Starting from Wimbledon to ATP tours throughout the world, the Tennis tournaments always attract huge crowds. The world always applauds when Nadal plays a stunning backhand on the clay court or when Federer plays his spectacular smashes in the grass. These days, looks and appeal play vital roles in sports history, as we see different hairstyles of players, as well as the different architecture of stadiums, which always create the sensation among the viewers.
There are many huge and beautiful stadiums located throughout the planet. Starting from Football to Cricket to even Tennis, the games are all star-studded, as the stadiums themselves are. And here is the list of top 10 best tennis courts around the world.
10 Best Tennis Courts Around The World
10. Rod Laver Arena
This stadium is a part of the Melbourne Park complex located in Melbourne, Australia and was called National Tennis Centre or Centre Court when it was inaugurated in 1988. The name was officially changed to honor the three-time winner of the Australian Open and one of the greatest tennis players, Rod Laver, in January 2000. This stadium replaced the Kooyong Stadium as the centerpiece and hosts the Australian Open since 1988. It has the seating capacity of 15000 and also facilitated with a retractable roof. The surface of the arena was green colored Rebound Ace from 1988 which was changed with Blue Plexicushion in 2008. Along with tennis, it also hosted the 12th FINA World Aquatics Championships in 2007.
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9.National Tennis Center
This tennis Stadium with its huge 41.22 acres compound is located on the Olympic Green in the capital of China. It is equipped with 12 competition hard courts and 35 training courts which include 30 indoor and the outdoor hard surface court, 2 artificial grass courts, 2 indoor clay courts, and a mini hard court for juniors. The Diamond court, which is the main court of this stadium, has a seating capacity around 15,000 and also features a retractable roof. It hosted the tennis preliminaries and finals of singles and doubles for men and women at the Beijing 2008 Olympics and also hosted the Paralympic wheelchair tennis competitions in 2008.
08. Ahoy Rotterdam
This stadium consists of three main parts, the “Beurs- &Evenementenhallen”, “Congres- &Vergadercentrum”, “Sportpaleis” and located in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The stadium was inaugurated in 1950 but the main event venue was opened on 15 January 1971 for players. The Rotterdam Open has been held here annually since its opening where The ABN AMRO ATP World Tour has been also held in this stadium for many years. World Artistic Gymnastics Championships were also hosted here in 2010. Besides tennis, it also hosted various other events such as the Femina family exhibition which was hosted here as the first event in its exhibition hall called the “Ahoy’-Hal”. The famous band “Abba” also performed here on their “ABBA: The Tour” in 1979.
07. Smart Araneta Coliseum
This indoor multi-purpose sports arena is also known as The Big Dome and is located in the Cubao area of Quezon City, Philippines. This stadium is the largest clear span dome in the world and also the largest coliseum and indoor facility in Asia. Along with tennis, it is also the main venue of the Philippine Basketball Association whereas various tournaments by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the University Athletic Association of the Philippines were also hosted here. The construction of the Big Dome was started under DominadorLacsonLugtu as Architect and Leonardo OnjuncoLugtu as Chief Engineer in 1957, and by 1959, it was opened for different sports. It was widely appreciated when it was selected as one of the main hosts of 2014 Davis Cup.
06. Sinan Erdem Dome
This multi-purpose indoor arena is located on the European side of Istanbul, Turkey and formerly known as the Ataköy Dome. It is the largest multi-purpose indoor venue in Turkey and also the third largest in entire Europe. This famous stadium was named after the former President of the National Olympic Committee of Turkey, Sinan Erdem. This ground has a seating capacity of 22,500 for concerts and 16,647 for basketball and tennis events. It was one of the main grounds of WTA Tour Championships 2013 and FenerbahçeÜlker was hosted here in 2010 whereas it also hosted EFES Turkish League and Euro league since 2010. To increase the capacity, temporary stands were built on top of the 16,000 permanent stands here for the FIBA World Championship in 2010.
05. Indian Wells Tennis Garden
The home of the Indian Wells Masters tournament or the BNP Paribas Open is located in Indian Wells, California. The fifth largest tournament in the world, Wells Masters, has been held here in the second week of March each year since its opening in 2000. It was designed by Rossetti Associates Architects in March 2000 with a construction budget of $77 million. With its huge 88 acres compound, it is the second largest tennis-specific stadium in the world which is equipped with a 16,100-seat Stadium court, 11 match courts, and 6 practice courts along with 2 Har-Tru clay courts. Besides tennis, it also hosted concerts by artists such as The Eagles, The Who, Tom Petty and much more.
04. O2 Arena
This multi-purpose indoor entertainment complex is situated in the center of The O2 complex on the Greenwich Peninsula in London. This stadium was named after its main sponsor, The O2, which is also one of the biggest telecommunication companies in the world. The construction of the arena started in 2003 and it was opened for the players in 2007. The arena was built to reduce echoing whereas the entire seating arrangement can also be modified according to the needs. It is equipped with a changeable surface which has the option of an ice rink, basketball court, exhibition space, conference venue or concert venue. This famous stadium has already hosted ATP World Tour Finals since 2009 along with Summer Olympics and Summer Paralympics in 2012.
03. Court Philippe Chatrier
The main ground of the French Open, also known as Roland Garros, is located in Paris, France. To host France’s first defense of the Davis Cup after winning the cup in 1927, it was constructed in 1928. It was named after the pioneer aviator engineer, Roland Garros, who is the inventor of the first forward-firing aircraft machine gun. In its huge 21-acre compound, it has twenty courts including three large-capacity stadiums, a luxury restaurant and bar complex, the press and VIP area and the Tenniseum. The surface of the Roland Garros is widely considered as the red clay, where the interesting fact is that the surface is actually made with white limestone and then coated with a few millimeters of red brick powder.
02. Wimbledon Centre Court
The main ground of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club is located adjacent to Aorangi Terrace. Along with the third annual Grand Slam event of the tennis calendar, Wimbledon Championship, it also hosted the tennis competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics. This stadium is also known by its postcode SW19. The Centre Court has a premier box for the exclusive uses of the Royal Family. It was devastated during World War II when, during an air attack five 500 lb., bombs hit the Centre Court. This stadium is equipped with a retractable roof which was designed by SCX Special Projects Ltd and installed in 2009. Andy Murray and Roger Federer contested the first Wimbledon final under a roof here on 8 July 2012.
01. Arthur Ashe Stadium
Arthur Ashe Stadium is the largest tennis-specific stadium by capacity in the world. This stadium is the main court of the US Open and also a part of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center located within Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. This stadium is named after Arthur Ashe, the famous tennis player who won the inaugural US Open. Arthur Ashe Stadium replaced Louis Armstrong Stadium as the primary venue for the US Open in 1997. With its huge $254 million construction cost, it is incorporated with 22,547 individual seats with 90 luxury suites along with five restaurants and a two-level players’ lounge. The surface used in this stadium is DecoTurf cushioned acrylic, whereas it is also equipped with Hawk-Eye electronic system.
There are several other tennis areas throughout the world to claim the top place in this list. From marvelous architecture to state-of-the-art designs, these stadiums are a “beauty to look at”. One such beautiful piece of art is Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena, the design of which resembles a blooming magnolia.