THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN FUTURES Aava Open
From 14/11 to 20/11
Money prize: $ 10,000
Surface: Hard Indoor
Location: Tali Tennis Center -Kutomokuja 4, HELSINKI, 00380, Finland
Practical info: The Tali Tennis Center is a great sports and fitness facility located only 15 minutes away (by car) from Helsinki city center and about 30 minutes from Helsinki Airport. This center has 19 indoor and 11 outdoor courts for tennis as well as 4 badminton courts. They also offer tennis lessons where you can learn the tricks of the sport, and you can hone your newly learned skills in any of the practice rooms available. This center also has a gym, sauna, cafeteria and restaurant where you can relax after a tough game.
Top 10 Players: Margot Yerolymos (Fra) – Kimberly Zimmerman (Bel) – Karen Barritza (Den) – Tess Sugnaux (Svi) – Sabrina Santamaria (Usa) – Ling Zhang (Hkg) – Emma Laine (Fin) – Katharina Gerlach (Ger) – Elena Rybakina (Rus) – Luisa Marie Huber (Ger).
THE TOWN: Helsinki is definitely one of the most underrated cities in Europe, especially for two reasons: the high cost of life and the few flights operated by low cost airlines. Infact most tourists are forced to use Finnair which is one of the most important and safe european airline but for sure it’s one of the most expensive.
Instead Helsinki is an avant-garde city, in all fields of art, technology and social consciousness. Visitors can walk in the center, in the great square of the Art Nouveau train station, the port, from where ferries arrive and depart for the hundreds of islands around the capital, and in the long sea to enjoy clean air and a walk of almost 7,7 km towards the Bay of Lapinlahti. Helsinki is a vibrant city, rich in color and enthusiasm, culture, great cafes and restaurants and above all much, much, the sea.
The ideal is to add Helsinki to a tour of the Baltic Capitals because there is an easy (1 hour) and cheap connection from Tallin by ferries. In Helsinki is possible to spend some days in absolute relax, drinking a glass of white wine, reading a book, talking with friends sitted on the grass of Esplanadi Park or simply walking among Harbour’s piers. Or lose yourself in one of the hundreds lounge bars and clubs in Kamppi e Punavuori districts and in particular along Uudenmaankatu street. During summer period the movida transfers especially in Mikonatku district.
TOP 3 HELSINKI ATTRACTIONS:
- TUOMIOKIRKKO (LUTERAN CATHEDRAL)
- THE ESPLANADI PARK
- TEMPPELIAUKIO KIRKO (THE CHURCH IN THE STONE)
TOP 3 PLACES TO SLEEP:
BEST WESTERN PLUS HOTEL HAAGA. In the greenery, this quiet *** stars hotel offers a large pool, a sauna and a popular breakfast buffet. WiFi is free. The price for a tastefully decorated double room of 14 mq2 starts from 139€ with breakfast. The hotel is located 15 minutes drive from old city.
SCANDIC PAASI. This stylish **** stars design hotel, opened in August 2012, is 1.5 km from Helsinki Central Station and just 50 m from Hakaniemi Metro Station. It offers free Wi-Fi, a lobby bar and 4 restaurants. Rates for a double room of 14 mq2 starts from 158€ breakfast included.
HOTEL HAVEN. Overlooking Helsinki Harbour, this elegant *****stars hotel is just around the corner from the Esplanadi shopping streets. It offers rooms with luxury beds, spa-style bathrooms and a Bang & Olufsen multimedia system. Prices start from 259€ per night for a Comfort Room of 29mq2 with breakfast and wi-fi connection included. If you want something more choose a Lux Room for just 30€ more daily. You will not regret it!