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Vienna country club seeks to replace tennis bubble with new court facility

A real tennis court in the U.K. (via Herry Lawford/Flickr)

A multimillion-dollar indoor tennis facility is slated to come to the Westwood Country Club in Vienna.

The club is seeking to replace its existing tennis bubble with a new facility that would have three indoor tennis courts as well as court tennis, also known as real tennis, a rarity in the U.S. and the world.

“The court tennis facility will be one of less than 50 in the world, and we couldn’t be more excited to introduce the sport at Westwood,” Bryan Stone, the club’s general manager, said in an email.

According to the club, the project will cost around $5.5 million to $6 million.

The club expects to host national as well as international tournaments. Outside the U.S., court tennis is only played in the United Kingdom, France, and Australia, according to court tennis groups. Players can use the walls in court tennis in a manner similar to other indoor racquet sports.

Stone wrote that demolition of the existing four-court bubble should begin in mid-July and a pre-engineered metal building would begin to be erected in late August or early September.

A rendering shows the proposed (and subject to change) indoor racquet facility at Westwood Country Club (courtesy Westwood Country Club)

“If all goes according to plan, we expect the project to be completed in May of 2022,” Stone wrote.

The new 31,240 square-foot facility would have a lower gallery and an upper-level mezzanine both for spectators. It would be available to members and their guests.

Architectural plans for the facility say that it will connect with the first-floor lobby of the country club’s adjacent poolhouse to create “a cohesive entrance experience.” There will also be a tennis pro shop in the new building.

The project is slated to go before the Town of Vienna’s Board of Architectural Review when it meets at 7:30 p.m. today (Thursday).

Photo [1] via Herry Lawford/Flickr

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