Knoxville – Tennessee Tennis End-Season Adventure

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Knoxville 2016 Challenger 

Date: From 08/11 to 13/11

Money prize: $ 50,000

Category: ATP challenger

Surface: Hard Indoor

Tournament Location: Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center – 1015 20th Street, Knoxville, TN 37796

How to Get: Knoxville Island Airport is far just 7 miles from torunament courts. Downtown is far just 3,2 miles.

Past Winners: 2013 Tim Smyczek – 2012 Michael Russell – 2011 Jesse Levine – 2010 Kei Nishikori – 2009 Taylor Dent

Top Seeded Players: Daniel Evans (Gbr) – Mischa Zverev (Ger) – Frances Tiafoe (Usa) – Bjorn Fratangelo (Usa) – Jared Donaldson (Usa) – Dennis Novikov (Usa) – Tommy Paul (Usa) – Henry Laaksonen (Sui) – Denis Kudla (Usa) – Peter Polansky (Can)

THE TOWN

Knoxville is a city in the U.S. state of Tennessee, it had an estimated population of 185,291 making it the state’s third largest city after Nashville and Memphis. Lonely Planet writes: “Once known as the ‘underwear capital of the world’ for its numerous textile mills, Knoxville is home to the University of Tennessee. Downtown’s Market Square is full of ornate 19th-century buildings and lovely outdoor cafés shaded by pear trees, while Old Town and Hundred Block are arty, renovated warehouse districts centered on Gay St, where the best nightlife blooms.

TOP 3 THINGS TO SEE IN KNOXVILLE:

  • Sunsphere Tower


  • Ijams Nature Center


  • Historic Tennessee Theatre


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Knoxville
. Excellent *** hotel  located at 10 minutes drive from downtown. This is the official accomodation of the tournament and it features an indoor pool and a fitness centre. Rated 9.3 on Booking it offers very large double rooms at just 113€ per night with free wifi and parking included.

Four Points Knoxville Cumberland House. Fabulous *** hotel, rated 8.6 on Booking, which is located at just 650 metres from city centre. This modern hotel provides free wifi and a very good on site restaurant. A wonderful suite costs 159€ with breakfast and parking available for an additional fee.

Crowne Plaza Hotel Knoxville. Superb **** hotel featuring a gym, a restaurant and a pub style bar. Rated 9.0 on Booking offers luxury double rooms of at 138€ with breakfast and free wi-fi included.

Please notice that 17.25% tax is not included in the prices.

USEFUL LINKS:

TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL SITE

VISIT KNOXVILLE OFFICIAL

HOTELS IN KNOXVILLE
ENJOY!!!!

Bogotà – Last matches on clay in the heart of the Andes

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Milo Open Bogotà 2016

Date: From 7/11 to 12/11

Money Prize: 75,000$

Surface: Clay Outdoor 

Tournament Location: Club Los Logartos – Calle 116 # 72A – 1280 Bogotà

How to get: Club Los Logartos is easily accessible from airport with a 20 minutes taxi drive (13.4 km). Downtown is far just 15 km.

Recent Past Winners: 2015 Eduardo Struvay – 2013 Victor Estrella Burgos 

Top Seeded Players: Facundo Bagnis (Arg) – Horacio Zeballos (Arg) – Inigo Cervantes (Esp) – Victor Estrella Burgos (Dom) – Rogerio Dutra Silva (Bra) – Daniel Gimeno Traver (Esp) – Santiago Giraldo (Col) – Joao Souza (Bra) – Ernesto Escobedo (Usa) – Eduardo Struvay (Col)

THE TOWN
: Bogotá is the capital and, with its 7,8 millions inhabitants, is the largest city in Colombia. A melting pot of people from around the country, it is diverse and multicultural, with a blend of modern and colonial architecture. The predominant colors in Bogotá are the green of the city’s many parks and the eastern mountains overlooking the sanctuaries of Monserrate and Guadalupe, and the rich red of its many brick buildings. Lonely Planet considers Bogotà 2nd top destination for 2017 and writes on it: “Bogotá is Colombia’s beating heart, an engaging and vibrant capital cradled by chilly Andean peaks and steeped in sophisticated urban cool. The city’s cultural epicenter is La Candelaria, the cobbled historic downtown to which most travelers gravitate. Here, a potpourri of preciously preserved colonial buildings house museums, restaurants, hotels and bars peppered amid 300-year-old homes, churches and convents. Nearly all of Bogotá’s traditional attractions are here – radiating out from Plaza de Bolívar – and gorgeous Cerro de Monserrate is just east.The city’s grittier sides sit south and southwest, where working-class barrios continue to battle well-earned reputations for drugs and crime. In the ritzier north, you’ll find boutique hotels and well-heeled locals piling into chic entertainment districts such as the Zona Rosa and Zona G. Here, rust-tinted sunsets dramatically bounce off the bricks of upper-class Bogotá’s Andes-hugging residential buildings – a cinematic ceremony that begins the city’s uproarious evenings.


TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN BOGOTA’:

  • LAGUNA DE GUATAVITA

  • MOUNT MONSERRATE


  • BOTERO MUSEUM



BEST 3 HOTELS TO STAY:


Hotel Classic
. This modern *** hotel is located in Tequasillo a popular area of Bogota. It offers design rooms decorated with modern furnishings, free wifi and fantastic american buffet always included. Prices for a 23 mq2 double room start from 44€ per night. Rated 9.2 on Booking.

Hotel Bh Bicentenario. Excellent **** hotel located just at 500 mt from La Calendaria, Casa Moneda and Monserrat Mount. This accomodation, rated 8.9 on Booking, offers large modern rooms, free internet and an on-site restaurant. The price for a 28 mq2 double room is 65€ per night with breakfast and free cancellation included.

The Orchids. Wonderful ***** hotel, rated 9.3 on Booking, located in Bogotà’ best quarter, La Calendaria,at just 100 mt from Colon Teather. It includes a gourmet a la carte restaurant. A deluxe double of 28 mq2 room with fireplace costs 170€ per night with free wifi and delicious breakfast included.

 
USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Bogotà On Colombia Travel

Look for an hotel in Bogotà
ENJOY!!!

Me, tennis and travels – An interview to Gianluca Mager

Today we have the possibility to know Gianluca Mager, a very intersting italian young player, who, as usual in our interview, will talk us about his continued moving around the world to play tennis tournaments looking for Atp points.

Gianluca was born on 12/01/1994, he started play tennis at 7 and became a professional tennis player in 2010 when he played his first qualies in San Remo Challenger. He gained his first points in 2013 when he closed at 942nd position of Atp ranking. From that year he has constantly improved his ranking and reaching his best on last September at 290. Infact during the last months he obtained some good results with quarterfinals in three challenger tournaments (Casablanca, Genova and San Benedetto) and defeating top 100 players like Jan Lennard Struff, Teymuraz Gabashvili and Damir Dzumhur.

But now the interview…

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Gianluca, how many years are you wandering the world to play tennis tournaments ? 

 I am now traveling and playing the circuit for 4 years.

Are you able to enjoy and visit the places where you play tournaments ? 

It’s really difficult to go around for tourism during a tournament, especially because you spend a lot of energies for matches and so you cannot find the strenght to go to visit the city unless, once you’ve finished the tournament, you don’t have a couple of days before leaving again. In that case you can relax and you can be a tourist.

What is the most beautiful place did you discover playing tennis?

For me Dublin is a very beautiful town. But i think that there are many amazing places and cities in the world….

What is the most beautiful place of your country that you would suggest us to visit? 

I like very much Rome, for me it’s the most beuatiful town. I would suggest anyone to play a tournament in Rome and after to stay a couple of days to visit the town.

To travel is very expensive for a tennis player too. Do you use any particular trick to save money in booking flights and hotels?

You are right. To travel is very expensive. But in some tournaments which offer hospitality you can save money. And however you can always find the best solutions for you. 

I see. And last question…what are your professional goals for 2017 and your tennis dream?

I didn’t fix any particular goal for next season. Instead my dream is to play on Wimbledon’s centre court.

It would be great! Many thanks Gianluca.

Thanks to you.

Gianluca thinks that one of the most intersting places he discovered playing tennis is Dublin. And he’s right because Dublin is destination which should be visited by anyone.

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USEFUL LINKS FOR THIS TOWN:

Visit Dublin Official Site

All accomodations in Dublin

 

See you soon guys!!!

Our past interviews:

  1. Nadia Podoroska
  2. Jan Satral
  3. Jeremy Jahn
  4. Yannick Maden
  5. Chanel Simmonds
  6. Jessica Pieri
  7. Ioana Pietroiu

10 Wonderful Places Where You Can See Tennis Next Week

  • PARIS – ATP MASTERS 1000 Bnp Paribas Masters


Total money prize: $ 4,300,755

Surface: Hard Indoor

Main players: Novak Djokovic (Srb) – Andy Murray (Gbr) – Stan Wawrinka (Sui) – Milos Raonic (Can) – Kei Nishikori (Jpn) – Dominic Thiem (Aut) – Tomas Berdych (Cze) – David Goffin (Bel) – Marin Cilic (Cro) – Roberto Bautista Agut (Esp)

Tournament Official Site

Paris Tourism Official

Accomodations

  • HUA HIN – ATP CHALLENGER Ea Hua Hin Open Challenger


Total money prize: $ 125,000

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Main players: Florian Mayer (Ger) – Dudi Sela (Isr) – John Millman (Aus) – Yen Hsun Lu (Tpe) – Taro Daniel (Jpn) – Evgeny Donskoy (Rus) – Yoshito Nishioka (Jpn) – Go Soeda (Jpn) – Heyon Chung (Kor) – Stefan Kozlov (Usa).

