Wokkeltje, seriously Rotterdam? What are your arguments?
Out of the tournaments I have been to, I would have to say that all of them have a lot of positive things to them, but also some negative.
My favourite tournaments are:
- Rosmalen.. GREAT atmosphere.. The players just walk around. Grass tennis.. Tommy always plays there. What more do you want? Well.. cheaper tickets, cheaper travel and easier travel too.
- Rotterdam.. GREAT field. Big names. And thanks to the press card I have had for five years now, I can go backstage during the qualifying event too. Which means I can see the players practise on centre court. Hadn't it been for this, and for the fact that the training sessions are now finally visible for fans (players had always been practising behind black curtains..), this tournament wouldn't be so high. But I LOVE the backstage thing. I could just enter the dressing rooms without anyone stopping me..
- Amsterdam. Yes.. I know it doesn't exist anymore. But some of my best memories date from this tournament. Filippini, I still love you! And Kratzmann and Pimek! Younes.. Alex! Robbie Koenig! This was such a great event. How they managed to screw it up so badly by moving it to Amersfoort.. I don't know. The event had such great atmosphere (even better than Rosmalen) and when I went to Amersfoort two years ago, it just sucked there. Nothing was accessible..
I will probably go again this year, so maybe some things changed.
Also, I have always had this great feeling about Queen's. It seems to have a great tradition and great players too (not this year, though). I so want to go there someday. The same goes for Basel and Sydney. And of course Wimbledon, RG and the AO. Not the US Open though.. It doesn't appeal to me!