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a Club of tennis enthusiasts
By Jimmy Roland
Welcome to the Bali Clay Court Tennis Club!
Prior to our clay court being available, tennis players in Bali have always faced hassles – only a few hotels have courts, mostly cement courts – and a couple clay courts, that are really much closer to ‘stone’ courts. And all of them expensive and many times difficult to book. In other words, as I said, a hassle. I got to Bali 20 years ago and along with the other players on the island endured the problems, but we love tennis and so put up with the inconveniences.
About 10 years ago, an American named Steve Miller, who also arrived in Bali over 20 years ago, decided to do something about it and built his own private clay court on a piece of land adjacent to his house. His attitude from the word ‘go’ was to invite all tennis players to come and play for free. All were welcome.
The court came into being because I got so pissed off at Intan Bali for not being able to make reservations when I wanted. Steve Miller
Every ex-pat on Bali feels the same way as I do: Steve’s court was built as well, if not better, than a professional one. The court is laid out beautifully; maintained close to perfectly; and has an atmosphere only tennis players can truly appreciate. There’s not a single player who doesn’t enjoy a good feeling when playing here. Sounds strange, but true.
After a couple years of maintaining the court from early morning to late evening with 3 employees, Steve asked us all to start paying an hourly fee in order to help cover the overhead costs. And I’m happy to report that without exception every single player was happy to do so and still does so. The result is a very tight group of club members that have been playing on the court almost from the day it opened. Not only club members use the court, but tourists who are visiting the island and want to play tennis; and sometimes even professional players come by to play (always a thrill to watch).
The Club welcomes any player who wants to enjoy a great clay court.
See you here.
Steve Miller, founder and creator of the Bali Clay Court Tennis Club, passed away in Bali on Oct 28th. 2014 We, the club members and many of the Bali tennis community will always remember him for his contributions to local tennis.