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The WTA and ATP tours participate in dozens of tournaments a year, many of which serve as entertaining and affordable alternatives to the Grand Slams. In this section we'll give you the tools to find the tournaments you might be interested in and show you how to get seats.
- Though auction sites and general ticket sites like Ticketmaster and TickCo are viable options for tennis tickets, many tournaments' official Web sites provide clear guidelines about how to purchase tickets, travel packages, and corporate deals.
- Before you buy, consult with the official site of a tournament, which will tell you which ticket sellers (apart from itself) are reputable and legitimate. Buying tickets from general ticketing Web sites or agents can be risky, especially for foreign tournaments.
- Popular tournaments sell out fast but you can often find tickets still available on general ticketing sites like eBay and StubHub. Assess the validity of the ticket by exploring the profile of the seller, including ratings and user comments.
- If it's a smaller tournament you're interested in, check the Tennis Channel's calendar to find dates and links to tournament homepages.
- Explore the major airline and travel agencies of a country to see what options are available. For instance, Australia's Qantas Airlines provides package deals to the Australian Open via this link.
For major tournament sales from their official venues ...
Wimbledon's official site
educates you on the ticket process for the famed lawn tennis championships just outside London. The only Grand Slam tournament to be played on grass has a public lottery for tickets that opens in late summer, usually August 1. Tickets are mainly dispensed through this lottery (you can sign up online), as well as to tennis clubs and associations and their members. There are also links here to sites that provide overseas tour packages for non-U.K. residents.
The U.S. Open championship
's official site provides several options for purchasing tickets, whether you are an individual, part of a group (business or club), or looking for gift cards or a "Supreme Package" to the event, which includes breakfast, VIP parking, superior seating, and a host of other benefits. Check out the FAQ section to see which package is right for you.
The Australian Open
's official site has guidelines on purchasing tickets for this hard court Grand Slam, held in January of each year in Melbourne. Features such as a $99 five-day ground pass and hospitality services for corporate fans are some of the perks to the 2008 championships. But for travel packages, you're better off consulting with one of the outside tour sites we've selected below.
The Roland Garros
or French Open's official site provides detailed instructions for getting to the sole clay court Grand Slam, including buying tickets and organizing a tour package. The site recommends purchasing only from legitimate ticket venues listed in the "How to Purchase Tickets?" section [http://2007.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/about/ticket.html]. Note that the process of buying tickets for the April tournament generally begins the previous November.
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Steve Furgal's International Tennis Tours, Inc
. is affiliated with the USTA and provides escorted and independent tours to the Grand Slams and a handful of other tournaments including the Davis Cup. The group boasts being the Official Tour Operator of the Australian Open, the Pacific Life Open, Roland Garros (the French Open), and several others. As with most tour organizations, accommodation is included and the trips leave extra time for sightseeing.
Championship Tennis Tours
(CTT) brings you package travel deals to the four major Grand Slam tournaments and several other big tournaments. It is an independent organization that provides official tickets, hotel accommodation, corporate hospitality packages and custom packages. While not affiliated with major tournaments, CTT has been in operation since 1987 and is a member of the American Society of Travel Agents.
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