Editors' pick: Originally published April 20.
The 2016 Grand Slam schedule kicked off with style and surprise at the Australian Open in January. Men's world number one, Novak Djokovic, captured his 11th Major singles title and sixth Australian Open, but defending champion and women's world number one, Serena Williams, lost to Germany's Angelique Kerber in the final.
Next up is the French Open on the slow red clay of Paris. Three weeks later, the men's and women's circuits meet in London for Wimbledon with its grass courts and tradition. The U.S. Open at New York's anything-but-scenic Flushing Meadow ends the Majors circuit.
Although tennis is not as popular as other sports on a daily basis, the four two-week Majors draw a higher level of interest. That's because nearly all the best players participate on the men's and women's sides. It is also because of the Majors' historic importance. Tickets can be costly, particularly in the later rounds.
According to international reseller Ticketbis, the French Open and Wimbledon will be the priciest Majors this year. Fans who travel to these tournaments and the U.S. Open will also pay significantly for hotels.
French Open tickets start from $143.62 during the early rounds, while tickets for the quarterfinals will cost $250 or more. The get-in price for tickets fto the men's final in early June clocks in at a lofty $572.58, while tickets to the women's final starts at $241.60. The French Open takes place at Roland Garros (named for a French aviator who was the first person to fly across the Mediterranean Sea) on the edge of the massive Bois du Boulogne Park in the western part of the city. The event runs from May 22 to June 5.
As is the case each year, Wimbledon will post the most expensive ticket prices among the Majors. The tournament's debenture ticketing process, which allows patrons to purchase five years' worth of tournament tickets each year, is notoriously expensive. The Centre Court debenture for 2016-2020 had an average list price of €50,000, or $68,175.
Those prices will be reflected on the resale market, and Wimbledon tickets start from $1,489.70 each during early rounds. The tournament begins June 27.
Expect to pay more than four times that price for the men's July 10 final. The cheapest Wimbledon Men's Final ticket is now a gaudy $6.832.85.
Interestingly, travel and accommodations during the tournament are much less than in Paris or New York. Four-star hotels start from just $83.44 per night.
U.S. Open tickets on the resale market are the cheapest of the Majors this year. Tickets for preliminary rounds start from just $48, while tickets to both the quarterfinals and semifinals start from under $200. The U.S. Open men's final currently has a $248 get-in price while the cheapest ticket to the women's final owns a $157 price tag. The U.S. Open runs from Aug. 29 to Sept. 11.
Hotels in New York during the U.S Open's start from $142.35 each night for a 4-star hotel.
With his win in Melbourne earlier this year Djokovic began his quest for the ever-elusive calendar year Grand Slam, which means winning all four Majors. Williams fell just short of winning a Slam last year. Only two other men's players have achieved this feat.
Australian Rod Laver was the last to do so in 1969.
Williams has won 21 Majors, third most all-time among women. She is behind only Germany's Steffi Graf, who finished with 22 Majors and Australian Margaret Court, who won 24 Majors.
Williams has had a lengthy dry spell. She won her last title last August at the Cincinnati Masters and has lost twice following the Australian Open, at Indian Wells and the Miami Open.
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