Visit Hua Hin Official

Accomodations

  • TORONTO – ITF WOMEN Tevlin Challenger 


Total money prize: $ 50,000

Surface: Hard Indoor

Main players: Catherine Bellis (Usa) – Elise Mertens (Bel) – Jovana Jaksic (Srb) – Francoise Abanda (Can) – Jesika Maleckova (Cze) – Laura Robson (Gbr) – Michaella Krajicek (Ned) – Lauren Albanese (Usa) – Marie Bouzkova (Cze) – Fanny Stollar (Hun).

Tournament Info

See Toronto Official

Accomodations

  • CANBERRA – ATP CHALLENGER Apis Canberra International


Total money prize: $ 50,000

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Main players: Jordan Thompson (Aus) – James Duckworth (Aus) – Marco Trungelliti (Arg) – Grega Zemlja (Slo) – Matthew Barton (Aus) – Luke Saville (Aus) – Cristopher O’Connell (Aus) – John Patrick Smith (Aus) – Jarmere Jenkins (Usa) – Marc Polmans (Aus).

Tournament Info

Visit Canberra Official

Accomodations

  • CHARLOTTESVILLE – ATP CHALLENGER Men’s Tennis Championship


Total money prize: $ 50,000

Surface: Hard Indoor

Main players: Francis Tiafoe (Usa) – Bjorn Fratangelo (Usa) – Jared Donaldson (Usa) – Dennis Novikov (Usa) – Tommy Paul (Usa) – Henry Laaksonen (Sui) – Denis Kudla (Usa) – Peter Polansky (Can) – Noah Rubin (Usa) – Michael Mmoh (Usa).

Tournament Info

Visit Charlottesville Official

Accomodations

  • SCOTTSDALE – ITF WOMEN Copperwynd Pro Women’s Challenger


Total money prize: $ 50,000

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Main players: Nicole Gibbs (Usa) – Samantha Crawford (Usa) – Jennifer Brady (Usa) – Veronica Cepede Royg (Par) – Rebecca Peterson (Swe) – Grace Min (Usa) – Barbara Haas (Aut) – Taylor Townsend (Usa) – Sachia Vickery (Usa) – Nadia Podoroska (Arg).

Tournament Official Site

Scottsdale Info Tourism

Accomodations 

  • GUAYAQUIL – ATP Challenger Ciudad de Guayaquil


Total money prize: $ 50,000

Surface: Clay Outdoor

Main players: Gastao Elias (Por) – Facundo Bagnis (Arg) – Carlos Berloq (Arg) – Victor Estrella Burgos (Dom) – Renzo Olivo (Arg) – Rogerio Dutra Silva (Bra) – Santiago Giraldo (Col) – Joao Souza (Bra) – Leonardo Mayer (Arg) – Guido Andreozzi (Arg).

Guayaquil Info Tourists Official

Accomodations 

  • HERAKLION – ITF WOMEN 9th Hellenic Zeus Itf Pro Circuit


Total money prize: $ 10,000

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Main players: Kathinka Von Deichmann (Lie) – Gabriella Taylor (Gbr) – Ana Veselinovic (Mne) – Anastasia Vdovenco (Rou) – Vlada Ekshibarova (Isr) – Sara Cakarevic (Fra) – Ioana Pietroiu (Rou) – Jennifer Zerbone (Fra) – Mira Antonitsch (Aut) – Pauline Payet (Fra).

Tournament Info

Visit Heraklion on Crete Official

Accomodations

  • TALLINN – ITF MEN Paf Open Tallin 2016


Total money prize: $ 10,000

Surface: Hard Indoor

Main players: Dzmitry Zhyrmont (Blr) – Markus Eriksson (Swe) – Temur Ismailov (Uzb) – Botic Van de Zandschulp (Ned) – Vladimir Ivanov (Est) – Vitaly Kozyukov (Rus) – Patrik Fabian (Svk) – Denys Mylokostov (Ukr) – Marat Deviatarov (Ukr) – Martins Podzus (Lat).

Tournament Info

Visit Tallinn Official Site

Accomodations

  • STELLENBOSCH – ITF WOMEN Itf South Africa Open


Total money prize: $ 10,000

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Main players: Valeria Bhunu (Zim) – Margarita Lazareva (Rus) – Lauren Embree (Usa) – Katharina Hering (Ger) – Jaeda Daniel (Usa) – Erika Vogelsang (Ned) – Nikki Luttikhuis (Ned) – Nora Niedmers (Ger) – Linnea Malmqvist (Swe) – Madrie Le Roux (Rsa).

Tournament Info

Visit Stellenbosch Official Site

Accomodations 

 


Kobe – Tennis moments tasting delicious Kobe beef

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER 2016 Hygo Noah Challenger

Date: From 7/11 to 13/11

Money Prize: 50,000$

Surface: Hard Indoor

Tournament Location: Bourbon Beansdome – Hyogo Prefecture 1708 Kobe Ikawadani MachiArase 967-6.

