The Most Incredible Tennis Courts in the Mountains

STORY BY Megan Hughes 12th July 2018

With the second week of Wimbledon in full swing, we thought it was about time we put together a list of the most incredible tennis courts in the mountains…

Stanglwirt Hotel – Going, Austria

Pictured above, the epic backdrop of the Wilder Kaiser mountain range greets players as they step onto the courts at the Stanglwirt Hotel in Going, Austria. The resort has six indoor courts and eight outdoor clay courts, giving keen tennis fans a lot of space on which to rally or compete. Here you can also find the famous ‘Peter Burwash International Tennis School’, which is perfect for anyone wanting to develop their tennis talents.

Both an organic farm and a five-star resort, the Stanglwirt has a large focus on wellnesss, with a huge spa area covering a total area of over 12,000 square metres. With multiple water worlds, spa treatments and a sauna complex, the spa resort’s highlights include a rock pool, organic pine-clad sauna, saltwater pool, waterfall grotto and panoramic relaxation areas. Perfect for recharging after a game.

Belmond La Residencia – Majorca

Surrounded by the Tramuntana mountains, the two outdoor tennis courts in the grounds of this luxury boutique hotel overlook the byzantine blue waters of the mediterranean sea. There’s also an in-house coach to help you work on your skils. The Belmond La Residencia is a gorgeous rustic villa-style hotel that offers the perfect relaxing getaway amidst citrus trees and olive groves. After a game of tennis, you can cool down in one of the two outdoor pools or ease your aching muscles at the highly-acclaimed spa.

Topnotch Resort and Spa – Vermont

Topnotch Resort in Vermont, is a prime destination for tennis and mountain lovers, with courts overlooked by Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak. With high quality coaching and academies available, this is the perfect place to hone your tennis skills whilst also having access to the best of the mountains. The hotel also has an award-winning spa and a beautiful pool area which offers stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Topnotch Resort is set within the legendary ski town of Stoke, you can make the most of the activities on offer in the surrounding mountain area no matter the season.

Grand Hyatt Denver Skycourt – Denver

Denver’s Grand Hyatt hotel is home to the ‘Skycourt’, a unique fitness facility with a rooftop tennis court and jogging track basking in the shadow of the famous Rocky Mountains. Anyone looking for further activity needs just head downstairs, where a heated indoor pool adjoins a 24-hour health club, all of which are free to Hyatt guests.

Il San Pietro di Positano – Positano, Italy

Watched over by the Lattari mountains, the gorgeous Il San Pietro di Positano hotel holds one of the most beautiful tennis courts we’ve ever seen. Regulation size and free to use to all hotel guests, this court sits overlooking the beautiful blue waves of the Mediterranean and is surrounded by lush greenery that adorns the rocky mountainside. The hotel itself is also pretty splendid, with rooms and restaurants offering stunning views over the Amalfi coast and even its own private beach (accessed via elevator!).

Tennis Stadium Kitzbuhel – Austria

A destination famous amongst winter sports fans, Kitzbuhel is also a popular tennis destination, with the Tennis Stadium providing 7 outdoor clay courts from which you can marvel in the spectacular surrounding mountain view. As the venue for the Austrian Open Kitzbühel, many famous athletes have taken to these courts, including Arthur Ashe, Boris Becker, Pete Sampras and Rafa Nadal. There are also 3 indoor courts to ensure year-round tennis in the ever-changing mountain climate.

Gstaad Palace – Gstaad, Switzerland

At 1,050 metres (3,450 feet) above sea level, the Gstaad Palace is the highest ATP World Tour venue in Europe. Located within one of the most stunning hotels we’ve ever seen set amongst the gorgeous Swiss Alps, the Gstaad Palace tennis court hosts the Swiss Open every year and attracts a number of famous names. A Bavarian castle-style exterior with luxurious rooms that do indeed seem fit for royalty, the hotel boasts four outdoor tennis courts as well as an indoor squash court and indoor tennis courts accessible nearby.

You can even learn from the greats here. Former World No.1 player Roy Emerson (holder of 12 Major singles titles and 16 Grand Slam doubles titles) hosts his own Roy Emerson Tennis Weeks here every summer, even teaching classes now and then.

Club Jacarandá – Quita, Ecuador

OK they’re not necessarily in the mountains but the courts at Club Jacarandá in Ecuador’s capital, Quito, are some of the highest courts on the ATP World Tour. These courts are home each year to the Ecuadorian Open which at 2800 metres above sea level, requires athletes to play at an altitude almost double that of the tournaments in the Alps. The thinner air can make the ball fly quicker through the air and also can cause some players to struggle with their breathing.

Rocky Mountain Tennis Centre – Colarado

Rocky Mountain Tennis Center is one of Colorado’s best tennis facilities, with a range of highly qualified coaches on hand to help you up your game. They also host a large number of leagues and tournaments, junior and adult programs and free play.

Located on the banks of Boulder Creek, the centre has 15 recently resurfaced courts, including five indoor courts (the most in Boulder County). The centre benefits from a close relationship with the neighbouring Millennium Hotel, providing members with access to top class amenities including two swimming pools and a restaurant.

Bunabhainneadar Tennis Court – Isle of Harris, Scotland

Last but by no means least is this little gem! Named ‘the most remote court in Britain’, Bunabhainneadar tennis court is located on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides. With an artificial grass surface, players here can enjoy incredible views over the Atlantic ocean and even benefit from tennis training!

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