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PatM04
Aug 19th, 2004, 09:28 PM
I was just wondering which tourneys you think have then most fan-friendly practice courts. I have only been to one WTA event in Amelia Island and it is very easy to access the practice courts. This year Lindsay practiced in the Grandstand so it was really easy to watch. I was just wondering where you guys like to go watch the players practice.

Dava
Aug 19th, 2004, 09:32 PM
Birmingham has like a hill overlooking the practise courts which is really nice.

Come-on-kim
Aug 19th, 2004, 09:45 PM
's Hertogenbosch!! really easy to access!!

vutt
Aug 19th, 2004, 10:25 PM
Berlin was also very nice place in that sense!

I think indoor tournies do not have this kind of access. Kremlin Cup had only one practice court open for fans....

GoDominique
Aug 19th, 2004, 10:29 PM
Berlin is indeed very good.

Hamburg TMS too since 2003.

LindsayRulez
Aug 19th, 2004, 10:29 PM
I was just wondering which tourneys you think have then most fan-friendly practice courts. I have only been to one WTA event in Amelia Island and it is very easy to access the practice courts. This year Lindsay practiced in the Grandstand so it was really easy to watch. I was just wondering where you guys like to go watch the players practice.
Yes Amelia Island has great access; I also watched Lindsay practice on the grand stand, were you there this year?!! Maybe we sat next to each other, I watched her for about 45 minutes one day, it was amaaaaaazing!

Besides Amelia Island, I've only been to the BOTW at Stanford, and the practice courts do not have great access for the fans.

Lee-Waters' Boy
Aug 19th, 2004, 10:48 PM
Toronto had great access to practice courts if I remember right, its been a while.

Geisha
Aug 19th, 2004, 10:49 PM
When I went to Toronto this year, they were in touching-distance. The courts played really well, too!! :)

Spunky83
Aug 19th, 2004, 11:11 PM
I loved Berlin...you could see every court and watch at the side. Donīt have that much to compare, but e.G. Gerry Weber (ATP) is really not that guest-friendly cause you canīt attend the practice courts and the players are guided by three/four security men all the time and the women didnīt get even one! Funny...

PatM04
Aug 19th, 2004, 11:36 PM
Yes Amelia Island has great access; I also watched Lindsay practice on the grand stand, were you there this year?!! Maybe we sat next to each other, I watched her for about 45 minutes one day, it was amaaaaaazing!

Besides Amelia Island, I've only been to the BOTW at Stanford, and the practice courts do not have great access for the fans.I was there this year! I watched the semis and the finals. I got to see Lindsay practice in the grandstand on Saturday before her semi with Nadia. When I got there she was returning with Adam and then she served about 100 balls. When did you see her practice?

gourownway
Aug 19th, 2004, 11:37 PM
Indian Wells (Pacific Life Open) has geat access as well.

croat123
Aug 20th, 2004, 02:00 AM
Miami - practice courts are intermixed with "official" courts :D

Mateo Mathieu
Aug 20th, 2004, 05:17 AM
Adidas International in Sydney :)

Ekkekko
Aug 20th, 2004, 06:22 AM
Australian Open in Melbourne...:worship:
Just 15 minutes walking distance from my home.:eek:
5 minutes by train:p
10 minutes by tram:bounce:
And good ol' concession fares!:kiss:

stevenPRIDE
Aug 20th, 2004, 07:22 AM
Toronto has always been great, they have truely an amazing facility there, really above and beyond most...

New Haven isnt too bad either.

Shooter
Aug 20th, 2004, 07:43 AM
Indian Wells is the best I've been to as far as accessible practice courts go. The new arrangement of match and practice courts in Carson (Los Angeles) was fairly good too. Have to give the Acura near San Diego a big thumbs down in this respect. There's really only one practice court that the public has access to. And it's only from one side, and half the time it's used for matches. There are many other practice courts, but the public can only watch them through the entry door. At Indian Wells every practice court is wide open. Many of them can be viewed from 3 or 4 sides. There are no high, curtained fences around the practice courts.

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Aug 20th, 2004, 07:48 AM
Indian wells...

CooCooCachoo
Aug 20th, 2004, 08:56 AM
's Hertogenbosch!! really easy to access!!

I agree :) That's what makes the tournament special :)
I will see what Hasselt and Luxembourg are like this year.

Come-on-kim
Aug 20th, 2004, 09:23 AM
I agree :) That's what makes the tournament special :)
I will see what Hasselt and Luxembourg are like this year.
Don't expect a good access in Hasselt!!! If it's like in Antwerp (same organisation) you won't have the chance to see the players training except if the players trains on the center court

CooCooCachoo
Aug 22nd, 2004, 10:10 AM
Don't expect a good access in Hasselt!!! If it's like in Antwerp (same organisation) you won't have the chance to see the players training except if the players trains on the center court


:sad: Well, I won't be going for a lot of days, unless I get a press pass. It all depends on how busy I will be with university and such.. But I def. want to go on Sunday, cause I want to see Martina :) During qualifying, will you not be able to watch the practising either?

shnit.
Aug 23rd, 2004, 06:53 AM
jp morgan at the home depot center..

crazillo
Aug 24th, 2004, 07:47 AM
Montreal was OK, too. :)