of coaching, afternoon free play, a Friday competition and end of course meal. We have weeks for Advanced, Intermediate and Improver tennis players. These are fun, social weeks aimed at players wishing to play with people of a similar level in a sunny setting! More Information
Tennis for everyone
Tennis holidays are available all year round in any week. We also have organised weeks where you can join others for a coaching week in the UK or abroad (see table above).
|2015 Dates||Camps and Hosted Weeks||Links|
|Completed||Winter tennis value weeks, Algarve|
|Completed||SkillSession weekends, London||Info|
|Completed||Family Tennis Week, Algarve||Info|
|Completed||Single Players' Week - Advanced, Algarve||Info|
|Completed||Single Players' Week - Improvers, Algarve||Photo|
|Completed||Easter Tennis Clinic in London, Barnes||Info|
|Completed||Easter Tennis Clinic, Oxford||Photo|
|Completed||Family Tennis Week, Algarve||Info|
|Completed||London Tennis Clinic, Barnes||Photo|
|Completed||Single Players' Week - Intermediate, Algarve||Info|
|Completed||London Tennis Clinic, Barnes||Info|
|Completed||Oxford Tennis Clinic, Oxford||Info|
|Completed||Single Players' Week - Intermediate, Algarve||Info|
|28 June - 30 Aug||Summer Tennis Camp, Oxford||Info|
|12 July - 2 Aug||Summer Tennis Camp, Yorkshire||Info|
|27 -31 July||London Tennis Clinic, Barnes - SOLD-OUT||Info|
|17 - 21 Aug||London Tennis Clinic, Fulham||Info|
|29 - 31 Aug||London Tennis Clinic, Barnes||Info|
|4 - 10 Oct||Single Players' Week - Advanced, Algarve||Info|
|18 - 24 Oct||Single Players' Week - Improvers, Algarve||Info|
|26 - 30 Oct||London Tennis Clinic, Barnes||Info|
|25 - 31 Oct||Family Tennis Week, Algarve||Info|
|1 - 7 Nov||Single Players' Week - Intermediate, Algarve||Info|
Read what clients say about us on the Independent site - Feefo. We don't always get it right but we are always keen to learn and get better.
The coaching was very good, the food was excellent and I had a great time.
Thank you so much. The kids were awesome.
very good coaching ! high level , especially Roberto and Nicolas were very professional coaches .
the food was not so good , every day the same and not such good quality .
Thanks for the great feedback on the tennis. Will pass comments on to the caterers regarding the food. (FYI Video will be with you soon)
A lovely holiday in Peguera marred only by our coaches being changed half way through our holiday to accomodate other regular groups attending the academy. We both felt that this really interrupted the flow of our lessons. Alvaro, in particular, was fantastic - full of energy and positivity.
Only other feedback which might be of use is that whilst the Hotel Villamil was lovely, the air conditioning in our rooms did not work at all for the entire week. The hotel recompensed us with a bottle of wine and a food voucher, but to be honest, all we wanted was the airconditioning to work!
It was great to see Luis & Vasco again & very much enjoyed their excellent coaching. Would possibly like to see more 'game tactics' built in as well as ground stroke practice. But will be back I'm sure !
I think the coaches are the ones that did all the great job, ALL of them were really good passionate and keen to help us.
Thank you. I know that all the team really enjoyed the week as well. I personally enjoyed my brief 24 hours with everyone!<br/><br/>Matthew Cooke (Managing Director)
An excellent week of coaching - the coaches themselves were fantastic. All different in their own way and offering various insights for improvement. If I was going to be picky, then the suggestion at the start of the week to have a 4th coach was not followed up (we had two groups of 6 and one of 4, so could easily have had 4 groups of four). Otherwise, everything was perfect!
Although I had to cut short my holiday half-way through due to an accident that injured my eye, up until that point the holiday was excellent; great facilities, great coaches, well organised; everything that it was advertised as being.
Thank you for your kind comments. We are emailing you direct.<br/><br/>Matthew Cooke (Managing Director)
Overall really good 3 days, learnt a lot. Enjoyed the second day the most - great to have some sessions with one coach to 2-3 people. Some sessions (mainly on day 3) a little disorganised unclear instructions or not clear how moving through groups. Would also be good, in line with current teaching approaches, to do more asking than telling; for example on day 3 when attendees make mistakes, ask them what they think they have done wrong rather than tell them again what they have already been told. Help them to work it out for themselves. Would be good to see a number of female coaches too.
