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)
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.