There are certain tennis courts that fans simply must visit at least once in their lifetime – whether they’re famous for their amazing location or as places where history was made. This blog explores some of the most memorable tennis courts from around the world:
National Tennis Centre, China
Located at Olympic Green, Beijing, this is a huge stadium at 41.22 acres. Boasting 35 training courts and 12 competition courts and with outdoor and indoor hard surfaces, clay, artificial grass and a mini-court for kids, the stadium was built for the Beijing 2008 Olympics. Creating a truly magnificent atmosphere with its 15,000-seating capacity and high-tech retractable roof, this is surely a must-visit for all tennis enthusiasts.
Smart Araneta Coliseum, Philippines
In terms of the architecture, you’d be hard pressed to beat this magnificent glass-domed stadium in Cubao, Quezon City. The largest clear-span dome in the world, it was constructed in 1957 and opened in 1959 when it was heralded as an architectural masterpiece. A past host of the Davis Cup and covering an area of 16.68 hectares, it can accommodate up to 15,000 spectators.
Indian Wells Tennis Garden, USA
Located in Indian Wells, California, this massive stadium opened in 2000 after being designed at a cost of $77 million by Rossetti Associates Architects. The 88-acre compound makes it the world’s second largest tennis-specific stadium; with 16,100-seat main court, 11 other match courts, six practice courts and two clay courts.
All England Club, UK
Proud host of the Wimbledon tennis championships since 1877, the history of the All England Club makes it an absolute must on anyone’s bucket list! Steeped in tradition, it has seen some of the world’s all-time greats – such as nine-times women’s singles champion, Martina Navratilova, seven-times men’s champions, Roger Federer and Pete Sampras and seven-times women’s champion, Steffi Graf.
Rod Laver Arena, Australia
Located in Melbourne, the Rod Laver Arena was named in honour of this tennis icon. Built in 1988, the state-of-the-art tennis court holds 14,000 spectators and plays host to the Australian Open. Born on 9th August 1938 in Queensland, Australia, Laver was a left-handed player who won a record 200 tournaments. He held the world number one ranking position from 1964 to 1970.
Stanglwirt Hotel, Austria
Nestling against the breathtaking backdrop of the snow-capped Wilder Kaiser mountain range, the Stanglwirt Hotel in the Austrian Alps is an eco-friendly resort with 14 tennis courts. With stunning views and fresh mountain air, it’s easy to understand how the facility was runner-up in the international Tennis Magazine Awards’ “best tennis hotel” category.
Singita Sabora Camp, Tanzania
If you’re looking for a tennis court with a difference, try the Singita Sabora Camp in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania… it’s an experience like no other! Playing tennis under the hot African sun, you can take in the far-reaching views across the African plains – you might also catch a glimpse of the occasional zebra. In true 1920’s style, the air-conditioned tented camp is the perfect way to experience your African tennis adventure.
Ranging from mighty arenas to courts in unusual surroundings, who knew that tennis courts could be so diverse…? Why don’t you play your way around the world?