Hall of Fame Open
Weren’t able to make it to Wimbeldon this year? The Hall of Fame Open has the same grass courts and some of the same aristocratic air – along with some of the same male pros, all competing for the historic Van Alen Cup.
This is the first stop on the summer pro tour, and while the names aren’t the biggest – Steve Johnson, a regular top 50 player who has been the #1 ranked American and Marcel Granollers, who beat Andy Murray in Rome a few years back are arguably the headliners – the intimate atmosphere can’t be beat. There’s nothing more thrilling than seeing real professionals at a distance close enough to catch a ball from a well-placed overhead smash, and virtually every seat in the stadium answers that description.
The action starts with family day and qualifying rounds on July 14th, and ends with singles and double finals and a legends match on July 21st. (By the way, besides the tournament, there’s an ATP Junior Clinic July 15 ($25), a Ladies Day Brunch and Fashion Show, July 18 ($70), and Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend (a 3-day package of exclusive access that includes cocktail parties, luncheons and dinners where you can hob-nob with tennis legends will run you $2500.) Pricing escalates as the week goes on, so the first day is a terrific value – just $12 to $25 a ticket; early rounds start at $46 and July 20 and 21 are over $100. (July 19-21 is International Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend, and the Induction Ceremony – this year including Li Na, Mary Pierce and Yevgeny Kafelnikov—takes place on the 20th.) See the website for all the options and details.