Competitive tennis is enjoyed the world over, and tournaments between champion players frequently draw huge crowds. Sometimes, the tennis court is almost as big a draw as the players themselves. Here are some of the most famous tennis courts in the world.
Rod Laver Arena
Built in 1988, the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia is named after the three-time winner of the Australian Open. It seats 15,000 spectators, features a retractable roof in case of inclement weather, and has a blue Plexicushion court surface.
National Tennis Center
The National Tennis Center in Beijing, China covers a whopping 41.22 acres and features 35 training courts and 12 competition hard courts. The main court, called the Diamond Court, has room for 15,000 fans. This arena hosted the preliminaries and finals for men and women in the 2008 Olympics.
Indian Wells Tennis Garden
The Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California opened in 2000 and is the second largest tennis-specific arena in the world. Its 88-acre compound features six practice courts, 11 match courts, and two Har-Tru clay courts. The arena seats 16,100 spectators and is home to the Wells Masters tournament, which is held annually in the second week of March.
Arthur Ashe Stadium
The Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City is the largest tennis-specific arena in the world, with seating for 22,547 spectators, 90 luxury suites, five restaurants, and a two-story players’ lounge. The arena is named after the champion tennis player who won the first US Open. The court surface at Arthur Ashe Stadium is a DecoTurf cushioned acrylic.
With their grandiosity and state-of-the-art design, these tennis stadiums are as much a spectacle as the tournaments they host.