Our phones have been ringing off the hook for last minute BNP Paribas packages.
And we get it…
Who wouldn’t want to head to the California desert in March to the hottest tournament on the tennis calendar?
All the top players (including Serena this year!) compete at this event, and the Indian Wells Tennis Garden is home to the second largest stadium in the world, several topnotch dining options, beautifully landscaped grounds, and state-of-the-art practice courts that offer unparalleled access to the players.
The BNP Paribas Open is the premier destination for tennis fans.
Due to the demand, we’ve had to turn away a lot of last minute requests for the first weekend because we were sold out.
But not anymore…
We have LIMITED AVAILABILITY on a new Early Rounds package.
The new Early Rounds Package includes:
Accommodations at the Hyatt in Palm Springs: Friday, March 13 – Tuesday, March 17 (4 nights)
Parking pass for easy access to the grounds
Combination of courtside/stadium box seats and suite tickets for Saturday day, Sunday day and night, and Monday night sessions (4 sessions total)
Do you have trouble relaxing? Is the line between your professional and personal life nonexistent?
If you answered “yes” to either (or both) questions, you aren’t alone. If fact, most people suffer from the inability to relax. This isn’t surprising since the demands of everyday life are intense and never ending.
We all know that relaxation helps reduce stress and anxiety, improving your overall health and mental well being. Yet we still don’t award ourselves the opportunity to turn off and find our “happy place”.
Maybe you feel guilty about doing nothing, say you don’t have the time, or don’t think you deserve it.
But you do…
…And we have a solution…
Take a vacation! We all need to get away physically and mentally every now and then. It’s one of the best ways to relax and recharge our batteries.
Even though we (our team at Grand Slam Tennis Tours) travel around the world hosting tennis enthusiasts at all the Grand Slams, we also need a break. And we found our favorite place to getaway from it all–Curtain Bluff in Antigua.
Curtain Bluff is a rare gem that’s sophisticated and luxurious, yet it maintains a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Its breathtaking property sits on a bluff that juts into the sea between two beautiful beaches. There are 4 tennis courts, 2 restaurants, a spa, fitness center, a pool, tons of water activities, and of course, an amazing beach that always has a lounge chair open to take in the view or soak up the sun.
What makes Curtain Bluff so exceptional and stand out amongst all the other Caribbean options is how intimate and personable the property feels. There are only 72 rooms–all with ocean views–so you’ll see a lot of familiar faces after a few days. And most of the staff come from the local town and neighboring villages, so they love nothing more than sharing their home of Antigua with people from all over the world. You’ll leave feeling a part of a community.
We’ve been to Curtain Bluff 2 years in a row and it already feels like a second home to us. Some of our favorite things to do are…
Play tennis with Rennie or Nigel on the courts that face the bay…
Join Marlene for some sun salutations and downward-facing dogs on a peaceful, open-air deck overlooking the sea….
Take a sunrise walk with Jason around the local village…
Sail around the bluff on a hobie cat with Junior…
Or simply grab a cocktail from Al and lounge on the beach…
Those are only a few of the many amazing things to fill your time there!
Curtain Bluff has two upcoming tennis events that we thought you would be interested in. They are a great opportunity to enjoy a vacation and tune up your game at the same time.
Before the New Year, we took a long, hard look at all our 2014 tennis tours. We asked for feedback from our clients and mulled over how we can make our offerings even better in 2015.
Out of this came our new and improved Wimbledon packages.
We’ve been taking tennis fans all over the world for over two decades, and have hosted over 3,000 people at Wimbledon alone. We’ve tried different hotels, hospitality options, restaurants, etc. Through our vast experience, we think this year we have our best offering yet.
A 2015 tour with Grand Slam Tennis Tours includes…
Accommodations at the chic, 5 star boutique hotel Belgraves, a Thompson Hotel, in the neighborhood of Belgravia. Despite its calm and serene setting, Belgravia is near London’s City Center. Even closer are numerous internationally renowned shops, restaurants, and London attractions. While you’re not at tennis, you’ll be steps away from all the happening spots.
