London or Paris? Plan your tennis holiday
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.
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 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—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 eleven three-Michelin-star restaurants 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 from every culture.
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 grounds of Stade Roland Garros are the smallest of all the Slams, but the intimacy of Wimbledon's Centre Court is truly unbeatable.