When are the Grand Slam tournaments?
If you’re keen enough, there’s nothing to stop you playing tennis year round, especially if you have access to an indoor court. But tennis is by tradition a summer game, with a year-round calendar thanks to indoor courts and a global season.
January: Australian Open, Melbourne
In January the ATP circus heads to Melbourne for the Australian Open. The tournament was elevated to Major status in 1924 and always kicks off in the last two weeks of January. The first serve in 2019 will be whacked down on 14th January.
May: French Open, Paris
At the end of May, it’s time to decamp to Paris’ Stade Roland-Garros for the French Open, which will open on 27th May, when Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep will defend their 2018 titles.
June: Wimbledon, London
As summer arrives in the UK (or not) at the end of June Wimbledon welcomes the world’s cameras – and around 23 tonnes of strawberries – for its fortnight in the sun.
September: US Open, New York
Finally, it’s destination New York for the US Open at Flushing Meadow, where a finals-day ticket on September 9th this year will set you back $285 at the very least – and probably 10 times more.