With the US Open 2023 in full swing, tennis fever has taken over the world. The thwack of the ball, the swift back-and-forth of players, and the sheer athleticism on display make tennis an enthralling spectacle. But that's not all there is to love about the game. And no, we're not talking about the top favourites this season, Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic, either.
If you enjoy playing as much as watching them hit an ace on TV, this list of the world's most beautiful tennis courts is sure to win the points for setting you up with tennis-filled travel ideas.
Malcesine Tennis Club, Cassone, Lake Garda, Italy
Nestled on the shores of Lake Garda, Italy's largest lake, Malcesine Tennis Club is a hidden gem. This tennis haven offers a range of courts, including clay and synthetic grass, with some equipped with evening lighting. You can even rent equipment here. Whether you're a local enthusiast or a tourist, the mesmerising backdrop of Lake Garda adds to the charm.
Church of San Paolo, Milan, Italy
The Chiesa San Paolo Converso in Milan offers a one-of-a-kind tennis experience. Artist Asad Raza has transformed the 16th century church's floor into a tennis court, creating an artistic and sporting marvel. Here, you can engage in tennis amidst the serene beauty of the church's interior. The court is part of an interactive art piece by Raza, offering an unforgettable blend of sport and culture.
Kamalame Cay, Andros Island, The Bahamas
This exclusive island tennis court holds a special place in tennis history, having served as the training ground for the legendary Serena Williams during her honeymoon. With such an esteemed guest, it's no surprise that this tennis court boasts top-notch facilities. Enthusiasts from across the globe make a pilgrimage to this picturesque spot, where the world's greatest athlete, Serena, diligently practiced her topspin day after day. When she wasn't on the court, Serena basked in the lap of luxury at the exquisite Magnolia Villa.
Vanderbilt Tennis Club, New York City, USA
Tucked away in New York City, on the fourth floor of Grand Central Station, Vanderbilt Tennis Courts offers a hidden gem for tennis enthusiasts. You can easily book a session, and if you're looking to improve your game, professional lessons are at your disposal. Prices range from $200 to $300 per hour, depending on the day, and include access to the fitness centre. Don't worry if you don't have your racquet; rentals are on hand for your convenience.
Bunabhainneadar Tennis Court, Scotland, UK
Nestled within a backdrop reminiscent of an Enid Blyton novel, this court has a story as charming as its setting. Before its creation, local children honed their tennis skills by playing on the road, using an old fishing net as their makeshift net. Whenever a delivery van rumbled by, the net had to be taken down and then set up again. Fast forward, and after a month of hard work, an investment of $62,000, and the extraction of a staggering 2,000 tons of rock from The Clisham, the highest peak in Harris, Bunabhainneadar's children finally got their very own tennis court.
Today, this court remains a vibrant part of the community's life. While you might have seen photographs of it in its solitary, mysterious splendour, the reality is quite different. Local residents continue to play here regularly, even during the winter months, while in the summer, it welcomes visitors, blending sport with the magic of its surroundings.