The overall service that was provided by this company from the time of booking to engaging with the professionals, namely Matthew, Erwan, Stefan, Yves, Nico, Fabrice, and Brendan, was professional in nature. In terms of organisational matters, my impression is that Matthew and Erwan seem to lead, manage and collaborate adequately to ensure that things run smoothly for the benefit of everyone so that everyone was given that facilitative/comfortable space to engage with the learning process. Although they had their teaching/mentoring/leadership/managerial hats on, engaging or communicating was done on an adult to adult basis.
I also completed the Easter 2015 Course and also experienced this level of professionalism along with the general sense that the team really loves tennis and were also interested in how we will translate what we have learnt to future games. I think something that was really evident and which this company/team should take pride in, is the fact that although it was a group approach to learning they very much valued individuality/uniqueness and catered for individuals needs in theory and practice. I very much like how the coaches were aware of the movement/the mechanics/the theoretical and practical aspects of tennis and how they were able discuss these along with technical and tactical aspects and apply these to my and others’ style of play so that we could play comfortably while we try to improve. Hence, the team seemed to cater for the different abilities that were present and matched these very well. I was able to play against people of different levels and this helped me to adjust my game plan. Playing against people of a lower level who for example was hitting the ball with less pace gave me chance to slow down and think about the shot that I should play to either generate speed or to accurately return the ball. I generally play in an instinctive way and like the ball coming at me with a lot of pace. I felt that the coaches value the importance of us thinking on what shot we should play and the importance of playing in different conditions.
Although, I was there at Easter time I found that I picked up on different nuances/style of knowledge delivery which drove home concepts more clearly. To emphasise this point, I know that I could struggle with hitting the ball a little late, although, it was drilled into to us the last and this time that the ball should be hit in front of us or in that particular hitting zone. Practically, I found it a bit easier to do this time and I found that it really helped after Fabrice said that we should concentrate on watching the ball from behind the racket while in that hitting zone. I sometimes tend to hit ball with a predominantly close to very open stance but this was fixed or perhaps better at times when Fabrice with his energetic self would exclaim ‘track that ball with your non playing hand!’ These are the things that I am putting into my game which is causing my club mates to notice some improvement. I also enjoyed the doubles tactics that Fabrice delivered. It was good to see that he tried very hard for everyone to have a go at all the aspects of this. My favourite was when the net players had to intercept the ball from going to partner who was standing in a cross court path.
I also liked Stefan’s way of teaching during the approach shots, volleys and smashes. He was able to quickly assess where I or others were having little difficulties and was able to give us little tips to quickly put into play to help these. If someone asked a question, he would quickly answer this and ask if anyone else had any more questions before continuing with the drills. I think the warm up sessions that he and the others lead were really pitched right and I think on a whole the team valued warm up, cooling down and people’s mental and physical well being. I know that I need to get fitter so these warm up were vital.
I know that I sometimes got a little out of breath after sprinting after a ball, making a shot and then playing an energetic net rally. Nico presented as very good at observing this would calmly and from a distance gesture to me to breathe out easily and for me to calm. It reminded me of some of the mindfulness or breathing exercises that I apply in my line of work. It also reminded me of the strategy that I use to use when I use to run long distances when I was younger. Erwan also taught the importance of breathing and relaxing between points by even applying a strategy of dropping/relaxing your hands at the side while holding the racket in one hand. I have been trying to do this more. Overall, and I would have probably said this before, I think the team was able to quickly notice individual issues that needed working on and would give little pointers. Nico on this occasion quickly pick up on some of the little things that I needed to work on to help to make my serve more consistent. He was also to give pointers as per the type of things /shots that could apply with the type of serve that I have. It was good to see that Erwan took a general/enthusiastic interest in how the coaches were instructing or facilitating. He visited all the courts frequently and would make comments and praise where necessary.
I enjoyed engaging with the process involved with the video analysis. Yves did a great job in relation to this. Yves was also quick at noticing things that are related to my preparation before hitting a forehand. Yves’ manner in relation to this was very positive and I had the feeling that I was valued and that Yves really wanted me to do well in putting the little preparations into practice. I will cherish this video when it is sent to me. Now when I am preparing to hit the ball I can still hear/remember Yves’ voice saying ‘Pivot’. The Mirror analogy that was used by Yves was very helpful and is something that I would be consciously trying to apply. I played against Yves twice in the doubles tournament at the end and I must say what a great reader in terms of using shots that an opponent does not like. Yves quickly worked out that I struggled with returning a particular serve or shot and was using these all the time, in an effort to win but more importantly I felt that it was also a learning opportunity to see how I would deal with shots that I did not like. Yves also threw other shots to see how I would react to change in momentum. Although all the Coaches played the Doubles Games with great passion and spirit, I think Yves was the greatest in this department. Sorry Fabrice, I know some of your lefty/slice shots were great but I had no problems in returning or hitting back those that were of fast pace.
