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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.