Invented in the late 19th century, Stické Tennis is an indoor racquet sport combining aspects of real tennis, racquets and lawn tennis. It derives from the Ancient Greek word ‘sphairistkè’, meaning ‘the art of playing ball’. Stické is played with standard lawn tennis racquets and low pressure balls in an enclosed court. The court is similar to a real tennis court in shape, but is smaller and differs in construction.
Play takes place using the basics of lawn tennis and the same scoring system, with the addition of side and back walls. As in real tennis, there is a penthouse incorporated as a playing surface and on which the service must land in order to commence each point.
Paul Mcaneary Architects have been commissioned to design the first new stické tennis court to be constructed in Britain in over a century. This involved exhaustively surveying an existing historic building and using this as a basis for developing a contemporary version with a glazed club room overlooking the court. The form of the building is intrinsic to the game, architecture becoming part of sport. [By Catherine Slessor*]
Contract Value Undisclosed
Location Wiltshire, England
Design Team Paul McAneary Architects
Design Service From design concept to detailed design, lighting design, glazing design, structural design, furniture design, 3D visualisation