How to get: About 2 minutes from Sanyo Express Mikihigashi I.C. Electric shuttle bus from Midorigaoka station

Recent Past Winners: 2015 John Millman

Top Seeded Players: John Millman(Aus) – Yen Hsun Lu (Tpe) – Yuichi Sugita (Jpn) – Jordan Thompson (Aus) – Taro Daniel (Jpn) – Yoshihito Nishioka (Jpn) – Mattew Ebden (Aus) – Go Soeda (Jpn) – Jason Jung (Tpe) – Hyeon Chung (Kor)

THE TOWN: Kobe, with a population around 1.5 million, is the sixth-largest city in Japan and is located on the southern side of the main island of Honshū at about 30 km west of Osaka. Founded in 1889, Kobe was one of the cities to open for trade with the West following the 1853 end of the policy of seclusion and has since been known as a cosmopolitan port city. The city is the point of origin and namesake of Kobe beef, as well as the site of one of Japan’s most famous hot spring resorts, Arima Onsen.

Lonely Planet writes about Kobe: “Perched on a hillside sloping down to the sea, Kōbe (神戸) is one of Japan’s most attractive and cosmopolitan cities. It was a maritime gateway from the earliest days of trade with China and home to one of the first foreign communities after Japan reopened to the world in the mid-19th century.One of Kōbe’s best features is its relatively small size – most sights can be reached on foot from the main train stations, making it a pleasure for casual wandering and stopping in its high quality restaurants and cafes. The most pleasant neighbourhoods to explore are Kitano-chõ, Nankinmachi Chinatown and, after dark, the bustling area around Sannomiya Station.

 

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN KOBE:

  • NUNOBIKI HERB GARDENS & ROPEWAY

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  • HARBORLAND

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  • MT.MAYA VIEW

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BEST 3 HOTELS TO STAY:

  • Kobe Tor Road Hotel Sanraku. Close to tennis courts and located in the Kobe City Centre neighborhood, this excellent *** hotel, rated 8.6 on Booking, offers free wifi, on site restaurant. Prices for a 17 mq2 double room with exceptional breakfast included start from 125€ per night.
  • Kobe Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers. Great and modern **** hotel located 3-minute walk from the Island Center Station . This accomodation, rated 8.6 on Booking, features 5 dining options, a spa and all-year indoor pool. Choose a room with terrific bay view window with prices which start from 126€ per night (breakfast available for additional fee).
  • Hotel Okura Kobe. Wonderful ***** hotel, rated 8.8 on Booking.Hotel Okura Kobe is on the waterfront, just over a quarter mile from the Motomachi shopping area. Featuring Western-style rooms with free Wifi access, the hotel showcases an indoor pool and 6 dining options. A wide 29mq2 standard double room costs just 157€ with breakfast included.

 

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Kobe Official Tourism Site

Look for an accomodation in Kobe

 

ENJOY!!!

Bratislava – Tennis circus returns in the heart of old Habsburg monarchy

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Peugeot Slovak Open

Date: From 7/11 to 13/11

Money Prize: 85,000$ + H

Surface: Hard Indoor

Tournament Location: Aegon Arena – Prikopova 3255/6, 83103 Bratislava.

How to get: Aegon Arena is quite centrally located in Bratislava and can easily accessible from airport with a 15 minutes taxi drive. Old town is far just 3 km.

Recent Past Winners: 2013 Lukas Lacko – 2012 Lukas Rosol – 2011 Lukas Lacko – 2010 Martin Klizan

Top Seeded Players: Florian Mayer (Ger) – Illya Marchenko (Ukr) – Adam Pavlasek (Cze) – Lukas Rosol (Cze) – Ivan Dodig (Cro) – Jan Lennard Struff (Ger) – Andrei Martin (Svk) – Thomas Fabbiano (Ita) – Vasek Pospisil (Can) – Daniil Medvedev (Rus)

THE TOWN: Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia, and with a population of about 450,000, the country’s largest city. It is located in southwestern Slovakia, occupying both banks of the River Danube and the left bank of the River Morava. Bordering Austria and Hungary, it is the only national capital that borders two independent countries. The history of the city has been strongly influenced by people of different nations and religions, namely by Austrians, Croats, Czechs, Germans, Hungarians, Jews, Serbs and Slovaks (in alphabetical order).The city was the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary, a part of the larger Habsburg Monarchy territories, from 1536 to 1783. Lonely Planet on Bratislava: “Proximity to nature gives Slovakia’s capital its strongest flavouring. The Danube wends through the city, and cycle paths weave through the verdant flood plain that begins just outside the centre. Meanwhile, the densely forested Small Carpathians are just a 30-minute walk from the train station; the trailer to a mountainous extent that runs countrywide, virtually unimpeded by civilisation. Then there’s ski runs and vineyards to amble through.The charming – if tiny – old town (starý mesto) is the place to start appreciating Bratislava. Stroll narrow pedestrian streets of pastel-coloured 18th-century buildings or sample the myriad sidewalk cafes under the watchful gaze of the city castle, which harks back to medieval times. Done with the old? In with the new(er): the city boasts intriguing socialist-era architecture, and one of Eastern Europe’s most spectacular modern art spaces. Contrasts like this are all part of Bratislava’s allure.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN BRATISLAVA:

  • OLD TOWN

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  • DEVIN CASTLE RUINS

devin-castle-ruins

  • SLAVIN

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BEST 3 HOTELS TO STAY:

  • Hotel Blue Bratislava. Close to Polus City Shopping Center and just 3,5 km from old town, this modern *** hotel offers free wifi, parking and tasteful breakfast buffet. Prices for a 22 mq2 double room in b&b starts from 65€ per night. Rated 8.8 on Booking.
  • Skaritz Hotel & Residence. Wonderful **** hotel located in the heart of Bratislava’s pedestrianized Old Town. This accomodation, rated 9.0 on Booking, offers large rooms and apartments, free internet and free access to the sauna. The price for a 35mq2 double room is 89€ per night with breakfast and free cancellation included.
  • Arcadia Hotel. Fantastic boutique ***** hotel, rated 9.2 on Booking, which rises in a 13th century building loated in Old Town at just 100 mt from St.Michael’s Gate. It includes a spa, a slovak restaurant and a stylish Library Bar. A standard non refundable double room costs 169€ per night with free Spa access and wifi but with breakfast not included.

 

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Bratislava Official

Look for an accomodation in Bratislava

 

ENJOY!!!

Hua Hin – Top challenger event in this beach resort town

THE TOURNAMENT:   EA HUA HIN OPEN CHALLENGER

Date: From 31/10 to 06/11

Money prize: $ 125,000

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Tournament Location: True Arena Hua Hin – 52 / 52 Phetkasem, Hua Hin, Prachuabkhirikhan, 77110, Thailand.

How to get: As Hua Hin is situated only some 200km from the bustling metropolis of Bangkok, getting here is easy and the town can be reached using a variety of transport methods that are both affordable and quick (for example by bus 3,5 hours trip, train 5 hrs, minivan 2,5 hrs and so on).

Previous Winners: 2015 Yuichi Sugita

Top Seeded Players: Florian Mayer (Ger) – Dudi Sela (Isr) – John Millman (Aus) – Yen Hsun Lu (Tpe) – Taro Daniel (Jpn) – Evgeny Donskoy (Rus) – Yoshito Nishioka (Jpn) – Go Soeda (Jpn) – Heyon Chung (Kor) – Stefan Kozlov (Usa).

TOP THREE THINGS TO SEE IN HUA-HIN:

  • Hua Hin Beach

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  • Huay Mongkol Temple

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  • Chopsticks Hill (Khao Takiab)

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • The Restro. Superb *** accomodation  rated 9 on Booking. Great location at just 200mt from sandy beach and 5 km from city centre. A superior king room costs 55€ with breakfast, free wi-fi and free parking included.
  • Asira Boutique Hua Hin. Fabulous ****  boutique hotel located in city centre and at 700 from HuaHin Fishing Pier. Rated 8.8 on Booking, this offers deluxe rooms with private garden at just 60€ per night breakfast included. Very good the on-site restaurant.

  • Devasom Hua Hin Resort. Luxury ***** resort situated on a private white beach include an award winner infinity pool. Price for a deluxe sea view suite of 50 mq2 is 104€ with breakfast included. Rated 9.1 on Booking offers free wi-fi and parking to customers.

 

USEFUL LINKS:

TOURISM HUA HIN OFFICIAL SITE

ALL 533 HUA HIN ACCOMODATIONS

 

ENJOY!!!!

Tokyo – The electric town hosts another exciting tennis week

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Ando Securities Open 2016

Date: From 07/11 to 13/11

Money prize: $ 100,000

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Tournament Location: Ariake Tennis Forest Park, 2-2-22 Ariake Koto-ku Tokyo, 135-0063, Japan

How to get: Ariake Tennis Forest Park is located in the wide area of Tokyo Port. It’s far just 12,9 km from Haneda Airport while Narita International Airport is at about 70 km.

