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Where to watch tennis tournaments this summer in London and beyond

Anyone for tennis? From Wimbledon to Hurlingham Club, these tournaments will be serving up world-class sporting action over the coming months

With the tenniscore trend continuing to serve aces this season, tennis fever shows no sign of abating. If you haven’t managed to secure seats for Wimbledon 2024 and are asking yourself where to watch tennis this summer, there are plenty of other tennis tournaments in London and the UK to get into the swing of things. From intimate exhibition matches in country estates to fiercely contended battles on the now-famous Challengers Tour, here’s where we’ll be sipping Pimm’s this summer.

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Where To Watch Tennis

The Championships, Wimbledon

1 – 14 July

If you’re looking for where to watch tennis, there isn’t a tournament anywhere in the world that can compare with The Championships, Wimbledon at the All England Lawn Tennis Club for pure nostalgia. The strawberries and cream, the ball boys and girls, the glasses of Pimm’s, the pristine tennis whites, the royal box… all are part of our collective memory.

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Andy Murray (GBR) serves to Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) in the second round of the Gentlemen's Singles on Centre Court. AELTC: Eddie Keogh

Alas, it’s near impossible to get in. If you missed out on the ballot again, the options are frustratingly limited. Michel Roux Jr’s Le Gavroche pop-up sold out within weeks of its announcement; indeed, all hospitality packages for this year’s tournament had gone by March. It’s worth registering your interest for next year now. If you’re desperate to get in this year, your options are limited to shelling out thousands for a debenture or joining The Queue. Get there early (the night before if you can bear it) to be in with a chance of a show court seat. Good luck.

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Giorgio Armani Tennis Classic at The Hurlingham Club

25 – 29 June

Fashion and tennis go hand-in-hand, as Zendaya has shown us with her red carpet looks on the Challengers promo tour. Here’s an opportunity to serve some looks of your own as the Giorgio Armani Tennis Classic comes once again to London’s exclusive Hurlingham Club at the end of June. Witness lawn tennis at its most elegant – the players in white; not a blade of grass out of place – as you sip Whispering Angel rosé in the sun. 

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If you’re here to watch tennis, Cameron Norrie, Alexander Zverev, and Holger Rune will be playing. Tickets for the Saturday, when two singles matches and a doubles match will take place, went on sale this week, from £195. There are also several hospitality packages for groups of 12 to consider including Twilight Tennis on the opening night and the bespoke Premium Player Experience (P.O.A) which could include anything from a meet-and-greet with the players to a pro-am tennis clinic.  

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Rothesay International Eastbourne

24 – 29 June

Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside, particularly in June when the tennis world’s most bankable players descend on this old-fashioned English seaside town of Eastbourne, just an hour and a half outside London. The tennis tournament, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, is unique in hosting both a men’s (ATP 250) and a women’s (WTA 500) event. The fans love it because it’s cosy, cosier even than Queen’s; you might find yourself bumping into players en route to the practice courts.

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Rothesay International Eastbourne. James Jordan ©LTA

Box office draws in recent years have included dropshot queen Ons Jabeur, this year’s Aussie Open winner Aryna Sabalenka, and two-time Eastbourne champ Taylor Fritz. Japanese star Naomi Osaka, just back from mat leave in January, has already confirmed she’ll be playing. There’s still availability, albeit limited, for Courts 1, 2 and Centre every day, from £18 to £83. For the VIP experience, Keith Prowse has two hospitality packages to choose from: Love Fifteen (from £185pp) and Sky Lounge, the premium offering (from £325pp) which covers everything from a glass of Nyetimber on arrival, morning coffee, afternoon tea, and your table in the Sky Lounge with views over both Centre and No.1 court.

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Cinch Championships at Queen’s Club

17 – 23 June

The Cinch Championships at Queen’s Club in West Kensington was voted ATP 500 Tournament of the Year for the fifth time in 2023. This won’t surprise regular attendees who love the small scale, classic styling, and convivial atmosphere of this historic tournament (think of it as Wimbledon in miniature). This year will see the 2023 champion Carlos Alcaraz back to defend his title against such fearsome rivals as Denmark’s Holger Rune, new U.S number one Ben Shelton, and our own Sir Andy Murray, playing what might be one of his last tournaments. 

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Tickets are as good as sold out, but there are still ways in. Try the tournament’s hospitality partner Keith Prowse for last seats and private boxes in the Roof Garden for the finals weekend when packages cost from £635pp but include lunch, afternoon tea, beer, wine, all the Pimm’s you can drink, and some of the best seats in the house. At a lower price point, it’s not too late to purchase grounds admission tickets (in the hope of slipping into a spare centre court seat at some point) or go on the qualifying weekend where you might catch a new star on the rise.

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The Boodles at Stoke Park

25 – 29 June

Pretty frocks, Champagne and world class tennis put a day in the idyllic English country garden at Stoke Park in the company of such quintessential summer events as Glyndebourne, the Henley Regatta, and the Chelsea Flower Show. The grass courts at Stoke Park are pristine, with just 2000 seats courtside, meaning no seat is further than 10 metres from the action.

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These are exhibition matches, so no precious ATP points are on the line; you’ll see the players at their most relaxed, showing off their tweeners, baiting their opponents, and tuning up their grass court game for Wimbledon. Last year’s line-up included some big characters, like racket smasher-in-chief Andrey Rublev and doubles world number one Rohan Bopanna. Individual tickets from £105 to £708; private boxes for 12, from £7,548. The premium Players’ Enclosure package gets you a private box behind the baseline, Champagne, lunch, afternoon tea, Pimm’s and a Q&A with the players.

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Lexus Surbiton Trophy

2 – 9 June

This tournament at Surbiton Racket & Fitness Club sounds about as glamorous as Phil’s Tire Town Challenger, the fictional tournament in Challengers, but if the film teaches us anything, it’s that the dramas playing out on court on the ATP Challenger Tour (the ‘stepping stone’ to the main ATP tour for lower ranked players) can be every bit as high stakes as at the majors.

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Take last year’s men’s tournament, won by Andy Murray himself who, even as a former world number one and major title holder thrice over, is not above slugging it out on the Challenger Tour when he needs to get match sharp (not unlike Challengers’ Art Donaldson). Murray has confirmed he’ll be back this year to face young contenders such as João Fonseca, the Brazilian phenom tipped for big things. Centre court seats are sold out but you can get grounds admission from £7 for children, £14 for adults.

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