THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Open D’Orléans
Date: From 26/9 to 02/10
Money prize: € 106,500
Surface: Hard Indoor
Tournament Location: Open d’Orléans Tennis Parc – Parc Pasteur, 2 Rue Eugène Vignat, 45000 Orléans, France
General information: Open d’Orléans Tennis Parc is located just 750 mt Cathedrale Sainte-Croix and 1,6 km from Gare d’Orléans.
Recent Past Winners: 2015 Jan Lennard Struff – 2014 Sergiy Stakhovsky – 2013 Radek Stepanek – 2012 David Goffin – 2011 Michael Llodra
Top Seeded Players: Illya Marchenko (Ukr) – Paul Henri Mathieu (Fra) – Ivan Dodig (Cro) – Jan Lennard Struff (Ger) – Ricardas Berankis (Ltu) – Dustin Brown (Usa) – Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukr) – Jerzy Janowicz (Pol) – Lukas Lacko (Svk) – Jurgen Melzer (Aut).
Orléans is the capital of the Loiret department and of the Centre-Val de Loire region. It is located on the Loire River where the river curves south towards the Massif Central. It’s far just 111 km from Paris. Orléans (with its 114.286 residents) belongs to the vallée de la Loire sector between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes-sur-Loire, which was in 2000 inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Lonely Planet writes on this town: “There’s a big-city buzz on the broad boulevards and in the flashy boutiques and elegant buildings of Orléans, 100km south of Paris. An important settlement by the time of the Roman conquest, the city sealed its place in history in 1429 when a young peasant girl by the name of Jeanne d’Arc (Joan of Arc) rallied the armies of Charles VII and brought about a spectacular rout against the besieging English forces, a key turning point in the Hundred Years War. Six centuries later, the Maid of Orléans still exerts a powerful hold on the French imagination – all around town, you’ll find statues (at least six), stained-glass windows and museum exhibits dedicated to her exploits. Other attractions in the old city include an outstanding art museum and a breathtaking cathedral.”
TOP THREE THINGS TO SEE IN ORLEANS:
- Cathedrale Sainte-Croix
- Parc Floral d’Orléans
- Place du Martroi
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Hotel d’Orléans. Suggested *** hotel nr.1 on Tridpavisor and rated 8.8 on Booking. Incredible location at just 50mt from famous Place du Martroi. A comfort double room costs 95€ per night + 14 € for breakfast.
- Empriente Hotel & Spa. Terrific **** boutique hotel with spa located just 400 mt from Maison de Jeanne D’Arc .Rated 8.8 on booking, it offers elegant double room from 145€ per night + 19€ for full continental breakfast.
- Mercure Orléans Centre. Beautiful **** hotel located n the heart of the city with views of the Loire River. Seasonal outdoor pool and fitness zone are available for customers. Price for a very comfortable 32 mq2 standard double room is 160€ without breakfast but free wi-fi connection included.