Bangkok -Why to not enjoy some tennis matches in a so beautiful place?

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP Challenger Wind Energy Holding Bangkok 2 Open

Date: From 01/09 to 01/15

Money prize: $ 50,000

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Tournament Location: Rama Gardens Bangkok – 9/9 Vibhavadi Rangsit Rd, Khwaeng Talat Bang Khen, Khet Lak Si, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10210, Tailandia

General information: The Rama Gardens in Bangkok is very close from Don Mueang Internation Airport (9 km/10 minutes). If you come from Suvarnabhumi Int. Airport (35 km) or downtown you will need about 1/1,50h driving. It depends on traffic.

Top 10 Players: Janko Tipsarevic (Srb) – Christian Garin (Chl) – Aslan Karatsev (Rus) – Jonathan Eysseric (Fra) – Gregoire Barrere (Fra) – Zdenek Kolar (Cze) – Yannick Mertens (Bel) – Axel Michon (Fra) – Vaclav Safranek (Cze) – Yannik Maden (Ger)

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Serbian former top 10 Janko Tipsarevic

THE TOWN: Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and, with a population of over eleven million inhabitants, by far its largest city. Its high-rise buildings, heavy traffic congestion, intense heat and naughty nightlife do not immediately give you a warm welcome — but don’t let your first impression mislead you. It is one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities with magnificent temples and palaces, authentic canals, busy markets and a vibrant nightlife that has something for everyone. Lonely Planet’s writer Austin Bush explains the reasons he loves this town:”Admittedly, there are some things – the hot weather, the pollution, the political instability – that make Bangkok a less-than-ideal city. But there’s so much more that makes it amazing. I love the food. What other city has such a full-flavoured, no-holds-barred, insatiable, fanatical approach to eating? I love old Bangkok. Districts such as Banglamphu and Chinatown still carry the grit, charm and character of the city that used to be. And I’d be lying if I didn’t also say that I love new Bangkok – don’t we all have a soft spot for megamalls and air-con?

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Wat Pho Temple Reclining Buddha

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  • BTS Skytrain Trail

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  • Royal Palace 

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Rama Gardens Hotel Bangkok. Very good **** hotel this is the official location of the tournament and accomodation for players and provides free shuttle service to city center, free wifi, an outdoor pool, a fitness center and six restaurants. A superior 30 mq2 room costs 75$ per night in b&b.

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  • Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok. Excellent ***** hotel standing on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Rated 9.0 on Booking and voted nr.1 hotel on Tripadvisor, this hotel features first-rate amenities including an outdoor pool, spa and fitness centre, free parking and 6 dining options. It offers incredible 60 mq2 suites with kitchinette with prices from 92$ to 161$ per night (it depends on the additional services yuo want included).

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  • Shangri-La Bangkok. Luxury ***** hotel situated along the Chao Phraya River, Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok boasts a 10,000-sqm Fitness Centre and the multi-awarded CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La. Among its 10 dining options is an award-winning restaurant. Price for a  36 mq2 deluxe double room is 234$ per night with excellent breakfast and free wifi included. Rated 9.0 on Booking.

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USEFUL LINKS:

Visit Bangkok Info

Wat Pho Temple Official

Accomodations

 

Enjoy this fantastic city!!!!

Sydney – Atp & Wta combined in one of the most beautiful town of the world 

THE TOURNAMENTS: ATP 250 + WTA PREMIER Apia International Sidney

Date: From 01/08 to 01/14

Money prize: $ 495,630 + $ 710,900

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Tournament Location: Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre – Rod Laver Drive,
Sydney Olympic Park

General information: Sidney Olympic Park is located about 23 km from Sidney International Airport (30 minutes driving) and about 15 km from downtown. There is a frequent train service that runs to Sydney Olympic Park train station. In 2017, all event tickets will include Train travel to and from Olympic Park station on the Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink network.

