Madrid Open , Madrid , Spain
2009 was a great year for this tournament. In addition to becoming the first event in Europe where the ATP (Professional Tennis Association) and the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) are combined, by including a competition for women, the organization will use its impressive new venue, La Caja Mágica. Roger Federer and Dinara Safin will return to defend the title. You’re still in time to find quite cheap flights to Madrid .
Roland Garros, Paris , France
This year’s second Slam kicks off at the end of May on the famous red clay court, where consistent hard play down the line, and nearing perfection, are the keys to success. The elegant Parisian public will set the mood for the matches, filling everything with their “chic” atmosphere. You’re still in time to find flight deals to Paris .
Wimbledon, London , England
The most prestigious tennis tournament in the world will have to compete this year with the new and controversial Tennis World Cup. However, tennis fans will undoubtedly flock to the All England Club venue. In the Center Court or Center Court, with its famous retractable roof, Pimm’s (English vermouth) with strawberries will be tasted, while downstairs they fight for the prized Silver Salad Bowl. Find last-minute flights to London and take the opportunity to enjoy the enormous leisure offer of the British capital.
German International Open, Hamburg , Germany
In its 104th anniversary, except for the Grand Slams, it remains one of the most prestigious ATP tournaments on the circuit. It was here that last year Nikolay Davydenko ended his title drought and became the first Russian to lift the singles trophy. The tournament is held at the Rothenbaum Tennis Center in the heart of the city, whose center court is capable of accommodating 13,200 fans.
Canadian Open Tennis (Rogers Cup), Toronto and Montreal , Canada
The tournament will be held in two cities in Canada, Montreal and Toronto. Last year Briton Andy Murray stamped his name on the trophy in Montreal. Canada has a great tradition in major tennis competitions, always hanging renowned stars on the bill. Agassi, McEnroe, Lendl, Becker, Borg and Federer have won there.
US Open, New York , US
The 24,000 spectators at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadow will be able to watch the final of this prestigious 127-year-old tournament. The best tennis players in the world will gather in New York and try to dethrone last year’s winners, Del Potro and Clijsters. Look for cheap flights to New York before it’s too late.
Shanghai Masters Rolex, Shanghai , China
In its first year on the ATP tour, the Shanghai event was recognized in 2009 as the best tournament of the year, according to ATP players. So impressed was Rolex that they have increased their sponsor support for this year. The organizers are no doubt hoping for similar success in 2010, again attracting top players with $4 million in the prize pool.
Kremlin Cup, Moscow , Russia
The Kremlin Cup was the first international professional men’s tournament to be held in Russia, and since its founding in 1990 it has gone from strength to strength, being recognized as one of the longest running ATP competitions. Historically, Russian players have done very well there and with Davydenko lurking in the Top Ten, they could do so again.
Australian Open, Melbourne , Australia
where the stars are born
The Australian Open, already in its 98th edition, is part of the Big Four of the Grand Slam. In recent years it has been a good setting for emerging stars to shine, this year it has been taken, of course, by Roger Federer.