Incredible tickets in Centre Court and Court #1. We offer debenture seats for Centre Court and Court #1 so you can see your favorite players up close and personal. After all, you go to Wimbledon for the tennis! We’ll put you in the best seats available to make sure your experience is unforgettable.
A private hospitality house exclusive to Grand Slam Tennis Tours guests. Each day of tennis we’ll escort you from the hotel to our hospitality house, only a short stroll to the All England Club. We’ll serve you a catered lunch, and then walk you over to tennis. The house is open throughout the day for our guests to come hang out and relax in between matches.
Choice of two London excursions. On a day you don’t have tennis you can enjoy a private walking tour which will include visits inside St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, and The Tower of London. Or if majestic castles, lush gardens, and stately homes are more your ‘thing’ we offer a private day trip outside of London too.
Are you convinced that this is the year you should plan your Wimbledon vacation?
Have you started thinking about your summer vacation? With Roland Garros and Wimbledon back to back during the summer months, why not build tennis into a visit to one of the most beautiful cities in the world?
But you’re asking yourself; which one would suit me better next year? Below are the highlights of each city so you can decide which one is best for you and your family.
Both cities are renowned for some of the most recognizable tourist landmarks in the world. London boasts the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Parliament, The Shard and the London Eye, while Paris has the Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower, the Opera and Sacré-Cœur.
Museums and Galleries
Paris is home to one of the world’s most famous art galleries, The Louvre. You can also visit Centre Pompidou and the Musée d’Orsay. In London see the British Museum, the Victoria & Albert, the Natural History Museum, the National Gallery, the Science Museum, the Tate – and they are all free to enter.
The impressive chateaux of Versailles and Fontainebleau await visitors just outside of Paris, along with short rides out to the Loire Valley or the Champagne Province to do some tastings. From London you can plan easy day trips to Stonehenge, Oxford, Bath, Canterbury, and Leeds Castle, only to name a few of the many historic landmarks not far outside of London.
Paris is known for its fine French cuisine, while in London you’ll find more varied options. For the foodies there are 11 restaurants with 3 Michelin stars in the French capital, or you can find a wonderful meal at the corner brasserie or at a bistro on a small side street of Paris. London has also become a mecca of good eats from traditional English food to celebrity chef creations.
Style of Tennis
Roland Garros and Wimbledon showcase two very different styles of tennis. The red clay at Roland Garros slows down the ball, resulting in long rallies and even longer matches. It’s not uncommon to see the titans of tennis go five sets. The speed of the ball on the grass at Wimbledon leads to shorter, faster points and favors those who come to the net.
Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament and is considered to be the most prestigious one on the tennis calendar, although Roland Garros has a long history itself dating back to the late 1800s. Both the grounds at Wimbledon and Roland Garros are intimate and breathtaking to any true tennis fan.
The bigger question; why wouldn’t you? The tennis calendar allows us to see the best tennis in some of the world’s most beautiful cities–and Monte-Carlo is no exception. Located at the base of the Maritime Alps along the French Riviera, the beautiful landscape alone is worth the trip. The average temperature in April is in the mid 70s and the sites, both modern and medieval, will fill your time in between exciting sessions of tennis.
Why go to the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters?
This annual ATP 1000 event attracts all the top men on tour as a warm up for Roland Garros. It takes place at the Monte-Carlo Country Club, an intimate venue that includes mountain and Mediterranean Sea views. It’s a great opportunity (and excuse) to visit Monte-Carlo, one of the most beautiful places in the world. Click here to see for yourself.
Why use Topnotch Tennis Tours?
Our reserved Category 1 seats for Center Court are located in S1 and S2 in Row 5. For the Quarters, Semifinals, and Finals we are also offering seats in Super Category J2 Row 3 and Super Category S1 Row 3.
If you decide to book a package, we’ll take care of your accommodation, tickets, airport transfers, city tour, and a tour of the neighboring village of Eze. Most of all, convenience.
Ready to Book Your Package or Want More Information?
This tournament is getting more and more popular each year. To get the best seats and ensure your spot at the 2015 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, don’t wait until last minute!
When tennis fans think of the Australian Open, they think of fun. The anticipation of a new tennis year, Melbourne as a popular tourist destination, the summer sun, and the animated, enthusiastic crowds all combine to make a fantastic event.