Recent Atp Winners: 2016/2015 Victor Troicki – 2014 Juan Martin Del Potro – 2013 Bernard Tomic – 2012 Jarkko Nieminen – 2011 Gilles Simon

Recent Wta Winners: 2016 Svetlana Kuznetsova – 2015 Petra Kvitova – 2014 Svetlana Pironkova – 2013 Agnieszka Radwanska – 2012 Victoria Azarenka – 2011 Na Li

Top Seeded Atp Players: Dominic Thiem (Aut) – Pablo Cuevas (Uru) – Victor Troicki (Srb) – Pablo Carreno Busta (Esp) – Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) – Martin Klizan (Svk) – Marcel Granollers (Esp) – Nicolas Mahut (Fra) – Paolo Lorenzi (Ita) – Federico Delbonis (Arg)

Top Seeded Wta Players: Angelique Kerber (Ger) – Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) – Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) – Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) – Karolina Pliskova (Cek) – Johanna Konta (Gbr) – Carla Suarez Navarro (Esp) – Elina Svitolina (Ukr) – Timea Bacsinzky (Sui) – Elena Vesnina (Rus)

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Defending Wta champion Svetlana Kuznetsova

 

THE TOWN: Sidney, capital state of New Wales, is known as the Harbour City. It’s the largest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia with an enviable reputation as one of the world’s most beautiful and liveable cities. Brimming with history, nature, culture, art, fashion, cuisine, design, Sydney’s set next to miles of ocean coastline and sandy surf beaches. Longterm immigration has led to the cities reputation as one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities in Australia and the world. The city is also home to the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, two of the most iconic structures on this planet. Peter Dragicevich, writer of Lonely Planet, explains the reasons he loves this town with this words: “My visits to Sydney were becoming increasingly frequent before I moved there. Sure, it was the glitzy side that first attracted me – the sense that there was always something thrilling going on somewhere, and if you turned the right corner, you could be part of it. That sense remains, but I’ve discovered much more to love: the lively food scene, endless days at the beach and the way Sydney’s Indigenous and convict history is so often hidden in plain sight.

TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS IN SIDNEY:

  • Sydney Harbour

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  • Harbour Bridge

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  • Opera House

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  • Bondi to Coogee Beach Costal Walk

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  • Sydney Darling Harbour

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BEST HOTELS TO STAY: 

  • Ibis Sydney Olympic Park. Modern *** hotel rated 8.2 on Booking. Perfect location for tennis fans because is very close to tennis courts but however at just 20 minutes driving from CBD. A 22 mq2 standard double room costs 117$ per night with breakfast included.

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  • Meriton Serviced Apartments Campbell Street. Wonderful **** aparthotel located in Brisbane Central Business Distrisct.Rated 9.2 on booking and nr.1 accomodation on Tripdavisor, it offers superb classic studios with fully equipped kitchen and fantastic city views at just 134$ per night with an incredible value for money. Wifi is free.

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  • Primus Hotel Sydney. Luxury ***** boutique hotel situated in the lively district at just 500 mt from Capitol Theatre. It offers an outdoor pool, a design lounge bar and a restaurant. Price for a deluxe king room of 35 mq2 is 201$ with breakfast, free wifi and parking included. Rated 9.3 on Booking.

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USEFUL LINKS:

Visit Sydney Official

Sydney Opera House Site

Sydney Olympic Park Info

Tournament Official Site

Hotel Accomodations

 

Enjoy this trip!!!!

Canberra – Many top 100 players for this tournament in Australia’s capital city

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER East Hotel Canberra Challenger

Date: From 01/09 to 01/14

Money prize: $ 75,000

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: Jan Lennard Struff (Ger) – Gerald Melzer (Aut) – Adam Pavlasek (Cek) – Pierre Hugues Herbert (Fra) – Renzo Olivo (Arg) – Konstantin Kravchuk (Rus) – Steve Darcis (Bel) – Donald Young (Usa) – Carlos Berloq (Arg) – Dudi Sela (Isr)

Jan-Lennard Struff nr.63 of Atp ranking


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:

  • Parliament House


  • Australian War Memorial


  • Lake Burley Griffin


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Pavilion on Northbourne. Fantastic **** hotel which is located at just 5 minutes driving from Australian War Memorial. This hotel, rated 8.3 on Booking, 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 96$ with free cancellation, wifi 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 177USD per night with breakfast, wifi and airport shuttle included.

  • Hotel Hotel. Excellent ***** design accomodation rated 8.8 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 169$ per night.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Visit Canberra Official

War Memorial Official Site 

All Hotel Accomodations  
ENJOY!!!!

