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)
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
- Lake Burley Griffin
- Parliament House
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.