A tour to the Australian Open with Grand Slam Tennis Tours goes beyond that. As an official Australian Open tour operator, our packages feature luxury hotels, the best seats to watch the tennis, amazing hospitality, and so much more. Here’s a sample itinerary of a Grand Slam Tennis Tours package:
Day 1: Arrive at the Langham Hotel, a 5-Star property which is nestled amongst an abundance of al fresco cafés, restaurants, and boutiques–and is walking distance to Melbourne Park where all the tennis action takes place! On your first night you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner and tour orientation at The Deck, a popular Melbourne haunt known for its modern Australian cuisine and stunning views of the city. You’ll have an opportunity to bump elbows with past Grand Slam champions, our staff, and other tennis enthusiasts from around the world.
Day 2: After your good night’s rest, you’ll spend the next day touring the city of Melbourne where you will learn about the history of the city and its people. Take advantage of plentiful photo opportunities, including stops at the Botanical Gardens, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the Shrine of Remembrance. Your last stop will be Kooyong Lawn and Tennis Club, the former site of the Australian Open. If you’re a tennis player, you’ll have the opportunity to stay and play on the grass.
Day 3, 4 and 5: You’ll spend your next few days enjoying what you primarily came to Australia for – watch world-class tennis! From your courtside or lower level seats in both Rod Laver and Margaret Court Arenas, you’ll have a chance to see all your favorite players battle it out at the first Grand Slam of the year. On your final day of tennis we’ll host a farewell dinner on site at Melbourne Park.
Want to add days of tennis or hotel nights to your package?We’d love to customize your tour to create your ideal travel itinerary!
Want to add excursions before or after your tennis tour to Sydney, Tasmania, New Zealand, and beyond?No problem! We’ve been doing tours to Australia for over two decades and know the best places to visit. Just ask us and we’ll make it happen.
Nervous about traveling in a foreign country?Grand Slam Tennis Tours staff is there for the duration of your stay throughout the Australian Open. We’re a phone call away for anything you need.
There’s still time to plan your Australian Open package. Email Susan or Megan or call 888.910.2714.
This week sees the start of the Rogers Cup in Toronto and Montreal, Canada, featuring both the men’s and women’s game. What was initially looking like a strong line up for each event, both have been hit by some withdrawals, most notably that of Rafael Nadal and Li Na. Two time major winner Na has been forced to pull out of both the Rogers Cup and US Open with Nadal out for two to three weeks, putting his US Open place under threat.
However, rather then seeing this as a disappointment, the withdrawals could open the series up completely, making for a close, well fought contest right the way up to the US Open itself. Last year, Nadal took the US Open series by storm, winning in Montreal, Cincinnati and of course Flushing Meadows. Meanwhile, the withdrawal of Li Na, along with that of Yvonne Meusburger, has given an opportunity to America’s Alison Riske. Further good news for US tennis sees four American players receiving wildcard entries in to the Western and Southern Open, with Jack Sock, Steve Johnson, Sam Querrey and Robby Ginepri now entering the main draw for the tournament.
Following the Citi Open event last week, winner Milos Raonic now ties John Isner at the top of the men’s series standings with 70 points each. Isner was been disappointed with his performance and made reference to the fact his match was played on a secondary court instead of the main arena. Steve Johnson, his victor, also commented on how the schedule has been set for international television audiences. Nonetheless, Johnson managed to progress to the quarter final where he lost out to fellow American Donald Young, who reached his first ATP tournament semi-final for the first time since 2011. So, despite Isner’s criticism, US players featured right up to the semi-final stage of the event.
Meanwhile, Serena Williams captured her fourth title of of 2014, winning the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford and in doing so climbed to the top of the US Open Series Challenge standings with 70 points. Other US players making the current ladies standings are Varvara Lepchenko, Sachia Vickery and Venus Williams. In the men’s series, Jack Sock, Donald Young and Steve Johnson all join John Isner on the leaderboard.
Moving on to the Rogers cup, the draw for both events looks very strong indeed. With one side of the men’s draw featuring Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Grigor Dimitrov and Andy Murray, there are some very tasty matches in prospect throughout the tournament. Donald Young will be hoping to push on from his performance at the Citi Open and use the momentum to do well in Toronto.