Past Winners: 2015 Shuai Zhang

Top 10 Players: Shuai Zhang (Chn) – Kurumi Nara (Jpn) – Su Wei Hsieh (Tpe) – Nao Hibino (Jpn) – Naomi Broady (Gbr) – Maria Sakkari (Gre) – Shuai Peng (Chn) – Tatjana Maria (Ger) – Alison Van Uytvanck (Bel) – Patricia Maria Tig (Rou)

THE TOWN

Tokyo enjoys a long history of prosperity as Japan’s capital since 1603, when Tokugawa Ieyasu established his shogunate and named the city Edo. Today, with a population of about 13 million, it has grown into the largest of the 47 prefectures of Japan and indeed one of the greatest metropolises in the world. Comprising 23 special wards, 26 cities, 5 towns, and 8 villages, Tokyo is the center of various activities in Japan including politics, economy, and culture. Melting past and future, Tokyo dazzles with its traditional culture and passion for everything new. Rebecca Milner, a Lonely Planet’s writer. says about this incredible town : “I’ve lived in Tokyo for over a decade now and am continuously surprised – sometimes on a daily basis – by something new. Such is the joy of living in a city that prides itself on constant renewal and reinvention; it seriously never gets old. Tokyo has everything you can ask of a city, and has it in spades: a rich, cosmopolitan dining scene, more cafes and bars than you could visit in a lifetime, fantastic public...”

TOP 5 THINGS TO SEE IN TOKYO:

  • Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden


  • Akihabara Electric Town


  • Tokyo Sky Tree

  • Chidorigafuchi


  • Sumo Stadium Kokugikan


SUGGESTED EXCURSION: DAILY TRIP ON FUJI MOUNT


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

Hotel Sunroute Ariake. Official *** hotel of the tournament and ideal accomodation to follow tennis matches, it offers comfortable rooms with free WiFi and spectacular night views of the bay area. It houses a convenience store, a restaurant and a cafe. The price for a modern designed double room starts from 147€ per night (breakfast not included).

Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International. Suprising *** hotel located at just 300 mt from Sensoji Temple and 1 km from Tokyo Sky Tree Tower. Rated 9.2 on Booking, this accomodation offers modern double rooms of 18 mq2 at 128€ per night with free cancellation and wi-fi included. Breakfast costs 40€ more.

Hotel Trusty Tokyo Bayside. Wonderful **** hotel with spa and an international restaurant, this accomodation gets an ideal location for tennis fans at a few steps from Ariake Tennis Forest Park. Rated 8.1 on Booking, it offers modern decored double room at 205 € per night with breakfast and wi-fi included.

Imperial Hotel Tokyo. Luxurious ***** hotel rated 9.3 on Booking this is a “once time in the life” accomodation. Operating from 1890 and located 5 minutes walk from Imperial Palace and Ginza, offers beautiful and spacious double rooms from 432€ per night with wifi and parking included.

 

USEFUL LINKS:
GO TOKYO OFFICIAL TOURISM SITE

TOKYO SKY TREE OFFICIAL SITE

TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL SITE

ALL 750 TOKYO ACCOMODATIONS



ENJOY!!!!

Canberra – A capital city for a beautiful tennis trip

THE TOURNAMENT:   ATP CHALLENGER APIS CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL

Date: From 31/10 to 06/11

Money prize: $ 50,000

Category: ATP challenger

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Tournament Location: Canberra Tennis Centre, Riggall Place, Lyneham, ACT.

How to Get: Nearest airport is Canberra International (CBR). Airport Express shuttle bus (AUD 12) drops off in Canberra CBD then taxi to official hotels (Pavilion on Northbourne and Aria Hotel), 2 kms. Taxi direct from hotel costs approx. AUD$30.

Top Seeded Players: Jordan Thompson (Aus) – James Duckworth (Aus) – Marco Trungelliti (Arg) – Grega Zemlja (Slo) – Matthew Barton (Aus) – Luke Saville (Aus) – Cristopher O’Connell (Aus) – John Patrick Smith (Aus) – Jarmere Jenkins (Usa) – Marc Polmans (Aus)

THE TOWN

Canberra is the capital city of Australia. With a population of 381,488, it is Australia’s largest inland city. The site of Canberra was selected for the location of the nation’s capital in 1908 as a compromise between rivals Sydney and Melbourne, Australia’s two largest cities. The city’s design was influenced by the garden city movement and incorporates significant areas of natural vegetation that have earned Canberra the title of the “bush capital”. As the seat of the government of Australia, Canberra is the site of Parliament House. Located and attracts thousands of tourists each year. Lonely Planet writes:

Designed by visionary American architect Walter Burley Griffin, and his wife Marion Mahony Griffin, Canberra features expansive open spaces, aesthetics influenced by the 19th-century arts and crafts movement and a seamless alignment of built and natural elements. Unfortunately, the city is totally geared towards the car – it’s difficult to explore by public transport and almost impossible to do so on foot. You really need wheels (two or four) to do it justice, and the city’s scenic hinterland also warrants exploration.

Though Canberra seems big on architectural symbolism and low on spontaneity, the city’s cultural institutions have lively visitor and social programs, and there’s a developing urban energy emerging in Braddon, New Acton and the Kingston Foreshore.

During parliamentary-sitting weeks the town hums with the buzz of national politics, but it can be a tad sleepy during university holidays, especially around Christmas and New Year.

