The best grass court tennis tournaments to get tickets for this summer
There is something magical about grass court tennis. The window for it is open only fleetingly every year, but the images and memories last forever.
Wimbledon plays a big part in that, of course, but the grass court season is about so much more the SW19.
There are a number of great events to attend during grass season, and they all offer something slightly different to the last.
There can be absolutely no doubt about it that you cannot lay claim to experiencing all sport has to offer without attending Wimbledon at least once.
The Championships is an icon on the sporting calendar every year and it is an occasion carrying real prestige. You can travel the world attending every other event you want, but you’ll never find another like Wimbledon.
The lush green grass, the unique location, the prestige, the heritage, the history, the raw and unrivalled sheer gravitas of the event…
These elements all combine to make the two weeks of grass court tennis at SW19 into a ‘must visit’ occasion unparalleled in its position on many sports fans bucket list.
There are a number of ways to do Wimbledon, and we will always recommend Keith Prowse hospitality for a truly premium experience, although there is no wrong way to attend Wimbledon. Whichever way you do it, you will experience a truly special sporting spectacle.
Best For: Bucket list
Devonshire Park is a beloved stop-off in the build-up to Wimbledon, but you will know it by another name – Eastbourne.
Also known as the Rothesay International, Eastbourne is a fan favourite thanks to an intimate setting and very reasonable pricing. That even makes a day of exceptional hospitality with guaranteed Centre Court seats very affordable for those wishing to make the most of their visit.
Eastbourne is an event that has both the ATP and WTA matches and is a high value tournament for players given the comparatively few chances to hone their grass court skills. That usually guarantees a strong line-up in the draw – as evidenced by both Novak Djokovic and Caroline Wozniacki being among the former winners.
Where Eastbourne really shines, though, is the intimacy of it all. The seats around the outside courts make you feel like you are part of the action itself, so you can really feel like you are rubbing shoulders with your favourite players.
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Best For: Getting close to players
The Queen’s Club
There is a reason why Queen’s tickets sell out at speed every year. In fact there are a whole multitude of them.
cinch Championships at The Queen’s Club is the joint-highest ranking grass court tournament outside of Wimbledon and in 2022 it won the award for the best ATP 500 tournament in the tennis calendar. Given the competition there includes, among others, the likes of Barcelona, Dubai and Washington, that really is some accolade.
The tournament is held in the plush and exclusive Kensington area in West London, and certainly in terms of aesthetic of surroundings alone it offers something truly unique. The players clearly think so too, with Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal among the former winners and Novak Djokovic a former finalist.
Like Eastbourne, Queens offers a very intimate setting for spectators that gives great access to the players. It is especially well known for great hospitality as well. The tournament always sells out for general admission tickets, but you can guarantee a seat on Centre Court, paired with brilliant food and drink offerings, with Keith Prowse’s award-winning hospitality experiences.
Best For: Food and drink
The Mallorca Open is a relative newcomer to the tennis grass court season but it is very much a welcome one. It was established in 2016 and was initially a dual ATP and WTA event, but the latter dropped it from their calendar in 2019.
It has continued to grow as a tournament, though, and with legend Toni Nadal, uncle and former coach of Rafael Nadal, as the tournament director, that should surprise no one.
The Mallorca Open takes place in the week before Wimbledon, so it can be an essential stop-off for players eager to squeeze in as much grass court tennis as possible before The Championships. The last two winners, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas, demonstrate how attractive it is to players, and Nick Kyrgios is usually keen to sign himself up for it too.
Of course, aside from the tennis the real hook of the Mallorca Open is the great weather. If you are looking to combine some top class tennis with a summer getaway with guaranteed sunshine, Mallorca is a tough one to resist.
Best For: Summer sun
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