THE TOURNAMENT: Izmir Cup 2016
Date: From 18/9 to 25/9
Category: Atp Challenger Tour
Money prize: € 64,000
Surface: Hard Outdoor
Tournament Location: Zübeyde Hanım Tenis Centre – Zübeyde Hanım 35520 Karşıyaka/İzmir/Turkey
Info: Tenis Centre is far 50 km from Adnan Menderes Airport while is just 4km from Karsiyaka city centre (shared taxis suggested).
Past Winners: 2015 Lukas Lacko – 2014 Borna Coric – 2013 Mikhail Kukushkin – 2012 Dmitry Tursunov – 2011 Lukas Lacko
Top 10 Players: Lukas Lacko (Svk) – Marco Chiudinelli (Svi) – Kimmer Coppejans (Bel) – Mirza Basic (Bih) – Marius Copil (Rou) – Ilya Ivashka (Blr) – Adrian Menendez Maceiras (Esp) – Nikola Milojevic (Srb) – Aldin Setkic (Bih) – Stefanos Tsitsipas (Gre)
İzmir is a metropolitan city in the western extremity of Anatolia and the third most populous city in Turkey, after Istanbul and Ankara. It is one of the most westernized cities in Turkey. For Lonely Planet this town is “proudly liberal and deeply cultured. Garlanded around the azure-blue Bay of İzmir, it has been an important Aegean port since ancient times, when it was the Greek city of Smyrna, and its seafront kordon (promenade) is as fetching and lively as any in the world. The city’s rich and fascinating heritage reflects the fact that it has been the home of Greeks, Armenians, Jews, Levantines and Turks over the centuries. While not as multicultural these days, it still has resident Jewish and Levantine communities and its unique and delicious cuisine attests to this. Foreign visitors here are largely limited to business travellers and tourists en route to Ephesus. The reason for this is a mystery to us, as the city is home to compelling attractions including one of Turkey’s most fascinating bazaars, an impressive museum of history and art, and a local lifestyle as laid-back as it is welcoming.”
TOP THREE ATTRACTIONS IN IZMIR:
- Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower)
- Kordon Boyu (Promenade)
- Agora Izmir
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
Kordon Hotel Alsancak. Nice *** hotel at just 100 from Kordon Promenade. Rated 8.6 on Booking, this hotel has a great value for money and offers well designed double room from 60€ breakfast included.
Hilton Garden Inn Izmir Bayrakli. Modern **** hotel located opposite Aegean Sea with a lot of bars, restaurants and shops in the neighbourhood . Rated 8.7 on booking. Include a free parking area. Large double king room of 25 mq2 costs 77€ per night with continental breakfast included.
Swissôtel Grand Efes Izmir. Luxurios ***** hotel is rated nr.1 Izmir hotel on Booking and Tripadvisor. Centrally located, this hotel includes a wonderful Spa and a gourmet panoramic restaurant. Prices for a Swiss Classic Room of 27 mq2 (with breakfast included) starts from 163€ (not flexible rate without breakfast is only 113€). Free parking area for customers.