Serena Williams will be reunited with coach Patrick Mouratoglou in Montreal, however, the American representatives have been given a tough draw with Madison Keys facing Citi Open winner Svetlana Kuznetsova in the first round and the possibility of Sloane Stephens meeting Jelena Jankovic in the second round. Serena Williams finds herself in the half of the draw that includes her sister, Venus plus Eugenie Bouchard and Maria Sharapova, a very difficult route to the final.
Having said that, tennis fans want to see the best players playing each other and they will certainly get their wish over the course of the next week. With worldwide television coverage really starting to pick up and Flushing Meadows drawing ever closer, excitement is sure to reach a new high with the worlds best on show this week.
John Isner successfully defended his Atlanta Open title, defeating Israeli Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-4. Isner looked comfortable throughout the majority of the match. At 6 foot 10 inches, Isner towered over his 5 foot 9 inch opponent and with the hot conditions also playing in his favor, the American was firing down serves 20mph faster than Sela. Breaking Sela’s first service game of the match was the early deciding factor. The Israeli player struggled to break back (no surprise there!). Isner now moves on to the next tournament in the series, the Citi Open in Washington, DC.
Despite losing the final to Isner, Sela did manage to defeat Sam Querrey 6-2, 6-4 in the second round. This result hurt Querrey whose serve alone should have dominated Sela, but he was ultimately broken on four occasions by the eventual runner-up. On a brighter note, Jack Sock continued where he left off at Wimbledon and took the doubles crown and also reached the semifinals of the singles draw.
A stronger men’s draw featuring Tomas Berdych, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori will be a bigger challenge for Isner, Sock and Querrey at the Citi Open in Washington, DC.
Currently sitting first and third in the men’s series standings after the first tournament, Isner and Sock have the opportunity to gain more points in Washington this week and help create further public interest in the series. Sam Querrey will want to put last week behind him and try and get some momentum going as August fast approaches and the top players from around the world make their way to Montreal and Toronto. Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys will also be hoping to find their form in Washington, DC before heading to Montreal where the bigger names are yet to come in the lead up to the US Open at Flushing Meadows next month.
With the 2014 US Open Series now under way at the Atlanta Open, which US players should tennis fans be looking out for during the series? Without having too much to shout about recently, are there any US players capable of winning a tournament, or even the series?
John Isner has opted to enter every event leading up to the US Open, and can probably be considered the biggest hope for the US on the Men’s side of the game. Returning to the Atlanta Open as defending champion, Isner will hope to build on his two other final appearances last year, and make a strong challenge at Flushing Meadows.
Having performed well at both Eastbourne and Wimbledon, Californian Sam Querrey will be coming into the series with confidence despite dropping out of the top 50. Querrey enjoys playing on the hard court surface and will be looking forward to feeling it under his feet again during the US Open Series.
Another player who will be looking to impress having just won the Wimbledon doubles crown is Jack Sock. Winner of the junior US Open title in 2010, Sock will be hoping to get off to a good start in Atlanta and progress beyond the third round of the US Open, his best finish to date.
Switching attention to the ladies side of the game, Serena Williams is the name that really stands out when looking at potential US contenders. However, having suffered her earliest exit at Wimbledon since 2005 and losing in the second round of the French Open, Williams has been struggling to make an impact at the major tournaments this year. Having said that, she should be buoyed by her series win in 2013 and will be looking to replicate it this year.
After reaching the fourth round of the US Open in 2013, 21 year old Sloane Stephens will want to put her first round Wimbledon defeat behind her and focus on the upcoming series. With a game more suited to the hard court surface, Stephens will want (and need) some confidence boosting performances during the US Open Series.
Florida based player Madison Keys comes into the 2014 series having won her first WTA event at Eastbourne earlier this year. Coupled with a semi-final appearance at the Apia International hard court event in Sydney earlier this year, the 19 year old certainly has the ability to do well in the lead up to the US Open and is a potential star of years to come.
What American player do you think has the best chance to make it far in the series, and at the US Open? Let us know on our Facebook page.