While people like to argue about grass versus clay versus hard courts, everyone can agree that the surface becomes secondary when the courts are this scenic.
We found the most beautiful tennis courts in the world that are open to the public.
Every tennis player should add these 20 courts to their bucket lists.
Eleven stunning seaside courts beckon with a salty breeze and epic views across Kauna'oa Bay. Hotel guests as well as those from sister hotel Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel can take private or group lessons, tennis clinics, or take part in round robin tournaments.
Befitting of a five star hotel that hosts the likes of George Clooney is this luxury resort's epic seaside tennis court, which sits 384 steps down from the hotel between limestone cliffs and a private beach. Views span rugged cliffs and the Mediterranean, with Capri sparkling in the distance. Try booking the court around sunset for an especially breathtaking experience, then grab a drink at the hotel bar.
Grand Central is full of secrets, like whispering galleries and hidden speakeasies. But one of its biggest treasures? A tennis court. Even more surprising than a tennis court inside of a train station is that said court is open to the public, though its astronomical pricing of up to $US250 an hour is not.
If you can take the hot African sun, check out this luxury safari lodge's beautiful court, which has insane views that stretch across the African plains of the Serengeti National Park. Just don't be surprised if your game is interrupted by game.
Ever since listening to Wimbledon on his grandfather's radio in 1962, Mark Kuhn dreamt of having his own court. In 2003, he and his family realised that dream by carving a court into their corn farm, on the former cattle feed lot. The All Iowa Lawn Tennis Club, made to resemble Wimbledon's Centre Court, is free to play on -- all you need to do is reserve a court via email.
These courts are where the United States tennis championships -- now known as the U.S. Open -- began in 1881, and were played until 1915. Clay court rentals are a reasonable $US35 an hour, while the grass courts are a more pricey $US80 for 30 minutes. Don't forget your tennis whites.
Florida is like a tennis pro factory, so it comes as no surprise that one of the world's most famous tennis academies hails from the state. Saddlebrook, which has 45 courts, is where kids with dreams of going pro are sent, where pros themselves practice, and where adults dreaming of releasing their inner Federer take lessons.
In the shadows of the Arthur Ashe Stadium -- the US Open's main court and one of the world's largest tennis-specific stadium -- the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, which features 33 courts and is part of the complex, will still have you feeling like a pro.
Nestled among craggy cliffs, hills and loch, with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, this just might be the world's most spectacular tennis court. Owned by a charitable foundation and run by tennis coach Mike Briggs, as long as you snag a reservation -- and find the court -- you can play here.
Don't be fooled by the name -- or the location in one of the world's golf meccas -- because this resort was voted the very best by thousands of tennis players on Tennis Resorts Online. The massive resort is home to two complete tennis complexes, and takes up almost all of the 10,000 acre island it's located on.
Get skyhigh in the Mile High on this rooftop tennis court, which overlooks the Denver skyline and the Rocky Mountains. Since Denver boasts 300 days of sunshine, chances are you'll have an epic game.
Roy Emerson, former number one tennis player who has 12 Major singles titles and 16 Grand Slam tournament men's doubles titles under his belt, started the Roy Emerson Tennis Weeks at the Gstaad Palace Hotel every summer, during which he himself teaches classes. The Gstaad Palace is also
the site of the annual Allianz Swiss Tennis Open Gstaad, which attracts some tennis greats.
Boasting 13 grass, clay and indoor courts, the main attraction at Stoke Park is The Boodles Tennis Challenge, which takes place a week before Wimbledon, and is essentially a warm up that sees tennis greats practicing for the big event, like Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
Don't get too excited, this is just a rendering. Polish architect Krysztof Kotala designed a seven court underwater tennis complex for Dubai, just offshore in the Persian Gulf, in the hopes of attracting the next Grand Slam. However, with Dubai's history of opulence and avante garde designs, this might just become a reality soon.
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