Brand-New Never-Before-Seen Photos & Analysis of Venus & Serena Williams’ New Home Addition & Tennis Courts
How timely that injured Venus & Serena Williams have a place to train and play tennis at their home at BallenIsles in Palm Beach Gardens. The sisters’ V-shaped estate with 2 massive separate master suites finally has a finished training facility that the sisters can train at without leaving their front door. The sisters applied for permits to do an addition to their home in March of 2010. The just-completed addition is a 4,000 square foot structure with state-of-the-art facilities. The structure can be seen in these first published pictures (below) just past the gated entry on the left-hand side.The Williams sisters built their massive estate a decade ago. Besides the unique 2 master wings, the property grounds are triple guarded. BallenIsles Country Club is a manned, gated community of 1562 homes. Grand Key, where they reside, also has its own private gate. In addition, the Williams’ own home in Grand Key Estates has its own gate as well. Not even Buckingham Palace has this many gates! The addition still leaves the property with loads of parking, as the aerial shows a plethora of Range Rovers to roam about.
19 of the 22 courts are clay, which is what most of the snowbird retiree residents desire because it’s easier on the knees. Venus and Serena need to train on Har-Tru courts and the BallenIsles residents built these special courts especially for them. Both the men’s and women’s professional tennis tours see a high percentage of the hard courts that they play on built by HarTru. That is the standard in hard courts for the tennis professionals. Several years ago at the Australian Open, they experimented with the new blue color and the players found it much easier to pick up the yellow tennis ball against the blue background as opposed to the traditional green background. This is why the 2 blue courts were built, so that Venus and Serena could most accurately mimic the conditions under which they play when they are competing. As for positioning of the court in the SE quadrant, it would give more shade and therefore be cooler early in the mornings when they practice than if it were situated anywhere else.