TOP 3 THINGS TO SEE IN CANBERRA:

  • Australian War Memorial

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  • Lake Burley Griffin

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  • Parliament House

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Pavilion on Northbourne. Fantastic ****  hotel which is located at just 5 minutes driving from Australian War Memorial. This hotel is the official accomodation of tennis players and features an indoor tropical ground, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and a restaurant. A deluxe room cost 109€  with free breakfast buffet and parking.
  • Avenue Hotel Canberra. Wonderful **** modern hotel, rated 9.3 on Booking, conveniently located in the heart of Canberra, just 10 minutes walk from Canberra Museum & Gallery. All luxury rooms with private balcony cost 160€ per night with breakfast, wifi and airport shuttle included.
  • Hotel Hotel. Excellent ***** design accomodation rated 8.9 on Booking, the Hotel Hotel is located at just 5 minutes drive from Parliament and offers to guests a restaurant, free wifi and parking. Each room/apartment features a collection of art works and unique vintage furnishings. Prices? A cosy standard queen room starts from 174€ per night.

 

USEFUL LINKS:

TOURNAMENT INFO ON AUSTRALIAN PRO TOUR SITE

VISIT CANBERRA OFFICIAL

WAR MEMORIAL OFFICIAL SITE

ALL ACCOMODATIONS

ENJOY!!!!

10 Wonderful Places Where You Can See Tennis Next Week

  • SINGAPORE – WTA BNP Paribas Wta Finals

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Total money prize: $ 7,000,000

Surface: Hard Indoor

Main players: Angelique Kerber (Ger) – Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) -Simona Halep (Rou) – Garbine Muguruza (Esp) – Karolina Pliskova (Cek) – Madison Keys (Usa) – Joanna Konta (Gbr) – Dominika Cibulkova (Svk)

Wta Finals Official Site

Visit Singapore Official

Accomodations

  • WIEN – ATP 500 Erste Bank Open 

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Total money prize: $ 1,884,645

Surface: Hard Indoor

Main players: Andy Murray (Gbr) – Tomas Berdych (Cze) -Dominic Thiem (Aut) – Roberto Bautista Agut (Esp) – Ivo Karlovic (Cro) – Lucas Pouille (Fra) – David Ferrer (Esp) – John Isner (Usa) – Bernard Tomic (Aus) – Gilles Simon (Fra)

Tournament Official Site

Visit Wien Official

Accomodations

  • BASEL – ATP 500 Swiss Indoor Basel

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Total money prize: $ 1,701,320

Surface: Hard Indoor

Main players: Stan Wawrinka (Svi) –  Rafael Nadal (Esp) -Kei Nishikori (Jpn) – Milos Raonic (Can) – Marin Cilic (Cro) – David Goffin (Bel) – Nick Kyrgios (Aus) – Richard Gasquet (Fra) – Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) – Jack Sock (Usa)

Tournament Official Site

Visit Basel Official

Accomodations

  • POITIERS – ITF WOMEN Internationaux Feminins de la Vienne

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Total money prize: $ 100,000

Surface: Hard Indoor

Main players: Monica Niculescu (Rou) – Pauline Parmentier (Fra) – Lauren Davis (Usa) – Sorana Cirstea (Rou) – Nao Hibino (Jpn) – Oceane Dodin (Fra) – Irina Kromacheva (Rus) – Stefanie Voegele (Sui) – Mandy Minella (Usa) – Denisa Allertova (Cze)

Tournament Official Site

Visit Poitiers Official

Accomodations

  • SUZHOU – ATP CHALLENGER 2016 China International Suzhou

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Total money prize: $ 75,000

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Main players: Yen-Hsun Lu (Tpe) – Taro Daniel (Jpn) – Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukr) – Hyeon Chung (Kor) – Tatsuma Ito (Jpn) – Stefan Kozlov (Usa) – Ze Zhang (Chn) – Di Wu (Chn) – Alexander Kudryavtsev (Rus) – Andrew Witthington (Usa)

Suzhou Visitors Info

Accomodations

  • BUDAPEST – ATP CHALLENGER WHB Hungarian Open

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Total money prize: $ 75,000

Surface: Hard Indoor

Main players: Pierre Hughes Herbert (Fra) – Thomas Fabbiano (Ita) – Lukas Lacko (Svk) – Steve Darcis (Bel) – Denis Istomin (Uzb) – Marton Fucsovics (Hun) – Kenny De Schepper (Fra) – Daniel Brands (Ger) – Mirza Basic (Bih) – Andrej Martin (Svk)

Visit Budapest Official

Accomodations

  • BENDIGO – ITF WOMEN Bendigo Tennis International

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Total money prize: $ 50,000

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Main players: Risa Ozaki (Jpn) – Asia Muhammad (Usa) – Julia Glushko (Isr) – Arina Rodionova (Aus) – Eri Ozumi (Jpn) – Jana Fett (Cro) – Shuko Aoyama (Jpn) – Storm Sanders (Aus) – Jennifer Elie (Usa) – Katarzyna Kawa (Pol)

