Connecticut Open in a roundup of “Five Top Tennis Vacations”

Connecticut Open, New Haven, CT, August 15-23

What to Know?

The Connecticut Open is the final tournament in a string of North American women’s events before the US Open. Past champions at the Connecticut classic include Venus Williams, Steffi Graf, Justine Henin and Jennifer Capriati. This year, five of the top 20 ranked players in the world have already committed to play, including last year’s singles winner Simona Halep and four-time champ Caroline Wozniacki.

What to Do?

Watching some of the greatest strokes can be an art in itself, but if you want to see the best of New Haven’s more traditional works, look no further than the Yale University Art Gallery. The establishment features pieces that range from American snapshots (Jazz Lives: The Photographs of Lee Friedlander and Milt Hinton) to Indo-Pacific art (East of the Wallace Line: Monumental Art from Indonesia and New Guinea, starting August 15). The free gallery is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Where to Stay?

The newly renovated Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale is located in the middle of The Elm City’s downtown area, in walking distance of the Ivy League school’s historic campus. So when it’s time to take a break from all the tournament action, stop by the hotel’s JoBella Salon and Spa for a 75-minute seaweed body wrap or 90-minute Swedish massage.

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