The clay court tennis season continues in Nice this May with the ATP 250 tournament, attracting a number of the world’s elite players.
The Open de Nice Côte d’Azur has proven to be hugely successful since its reinstatement in 2010, after a fifteen year hiatus. Many of the world’s top players traditionally use this tournament as a final warm-up for the second Grand Slam event of the year, the French Open in Roland Garros.
The tournament may only be a 250 point event, and so not very attractive to many of the top 10 stars of the game, but the list of players confirmed to date still makes for good reading.
Among the names to look out for in May there is local favourite Gilles Simon (current world nr. 16), the amiable American John Isner, world nr. 6 Tomas Berdych, and even talk that we may see Lleyton Hewitt grace the courts of Nice Lawn Tennis Club.
The organisers have once again shown their commitment to a green policy for the tournament. Every effort is made to reduce the carbon footprint of the event through a variety of measures taken in conjunction with their partners, visitors are encouraged to use Auto Bleue to travel to the tournament, with free parking on offer, and even the smallest of things are taken into consideration, like the recycling of all tennis balls used during the week, and the collection of plastic bottle tops for recycling.
The tournament runs from Sunday 19th to Saturday, 25th May 2013 in Nice Lawn Tennis Club. Tickets are now available to reserve online, and range in price from €17 to €52 on average, depending on choice of seat and date.
Nice Lawn Tennis Club
ave. Suzanne Lenglen
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