more tennis stadiums should look like this



The Spanish tennis federation has converted the Las Ventas bullring in Madrid into a clay court that’ll host this weekend’s semifinal Davis Cup tie against the U.S. (See how the teams stack up.)

The bullring, designed by architect Jose Espeliu, took nine years to realize. Note the Mozarabic style, defined by the horseshoe-shaped arches among other things. The structure has five gates from which bulls can enter, the most revered of which is the Puerto Grande (“Big Door”), an exit door used by matadors who have won their fight.

That relief behind Rafa is pretty awesome.

(Indoor and Nadal photos via Getty Images; facade photo via dk)