Biggest Tennis Tournaments
Sunday, it will be off to the Cromer tennis edition of Roland-Garros. As much fun as it is for tennis lovers, the second Grand Slam tournament of the season, after the Australian Open, and first sports betting chance for the gambling enthusiasts, but it remains the least attended of the four. Everything you need to know about the most popular competitions on the planet.
Australian Open, the hottest
Attendance: 720 363 spectators
Most titled player: Novak Djokovic (6)
Some years, you can cook a flat egg from the court! With temperatures as high as 40 °C, The Australian Open is known to be the hottest Cromer tennis tournament on the circuit. It is now also the most popular. With 720,363 spectators in 2016, the Australian Open surpassed the US Open for the first time. Tennis Australia, the event manager, made great efforts for the comfort of the visitors, with the support of the main sponsor, Kia. Melbourne Park was the first site in the Grand Slam to install a retractable roof. The tournament's turnover is around € 200 million. It popular among the online casinos that offer sports betting. Like its competitors, it has increased the players ' allocations, almost doubling since 2007. Novak Djokovic won 2.4 million euros in January with his sixth local title.
US Open, the most cheerful
Attendance: 691,280 spectators
Players with the most titles: exequo, Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer and Pete Sampras (5)
Wouldn't the administrators of the US Open Website have had the time, or the heart, to update their data? They continue to boast of "the biggest sporting event in the world" as Melbourne does better. While the Flushing Meadows tournament remains the most joyful in the Grand Slam, with its musical entertainment, attractions, and availability to download the mobile casino app for live betting, its attendance (691,280 visitors) fell in 2015. The 2009 record (721,059) is receding, although ticketing revenues exceed $ 100 million on revenue of $ 250 million. To conquer a new audience, 500 million were invested, including retractable roofs on the courts Arthur-Ashe and Louis-Armstrong. The Grandstand will be replaced in 2018 by a court surrounded by 8,000 seats. While Amex, Emirates and JP Morgan remain the main sponsors, it is time to diversify the second-tier sponsors (Lavazza coffee, Oreo biscuits, Jacob's Creek Australian wines).
Wimbledon, the most prestigious
Attendance: 484,391 spectators
Players with the most titles: exequo, Roger Federer and Pete Sampras (7)
The oldest tennis tournaments remains a major event with more than 1 billion viewers in over 200 countries. And a business that works: its turnover exceeds 215 million euros. The only professional tournament run by a club, the very select All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon has an incomparable charm – dress code "almost exclusively white" on an impeccable turf-and its quirks. Thus, to determine the series heads, he mixes the ATP Ranking and the field results of the last twelve months. Evian, HSBC, IBM... the thirteen partners are generally stable, with some newcomers (Stella Artois, Jaguar). Temple of attack tennis, Wimbledon offers, besides the prestige, a beautiful endowment to the winner: 2.5 million euros in 2015.