How many ATP tournaments and/or Slams have you attended?

How many ATP tournaments and/or Slams have you attended in person?

  • More than 20

  • More than 10

  • More than 5

  • One to four

  • Pro tennis is just a TV show for me


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socallefty

G.O.A.T.
I feel like if fans have attended ATP tournaments or Slams in person over many years/decades, they have a different appreciation of the game’s evolution than those who watch only on TV. Thought I would do a poll to see which of the frequent GPPD posters actually have seen pro players in person many times. Count only main draw ATP tournaments and not lower level Challengers, Satellites/Futures etc.

In my case, I watched my first pro mens tournament in person in the late Eighties and for the last thirty years generally average attending about two tournaments a year. So count is probably around 65-70.
 
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Mark-Touch

Legend
I feel like if fans have attended ATP tournaments or Slams in person over many years/decades, they have a different appreciation of the game’s evolution than those who watch only on TV. Thought I would do a poll to see which of the frequent GPPD posters actually have seen pro players in person many times. Count only main draw ATP tournaments and not lower level Challengers/Satellites/Futures etc.

In my case, I watched my first pro mens tournament in person in the late Eighties and for the last thirty years generally average attending about two tournaments a year.
I watched all my tournies live (in person) in the late 80's early 90's.
Got to see Lendl, Becker, Edberg, Graf, Evert et al. :)
 

Poisoned Slice

Bionic Poster
I have been to one tennis event. London WTF 2017.

Thiem vs Carreno Busta was the main event. They will always have a special place in my heart.

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NatF

Bionic Poster
Wimbledon a few times, the YEC twice and Queens once. Will be going Wimbledon again this year. Seen Djokovic twice, and Federer once (against Djokovic). Seen a few others like Tsonga, Raonic, Kyrgios, Muller, Lopez etc...not been since the pandemic though.
 

Olli Jokinen

Hall of Fame
Copenhagen Open (when it was played) and Båstad (Nordea Swedish Open) twice, Italian Open once – and going to Hamburg this year.
 

aldeayeah

G.O.A.T.
I went to Madrid Masters a couple times when I lived in Madrid. Saw Fed, Djokovic among top players. Also saw a Fedal exho.

I got super angry in 2011 when they flipped the order of the semis and robbed me of seeing a live Fedal match (I saw Djokovic - Bellucci instead)
 

Gizo

Hall of Fame
All 4 slams - I completed my career grand slam in 2006 when I attended the Australian Open. I go to Wimbledon most years, and get an outside court ground pass during the earlier rounds. I’m typically far more interested in the matches on the outside courts than the ones on the show courts at that stage anyway.

The YEC in London.

The Olympics at Wimbledon.

Indian Wells, Rome and Toronto at masters series level.

Barcelona (multiple times - my favourite visit was in 1996), Queen’s and Estoril (again multiple times) at ‘regular’ ATP level.

And at challenger level I go to the Ilkley event every year, plus I’ve been to the tournaments in Manchester, Vancouver and Nottingham. At Ilkley (combined with a women’s ITF event) and Nottingham (combined with a WTA event), I’m far more interested in watching the women’s matches than men’s though.
 
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Rattie

Legend
Only ever been to Wimbledon although it’s probably between 10 and 20 times up to now. Unfortunately getting lucky in the ballot is rare now whereas it used to be almost a given.
 
I feel like if fans have attended ATP tournaments or Slams in person over many years/decades, they have a different appreciation of the game’s evolution than those who watch only on TV. Thought I would do a poll to see which of the frequent GPPD posters actually have seen pro players in person many times. Count only main draw ATP tournaments and not lower level Challengers, Satellites/Futures etc.

In my case, I watched my first pro mens tournament in person in the late Eighties and for the last thirty years generally average attending about two tournaments a year. So count is probably around 65-70.
More than 20 unless you mean different events as categories.

USO more than 30 times
Wimbledon twice
RG once
New Haven 6 times
Washington D.C. twice
Cincy twice
Miami twice
Long Island 8 times
ATP Masters in NYC twice as a kid
 

NeutralFan

G.O.A.T.
I find it funny that regular goers to ATP matches are people who don't take tennis that seriously and spend their life on forum debating their player is the best thing since bread and butter. Ttw and mtf are full of fanatics who barely goes to watch ATP matches .
 

Mark-Touch

Legend
I find it funny that regular goers to ATP matches are people who don't take tennis that seriously and spend their life on forum debating their player is the best thing since bread and butter. Ttw and mtf are full of fanatics who barely goes to watch ATP matches .
It's not appropriate to generalize based on 8 people in a forum of 100's.
And do all 8 of these people really spend their life on this forum?
 

