Destination: The Most Bizarre Tennis Courts in the World
Taking Your Tennis Bag on Vacation
You've all heard about, or may have even participated in, progressive dinners, that traditional feast which is usually held at Christmas time; appetizers and drinks at Mike and Cindy's, main course and drinks at Joyce and Andy's, ending with dessert and more drinks at Rich and Ellen's.
These dinners, always a hoot and something one looks forward to year after year, conjure up smile evoking lifelong memories and infinite Facebook photo posts and tags that conjure up, well, not always smile evoking memories.
Progressive dinners are a great concept and fun, so why not take that same time-honored tradition and repackage it into a new vacation ritual?
Add one or two of these destinations to your vacation bucket list, dust off your sense of adventure, pack your tennis bag or backpack and hop on board; it's going to be a wild ride!
Photo Courtesy: Do It Tennis
The Same But Different
Whether your idea of a great vacation is playing sports, watching sports, or laying on a lounge chair while a cabana boy brings you Margaritas and adjusts your beach umbrella, the genres and destinations for progressive vacations are endless!
Just look at diehard NFL Football fans Don Crisman, Larry Jacobson, Thomas Henschel, and Robert Cook, who have attended every Super Bowl game played since 1967. Although not one of them cheers on, or jeers at, the same team, the camaraderie they have shared and memories they have made over the past 45 years cannot be replaced.
If Major League Baseball is more your style, think about Father and Son or Father and Daughter annual trips to Dodger Stadium, Wrigley Field, AT&T Park, and Fenway instead. Every year a new stadium; every year another foam finger, Cracker Jack toy, and ball cap to add to the memorabilia collection and a tradition that can be passed on for generations.
Whichever you prefer swinging, a golf club or a tennis racquet, get your game on by teeing off at a different golf course every year from Augusta National Golf Course in Georgia, to Cypress Point Club in Pebble Beach, or by dropping your tennis bag on some of the most breath-taking tennis courts in the world from Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina to La Quinta Resort & Club in California.
Speaking of Tennis
For those of you with an extraordinary sense of adventure and a travel budget that is a stranger to boundaries, you just might be able to partake in the ultimate tennis experience, following in the footsteps of such greats as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andre Agassi, and Novak Djokovic, who have played on the most bizarre tennis courts in the world.
A Whale of a Game
In 2011, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal kicked off the ATP World Tour at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open by playing an exhibition match while floating on the Doha Bay, Qatar on a specially constructed tennis court. Water lovers can also zip over to Melbourne, Australia's Yarra River, home of the world's largest floating tennis court, or to The Marina Bay in Singapore, also sporting a floating court. Hop on, the water's fine; just watch out for those pesky seagulls!
In the Crow's Nest
Get that "I'm the king of the world" experience as you lob one over the net on the sometimes tennis court, sometimes helipad atop the fourth highest hotel in the world, the Burj al-Arab Hotel, Dubai. Standing at 1,053 feet on a man-made island 920 feet off-shore, this beautiful sail boat-inspired structure was the venue Roger Federer and Andre Agassi jumped at the chance to play on to promote the 2005 Dubai Duty Free Men's Open.
Roger Federer took the climb to the top of the Burj once again, this time with tennis great Novak Djokovic, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships this year.
If you get queasy just watching this video, you might want to consider keeping your feet on the ground and head over to Mallorca instead.
Burj al-Arab Hotel, Dubai
Choose Your Turf
You may be able to keep both feet on the ground at Palma Arena in Palma de Mallorca, but you will have to fill your tennis bag with a couple different pairs of tennis shoes.
In 2007, Palma Arena constructed a special half grass, half clay tennis court for the Battle of Surfaces between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Nineteen days and $1.63 million dollars after construction began; these world class tennis players battled it out in an exhibition game which Nadal won 7-5, 4-6 and 7-6.
It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's.... Novak Djokovic?
What is it with tennis players and heights? First playing tennis on top of the fourth highest hotel in the world, and then playing tennis on the wing of a bi-plane, mid-flight at 150 mph!
Novak Djokovic did just that while filming a Head tennis racket commercial. You adventure seekers may find a pilot with a bi-plane willing to strap you on its wing, but you might find it difficult to find an opponent.
Novak Djokovic Flying High
Perhaps a Little Family Getaway Just Might Be the Ticket
As your wheels start spinning, conjuring up a vacation tradition of your own, think about soaking up the rays at one of National Geographic's top ten beaches in the world, renting an RV and camping in every National Park in the U.S., or following Guy Fieri and chomping down burgers at diners, drive-ins, and dives across the nation!
You are only limited by your imagination, and, well, maybe your wallet.
Link List - A Little More Information
- National Football League
Official site of the NFL
- Major League Baseball
Official site of the MLB
- ATP World Tour
ATP World Tour official site, dedicated to men's professional tennis
- Burj al-Arab Hotel, Dubai
This beautiful hotel has many amenities.
- National Geographic
Top 10 beaches
- US National Parks
Everything you need to know about national parks in the US
- In Suzi's Words
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