Friday, July 01, 2016

2016 Citi Open Discount Tickets + Tips

25% off Tickets - Promo Code for 2016 Citi Open!
Plus random drawing for free tickets during the week

Welcome back Tennis in Washington DC!

2016 brings back a host of powerhouse pro, including many top ATP men and WTA women players under one tournament! Because of the Rio Olympics, the tournament has been moved up a month for 2016 (which normally starts in Aug, will now start in July this year)!

Mark your calendars if you'll be in DC, July 16-24...a must watch event if you're a Tennis Fan!

Special Events and Discount Days during the week:
  • 7/16 - Community Day (and Kids under 14 are free)
  • 7/23 - Military / Veterans Salute Day - Buy One, Get One (and 20% off during the weekend)

Top Citi Open Booths - stop by for the best swag

  • - swag bag goodies (Download their free tennis app here)
  • KIND Bars - Their bars are yummy!! Raspberry and the Dark Coco are my favs
  • Arlington YMCA Tennis & Squash (I won pair of Finals Tickets + Free Court time!)
  • Citi Bank booths + suite (Free ear radio starting Tues + fast serve contest)
  • Geico (all important Gecko Fan, to keep cool and shade!)
  • 4 Star Tennis Academy (Spin and win prizes)
  • USTA Mid-Atlantic (hats and freebies) 

Media HD Photos from last year and our team coverage continues all week with live updates!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

3 Important tips for Watching the US Open Live!

US Open Singles ScoreboardImage by JC Tennis via Flickr
Have you ever wanted to see the top players in the world like Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray...all in person at one place at the biggest Tennis event in North America?

Then you must go see the US Open at least once in your life!

Be a part of the excitement and enjoy the USA Tennis Grand Slam!
Tickets are available here, even before Pre-Sale USTA and also on so called "sold out" sessions! Prices can update daily, so I definitely would bookmark it and check back!

It's located in NYC 
around late August to early September. A great time to visit the beautiful city of New York around Labor Day and enjoy some great tennis, food and summer fun.  Here are some great tips for enjoying your tennis experience below...

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In my email, I'll go over updated 2016 tips for:

1) How to get great, cheap tickets but still be able to see your favorite Tennis star up close

2) When and where to go to get Autographs, pictures with the pros

3) Which seats you should try to grab for (the best game perspective, the best pictures, the most comfortable (shaded seat) in any stadium 

How to get the best value on US Open Tickets

First thing is buy tickets - without these, you can't go in. Figure out when you want to go and look up the prices.

If this is your first time, and you want to just experience some tennis - try to go the first week. My advice given in my email list is to wait for the summer promo codesas this is when there is a good deal (less than $60 for Ashe tickets) - they usually go on sale as early as May for USTA members. But worry not - you can still get them as late as the month of August without a membership...

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Indian Wells vs Miami Open Tennis Tournament? March Masters Tennis - California vs Florida?

Indian Wells, CA or Miami, FL

The First two ATP Masters 1000 Events of the USA are held just a couple weeks apart. Although both very important events for the top tennis pros on the men and women's tour, they are also very polar in many ways. Nearly all of the Top 50 players in the world will attend both events.

West Coast vs East Coast

I have friends that each prefer one over the other. If you live on the West Coast of the US and a major tennis fan, then Indian Wells is an ideal spot to check out. If you are on the East Coast and especially in Florida, then the Miami Open is great to experience.

Quick Comparison of the two March Masters:

BNP Paribas Open

"5th Grand Slam"
My Trip & Team Tourney Review
HD Pictures | Tickets

  • Excellent Practice Court Views (at eye level)
  • Premium Facilities and Show Court Stadiums
  • Low Humidity, Dry Heat
  • Outdoors: Hiking, Golf, Tennis
  • West Coast

  • Expensive Location! Avg Hotels @ ~$200-$350/nt
  • 2 Hours Drive from nearest major airport (San Diego or LA)
  • Less Nightlife
Indian Wells is a bit more of the rich, active retiree destination - even most of the volunteers are over 55. Quite a different energy level than the younger Spring Break crowd in Miami. On the other hand, if you like a more laid back atmosphere with more outdoor scenery, then Southern California is perfect. Also Joshua Tree and Coachella are both relatively close by.

Miami Open

"South American Slam"
Trip Review and Tips | HD Pictures | Tickets

  • Less crowded overall
  • Courts are all close to each other
  • Cheaper Ticket Packages Available
  • Miami Beach Town
  • East Coast
  • VERY Humid with chance of heavy, quick thunderstorms (*run for cover*)
  • Night matches are very limited (main stadium only...~2 matches max)
  • Parking is very limited or expensive / shuttles far away at tournament (average 15-20 mins)

There is more of a Latin / South American crowd at the tournament and around Miami. The fans are generally younger than at Indian Wells. The evening atmosphere is the "seen and be seen" South Beach fare. Usually there are some large music/techno festivals held during this time of the year.

