We are going to court

From his series 'Courts' by photographer Ward Roberts:From his series 'Courts' by photographer Ward Roberts: From his series 'Courts' by photographer Ward Roberts: From his series 'Courts' by photographer Ward Roberts: From his series 'Courts' by photographer Ward Roberts: From his series 'Courts' by photographer Ward Roberts: From his series 'Courts' by photographer Ward Roberts:

From his series ‘Courts’ by photographer Ward Roberts:

Sports courts are subjects to extremes: battered by the stomps and slams of players or else left in silence. These days, much of the beauty and pathos of courts lies in their minimalist sentiment. In their deserted state they become sculptural, attracting the eye of the photographer or painter more than the player. As Ward’s photographs show us, we easily sympathize with the treatment of such venues that are developed purely for our use and occasionally attract abuse. The only evidence of action you’ll see on many outdoor courts nowadays is the handy work of amateur graffiti ‘artists’. For many, the attraction to healthy recreational activities has been superseded by faster, louder viewing experiences. The humble local court has been neglected in preference to the stadium, which delivers sport as spectacle with staples like pre-match entertainment, merchandise and a bar. The surrounding buildings that feature in many of Ward’s images give us another clue as to where all the playing action has gone – indoors. Text by Ward Roberts

We want to play outside

Remote tennis court in the Hebrides, an area off the west coast of the Scottish mainland, photographed by Paris based photographer Derek Hudson.

Remote tennis court in the Hebrides, an area off the west coast of the Scottish mainland, photographed by Paris based photographer Derek Hudson.

 

We watch tennis

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Incredible photograph of Roger Federer and Andre Agassi playing tennis on the helicopter pad of the Burj al Arab luxury hotel in Dubai, UAE 321 meters above sea level / unknown photographer