Auckland – From 1956 a classic tournament of Atp tour in a wonderful town

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 ASB Classic

From 09/01 to 14/01

Money Prize: $ 508,360

Surface: Hard Outdoor 

Location: ASB Tennis Arena – 1 Tennis Ln, Parnell, Auckland 1010

How to Get: By train the nearest stations are the Britomart Transport Centre and Grafton stations, both around a 20-25 minute walk to the ASB Tennis Arena. Auckland Coop Taxi’s have a dedicated taxi rank for drop off and pick up located in Tennis Lane for your convenience. The Asb Arena enjoys however a very Central position in Auckland just 1 km from shopping district of Queen Street. Airport is far less than 20 km.

Recent past winners: 2016 Roberto Bautista Agut – 2015 Jiri Vesely – 2014 John Isner – 2013/2012/2011 David Ferrer – 2010 John Isner

Top seeded players: Roberto Bautista Agut (Esp) – John Isner (Usa) – David Ferrer (Esp) – Jack Sock (Usa) – Albert Ramos Vinolas (Esp) – Feliciano Lopez (Esp) – David Johnson (Usa) – Marcos Baghdatis (Cyp) – Joao Sousa (Por) – Diego Schwartzman (Arg)

Defending champion Roberto Bautista Agut

 

THE TOWN: Auckland is the most populous urban area in New Zeland. Auckland has a population of 1,495,000, which constitutes 32 percent of country’s population. In 2014 Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranked Auckland 3rd place in the world on its list. For Lonely Planet:”The greater Auckland region encompasses the city proper and the gorgeous surrounding towns and landscapes.

It’s rare that visitors restrict themselves solely to the city area. And why would you? There’s plenty to see and do right in the heart of the city, but travelling further afield opens the opportunities considerably. You can’t miss getting out onto the waters of the Haruki Gulf and exploring its many islands. One of the closest to the mainland is Waiheke Island, home to emerald waters and world-class wineries. Further north lies Goat Island Marine Reserve, a thriving and accessible aquatic ecosystem.

The natural delights on offer go beyond the area’s beautiful waters. Rainforests, thermal springs, sprawling parks and volcanic cones are just the start.

TOP 3 PLACES TO VISIT:

  • Tiriri Matangi Island 


  • Sky Tower


  • Waiheke Island


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Kiwi Heritage Homestay. Perfect *** b&b  rated 8.7 on Booking with high value for money . Good location at just 3 km from Tiriri Village. A family room with shared bathroom costs only 77$ per night with breakfast, wifi and parking included.

  • Crowne Plaza Auckland. Wonderful **** aparthotel located in Auckland Central Business Distrisct, very close to shopping paradise of Queen St. Rated 8.8 on Booking and nr.1o accomodation on Tripdavisor, it offers superb queen rooms of 30 mq2 at just 162$ per night or 179$ with breakfast included. Fitness center, a spa, a longer bar and a restaurant are available for customers.

  • Hotel DeBrett. Luxury ***** boutique hotel situated at just some steps from Victoria Harbour and the Sky Tower. It offers free wifi and a fitness centre for customers. Onsite restaurant DeBretts KitChens is considered one of the best restaurant of whole New Zeland.  Price for an unique designed 40 mq2 O’Connell Suite each one decorated with art works is 400$ with breakfast. Rated 9.3 on Booking and nr.1 accomodation on TripAdvisor.


USEFUL LINKS:

Visit Auckland Tourists Info

Tournament Official Site 

Accomodations



ENJOY!!!

Hobart – A traditional Wta event in the real heart of Tasmania

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA INTERNATIONAL Hobart International

Date: From 01/08 to 01/14

Money prize: $ 226,750

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Tournament Location: Domain Tennis Centre Inc. – 2 Davies Avenue, Hobart, TAS 7000, Australia

How to get: Tennis centre is far about 17 km from Hobart International Airport and about 2,7 km from downtown.

