There's nothing like seeing a professional tennis match live and in-person, be it at the Grand Slams, Davis Cup/Fed Cup or on the WTA and ATP Tours. One of the biggest events of 2020 will be held from Jan. 20 to Feb. 2, when the world's top players hit the court for the Australian Open. The AO is one of the four majors, and attracts the biggest names in the sport each and every year. It's the first major tournament of the year, so it should give tennis fans a good idea of where the top players in the world stand. From May 18 to June 7, 2020, the top tennis pros in the world will descend on Roland Garros in Paris for the famed French Open. The only major tennis tournament to be played on clay, this particular event poses its own challenges for the competitors involved. Rafael Nadal has been utterly dominant at this event throughout his illustrious career. While the record 12-time champion will be the favorite, there are plenty of great players that could steal the defending titlist's crown. Perhaps the most famous tournament in the world of tennis will take place from June 29 to July 12, when the best in the world hit the grass courts at Wimbledon. Wimbledon is probably the most renowned tournament in the history of the sport, and just being able to step foot on the court there is an honor for any tennis player. The unique grass courts make for a tricky setup for any player, but the best of the best know how to get the job done on any surface. The final Slam of the year is the US Open, set for Aug. 26-Sept, 8, 2019.
Tennis is a sport that has been around for a very long time, but the sport became truly organized with the formation of the Association of Tennis Professionals and Women's Tennis Association. The ATP and WTA provide a ranking system based on a variety of events that take place all over the world throughout the tennis season. The cream of the crop as far as events go in pro tennis is comprised of four major tournaments that make up with is known as the Grand Slam. These events include the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and The US Open. The best tennis players in the world compete in these tournaments, and their performances in these events weigh heaviest in determining each player's world ranking. Some of the most recognizable names currently on the ATP and WTA circuits include Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Nick Kyrgios, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Petra Kvitova, Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova.
Life as a Tennis Fan
Fans of tennis know that this sport is one that perfectly combines speed, power, finesse and grace. Attending a tennis match is an incredible experience that can enthrall any sports fan when they're seated in the stands. The biggest fans of the game certainly follow the ATP and WTA closely, and are always looking to get to stadiums all over the world for the biggest events on the tour. Tennis is a sport known for its etiquette, which is something that also applies to being a fan of the game. You're not likely to hear much, if any, jeering from the stands at a tennis match, because the sport is thought of as a bout of sophisticated competition that has a long and rich history of respect associated with it.
Introducing New Tennis Fans
If you've never been to a top tennis match, then you've been missing out as a sports fan. Getting to know the game is easy, as the rules are rather basic and the court design is not a challenge to figure out. When you see the best players in the world take to the court, you're sure to be wowed by their combination of power and grace. Early on, it may be difficult to see the nuances of the game of tennis, but as time goes on you'll figure out how the top pros set up shot after shot with specific approaches to the game and particular opponents. The idea of tennis is easy to grasp, but there are a lot of intricacies that reveal themselves as time goes on, making for an exhilarating learning experience for any new fan of the sport.
The Tennis Experience
When you gain access to the stadium for the biggest tennis matches, you'd better be prepared for an experience that you'll never forget. The atmosphere at a meaningful matchup is one filled with excitement and suspense, as every point means a lot regarding the momentum of the match. You're sure to see some blazing serves that will spin your head, as well as some incredible drop shots that seem almost unfathomable until you see them executed. The skill that tennis fans are treated to seeing on a regular basis is something that would impress anyone lucky enough to catch the action in person.