Our passions are travel, wine, and tennis. Most of our posts, obviously, are about our travel experiences. Anyone who has read many of our posts will know that our travel often includes visiting local wineries. Now let’s talk a little about tennis.
We have often planned trips around a tennis tournament. Planning a vacation based on a sporting event is a great excuse to visit a new location.
Over the years, we have visited:
3 of 4 Grand Slam tournaments (Wimbledon, French Open, US Open)
6 of 9 ATP 1000 level tournaments (Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid, Rome, Cincinnati, Rogers Cup)
4 of 5 WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments (Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid)
3 of 5 WTA Premier 5 tournaments (Rome, Cincinnati, Rogers Cup)
We have also attended Fed Cup and Davis Cup ties, and the Barcelona Open (ATP 250).
Our next trip will include the Brisbane International and the Australian Open, so we can’t wait.
Experiences at tournaments varies – some are noticeably better than others. Articles we write in this section will focus on the fan experience at different tournaments – what we liked, didn’t like, would do again, or would do differently.
Tennis is a sport that plays well on TV, but nothing beats the experience of watching a great match live.
Date attended: Friday March 20, 2015
Seats: Row D, Seats 1, 2
BNP Paribas Open - The Tennis Fan Experience
We’ll come right out and say it…the BNP Paribas Open may be our favorite tennis tournament. The location is great, the grounds are amazing and...
Tournament Level: ATP 1000 / WTA Premier 5
Date Attended: May 18, 2013
Seats: Front row, upper bowl
Italian Open - The Tennis Fan Experience
Is there any better way to plan a vacation than to plan it around a tennis tournament? We had wanted...
Tournament Level: ATP1000/WTA Premier Mandatory
Date Attended: March 24, 2012 (Day and Night Sessions)
Seats: Section 314, Row B, Seats 19-20 (Day Session) and Section 318, Row F, Seats 07-08 (Night Session)
Miami Open - The Tennis Fan Experience...
Tournament Level: ATP 1000/WTA Premier Mandatory
Dates Attended: Tuesday May 3, and Thursday May 5, 2016
Seats: Section A21, Row 1, Seats 2 and 4 (May 3) and Section A10, Row 1, Seats 1 and 3 (May 5)
Mutua Madrid Open - The Tennis Fan Experience...
Tournament Level: ATP 1000/WTA Premier 5
Dates Attended: 10+ times each over the past 12 years
Seats: Everywhere in the stadium except the bleachers
Rogers Cup - The Tennis Fan Experience
Full disclaimer: This is our hometown tournament (at least...
Tournament Level: Grand Slam
Dates Attended: June 1 – 2, 2012
Seats: June 1: Court Suzanne Lenglen (Stand 4, Row 14, Seats 122, 124); June 2: Court Philippe Chatrier
Roland Garros French Open– The Tennis Fan Experience
Every Grand Slam is an ama...
Tournament Level: Grand Slam
Date Attended: September 4, 2015
Seats: Middle section, opposite the chair umpire (Section 110 or 111?)
US Open - The Fan Experience
Despite living “only” a 90 minute flight from New York, we had never been to the US ...
Tournament Level: ATP1000 / WTA Premier 5
Date Attended: Friday, August 17, 2012 (Session 12)
Seats: Box, Section 111
Western & Southern Open - The Tennis Fan Experience
On a bit of a whim, we decided in late July 2012 to attend the Western...