In the world of competitiveness tennis, rankings are vital. Not only do the player rankings determine the seeds and pairings at every major tennis tournament in the world, but only the top few players are invited to end-of-season events like the ATP World Tour Finals (Men) and the WTA Tour Championships (Women). And so with rankings the order of the day, I feel it is necessary to assess my own rankings of the Grand Slam tennis tournaments held each year:
4. Australian Open – Melbourne, Australia
While still a monumental tournament held down under to kick off the tennis season every January, this tournament has less of a mystique about it than the other Grand Slams. The newest of the 4, (though still dating back over a century to 1905), the event is played on hard courts but is often missed by the rest of the world due to time zone differences. It is literally on the opposite end of the world for most potential viewers!
3. French Open – Paris, France
The only Grand Slam to be played on clay courts, France’s major tournament brings a different flavor to tennis. Heavily dependent upon physical strength, the event is more about brawn than beauty, making it more of a feat of sheer power. Naturally, the burly Rafael Nadal has dominated this event for the men and current female champion Maria Sharapova has also used her power to win this tournament.
2. US Open – Flushing Meadows, NY
The premier event in American tennis, the tournament brings the game to New York City in late summer for the final Grand Slam of the calendar year. Very prestigious and with a great deal of history, this event has seen many champions come and go and is a monumental feat for players. Played in the largest tennis venue in the world (Arthur Ashe Stadium) and often under the bright lights, the US Open is a joy each year!
1. Wimbledon – London
Not only does the requirement of white clothing bring a level of high class to the tennis tournament, but the setting of London and the grass courts recall an age gone by in tennis history. Clearly the best of the bunch, the event in June provides the greatest celebration of the sport worldwide. While each Grand Slam is important and special in its own way, Wimbledon is clearly the big one.
Be sure to check out Championship Tennis Tours (www.tennistours.com) for tickets to each of these incredible tournaments.
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