Game, Set, Match! The French Riviera’s 5 Best Tennis Courts
September 4, 2018
There’s nothing better than a spot of tennis. And whether you’re a permanent South of France resident or simply holidaying there for the summer, it’s no secret that the French Riviera is home to an amazing number of gorgeous open air courts. But how to find the crème de la crème? Here are our are five favourite tennis courts on the Cote d’Azur, broken down by their best qualities.
Best for… incredible views
Tucked between chic French Riviera rentals and beautiful Provençal homes lies the beautiful Monte Carlo Country Club (MCCC). Like everything in Monaco, the MCCC is a highly glamorous experience. Set over 21 clay courts and 2 hard courts which adorn the Princess Grace Avenue hilltop in Cap Martin, this luxury club plays host to the world-renowned Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters Tournament. However, it’s on this list for its stunning panoramic views overlooking the glittering Mediterranean sea. Just don’t take your eyes off the ball for too long!
Best for… hitting the beach
For ultimate beach vibes whilst getting a fix of your favourite racquet sport, try the Tennis Club de Cap d’Ail, literally a stone’s throw from the golden sands of Plage Marquet. With 5 clay courts, it has a more intimate feel than some of the other courts listed, whilst its charming terrace cafe ensures you’ll never go hungry mid-game. After a winning match it’s time to cool off with a refreshing dip in the sea before heading back to your French Riviera villa for some much needed R&R.
Best for… learning from the pros
Ex-professional tennis player and Côte d’Azur resident Isabelle Demongeot has opened a tennis centre just 200 metres from the beach of Pampelonne. However, this time it is not the beach proximity that we are interested in; it’s the talent behind the courts. Tennis D’Isabelle Demongeot opens yearly from April to November, and with coaching sessions on offer, here’s your opportunity to learn from the very best.
Best for… golf lovers
We hear you: this is a guide to best tennis courts, so why is golf relevant? Well, at Club de la Vernatelle, you can play both to your heart’s content. With 5 tennis courts and 200m of golfing landscape, this Gassin-based sports complex means never having to compromise between your favourite sports. What’s more, its 2.5 hectares of beautiful greenery is open year-round, 7 days a week.
Best for… playing in any weather
The Cannes Garden Tennis Club has many great attributes. Its beautiful setting, based within a landscaped garden space near the coast, creates a calm and peaceful atmosphere for you to focus on the game. Its children’s playground means when kids get bored they have somewhere to let loose, whilst its flexible playing packages welcome people of all ages and skill. Yet perhaps best of all, it offers 4 covered courts out of an impressive 16, putting wet weather tennis firmly back on the menu. Ace!