Tournament Official Site

Visit Bendigo Official

Accomodations

  • LIUZHOU – ITF WOMEN Liuzhou 50000

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Total money prize: $ 50,000

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Main players: Ying Ying Duan (Chn) – Tatjana Maria (Ger) – Xinyun Han (Chn) – Yafan Wang (Chn) – Lin Zhu (Chn) – Ipek Soylu (Tur) – Sabina Sharipova (Uzb) – Ksenia Lykina (Rus) – Nina Stojanovic (Srb)

Visit Liuzhou Info

Accomodations

  • LIMA – ATP CHALLENGER LIMA CHALLENGER 2016

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Total money prize: $ 50,000

Surface: Clay Outdoor

Main players: Facundo Bagnis (Arg) – Carlos Berloq (Arg) – Thiago Monteiro (Bra) – Daniel Gimeno Traver (Esp) – Nicolas Kicker (Arg) – Leonardo Mayer (Arg) – Guido Andreozzi (Arg) – Arthur De Greef (Bel) – Renzo Olivo (Arg) – Casper Ruud (Nor)

Lima’s Visitors Site

Tournament Official Site

Accomodations

  • PUNE – ATP CHALLENGER Kpit Mslta Challenger

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Total money prize: $ 50,000

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Main players: Evgeny Donskoy (Rus) – Saketh Myneni (Ind) – Duckhee Lee (Kor) – Nicola Milojevic (Srb) – Dmitry Popko (Rus) – Ramkumar Ramanathan (Ind) – Danilo Petrovic (Srb) – Sadio Doumbia (Fra) – Marc Giner (Esp) – Sumit Nagal (Ind)

Pune Info Tourists on Travel India

Accomodations

 

Charlottesville – In Virginia it’s just time to know future tennis talents

THE TOURNAMENT:   ATP CHALLENGER MEN’S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP

Date: From 31/10 to 06/11

Money prize: $ 50,000

Category: ATP challenger

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Tournament Location: The Boar’s Head Sports Club – 200 Wllington Drive Charlottesville, VA 22903

How to Get: Charlottesville-Albermale Airport is far just 10 miles from torunament locations. Alternate airports are  are Richmond International (83 miles) and Dulles International (103 miles).

Past Winners: 2015 Noah Rubin – 2014 James Duckworth – 2013 Michael Russell – 2012 Denis Kudla

Top Seeded Players: Francis Tiafoe (Usa) – Bjorn Fratangelo (Usa) – Jared Donaldson (Usa) – Dennis Novikov (Usa) – Tommy Paul (Usa) – Henry Laaksonen (Sui) – Denis Kudla (Usa) – Peter Polansky (Can) – Noah Rubin (Usa) – Michael Mmoh (Usa)

THE TOWN

Charlottesville is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of 2015, the population was 48,210. Charlottesville hosted two important Presidents, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. The University of Virginia, one of the original Public Ivies, straddles the city’s southwestern border with Albemarle. Monticello, located on a hilltop overlooking Charlottesville, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located and attracts thousands of tourists each year. Lonely Planet writes: “Set in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is regularly ranked as one of the country’s best places to live. This culturally rich town of 45,000 is home to the University of Virginia (UVA), which attracts Southern aristocracy and artsy lefties in equal proportion. With the UVA grounds and pedestrian downtown area overflowing with students, couples, professors and the occasional celebrity under a blanket of blue skies, ‘C-ville’ is practically perfect. Charlottesville Visitor Center is a helpful office in the heart of downtown.

TOP 3 THINGS TO SEE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE:

  • Jefferson Monticello

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  • Saunders-Monticello Trail

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  • Mulberry Row at Monticello

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hampton Inn Charlottesville. Wonderful *** hotel conveniently located in Seminole Square Shopping Center. The hotel features an outdoor pool and complimentary daily breakfast. This accomodation has been rated 9 on Booking. A wonderful double queen room costs just 116€ per night with breakfast and free wifi. Great value for money!
  • The Cavalier Inn. Delicious ***  hotel which is located at just 2.7 miles from tennis site. This simple hotel is the official accomodation of tennis players. A wide double room of 37 mq2 cost 107€  with free breakfast buffet, wifi and parking.
  • The Clifton Inn. Superb ***** hotel featuring a seasonal outdoor pool, terrace, and a delicious on site restaurant. Rated 9.1 on Booking offers luxury rooms of 36 mq2 at 144€ with breakfast, free wi-fi and parking included.

Please notice that 11.5% tax is not included in the prices.

 

USEFUL LINKS:

TOURNAMENT INFO ON USTA SITE

VISIT CHARLOTTESVILLE OFFICIAL

ALL ACCOMODATIONS

 

ENJOY!!!!