Architectural drawings call for a 31,240-sq. ft. facility with a lower gallery and an upper-level mezzanine for spectators to replace the existing tennis bubble at the Vienna, Va. club. In addition to three tennis courts, the club plans to introduce “court tennis” to its members.
Westwood Country Club in Vienna, Va. is looking 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 Tysons Reporter reported.
“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,” said General Manager Bryan Stone.
According to the club, the project will cost around $5.5 million to $6 million, the Reporter reported.
The club expects to host national as well as international tournaments, the Reporter reported. 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 in an e-mail to the Reporter 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.
“If all goes according to plan, we expect the project to be completed in May of 2022,” Stone wrote.
The new 31,240-sq. ft. facility would have a lower gallery and an upper-level mezzanine both for spectators, the Reporter reported. 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,” the Reporter reported. There will also be a tennis pro shop in the new building.