ALTA member Jamie Harlin always wanted to visit Paris, and fortunately for her, she recently had the trip of a lifetime to “the city of lights” on someone else’s dime.
While attending the BB&T Atlanta Open Presented by First Data this past July, Harlin visited the TennisOne tent and entered her name in a drawing for a trip for two to the ATP Rolex Paris Masters. She never believed she would actually win.
“I was completely shocked when I received the email from TennisOne,” Harlin said. “It was the most amazing trip ever. …Seeing the Eiffel Tower in person was such a moving experience; one of my favorite moments was standing in front of it. I was in awe the whole time. Taking in the history of the most beautiful city in the world was just unbelievable.”
Harlin’s husband is a high school teacher and coach, so he wasn’t able to take the trip with her. His misfortune was Abby Brunelle’s gain. “Abby and I are traveling tennis buddies; we have been to numerous tournaments together — the Miami Open, the Laver Cup in Chicago, and we are going to Indian Wells in March of 2020, so naturally we were meant to go together,” Harlin said.
The pair, who both have been ALTA members for more than 20 years, spent five days sightseeing and eating their way through Paris (cheese, fruit, baguettes, and cappuccinos) before watching the semifinals and finals of the Paris Masters — just six rows from the court. “For me, the Eiffel Tower at night, Montmartre, Sacre Coeur, Notre Dame, a Seine River ride, the Ritz Paris, and of course, the tennis was icing on the cake — seeing Novak, Dimitrov, Mies, Mahut, and Khachanov,” said Brunelle.
Harlin and Brunelle say they won’t soon forget this trip, all courtesy of TennisOne. “Like Abby says, ‘you can’t win if you don’t play,’” Harlin said.