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A tour of the world ... on the tennis tour

By Ravi Ubha, CNN

Published 1049 GMT (1849 HKT) January 8, 2016
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January, Hobart: It may not match the allure of Sydney and Melbourne, but small-town Hobart on the island of Tasmania in Australia doesn't want for fine scenery. Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
January, Sydney: The world famous Opera House and Harbour Bridge are two of the attractions in Sydney, which also boasts Bondi Beach and the Royal Botanic Gardens in its myriad of attractions. Sarah Keayes/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
January, Melbourne: The tennis season's first major takes place in tram-filled Melbourne as the Australian summer continues. Melbourne was last year named the world's most livable city -- again -- by The Economist magazine. Scott Barbour/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
February, St. Petersburg: St. Petersburg in February will be a little colder but you can marvel at the canals, museums and architecture. OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
February, Rio: Can someone go to Rio and not visit Copacabana beach? It seems unlikely. Brazil hosted the 2014 World Cup and in seven months welcomes the world at the summer Olympics. CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
February, Kuala Lumpur: The Petronas Towers highlight the skyline of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's capital. The view from the top is breathtaking -- though not recommended for those scared of heights. SAUL LOEB/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
March, Indian Wells: Indian Wells, California, is far from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. But that's why the players love it. The tranquility. Palm Springs, known for swanky hotels, golf courses and spas, is close by. Julian Finney/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
March, Miami: Novak Djokovic won the title in Miami last year. In his spare time, did he visit South Beach, take in a Miami Heat game or sample Miami's varied cuisine? Clive Brunskill/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
April, Marrakech: Buzzing and bustling. That could well describe Marrakech and the Jemaa el Fna square, where food, wares and entertainment are on offer. FADEL SENNA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
April, Barcelona: Architect Antonio Gaudi's influence can be seen all over Barcelona, including at the Park Guell. The beach and Las Ramblas -- a cultural hub -- also lure tourists. Barcelona, too, is arguably the most famous football team in the world with Lionel Messi among its ranks. CESAR RANGEL/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
April, Istanbul: Palaces, mosques and churches are in abundance in Istanbul, which rests in both Europe and Asia -- separated by the Bosphorus Strait. Last year Roger Federer played in Istanbul and walked away victorious. Chris McGrath/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
May, Madrid: The Spanish capital has always had a rivalry with Barcelona in football -- Cristiano Ronaldo plays for Real. But which is the better place to visit? That's down to personal choice. The Prado Museum, Royal Palace and Retiro Park make for heavyweight sites -- and then there are the tapas. GERARD JULIEN/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
May, Rome: With the Colosseum and Pantheon -- among others -- the ancient splendor of Rome is difficult to match. The Trastevere, meanwhile, is an atmospheric neighborhood. The Vatican is a stone's throw from Rome. FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
May, Nice: Nice is the biggest city on the glamorous French Riviera. Besides the Mediterranean, its seafood, old town and Chagall Museum are attractions.
June, Paris: Rafael Nadal has been a frequent visitor -- and winner -- in Paris, the City of Light. Two terrorist attacks in 2015 rocked the French capital and have hit tourism hard, however. MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
June, Mallorca: Nadal hails from the island of Mallorca, which will host a women's grass-court tournament for the first time. Nadal fans who are at the tournament can visit Manacor, the 14-time grand slam winner's hometown. Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images Europe
July, London: It's one of the most famous sports tournaments in the world -- Wimbledon. And it's where Federer has won seven of his 17 major titles. TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
July, London: The Houses of Parliament and iconic River Thames have long made for postcard material in London. Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
July, Montreal: With its jazz festival, comedy festival and film festival, French-infused Montreal isn't lacking in sizable events in the summer. Harvey Meston/Archive Photos/Getty Images
August, Toronto: Similar to Barcelona and Madrid, Montreal and Toronto are rivals. Especially in ice hockey. While Montreal may have the edge in atmosphere, Toronto has the edge on sights. JIM WATSON/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
August, Toronto: A short drive from Toronto is the favorite of honeymooners, Niagara Falls. Michael Adamucci/Getty Images North America
September, New York: A frenetic metropolis, New Yorkers flock to Central Park -- occupying a large chunk of Manhattan -- for a slice of serenity. STAN HONDA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
September, New York: From the grounds of the U.S. Open in faraway Queen's, onlookers can catch a glimpse of the towering buildings in Manhattan. Julian Finney/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
September, Tokyo: From one huge city to another. Tokyo. If you like sushi, you'll probably love the Japanese capital. YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
September, Tokyo: Sensoji, seen here, is Tokyo's oldest temple but it certainly isn't the lone temple or shrine in Tokyo. KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
October, Shanghai: If looking for a modern metropolis in China, glitzy Shanghai has it won over Beijing. In tennis, Shanghai formerly hosted the year-end men's championships. Feng Li/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
October, Stockholm: According to visitstockholm.com, the Swedish capital's "subway system is said to be the world's longest art exhibit." But Stockholm's museums, including the Vasa and Skansen, have drawn rave reviews on Tripadvisor. JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
October, Moscow: A scene out of a Disney movie? Nope. Instead it's Moscow. Now might be a good time to head to Moscow, since it dropped out of the top 10 in a list of the world's most expensive cities. DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
October, Singapore: Relatively new to Singapore, the Marina Bay Sands complex nonetheless already lies at the forefront, some would say, of the Asian city's skyline. Chris McGrath/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
November, London: The tennis tour returns to London as the season concludes. But this time the matches are played indoors at the O2 Arena. Djokovic claimed the title last November to cap a dominant season. Julian Finney/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images