Play tennis travel bingo!
Tennis bingo? Let the Australian Open winner’s home country decide where you’ll go in 2017.
You could do worse, with destinations from Austria to Venezuela being the homes of the players you could be on a tennis tour with a difference. If it’s Rafael Nadal – lock in Spain, Eddie. Serena Williams? – get the sunscreen ready, you’re off to Florida! So, who are some of the likely contenders for the Grand Slam event and where will this game of travel bingo send you?
The number one men’s seed is Andy Murray from Glasgow.
If you still associate the Scottish city with grimy shipbuilding and working-class toughness it’s time to re-evaluate. In the past 2 decades Glasgow has won 4 UNESCO awards for, art, architecture, sport and most recently music. There are over 190 live music venues in the city playing everything from pop to Celtic folk.
Visit Scotland has all you need to know about Glasgow.
Number one women’s seed is Angelique Kerber. She was born in Bremen, Germany. (Is there something about industrial cities that makes great tennis players?)
Despite being a centre for commerce, trade and industry the old town has some beautiful gothic buildings. Each year there’s a popular Christmas market in the scenic Bremen Marktplatz in front of the town hall and Cathedral of St Peter. The 100 meter long Bochtterstrasse is filled with museums, and the 15th to 18th century homes of the Schnoor district are now occupied by galleries and cafes.
But don’t expect to bump into Angelique, she lives in Puszczykowo, Poland – a small town surrounded by the forests of a national park and a great place for hikers.
Check out the top ten tourist attractions in Bremen.
Number 2 men’s seed Novak Djokovic is the hero of Belgrade, the Serbian capital.
Walk down the pedestrian-only shopping precinct of Kneza Mihalia and pick up a t-shirt emblazoned with his picture. Don’t forget to try traditional Serbian cuisine too – Cevapcici, Plieskavica and Burek (*drools).
Belgrade’s tourism office has this information on what to see and do.
Novak is one of the 5 top seeded men and women who choose to live in Monte Carlo. The others are
- Milos Raonic (Montenegro)
- Marin Cilic (Bosnia)
- Thomas Berdych (Czech)
- and Karolina Pliskova – Karolina can be forgiven because she’s from Louny in the Czech republic and no-one wants to be known as a Louny.)
Monte Carlo is the most exclusive neighbourhood of Monaco (which is the richest place on Earth). It sits on the hill overlooking the harbour and the casino. Unless you have very deep pockets (it cost 30Euros just to enter the casino) it’s probably best to visit on a day trip. The bus from nearby Nice costs about 1Euro. The beach at Larvotto is free as are many of the public gardens, including the Rose Garden which is dedicated to Princess Grace.
Check out this BBC piece on Monaco on a budget.
Home sweet home
Only Stan Wawrinka (Lausanne, Switzerland), Rafael Nadal (Mallorca, Spain), Agnieszka Radwanska (Krakow, Poland), Diminika Cibulkova (Bratislava, Slovakia) still live where they were born – but you can bet your bottom dollar they’ve moved up the property ladder.
But the prize for the Strangest move, destination wise, goes to ninth seed Johanna Konta, who moved from Collaroy on Sydney’s northern beaches when she was 14 to pursue her tennis career, and now lives in Eastbourne, UK.
Ok, it’s beside the sea but it ain’t no Collaroy!
Czech this out
Personally, I’m hoping Thomas Berdych wins, his home town of Valasske Mezirici, in the Czech republic has a goulash and beer festival every summer. Prost!
Travel bingo – where you’ll be going if these players win the Australian Open.
Top 10 seeded men
- Andy Murray – Glasgow, Scotland (Now lives in London)
- Novak Djokovic – Belgrade, Serbia (Now lives in Monte Carlo)
- Milos Raonic – Podgorica, Montenegro (Now lives in Monte Carlo)
- Stan Wawrinka – Lausanne, Switzerland
- Kei Nishikori – Shimane, Japan (Now lives in Florida)
- Gael Monfils – Paris, France (Now lives in Switzerland)
- Marin Cilic – Bosnia Herzegovina (Now lives in Monte Carlo)
- Dominic Thiem – Wiener Neustadt, Austria (Now lives in nearby Lichtenworth)
- Rafael Nadal – Mallorca, Spain
- Thomas Berdych – Valasske Mezirici, Czech, (now lives in Monte Carlo)
Top 10 seeded women
- Angelique kerber – Bremen, Germany (Now lives in Puszczykowo, Poland)
- Serena Williams – Saginaw, Missouri, USA (Now lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida)
- Agnieszka Radwanska – Krakow, Poland
- Simona Halep – Constanta, Romania
- Karolina Pliskova – Louny, Czech Republic (now lives in Monte Carlo)
- Dominika Cibulkova – Bratislava, Slovakia
- Garbine Muguruza – Caracas, Venezuela (Now lives in Geneva, Switzerland)
- Svetlana Kuznetsova – St Petersburg, Russia (Now lives in Moscow)
- Johanna Konta – Sydney (Now lives in Eastbourne, UK)
- Carla Suarez Navarro – Las Palmas, Canary Islands (Now lives in Barcelona)