THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER ETHIAS TROPHY
Date: From 03/10 to 09/10
Money prize: € 106,500
Surface: Hard Indoor
Tournament Location: Lotto Mons Expo s.a. Avenue Thomas Edison, 2 B 7000 Mons — Belgique
How to get: 5 minutes driving from old town. If you come from Bruxelles take E19/E42 direction Mons. Exit 24 Mond (direction Ghlin). First exit at right and after get 2nd exit.
Recent Previous Winners: 2015 Illya Marchenko – 2014 David Goffin – 2013 Radek Stepanek – 2012 Kenny de Schepper – 2011 Andreas Seppi
Top 10 Players: Jan Lennard Struff (Ger) – Paul Henri Mathieu (Fra) – Jeremy Chardy (Fra) – Dustin Brown (Usa) – Ricardas Berankis (Ltu) – Ivan Dodig (Cro) – Jerzy Janowicz (Pol) -Radu Albot (Rou) – Lukas Lacko (Svk) – Pierre Hugues Herbert (Fra)
Mons is a Belgian city with a 90000 inhabitants and it’s the capital of Hainaut region. Together with the Czech city of Plzeň, Mons was the European Capital of Culture in 2015. It’s known like “The Town of Monkey” because in front of the City Hall it stands a statue of a monkey, which is said to bring good fortune to those who pat his head. Lonely Planet writes about Mons: “With a characterful medieval centre climbing up a hill and a fine Grand Place, Mons (Bergen in Dutch) had a substantial facelift in 2015, when it was a European Capital of Culture. The legacy is a handful of entertaining modern museums that make Mons an excellent visit, with plenty to keep you busy for two or three days. One museum covers war in excellent fashion, while another celebrates the riotous Doudou festival, which stars St George, a dragon, St Waudru, devils and thousands of beery revellers.”
TOP 3 THINGS TO SEE IN MONS:
- Grand Place
- Collégiale Sainte-Waudru
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Hotel St.James. Historic *** hotel located in a 18th century building at just 15 minutes walking from old town. Rated 8.1 on Booking, this accomodation offers modern design double rooms from 77€ to 99€ per night (it depends if you want breakfast or not included).
- Congres Hotel Mons Van der Valk. Wonderful **** hotel with high level of service, this is the best solution for tennis fans because it’s very close to Mons Expo. Rated 9.0 on Booking, it offers superior double room from 98 € per night (breakfast costs 15€ more). Free parking and wi-fi!
- Hotel Dream. Wonderful **** hotel considered the best accomodation in Mons either on Booking or on Tripadvisor. Set in a former chapel this hotel, located at just 1 km from train station, offers spacious dream double rooms of 25 mq2 for 106€ per night with free wi-fi connection and parking area. Breakfast will cost 12.5€ more for day.