Dubai’s best places to play tennis
It’s time to channel your inner Federer at Dubai’s top tennis courts.James Reynolds October 13, 2015
A decade on from the famous Burj Al Arab helipad tennis match between Roger Federer and Andre Agassi, we still haven't quite got over this awesome image of the pair having a knock-around 320 metres in the sky.
And while we can't all be as lucky as Roger and Andre, Dubai has plenty in the way of facilities for tennis enthusiasts, with options available for everyone from the early beginner to the seasoned pro.
Here are a few of the best tennis courts and tennis lessons available in Dubai.
Tennis 360 offers a range of lessons and training programmes aimed at those who want to get into tennis more seriously than your average Saturday morning knock-around.
With courses ranging from beginner practice to competitive leagues set across three top-quality venues, this has something for everyone.
Locations: Meydan Racecourse; American School of Dubai; Shangri-La Hotel
When: Every day, 9:00am – 10:00pm
Price: Members AED 100; Non-members AED 150. Prices for lessons and competitions vary.
Dubai Sports City
This multi-venue sports complex brings a selection of sports all under the same roof, meaning what might have been a basketball court one day could become a tennis court the next.
This can cause issues initially, as the lines of basketball court, football pitch and tennis court overlap, but once you’re used to it, the markings are quite clear and the hard surface is perfectly fine too.
Location: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, Sports Village
When: 6am – midnight
Price: From AED 100 per hour
Al Nasr Leisureland
One of the originals of the Dubai sports club scene, Al Nasr LeisureLand opened all the way back in 1979 and has brought a wealth of sporting facilities to its Oud Metha location ever since.
While it may not have the shiny out-of-the-wrapper feel that some of the city’s new clubs do, with four well-maintained tennis courts and extremely reasonable rates, it remains a good option to this day.
Location: Oud Metha
When: 6am – 10pm
Price: Members AED 30; Member’s guest AED 60; Non-members AED 100
This sports centre is home to two multi-sport courts that are ideal for a spot of hard-court tennis.
Facilities-wise there are changing rooms, showers, prayer rooms and even free Wi-Fi, plus you can keep up to date with the professionals, as the venue’s refreshment area has a large screen airing all live sports.
Location: Exit 29, JLT
When: 7am - 10pm
Price: AED 99 off peak (10am - 3.30pm); AED 150 peak (7am - 10am and 3.30pm - 10pm)
Atlantis The Palm
For a more luxurious tennis-playing experience, why not hire out one of the the hard-surface courts at the iconic Atlantis The Palm?
Floodlights mean that you can beat the heat and play past sundown, while a team of certified tennis professionals are on hand to give lessons for those who are looking to improve their game.
Location: Atlantis The Palm
When: 7am – 9pm
Price: AED 150 per hour, per court, for non-members. Lesson prices vary.
The Aviation Club
Located in the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, near Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, the Aviation Club boasts four floodlit tennis courts of the highest quality.
As well as the option of standard court hire, there is also a chance to book private lessons or even play in competitive events.
Location: Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
When: 6am – 11pm
Price: Free for hotel guests and Aviation Club members. Non-members can buy a day pass for AED 250
Hyatt Regency Dubai Tennis Courts
With three outdoor floodlit courts on offer, the Hyatt Regency’s Club Olympus Spa & Fitness is ideal for both beginners and seasoned tennis players.
There are a range of lessons on offer, from group coaching to private tutelage, or you can simply hire a court and do your own thing.
Location: Hyatt Regency Dubai
When: 6am – 12am
Price: AED 150 per person, weekdays. AED 180 per person, weekends. (Cost includes: usage of spa, swimming pool, changing rooms, tennis courts, shower and locker rooms. Members have this included in benefits.)
The Ritz-Carlton Dubai
With four perfectly maintained floodlit courts that are open from 7am until 10pm and the fact that you’re in one of the most stunning resorts in Dubai (and we should know), the Ritz-Carlton Dubai really is an amazing place to play tennis.
Private coaching is available and you can also hire all the equipment you’ll ever need, from racquet to balls. Just one word of warning: the first-come-first-served structure means it is best the get down there early.
Location: The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, Dubai Marina, Dubai
When: Every day, 7am - 10pm
Price: Free with a Ritz-Carlton Beach Club member or hotel guest. Non-members can buy a day pass for AED 500
Le Meridien Mina Seyahi
The Le Meridien Mina Seyahi – that’s the one next to the Westin, not to be confused with the similarly named Le Royal Meridien, below – is home to four high-quality floodlit tennis courts.
The best time to play here is Monday nights between 8pm and 10pm, when social sessions of mixed doubles go on for only AED 75 per person.
Location: Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa
When: Mondays 8pm – 10pm
Price: AED 75
Wilson Dubai Tennis Academy
If it’s more of a professional and focused experience you are after, look no further than a coaching session at Wilson Dubai Tennis Academy on the courts at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa.
With such a wide variety of programmes for players to get involved in, such as ‘cardio mornings’ and ‘turbo nights’ the coaches ensure that everyone develops from their tennis experience.
Location: Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa
When: Everyday, 7am – 10pm
Price: AED 325 per 55-minute lesson