Frequently Asked Questions
Some questions come up more than others, so read through our FAQ to see if your question has already been answered. Still pondering something? Get in touch!
What’s the best Grand Slam tournament to visit?
When should I book my tour?
Do you offer any discounts?
What is Topnotch Tennis Tours?
Why is Wimbledon so expensive?
What's the Wimbledon Hospitality House?
What if it rains?
Will I meet Federer?
I don't play much tennis, but my wife does; can we both attend the Tennis Playing Opportunity?
Will you have racquets at the Tennis Playing Opportunity?
Is it OK if I'm a single traveler?
What time is [Player Name] playing at the [Grand Slam Name]?
Is airfare included?
Why are your tickets on sale before the public date?
Who will I meet at the Welcome Dinner?
Is travel insurance available?
How do I get your job?
Everyone at GSTT has a personal favorite; some of us enjoy the sunshine and relaxed vibe of Australia, others prefer Wimbledon's tradition and atmosphere, and no one can deny the night session electricity on Arthur Ashe at the US Open. The truth is they’re all great for different reasons. Let us know what you want from your tennis vacation, and we'll suggest some options.
For international events, we recommend booking approximately six months out; for domestic (US) tournaments we suggest three months. We do, however, have people who book after a tournament has already begun. We also have a lovely couple who consistently books their trips more than a year out. Whenever you choose to book, you can do so by either purchasing your package online via the “Book Now” button on the specific package page, or by getting in touch with us otherwise.
Yes, we offer a standing return customer discount of 5% (up to a maximum of $650) on all travel packages. (Not including ticket-only purchases.) Additionally, we run occasional promotions throughout the year, and we’d recommend viewing our Promotional Policies page for more information.
What is Topnotch Tennis Tours?
The short answer: the same company as Grand Slam Tennis Tours. GSTT travels to the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open. Topnotch Tennis Tours is our division that travels to other elite tournaments around the world, including the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, CA; the Miami Open; the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters; the Mutua Madrid Open; the Italian Open; the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati; and other, non-Grand Slam events.
Wimbledon’s Centre Court seats just shy of 15,000 people. One entire baseline is reserved for the Royal Box, and only 2,500 seats are Debenture seats, the only class of ticket that we work with. Debentures are some of the best seats in the house, and the only ones that can be legally bought and sold on the open market. As such, it's simply one of the most expensive tickets in the sporting world. Trust us, you get what you pay for. Wimbledon offers a truly special tennis experience.
Our hospitality house at Wimbledon is a private home, only steps from the All-England Club gates. It's where we entertain guests throughout the fortnight by hosting a daily brunch cooked by a private chef, evening cocktails, special events, and parties.
Luckily, all four major tournaments have roofs as of 2020. So if you have a ticket to Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena, Court Philippe Chatrier, Centre Court, Court No. 1, Arthur Ashe, or Louis Armstrong, you’ll only have to wait a few minutes while they close the roof. For the moment, unfortunately, there are no ticket refunds at other tournaments.
The chances of sitting down for a drink with him are slim, but we do have front row seats behind the player chairs at the Australian Open. We’ve had multiple guests receive Federer’s wrist bands as he’s thrown them into the crowd after a win.
I'm a beginner tennis player but my wife played Division 1 tennis in college. Can we both come to the tennis playing opportunity/Fantasy Tennis Camp?
Of course. We always have a mixed group of players and our GSTT pros are great at finding pairings so that everyone has a fun time. If your wife wants to beat up on one of our pros—great. That’s why we’re here.
You’re welcome to bring your own racquet, but if you’d prefer not to travel with one we'll have some of the latest models from Yonex available for demo.
Of course! Our trips attract people of all kinds, and we always have singles on our trips. Many events offer great opportunities to meet people: at the tennis clinic, in the suite, during brunch at the Hospitality House, etc. and we enjoy helping people make new friends.
Great question and one we receive often. The draw is only released a few days before the tournament, and the schedule of play is only published the evening before the match. So, if there’s a specific player you’d like to see, we can usually predict which tickets you’ll need to see him or her. However, we can't know the exact time and court until the day before the match. At Wimbledon, reigning champions traditionally start play on the first Monday.
Generally, our recommendation to see the top players is several consecutive sessions over at least two days. For example, the first round at the US Open spans the first two days of the tournament, and thus four sessions (Monday day and night, and Tuesday day and night). If you want to see Serena, your best bet is to buy tickets to all four sessions. Although we don't know when she'll play, if she doesn't withdraw due to injury or illness, we do know that she has to play the first round. Therefore, if you're on Ashe for the first four sessions, you're very likely to see her (and all the other top players)... unless the tournament decides to schedule her on Louis Armstrong Stadium instead, or she withdraws from the tournament.
Airfare is not included in the package pricing. We wrote a blog post on how to book your own flights, since it’s the easiest and cheapest way to get your airfare. But if you’d like us to help you with your flights, we’d be glad to do so.
Our relationships with different tournaments allow us advance access to premium tickets. That means: 1) you can snag the best seats early and make travel plans with plenty of time, and 2) you can’t buy these specific locations anywhere else.
You’ll meet lots of people. The welcome dinner is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow travelers; we’ve had many friendships (and even a few marriages) sparked on our tours. You may also meet a tennis celebrity or two. Some of our past special guests include top players Caroline Garcia, Reilly Opelka, and the Bryan Brothers, as well as Hall of Famers Tracy Austin, Fred Stolle, and many others. This is also a great time to connect with your tour hosts.
It sure is. After booking, just take your invoice from us, present it to a travel insurance company, and protect your trip.
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