30 Days of Tennis Challenge – Day 14: Favorite non-Slam tournament
August 9, 2011 6 Comments
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.
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.