If tennis is your game, you’ll be happy to know that you can pack your whites if you’re heading to Marrakesh. While you won’t find any public courts in Marrakesh, tennis clubs are beginning to spring up around the city, and a few hotels will happily let you play on their courts, sometimes with a day use fee. (Most clubs and facilities have rackets and balls available, too, so you can travel light.) A number of the city’s tennis courts are also terre battue, or clay, a surface that may be less familiar for many American tennis enthusiasts. Clay requires a different strategy and skill set, so a lesson or two may be in order (I myself am the product of many good tennis camps—despite my early lack of talent). Here are a variety of tennis courts to choose from in Marrakesh (and by mid-2015 there will also be Al Maaden Tennis Academy).
Atlas Tennis Marrakech Academy
This new club on the outskirts of Marrakesh has four clay courts, two hard courts, gear for rent and pros for hire—so all you need to bring is your powerful forehand. To quench your thirst after your lesson or match, there is an on-site canteen.
Two clay courts with rackets await you at the Four Seasons, whether you are staying here or not. Just call to book a reservation for a game or lesson, then enjoy lunch or a cool drink afterward at one of the outside restaurants, set among the landscaped gardens.
Royal Tennis Club
With nine courts and one stadium court, this tennis club in the heart of Gueliz is the oldest and largest tennis club in Marrakesh. The royal vibe dictates that you mind your best tennis etiquette, and you also need to bring your own tennis racket, too.
Le Méridien N'Fis
In the Hivernage neighborhood of Marrakesh’s new city, this large hotel has only one court— but it does have rackets, balls and an available coach (called a monitor in French). This hotel court also offers a relaxed atmosphere for a recreational player—just make sure to call ahead to reserve a slot.
Even if you are not staying at this legendary hotel, a day pass (for about $50) will let you play some tennis and then wander the resort’s beautifully landscaped gardens. After your shower and change, you can linger for a drink at the bar. Just reserve in advance.