The sport of tennis has been around for ages and its popularity seems to grow every year. Each season, the most famous tennis tournaments in the world draw in thousands of spectators who experience the incredible atmosphere surrounding these global events. If you’re wondering what are the best tennis tournaments to attend, we’ve compiled a list of our five favorites below.
What are the 5 major tennis tournaments?
Which Tennis Tournament is the most prestigious?
Most people would agree that Wimbledon is the most prestigious tennis tournament. Of the four grand slam tournaments in professional tennis (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open), Wimbledon always seems to attract the most attention. It seems to be a favorite of the players too; American Sam Querrey notably referred to it as the best tournament, comparing it to golf’s iconic Masters.
Best Professional Tennis Tournaments to Attend
Wimbledon – All England Club, London (Grand Slam Event)
It only makes sense to start the list with the most famous (and prestigious) tennis tournament in the world. Wimbledon dates back to the year 1877 when the first tournament was played on the grass lawns of the All England Club just outside of London, England.
Wimbledon is still played on grass courts, one of many long-standing traditions of this historic tournament. Appearances by the Royal Family (and other celebrities), fresh strawberries and cream, and the famous all-white dress code are other traditions that have become associated with the tournament.
One of the four major professional tennis tournaments (also known as grand slams), Wimbledon takes place over two weeks in late June/early July. It attracts a long list of the best tennis players in the world and has hosted some of the sport’s most iconic matches on the All England Club’s famous Centre Court.
US Open – National Tennis Center, New York (Grand Slam Event)
The last Grand Slam of the season is also the most famous professional US tennis tournament. The US Open was first played in 1881 as the US National Championship. What makes it one of the best tennis tournaments to attend? Well for starters, it offers a different and unique atmosphere than the other majors. It’s lively, fun, and exuberant, just like its host city, New York.
The tournament takes place at the US National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, though many fans will stay in Manhattan and take advantage of the city’s incredible dining, shopping, and entertainment when they’re not checking out the tennis. Just like Wimbledon, you’ll find no shortage of celebrity presence at the US Open.
The US Open plays out each year in late August/early September and we think it’s the perfect way to wrap up the summer. We’re not the only ones that think so. In 2018, the tournament set an attendance record with over 800,000 tennis fans taking part in the event.
Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne (Grand Slam Event)
The first of the four major professional tennis tournaments on the calendar, the Australian Open is a bucket list event for fans around the world. It’s the largest annual sporting event in the Southern hemisphere and has taken place at Melbourne Park since 1988, though the tournament dates back to 1905.
The Australian Open is played on a hard-court surface and has been dominated by Novak Djokovic in recent years. He’s won the tournament seven times since 2008, giving him the record of most singles titles at the event.
As the first grand slam of the year, excitement is always high for this famous Melbourne tennis event and as one of the highest attended, it definitely makes the list of best tennis tournaments.
French Open – Roland Garros, Paris (Grand Slam Event)
The French Open is different from the other major tennis tournaments in that it is the only one played on clay courts. Clay is known to be a difficult surface to play on, due to the slower moving ball. Some players seem to excel on the clay, most notably Rafael Nadal who won has an incredible 12 French Open Championships.
One of the best parts about the French Open is the amazing city of Paris. There’s a reason it’s regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With its charming cafés, amazing food, great hotels, and stunning architecture, it makes an ideal backdrop for one of the best tennis tournaments in the world.
The 2020 French Open tennis tournament dates are May 24 – June 7th and in our opinion, there’s no better time to visit Paris than in the spring. With a history dating back 128 years, this tournament has been home to hundreds of memorable moments.
The Summer Games – Ariake Tennis Park, Tokyo
The Summer Games is unique in that it’s more than just a professional tennis tournament. The best thing about the Summer Games tennis tournament is that fans can take in so many other incredible sporting events in one city surrounded by an incomparable atmosphere.
Tennis made its first Summer Games appearance at the inaugural event in 1896 but was later dropped in 1924. It returned in 1988 and has remained in the lineup ever since.
The 2020 Summer Games are in Tokyo, Japan from July 24 to August 9, with the tennis tournament taking place during the first half. With just nine days to complete this famous tennis tournament and players playing for national pride, the action will be intense.
When tennis fans aren’t checking out the tennis action, they can watch the best athletes in the world compete in 33 other sports, or explore the incredible country of Japan, recently named Destination of the Year by Travel + Leisure . Have questions about the 2020 Summer Games? Check out our Summer Games FAQ.
Where is the next major tennis tournament?
|US Open, New York||August 26 – September 8, 2019|
|Australian Open, Melbourne||January 20 – February 2, 2020|
|French Open, Paris||May 24 – June 7, 2020|
|Wimbledon, London||June 29 – July 10, 2020|
|Summer Games, Tokyo||July 25 – August 2, 2020|
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