30 Days of Tennis Challenge – Day 14: Favorite non-Slam tournament

Favorite non-Slam tournament. Just like ‘earliest tennis moment’, it’s one of those fill-the-lacuna moments of the challenge. Who cares, really? It feels like those ‘What are the five things you can’t live without’ questions. Why in the name of God someone would care? But whatever. I don’t make the rules – just follow them. I will take this day as a mission. I have to go through this and pass in order to unlock the next day. Let’s nail it.


Kim has just retired against Zheng. No caption today. Fuck off.

Had to think about this one a bit, but decided to go with the AEGON Championships – or simply Queen’s Club.

Held at the club of Elizabeth II, as the name may suggest in London, it is one of the most glamorous, interesting and amazing tennis events of the whole year – though it’s relegated and faded to be forever a 250 tournament – unless ATP stops bitching and increases the grass season (hot tip, ATP ;)).

One of the few 250s to stand with a bigger draw, Queen’s was widely dominated by Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt – two of the best grass-courters before the all-courters burst into scene – as they are tied with four titles apiece. This alone is enough to justify my choice.

And there’s also the landscape, the grass, the fact Queen’s is a landmark of the end of the clay season and start of the diminutive grass swing…


I considered choosing:


Rotterdam – Ultra-fast courts, twice won by Robin Soderling. I like it.

Brisbane – Andy Roddick, the first big tournament of the season.

Luxembourg WTA – Kimmie won it, like, a dozen times.



Prologue and explanation

Day 1 – Favorite men’s player

Day 2 – Favorite women’s player

Day 3 – Favorite doubles team

Day 4 – Least favorite men’s player

Day 5 – Least favorite women’s player

Day 6 – Most memorable match

Day 7 – First player you became a fan of

Day 8 – Earliest tennis memory

Day 9 – Favorite retired men’s player

Day 10 – Favorite retired women’s player

Day 11 – A player nobody would expect you to love

Day 12 – A player that you aren’t a fan of but you respect

Day 13 – Favorite Grand Slam tournament


About Pete S. Liguori
Pete was born in São Paulo, Brasil. Loves sports - pigskin fanatic, tennis lover. One of his most famous quotes is "I'm no Tolstoi, but I love the Dallas Cowboys" His favorite quote of all time is "I'll keep playing", unknown author.

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  4. My favourite is Kremlin Cup by far. I love Russia so it’s an obvious choice.

    Special Mention: Indian Wells – Loved the previous trophy (LOL) and I also like the new. And the most important, Bepa won there in singles and doubles. ❤

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  6. h starts just one day after French Open finals. On Sunday i’m are watching just one more day on clay (Ok, the most important one, but…) and then comes Monday. with that grass court (the “greanest” of grass season), a very different game-style. It’s all fresh and new, and i like it.

    Queen’s Club is a place where classic and modern face themselves in a sweet and unique way, without some Wimbledon’s rules, traditions and bla-bla’s. We can see a crowd closer than players, supporting them, being part of the game. Not that rich-oldies sleeping during matches on their permanent seats on AELTC’s Centre Court.

    And also because Woody Allen made a great movie there. 🙂

    On WTA i like Doha because there was Caroline Wozniacki turned my number one (on that match against Zvonareva in 2009) and made stronger my passion for tennis, wich was a litlle weak since Guga’s and Hingis’ retirements.

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