I Know This is Crazy, But Let’s Do It

Written By: achangeofends - Aug• 21•11

Because tennis is such a global sport, it often takes fans weeks or months to plan a trip to see their favorite players in action. A first time trip can sometimes be overwhelming to plan. Where do I stay? What do I pack? Do I need to buy tickets in advance or is it easier to buy them on site? Is there parking/a tournament shuttle? There are a lot of questions, and generally not a lot of answers. So, I want to create a database.

Basically, I want to create a comprehensive fan guide to tennis tournaments, including rating each tournament on categories like location, concessions, and player accessibility in addition to fan tips and tricks. Personally, I’ve only been to 11 tournaments, paltry when you consider there are WTA and ATP tournaments nearly every week, and I definitely don’t feel qualified to give guidance on each and every one of them. That’s where you come in.

Do you attend your local tournament every year? By all means fill out the form and help your fellow tennis fans. Did you splurge on a luxury trip to Wimbledon? Share your wisdom.

I’ve created a basic evaluation survey which you will find in a tab at the top of the page. As I get the survey results, I will compile them into uniform guides for each tournament I have information on. If I get more than one for the same tournament, I will average the scores and combine the comments.

I realize this is an ambitious task, and I’m not exactly sure if this will work logistically. However, I think this could be an incredibly valuable resource for tennis fans and it’s worth an attempt.

Thank you for your help and please don’t hesistate to contact me with any questions.

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  1. Debora says:

    Pathetic from novak , but he has been this way , for the entire week . Should have lost to monfils or berdych .

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  3. Gregoire Gentil says:

    It’s a good idea and I think that it will be very useful for the fans, but you need to make it simpler for people to participate. Why not doing online survey instead of having to download a Microsoft Excel file and try to fill the cells. You have a bunch of free online survey on the web such as http://www.zoomerang.com/ Also there are 60 WTA tournaments per year, you basically need 60 pages on a website.

    OK, here is another idea: just do a wiki with 60 pages (one page per tournament) and let people fill the wiki. Just moderate as admin.

    • achangeofends says:

      Thanks so much for the input. I agree, the excel worksheet was cumbersome. That’s why I have integrated the form into our website. It’s still a bit glitchy, but significantly more convenient for us all.

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