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Howard: Take a Grand Slam tennis tour
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While in Cincinnati, I spent some time talking with Laura Marttinen who was working the booth for a company called “Grand Slam Tennis Tours” that has its main office out of a restored barn in Stowe, Vermont. She is a GLTT digital marketing and design needs creative person for the company and was a joy to talk with. Someone you feel loves what they do.

Andrew Chmura is the president and owner of this company which was founded by Dave Kenny in 1989 and acquired by Andrew in 2004, now 30 years later and considered the global leader in tennis travel experiences.

Their office staff of 8 deal with finance, marketing, sales and operations and then there’s Laura who’s listed as their creative person. Naturally this doesn’t include their tour hosts, although many of their staff wear many hats.

Part of their more recent success has come in a partnership with “Topnotch Management” a business Andrew began with Sam Duvall who had been managing some of the top ATP and WTA players in the world.

With this connection guests on a tour are able to meet and talk and hang with tennis celebrities that probably wouldn’t happen on other tennis adventures tours. Some very special memories.

Would you like to win your own “Grand Slam” in a calendar year? The Australian, French, Wimbledon and U.S. Open - GSTT’s can get these events lined up to do just that...but it’ll cost you.

If you want great seats from the first rounds to the finals at most of the majors, the masters, the Laver Cup, Davis/Fed Cup, or Fantasy Tennis Camps, they can book that for you as well.

For instance, a trip to Wimbledon, the oldest and most revered tournament tennis has to offer is a GSTT speciality. Last year they booked over 400 guests there. Not only will they get you fantastic seats for Centre Court and/or Court #1, they will set up a chance to play tennis on grass, stay in historic hotels near the action, day trips to historic landmarks and a hospitality house you can take a break at, eat and relax within walking distance of this great tournament.

Not including airfare, this 4 day tour from the early rounds to the final days runs in the range of $6,275 - $11,950 per person which includes your 4 day tour, tickets, your excursion through London, a special gift and a welcome dinner.

Want to start with something closer to home like the U.S. Open? What’s included is your hotel near Central Park, seats of your desire and pocketbook - for various sessions, transportation to the event, dinner with past champions, access to club level restaurants with Courtside Luxury Seating, a commemorative gift and the service of your tour hosts.

Packages start with 3 night tours and range in price from $1,700 - $5,000 depending on what time frame of the tournament you’d like to attend per person, double occupancy.

Laura said they have built their tennis tours around the idea of capturing the passion of each unique event while crafting a unique experience for those who want to share it.

Andrew says that their focus has always been on quality and sharing their knowledge of each event and tournament with the best clients in the world.

You can reach them at www.grandslamtennistours.com, (844)334-7035 or emailed at grand@grandslamtennistours.com.

Chris Howard is a local USPTA Tennis Professional with over 40 years in the racquet and fitness industry. He can be reached at 928-642-6775 or choward4541@gmail.com.

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