As the summer months are nearly upon us it’s a great time to not only start playing, but also watching some top quality tennis. If visiting during any of these tournaments, it’s well worth looking into tickets in advance or queuing up on the day. For accommodation right on the doorstep, check out GowithOh who offer holiday apartments in all of these cities.
As an ATP World Tour tournament, the Mutua Madrid Open would be a great place to start the season, watching the world’s greatest players get warmed up for their two upcoming Grand Slams. Held between the 3rd and 12th of May, this is the second most important clay-court tournament, behind only the French Open, played in the unique setting of the Caja Magica. Following last year’s controversial introduction of the first ever blue clay courts, it will this year be returning to the traditional red clay after the complaints from many top players.
Onto the second Grand Slam of the year, the French Open offers the perfect excuse for a city break to Paris. Taking place between the 27th May and 9th June, the Roland Garros tournament has a long-standing history of being the world’s premier clay-court championship. This makes the event a particular favourite (and a success) for many Spanish speaking players who tend to specialise in clay court play, including of course the current holder Rafael Nadal.
Played at the end of June, Wimbledon is the third Grand Slam and one of the most prestigious two-week tennis events of the year. Full of tradition and history, this grass court tournament offers a much more unpredictable surface which many of the players are not so accustomed to – making it even more exciting as a spectator. Renowned for being quintessentially English, even buying grounds ticket is a must just to sit on Henman’s Hill (or Murray’s Mound) to sip on a Pimms, enjoy some strawberries and cream and take in the atmosphere as the Brits cheer on Murray towards his first possible Wimbledon victory.