Best Upcoming Tennis Tournaments
There are dozens of events on both the WTA and ATP Tours that carry millions of dollars worth of prize money and precious ranking points. However, the world’s elite players can only play in so many tournaments and tend to pick and choose where they play. Nonetheless, there are so many great events every month that finding three to look forward to was pretty easy. One event in particular stands out above all others – Wimbledon of course.
This is one of the four Grand Slam events and takes place on the famous grass courts of London. It will be the 127th edition of this famous event and takes place between June 24th and July 7th. Roger Federer and Serena Williams will be looking to defend their respective crowns in an event that will capture the tennis world’s attention. Hundreds of professionals strive to take the coveted title and the total prize money on offer is $34 million!
The singles champions will take home $2.5 million each and 2,000 ranking points. Federer is looking to break the all-time record for most singles wins.
He shares this feat with Pete Sampras, as both men have 7 titles. Martina Navratilova has won the women’s title 9 times, though Serena Williams is aiming to add to her impressive list of 5 wins. Whatever the outcome, just sit back, relax, and enjoy 2 weeks of incredible skill, tension, and drama.
German Open Tennis Championships
The German Open takes place in Hamburg and begins on the July 15th. It is a clay court tournament that was known for attracting the world’s best players. However, it was downgraded from the ATP Masters Series to ATP World Tour 500. This was a major blow, as it may now miss out on hosting players such as Roger Federer who have won it four times. As the ranking points are lower, the elite players may choose to rest for the bigger events, yet it is arguably the biggest post-Wimbledon event until August. Prize money is still well over $1.5 million, so hopefully some of the world’s best players will find their way to Hamburg.
Bank of the West Classic
This WTA Tour event will be held in Stanford, California from July 22nd through 28th and is the top event on the women’s tour in that month. This event was a WTA Tier II tournament until it received an upgrade to WTA Premier status in 2009. The Bank of the West Classic is the oldest women’s only event in the world, having started in 1971, and takes place on an outdoor hard court. Total prize money this year is almost $800,000 and its new WTA Premier status means that this event can expect to attract the world’s best players. This is seen by the fact that world #1 Serena Williams has won the last two events and assuming she is fully fit, will be back to go for three in a row.
As you can plainly see, there are a myriad of exciting events to look forward to but first of all, start getting into gear for the Wimbledon Grand Slam event, as it promises to be a great occasion.
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