London or Paris? Plan Your Tennis Holiday

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London or Paris?
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.
Attractions
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.
Day Trips
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.
Restaurants
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.
Tennis Grounds
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.
Learn more about our Roland Garros packages and Wimbledon packages.
Call 888.910.2894 or email Susan or Megan today to start planning your vacation.

Why You Should Travel to Monte-Carlo to Watch Tennis

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Why travel to Monte-Carlo?

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.

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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?

Monte Carlo Rolex Masters Seating ChartOur 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!

Click here to see all our Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters Packages and Tours.

Call 888.910.2714 or email Susan or Megan to start planning your vacation.

 

 

Where Can You Taste Vegemite and Toss a Boomerang?

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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 a trip to the 2015 Australian Open. Email Susan or Megan  or call 888.910.2714.

Click here to view our remaining packages.

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Rogers Cup in Toronto and Montreal

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.

Isner Defends His Title in Atlanta

isnerJohn 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.

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American Players in the US Open Series

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.

Road to the US Open

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The annual US Open Series returns in 2014 with a fantastic line up of events and players that will capture the imagination of US tennis and sports fans everywhere.

Spectators can see the world’s best players in action all across the country. Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Andy Roddick are among the men who have captured the Series crown, while the women’s champions include Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Kim Clijsters, Ana Ivanovic and Caroline Wozniacki.

Launched in 2004 to bring more attention to tournaments in the US, the series continues to grow in strength, with record prize money being handed out in 2013 to both Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams. By each winning their respective US Open Series and US Open titles, each player earned a staggering $3.6 million in prize money, a record for a singles tournament.

The US Open Series is structured so every tournament in the schedule matters. Bonus points are awarded to players based on their individual performances at each event. The winner of each event receives 100 points, with the runner up receiving 70, semi-finalists 45, quarter-finalists 25 and players reaching the round of 16 will receive 15 points. By structuring the points distribution this way, it keeps every player involved and accruing points, even if they fail to make it beyond the last 16 of a tournament. There are further bonus points available if a player participates in 3 or more events, thus encouraging players to play in as many tournaments as they can if they want to maximize their chances of winning big money.

The players who finish with the most points at the end of the US Open Series then have the opportunity to claim a $1,000,000 bonus if they can also win the show piece event, the US Open at Flushing Meadows.

With the first tournament in the US Open Series commencing on the July 21st, excitement is building. If you can’t make a tournament yourself, the television coverage is getting better all the time, with at least 200 hours of US Open Series tennis available and every men’s and women’s final shown live.

However, nothing beats being at the event yourself and time is running out to secure your seat at the final Grand Slam event of calendar year, the US Open. With the prestigious US Open titles and trophies on the line, along with the opportunity to win massive bonuses, this year’s event is sure to be full of great tennis and huge drama.

Learn more about Grand Slam Tennis Tours’ 2014 US Open packages.

Enjoy Tennis AND Paris: Roland Garros Travel Packages

Roland-Garros-Travel-PackagesEach year as May approaches, we are thankful here at Grand Slam Tennis Tours for Roland Garros, or as many refer to it, the French Open. What better excuse to visit Paris than to see all the top players go head-to-head on the “dirt”, or red clay.

Held at the end of May into the beginning of June (this year’s dates are May 25 – June 8), Roland Garros is home to some of the most memorable matches the game of tennis has witnessed. Due to the slow playing surface and the lack of a 5th set tiebreak, it is considered to be the most physically demanding major.

Who could forget Nadal’s 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7(3), 9-7 win over top-seeded Djokovic only last year, adding to his 58-1 record at Roland Garros? The 4 hour and 37 minute long match was one of the greatest of 2013!

If you haven’t been to Roland Garros, move it to the top of your list. We still have a few spots available – but our Roland Garros Travel Packages are going fast!

Let me walk you through our Early Rounds package for Roland Garros – an ideal, affordable way to experience tennis AND the city of Paris.

YRoland-Garros-Travel-Packagesou will arrive at Hôtel du Louvre, a 5 star property located in the heart of Paris. It is between the Louvre Museum, the Opéra Garnier and the Palais Royal, and only steps away from the Place Vendôme, Place de la Concorde, the Marais neighborhood, the Tuileries Garden, and the major department stores and Notre-Dame Cathedral.You’ll barely have to board the Metro to see many of Paris’ finest!

That first night we will host a welcome dinner where you will meet fellow tennis lovers on tour, and a past Grand Slam champ. We’ll give you a brief orientation, followed by an amazing Parisian meal. Make sure to get your tennis questions ready. Our celebrity guest loves to give insight into the current game and players on tour (and is never without an opinion on this year’s projected winners, both male and female).

Included in your Roland Garros travel package is a Metro card that is good for the duration of your stay. On your days of tennis, we’ll escort you from the hotel to Roland Garros via the Metro. It’s the quickest and easiest way to get there.

Other activities included in your package are the highlights of Paris city tour on a private coach just for our tour group, an intimate farewell dinner cruise along the River Seine to see all the sites lit up by night, and a tennis playing opportunity on the red clay followed by a Parisian brunch.

Roland-Garros-Travel-PackagesDid I already mention our packages are the perfect way to experience world-class tennis at Roland Garros and the city of Paris? :)

If anyone has ever told you it’s easy to plan your own trip to Roland Garros, they weren’t speaking from experience. From the language barrier to connecting you with the best seats in Court Philippe Chatrier, it takes the knowledge of someone who knows what they are doing.

That’s where we come in.

