ATP Tennis World Tour Venue Map 2015

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Why We Love It

We count on maps to show us where things are, of course. When a map tries to show everything at once, it can be difficult to see anything at all. This map avoids clutter by clustering locations and inviting us to zoom in for more details. We love the clean interface, the fact that you can find information in just a few clicks, and the option to filter by category. Tennis (maps) anyone?

Why It Works

You can click symbols to see venue details or find venues ordered by date along the side panel. The basemap is aerial imagery—actual pictures of the earth’s surface—so you can discover venue trivia such as whether they play on clay, grass, or a hard court. This map works because it uses logical icons to limit the amount of words and create a strong visual style.

Important Steps

Use the Leaflet plugin for ArcGIS Services which currently supports loading Esri basemaps and feature services, as well as tiled, dynamic, and image map services.

In order to create a calendar of events map, you’ll either need x/y coordinate values, or at a minimum the venue or city name to locate the event.

If you only have a city or venue name, you will probably want to perform a reverse geocoding operation to search for the nearest address or intersection for the event location in your data.

The development time will depend on whether you take a fully customized UI/development route or use one of Esri’s Story Map templates.



In order to create an event map, you’ll need to grab a calendar of events from the organization you are mapping. In this case I used the 2015 calendar from the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour.


Think about how users will search for an event—by time (week or month of the year) or by event classification. Then organize the data into meaningful categories.


The time you need depends on the number of events and how well the reverse geocoding process matches up with your data. You may also have to do some manual work.

Spread and Density


Study the spread and density of your events and determine how you will handle clustering at various scales.

Logical Grouping


Plan a logical grouping of the events and determine how you will present these groupings.

Think About Information


Think about what information you want to expose to the user via menus, and what information you want to embed in your map pop-up.

Map is Fast and Responsive


Ensure the map is fast and responsive. Users are becoming more and more impatient with apps that don’t load quickly or are cumbersome to use.

Map Author

Damien Saunder

Damien Saunder

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I make maps that are big and small. Flat and round. Analog and digital. I make maps for kids and grown-ups. I make maps to inspire people.

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