After taking stock in Berlin, I decided I might as well venture out to the Halle tournament. They promised me Federer but he withdrew! I forgive him since he finally bagged the French Open.
Still, I couldn’t be this close to a grass tournament and not venture out to it. After a bit of researching online, I was able to secure a round trip train ticket and hotel accommodations for 3 nights for less than $500!
What an absolutely lovely tournament! The food is good and cheap. Beer for 4 Euros and a sandwich for 3 Euros. I can easily see myself drinking a bit too much. The grounds are very pretty and it has a nice local, homegrown feel to it. The big sellers were the Kids Day, Ladies Day, and German Players Day. Yowza, this feels really different than the Masters events I’ve attended. Hmm, I wonder how this will compare to a local in the US. Wonder if our 250 tourney’s feel this localized?