Live tennis match newbie: best seat location?

a529612

Semi-Pro
I've never watched a live pro tennis match before. I want to get a feel of the spin and pace that the pros put on the ball. Should I sit in the middle of the court near the net (the umpire's view) or the side (facing the player's back)? I'll get the cheaper tickets somewhere in the middle rows (the court isn't very big anyway). Is it worth it to pay extra to get the front row seats or the middle rows are just as good? Thanks!
 

Tenny

Professional
a529612 said:
I've never watched a live pro tennis match before. I want to get a feel of the spin and pace that the pros put on the ball. Should I sit in the middle of the court near the net (the umpire's view) or the side (facing the player's back)? I'll get the cheaper tickets somewhere in the middle rows (the court isn't very big anyway). Is it worth it to pay extra to get the front row seats or the middle rows are just as good? Thanks!
I've been to a real tournament once (Sibel open at San Jose). Frankly, I was a little bit disappointed (usually Live is better then TV or record right?). I had a cheapest ticket but it was not sold out and people at the open kindly let us move to better seats during change over. So, I could move to right behind (to answer your question, "behind the baseline/behind the player" side is much much better) Roddick, Agassi, Fish etc. From there, I could enjoy the match from a viewpoint of the players. Hope this helps!:p
 

pound cat

G.O.A.T.
If it's outdoors, in a corner seat aisle (where side & back court intersect ) making sure the sun is at your back about 15 rows up. Great view, close/far enough to see everything.
 

Mr.Federer

Hall of Fame
If you can get the corner or being behind the player go for it, don't sit in the middle of the court(espically if you're close) you'll get a huge headache...trust me I've a lot of matches at this year's rogers cup(montreal) and behind the player is the best seat...unless you're far...
 

bigserving

Hall of Fame
Copy what Pound Cat wrote. Corner end-zone seats are my favorite for tennis. You can keep the entire play in front of you and see all of the spin, pace, and angle of every shot. From there, you can also keep sight of the movement of both players without breaking your neck.

I would suggest that you sit as low as you can, but high enough so that you can see the far baseline over the net. Have fun. What event are you going to see?
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
Ditto on poundcat's post. I was directly behnid the baseline for Agassi/Federer 1 at the Masters in 2003. That was the best seat I've ever had. I was about an equal distance between the combatants on my end of the court and PMac and the commentators above me in the booth.
 

croatian sensation

Professional
I always thought the best place was the ATP section (I suppose flashy the name misled me) and then this summer I spent one whole match sitting there looking at the umpire seat's "legs" and the refrigerators next to the players' benches (I didn't wanna move 'cause JCF was standing next to my chair :) )..not to mention the headache from head-turning.
I agree...behind baseline is best...but not too far. But I haven't been sitting in corners yet..must try this next time.
 
i think behind the player, but on the corner the court. try to get the lowest seats possible. I sat of the first seats in the corner behind the player and it was great. Warning you might get hit by a serve or 2. I got hit like 3 times by davenports wide serve at the year ending championship at the staples center
 

a529612

Semi-Pro
Barricade_steve said:
i think behind the player, but on the corner the court. try to get the lowest seats possible. I sat of the first seats in the corner behind the player and it was great. Warning you might get hit by a serve or 2. I got hit like 3 times by davenports wide serve at the year ending championship at the staples center
Were you allowed to keep the ball?
 

Matthew

Professional
pound cat said:
If it's outdoors, in a corner seat aisle (where side & back court intersect ) making sure the sun is at your back about 15 rows up. Great view, close/far enough to see everything.
Yup. No doubt the best seats in the house for overall view of the match and being able to pretty much see everything without obstruction.
 

Deuce

Banned
As others have said - corners, not too high, not too low.

Rabbit said:
Ditto on poundcat's post. I was directly behnid the baseline for Agassi/Federer 1 at the Masters in 2003. That was the best seat I've ever had. I was about an equal distance between the combatants on my end of the court and PMac and the commentators above me in the booth.
That was you?
 

Keifers

Legend
In the Rod Laver Arena, I recommend Seat 17, Row F, Section 355. ;) It's to the right of -- and just a tad behind -- the southern-end baseline, on the side opposite the umpire's chair.

I had that seat at last year's AO Women's Semifinals. From that (low) angle, I got a real appreciation of just how low-over-the-net and penetrating Sharapova's groundies are, fh and bh. And it was a great spot to see the service motions of Maria and Serena, and Lindsay and Natalie.

And it was about 15 feet from one of the player's boxes. Oracene Williams looked really good that day.
 
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