Discussion in 'Tennis Travel' started by kevaninho, Jan 2, 2016.
Only the US Open and Cincinatti.
Been to AO probably 15 or so times, only Final I've seen there was Djokovic winning maiden Slam in '08, also went to 2009 SF b/w Roddick & Federer, every other time it's just been during first week or first weekend.
Went to RG & Wimbledon in 2009, unfortunately didn't have center court tickets for Wimbledon but still fun.
Don't think I've been to any current Masters events but did used to go to the Adelaide International which is now Brisbane event.
Also been to a couple of DC ties in Australia.
Planning to go to Miami, Charleston, and the USO this year.
2004 and 2005 Sydney.
.... <big gap....why?>
Sydney Open (2015)
Only the Sydney International (and the old NSW Open), plus some Junior matches.
Really want to get to the AO though, every year something else comes up.
Who did you get to see in them?
2009- Saw Wawrinka and Murray play under the roof for the first time ever
2011- Saw Federer beat Mannarino with a SLAM DUNK on the last point
2012- Saw Lukas Rosol beat Nadal on the 1st Thursday and then won tickets to the final through the Ballot. Poor Andy. We were sitting behind some really annoying Swiss fans though.
2013- Saw Novak play on Centre
2014- Watched Nicky K beat Gasquet from 2 sets to love down, Sat right next to the Aussie fanatics
2015- Watched Nadal lose to Brown and Federer beat Querrey. Felt like i was the only one cheering for Brown near my section. And got womens semi final tickets in the ballot. They were disappointing to say the least.
World Tour Finals
2010- Murray vs Soderling and Ferrer vs Federer
2011- Berdych vs Ferrer
2014- Federer vs Ferrer
2015- Birdman vs Kei and Novak vs Roger in the RR
Would love to get to some of the other slams
WTA Texas Tennis Open (has been removed from calendar since 14)
Only Cincy 2014 & 2015
Hoping to go to Toronto this year.
My bucket-list goal is to go to all of the North American Masters and all 4 of the Grand Slams.
Gstaad Open, maybe 2004: I was not very much into tennis at the time, but a friend could'nt go and gave me his ticket. On this day, I saw RF win two rounds, since he had to finish a match from the previous day that was rain-delayed and play the next round. I don't remember who he played though
Davis Cup 2006 in Geneva, saw an impressive Federer-Djokovic
Gstaad final 2013: Youzhny-Haase
Monte Carlo final 2014: we were just disembarking from a cruise on the Mediterranean in Savona (Italy), and as we were already in the car driving back north to Switzerland, my husband said: "Hey, why not go and try to see the final between Stan and Roger? Maybe there are seats left." And thus, after a little detour of about 150 km, we ended up watching this beautiful game with our two kids, who can later tell their grand-childrend they saw two Swiss Multiple Slam Winners play each other!
DC quarterfinals 2014 in Geneva: much suffering during the first two days because of Stan's inability to play well in his home country, but a happy outcome
WTF final 2014
Geneva Open final 2015: Bellucci-Sousa
WTF 2015 first two days
Please don't attend Nadal's matches again in the future, thank you.
Yeah it was great, was a very hot day though.
I genuinely think i am his Wimby bad luck charm....ish
a bunch of Challenger events in Helsinki
a bunch of Finland's Davis Cup matches
Federer vs Nieminen exhibition
Very nice thread
I have been attending Wimbledon since 1995, not every year but most years, more than two thirds. Between 2005 and 2012 I worked very near to Wimbledon so would take afternoons off and walk through Wimbledon park to get there, great days for me!
Atended Queens in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2013.
Attended every Eastbourne final since 2008 however not sure I will go this year because the ticket prices for the final took a huge hike in 2014 which I do not agree with, I will go to the one of the earlier days in the tournament.
Atended Paris Bercy Masters in 2001 and 2003.
Attended the French Open every year between 2004 and 2009.
Attended Paris indoors for the women in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Another tournament with a great atmosphere and fantastic finals for reasonable money, sadly no longer on the tour.
Attended the WTF in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014. I live very near to the event in Greenwich. In 2011 I met and had a chat with Carlos Bernades, nice guy.
My favourite tournament I attended was the 2007 WTA championships in Madrid, the event was run well, the crowds were very enthusiastic; the ticket prices for the matches including the final were incredibly reasonable. It was a time when womens tennis was at a high level, Henin and Sharapova played a brilliant final which lasted over 3 hours.
As for other events?
Masters at Royal Albert Hall in 2003, 2004 and 2008. In 2004 I watched Becker and Krajicek play a very enjoyable match. The interesting thing was for the whole match Krajicek never served and volleyed, I guess he would have been a baseliner if he played today like everyone else, he always moved very well for someone his height.
