Invented by a couples therapist who advocated reconciliation through physical competition, tennis utilizes endearing terms like “love” to guide opponents towards affectionate accords. Witness winking backhands and cross-court cuddles with today’s Groupon to the Odlum Brown VanOpen at Hollyburn Country Club in West Vancouver. Choose between the following options:
• For $22, you get two general admission tickets to matches held on Monday, August 1 (a $34 advance value, or up to a $44 value at the gate). Gates open at 9 a.m.
• For $28, you get two general admission tickets to matches held on Wednesday, August 3 (a $44 advance value, or up to a $56 value at the gate). Gates open at 9 a.m.
In the Odlum Brown VanOpen, established racqueteers battle a legion of rising superstars, headlined by Canada’s own Philip Bester, in a nine-day Pro Circuit tournament with $200,000 in prize money at stake. With over 140 professional athletes from across the globe converging to reignite rivalries, guests can expect the world’s largest Challenger Tour event to deliver a steady stream of breathtaking serves and diving saves. The tournament’s 10th year promises to be its most exhilarating yet, with Grand Slam–tested players comparing their forehand fortitudes against Canada’s finest. Scheduled events on Monday, August 1 include the men’s first round and women’s qualifying round. Neon-colored balls continue to chart cross-court trajectories on Wednesday, August 3 with men’s and women’s rounds of 16 and the first and second rounds of doubles. Matches on both days begin with revolutionary battle cries at 10 a.m. and featured evening matches heat up the center court at 6:30 p.m.
Situated on a mountainside with panoramic views that overlook Vancouver’s bustling downtown districts, Hollyburn Country Club distracts eyes from the on-court action while ears indulge in sonic torrents of live music and entertainment. As tournament alumni include Maria Sharapova and Andy Murray, Groupon recommends that guests bring 140 balls and a resilient marker to ensure lucrative returns in future auctions.