Contest : Who is going to post the picture of the most amazing/exotic tennis court ?!

l_gonzalez

Professional
Are you serious? look at his location. I dont think you'll find this 10 mins off the coast of England:)
Photoshopped?! ye of little faith... yes I am in England at the moment, but that court pictured is 10 mins from my other house. I have a holiday home in San Andres, Colombia.

San Andres is actually just off the coast of Nicaragua, it's Colombian territory but the Nicaraguans still dispute it. If anyone wants to hit then give me a shout and i'll send my G5 to pick you up and bring you here!
 
Photoshopped?! ye of little faith... yes I am in England at the moment, but that court pictured is 10 mins from my other house. I have a holiday home in San Andres, Colombia.

San Andres is actually just off the coast of Nicaragua, it's Colombian territory but the Nicaraguans still dispute it. If anyone wants to hit then give me a shout and i'll send my G5 to pick you up and bring you here!
It still looks a bit photoshopped, but I think the lighting is affecting that. That is extremely picturesque, though.
 
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Photoshopped?! ye of little faith... yes I am in England at the moment, but that court pictured is 10 mins from my other house. I have a holiday home in San Andres, Colombia.

San Andres is actually just off the coast of Nicaragua, it's Colombian territory but the Nicaraguans still dispute it. If anyone wants to hit then give me a shout and i'll send my G5 to pick you up and bring you here!
Ha. Beautiful CG work. Once they master lighting and shadows, these things will truly become photorealistic.
 
That's amazing; I've been to plenty of safari camps, but never dreamed that anyone would have the nerve to construct a court like that in the middle of the bush.

(I clicked through; that court is for real...)

well, perhaps nerve is the wrong word, as it's not really dangerous (as long as you have a bloke with a gun watching the lines / lions carefully, but I just never imagined that anyone would be quite so mad / inspired....
 
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vive le beau jeu !

Talk Tennis Guru
That's amazing; I've been to plenty of safari camps, but never dreamed that anyone would have the nerve to construct a court like that in the middle of the bush.

(I clicked through; that court is for real...)

well, perhaps nerve is the wrong word, as it's not really dangerous (as long as you have a bloke with a gun watching the lines / lions carefully, but I just never imagined that anyone would be quite so mad / inspired....
i also doubted it was real at the beginning !
cool, isn't it ?!

"hippo leads elephant 5 games to 3." ;)
 

Motherwasp

Semi-Pro
The nicest courts i've played on: Vale do Lobo Tennis Academy, Portugal.



Loved the centre court with the "Blackrock Masters" on the court. Yes that's me about to bomb down a 40 miler.

 

GRANITECHIEF

Hall of Fame
I have a Hawaii trip planned. Going to Oahu,6/15, for the first 4 days. Staying at Turtle Bay, which has gorgeous courts:

http://www.pbitennis.com/site/content/hotel/images/hotel_turtle_bay_01.jpg

They have a "beat the pro" program, which is $90/hr. $4 credit for each game won or free with a match win. I'll report back how that goes.

Then its off tour Kauai for 2.5 weeks. There are 2 former (recently) D1 players there to practice with. One played for Cal, the other played at U of N. Colorado. I've beaten them both, barely. Have to see if i can keep my wining record against them.
 

DNShade

Hall of Fame
This is an actual tennis court located in Dubai (go figure lol)

Actually it's not. That's just the heli-pad at the hotel - they laid down a small court on for a promotional spot with Agassi and Fed playing I believe from quite a few years ago.
 
It's a 10 minute boat ride from my house, which is a bit of a pain... It can get a little windy sometimes as well, but it's usually ok if I play early in the morning.

yeah, 10 minutes away from your house in La La Land maybe.
do you not realize that people now have lightening quick access to maps????
 
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canadave

Professional
This is a wonderful thread--really enjoyed seeing some amazing courts from around the world!

I've been fortunate enough to play on TWO pretty exotic courts (unfortunately, I can't find any photos, but if I can track some down I'll post them here).

First up: the courts inside the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan. I don't think they do this anymore, but when I was younger, they had courts made of carpet inside the drill hall of the armory. It was a pretty surreal experience...first off, it was dead quiet in there....nothing but soft electric hum of lights. Second of all, the place used to be where the NY Knicks would play (from 1946 to 1960) when the circus came to Madison Square Garden...so the old game clock was still hanging from the balcony. It was like playing tennis with ghosts. Third, the carpet made for INCREDIBLY fast tennis...I mean, the only surface faster than this would probably be smooth porcelain tile. And finally, the armory still had all sorts of massive military vehicles strewn around the hall....I once lost a ball under an armored personnel carrier! :shock: It was crazy.

EDIT: I found a photo, not of the tennis court itself, but the drill hall. In the photo is a basketball court....just picture the whole place covered in carpet, three tennis courts, and APC's lying around:
http://www.museumplanet.com/image/nyc/msp/msp049.jpg
Note the "Next Home Game" banner that still hangs there below the clock in the middle of the photo! Next Knicks home game there won't be for quite a while.....

The other exotic court I've played at is still there, at the foot of Mount Kidd in Kananaskis Country in the western Canadian Rockies, in the Mount Kidd RV Campground. Literally, the courts are almost at the base of the mountain....you would look up and the mountain basically filled the field of view right up into the sky. I'll see if I can find a photo.
 

vive le beau jeu !

Talk Tennis Guru
tennis vs the elements

tennis vs water (flooding in Fargo, North Dakota, 2009) :


tennis vs snow (taken from the 22nd floor of a hotel in Denver, the tennis court being on the roof of the building just below the photographer, 2006 ?) :
 

West Coast Ace

G.O.A.T.
Ohh I see. Thanks for the clarification.
I believe it's the Al Burg (sp?) hotel. It's the only (or one of the only) 7 star hotels in the world. The 'dumpy' rooms are $2500/night (at least before the economic problems.

I remember the photo shoot - Fed didn't get anywhere NEAR the edge. Agassi laid down and stuck his head over and looked down.
 

ericsson

Hall of Fame
It's a 10 minute boat ride from my house, which is a bit of a pain... It can get a little windy sometimes as well, but it's usually ok if I play early in the morning.

This is by far one of the most exotic courts i've ever seen! Gonzalez, is this a real photo? are you serious? :)
 

vive le beau jeu !

Talk Tennis Guru
highest lawn court ?


i didn't find a view of the court... but they claim this is the highest lawn tennis court in the world, at 3500 m in Leh, in Ladakh (Himalaya) !
 

Red Baron

New User
While traveling through Europe in June and July I got to play a few days at the Monte Carlo Country Club in Monaca. Hands down, these are the nicest clay courts that I've ever played on. The views are pretty spectacular also. :)


 

Hankenstein

Hall of Fame
Nice to see how the club looks like when it´s no tournament,, It would be a dream come true to hit on those courts!
Congrats to have done that :)
 

i didn't find a view of the court... but they claim this is the highest lawn tennis court in the world, at 3500 m in Leh, in Ladakh (Himalaya) !
When I saw BAKU, I was hoping this was Aykhan's house in Azerbaijan!
Well, great find, vlbj. Thanks for posting it.

Love grass court tennis, but I'm not sure I'd want to play on grass at serious altitude...hmmm. Well at least the points would be short.
 
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