In March 2014 I was at Earls Court exhibition centre to watch Agassi and Sampras, never saw them play each other on the tour so was good fun. Lendl also played Cash that night.
Since 1995 I have seen just about every top player both male and female; many on multiple occasions, there are only a very small handful I have not seen play live. I have not seen Ferrer (not rushing to watch him to be honest). I also will like to see Dimitrov play live so I can assess why he is not doing better, see his weight of shot, shot selection, movement etc.
i'm not sure to remember all of them, but that should be the list of those who made it to the top 10 :
Only Toronto and Newport, sadly
I still don't understand this..what is the queue for? Cheaper tickets for the public or something?
Australian Open: 2010, 2012
Roland Garros: 2004, 2012
Wimbledon: 1999, 2013
US Open: 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015
World Tour Finals (Houston): 2003, 2004
Davis Cup: 2008 Great Britain vs Austria at Wimbledon, 2011 USA vs Spain in Austin, Texas
Indian Wells: 2006, 2014
US Mens Clay Court Championships: 2005
I was a ballboy back in 1981 for the pro tournament that used to be in Richmond, VA. That's the only pro event I've ever been to.
Aussie, RG, USO, Wimbledon - 1 time each
Tennis Masters Cup - Sydney - I think it was 2001
" - Shanghai - 2005-8
IW - at least 15 times
old summer Los Angeles tournament - more like 20 times
1000s - IW, MIA, MC, Rome, Madrid (clay), Toronto, Montreal, Shanghai (2009-2015, going again this year),
500s - Barca, Dubai (4 times, going again next month - who wants to hit?)
250s - Istanbul
A lot are just 2-3 days. The trips to Shanghai, Dubai, Istanbul, Rome, Barca were the whole week.
With the craziness in Europe, might hit some of the South Amer tourneys - Buenos Aires, Rio. Might go for a few days of Cabo this year.
Anyone been to Quito, Ecuador?
Dallas Challanger at T-Bar-M or the ATP 125 at the Four Seasons?
I remember the WTA Texas Open at the Airport Hilton
Cincinnati many times
Davis Cup Final Cincinnati
Las Vegas Challenger ATP and WTA
Los Angeles Team tennis
BNP Indian Wells for 2016!!
T-Bar-M. Its a nice little tournament and has gotten some high profile names in the past.
Ryan Harrison, James Blake, etc....
Living the tennis fan dream ! LOL Im hoping to add a few more short trips to events also like yourself. Doing MC for definite this year. Its great theres so many cities that host tournaments. Great way to see the world.
W 1992 (Ferreira on ct 2; snuck onto centre to see Edberg in his pomp then McEnroe & Stich take on Jarryd & Fitzgerald),1993 then bit of a gap until 2009, 2014 and twice in 2015.
WTF at the O2 4 times
Sydney Masters Tennis 2001 like West Coast Ace above.
Favourite: any dry day in the first week at Wimbledon - the back courts packed til 9 at night
Least favourite: the venue is good but I've never seen a competitive WTF match at the O2
Bucket list: to spend a long warm spring following the ATP caravan around the European clay court circuit.
Yeah, I lucked into IT (after getting an Engineering degree) - so I can take 3 or 4 trips a year. And the ATP does go to great cities. I wish HK and Singapore still had ATP events (did in the 90's) - I still go to both to visit friends I've met along the way.
MC is tricky - the weather can be great in mid-April; or cool, damp and windy. Hopefully you get nice days.
Putting you on the spot, whats your favourite venues? Not for the matches, but say, for the facilities, stadium, courts etc.
Tough choice. Top of my head would have been Wimbledon or AO - but Wimbledon's facility is crowded and tough at times to walk around; AO suffers from the sometimes oppressive weather.
I might have to go with IW - love the practice court area and ability to get so close to the pros - and they just seem more relaxed at IW than other venues.
USO, LA open, Indian Wells..
1) I cannot see the first serve
2) Cannot tell the difference between two top 20s playing (semis/finals) and two guys in the 200-500 range (Qualies). Now, I prefer watching the Qualies for free, and rarely pay for the big names
Been to all the majors except the Aussie.
I mean are you *****' kidding me??!!!!!!!!!!
Aussie Open 2013
One week- Fed twice, Serena, Muguruza(Serena demolished her), Vika, Del Portro and many more
Aussie Open 2014
One week - Fed twice, Tsonga, Simon, Serena, Sharapova, Hewitt v Seppi (decent 5 setter), Ferrer, Nadal v Nishikori and many more
There were initially plans to go to the Aussie Open this year but things didn't work out unfortunately.
WTA Finals in 2014 and 2015.
A couple more tennis exhibitions along the way but those can't be taken seriously.
Do you live in Sing?
How is that venue? Is it good for viewing? If it's good, I wish the ATP would move their finals there. I'd rather be in Sing in Nov than London.
