If you didn’t have a tennis court bucket list before today, then you do now because we rounded up our five favorite tennis courts from around the world. So grab your passport, some pen and paper (for your bucket list of course!), and come with us as we explore our top 5 most beautiful tennis courts in the world.
1. The Goldstein Residence Court
Location: Los Angeles, California
Located at the John Lautner-designed home of real estate tycoon/NBA superfan 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.
2. Il San Pietro di Positano
Location: Positano, Italy
It doesn’t take a five-time Grand Slam champion to appreciate the transcendent beauty of the Tyrrhenian Sea at dusk, with Capri lingering fabulously in the distance, from the terrace at this five-star property on the Amalfi Coast. But the view might be outdone by what’s below, 384 steps down a dramatic promontory: a beautifully positioned tennis court wedged between limestone walls and a private beach. Sharapova isn’t the only pro to have played a seaside game here, it’s a favorite of former players Diego Nargiso, Gabriela Sabatini, and Yannick Noah.
3. Seaside Sports
Location: Sea Island, Georgia
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.
4. Bunabhainneadar Tennis Court
Location: Scottish Outer Hebrides, United Kingdom
The background of the court reads like something from an Enid Blyton novel. Prior to it being built here, the local children learnt how to play tennis on the road, rallying across an old fishing net. If a delivery van came along, the net had to be taken down and put up again.
After one month, $62,000 and 2,000 tons of rock - extracted from The Clisham, the highest mountain in Harris - Bunabhainneadar’s children finally had a tennis court to play on.
Today, the court continues to be used regularly. “You will have seen pictures of an empty court because it looks far more mysterious that way. But we have local people who play regularly through the winter, and in the summer there are visitors as well."
5. International Tennis Hall of Fame
Location: Newport, Rhode Island
These courts are where the US tennis championships — now known as the US Open — began in 1881, and were played until 1915. Clay-court rentals are a reasonable $35 an hour, while the grass courts are a pricier $80 for 30 minutes. Don't forget your tennis whites.