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Game, Set and Match: Vakkaru Maldives and Tipsarevic Luxury Tennis Partner to Bring the World’s Best Players to The Maldives

October 30, 2020 Resort News No Comments

Though holidaymakers the world over dream of visiting the Maldives, they have rarely ventured to this island nation in pursuit of tennis. Still, for some time now guests at Vakkaru Maldives in the idyllic Baa Atoll have been supplementing spa visits and snorkelling excursions with matches on the resort’s two cobaltblue courts. Those sessions are now set to become far more intensive, with the arrival of Tipsarevic Luxury Tennis.

Founded by former World No. 8 tennis player Janko Tipsarevic, Tipsarevic Luxury Tennis at
Vakkaru Maldives will see some of the world’s most accomplished tennis professionals visit
the resort for short-term residences. It means guests will have the opportunity to attend tennis
clinics and tutorials led by some of the world’s best players – and if they are brave, they can
even try their hand in a game against them.
Still heavily engaged with the highest echelons of tennis, Janko Tipsarevic will introduce a
range of eminent athletes to Vakkaru over the months to come. To kick things off, he will
oversee sessions at the resort himself from 10 November 2020 to 24 November 2020. During
this tenure he will be joined by Germany’s Rainer Schuettler, formerly ranked as the world’s
No. 5 tennis player, from 12 November to 21 November, and Germany’s Angelique Kerber, a
former world No. 1 and winner of three Grand Slam tournaments, from 11 November to 21
November. Subsequent sessions will feature the likes of Canada’s Denis Shapovalov,
currently ranked No. 12 in the world and Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic.
Avid tennis fans need not worry if their visit does not coincide with an internationally
recognised tennis legend’s tenancy, however. To celebrate Vakkaru’s partnership with
Tipsarevic Luxury Tennis and in recognition of the resort’s new hospitality concept Vakkare,
which places the concept of physical, mental and emotional care at the core of all that Vakkaru
provides, Serbian tennis pro Barbara Bonic has just joined the wellness team as Vakkaru’s
resident tennis coach. She will happily lead training sessions for guests of all levels yearround, whether they want to get to grips with the basics or are keen for a vigorous game
against a formidable opponent.

Speaking about Tipsarevic Luxury Tennis’s partnership with Vakkaru Maldives, Janko
Tipsarevic said: “Alongside the entire Tipsarevic Luxury Tennis team, I am extremely excited
to partner with Vakkaru Maldives. Our shared goal is to completely enhance the tennis
experience on offer in the country. Whatever their ability, every participant who takes part in
our programmes will experience a whole new way of playing tennis. For lovers of the game,
competing with globally renowned players on Vakkaru’s brilliantly blue courts while surrounded
by all the beauty of the Maldives promises to be a holiday experience like no other.”
A lifelong tennis fan who is also happy to compete with guests on the court, Vakkaru Maldives
General Manager Iain McCormack said: “I am excited to announce that our amazing tennis
facility will be occupied by Tipsarevic Luxury Tennis. We have partnered with Janko Tipsarevic
and introduced our very own resident ATP player-coach to provide the highest level of tennis
offerings in the Maldives, and we are looking forward to welcoming the many international
players who will hit the court with our guests throughout the year. If you want a smashing time
there is only one place to be!”

With Vakkaru Maldives’ tennis courts accessible from 6.00am to 8.00pm, guests will have
complete flexibility to play at a time that suits them – be it a sunrise bout or a late-night session
under the glow of floodlights. Private sessions for adults cost from US$120++ for one hour or
US$180++ for two hours, while five-hour packages and 10-hour packages to be used
throughout a tenancy cost US$440++ and US$660++ respectively. For children aged below 12
years old, one-hour sessions cost US$95++ while two-hour sessions cost £160++; five-hour
packages cost US$380 and 10-hour packages cost US$570.

Getting There
Vakkaru Maldives promises an intimate slice of paradise, designed to create timeless
memories, effortlessly. Whether travelling as a couple or family, guests can book direct their
long-awaited getaway with Escape Awaits Reopening Offer starting from US$900++ per room
per night in the Beach Pool Villa. Available for stays between 1 August and 22 December
2020, this exceptionally generous offer includes a 40% discount on accommodation and an
array of benefits including complimentary transfers for up to two adults and two children, daily
breakfast, complimentary daily dinner as well as a 60-minute relaxing body massage at
Merana Spa.

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