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Sporting passions - The French affair with tennis

There is no denying the popularity of Tennis in France.  Spectators flock to the world famous Roland Garros centre in Paris to witness the French Open and the French Riviera similarly draws the crowds.  For the 5th consecutive year the city of Nice plays host to the ATP World Tour and the nearby Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters wows visitors with its breathtaking setting.

With such notable French players from both today and yesteryear, a nation’s sporting passion has made a huge influence on the rules, language and fashions of the game, Deuce, service and the Lacoste brand are just a few examples.

Historians date the origins of tennis back to 13th century French monasteries. This game then evolved into “Royal” Tennis following popularity in the French Royal Court.  In fact the traditional narrow indoor court is still intact at Versailles and as a result of royal popularity was no doubt carefully selected as the location of the announcement of the French Revolution (also known as Tennis Court Oath).

Spring 2016 has a fantastic offering of tennis within France, starting with the Rolex Masters at the Monte-Carlo Country Club from the 9th of April. The ATP World Tour – Open de Nice Côte d’Azur opens on the 15th of May and Paris plays host to the French Open from the 22nd of May.

For those looking to incorporate their love of the game into their daily life, here is a selection of beautiful properties in France with tennis courts in addition to spectacular views and enviable locations.

 



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