For the first time in 33 years, Dallas will play host to a top-level men's professional tennis tournament! Tennis stars from around the globe will compete for $770,000 in prize money at The Dallas Open, to be held at Dallas' own Southern Methodist University (SMU). The week-long event starts on Feb. 6 with qualifying rounds before culminating at the sold-out finals on Sunday, Feb. 13.
If you're up to speed on all things tennis, you know The Dallas Open boasts a star-studded lineup, including Nick Kyrgios, Grigor Dimitrov and worldwide icon Kei Nishikori. And for Dallasites, look no further than a hometown hero to cheer on - Guinness World Record holder and Dallas resident John Isner, a 6'9 power player who played the longest professional match ever, is playing and serving as tournament ambassador.
Match times vary each day, so you'll have plenty of time to explore Dallas and the area around SMU before and after the sets get started – here's a few ideas:
- Snider Plaza features a handful of delectable eateries, including Kuby's Sausage House, Bubba's Cooks Country and Bandito's Tex Mex Cantina.
- The George W. Bush Presidential Library, which boasts a replica Oval Office, is just an eight-minute walk from the SMU Tennis Complex!
- Head to Mockingbird Station for easy access to other Dallas neighborhoods via DART, Dallas' bus and lightrail system. From Mockingbird Station, DART can quickly get you to Downtown or Deep Ellum.
- Also accessible from Mockingbird Station, the Katy Trail is an easy way to see Dallas by foot. Travel south until you get to the Knox/Henderson area – its about a 1.5-mile walk. There you'll find fabulous restaurants like Georgie by Curtis Stone, RH Rooftop and Café Madrid just off Knox Avenue.
- Venture just a bit further to the Henderson Avenue side of the neighborhood and find a healthy line up of vintage stores like Nick Brock Antiques and Vintage Martini along with newer digs like Tecovas and Reformation.
Because your trip might need some downtown, these local hotels offer fantastic R&R. Bonus: each of these is just minutes from SMU, so getting to the next tennis match will be a breeze.
- Share a King Spa Room at The Highland Dallas. As the name suggests, the 450-square-foot room includes a deep soaking jetted tub – an ideal perk after a day exploring Dallas by foot. And if you need a taste of what Texas does best, look no further than the hotel lobby. Knife, led by celebrity chef John Tezar, was recently named Dallas' best steakhouse.
- Feel right at home at The Lumen. The pet-friendly hotel is just steps away from the SMU campus. The hotel's on-property restaurant, Front Room Tavern, is known for its creative take on American comfort food.
- Enjoy live music at The Beeman Hotel. The hotel's high-class bar and lounge features a rotating schedule of local performers to complement its flavorsome food and drinks. Try out the signature street tacos or Texas-style chopped brisket.