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Smashes of the Titans: US Open vs Wimbledon

June 01, 2022

If watching the top seeds in tennis battling it out in two of the most well-known and well-respected tennis championships in the world sounds like Nirvana to you, you may want to take time out of your busy schedule to head to both the US Open in New York and Wimbledon in London, this year.

The US Open is scheduled for June 16-19, while Wimbledon takes place from June 27 to July 10, which gives you ample time to attend both these amazing tournaments. Or, if time is a constraint, you might opt to choose just one.

Russian Players Barred from Wimbledon

Don’t plan on seeing any players from Russia at Wimbledon this year.

“We recognize that this is hard on the individuals affected, and it is with sadness that they will suffer for the actions of the leaders of the Russian regime,” said Ian Hewitt, chairman of the All England Club. “"We have very carefully considered the alternative measures that might be taken within the UK Government guidance but, given the high profile environment of The Championships, the importance of not allowing sport to be used to promote the Russian regime and our broader concerns for public and player (including family) safety, we do not believe it is viable to proceed on any other basis at The Championships.”

What this means is that Daniil Medvedev, seeded second to Novak Djokovic, will not be playing at Wimbledon, nor will second-seeded Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus. That also ousted fifth-seeded Andrey Rublev of Russia.

US Open Yet to Make Decision on Russian Players

Organizers of the 2022 US Open tennis tournament have so far made no corresponding statements regarding participation of Russian tennis players in the Grand Slam tournament. An announcement is expected soon.

US Open VIP Choices

There are a number of VIP packages available at the US Open for elite tennis fans. Among them are luxury suites with private exterior balconies and interior lounges with prime viewing and unparalleled experiences. Luxury suites also include:

  • Customizable chef-curated menus with full services from a dedicated suite attendant;
  • A private ensuite restroom.

Wimbledon VIP Choices

For the first time this year, Wimbledon is offering a new VIP hospitality concept – The Treehouse, among others, featuring:

  • A flexible, informal experience;
  • Luxurious décor;
  • Roaming small plates from two-starred Michelin Chef Tom Sellers;
  • Innovative drinks menus;
  • Live DJs;
  • Centre Court or No.1 Court tickets.

Stay at Luxurious Homes

Attending elite championships such as the US Open and Wimbledon merit staying at equally elite homes while you are at these tournaments. Villa Lenyna in Port Jefferson in the Hamptons, is a little more than two hours from Manhattan and is an exquisite place to stay while you take in the tennis action. This palatial beachfront residence offers 20,000 square feet of living space with room for 22 guests. There are both indoor and outdoor pools, a tennis court, and a lovely rooftop terrace.

Villa Lenyna, Hamptons

When in London, Grosvenor Penthouse will provide you with elegant, Deco-inspired living in the heart of the city’s fashionable Mayfair neighborhood. Presenting the ultimate London urban retreat, this property is fully attuned to the city's cosmopolitan spirit. Commanding views over Hyde Park from the balcony are best enjoyed engrossed in fine conversation, a glass of champagne in hand.

Contemporary chic Grosvenor Penthouse in London.

The most impressive 432 Park Avenue Apartment B has amazing views high above Manhattan with unparalleled views of Central Park and the city. World-class amenities available include seasonal menus for all meals of the day, a restaurant with patio, a fitness center with top equipment and a yoga room, a 75-foot indoor pool, a steam/sauna area, a massage room, a billiards room, a screening room, a business center, a parking garage with valet services and a playroom for children.

New York Itinerary

During your time in New York, you may want to experience other activities the city has to offer.

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art: Since its inception in 1870, the Met, as it is known, has been home to a treasure trove of rare and beautiful objects. You can view these rarities – representing more than 5,000 years of worldwide art – in the museum’s galleries and via exhibitions and events.
  • Nobu: Nobu Downtown is the flagship restaurant of Chef Nobu Matsuhisa who draws on his classical training at Tokyo sushi bars. The dishes here espouse a new style of Japanese food. There are sushi and sashimi bars to delight seafood lovers, and unique dishes such as skirt steak with Yuzu truffle honey.
  • Broadway Shows: You simply cannot leave New York City without taking in a Broadway show. With 41 professional theaters located along Broadway in Manhattan, it represents the best in commercial theater. The live theater experience allows you to immerse yourself in the now. Costumes, music, dialogue, choreography, lighting, and staging grab everyone’s attention for a delightful experience.
You may wish to take in a Broadway show while in New York City.

London Itinerary

Here are some things that may peak your interest while in London.

  • Shopping in Soho, Bond Street, or Oxford Street: For serious fashionistas, Bond Street is the place to be seen in and to shop. The area boasts one of the biggest and best concentrations of designer shops in the world, including Prada, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Nicole Fahri, Armani, Versace, among others. Soho boasts some of the most popular shopping streets in London, and no visit would be complete without an afternoon of shopping in the area. Oxford Street is the granddaddy of all London shopping streets. At nearly one-and-a-half miles long, if you can dream it, chances are you'll be able to buy it on Oxford Street.
  • Take in a show in London’s West End: No trip to London’s West End is complete without seeing a theatre show. London has some of the best plays and musicals in the world. Theatre lovers will be familiar with some long-standing theatres in the area such as the London Palladium, Apollo Theatre, Gielgud Theatre, Palace Theatre and the Lyric Theatre. There’s so much to see in London’s West End. From world-class plays, to musicals, to comedies, dance shows and operas, there’s something for everyone.
  • Visit the museums: London is replete with museums and galleries. If you enjoy art, history, culture, architecture and the like might wish to take a couple days to visit. These are some of the best museums, not only in London, but in the world: The British Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Science Museum, Royal Museums Greenwich, the Imperial War Museum, the Museum of London, the London Transport Museum, the Design Museum, and the Bank of England Museum.
Bond Street has some of the most elite shops in the world and you can get some retail therapy in between matches at Wimbledon.

If you are a luxury traveler who adores tennis, you can attend both the US Open and Wimbledon, if you choose. LVH will make it happen for you. We invite you to reach out to one of our client relations associates who will begin planning your tennis extravaganza in both London and New York or either destination. We are all about making your vacation dreams come true, no matter where you’re traveling. We will create a tailor-made itinerary just for you ensuring you will be experiencing only those things that will help you to create magical memories. For us, there is no other way.

The 2021 Men's Singles champion, Daniil Medvedev, at the 2021 US Open on September 12, 2021 in Flushing, NY. [Source: usopen.org]
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