Recent Past Winners: 2016 Alizé Cornet – 2015 Heather Watson – 2014 Garbine Muguruza – 2013 Elena Vesnina – 2012 Mona Barthel – 2011 Jarmila Wolfe

Top 10 Players: Kiki Bertens (Hol) – Anastasija Sevastova (Lat) – Monica Niculescu (Rou) – Alison Riske (Usa) – Misaki Doi (Jpn) – Alizé Cornet (Fra) – Kristina Mladenovic (Fra) – Ana Konjuh (Cro) – Naomi Osaka (Jpn) – Sara Errani (Ita)

Defending champion Alizé Cornet

 

ABOUT HOBART: Hobart is the capital city of the Australian state of Tasmania and is Australia’s second oldest city, after Sydney. Situated along the Derwent River and with humble beginnings as a penal colony, Hobart is now a small and intimate city with a population of around 220,000 in the Greater Hobart area. The city is renowned for its many historic buildings, including the famous Salamanca Place, and is the gateway to Southern Tasmania. Lonely Planet writes about it: “No doubt about it, Hobart’s future is looking rosy. Tourism is booming and the old town is brimming with new-found self-confidence. Plan on staying a while – you’ll need at least a few days to savour the full range of beers flowing from the city’s pubs.

Riding high above the city is Mt Wellington, a rugged monolith seemingly made for mountain biking and bushwalking. Down on the waterfront, the cafes, bars and restaurants along Salamanca Pl and in nearby Battery Point showcase the best of Tassie produce. There’s more great eating and boozing in cashed-up Sandy Bay and along Elizabeth St in bohemian North Hobart.

TOP 3 THINGS TO SEE:

  • Mount Wellington 


  • Salamanca Market


  • Mount Nelson Lookout


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Customs House Hotel. Excellent *** hotel, rated 8.7 on Booking, this hotel is situated just 5 minutes walk from Salamanca markets, and offers 23 mq2 water front queen rooms at 140$ per night with breakfast buffet and free cancellation included. Wifi, of course, is free. Very good onsite restaurant well known for its seafood specialities.

  • Fountainside Hotel. Wonderful **** hotel located in Hobart Central Business Dsitrict and 5 minutes drive from Battery Point Village. This modern hotel, rated 9.1 on Booking, provides luxurious accomodations of 27mq2 140$ per night  with free cancellation, wifi and parking.

  • The Henry Jones Art Hotel. Exceptional *****  hotel located in the real heart of Hobart and set in a renovated 1820s wharehouse and former jam factory.  It provides a bar and boasts a variety of original artworks throughout the property. Rated 9.2 on Booking it offers design standard king rooms with wifi and parking included at 305$ per night.


USEFUL LINKS:

Hobart Tourists Info on Discover Tasmania

Tournament Official Site

Accomodations



ENJOY!!!!

Daytona Beach – Tennis matches driving on the hard packed sand…

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN 2017 Daytona Beach $ 25,000 Women

From 01/09 to 01/15

Money prize: $ 25,000

Surface: Clay Outdoor

Location: Florida Tennis Center – 1  Deuce Court Suite 200, Daytona Beach , 32124, USA

How to get: Florida TC is far just 11,3 miles from downtown, that is an Uber ride of about 20 minutes. Daytona Beach Intl Airport is situated at just 7,7 from tennis courts.

Previous Winners: 2016 Ons Jabeur – 2015 Daria Kasaktina – 2014 Anna Tatishvili

Main Seeded Players: Teliana Pereira (Bra) – Sofia Kenin (Usa) – Alizé Lim (Fra) – An Sophie Mestach (Bel) – Jesika Maleckova (Cze) – Viktoria Kuzmova (Rus) – Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Svk) – Kristie Ahn (Usa) – Michelle Larcher de Brito (Por) – Robin Anderson (Usa)

Alizé Lim

THE TOWN: Daytona Beach is a city in Volusia County, Florida, United States. It lies about 51 miles (82.1 km) northeast of Orlando and 242 miles (389.5 km) northwest of Miami. With a population of 61,000, the city is historically known for its beach where the hard-packed sand allows motorized vehicles to drive on the beach in restricted areas. This made Daytona Beach a mecca for motorsports, and the old Daytona Beach Road Course hosted races for over 50 years. This was replaced in 1959 by Daytona International Speedway. Lonely Planet invites to discover other sides too of Daytona Beach: “Anything but a wallflower, Daytona Beach draws a good-time crowd: it hosts one of the last spring breaks on the Atlantic Coast (tamer now than during its halcyon days); its population quintuples during Speed Weeks; and as many as half a million bikers roar into town for Bike Week in March and Biketoberfest in October. If balmy beer-soaked days and nights of motor-racing, motorcycles and the men who love them are your thing, you might have found your heaven on earth. If not, move on.If you can see past the garish beachside barricade of 70s high-rise blocks, nightclubs and tourist traps (if not quite literally), you might witness the phenomena of nesting sea turtles (in season) or explore a handful of interesting and worthwhile cultural attractions.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN DAYTONA BEACH:

  • Daytona International Speedway


  • The Beach of Daytona Beach


  • Beach Street

BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Sun Viking Lodge Dayton Beach. Very good ** hotel located directly on Daytona Beach and 12,9 km from International Airport. This modern accomodation provides a baby pool, gym, sauna, children playground, free wifi and parking. Rated 8.4 on Booking it offers very comfortable king rooms from 76$ per night.

  • Hampton Inn Daytona Beach Beachfront. Superb *** hotel, rated 9.3 on Booking, which is located close to Ocean Center and Ocean Walk Shops. This hotel features  outdoor and indoor pool. A modern designed king room costs 109$ per night with breakfast, wifi and public parking included.

  • Hilton Daytona Beach Resort/ Ocean Walk Village. Amazing **** family friendly hotel directly located on beachfront, featuring two outdoor pools, a gourmet restaurant, a children game area and a spa. Rated 8.2 on Booking, it offers queen room with ocean view at 124$ per night free cancellation included. Wifi and parking are free for customers too.


Please notice that a 12.5% tax + 5$ per night service fee are not included in the prices.



USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Visit Daytona Beach Official 

All Accomodations 


ENJOY!!!!


Top 5 Tennis Resorts and Camps – Best for Junior Tennis Programs

This that follows is the top 5 five short list for tennis resorts which offers not only breathtaking locations and stunning views from hotel rooms but also great tennis programs for your sons who will have the possibility to enjoy a great vacation and at the same time to improve their tennis skills with professional coachs and trainers. The list as usual has been made by Roger Cox and his fantastic site TennisResortsOnline.com.

  • Kiawah Island Golf Resort


Accurate Review on TennisResortsOnline – Address: One Sanctuary Beach Drive, Kiawah Island, South Carolina 29455. Book here

  • Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort


Accurate Review on TennisResortsOnline – Address: Hilton Head Marriott Beach & Golf Resort. One Hotel Circle, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29928. Book here

  • Wild Dunes Resort


Accurate review on TennisResortsOnline – Address: 5757 Palm Boulevard, Isle of Palms, South Carolina 29451 – Book here

  • Sea Colony Resort


Accurate review on TennisResortsOnline – Address: Sea Colony 33546 Marketplace, PO Box 480, Bethany Beach, Delaware 19930 – Book here

  • Four Seasons Resort Nevis


Accurate review on TennisResortsOnline – Address: Po Box 565, Pinney’s Beach, Nevis, West Indies – Book here

Perth – Don’t miss the return of king Roger Federer at Hopman Cup 2017!

THE TOURNAMENT: The Hopman Cup XXIX is a tournament between nations in men’s and women’s tennis. It will take place at the Perth Arena in Perth, Australia.

From 01/01 to 07/01

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Location: Perth Arena – 700 Wellington Street, Perth WA, 6000

How to get: Perth Arena is located a short walk down Wellington Street from the Perth city bus and train stations. It is also close to City West and the Perth Underground train stations. All train lines converge to the Perth city train station, a few hundred metres from Perth Arena.

Recent Winners: 2016 Australia (Kyrgios/Gavrilova) – 2015 Poland (Janowicz/A.Radwanska) – 2014 France (Tsonga/Cornet) – 2013 Spain (Verdasco/Medina Garrigues) – 2012 Czech Republic (Berdych/Kvitova) – 2011 United States (Isner/Mattek Sands)

2017 Participating Teams & Players

GROUP A: France (Gasquet/Mladenovic) – Germany (A.Zverev/Petkovic) – United Kingdom (Evans/Watson) – Switzerland (Federer/Bencic) 


