National Tennis Center, Beijing
The National Tennis Center (simplified Chinese: 国家网球中心; traditional Chinese: 國家網球中心; pinyin: Guójiā Wǎngqiú Zhōngxīn), is a tennis center located in the Olympic Green. It opened on 1 October 2007. It hosted the tennis preliminaries and finals of singles and doubles for men and women at the Beijing 2008 Olympics as well as the Paralympic wheelchair tennis competitions. In 2009, it became the home of China Open.
|Former names||Olympic Green Tennis Center|
Beijing Olympic Green Tennis Court
|Public transit||Lincuiqiao Station|
|Owner||Beijing Shiao Forest Park Development & Management Limited|
|Operator||Beijing Shiao Forest Park Development & Management Limited|
|Capacity||32,400 seats (12 match & 6 practice courts)|
|Opened||1 October 2007|
|China Open (2009–present)|
The tennis center covers an area of 41.22 acres (166,800 m2) with a floor space of 285,394 sq ft (26,514.0 m2). The center currently has 12 competition hard courts and 35 training courts, including 20 hard courts, 10 indoor hard courts, 2 artificial grass courts, 2 indoor clay courts, and a mini hard court.
The main court, named Diamond Court (nicknamed National Tennis Stadium), has a capacity of 15,000. The Lotus Court (10,000 capacity), Moon Court, and Brad Drewett Court all have 12 stands, which represent pedals of lotus flowers, one of the emblems of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Lotus court has a capacity of 10,000. Moon Court has a capacity of 4,000 and Brad Drewett Court has a capacity of 2,000. The courts have been specially designed for natural air ventilation to reduce the amount of air pollution entering the courts, ensuring optimal health for both athletes and spectators. It also allows the courts to be cooled and with an installation of cooling machines, the courts' temperatures can easily be reduced to five degrees Celsius. Curtains attached to the roofs of the courts also allows them to be cooled in the heat of the sun.
The project embodies the concepts of Green Olympics, Hi-Tech Olympics, and People's Olympics. It integrates design experience of world sport architecture and will be a tennis competition venue of the state of the art design in keeping with international standards.
The National Tennis Center was named as The Olympic Green Tennis Center or Beijing Olympic Green Tennis Court (simplified Chinese: 北京奥林匹克公园网球中心; traditional Chinese: 北京奧林匹克公園網球中心; pinyin: Běijīng Àolínpǐkè Gōngyuán Wǎngqiúzhōngxīn), at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. Since it started to host the China Open, the venue was renamed to National Tennis Center in 2009.
Before The OlympicsEdit
All courts except for the National Tennis Stadium were opened on 1 October 2007 and were tested between 6 and 20 October 2007 in the Good Luck Beijing 2007 ITF Pro Circuit, where 36 men and 44 women competed.
During The OlympicsEdit
The Courts hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The following competitions were played:
- men's singles – 64-player draw
- women's singles – 64-player draw
- men's doubles – 32-player draw
- women's doubles – 32-player draw
|| Switzerland (SUI)
| Sweden (SWE)
| United States (USA) |
|| United States (USA)
| Spain (ESP)
Anabel Medina Garrigues
Virginia Ruano Pascual
| China (CHN) |
During The ParalympicsEdit
112 athletes (approximately 64-80 male and 32~48 female) were classified into disability group.
The competitions played included:
- men's singles
- women's singles
- men's doubles
- women's doubles
- quads singles
- quads doubles
|| France (FRA)
| Sweden (SWE)
| Japan (JPN) |
|| Netherlands (NED)
| Netherlands (NED)
| France (FRA) |
|| United States (USA)
| Israel (ISR)
| Great Britain (GBR) |
After The Olympics/ParalympicsEdit
After the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic games of 2008, the center remained standing. It did not host the 2008 China Open Tennis tournament, despite rumours it would. However, it became the new home of the China Open from 2009 onwards. A new center court, National Tennis Stadium, was completed in 2011. Featuring a retractable roof, this new court possesses a capacity of 15,000 spectators, making it the world's fifth largest tennis stadium by capacity. Lincuiqiao Station on Beijing Subway Line 8 opened in the same year, providing the closest public transport access to the tennis center.
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