Posted on 04 June 2013
With the French Open tennis tournament underway, we’re reminded how the French are as passionate about tennis as they are about skiing, hoping for a local champion in Paris this year. France has won seven of its last 32 Opens and currently has 20 men ranked higher than Britain’s number two James Ward, at 207 in the world.
With this in mind, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that an increasing number of French ski resorts offer excellent tennis facilities, indoor for year-round use as well as outdoor for during the warmer months. And anyone considering buying a property in the French Alps in a resort with year-round appeal should consider buying somewhere where you can have a good knock around, come rain or shine.
One popular resort in the Haute Savoie with quality tennis facilities, which are used for tennis camps during the summer, is Flaine, part of the Grand Massif. The pretty resort of Les Gets also has two free tennis courts for public use. An example of great properties for sale in Les Gets include two- and three-bedroom apartments in a new project in the Les Perrières area– the developers is offering seasonal discounts.
Serious followers of tennis will know that facilities in Courchevel are of a standard to host international tennis – the Classic Tennis Tour was played there in January this year. The resort has its own club. For a property there that combines good skiing with access to tennis, how about an apartment or duplex at the resort’s 1650 village?
Meanwhile, Méribel’s tennis club at Le Bois d’Arbin, just above the resort centre, has 10 courts (plus four children’s courts) where you can take private coaching or simply hire a court and some rackets. There are also two mini-tennis courts for children and two badminton courts. There are further courts at in Mottaret in Méribel.