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Tennis, Anyone? 8 Homes with Private Courts

Ahead of Christie’s upcoming auction of sporting memorabilia from the Roger Federer Collection, Luxury Defined spotlights eight properties for tennis fans

This summer, Christie’s will serve up two unique auctions of the sporting memorabilia of tennis icon and record-breaking 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer. In London on June 23, The Roger Federer Collection: Sold to Benefit The RF Foundation celebrates Federer’s historic achievements with 20 lots from his Grand Slam victories—Wimbledon, the US Open, the Australian Open, and the French Open. The corresponding online sale (June 23–July 14) chronicles Federer’s career from the early 2000s right through to 2021.

The Roger Federer Collection: Sold to Benefit The RF Foundation | The Live Auction comprises 20 prestigious lots, each signed and celebrating one of Roger Federer’s 20 record-breaking Grand Slam tennis titles.

In honor of the sales—and Federer’s favorite tournament, The Championships, Wimbledon—Luxury Defined presents a collection of homes with private courts and other ace tennis amenities, such as stadium lighting, umpire chairs, and shaded spectator seating—ideal for practicing your version of the devastating “Federer Forehand.” Many happy returns!

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.

Tír na nÓg in Rathmichael, Dublin, Ireland

Tír na nÓg is a one-of-a-kind manor house, a family retreat on 1.5 acres of formal gardens in Rathmichael, County Dublin. The owners commissioned EMD Architects to upgrade and extend the property in its entirety. Electric gates open to a sweeping cobblelock drive to the stately main residence. Its large hall opens to an elegant reception area and into a bespoke kitchen and family room. The floor plan seamlessly flows between the reception rooms, casual living spaces, and recreation areas. There are six double bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, and a guest suite. The tennis court is surrounded by manicured hedges and specimen trees. The indoor heated pool complex, with sauna and shower room, is reminiscent of a luxury spa. There’s also a fully equipped gym and weight room and a spectacular home cinema with surround sound, retractable curtains, and tiered seating for 15. A sandstone patio, sundial, and rose beds add to the splendor of the gardens.

Landscape Farm in Jersey, Channel Islands

Landscape Farm is one of the most noteworthy estates on the island of Jersey. Set on nearly four acres of landscaped grounds, the property offers a regulation tennis court, heated outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, sun terraces, and an ornamental lake with a fountain. A secure gated entry frames the Palladian estate and its rolling lawns. The 14,500-square-foot, main residence, renovated in 2015, has sleek, contemporary interiors designed by Lady Henrietta Spencer Churchill. Three levels of luxurious living space begin at the opulent double-height entrance hall with a crystal chandelier and gold leaf-accented staircase and balustrade. Just beyond is an open-plan reception room for entertaining on a grand or intimate scale. Floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors frame southerly vistas of the formal gardens and pond. The residence, with eight bedrooms and nine full bathrooms, is designed to meet contemporary needs, from the temperature-controlled wine room to the home theater, the elegant eat-in kitchen to the formal dining room. The garage has four parking bays and two upstairs suites, ideal for guests, staff, or office space. The property is at the south of the island, close to the beach and the Jersey capital of Saint Helier. Jersey Airport is just 15 minutes’ drive.

Windward Farm in Hunterdon County, New Jersey

Leisure options at this 125-acre country estate in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, include a regulation tennis court and indoor squash court, and a saltwater pool.

Windward Farm is a 125-acre country estate in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. A sanctuary of peace and privacy, ideal for both nature lovers and sports enthusiasts, it is within commuting distance of both New York City and Philadelphia. The 18,000-square-foot main house is at the highest point of the property to maximize the views of the surrounding hills and mountains. The estate’s amenities for sports and recreation include an outdoor tennis court, indoor squash court, workout and yoga rooms, a sauna, and heated saltwater pool with Jacuzzi. There are five bedrooms, six full and three half bathrooms, a family room, a beautiful chef’s kitchen, a wood-paneled library, a great room, and terraces for outdoor entertaining. The property is also a working farm, with cultivated fields; a fig orchard; apiary; chicken coop; and fruit, vegetable, and herb gardens. There’s also an event space, two renovated barns, and a new 7,200-square-foot pole barn.

Sea-View Villa in Mandelieu-la-Napoule, Côte d’Azur, France

This glamorous home on the French Riviera is set within lawned gardens with a pool deck, helipad, and a lighted tennis court with a front-row view of the Bay of Cannes.

This idyllic Mediterranean villa is perched on more than 2.5 acres above the charming port village of Mandelieu-la-Napoule, with a 180-degree vista of the French Riviera, and near the beaches and Cannes’ famous Promenade de la Croisette. The traditional tile roof and whitewash exterior conceal vast interior spaces with stone floors and contemporary lines, executed in cool white and neutral tans. The landscaped, hedged lawns wrap around the lighted tennis court, and a sun worshiper’s deck and walk-in swimming pool. Just beyond is a helipad. The elegant reception areas invite grand-scale entertaining. Most rooms have panoramic views of the gardens and the coast. The entrance hall has a glass-enclosed fireplace and glass walls that overlook the sea. Further amenities include a primary suite with spa-inspired bathroom, a gourmet kitchen, summer kitchen, caretaker’s house, and a parking court with a garage.

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.

Desert Compound In Phoenix, Arizona

This gated estate in Phoenix, Arizona, nestles in palm-lined, landscaped grounds at the base of Camelback Mountain. The property, remodeled in 2003 and 2014, blends transitional architecture with resort-worthy amenities, including a professional-grade tennis court with viewing pavilion, an outdoor pool, as well as a movie theater, game room, and wine cellar. The split floor plan features a great room with views of Camelback and the distant Phoenix skyline. Farther along is a formal dining room, chef’s kitchen, and cozy family room. Seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms include a lavish owner’s suite with dual bathrooms and walk-in closets. The guest wing has three en suite bedrooms. Upstairs are two light-filled offices, each with a private balcony, as well as a bar and full bathroom. The main level leads out to the pool terrace, spa, and tennis court. A verdant, tiered lawn; covered patios; a built-in barbecue area; and alfresco dining area with wood-burning fireplace are further delights.

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.