Overview and Summary

Fans Comfort: IW, much more enjoyable and cooler during the day
Overall Trip Cost: MIA, has slightly cheaper options available on the whole

Main Stadium Quality: IW (Miami is more open and central) / IW has better box seats
Secondary Show Courts: IW (*more reserved stadiums mean more ticket costs)
Practice Court Views: IW (Miami has lots of mesh fences between fans and players)

Food at Tournament: MIA (lots of cuisine choices, whereas IW has more shops/food off-site plus a few new fancy restaurants on the grounds)

Souvenirs: MIA - large store with merchandise in the shade with A/C;
Fan Zone Area: Tied; Jumbo-tron at MIA, Better lounge chairs at IW
Swag / Freebies: MIA, more fun gifts; IW has Tennis-Warehouse free racket demo court*

Daytime activities: IW
Nightlife activities: MIA

Overall Winner - Indian Wells

Indian Wells: A-
Miami: B

If you've been to one or both of these tournaments, please leave a comment below!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Top tennis stars in Washington DC at 2015 Citi Open

Capital Tennis action comes back to DC for 1 week only

Written and Edited by Staff (Nik and JC):
After a placid June, DC summer temperatures are steadily rising again for the 2015 Citi Open in the heart of DC. The US tennis hard court season gets ready to roll next weekend, beginning on Saturday Aug. 1 at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Get your tickets at Citi Open with this 25% USTA promo code
The 2015 ATP men’s draw has three former US Open winners: Andy Murray, Marin Cilic and Lleyton Hewitt.

Andy has been playing his past tennis since the start of the year, with excellent showings at all the grand slams (Finals of the Australian, Semis at the French, Semis at Wimbledon) plus a stellar clay court season.

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A fresh and rejuvenated Murray is our pick to win this year. Marin Cilic has made a steady comeback from elbow and shoulder problems since his US Open triumph last year. After his Wimbledon QF loss to Djokovic, he believes he is peaking at the right time for the summer hard court season again.

Grigor Dimitrov (aka Baby Fed and Sharapova's bf), after a split with coach Roger Rasheed will be looking to make amends. While coach Rasheed was instrumental in getting Grigor’s fitness levels to tour-worthy levels, Dimitrov probably feels like he needs more match-specific strategy to make that elusive deep run for a ATP 1000 or Grand Slam title. Dimitrov is a treat to watch when he’s playing well; definitely a fan favorite at the Citi Open.

The Big Men

Ivo Karlovic is in the form of his 36 year old life. Recently predicted via Twitter that he thinks he can play until 40 with the way he’s serving. Ivo’s also barely short of 400 aces from stealing the all-time ATP aces record off of his buddy Goran Ivanisevic. Ivo’s doppleganger is another super-tall server, John Isner, the top American seed in the draw and John’s always a title contender in any tournament he enters.

American Pride

Fellow Americans Jack Sock and Steve Johnson will also be at hand - Jack recently made waves when his forehand was measured to produce more RPMs i.e. rotation on his topspin than Rafa Nadal’s, Jack took a set of Nadal on route to a 3R loss French Open but only after topping Grigor Dimitrov in Round 2. He also won the US Clay court championships earlier this year. Lots of potential for Jack, if he's firing on all cylinders.

Next Wave of Young Tennis Prodigies

There’s also a strong contingent of up and comers in the draw - 19 year old Thanassi Kokkinakis isn’t the main Australian player making headlines yet (20 year old Nick Krygios gets that honor) and Bernard Tomic at 22 seems almost like the veteran of the lot.

Also up and coming is the young 18 year old German 6’ 6” tall Alexander Zverev - he’s been under the gun for being too intense and some tour players including Fernando Verdasco recently questioned his on-court tennis etiquette and behavior but Alex says its all only to fire himself up.

Asian Stars on the rise

Kei Nishikori will make another appearance as the Top 5 Ranked Men's player in the world. Look for amazing backhands and flawless footwork from this guy. Hopefully, Coach Michael Chang will also be here to support his young pupil.

Hyeon Chung from South Korea is another young Asian prospect (#79 in the world) who’s been posting great results on the Challenger tour. At the Miami Open in March, I watched him take a set off Tomas Berdych. He's a very steady baseline player with some impressive shot selection maturity well beyond his years.

Strongest Women's Field in DC ever

The women’s draw this year features the strongest WTA draw we’ve seen in the city (pun). Led by Sam Stosur, Sloane Stephens, Belinda Bencic, and Svetlana Kuznetsova - there is a lot of powerhouse women players coming back to DC this year.

While all 3 of them are in somewhat a slump lately, hard courts are their best surface so they’ll be looking to kick into high gear. Sloane Stephens leads the American charge. While she hasn’t played her best tennis her in the past, she’s a fan favorite here in DC so look for her to have a strong run in the tournament.

Other American Women include Madison Brengle (with her success on the WTT Washington Kastles team), plus Coco Vandeweghe and Christina McHale returning to DC again.

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