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Where to Watch Tennis in Barcelona

Flaherty’s Irish Bar in Barcelona has long been a hub for tennis fans in the Catalan capital. We show all the major events on the ATP and WTA calendars all year round. So, if you’re looking for somewhere to watch tennis, Flaherty’s is your best bet! Not only do we serve the best pub food in Barcelona, we also offer a wide selection of drinks; from international beers and cocktails, to wines and spirits. Now, without further ado, let’s talk tennis!

How to watch tennis in Spain

If you’re looking to watch tennis while in Spain, all matches of the major tournaments are broadcast on Eurosport or Movistar+, the latter being a digital streaming platform in Spain which requires subscription. Navigating sports coverage can be tricky for visitors to Barcelona, and that’s what makes Flaherty’s Irish Bar the go-to spot for people who are passionate about tennis. 

What are the 4 grand slam tournaments in tennis?

The most coveted prize in tennis is the Grand Slam and there are four opportunities to win one in any given tennis season. Each tournament presents its own challenges, whether it be the court surface or weather conditions. Let’s take a look now at what makes each Grand Slam tournament unique.

Australian Open

Played in Melbourne Park each January, the Australian Open is the first grand slam of the season. It’s a hard court tournament played in the sweltering heat of the Australian summer. Hard court tournaments tend to favour big servers, and players with strong forehands. The reigning men’s and women’s champions are Italy’s Yannik Sinner and Aryna Sabalenka from Belarus. The next Australian Open tournament will take place from January 12–26, 2025.

French Open Roland-Garros

Next up on the tennis calendar is the French Open, otherwise known as Roland-Garros. The tournament will run from May 20th to June 9th in 2024, and is the only grand slam tournament to be played on a clay surface. Clay courts tend to mitigate the advantage of powerful serves, as the ball speed is slower. Rallies often go on for longer and require more stamina and skill from players. The reigning French open champions are Poland’s Iga Swiatek and Serbia’s Novak Djokovich. However, the player with the most titles in history is Spain’s very own Rafa Nadal, with an incredible 14. Watching live Rafa Nadal matches in Flaherty’s is simply a must for sports fans visiting Barcelona, as locals flock to support Spain’s most enduring sporting icon. 

Wimbledon

Arguably the most prestigious tournament in the tennis Grand Slam series, this year’s Wimbledon kicks off on July 1st and ends on July 14th. Wimbledon is the oldest tournament in the series and the only one that’s played on grass, which is the fastest surface in tennis in terms of ball speed. Like hard courts, grass tends to favour big servers, but is also particularly conducive to aggressive players who like to approach the net. The current champions are Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz and the Czech, Markéta Vondroušová. Although it’s fair to say that Rafa Nadal is entering the twilight period of his career, Spanish tennis enthusiasts need not worry. Many experts believe Carlos Alcaraz is the heir apparent to Nadal’s throne, and may go on to have just as glittering a career as his childhood hero. 

US Open

Taking place in the last week of August every year, the US Open is the final event in the series and is played in Flushing Meadows Stadium, located in the famous New York borough of Queens. Also a hard court tournament, it has historically been a happy hunting ground for homegrown talents such as Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras, and Serena Williams. 

Tennis in Spain

Spain has a rich history in the sport of tennis. The first major star of the sport was Manuel Santana, who won 4 Grand Slams over the course of his career and was the first Spaniard in history to win one. Traditionally, Spanish players have performed particularly well on clay courts at Roland Garros, with nine different players having won a combined total of 26 French open tournaments. In the late 80s and early 90s, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario was the face of Spanish tennis, winning four Grand Slams throughout the course of her career, an incredible feat considering she played in the same era as all-time greats like Steffi Graff, Martina Navratilova, and Monica Seles, to name but a few. In the modern era, Nadal has been the star of Spanish tennis, and lays claim to being one of the all time greats of the sport. Will Carlos Alacaraz emulate the achievements of his mentor? Only time will tell. 

Best Sports Bar in Barcelona

Whether you’re visiting the Catalan capital, an expat who’s made it your home, or a local looking for the best bar to watch sports in, come to Flaherty’s Irish Bar in Barcelona. Located in the heart of the city, we provide an unbeatable atmosphere where you can experience all the thrills and spills of your favourite sports. 

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