GROUP B: Australia (Kyrgios/Gavrilova) – Czech Republic (Pavlasek/Hradecka) – Spain (F.Lopez/Arruabarrena) – United States (Sock/Vandeweghe)

THE TOWN: Perth is the sunniest and main city of Western Australia. Perth effortlessly blends urban cool with raw natural beauty and makes the perfect base for your unique Western Australian experience. Bustling with new bars, restaurants, shopping and cultural spaces, Perth is also home to Kings Park—one of the world’s largest inner city parks, beautiful wineries, and stunning beaches where you can even swim with wild dolphins. Lonely Planet writes about Perth: “Laid-back, liveable Perth has wonderful weather, beautiful beaches and an easygoing character. About as close to Bali as to some of Australia’s eastern state capitals, Perth’s combination of big-city attractions with relaxed and informal surrounds offers an appealing lifestyle for locals and lots to do for visitors. It’s a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city with myriad bars, restaurants and cultural activities all vying for attention. When you want to chill out, it’s easy to do so. Perth’s pristine parkland, nearby bush, and river and ocean beaches – along with a good public transport system – allow its inhabitants to spread out and enjoy what’s on offer.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN PERTH:

  • Swan River


  • Kings Park


  • Fraser Avenue Lookout


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • The Murray Hotel. Excellent *** Hotel, rated 8.6 on Booking and situated in West Perth, but at just 1,5 km from city center. It offers a king room at 135 AUD per night with continental breakfast and free wifi included.
  • Alex Hotel. Wonderful **** hotel located near Hay Street shopping district and rated 9.3 on Booking. It features a restaurant, a bar and a terrace with amazing sights on Perth and the free wifi connection. Prices start from 198 AUD for a little double room with good breakfast included. 
  • COMO The Treasury. Exceptional ***** hotel rated 9.6 on Booking.com and sitted in Perth’s business district at just 400 mt from Perth Concert Hall. Located in a XIX century historical building, it provides free wifi, an indoor pool, 2 restaurants and a Spa. The price for an Heritage king room start from 645€ with super breakfast. 

USEFUL LINKS:

Visit Perth City Official

Accommodations
Enjoy!!!

Shenzhen – Wta tennis stars will face in the most technological Chinese town

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA INTERNATIONAL Shenzhen Open 

Date: From 01/01 to 07/01

Money prize: $ 626,750

Surface: Hard Indoor

Tournament Location: Shenzhen Longgang Sports Center – Junction of Shuiguan Highway and Longxiang Ave., Longgang District, Shenzhen, Post Code : 518115

General information: Shenzhen Longgang Sports Center is far about 48 km from International Airport. To get from there take bus Airport line 10 to Hourui metro station, take metro Luobao line to Laojie station, transfer to Longgang line and take off at Universiade station, then change to bus number M294 to final stop on Velodrome Road.

Recent Past Winners: 2016 Agnieszka Radwanska – 2015 Simona Halep – 2014/2013 Na Li

Top 10 Players: Simona Halep (Rou) – Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) – Johanna Konta (Gbr) – Timea Bacsinszky (Sui) – Jelena Jankovic (Srb) -Shuai Peng (Chn) – Victorija Golubic (Sui) – Camila Giorgi (Ita) – Vania King (Srb) – Anna Lena Friesdam (Ger)


THE TOWN: Shenzhen is a major city and a major financial center in Guangdong Province, China. It is home to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange as well as the headquarters of numerous high-tech companies. It also has one of the busiest container ports in the world. Shenzhen’s modern cityscape is the result of its vibrant economy made possible by rapid foreign investment since the institution of the policy of “reform and opening” establishment of the SEZ in late 1979. The town is famous all over the world for the high number of theme parks. Lonely Planet write about this town: “One of China’s wealthiest cities and a Special Economic Zone (SEZ), Shēnzhèn (深圳) draws a mix of business people, investors and migrant workers to its golden gates. It’s a popular, easy day trip from Hong Kong, surprising most visitors who just expect a peek at a very serious mainland China, but find a thriving club and indie-music nightlife, or squads of housewives breaking out dance moves in public squares into the evening. The myriad theme parks, which include fun miniature landmarks, also amuse, as do the quirky specialty markets where you can grab a bargain house decoration or dozen. Shēnzhèn is also a useful transport hub for other parts of China.

