Does anyone attend Challenger Tour events?

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  1. CourtlyLove

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    I'm a new tennis fan and I'd like to start going to see some live tennis at tournaments. I'm in the Chicago area. I'm already looking to do Cincinnati some day (probably 2012), and would love to go to the US Open sometime in the near future.

    For the time being, however, I've been checking out the schedule for the Challenger tour. There is one tournament played in the northern suburbs in Winnetka starting this month, and another played downstate very close to where I go to school during termtime.

    Are these enjoyable events to attend? Would you recommend them? Should I go to earlier rounds, or maybe just the final rounds?

    Thanks.
     
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  2. LeeD

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    Good level of tennis, few spectator amenities, but you can watch from behing the baseline, 1/4 side view, so you're up close and personal.
     
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  3. Devilito

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    totally. You get to see pro level tennis skills indicative of what is played at the highest level sans guys like Federer / Nadal / Djok, and you get the advantage of smaller crowds and having great opportunities for good seats and meeting the players. Plus the price is usually very cheap.
     
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  4. goober

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    I have 2 futures events and one champions tour in my area. I usually go to at least one of these a year. Unfortunately nobody else in my family is into tennis so I usually go with a tennis buddy or by myself. They are worth going to- high level of tennis, you can get close up and they are pretty cheap ticket prices. Amenities are usually not that great.
     
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  5. jdubbs

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    Bring your own booze and food and avoid expensive stadium vendors, talk to some of the players...if you're a tennis junkie, it's pretty fun.
     
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  6. Fee

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    Definitely worth going to challenger and futures events, I prefer the early rounds when there is a lot going on, but the price is so cheap you could just go every day.
     
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  7. NLBwell

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    When they had a challenger here in town I went to it. Also, the open-level tournaments with prize money are worth going to.
     
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  8. a10best

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    Id' got if I knew about them coming to town. I love the old serve and volleyers
     
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    CHECK this out dude.... James Blake is going to play in the Challenger next week in Chicago IL. talk about reviving your career.
     
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