A strict dress code for competitors, traditional strawberries and cream for the spectators, and Royal patronage are all signs that you’ve arrived at the oldest tennis tournament in the world, Wimbledon. Yet you don’t have to travel across the pond to enjoy the same level of prestige. In celebration of the upcoming tournament, we rounded up three exceptional home tennis courts that take you from amateur to professional status in no time—not to mention, they all feature sophisticated lighting so that even the longest of matches carryover under the stars. With these distinct properties, the all-white attire is optional, but the feeling of playing on centre court is not.
8 Beverly Park
This Beverly Hills estate is quite impressive with 6 bedrooms, 8 baths and over 11,000 sq. ft. of living space fit to host a large crowd of guests and an enthusiastic gallery of tennis aficionados. They’ll be enjoying a summer cocktail while watching the competition ensue on the sunken private tennis court—that is, before the vertically-gifted start an impromptu basketball match with the two basketball hoops situated on either end. A nearby walkway takes you up to the pool and hot tub area hugged on all sides by gleaming, marble stonework. On the second floor is a large bonus room that can be used as a gym or studio should you desire additional training.
438 Faring Road
This stunning architectural features 6,500 sq. ft. of terrace space in addition to the pool, landscaped, gardens, outdoor kitchen, flat lower lawn and a gorgeous astro-turf tennis court with floodlights. The tennis court truly is a point of marvel and distinction as it makes you feel as if you are in your own private park rather than a backyard. The surrounding resort-like grounds echo the same sophistication and highest quality materials as the 3-level, glass-encased compound, designed and built by renowned, London-based Quinn Architects and Estate Four.
3250 Serra Road
Located in Malibu’s prestigious and gated Serra Retreat, this 7 bedroom, 7 bath estate boasts an immaculate tennis court amongst Old Word charm. As you serve your opponent, enjoy views of the mountains and nature’s bounty of towering trees and flowering gardens. Next to the court is where you’ll find a Monet lily pad which, with an 18th and 19th century fountains, benches and fireplaces, create the most peaceful, storybook setting. From views of the Pacific Ocean in the master suite to a full equestrian facility, this property delivers that California lifestyle you can’t find anywhere else.