Best seating section
When ordering tickets, Section B3 Tribune is the section to sit in! It's on a corner, and it's right where the players enter and exit the center court. So you can get autographs if you like, or just be close to the players. Tickets for this section cost me 40 Euros each.
What else to bring to the Ordina Open
Layer your clothing. When the sun comes out, you will want to remove a few things, when the clouds hover overhead and the wind and rain pick up, you will want a light, water-repellent jacket. Bring a hat to keep the sun off your face. FYI: if you're sitting in sections B1 or B3, the sun is at your back. And don't forget an umbrella! Cameras are welcome at the Ordina Open, just be friendly to the players and turn off your flash! Bring a few pens, you may have the chance to get an autograph! And do check to make sure they work. Don't be like me: I had Jelena Jankovic signing a copy of the women's draw and the pen didn't work...
Rosmalen 9 June 2008
Rosmalen was a small village untill 1996 then it became part of
's Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch).
Rosmalen has some annul events and Ordina Open is one of theme, a wellknown tennistournement.
The center is not big but nice with enough free parkingspace.
It has a weekly market on thursday afternoons.
Alos famous is the "Autotron", for people who love old=classic cars.
Going to the Ordina Open tennis tournament
Congratulations to Ivan Ljubicic and Anna Chakvetadze: the winners of the 2007 Ordina Open!
I've created this page to give you more information on getting to the best little grass court tournament I know of.
Advertised as the only international grass tennis tournament of The Netherlands, the Ordina Open takes place at the Autotron in Rosmalen. It is a Tier 3 tournament on the ATP and WTA schedules. It occurs the week prior to Wimbledon, so many players use it as a warm up event as they get off the clay and begin the short grass court season prior to the American hard court summer.
This year on the men's side, the big-name players included Ivan Ljubicic, Tommy Robredo, Marcos Baghdatis and Juan Carlos Ferrero.
On the women's side, defending champ and hometown Dutchy favorite Michaella Krajicek was there, along with French Open runner up Ana Ivanovic, and fellow Serb Jelena Jankovic, Russians Anna Chakvetadze (had to check the spelling on that one twice) and Dinara Safina, and Slovak Daniela Hantuchova and India's Sania Mirza.
This was my second year in a row attending the tournament, and it has fast become one of my favorites!
Check out the official tournament site -- www.ordinaopen.nl -- for more information.
And check out my travelogue photos of some of the players I saw. It's strange that I only ended up photographing players with last names ending in "ic." It wasn't intentional -- weird?!?!
"The rains came..."
Of course, rain and wet grass make play impossible, so suspensions occured at various times this week. Luckily, there were intermittent patches of sunshine and the rains were short enough not to make the delays too long. However, there were some significant interruptions. I think the luckiest person in the tournament was Ljubicic, who played the first match both Thursday and Friday, and had no delays.
"Getting to the tournament..."
The Autotron in Rosmalen is like a fair grounds. It is well known in the area and there are many signs to direct you in the correct way. I was driving from Breda, so I drove direction s'Hertogenbosch. Rosmalen is very close by. Also, there are buses available to the Autotron in Rosmalen from the main train station of s'Hertogenbosch.
Serbian French Open finalist Ana Ivanovic lost to Daniela Hantuchova in the quarter finals Thursday. The match was delayed by rain and finally played on Court 1. Ana didn't look like she was too happy with the delays, and hopefully will bounce back and do well at Wimbledon!