• Short Summary

    LEW HOAD, WIMBLEDON TENNIS SINGLES CHAMPION IN 1956 AND 1957, WHO MADE ABOUT GBP350,000 AS A PROFESSIONAL, HAS RECONSTRUCTED A FORMER OLIVE FARM AT FUENGIROLA, 18 MILES FROM MALAGA IN THE SOUTH OF SPAIN.

  • Description

    LEW HOAD, WIMBLEDON TENNIS SINGLES CHAMPION IN 1956 AND 1957, WHO MADE ABOUT GBP350,000 AS A PROFESSIONAL, HAS RECONSTRUCTED A FORMER OLIVE FARM AT FUENGIROLA, 18 MILES FROM MALAGA IN THE SOUTH OF SPAIN.

    TOGETHER WITH HIS WIFE, JENNY, THEIR THREE CHILDREN, JANE, 14, SALLY, 12 AND PETER, 9, PLUS TWO HORSES, A COUPLE OF LABRADOR DOGS, THREE CATS, AND FOUR GUINEA PIGS, HOAD HAS SETTLED DOWN TO FOUNDING A LAWN-TENNIS COLLEGE.

    HE HAD THE IDEA FOR SETTING UP IN AUSTRALIA BUT LAND THERE WAS TOO EXPENSIVE, AND HE TOYED WITH THE IDEA OF FRANCE, ITALY, AND SOUTH AFRICA. BUT EVERYWHERE THERE WERE SNAGS UNTIL HE GOT TO FUENGIROLA, WHERE, FOR THE OUTLAY OF GBP85,000 (STERLING) HE HAS PUT DOWN FOUR TENNIS QUICK COURTS, WITH THEIR INSTANT-DRYING PROPERTIES. THERE IS ROOM FOR THREE MORE TO BE LAID LATER.

    ONE OF THE COURTS IS A NATURAL AMPHITHEATRE THAT COULD ACCOMMODATE 2,500 SPECTATORS IN PERMANENT SEATS AND WHICH HAS ENOUGH ROOM FOR TEMPORARY SCAFFOLDING IF SOMETHING LIKE A DAVIS CUP-TIE WERE TO BE PLAYED THERE.

    WHEN EVERYTHING IS READY, HOAD WILL BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 35 TO 40 PEOPLE AT HIS 'CAMPO DE TENIS' -- ITS SPANISH 'CAMPO DE TENIS' -- ITS SPANISH NAME. HE WILL SPECIALISE ON OUTSTANDING YOUNGSTERS AND THE ESTABLISHED STARS, WHO, FOR ABOUT GBP 50 (STERLING) A WEEK -- FOOD, ACCOMMODATION, AND TUITION INCLUDED -- CAN SHARPEN UP THEIR SKILLS.

    ALREADY THERE IS A SWIMMING POOL, AND THE RESTAURANT SHOULD BE COMPLETED IN A COUPLE OF MONTHS. HOAD IS HAVING A SAUNA BATH INSTALLED, AND ALREADY THERE ARE ELEGANT DRESSING ROOMS.

    THERE ARE HOPES THAT HE SPANISH DAVIS CUP TEAM WILL COME TO THE 'CAMPO' TO TRAIN WITH HOAD. THE TEAM HAS A GOOD CHANCE OF GETTING TO THE CHALLENGE ROUND THIS YEAR, AS MANOLO SANTANA, WIMBLEDON CHAMPION IN 1966, IS TO BE ALLOWED A LOT OF TIME OFF BY THE CIGARETTE FIRM THAT EMPLOYS HIM AS A PUBLIC-RELATIONS DIRECTOR.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA59IBG5MPTC1GB4ZLDYAK4EOXE
    Media URN:
    VLVA59IBG5MPTC1GB4ZLDYAK4EOXE
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/02/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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