Tennis began in the late 1880s when those with the luxury of free time played on lawns wearing ankle-length dresses or flannel trousers. Since then it has developed into an international professional sport with tournaments scattered across the globe, like the US Open in New York, the French Open in Paris, Wimbledon in London and the Australian Open in Melbourne – and Coast to Coast has tickets to all those, and more! And, if you’d rather catch a match closer to home, we’ve got you covered there too. From the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles to the Legg Mason Classic in D.C., the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Ohio to the Sony Ericsson Open in Florida, Coast to Coast has tickets to any tennis tournament you’re interested in, and all at the best prices around.
As Steve Wilstein of the Associated Press pointed out, 'Everything about tennis, except its essential rules, has changed from the way it was played 100 years ago, when balls, clothes, players and spectators all were white.' Bright yellow balls have replaced the white ones, although they can still be hard to see when served at 110 mph, propelled by the swing of a sleek composite, not wood-framed, racquet.
Practicality forced shorter, less cumbersome clothing, and these days colorful clothes dominate everywhere except at Wimbledon. Most notably, players no longer need to be wealthy amateurs to take part in major tennis events. Since 1968, tennis has been 'open' to anyone with the skill to win a berth in the competition. Ironically, the first winner of the U.S. Open was Arthur Ashe, who would have been excluded from setting foot in most tennis clubs in the earlier years of the sport.
With these changes, tennis has continued to broaden its appeal world-wide. With broader participation, the level of play continues to rise, and the demand for tickets grows. Get your tickets and witness the amazing power and skill of the men and women who now play professional tennis.
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