Good news for tennis fans! With most professional sports in abeyance, two of this year’s remaining Grand Slam tournaments will go ahead. The US Open tournament is to take place as scheduled (August 31–September 11), albeit behind closed doors, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York. The French Open (rescheduled from May 24 to September 21–October 11), will go ahead in its usual format at Stade Roland-Garros in Paris. In that spirit of the game, Luxury Defined presents a collection of homes with private courts and other ace tennis amenities, such as stadium lighting, umpire chairs, shaded spectator seating, and even courtside bars for spirited rallies of Pimm’s and volleys of strawberries and cream. . . . Service, please!
Gulf Front Luxury Estate in Spring Hill, Florida
This 23-acre coastal estate in Florida offers unparalleled privacy and panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico. A private driveway leads to a 30,000-square-foot paved motor court with compass rose helicopter landing pad. The estate has 1,100 feet of waterfront with a dock, concrete boat ramp, and boathouse. For the tennis enthusiast, there are two professional-grade, lighted tennis courts with shaded spectator seating. The main residence is a luxurious coastal retreat with 8,950 square feet of grandly appointed living space. There are five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. A billiards room, library, theater, humidor, and wine cellar are among the interior amenities. The west-facing terrace has an outdoor kitchen and extends to the entire length of the home. The grounds include a separate guest house, 40-car garage (large enough to accommodate a Robinson helicopter or an RV), and a bridge leading to a private island with floating dock and firepit.
Newton House in Newton Valence, Hampshire, England
Newton House has an idyllic rural setting on nine acres at the edge of the hamlet of Newton Valence in the Hampshire countryside. The architecture blends Arts and Crafts style with 21st-century contemporary comforts. The reception hall has a sweeping, Art Deco-inspired staircase. The drawing room opens onto a terrace overlooking the landscaped gardens and rolling countryside. There are six en suite bedrooms, including a luxurious two-bathroom master suite. Southwest of the house, the private tennis court is sheltered along the tree-lined boundary of the property. Its spectators can watch from the comfort of the hexagonal dining hut, with a circular bench and table for covered outside dining, with ample lighting and overhead heaters. After a game of tennis, residents can relax in the estate’s leisure complex, with pool, sauna, treatment room, and gym. For the equestrian, there’s a stable yard and paddocks. The lovely landscaped grounds, by celebrated garden designer Sarah Eberle, include a wooden garden folly, orchards, a walled vegetable garden with a Victorian-style greenhouse, and a summer house.
Oceanfront Retreat in Makena, Hawaii
This private, two-acre ocean-view estate in Makena on the south coast of Maui was designed to promote health and well-being. With its unrivaled location on Ahihi Bay, swimming, snorkeling, and water sports are merely steps away. The estate also boasts South Maui’s only private, fully-lit tennis court with viewing trellis and wet bar, a fitness center, and two swimming pools: a half-Olympic-size lap pool and an infinity pool. The seven-structure property was built to connect with the land: tropical gardens with lush lawns and lava rock stream beds traversed by ipe-wood bridges provide a seamless indoor-outdoor living experience. It’s also equipped for sustainable living with 116 PV solar panels and an abundance of fruit trees.
Luxury Villa in Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal
This luxurious seaside villa on the Algarve was designed for the tennis enthusiast. The centerpiece of the lush grounds is an alluring blue tennis court with a covered spectator-viewing area surrounded by palm trees. After a match, residents can relax in a beautiful resort-style swimming pool and terrace shaded by exotic plants and trees. The main residence is a grand 16,145-square-foot villa with exquisite finishes and details. All seven bedrooms have en suite bathrooms and balconies with views of the gardens, the tennis court, or the pool. The property is near world-class beaches and golf courses, Albufeira Marina, and Faro Airport.
Manor House in Wyckoff, New Jersey
Sweeping lawns and towering pines frame the entrance of this grand estate at the end of a cul-de-sac in Sicomac, an exclusive section of Wyckoff, New Jersey. Situated on 1.8 acres with views of the Ramapo Mountains, this property defines luxury living with every amenity imaginable. Residents can choose to spend a summer afternoon sipping cocktails in the poolside cabana or playing tennis on the private court. There’s also a covered patio for outdoor entertaining. Interior amenities include a game room with table tennis and billiards areas and a home theater. The living and entertaining areas include a living room, dining room, and a beautiful brick wine cellar with tasting room. The master suite is a highlight, with two impressive walk-in closets, a stunning master bathroom, and a sitting room with a fireplace.
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Villa RKK in Petite Saline, Saint Barthélemy
Overlooking Lorient Bay, this unique Caribbean jewel is a compound of unsurpassed privacy spanning more than three acres. the main house has an open-plan living area that invites impromptu gatherings and peaceful relaxation. The appointments include a fully equipped kitchen with breakfast bar and a dining room and lounge that open to an infinity pool with spectacular sea views. The entire estate is enhanced by tropical gardens. Winding paths lead to a tennis court and further accommodations, including a second bedroom with bathroom and, just beyond, a master bedroom with a private plunge pool facing the ocean. At the entrance of the property is an additional two-bedroom dwelling. A gym and garage are additional highlights of this one-of-a-kind property.
The Mareza Estate in Athens, Greece
Perched on a hill outside Athens, this spectacular estate offers commanding views over the surrounding countryside. The magnificent nine-acre grounds are a Mediterranean dream. The French formal gardens are enhanced with stone paths and classical fountains and sculptures. There are also a tennis court, pool, stables, chapel, and a gardener’s cottage. The centerpiece of the estate is a château-style villa, custom built from local stone to echo the architecture of Provence. The 14,000-square-foot residence features beautiful reception and dining areas with many fireplaces and large windows which fill the interior with light. Additional highlights include a chef’s kitchen, a gym and sauna, eight en suite bedrooms, staff quarters, and a six-car garage.
Galleria Costa in Ashigarashimo-Gun, Japan
Sagami Bay on Japan’s majestic Manazuru Peninsula forms the backdrop to this 8.5-acre oceanfront estate in Ashigarashimo-Gun. The multi-level contemporary residence was designed in harmony with the sea. All rooms are ocean facing with unique interior décor. Vistas of Sagami Bay are the focal point of the grand living and dining rooms, while the outdoor pool and Rotenburo open-air hot spring baths create an infinity view of the ocean. A deck is ideal for alfresco entertaining. The estate is chock full of amenities to entertain owner and guests. Tennis fans will appreciate the pro tennis court, while golfers can practice their swing on the state-of-the-art golf simulator. There’s also a gym and wellness center with mist and stone saunas, Jacuzzi, and treatment room, and a home theater with karaoke system.
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Bellevue Estate at Grape Bay Beach in Paget Parish, Bermuda
The Bellevue Estate at Grape Bay Beach is situated in one of Bermuda’s most elegant residential enclaves. The elegant Grade I-listed main residence was originally constructed between 1790 and 1817. The guest cottage is said to have been the writing den for Nobel laureate and Pulitzer Prize winning author Eugene O’Neill. Within the exquisite 5.5-acre grounds are a tennis court, swimming pool, additional outbuildings, and glorious lawns and gardens with views of Hamilton Harbour and the south shore of the island. The property also offers owned access to Grape Bay Beach. Nearby is the members-only Coral Beach & Tennis Club. Owners will also enjoy private access to the secluded Grape Bay Beach.