Now in its fourth year, the Wuhan Open keeps getting better and better for both players and fans.
Held at the 70,000 sqm Optics Valley International Tennis Centre in the east of Wuhan, the sprawling facilities are a tennis fan's dream come true, offering a Grand Slam-like atmosphere with three show courts, four outdoor tournament hard courts as well as practice and indoor courts.
The five-floor, 15,000-seat Centre Court is modeled after the Australian Open's Rod Laver Arena and offers excellent views from any seat. This court has been the site of many riveting matches, including this year's three tie-break, 3 1/2 hour thriller between Chinese #1 Shuai Peng and two-time Wuhan Open champion Petra Kvitova. For a more intimate experience, fans can head over to the nearby 5,000-seat Court 1 which sees play throughout the week.
Between the two stadiums is Carnival Square, the lively food, entertainment and shopping hub of the centre. The square is home to a main stage where events are scheduled throughout the tournament including the pre-tournament draw ceremony, this year with the attendance of world #2 Simona Halep, autograph signings, musical performances and more.
Other entertainment spaces offer massage chairs, games of skill with prizes and giant screens to follow the action. Restaurant tents offer everything from snacks to gourmet meals to fuel a long day of tennis watching. Whatever your craving, fans are sure to find a delicious bite from grilled sausages and Italian chicken with rice to hot and dry noodles and braised spare ribs. Desserts run from healthy (fresh cut fruit) to indulgent (ice cream, cake and bubble tea).
Shopping opportunities also abound where fans can pick up the latest tennis gear from well-known brands including Wilson, Yonex and Peak.
A pedestrian bridge leads to the 16 outdoor practice courts where fans can often find their favorite players performing drills or working on a specific aspect of their game. Spend a few minutes here watching how incredibly consistent these world-class players can hit the ball with pace and precision, something that must be seen live to be appreciated.
At the four tournament courts, fans can get mere meters away from their tennis idols. Watch up close as Martina Hingis puts away a trademark backhand volley or Jelena Ostapenko aims for the lines with her scorching groundstrokes. Site-wide complimentary Wi-Fi means fans can take advantage of the Wuhan Open app to check draws, live scores, the order of play on all courts, and more.
So remember to pack a hat and some sun protection and come cheer on your favorite players at the Wuhan Open!