With the world's greatest players testing themselves on three different surfaces -- clay, grass and hardcourt -- in three different cities -- Paris, London and New York -- it's no wonder so many amateur players are compelled to pick up tennis rackets and start swinging.
While most people are confined to playing in public parks or at tennis clubs, some people are lucky enough to own homes equipped with private courts. In honor of the Grand Slam season, we're serving up some of these spectacular tennis court-sporting homes. From ocean-side grounds to a court with a 500-seat viewing arena, all of these homes are primed for the next match.
Tennis is a centuries-old sport, so it makes sense that this Elizabethan-inspired Tudor manse includes a tennis court on its 75-plus pastoral acres. Built in 1926, Old Mill Farm’s home is 15,800 square feet with 15 bedrooms, 13.5 baths. Other details included in the Greenwich home for sale are 40-foot cathedral ceilings and a walk-in fireplace.
Who knows if celebrities really ever use their tennis courts, but it sure seems as if no celebrity estate is complete without one. Take, for instance, Britney Spears’ previous place. Before relocating to Thousand Oaks, Britney rented this gated, luxury mansion in Hidden Hills, paying a reported $25,000 a month. The multi-winged mansion has 19,107-square feet of living space and offered all the features to keep her two young sons entertained: Arcade, paddling pond, free-form pool and spa and ballroom.
This lush tropical paradise is set on 8 acres in the heart of Rancho Santa Fe, providing enough space for every resort-like amenity you can dream of. The private tennis court not only provides a generous place to practice, but room for 500 guests to watch. After the game, relax in the home’s luxury European-style spa, which includes a private outdoor shower, manicure and pedicure rooms and a tiled Roman bath with fountain.
Nestled upon 2.84-acres on Washington state’s Lake Sammamish, this home is a rare gem of Bellevue real estate. Amongst the home’s many luxury features is a regulation tennis court, which boasts panoramic views of the Cascade Mountains. Designed for comfortable, casual living as well as entertaining, the 5-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom home includes a large conservatory, master suite with fireplace, meditation area, his and her walk-in closets, an exercise room and a wine cellar.
When you get tired of surfing or laying by the beach, how about a quick game of tennis? This Hawaiian “spiritual haven” not only includes a resort-style pool and wet bar but an ocean-side tennis court. Tucked away from the rest of the world in a gated community, the 25-acre North Kohala property has a 6-bedroom, 5-bath home as well as a guest residence with 3 bedroom suites, fitness room, steam, sauna, living room and kitchen.
Nestled on over 2 acres on Biscayne Bay lies Ca’ Ziff; one of seven bay front estates on historic and tree lined Brickell Avenue. The impressive interior showcases expansive bay views which the exterior exudes that same luxurious feel featuring a well manicured tennis court and secluded guest house.
Bigger is better in the case of this Shady Canyon home for sale. Situated on nearly an acre along the rim of the golf course, the home has 6 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, and a whopping 15,000 square feet of living space. Property features include a a 75-foot solar heated lap pool, a 800-square foot home theater, gym, a driveway specially sloped to accommodate exotic, low-to-the-ground cars and of course a stadium-style tennis court. The court was dramatically integrated into the architecture of the home and site giving the home a resort-like feel.