Famous for their excellence and for hosting many major tournaments, read on to discover the 10 most famous tennis courts in the world:
The All England Club known as Wimbledon hosted its first championships in 1877. Champions on the grass courts include Pete Sampras and Roger Federer (seven men’s singles titles each); Bjorn Borg (five titles); Andy Murray (two titles); Martina Navratilova (nine women’s singles titles) and Billie-Jean King (six titles).
Home of the French Open, Roland Garros is located in Paris. With its red clay surfaces, it was built in 1928 to host the Davis Cup. Its 21-acre compound has 20 courts. Among its most famous champions are nine-times men’s singles champion, Rafael Nadal of Spain and six-times champion, Bjorn Borg of Sweden.
Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre
One of the largest stadiums in the world, located in Flushing Meadows, Queens, it has hosted the US Open since 1978. Pete Sampras and Roger Federer have each won five men’s singles titles here, while John McEnroe has won four.
Built to host the Australian Open tennis championship in 1988, Melbourne Park features the famous Margaret Court Arena – with retractable roof. Novak Djokovic has won a record six men’s singles titles here, with Andre Agassi and Roger Federer have won four a piece. Serena Williams has won six women’s singles titles.
Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Located in Indian Wells, California, the stadium hosts the world’s fifth largest tennis tournament, the BNP Paribas Open or the Wells Masters. The second-largest tennis stadium in the world, its 88-acre compound includes a 16,100-seat stadium court.
National Tennis Stadium
Beijing’s national stadium covers a staggering 41.22 acres and has 12 competition hard courts and 35 training courts. Cooling machines and curtained roofs allow the courts’ temperatures to be reduced to 5°C. The China Open, an ATP World Tour 500 series event, moved here in 2009.
La Caja Mágica
Also known as Manzanares Park Tennis Centre, Spain’s famous sports facility is home to the Madrid Masters Tournament. Boasting a series of high-tech retractable roofs, the main stadium’s seating capacity is 12,442.
Rome’s sports complex is home to the Internazionali BNL d’Italia; one of three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 competitions that are contested on clay. It has 11 clay surface tennis courts, with three show courts; the main one, Campo Centrale has a seating capacity of 10,400. Rafael Nadal has won a record seven singles titles there.
The stadium hosts the Japan Open Tennis Championships and the Pan Pacific Open. Swede Stefan Edberg won the Japan Open men’s singles title in three consecutive years, while the Pan Pacific women’s championship has been won a record five times by Swiss player, Martina Hingis.
Based in London and host to the ATP World Tour Finals, the 02 Arena has a capacity of 17,500 people. Andy Murray won the 2016 championship here, securing his world number one ranking.