Our dedicated team at Grand Slam Tennis Tours has been taking clients to Roland Garros for over two decades. We know the hotels, the city, and most importantly, the tennis. We’re there with you to help you enjoy your experience from start to finish.

Let us be your concierge to Roland Garros.

So what are you doing May 25 – June 8? Hopefully spending a few days in Paris with us…

It’s not too late to book your 2014 Roland Garros package.

Click here to see all 2014 Roland Garros packages.

Call 888.910.2714 or email Susan or Megan soon to reserve your spot!


Reviews from our 2013 Roland Garros trip:

“Everyone at Grand Slam Tennis Tours were fantastic !!!! The entire experience hotel, tennis tickets, welcome and farewell dinners, you made our trip. The only problem I can see is how can you possibly attain the same level of excellence for our Wimbledon trip in 2014. I guess repeat customers are your best advertisement.”  – Ken in Toronto 


“Grand Slam Tennis tours are great. It was a truly once in a lifetime trip for me and all of the staff were wonderfully accommodating of me…(They) worked hard to give us all great seats at Roland Garros, a wonderful taste of Paris (tour of the city was great), all-in-all a great experience!” – Debra in Mechanicsville, AL

Spend Labor Day at the US Open

Ready to plan your Labor Day US Open Package?

The US Open is the final and, in our opinion, the most exciting Grand Slam of the year (maybe we’re a bit biased since it’s our home slam)! Labor Day Weekend in New York City is buzzing with energy and excitement — much of it in anticipation of the tennis at Flushing Meadows.

Whether you’re a newbie or seasoned veteran to the US Open, our Labor Day Weekend Package is for you.

Yes, you could plan every minute detail of the trip yourself, but why do that? You won’t get the best tickets, hotels near all the NYC attractions can be a hassle to book, and figuring out transportation to Flushing Meadows and back will waste your precious vacation time.

Instead, let us plan your entire experience so all you have to do is get to New York City and turn off your brain (make sure to turn it back on for the tennis).

Your trip will begin when you arrive at the chic and stylish Le Parker Meridien on Friday, August 29. Check in and drop off your bags in your room. Keep your eyes open while you’re walking around the hotel — there’s a good chance you’ll ride the elevator with or bump into one of the top men’s and/or women’s players hanging out in the lobby.

To orient yourself, you can take a stroll through Central Park (only 2 blocks north), or do some shopping on 5th Avenue (only 1 block east), or if you really want to stretch your legs it’s just over 10 blocks south to Times Square. You can’t beat our hotel location!

Head back to the hotel where you’ll get ready for your welcome dinner with Grand Slam Tennis Tours’ staff, other tour clients and tennis enthusiasts from around the world, and a celebrity guest – a past Grand Slam champ! We’ll give you a brief orientation, followed by a fantastic meal.

You’ll then make your way back to the hotel to get a good night’s sleep so you’re well-rested to start your weekend of tennis!

Wake up Saturday morning and grab a quick bite to eat at one of the many famous breakfast cafes in the area (you can ask us and we’ll point you in the right direction). Once you’re ready for your day of tennis, a member of our staff will be waiting in the hotel lobby to put you on the shuttle to the US Open. It’s easy and seamless!

Since this trip is all about you, on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday we’ll give you the option to pick your sessions of tennis. You can choose 3 day sessions and 1 night session OR 2 day sessions and 2 night sessions. You can also choose loge or courtside seating.

Of course we’ll encourage you to attend at least 1 night session, famous for their fun, electric atmosphere. Afterwards, the shuttle will take you back to the hotel where you can grab a burger in the hotel lobby at The Burger Joint. This hip, busy NYC hotspot with one of the best burgers you’ll ever have is cleverly hidden in the hotel lobby. You have to see (and taste) it to believe it!

Since you’ll be inspired watching all the world-class tennis, we’ll even offer you the opportunity to play tennis on grass at The West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills — the former site of the US Open. Don’t worry, we won’t judge you if you can’t hit a forehand like Federer or serve like Serena! :)

For the entire duration of your stay, Grand Slam Tennis Tours’ staff is only a phone call away to help you with anything you need.

Sound like your ideal way to see The US Open? We think so, and so do our clients! We bring over 200 people a year to the US Open, many of them coming back year after year.

Ready to book your 2014 US Open experience?

Email Susan or Megan and use the subject line “I WANT TO GO TO THE US OPEN THIS LABOR DAY”.

Want to add a hotel night? Sure!

Want to add another session or two of tennis? Absolutely!

Do you want to go, but can’t do Labor Day week? Not a problem!

See all Grand Slam Tennis Tours US Open packages here.

If none match your desired dates and sessions, let us know. We’ll create a customized package just for you!

We’re here to make your US Open experience memorable for years to come.

So email or give us a call at 888.910.2714 to reserve your spot!

Show Doubles Some Love– Win a Trip to the US Open!

Most of you watch professional singles, but play more doubles. The only colorful doubles team getting any publicity is the Bryan Brothers, but now it’s your turn.

Submit a picture of you and your doubles partner on a tennis court dressed as your favorite “duo” or “pair.” Get creative, and think beyond tennis. Whether you dress up as Bonnie and Clyde or John Lennon and Yoko Ono, let’s see you put a tennis spin on something otherwise unrelated. The submission that gets the most votes will win a trip for two on a signature Grand Slam Tennis Tours luxury travel package to the US Open this August!

So, if you want to win a trip to the US Open, get out there and show doubles some love!

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR PHOTO.