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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old Sep 19th, 2017, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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What are the best seats in a tennis arena?

Advice needed from experienced tennis-match goers

I usually watch tennis comfortably at home on TV or on a laptop, but this Friday to Sunday my home city is hosting the inaugural Laver Cup and I've received tickets for all three days as a birthday gift.

I would normally prefer to watch this on TV, as the event will be televised on a free public channel, but I was told that I 'have to go'.

I'm actually thinking about selling one of the tickets, as the prices should be rising as the kickoff date nears. Who would have thought a year ago, when the event was launched, that Mirka Federer's husband and Toni Nadal's nephew would sweep all the four slams (2 each) this year and would be ranked #1 and #2?

I'm wondering what to expect since when I last visited a Davis Cup match in the very same arena, it was a letdown. The viewing angle (courtside) wasn't optimal.

I presume the best position is the one where the main TV camera is situated, i.e. you see one player from the back and his/her opponent from the front. I presume the seats on the courtside are not that good (as confirmed by my experience from Davis Cup), as one can't see the court from an angle allowing for fully seeing and thus enjoying the points and rallies.

What is your advice/experience/opinion?
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Re: What are the best seats in a tennis arena?

I prefer front-back to side view because you can't fully appreciate the tactics and spins/depth/height of the ball from the side. For the same reason I will at most be sat halfway up the court because you can't see the ball from anywhere higher than that.
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Re: What are the best seats in a tennis arena?

I always liked to sit behind the players ie.where the cameras shoot from as you said.

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Re: What are the best seats in a tennis arena?

I've never had a seat at courtside that wasn't better than watching it on TV. I find side on gives you a better appreciation of the bounce while sitting behind the player gives you a better view of angles. But your own 3D vision is always better than a 2D TV picture in my experience.
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Re: What are the best seats in a tennis arena?

better find for yourself what suits you.
i don't like the seats behind the players & ump.
i like the seats near the service line opposite to the players seats and the front view.
but any place is better than TV.
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Re: What are the best seats in a tennis arena?

I like the ones right in the corner.
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Re: What are the best seats in a tennis arena?

Yeah, I usually mimic the typical "TV view", sitting at either end of the stadium, and to the right, behind the deuce court.

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Re: What are the best seats in a tennis arena?

My preferred seat is behind base line, but not in the center. Somewhere along continuation of the doubles alley. And 5-8 meters above the court.
Gives both good view of the point tactics and some feel as to speed and height of shots
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Re: What are the best seats in a tennis arena?

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My preferred seat is behind base line, but not in the center. Somewhere along continuation of the doubles alley. And 5-8 meters above the court.
Gives both good view of the point tactics and some feel as to speed and height of shots
Same. Behind the baseline, close to the center of the stands but not exactly at the center, a few rows up from the court (enough to get something close to TV camera angle).

Watching the match from the sidelines is very frustrating as you get next to no sense of shot placement.

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Re: What are the best seats in a tennis arena?

Yes behind the one of the players/baselines, but make sure you sit high and not on the first row or something -- otherwise the other side of the court will disappear under the net
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When I go I sit behind the baseline, if it's a small stand then I sit near the back in the centre of the court. If It's a huge stand then more near to the front otherwise the players looks like dots.
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I have sat at the side also but it's a lot faster viewing it from that side. It looks a lot slower on tv than it actually is. You get a good atmosphere for the game actually being there.
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Re: What are the best seats in a tennis arena?

For me - courtside, without a doubt. As the poster above said you get to really appreciate the speed and movement of the ball. Put it this way - it's as close as you can get to being part of the action. If the seats are at the "proper height" you also get a clear view of shot placement, player movement, etc.

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Re: What are the best seats in a tennis arena?

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Watching the match from the sidelines is very frustrating as you get next to no sense of shot placement.
Absolutely! I had tickets on the sideline seats for a Davis Cup QF between Czechia and Serbia and the main thing I remember from the match is Stepanek's and Tipsarevic's grunts

One got almost no idea how the points were constructed and yeah, especially that sense for shot placement was missing throughout. Not to mention one of the nearby security guys was constantly threatening he would 'kill' Radek if he lost, which he did
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Re: What are the best seats in a tennis arena?

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