Fabulous February proves tennis is a global game.
After an exciting start to the tennis year in which we enjoyed a superb Australian Open series the tours resume in earnest. All the players will be hoping to kickstart their seasons or continue on the momentum gained from early season matches. February is a month in which tournaments take place in all four corners of the world. From St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy in Russia, Taipei Taiwan to Acapulco in Mexico, across the continents and the oceans. What other sport takes place in such different and varied locations? February proves tennis is a global game.
The WTA events will take place over three different continents. Kuala Lumpur, Doha and Budapest are some of the stop offs on the way. Luckily these events all take place on hard courts similar to the Australian Open. The ladies use these tournaments as preparation for the American hardcourt season in March which begins in Palm Springs in California for the Indian Wells Event and then moves to the East Coast sunshine state of Florida for the Miami Open. We can expect all the big players like Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber and Halep to be in action this month. No doubt Serena will be keen to extend her lead at the top of the rankings too.
The men are in action in Rotterdam at the year’s first ATP 500 event. Headlined by none other than Stan and Rafa the event also features many top players. South America has developed a small but growing Golden Swing which features events in Buenos Aires, Rio and Sao Paulo. Dirt ballers can return to their natural habitat for a few weeks too. Sadly for Novak Djokovic fans we will not get to see the 12 time grand slam champion until the start of March at Indian Wells. Roger Federer will make his first appearance since his Australian Open triumph in Dubai at courts in which many regard as the fastest on tour.
With so much tennis taking place around the world there can be no reason why you cannot go out and see some of the worlds best tennis players doing their thing. Tennis seems to be in rude health as the demand for a slot in an already packed tour is growing. The tennis product as such is highly desirable. Television companies and sponsors are willing to pay for a slice of this global tennis cake. It is great to see events in these new areas that and hopefully we can see the game developing too. If the packed calendar is anything to go by tennis is fast becoming one of the biggest sports in the world, long may it continue?