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Smashing Properties with Tennis Courts on the Market Right Now

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Wimbledon given you tennis fever? Go pro in your own back garden with these houses...

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Whether you’re looking for somewhere to practice your serve or a pad to host post-match strawberries and cream, these courtside properties have got you covered…

1. Sparsholt, Winchester, Hampshire

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You think courtside seats are good – wait until you try poolside. This elegant manor house has stunning grounds that feature a walled kitchen garden, sunken villa-style water feature, York stone terrace and an Astro tennis court with adjoining heated pool, so you can go from serving to swimming in seconds. Indoors is no less impressive; there’s seven bedrooms, polished oak floorboards and panelled reception rooms. Meanwhile, the family kitchen/breakfast room overlooking the garden is perfect for a post-match brunch. Available through Knight Frank, offers in excess of £5,750,000

2. Widworthy, Honiton, Devon, EX14

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Henry VIII was the King who started Britain’s love affair with tennis. So what better place to play than a Tudor Manor? This charming Grade II listed house has over 43 acres of formal walled gardens and grounds, perfect for strolling through like a Tudor monarch, along with tennis courts and a swimming pool. Inside the seven-bedroom house is a great hall with a double height ceiling, wooden beams and fireplace ideal for hosting banquets. And if you’re looking for a little less history and a touch more comfort, there’s a fitted modern kitchen and a cinema room included too. Available through Strutt & Parker, price on application

3. Aix En Provence, Bouches-Du-Rhone, Provence, France

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If you’re more of a French open kind of fan, hope across the channel to this magnificent Mediterranean villa. With nine bedrooms spread out over the main house and a spacious guest house this is the perfect spot for hosting friends. Throw dinner parties in the large reception and dining rooms, have drinks on the expansive covered patio, and take a dip in either the indoor or outdoor swimming pools. When all that’s over, head down to the tennis courts (complete with a wooden tennis hut) and host a championships of your own. Available through Knight Frank for €5,250,000

4. Richmond Hill Court, Richmond, TW10

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Who said you needed to live in the countryside to play tennis? This spacious one-bedroom apartment in Richmond not only has access to a large private tennis court – its also right next door to Wimbledon itself. With an entrance hall, large reception room, modern oak kitchen and large bedroom, it’s the perfect place to relax in between walks along the nearby river Thames and through world famous Richmond Park. Available through Knight Frank for £600,000

5. Annabels Manor, Harpenden, Hertfordshire

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Serve looks in this sprawling Grade II listen country manor. With seven bedrooms, countless reception rooms, a wooden-beamed kitchen and a snooker room, there’s not much this home doesn’t have. Make a racquet in the custom-built music room before heading out to the manicured grounds. Alongside a historic donkey wheel, there’s also a pool to practice your backstroke and a tennis court to practice your backhand – both with panoramic views over the Hertfordshire countryside. Available through Savills for £4,950,000

6. Forge Lane, Shorne Gravesend Kent DA12

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For those weekend players who still need easy access to the city, this period property is only 20 minutes from London. Each of the six bedrooms blends period oak beams with quirky colourful wallpaper and modern décor. Downstairs is perfect for entertaining, with a sleek kitchen and sun-room overlooking the gardens. An outdoor patio is perfect for throwing dinner parties – that is, when you’re not working up a sweat on the hedge lined tennis court. Or if all that sounds too stressful after a week in London, head on down to the shaded hot tub – perfect for lazy nights in. Available through Strutt & Parker for £1,750,000

7. St Georges Hill, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13

St Georges Hill is one of Surrey’s finest postcodes, but more importantly it’s only a 20 minute train ride from the heart of Wimbledon. Recently modernised and spread across a double plot, there are ten bedrooms, dressing rooms, private balconies and a main drawing room spanning two floors. You’ll also find a soaring grand entrance hall and lavish kitchen, perfect for entertaining. Delight in exploring the stunning resort-style grounds. There’s a private pavilion and pool, along with a championship standard golf course and – lest we forget – a private members tennis club. Available through Jackson-Stops, price on Application

8. South Sands House, Dover

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Fancy a game of tennis overlooking the Channel and those famous white cliffs? The court at this supremely-situated property arguably boast one of the finest views in Kent – just make sure you’re focusing on your serve, too. The sunny Souths Sands House itself enjoys a far-reaching panoramic vista that stretches across the sea, and is situated in the popular coastal village of St Margaret’s Bay. Available through Strutt & Parker, offers over £2.2m

9. Alexander, Peloponnese, Greece

If Wimbledon common just doesn’t feel dramatic enough, try this tennis court on for size. Perched on a rocky outcrop with panoramic views over the Aegean-sea, its hard to imagine a more photogenic spot for a hit-about. And the courts are only the start of this sleek modern villa. With nine bedrooms, landscaped gardens, vast sunset terraces, and a tunnel leading down to the beach, this home combines traditional Greek romance with all the comfort of modern living. In between working on your forehand, you can take a dip in the salt water pool, stroll along the shore, or hop over to bustling neighbouring islands. Beats Wimbledon high street any day. Available through Sotheby’s International Realty for €7,800,000

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