5 Most Prestigious Tennis Tournaments

From the ATP World Tour to WTA Tour, there are about over a hundred tennis tournaments worldwide. However, some tours are more distinguished than others because they award most ranking points and prize money, among other factors.

Here are five of the reputable tennis tournaments today.

1) Wimbledon

Tennis analysts would claim that the Wimbledon, a Grand Slam event, is the most estimable tennis tournament. Well, it is. The competition itself receives plenty of media attention. The tournament was already considered a major event before the Grand Slam tournaments were created in 1924-25.

Wimbledon has a certain allure that is not present in other tournaments despite being steeped with tradition. This is true for both the tennis players and spectators. Perhaps, it’s the prestige that comes with playing or watching the tennis games at a Wimbledon. The fact that it is played on grass that makes it all the more challenging.

2) US Open

Another major, the US Open, which is formerly known as the US National Championship first played in 1881. The atmosphere at the National Tennis Center makes the tournament different but in an exuberant way. Above all, the match occurs in New York.

Other than the numbers of celebrities in attendance, the US Open is well-loved by the fans also. It rakes in record-high attendance year after year. One reason is its more laid-back appeal compared with the Wimbledon wherein attendees usually sip champagne. The New York-based tournament is like a festival, bursting into life with vibrancy.

3) French Open

The only Grand Slam event that is played on clay courts, the French Open is a respected tournament having been the first to welcome international players. The competition also the first to allow amateur tennis players to be seeded against professional players. Since it is played on clay, it can be the most physically demanding tennis court to tackle. Any knowing tennis player would appreciate the challenge.

The tournament happens in Roland Garros in Paris, during the spring season. This presents an opportunity to explore the best city in the world after watching the game. The Paris in the French Open figures into allowing the players to be as creative as they can when it comes to fashion-forward tennis outfits.

4) Australian Open

Played first among the four Grand Slam events, the Australian Open is the biggest sporting event in the South. It is one of the highest-attended tennis events as well despite some players skipping the tournament altogether. Remoteness, inconvenient dates, and low prize money are three of the commonly cited reasons for this.

Roger Federer called it the “Happy Slam” for a reason. And that is, as the US Open, has a more relaxed atmosphere. For one, the tournament officials listen to and heed the needs of the players whenever they voice their concerns. They cannot always do this at Wimbledon.

5) ATP/WTA Finals

These two non-Grand Slam tournaments occupy the second-highest positions in tennis tournaments. The best tennis players in the men’s and women’s divisions met here at the ATP and WTA Finals, respectively. Indeed, these finals are the culmination of a player’s tennis performance throughout the year.

Although these are not Grand Slam events, the prestige of winning any of the two cannot be denied. Both offer the highest ranking points as well as the biggest prize money. The ATP Finals prize money in 2018 was $8.5 million while the WTA Finals’ 2019 prize money is $14 million.

 

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5 of the Biggest Egos in Tennis History

Charlie Jones and Kim Doren, authors of Game, Set, Match: A Tennis Book for the Mind, claimed that tennis players have the biggest egos by far.

One would believe so just by watching one of John McEnroe’s tennis game. But McEnroe isn’t the only tennis player with a big ego, although he might have the biggest.

Before we list the names, let us remind you that ego varies. Some tennis players exhibit the entitlement attitude while for others, it’s a display of their unpretentious character. Either way, these people are a classic example of egotism.

#5 Serena Williams

“I always believe I can beat the best, achieve the best. I always see myself in the top position.”

Williams appearing on this list may not be acceptable to her fans. Beyond everything, she won Grand Slam after Grand Slam. It’d be natural for her to develop such an overbearing ego. Time and again, however, she showed the world how an outburst could verge into the abusive realm. Her questionable antics on-court was because of the Psycho Serena, she said. Yes, she gives her multiple personalities names.

#4 Marat Safin

“The Olympics is not for tennis and tennis does not need the Olympics. It is not my goal in life to win a gold medal.”

Safin was accused of being a hellraiser throughout his playing career, which he recently refuted. Safin was perceived as the tennis player who thirsted for achievements. There’s nothing wrong with this except that he was too lazy to practice. He would stop it abruptly or won’t be too serious about it. Safin was also known for his emotional outbursts on court coupled by racquet-smashing. He did it as least thrice in his career.

