When it comes to tennis, every player’s dream would be to play in a Grand Slam tournament. Admittedly, these events paved the way for the success of some of the greatest tennis players of all time. However, regardless of the grandeur and honor that tennis player can achieve with Grand Slam tournaments, there are other notable tennis tournaments that are worth mentioning and deserve some attention from both players and the fans. Several highly appraised tennis tours include the following:
- CANADIAN OPEN
Canadian Open is quite unique. The event, that is the ATP Masters 1000. is alternatively held in either Montreal (odd-numbered years). Meanwhile, the WTA Premier Five is held in Toronto. Afterwards, both regions change to even-numbered years to host the events. The Canadian Open has been won by several iconic tennis legends, such as Ivan Lendl.
Paris has been accommodating the Masters 1000 for 50 years now. This event is the final event prior to the ATP Tour Finals. Afterward, the players are further screened out to fill the qualifying spots. Masters 1000 differs from other tennis tournaments because it is held in indoor hard courts. Several tennis legends like Novak Djokovic, who won the event 4 times, and brothers Mike and Bob Bryan, who won doubles titles 4 times, left long-lasting marks when they joined this tour.
- SHANGHAI MASTERS
Different form the Masters event held in Europe or North America, Shanghai Masters is held at a stadium with 15,000 capacity. The tournaments lasts for 8 days and the emerging winner has the chance to win over $1.2 million. Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray won the event three times, whereas Leander Paes triumphed in the doubles for three times as well.
- MONTE CARLO
Although not a Grand Slam tournament, the Masters event in Monte Carlo has been drawing tennis fans for over 127 years now. Still, it was only in 1990 that it gained its Masters status. Nevertheless, the Monte Carlo Masters is considered one of the most premiere non-Grand Slam tournaments. Players who join the tournament can win as much as 935,000 euros. The tournament has also been a popular event among legends, such as Rafael Nadal (4 wins), Mike and Bob Ryan (5 wins), and Nenad Zimonjic (5 wins).