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Tennis on Tour: 10 tournaments for tennis fans

Tennis on Tour: 10 tournaments for tennis fans

Tennis fans have a tonne of top tournaments to choose from this year, and as we enter the summer, the competition is heating up.

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With three Grand Slams still to come, there’s plenty to play for on the world’s most prestigious courts.

Madrid Open, Madrid, Spain

7th May – 17th May 2010

2009 was a big year for this Spanish tournament since it not only opened up a women’s competition to become the only combined ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) and WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) event in Europe, but it also unveiled its stunning new venue, La Caja Mágica. This year Roger Federer and Dinara Safin will be back in action to defend their titles. Find cheap flights to Madrid

Roland Garros, Paris, France

23rd May – 6th June 2010

The second Slam of the year kicks off towards the end of May on the famous red clay courts where a strong baseline game and the ability to time a slide to perfection are the keys to success. A chic atmosphere prevails as the elegant Parisians lend their support to the tennis stars. Find cheap flights to Paris

Wimbledon, London, England

21st June – 4th July 2010

The most iconic tennis tournament in the world will have to compete with the World Cup this year, but nevertheless, tennis fans will undoubtedly flock to the All England Club in SW19. Top of the list of activities will be supping Pimms, tucking into strawberries and, if you’re British, spending the first week and a half obsessing over Andy Murray. Find cheap flights to London

International German Open, Hamburg, Germany

19th July – 25th July 2010

Now in its 104th year, outside the Grand Slams, this remains one of the most prestigious ATP tournaments of the season. It was here last year that Nikolay Davydenko ended his title drought and became the first Russian to lift the singles trophy. The tournament is held in the Rothenbaum Tennis Centre in the heart of the city with the main court able to seat 13,200 fans. Find cheap flights to Hamburg

LA Tennis Open, Los Angeles, USA

26th July – 1st August 2010

Grab some flights to Los Angeles and you too can enjoy the longest running professional sports tournament in the city’s history. Now in its 84th year, defending champion Sam Querrey will be back in action but will have to contend with some big names such as Juan Martin del Potro and Novak Djokovic – both former Grand Slam winners. Find cheap flights to LA

Rogers Cup, Toronto and Montreal Canada

7th August – 15th August 2010 and 13th August -22nd August 2010

The tournament is held in two Canadian cities, Montreal and Toronto, and it was in 2009 that Britain’s Andy Murray got his name on the trophy in Montreal. Canada has a long history of major tennis competition attracting some big-name stars. Former champions include Agassi, McEnroe, Lendl, Becker, Borg and Federer – not a bad Who’s Who of tennis. Find cheap flights to Toronto

tennis.player.JPGUS Open, New York, USA

30th August 2010 – 12th September 2010

Cheap flights from London to New York could be tough to find at this time of year as the 24,000 seat Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadow will again host the finals of this prestigious tournament. Many of the finest tennis players in the world will congregate in New York and try and dethrone del Potro and Clijsters who will be defending their respective 2009 singles titles. Find cheap flights to New York

PTT Thailand Open, Bangkok, Thailand

25th September – 3rd October 2010

Thailand’s biggest annual sporting event kicks off its eighth year as part of the ATP tour, and despite not having the prestige of some tournaments, nevertheless has attracted big names in the past such as Federer, Roddick and Safin. Fans will wait with anticipation for confirmation of this year’s line-up. Find cheap flights to Bangkok

Shanghai Rolex Masters, Shanghai, China

9th October – 17th October 2010

In just its first year on the ATP tour in 2009, the Shanghai event was awarded tournament of the year as voted for by the ATP players. So impressed was Rolex, that they upgraded their support to become title sponsors this year. No doubt, organisers will be hoping for similar success in 2010 and to lure back top players with $4 million in the prize pot. Find cheap flights to Shanghai

Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia

16th October – 24th October 2010

The Kremlin Cup was the first international professional men’s tournament ever held in Russia, and since being founded in 1990 has gone from strength to strength, being recognised as one of the best run ATP competitions. Historically, Russian players have done very well at the tournament and with Davydenko lurking in the top ten, they could do so again. Find cheap flights to Moscow

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