LEWISVILLE, TX - With Wimbledon just days away The Lakes at Castle Hills brought a touch of The All England Club to the Metroplex by transforming the far end of a golf fairway into a grass tennis court.
“Wimbledon is such a prestigious event that we wanted to commemorate the game so today we're doing our breakfast at Wimbledon,” says David Scott, director of tennis at The Lakes at Castle Hills.
There was all the pomp and circumstance of a trip to Centre Court, from players wearing white to strawberries and cream, all without a flight across the pond.
Tennis was born on grass but the maintenance grass courts require compared to hard courts makes them exceedingly rare, especially in Texas.
“It`s really the extreme heat,” says Scott. “I can think of off the top of my head no more than four or five permanent grass courts in Texas.”
The court here is temporary; it will be up for about two weeks. During that time - players will be able to test the challenges of playing on grass.
“I think that everybody should experience the grass court at least once,” says Tatia Mahaley. ”You hear about the surface but until you play on it you can`t really understand the dynamics of the game.”
“The ball doesn’t bounce at all. When they hit the ball to you, you think you are going to stroke it and then it just dies,” says Brian Price.
Players can have fun and summon their inner Serena Williams or Roger Federer; not to mention -it's a rare chance to play on the same surface as the legends of the game.
“I grew up watching Wimbledon so it was really fun to see all my heroes play on the Wimbledon grass courts and then to actually see what its like,” says Price.