12 Spectacular Tennis Courts Around the World
One doesn’t have to be Andy Murray to appreciate some of the world’s best tennis courts. With exquisite design and picturesque surroundings, you can perfect your strokes on some of the world’s most unique courts, located in places ranging from the Miami skyline to high over New York City. With the U.S. Open gearing up to take center court, AD looks at some of the most breathtaking spots to go game-set-match around the world.
A Great Estate: Imagine playing tennis with a killer ocean view… from your own home. One lucky homeowner in the Hamptons enclave of Water Mill got just that in February, when they purchased a 13,000-square-foot mansion with a rooftop tennis court on the Mecox Bay Waterfront.
Volleying Views: The Center Court at La Quinta Resort in California offers unique views of towering palms and rugged rock formations. With excellent weather and breathtaking surroundings, it’s no surprise that professionals like Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic have practiced here.
Bright Lights, Big Court: Talk about a high score: This sky-high tennis court at the Hyde Beach House in Hollywood, Florida, has beaming lights for optimum daytime and nighttime playing.
Seaside Sports: Home of the Jensen Brothers Tennis Academy, the Cloister Tennis Center at Sea Island, Georgia, is perfect for private lessons with a view. In the middle of a luxury resort, the eight courts offer plenty of space with a serene backdrop.
Hall of Famer: Located at the John Lautner-designed home of real estate tycoon/NBA super-fan James Goldstein (he reportedly attends over 100 games a year!), an infinity-edge tennis court with a glass partition allows for sprawling views of the Los Angeles skyline.
Sur l’Herbe: Newport, Rhode Island’s International Tennis Hall of Fame is quintessentially New England: Weathered shingle buildings surround traditional grass courts, which in 1881 played host to the first U.S. National Lawn Tennis Championships.
Remote Beauty: Nestled among the craggy hills of the Scottish Outer Hebrides, this pristine court is a bright pop against the weathered coastline.
Astors at Play: In 1902 Ava and John Jacob Astor IV enlisted noted American firm McKim, Mead & White to create a custom sporting “pavilion” in Rhinebeck, New York, for the wealthy family’s use. Besides indoor and outdoor tennis courts, the facility houses squash courts, a bowling alley, a shooting range, and reportedly the country’s first indoor residential swimming pool.
Urban Jungle: Forget hunting down an open court at the city park. There’s no need to leave home if you live at the Grand at Sky View Parc, a 14-acre property that will be the largest mixed-use development in New York City.
Backhand with a View: With towering cliffs to one side and the sparkling Mediterranean to the other, it’s all but impossible to keep an eye on the ball at the courts of Italy’s Il San Pietro di Positano resort.