#3 Novak Djokovic

“I want the same thing I’ve wanted since I was seven years old. I want to be No. 1.”

In a world full of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who exudes unique charm on and off the court, it would be hard for a Djokovic to stand out. He was always the second fiddle. So he did what he wanted to do when he became #1—call himself king! His family even said that the old king was dead, referring to Federer.

#2 Nick Kyrgios

“I don’t have a doubt that if I wanted to win Grand Slams, I would commit. I’d train two times a day. I’d go to the gym every day. I’d stretch. I’d do rehab. I’d eat right.”

Kyrgios is an enigmatic tennis player, reminiscent of Federer’s style by bringing something new to the court now and then. But his arrogant attitude stinks. He always challenges tennis authorities and throws a fit if they could not accommodate his unreasonable requests. Thus, fines and disciplinary actions are foremost to Kyrgio’s vocabulary.

#1 John McEnroe

“The only thing ‘championship’ about Wimbledon is its prestige.”

McEnroe is dubbed as the King of Ego. If the article is going to list down all his pontifical displays, a page would not be enough.

He hated losing and would show to the people how much he hated it right at the moment. The acid-tongued player taunted Nadal as McEnrole wanted him to show more ego instead of downplaying his chances of doing such. While playing, that was McEnroe—known for his ego than his tennis style.

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10 Highest-Paid Tennis Players of All-Time

Playing tennis sure has its many perks and privileges. The prize money, which is getting higher by the year for both male and female categories, is just one of these.

Have you ever wondered who the wealthiest tennis players are? Here are the answers.

1) Novak Djokovic ($133.1 million)

Winning the 2019 Wimbledon single’s title, Djokovic recently out-earn Federer. While his statistics, title-wise, fall short compared with that of Federer, this year’s earnings skyrocket and put him on the top. He had won 74 overall titles. Djokovic has 15 Grand Slam titles: seven Australian Opens, four Wimbledons, three US Opens, and one French Open. Djokovic has separate earnings from his endorsements also, which are usually long-term deals. 

2) Roger Federer ($123.6 million)

The Fed has 101 overall titles and had already won 20 Grand Slam titles. Most of these titles are won at Wimbledon (8), Australian Open (6), US Open (5), and French Open. Federer was the highest-paid tennis player for 13 consecutive years. Forbes also reported that his off-court earnings alone are higher than any other tennis player on this list.

3) Rafael Nadal ($106.9 million)

The Spanish player has 81 overall titles, 17 of which are Grand Slam titles. He had already won 11 French Opens, three US Opens, two Wimbledons, and one Australian Open. Nadal earns millions from his endorsements too as well as from the tennis academy he put up in Manacor, Spain, his hometown.

4) Serena Williams ($88.6 million)

Serena is the leading female tennis player with the highest winnings. She has 23 Grand Slam titles with 72 overall titles. Serena has won seven Wimbledons, seven Australian Opens, six US Opens, and three French Opens. Serena has several sponsors. She was also ranked at the top 1% of the most marketable athletes in the world.

5) Andy Murray ($61.1 million)

Murray has three Grand Slam titles—two Wimbledons and a US Open. The Scottish has 45 overall titles.

6) Pete Sampras ($43.2 million)

Steffi Graf’s better half has 14 Grand Slam titles, 14 of which are Wimbledons. He also has five US Opens and two Australian Opens. He has a total of 64 titles.

7) Venus Williams ($41.3 million)

Venus has seven Grand Slam titles, with five Wimbledons and two US Opens. She has 49 titles.

8) Maria Sharapova ($38.5 million)

Sharapova has already won five Grand Slam titles including two French Opens and Wimbledon, US Open, and Australian Open. She has 36 titles under her belt. Earnings from her endorsements are not included in the figures, though. Sharapova is one of the highest-paid women athletes.

9) Caroline Wozniaki ($33.8 million)

The Danish has one Grand Slam title under her name. However, she has amassed 30 titles throughout her professional career. She has several endorsements also and her own sunglasses line.

10) Stan Wawrinka ($32.4 million)

Wawrinka’s biggest earnings come from his three Grand Slam titles (Australian Open, French Open, and US Open). He had already won 16 titles in total.

 

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