I really enjoyed the classroom situation and the way Erwan was able to apply the theory to concrete/live examples or players. I know that this came about because of the rain on the earlier part of that day and because it would not have been safe to play outside at the time. In terms of rain, my critique would be for the company to look at forming links with another venue that has indoor courts or facilities so that if it rains consistently on any day(s), that the entire learning process could continue indoors. This as people (including myself) travel from very far to attend. I would not have liked to miss out on this camp if the rain was bad. That said, I am more or less aware that this company has the option of a player re- taking the time loss because of rain, etc at another camp/later date. Additionally, I think that Barnes site is a great venue and is easily accessible. I also think Matthew does good job at trying to show this either by use of the photos or by the descriptions that he and his team put together. It was good to see Matthew looking enthusiastic while we train and while he took the relevant shots. What was good to see is that there was a lot of tennis around. It was also good to see cricket and beach volley ball sessions taking place nearby. It was also good to see people running, jogging or fast walking. I am true believer that witnessing different sports in any one area is very valuable for the spirit of sports and this was another thing that felt good about the Barnes site.
I enjoyed the lunches and there was some Tuna and pasta mix/bake on the menu. Pam and June did a great job at lunch and they both seemed happy to do their jobs. They also seem to want us to do well. I like the fact that coaches sit at different tables with players and discuss with players. I had to eat smaller portions as I can struggle with the length of the lunch break. For most people the 1 hour or so was fine. If perhaps this could be extended by at least 30 minutes to aid digestion and perhaps for Erwan to do some more classroom/theory during this time. I however appreciate that others may prefer to use this time on the court, instead.
Overall, I have enjoyed the camps that I attended and would attend again but next time on another surface. I am seriously looking at the camp in Majorca next year as I would really like to apply/improve my skills on this surface. I would really like to learn how to SLIDE. Thanks everyone for your hospitality/dedication to teaching tennis as I think this allowed for people of different abilities, skills levels or backgrounds to gel or work together. Thank you.
fun coaches and great exercises. I'd probably have kept the groups separate throughout though. V
Good organisation and enthusiastic staff. The artificial surface was new to me and certainly made it different. My one suggestion is that there should be more splitting of groups by standard as some of the better players were starting to get frustrated
Thanks for your positive feedback. We have a review pf the camp at the end of the week with the team so we will add this to our discussions.<br/><br/>Matthew Cooke (Managing Director)
Really good coaches, and excellent coach to pupil ratio. Good variation of drills and match play, and the teaching was really well adapted to quite a range of different levels. Good value too. I'd definitely recommend it.
Thank you!<br/><br/>Matthew Cooke (Managing Director)
Venue great, coaches great, lunch great! Only thing I would suggest is to work more video analysis into the programme.
Yves (Video coach) will be very pleased with your comment!<br/><br/>Matthew Cooke (Managing Director)
A fun week, with a great group of friendly coaches.
It wasn't always as intensive as I'd hoped for: I enjoyed it when Rolf stepped in at various points throughout the week with some super challenging drills and upped the pace and intensity of the sessions.
Our daughter had a great time - each day I picked-up a very happy child, and she still loves tennis and wants to play everyday. However, as a parent I was not certain of the daily goals and objectives, nor what was achieved each day. If you be nice if there was more feedback and communication to the parents, particularly, for children.
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Jonathan Markson Tennis offers tennis camps in England and tennis coaching holidays in Portugal (Algarve) , Spain (Mallorca) , Spain (Andalucia), Italy (Venice) , South Africa , Tunisia , Mauritius and the USA (Florida). Tennis holidays are available in winter and summer.
At Jonathan Markson Tennis we aim to provide to players of all ages and levels a rewarding and enjoyable tennis experience, where the coaching is serious but fun in an environment that is beautiful and relaxing.
Tennis holidays are available all year round. We also have organised weeks where you can join others for a coaching week in the UK or abroad (see table above).
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