Attention sports fans: it’s time to cast your gaze towards the Racquet Club of Memphis where the Memphis Open tennis tournament will take place from February 11-19. The annual event features top-ranked athletes from around the world competing over nine fun, exciting days.
The qualifying rounds of the tournament begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 11, and first and second round action will continue through Thursday, February 16.
The quarterfinals will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday, February 17, the semifinals will begin on Saturday, February 18 at 2 p.m.. Finals will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, February 19.
You can buy tickets for the full tournament or individual matches, and see a seating chart at memphisopen.com/tickets. There is also a package available for finals weekend. You can also order tickets by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 901-765-4427.
The field is loaded this year. John Isner, who finished 2016 as the top-ranked American player for the sixth year in a row and is currently ranked no. 19, is considered one of the favorites. He was a finalist at this eventin 2010, and he’s won 10 singles titles in his career. At one point, he was ranked no. 9 in the world.
Isner is most famous for winning the longest match in tennis history, defeating Frenchman Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010 in a match that took 11 hours and five minutes and was played over three days.
Another favorite this year is 37-year-old Croatian Ivo Karlovic, who possesses a powerful serve (up to 156 mph). He was a finalist at this tournament in 2014, and has won eight ATP titles and reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 2009. He’s currently ranked no. 21 in the world.
Returning to Memphis this year is one of last year’s darlings, Taylor Fritz. Last year, when he was just 18 years old, Fritz defeated no. 2 seed Steve Johnson on his way to the finals before falling to Japan’s Kei Nishikori. Fritz will be looking to defend his spot in the finals.
Click here if you want to see the full list of players.
The DoubleTree by Hilton Memphis is just a few blocks away (within walking distance) of the Racquet Club. Also in the area are Hampton Inn – Memphis-Poplar, Marriott Memphis East, Four Points by Sheraton Memphis East, Hilton Memphis, and Staybridge Suites – Memphis/Poplar Avenue East.
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Luckily, you can sample some of the best of Memphis dining while you’re in town for the tournament. A few within walking distance of the Racquet Club:
Napa Café, which is a great spot to grab lunch between matches.
Muddy’s Bake Shop, a Memphis favorite for cakes, cupcakes, and pies. Try a slice of their Tomboy cake, it’s wonderful.
The Sear Shack Burgers and Fries (read more about this one on the I Love Memphis blog)
Also located near the Racquet Club are: Porcellino’s Craft Butcher, Hog & Hominy, Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Folk's Folly Prime Steak House, Huey’s, Gibson’s Donuts, Corky’s B-B-Q, and Gus’ Fried Chicken.
More Things To Do In East Memphis
The Malco Paradiso movie theater is within walking distance of the Racquet Club, or you can take a painting class at Pinot’s Palette across the street. A short driving distance away are the Memphis Botanic Garden and the Dixon Gallery & Gardens.