Spain, The Big Show in London, and Historic Italy
June 22 to July 17 (25 Days)
Depart New York > Blanes, Spain (Barcelona) > London, UK > Bari, Italy > Rome, Italy > Return to New York
There’s Wimbledon, and then there’s everything else. We felt we couldn’t go on tennis-centric trips in Europe in the summer and NOT go to the crown jewel of the sport. Which is why we knew we had to have a trip that gets players there, for the experience of a lifetime by spending a day watching Wimbledon.
We’ll get started in Spain, flying to Barcelona and heading up the coast of Catalunya to a seaside town we’ll call home for the week. Our host runs a club there and is excited to welcome us for daily practices, a RFET (Spanish Tennis Federation) tournament, and friendly matches with local players. His expertise of the local tennis scene allows us to set up plenty of opportunities not just to train, but to play and compete with locals. The club is also across the street from the beach, allowing us plenty of flexibility to spend our days bouncing between the courts, the Mediterranean, and the seaside restaurants serving up paella, patatas bravas, and plenty of other Spanish favorites. Later in the week, our host club will arrange an evening barbeque for us and other players at the tournament, a perfect opportunity for our players to practice their Spanish and get to connect with locals off the court. We’ll cap off the week with a day trip to Barcelona to see the Las Ramblas, Sagrada Familia, La Boqueria, and the unique architecture of the city.
After Barcelona, we make our way to London, where our host Barry has us set to compete against local players and other juniors that are also in the UK to train and compete. Barry has built a network of UTR tournaments for aspiring British pros called The Progress Tour, and has the connections and expertise to ensure our players get as many matches as possible during our time in the UK, with all of them counting for UTR. Later in the week, we’ll take a pause from our own competing to spend the day at Wimbledon. We’ll be getting tickets the traditional way, by queueing. It will be a super early morning to get to Wimbledon and get our place in line, but this rite of passage for tennis fans is also sure to be one of the most memorable experiences of the trip. And fortunately for us, we’ll have the chance to pop into the house rented by our partner company Grand Slam Tennis Tours for some breakfast while we wait for matches to start and to get our tickets. While we’re in London, there will also be time to see some of the other sights in the city, including Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, and Covent Garden.
From London we’ll fly to the port city of Bari, Italy on the Adriatic Sea, where we have a week of tennis lined up at the brand new Bari Country Club. We’ll be entered into a tournament at the club, and our host will also help us with team and friendly matches during the week with the Italian juniors in the area who will be excited to play against us. Bari is a unique city with medieval architecture, an incredible old town, and beautiful beaches. While we’re there, we’ll have time to enjoy the beautiful Italian coast, see the city’s famous castle, and walk along the water on Italy’s longest promenade. And it goes without saying, but as we’re in Italy, there will be plenty of pizza, pasta, and gelato!
After a week in Bari, we’ll take a quick flight to Rome, our final stop on the trip before flying home. We’ll finish the trip with a couple of days of practice and friendly matches at a tennis club combined with sightseeing in the Eternal City, visiting the Colosseum, Pantheon, Vatican City, and more.