Yeah i live there.
Its a decent venue, even with the worst seats you get a good view of the court. Just that the venue doesn't accommodate much compared to other tennis venues.
The prices for the WTA Finals are really affordable especially the early rounds, so much better than the ridiculous IPTL.
Wow, some hardcore fans in here...
I've only been to the NY area events:
* US Open (dozen+)
* Bronx Challenger before US Open (no longer exists) (handful)
* Pilot Pen (once)
US Open 2005
SAP Open I think three years
Bank Of The West 2014 and 2015
Almost attended Linz and Erste Bank while I was in Austria in October but I didn't. Then why mention them? Because almost attending them makes me almost feel special
Indian Wells challengers
Newport Beach challengers
Long Beach futures
Costa Mesa futures
Fountain Valley futures
Wow gang. You guys have been to a ton of tournaments. I am so jealous. That is awesome!
I live north-central part of the U.S. Ergo, it costs me a ton to go to an event. But I did go to the 2012 USO. That was incredible. I saw Andy Roddick's last career win. He took out Fognini. I also saw Djokovic, which was awesome. Djoker ran so hard and stopped so abruptly, that he was the only guy that I could have identified with my eyes closed. His screeching halts were really loud. He was a blast to watch. And of course, I saw Federer play when he was still #1. I figured that it was the last time that he'd ever be #1. But I believe Nadal was injured for that event. I never did see him. Tipsarevic was still ranked in the top 10. Murray was strong too.
I'll be at the USO this Fall, along with the Laver Cup in Chicago(close to where I live). This should all be awesome too.
I used to really like the Indy one at the start of the hard court swing. I love Cincy and last year enjoyed WS too.
2011-2014, 2016? Atlanta ATP
2017 Birmingham Davis Cup
2014, 2016, 2018 Charleston WTA
2015 Cincinnati (my avatar image is from Fed vs. Lopez QF)
2017 Indian Wells
2018 Roland Garros
We're also going to tour the grounds at Wimbledon while across the pond...can't wait... That said, here's a vote for the Masters 1000's -- close up access to all of the top players especially at practices and at a reasonable cost (we literally saw every major player except Nadal at the 2015 Cincinnati W&S Open). I'm sure we'll make it to Flushing Meadows at some point but Ashe holds only marginal appeal to me.
Live in AZ so not much is close. Only been to Indian Wells twice and Monte Carlo (negotiated that one into the honeymoon)
2004 US Open-Bought tickets to the finals hoping to see Roddick play. Unfortunately, he lost in the qtrs. Wasn't excited at the time to watch Federer-Hewitt final, tried to almost give away the tickets. Federer won his first USO in a lopsided match. I wasn't a fan at the time.
2013 Western and Southern Open
2015 Kirkland Classic-50K ITF women's event held at my tennis club. Mandy Minella won, Pegula, Townsend, Vickery, Gibbs, Oudin completed.
2016 Rotterdamn Open-bought tickets hoping to see Federer defend his title during my trip to Europe, then the AO'16 injury occurred, was impressed with Klizan.
2017/2018 IW-bought series tickets box seats, great events, saw lots of Federer matches.
2018 Wimbledon-bought debenture seats to women's semis. Not cheap.
The NCAA college nationals in May are worth watching also. This year they are hosted by Wake Forest and played at the same site as the WS Open.
This year I ventured into Qatar (unexpected 18 layover in Doha) - and caught an epic Coric / Carreno Busta match. Was an easy and cheap tournament and way better than sitting in the airport.
Also did Monte Carlo through a high end travel tennis-specialty travel group - they sucked (scheduled all our meals right over the matches), but the tennis was awesome and the grounds are nice. The view can't be beat and then there's Rafa...
US Open maybe 60 times? I live in NYC and not sure if we're counting # of years or # sessions (including the Quallies, which are the BEST). But if anyone ever has any questions, I'm always here to answer
Indian Wells - 1
Miami - 1
A few small tourneys back in the day on Long Island @ The Hamlet (Connors, McEnroe)
Way too many more I want to go to than been!!!!! The smaller ones are so much better for value with cheap great seats, but there's nothing like a Grand Slam.
AO 2015 and 2016
Wow! This is impressive! I hope to experience Wimby and Roland Garros in the near future.
Did you see Federer?
RCA Indianapolis (now the Atlanta ATP tourney) -- used to usher center court after work every night
also attended a Powershares event one evening -- that was a lot of fun watching mcenroe playing up close in a relaxed environment
my wife and I keep saying we want to quit our jobs and just be tennis gypsies and just pop in and out of different tour stops all year long...prefer 3rd-4th rounds when there are still a ton of players on the outer courts practicing, dubs, etc...
First time at an event last year. Was at WTF for one day.
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