Get set for Wimbledon with A&K
Wimbledon is here. The world’s oldest tennis tournament has long been the stage for the game’s great names to cement their star status, and for young talents to stake their claim to tennis fame. In keeping with our ongoing commitment to support prestigious sports events and invest in truly memorable experiences, we’re excited to announce that Abercrombie & Kent is sponsoring 10 Wimbledon matches this year, supporting a variety of seeded players as they vie for the top trophies.
For those lucky enough to secure a ticket to the world-renowned grand slam, you’re in for an exciting season. On top of the much-loved traditions — strawberries and cream, plenty of Champagne and guaranteed A-list sightings in the Royal Box — this year’s tournament will see tennis fans anxiously watch to see if Novak Djokovic will claim his eighth Wimbledon Grand Slam title, and if current favorite Iga Swiatek will take the women’s title. These nail-biting matches make it more than worthwhile to don your finest attire and silently watch from the stands, rain or shine.
But if this isn’t your year to have a front row seat to the big tournament, you can still find a creative way to make tennis a memorable part of your summer. Whether you’re after an off-grid escape or a luxurious beach retreat, we’ve rounded up some of the exceptional hotels and villas around the world where a court is only steps away.
The first player to take the court wearing an A&K patch was Tomas Machac of the Czech Republic, who faced Cameron Norrie on Tuesday, July 4.
On Wednesday, July 5, we appeared on the sleeve of Jordan Thompson (AUS), who faced Novak Djokovic (SRB) on Centre Court, as well as Karolina Pliskova (CZE), who faced Natalija Stevanovic (SRB) on Court 18.
On Friday, July 7, we appeared on the sleeves of France’s Quentin Halys, who played Italy’s Jannick Sinner, as well as Elisabetta Cocciaretto (ITA) who played Jessica Pegula (USA). Both matches were played on Court No.3.
On Saturday, July 8, we patched Christopher Eubanks (USA), who defeated Christopher O'Connoll (AUS) on Court 18.
Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) wore the A&K patch as she defeated Jessica Pegula (USA) in the quarter final on July 11 and Elina Svitolina (UKR) on Center Court on Thursday, July 13.
Congratulations to Marketa Vondrousova (CZE), who defeated Ons Jabeur (TUN), to become the first unseeded Ladies’ Singles champion at Wimbledon in 60 years!
Game, set, find your match…
Here’s a sampling of our favorite court-equipped hotels and lodges. Contact A&K or your travel advisor to arrange a journey that takes your tennis game to exotic new heights.
Where: Sedona, Arizona
Nestled in the dramatic red rocks of the Arizona desert, this singular escape invites visitors to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the American Southwest. Here, relaxation and activity are equally important. Inside, you’ll find the full-service Mii amo spa that offers an extensive menu of treatments inspired by Native American traditions. Outside, you’ll discover hiking trails and guided walks, as well as a full outdoor tennis court and a pool to cool off once you’ve finished practicing your volley.
Singita Sasakwa Lodge
Experience luxurious solitude at Singita Sasakwa Lodge, a collection of nine Edwardian manor-inspired cottages in the middle of the expansive Grumeti Reserve. Relax on your private veranda and watch the herds traverse the 340,000-acre plains, or take in the Serengeti views from your private infinity pool. On top of the two outdoor tennis courts, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy, including archery, mountain biking and stargazing safaris.
Copacabana Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Rio de Janeiro
Having first opened its Art Deco doors in 1923, Copacabana Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Rio de Janeiro remains a glamorous Rio landmark and perennial host of Carnival's spectacular Magic Ball. Every room and suite is individually designed with fine period furniture and original works of art, creating an elegant, yet relaxed ambiance. Copacabana is the perfect place to elevate your game with a rooftop court offering lovely views and refreshing breezes.
The Four Seasons Koh Samui
Set on a secluded island in Thailand's Laem Yai Bay, the Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui fronts its own private beach. The elegant luxury resort's villas feature al fresco living areas, private infinity pools and palatial bathrooms with indoor/outdoor showers. Sharpen your game on the tennis court with your choice of beginners’ or advanced lessons from the onsite coach.
Located some 20 miles east of Cork, Castlemartyr Resort occupies an 18th-century manor house set amid 220 acres of idyllic Irish parkland crowned by the ruins of a 13th-century castle. Its elegant fine-dining restaurant serves modern Irish cuisine, while the casual bar welcomes guests to cozy up by the fireplace. Follow an invigorating tennis match on the onsite court with a visit to the sauna and steam room.
Looking out to the distant snowcapped Atlas Mountains from the heart of Marrakech, La Mamounia occupies a former royal estate dating from the 12th century — an ideal immersion into Morocco’s royal past. This classic luxury hotel features regionally inspired decor with a regal twist, while four restaurants serve classic Moroccan, French, Italian and elevated poolside cuisine. Two clay courts are at your disposal, floodlit so that the game can continue long into the evening.
Fully serviced villas with tennis courts
Villa del Duca, Tuscany
Built in the mid-1800s and still owned by the very same family to date, Villa del Duca exudes warmth and homeliness, making it perfect for your family to enjoy. Designed in French style, the property has become the retreat of the rich and famous where old-world grandeur meets impeccable service.
Villa Destiny, Algarve
This standalone stylish property has everything you could wish for in a holiday retreat – from its private, heated swimming pool to the stunning cliff front location and the villa’s unique architecture and interior design. With views stretching out over the Atlantic Ocean, this hideaway is in an idyllic spot.
The Gallery, Anguilla
Experience the best of Anguilla with The Gallery. These two villas are almost perfect mirror images of each other in their striking contemporary design, boasting tiered terraces and roof sundecks over three stories designed to make the most of the unbeatable sea panoramas.