From 23 to 31 July two ITF events will take place on tennis clay courts of Pärnu Kesklinna Tenniseklubi.
Men’s tournamet, with a 10,000 USD prize money, sees at the start some very intersting players including lithuanian Laurent Grygelis (winner of 11 ITF tournaments around the world), Philip Horansky from Slovakia (fresh winner of Turkey F12 tournament) and talented russian Evgeny Tyurnev, born in 1997 but already able to win 3 different ITF events in his young career. Other good players who will compete on clay tennis courts in Pärnu will be experienced italians Alberto Brizzi, Claudio Fortuna and Stefano Travaglia and the french Maxime Hamou, Adrien Piguet and Laurent Rochette. Ready to make a good impression, in front of their countrymen, estonian Vladimir Ivanov.
The women’s tournament will be no less interesting than the male one. Always for a prize money of 10,000 USD, italian Angelica Moratelli (3 ITF titles in last months), german Julia Wachaczyk, russian beauty Margarita Lazareva, bulgarian Julia Stamatova will try to take the “Merko Estonian Open” trophy back home. Among young players could emerge french Harmony Tan, british Emily Arbuthnott and especially russian Ekaterina Kazionova born just in 1999.
But how could we get to Pärnu? And what could we do there?
Well, Pärnu is located in southwestern Estonia on the coast of Pärnu Bay and it’s a popular summer holiday destination with many hotel, restaurants and large beaches. It’s far just 130 kms from Tallin and 182 kms from Riga. You could fly from your town in one of the two cities (the one which offers you the cheapest flight), rent a car and visit both cities and during the transfer make a smart stopover in Pärnu.
Infact the average temperature in July is 14°-23° but with pick of 31-32°. It would be perfect to spend some times on Pärnu beaches and after go to Tennisklubi to enjoy for free some good tennis matches.
Parnu has a wide range of possible accomodation, and among these I suggest you three different solutions:
- Cheapest one -A good solution it could be to book on of the numerous apartments which are not far from Tennis Club. For example Karusselli 13 Apartment is one of my favourite one. Located just 300 mt from Kesklinna TK offers 26mq2 flat with kitchen and facilities. Prices 50-60€ for night.
- Medium one – Hotel Victoria. Located about 200 mt from tennis courts offers simple room of 18mq2 with everything you need . Room prices is 90-100€ at night, breakfast and free wi-fi included.
- Luxury one – Estonia Resort Hotel & Spa. Just 600 mt from Kesklinna, this boutique hotel (one of the most evaluated in Pärnu) offer fantastic modern rooms close to the sea and 15 minutes walk from city centre. Prices start from 200€ for night with breakfast, free wi-fi and spa access included.
However if you want to look for another accomodation in Parnu, here there is a complete list of hotels and apartaments available.
But life is not just tennis of course. So i have chosen for you some points of interest that this delightful town gives you:
- Parnu Beach Promenade. Ideal for walking, cycling and roller skating with playgrounds, water fountains and play areas offering days full of fun and joy for children.
- Tervise Water Park. Located inside Tervise Paradiis Hotel this is the biggest Water Park of Estonia. Entrance fee is 13 euro per person for three hours of pure fun between artificial waterfalls, slides and jacuzzi.
- The Pärnu Jetty. The jetty on the left bank of the river has become a symbol of Pärnu and has gained a romantic aura as a place for lovers to take walks on; however, before taking a walk there, be sure to check the water level!
Ok guys, my suggestions stop here!
But if you want to find more info about the sunny Parnu I mark you these official links:
I end with tournament location:
Pärnu Kesklinna Tenniseklubi – Ringi 14A, PARNU, 80014, Estonia