After Novak Djokovic’s thrilling victory over Roger Federer in the 2015 Wimbledon Men’s Final (one that will surely go down in sports history as one of its finest), you might find yourself wanting to learn more about the biggest tennis tournaments in the world. In this post, we’ll brief you on what to expect in each of the best events of the year in this sport.
1) Australian Open
First held over a century ago in 1905, the Australian Open is the first of a series of major tennis tournaments held every year around the world. Elite players seeking the elusive career accomplishment known as the Grand Slam (which is completed by winning this tournament and the three others listed in this article) begin their quest here.
Contested over two weeks of play on a hard court, attendance here is second only to the US Open, and it was the first of the majors to feature retractable roofs over the main courts, allowing play to continue through rain and extremely hot weather.
If you are looking to get a jump on getting your seats for next year’s event (and you should, as they go fast), online ticket brokers like Queen of Tickets will help you cement your place at Melbourne Park … all you’ll have to do from there is secure your hotel and flight, and you’re good to go!
2) French Open
Hosted at Stad Roland Garros starting in 1891, the French Open is the foremost clay court tennis tournament in the world, and the second of the four events that constitute the Grand Slam of tennis.
Tennis purists tend to love this tournament, as its playing surface makes getting one’s footing a tricky endeavor during long, punishing rallies, and the friction of the clay slows the ball, making for many exciting exchanges between some of the best players on Earth.
Held over 2 weeks in Late May and Early June, timing your visit to Paris during this period is the perfect way to see one of the world’s greatest cities, as you’ll be able to take in a world class sporting event at the same time.
With play beginning in 1877, Wimbledon is the oldest and best known tennis tournament in the world today, with many players considering winning a championship here to be one of the biggest achievements in the sport right after completing the Grand Slam.
Contested on a grass court just as it was 138 years ago, this event oozes tradition, but it it even extends to those that watch the action, as the spectators snack on strawberries and cream much as their ancestors did in previous generations.
4) US Open
The final major event of the calendar year for tennis fans and athletes, the US Open of Tennis is held between late August and early September at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, a neighborhood in Queens in New York City.
First held in 1881, only Wimbledon is older among major tennis tournaments, and it is held on hard court, ensuring a fast and thrilling finish to the year for those that love the most popular racquet sport in the world.