The 2019 tennis tournaments are barely underway and yet we’re already seeing rising stars taking out top seeds who, on paper at least, should have been confident of a “walk in the park” straight sets victory over their opponent. A notable example of the ability to give spectators and players alike a shock came from qualifier Bianca Andreescu during the first week of the year at the Auckland International; the 18-year-old Canadian beat Caroline Wozniacki, Venus Williams and Hsieh Su-wei, all big names with a ranking far higher than Andreescu’s ranking of 152 in the world going in to the competition. She finished the Auckland International as runner up; Georges took the title after a competitive three set match.
Expect the year to continue in this vein; whilst the Williams sisters, Halep, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have enjoyed years of dominance, there are pretenders to the throne. Alexander Zverev won the ATP Tour Finals in December 2018, Sabalenka found remarkable form in some of last year’s tournaments, Kyle Edmund has been gaining ground on the big names and, post injury, Andy Murray and Wawrinka will be keen to impress and regain their former rankings in 2019. Bianca Andreescu is certainly going to be one to watch.
As the tennis year moves closer to home, why not treat yourself, a private or corporate hospitality party to a quintessential summer’s day at one of our iconic venues? Don’t settle for an entry ticket with no luxuries attached, work with a renowned and cost-effective tennis hospitality provider like DTB Sports and Events to ensure delights on and off the court. From the best seats at courtside to private suites and state of the art exclusive access tennis hospitality spaces to fine dining, meet and greet opportunities and a raft of perks, the standard ticketholders can only be envious onlookers.
Prestigious Wimbledon has seen its fair share of unexpected results over the years and it would be foolish to think that 2019’s championships won’t see a few high ranked players faced with defeat at the hands of determined hopefuls.
Think of the crowd reaction when Marcus Willis and Roger Federer played one another or Heather Watson when she took her match against Serena Williams to a third set or last year’s battle between Edmund and Djokovic; while watching on TV was thrilling, the atmosphere at each match at SW19 was electric with each point being played as if life itself depended on it.
In the days leading up to Wimbledon in July, tennis hospitality is available at the more intimate, but no less exciting, Queen’s Club Fever-Tree Championships, 17th-23rd June; the Boodles Challenge, 25th-29th June; the As pall’s Classic from 25th-28th June and the Nature Valley Open and International, 10th-16th June and 24th-30th June respectively.
There is so much sporting and tennis hospitality excellence on the 2019 calendar; you must know people in personal or professional life who would be overjoyed to experience the finest that the ATP and WTA tours have to offer, strawberries, cream and champagne included?
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