Best Cities for Tennis Fans

There are literally dozens of cities hosting tennis tournaments around the world. Arguably, those that host the Grand Slams are the most well known but there are many other cities that host tournaments also worth going. What’s more, tennis is practically a year-round sport so every month somewhere, there’s an event worth checking out. If you’re as much of a fan as I am, you’ll definitely appreciate this list of best cities for tennis fans.

Best Cities for Tennis Fans

The Cream of the Crop

For any tennis fan, the sites of the four Grand Slams will always be on the travel bucket list not only for the tennis but also because they are great cities to visit on their own.

Federer Fans at the Australian Open
Federer Fans at the Australian Open

Melbourne, Australia

Nonetheless, those who want to escape the northern hemisphere’s winter may want to consider heading down to Melbourne to watch the Australian Open in January especially since many fans agree that the slam down under is the most fun to go to for fans. To say that the atmosphere surrounding the matches (especially the night ones) is electric is an understatement.

Novak at Roland Garros 2016
Novak at Roland Garros 2016

Paris, France

If spring in Europe is more your style, head over to Paris, France in May to watch the French Open, the only grand slam played on clay. Watch players slide and glide on the terre bateau during the day and then dine on exquisite French cuisine at night. When you’re not in the stands cheering on your favorite player, check out the beautiful neighborhoods of Montmarte and the Marais.

Royalty at Wimbledon
Royalty at Wimbledon

London, England

Across the Channel in London, tennis’ grandest and most prestigious tournament takes place a month later in June. The Championships at Wimbledon not only marks the beginning of the summer season in the United Kingdom but also the culmination of the short grass court season. The pomp and traditions surrounding the sport’s oldest grand slam makes London a must-stop for any fan.

Ashe Stadium in New York
Ashe Stadium in New York

New York, USA

The fact that the U.S. Open, held annually at the end of summer, often has the highest attendance of any grand slam tennis tournament makes a case for itself as to why New York is one of the best cities for tennis fans. Whether you choose day or night sessions, you’re guaranteed a good time thanks to the electric atmosphere that only New Yorkers are capable of producing. Plus, it’s the city that never sleeps! Fancy an authentic Chinese food delivery at 2 a.m.? No problem!

The Runner-Ups

Can’t make it to one of the Grand Slams? Why not check out some of the lesser-known tournaments instead? The main stadiums are often smaller and less crowded, which means that you’ll be much closer to the action. The tickets are also more affordable in many cases.

Those planning a trip to California in the spring might want to consider stopping by and staying in Indian Wells where one of the Masters 1000 series tournaments is held. Many top ten players on both men and women’s side come to compete here annually in March. Plus it’s close enough to Palm Springs and just a short rental car drive away to Joshua Tree National Park.

View from the Monte Carlo Masters
View from the Monte Carlo Masters

Fancy something near the sea instead? Try the Miami Open held in Key Biscayne or book tickets at the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco. Miami presents visitors with a variety of activities, from deep sea fishing to contemporary art walking tours while Monte Carlo, situated right on the French Riviera, has the scenic Mediterranean right on its backyard.

The Rogers Cup in Toronto, Canada is another one of the best cities for tennis fans. The tournament attracts many high-ranking players looking to improve their ranking prior to coming to the US Open in New York. In addition, the city of Toronto itself also has many non-tennis related attractions including the Royal Ontario Museum and the beautiful Toronto Islands.

Best Cities for Tennis Fans
Sunset Overlooking the Stadium at Dubai

Best Cities for Tennis Fans in the East

Tennis fans traveling to the eastern side of the world might want to look into the China Open held in Beijing or the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. The former is a relatively new tournament on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) tour but is steadily gaining popularity amongst the top ten players. Plus there’s the cultural draw of Beijing starting with the Forbidden City. Dubai, on the other hand, is one of the most exciting cities in the world. The stunning building architecture of the Burj Khalifa combined with the multiple innovative structures built from scratch makes Dubai a modern dessert oasis.

 

About Iris A

Website: http://www.travelingwithiris.com

Born in the Philippines, but grew up in Texas, Iris has been traveling and writing about her experiences for well over a decade. Her work has been published on well-known travel sites like Hipmunk (#hipmunkcitylove) and D Magazine Online Travel Club. She has been all over Europe, the US, and has recently started exploring Latin America. She loves trying local cuisine and visiting UNESCO deemed World Heritage sites. Her favourite city is New York, with London, following a close 2nd. You can follow her on Twitter @sundeeiris or through her travel blog, Traveling With Iris.

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