Are you spending a long weekend break in fantastic Bruxelles? Have you planned to visit amazing Bruges too? Do you know that not so far from Bruges (about 20 km) there are two of the most intersting young players of pro circuit engaged in the semifinals of The Rising Stars Tennis Tour 2016 Knokke? The complete name of this city is Knokke-Heist and it’s a touristic locality of West Flanders famous for its beaches and for its ten casinos which are the largest in the whole Belgium, and are located on seaside promenade. Of course I think that for tourists will be better to stay one night in Bruges than in Knokke, because Bruges is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful town of Europe (look at movie “In Bruges” to have a confirmation) . The historic city centre is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO and thanks to its beautiful canals, Bruges has been often referred as The Venice of the North.
But who are the two young guns that you could see in this ITF tournament (10,000 USD prize money) which is taking place on clay courts of Knokke Zoute Tennis Club? Their names are Casper Ruud and Daniel Altmaier both born in dicember 1998. The first (son of former tennis player Christian Ruud) with his 557 Best Ranking has already won his first ITF title in Spain this year and is considered the biggest hope of Norwegian tennis and one of the possible future protagonists of European tennis; Altmaier is instead a talented crystaline from Germany that could be for that country the new Boris Becker. Altmair won his 1st ITF tournament just in Belgium less than one month ago and he would like to repeat in Knokke this great result. But will Casper Ruud agree with him?
In this moment in Knokke there aren’t accomodations with great value for money so you could stay for one night in Bruges, that it’s not a cheap destination, but offers a wide range of accomodations. My favourite is the CROWNE PLAZA BRUGGE, probabily the best located hotel in Bruges which offers enormous room at 200€ per night between Saturday and Sunday. Wi-fi is free, breakfast for two costs 29€ more, and with 23€ additional fee per day customers can use undergound parking (but you can use for about 10€ the one under central station). Look here for other solutions in Bruges.
To save money another idea could be stay in beautiful Gand, in Graslei e Korenlei zone, o which is far about 50 km from Bruges and 70km from Knokke. Here is a list of possible accomodations in Gand.
Tennis club: Knokke Zoute Tennis Club
Address: Astridlaan 7, KNOKKE, 8300, Belgium
Official site: http://www.risingstars.be/
Order of play of tomorrow on Center Court:
Starting at 14:00 Jules Okala (Fra) – Daniel Altmaier (Ger)
Not before 16:00 Casper Ruud (Nor) – Joran Vliegen (Bel)
And so….are you ready for this new tennis excursion?