Your ticket to the best in tennis
The professional tennis season stretches pretty much year-round. Kinda hard on the touring professionals (OK, they get December off, right?) but great for tennis fans, who have a lot of different events to choose from. ESPN and The Tennis Channel carry the bulk of television’s tennis programming, and that’s where we go to get our fix. But have you ever thought about attending one of the big tournaments?
You’ve seen the fans rocking and rolling at venues like Indian Wells and Flushing Meadows, sure. But in order to get a real feel for the electricity of the event, you have to be there. Let’s take a look at some of the bigger events on the 2017 tennis calendar, and include some deets on how you can get some seats.
You can get tickets online through the various tournament ticket links shown below, or through tennis travel package websites like Grand Slam Tennis Tours and ticket brokers like Ticket Liquidator.
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
Location: Dubai, UAE. Dates: February 27 through March 4. The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships always attracts a strong field, and the ATP site says “the tournament has frequently been named the ATP World Tour 500 Tournament of the Year in the ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon.” Ticket information is here.
BNP Paribas Open
Location: Indian Wells, CA. Dates: March 9 through March 19. This event is big time. Stadium 1 is the second largest in the world, with more than 16,000 seats and 44 luxury boxes. This men’s and women’s event is often referred to as “The Fifth Slam” for a reason – the combo of the Palm Springs vibe and state of the art facilities is a tough one to top. Ticket information is here.
Miami Open presented by Itaú
Location: Miami, FL. Dates: March 22 through April 2. Moving from the desert to the tip of Florida, the Miami Open is a cultural standout. The ATP says “players have selected it as the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament of the year frequently throughout the years.” Also a men’s and women’s event. Ticket information is here.
Monte Carlo Rolex Masters
Location: Monte Carlo, Monaco. Dates: April 16-April 23. It simply doesn’t get any more glamorous than this one. Remember “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous?” This is the place. Always a star-studded field. Nastase and Borg’s personal playpen back in the day. Now Rafa Nadal owns Monte Carlo, at least he did when he won eight straight titles here from 2005 through 2012, and then again last year. Ticket information is here.
Location: London, England. Dates: July 2 through July 16. Wimbledon is starting much later than normal this year. Rain’s also a problem at The Big W, but it’s so veddy British with the strawberries and cream, cheering for “our Andy,” Henman Hill, the Royal Box, you know the drill. Ticket information is here.
The Rogers Cup presented by Nations Bank
Location: Montreal, Canada. Dates: August 7 through August 13. The Rogers Cup is another event where the heavy hitters come to play. The women play in Toronto while the men play in Montreal. Ticket information for women is here; men’s info is here.
Western & Southern Open
Location: Mason, OH. Dates: August 13 through August 20. Located just north of Cincinnati, the W&S in its various incarnations has a long and storied history. This tourney is a prime warm up for Flushing Meadow. Beautiful facilities and managed by a top-flight staff. Ticket information for this men’s and women’s event is here.
Location: New York City. Dates: August 28 through September 10. Where tennis in this country is concerned, it just doesn’t get any bigger than this. Bright lights, big city, raucous crowds, matches ending in the middle of the night, it’s tennis in the Big Apple, baby. Ticket information is here.
*Feature photo from US Open Facebook.