THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Bnp Paribas
Date: From 01/02 to 01/07
Money prize: $ 75,000
Category: ATP challenger
Surface: Hard Outdoor
Tournament Location: Complexe tennistique Marie Louis Lhuillier Ouen Toro – 1 Promenade Pierre Vernier 98800 Nouméa
How to Get: The International Airport Nouméa Magenta is far less than 7 km from tennis courts. Plage de la Baie des Citrones is easily accessible by 8 minutes taxi ride.
Previous Winners: 2016 Adrian Mannarino – 2015 Steve Darcis – 2014 Alejandro Falla – 2013 Adrian Mannarino – 2012 Jeremy Chardy – 2011 Vincent Millot – 2010 Florian Mayer
Top Seeded Players: Adrian Mannarino (Fra) – Guido Andreozzi (Arg) – Roberto Carballes Baena (Esp) – Quentin Halys (Fra) – Kenny De Schepper (Fra) – Duckhee Lee (Kor) – Dennis Novikov (Usa) – Stefano Napolitano (Ita) – Agustin Velotti (Arg) – Stefanos Tsitsipas (Gre)
THE TOWN: Nouméa is the most important city of New Caledonia, a special collectivity of France located in the southwest Pacific Ocean, 1,210 km (750 mi) east of Australia. Its population consists of a mix of Kanak people (the original inhabitants of New Caledonia), people of European descent, Polynesian people and Southeast Asian people.
Lonely Planet writes on it: “With its cheerful multi-ethnic community, New Caledonia’s cosmopolitan capital is both sophisticated and uncomplicated, classy and casual. The relaxed city sits on a large peninsula, surrounded by picturesque bays, and offers visitors a variety of experiences. Diners can eat out at sassy French restaurants hidden in Quartier Latin, dine at bold water-fronting bistros or grab a bargain meal from a nocturnal van in a car park. Meanwhile, shopaholics can blow their savings on the latest Parisian fashions or go bargain hunting for imported Asian textiles.
Central Noumea revolves around Place des Cocotiers, a large, shady square with landscaped gardens, a couple of blocks in from the waterfront. The main leisure area where locals and tourists hang out lies south of the city centre at Baie des Citrons and Anse Vata, with beaches, restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
While Noumea city has 100,000 residents, the greater Noumea area, including Le Mont-Dore, Dumbéa and Paita, is home to 164,000, or about 63% of New Caledonia’s population.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN NOUMÉA:
- Amédée Lighthouse
- Plage de la Baie des Citrons
- Acquarium des Lagons
BEST HOTELS TO STAY IN NOUMÉA:
- Hotel Beaurivage. Fantastic ** hotel which is located alongside the beach and at just 10 minutes driving from Nouméa’s city centre. This hotel features a snack bar, an on site free and the wifi connection. A 30 mq2 double room with sea view costs 126€ per night, without view just 101€ per night. Rated 8.3 on Booking.
- Hotel Le Lagon. Excellent *** modern hotel, rated 8.8 on Booking, conveniently located at 100 mt from amazing Anse Vata Beach, it offers a spa, a fitness center and a pool. A 22 mq2 studio with living area costs 117€ per night with free cancellation included.
- Château Royal Resort & Spa. Wonderful **** resort rated 8.7 on Booking, it is located opposite Anse Vata Beach at just 3 km from Noumea Harbour and boasts a tennis court, a day spa, 3 restaurants, a magnificent pool and a gym. The price for a wide 48 mq2 standard room with modern furnishings starts from 235€ per night with breakfast, parking and 250 mb of free wifi included.