Architecture and design: best tennis courts
Tennis is a sport viewed around the world, as masters keep moving up and down the ATP list, breaking records and their bodies whilst trying to reach the top. You are more than welcome to view the matches from the comfort of your home. However, we would urge you to consider visiting some of these places, as they are not just popular, but also aesthetically marvelous.
Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Situated in California, this beauty was envisioned by Rossetti Associates Architects, a Michigan firm bent on designing some of the best sports arenas. This was their third tennis court project, with the other two being USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre. Its cost was whopping $77 million.
With 29 tennis courts on 88 acres of awesome, this edifice’s Stadium 1 is, impressively enough, the second largest stadium in the world when it comes to tennis. A number of music artists also performed here, like The Who and Andrea Bocelli.
Another monument to ingenuity rose up to the occasion in the year 2000 – the Millennium Dome. The original purpose of the building was to celebrate the turn of the millennium. Sadly, at the time of its creation, it was in the midst of financial and political controversy, as it didn’t acquire the turnout that was expected. Made of steel, and designed by Richard Rogers and Buro Happold, it left the question of its purpose after the Millennium Experience open. That is, until 2001, when it was envisioned as an entertainment complex. Redesigning and reconstruction began in 2004 and finished in 2007, allowing us to enjoy one of the most beautiful tennis stadiums in the world, the O2 Stadium.
Rod Laver Arena
With its architects being Peddle Thorp Learmonth, and Philip Cox, the Rod Laver Arena is not only the host of the first Grand Slam Tennis Tournament of every year, it also hosts basketball tournaments and other sporting events, including the 12th FINA World Aquatics Championship.
It can seat up to 16 000 people, though there have been records of around 40 000 people being present at certain concerts. It was designed so that the podium would conceal the parking lot and nearby facilities, so that we are not distracted from what is important. The roof is retractable and made of two parts, and it takes twenty minutes for it to open or close.
The National Tennis Centre (China)
This venue originally hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, so it in not the only arena on this list with a changed purpose. Now, it incorporates courts as beautiful as their names – the Diamond Court, the Lotus Court and the Moon court are just some of them. The Diamond Court possesses 16 V-shaped columns. They support the structure and give the venues both simple and futuristic appearance. To account for the weather changes, there is a collapsible steel roof. The roof has two layers, and can be opened in the direction of east and west.