Every year, around this time, casual tennis fans experience a mild lull after Indian Wells and the Sony Open. That's when the ATP and WTA tours head off to several smaller events.
However, die-hard tennis fans follow these less publicized tournaments. Consequently, they witness something you won't find at any Grand Slam: some of the worst trophies awarded in professional tennis.
Unlike the iconic Venus Rosewater Dish given to the ladies' singles champion at Wimbledon, some trophies are less than memorable. They are ridiculous. Perhaps because tournament organizers wish to differentiate their trophies from those at Slams, they try too hard and miss the mark.
Merely oversized or opulent trophies didn't make the list. Some of these look so bad that you have to wonder if the player just collected the check and threw the trophy in the trash.
Trophies on this list range from the downright ugly to the head-scratchingly peculiar.