French Open (Roland-Garros), Paris
The next Grand Slam after the Australian Open is the French Open, which runs from 26 May to 9 June 2020 and is the only major tournament played on clay courts. There is much to see and do while you’re in Paris cheering for our Aussie legends on the world stage. From the Parisian icons like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and Arc de Triomphe, to the delectable French cuisine that can be found at the multitude of mouthwatering patisseries, restaurants and cafes, there’s a reason why Paris is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. If you’re looking for something more adventurous, why not take a guided tour of the Catacombs? They can even be explored at night for those who are particularly brave. And if you’ve brought the family on your trip with you, don’t forget to spend a day at Disneyland Paris!
If you have time to stick around after the French Open, make sure you head across the channel and attend the world-famous Wimbledon in London. Running from 29 June to 12 July 2020, Wimbledon is THE tennis experience, the oldest running tennis event since 1877 and the only major tournament to still use the classic grass court. If you manage to score tickets to a Centre Court match, ensure you dress to impress! And if you’d like to get amongst the traditions of the event, its customary to enjoy some strawberries & cream with a nice glass of Pimm’s. During your downtime, you’ll have a great opportunity to enjoy all the sights London has to offer. Whether it be Big Ben, The Tower of London, Buckingham Palace or Westminster Abbey, London is renowned for its cultural landmarks. Otherwise you can visit the British Museum and get lost in the endless halls of historical artefacts from around the world.
US Open, New York
Why not head stateside to enjoy some tennis – the US Open is a must-attend event. Located in the Big Apple from 25 August to 13 September 2020, there’s so much to enjoy you’ll hardly have time for the tournament itself. Take the ferry across to Liberty Island and stand beneath the towering Statue of Liberty, row a boat around the lakes of Central Park, or take in the skyline from atop the Empire State Building. If you’re looking for something with a more creative flair, head to an eye-opening museum like the Metropolitan Museum of Art or Museum of Modern Art – you could even catch one of the many world-famous musicals on Broadway.
Japan Open & Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo
The Pan Pacific Open and Japan Open run consecutively, with the Pan Pacific Open hosting the women’s tournament in Tokyo between 21-27 September 2020 and the Japan Open hosting the men’s tournament from 5-11 October 2020. While you’re in Tokyo, you might want to check out the Senso-ji, Imperial Palace, Meiji Jingu, and other cultural significant sites. If you want a unique experience, check out Nara Park, where you’ll get the chance to get up close and hand-feed some of the deer that populate the park. If you have shopping on your mind, Shibuya shopping district is the perfect destination for fun and fashion – make sure you swing by the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world, the famed Shibuya Crossing, and marvel at thousands of people seamlessly crossing at once.
China Open, Beijing
Held from 4-11 October 2020, the China Open is one of the biggest tournaments in Asia, with the biggest stars in tennis competing in Men’s and Women’s singles and doubles. Known for its enthralling cultural sites, Beijing has many temples set across the sprawling cityscape. You can also admire the historical significance of the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square. The Great Wall of China is only a short drive away, with a fun luge you can take on the way down from the wall. Beijing is also known for its delicious brand of Chinese food, the city teeming with dumplings, noodle dishes and hotpot on every street corner.
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