TOP 3 THINGS TO SEE IN SHENZHEN:

  • Wutong Mountain

  • KingKey 100

  • Splendid China Theme Park

BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hyatt Place Shenzhen Dongmen. Fantastic **** hotel just five minutes walking from Dongmen pedestrian area. Rated 8.6 on Booking, offers double king rooms from 92$ per night with breakfast included. Great value for money.

  • The Langham Shenzhen. Luxurious ***** hotel located in Futian this hotel combines pefectly modern and traditional styles. Rated 9.2 on Booking, offers enormous deluxe double rooms at 132$ per night without breakfast but with free wifi and parking included .

  • Futian Shangri-La Shenzhen. This ***** hotel located in the heart of Futian commercial zone is the best solution for tennis fans because is the official accomodation of tournament with great possibility to meet your favourite players. A deluxe double room of 48 mq2 with living room costs from 129$ to 144$ per night with free parking and wifi in rooms.

 

USEFUL LINKS:

Shenzhen on Travel China Guide 

Visit Shenzhen on DiscoverChina

Tournament Official Site 

Accomodations
ENJOY!!!!

Chennai -Who will succeed Stan Wawrinka?

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Aircel Chennai Open

Date: From 01/02 to 01/08

Money prize: $ 425,535

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Tournament Location: SDAT Tennis Stadium – Corporation School Road, 4th Cross Street, Lake Area, Nungambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600034, India

General information: The SDAT Tennis Stadium in Chennai was built on the occasion of the SAF Games in 1995 by the Tamil Nadu Government. It has since played the host to the Chennai Open tennis event annually since 1997. It has a strategic position close the heart of Chennai (4,9 km from city center) and just 32 minutes by taxi from International Airport of Chennai.

Previous Winners: 2016/2015/2014 Stan Wawrinka – 2013 Janko Tipsarevic – 2012 Milos Raonic – 2011 Stan Wawrinka

Top 10 Players: Marin Cilic (Cro) – Roberto Bautista Agut (Esp) – Albert Ramos Vinolas (Esp) – Martin Klizan (Svk) – Benoit Paire (Fra) – Borna Coric (Cro) – Tommy Robredo (Esp) – Mikhail Youzhny (Ind) – Yen Hsun Lu (Tpe) – Guillermo Garcia Lopez (Esp)

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THE TOWN: Chennai is the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and most populous city of the South of India. It’s one of the Indian cities most visited by foreign tourists (especially for health tourism), and is the 47th most visited city in the world. The Quality of Living Survey rated Chennai as the safest city in India. Lonely Planet named Chennai in 2015 as one of the top ten cities to visit and writes about it:”With its withering southern heat, roaring traffic and scarcity of outstanding sights, the ‘capital of the south’ has always been the rather dowdy sibling among India’s four biggest cities. But if you have time to explore Chennai’s diverse neighbourhoods and role as keeper of South Indian artistic and religious traditions, the odds are this 400-sq-km conglomerate of urban villages will sneak its way into your heart.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Marina Beach 

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  • Kapaleeshwar Temple

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  • Vivekananda House 

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • La Woods Hotel. Very good *** accomodation rated 8.2 on Booking. Great location near Shopping District and 3,5 km from Kapaleeswarar Temple. It provides free wifi and parking, airport shuttle service and an on site restaurant. An executive 17 mq2 double room costs 42€ per night in b&b.

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  • Design Hotel Chennai. Fabulous **** boutique hotel located in in the Velachery neighborhood . Rated 8.8 on Booking, this hotel features free wifi and parking, a bar and a restaurant. It offers incredible futuristic deluxe 39 mq2 double rooms at just 95€ per night with good breakfast included.

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  • The Leela Palace Chennai. Luxury ***** hotel located just 5 minutes walking from the beach it offers a gourmet restaurant with 7 different kitchens, an outdoor pool, a bar and many many other stuff for customers. Price for a  50 mq2 deluxe double room starts from 127€ with excellent breakfast, free wifi and parking included. Rated 9.0 on Booking.

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Please notice that in the prices showed is not included a 9% tax.

USEFUL LINKS:

Visit Chennai Info

Kapaleeshwar Temple Official

Tournament Official Site

Accomodations

 

ENJOY!!!!