NeutralFan

G.O.A.T.
It's not appropriate to generalize based on 8 people in a forum of 100's.
And do all 8 of these people really spend their life on this forum?

You took it literally, son! But yeah most hardcore fans don't go and watch tennis in Stadia. btw nice DP.
 

Hood_Man

G.O.A.T.
Wimbledon twice, the ATP Tour Finals once. It's quite an expensive trek so I'm not sure when I'll be able to do it again.

Oh my god I've just literally remembered this second as I was writing this, my mum and I actually tried to go to Wimbledon together once an earlier time, but we gave up after joining the queue at around 11am and it became obvious we were never going to get in.

So Wimbledon 2.5 times lol.
 

NeutralFan

G.O.A.T.
Wimbledon twice, the ATP Tour Finals once. It's quite an expensive trek so I'm not sure when I'll be able to do it again.

Oh my god I've just literally remembered this second as I was writing this, my mum and I actually tried to go to Wimbledon together once an earlier time, but we gave up after joining the queue at around 11am and it became obvious we were never going to get in.

So Wimbledon 2.5 times lol.

Can you give us idea about the fans that goes to Wimbledon? Are they hardcore fans like here on ttw or MTF or they go and see because it's a big event happening in their city / county?
 
San Francisco 1979. I got McEnroes autograph. He smelled like fresh soap.
San Francisco 1990. Agassi d. Witskin. Poor guy, I think he passed away?
San Francisco 1992. Courier, Chang and ElderThing Connors.
Key Biscayne 2000. I only remember Kournikova/Danilidou for some reason. Korn stunk.
Roland Garros 2000. The glorious Pierce d Hingis semi and then McEnroe acting like an absolute idiot in the bull ring in a seniors doubles match.
Key Biscayne 2002. Agassi, Sampras, Federer etc. All matches until the semifinals.
Key Biscayne 2003. All rounds to the final.
Key Biscayne 2004. I saw the first Federer/Nadal match!
Key Biscayne 2005. Just an early round Agassi match.

Also several World Team Tennis matches and many WTA tournaments.
 

Hood_Man

G.O.A.T.
Can you give us idea about the fans that goes to Wimbledon? Are they hardcore fans like here on ttw or MTF or they go and see because it's a big event happening in their city / county?
It's a mix really. If you queue overnight you'll definitely be around tennis fanatics.

I did that in 2015 to watch the quarter finals which meant me arriving at the grounds at 7:30am on the Tuesday, and I got through the main gate at around 10:30am on the Wednesday - 27 hours!!

There are certainly a lot of people there for a day out but it can be a lot of effort to get in if you're just there sightseeing.
 
I find it funny that regular goers to ATP matches are people who don't take tennis that seriously and spend their life on forum debating their player is the best thing since bread and butter. Ttw and mtf are full of fanatics who barely goes to watch ATP matches .

I 100% guarantee you that there are Wikipedia Warriors on here that don’t even watch matches on TV — they just watch the scoreboard and then after a certain player wins and adds to certain records, they come here on here and gloat.
 

Open Stance

Professional
I go to Cincinnati almost every year.
1 Roland Garros.
Went to the old Scottsdale tournament back in the ‘90s - got to watch Agassi play there.
 

Mark-Touch

Legend
It's interesting to hear about people's experiences attending/having attended tournies.
But in my case and I'm sure the same holds for many here, it's the combination of watching tournies on TV/online
and playing the game that's more important than attending matches.

It's simply much more convenient for me to watch matches from around the world online than to fly somewhere or drive for hours and stay at a hotel etc.
to see tournies. Such is the reality of life today.

I'm still surprised that so few people here are willing to admit (to date) they only watch matches on TV/online.
 
I've been about somewhere between zero and one times. Watching at home is more convenient as I don't care to meet the players, take pictures and other fan stuff. Wish I went to Adria tour in Belgrade tho.
 

1H-Backhand

New User
Been to 3 out of 4 Slams (only missing the USOpen), of which Wimbledon multiple times, and also went to the ATP finals 4 times....
 

Move

Hall of Fame
Been 3 times to ATP 500 at Rotterdam and when there was a Future Tournament in my hometown Breda (I saw Dimitrov there playing as a young kid) i always went, attendance was free :) and you got to sit near court level which is amazing and impressive
 

LOBALOT

Hall of Fame
Cincinatti a handful of times. I don't recall how many exactly.

They always do a great job with the event, all the players are there, and it is pretty close for me to get to so don't see a need to head elsewhere. Plus, I hear the US Open is a fortune just to sit in the nose bleeds so might as well just watch on TV.

Once I retire I will probably travel to a few M1000s and perhaps Wimbledon and the French. I really don't have any desire to go to the US Open.
 
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