One of the great things to do for many people when they travel the world is to catch some sports. Indeed, many plan their trip around certain bucket list events.
For tennis fans, the Grand Slam Championships are the ones that are extra special on their calendars. Here is a look at three of those events and what make them a must-visit.
The Australian Open is the opening Grand Slam of the year, taking place annually in January in Melbourne. Given that it features at the height of summer in Australia, conditions are normally sweltering for this tournament.
Over 800,000 visited the Australian Open in 2020 where the singles titles were won by Novak Djokovic and Sofia Kenin. Those who have visited this event often describe a real party and carnival feel to the Australian Open. Given the tournament is nicknamed the ‘Happy Slam’, you would expect it to be anything but dull.
Melbourne is a beautiful city and one which loves its sports. There are a host of national parks and museums for you to enjoy on your trip too, while you are never too far away from the beach to soak up the sun.
This would be a great trip to kickstart your year off in style and one which you would never forget.
Tennis fans who love clay court events will have the French Open at the very top of their list of events to attend. Set in the heart of Paris at Roland-Garros, there is definitely something special about the French Open.
Rafael Nadal is described as the King of Clay as he has been successful 12 times in the French Open. The Spaniard is odds-on at 10/11 in the tennis betting to prevail once again in Paris in 2020.
Philippe Chatrier and Suzanne Lenglen are the main two stadiums inside Roland-Garros, however, it’s also a good idea to join one of the smaller courts at the complex on your visit. You are closer to the action, and can often find a nice spot in the sun.
Paris is a city which needs no selling. The City of Love is known for its food and culture. Travel around the city is very easy on the metro. The Eiffel Tower is arguably its most famous landmark, so a climb up its 1,710 steps is a must while you are there.
Wimbledon is regarded as one of the most special sports tournaments anywhere in the world. The history and tradition surrounding this tennis event alone ensure it makes this list.
Many tennis players and fans see Wimbledon as the most prestigious event in the sport. It is the oldest of the four Grand Slams, and the only one played on grass.
Roger Federer has made Centre Court at Wimbledon his own over the last two decades. He won the singles title for the eighth time there in 2017.
If you do visit Wimbledon, you can’t forget to grab some strawberries and cream on Henman Hill. It is as much part of the experience as the tennis itself. You can also enjoy a glass of Pimm’s, another tradition of those who regularly attend the tournament.
Wimbledon takes place in July, which is quite handy as the weather is much better in the UK during that month. London is a city which you are sure to enjoy too, as you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do during your stay.
If you are planning one of the above three trips in the near future, remember to browse the tournament’s official website for ticket and travel information.