THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Open de Rennes
Date: From 01/24 to 01/29
Money prize: € 85,000
Surface: Hard Indoor
Tournament Location: Salle Colette Besson, Plaine de Bréquigny – 12 Boulevard Albert 1er, Rennes 35000, France
General information: The Salle is easy accessible from Place de la Republique by bus nr.5 in about 12 minutes. Old town is far about 3 km.
Recent Past Winners: 2015 Malek Jaziri – 2014 Steve Darcis – 2013 Nicolas Mahut – 2012 Kenny de Schepper – 2011 Julien Benneteau
Top Seeded Players: Mikhail Youzhny (Rus) – Jeremy Chardy (Fra) – Paul Henri Mathieu (Fra) – Steve Darcis (Bel) – Guido Andreozzi (Arg) – Lukas Rosol (Cze) – Jozef Kovalik (Svk) – Tobias Kamke (Ger) – Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukr) – Lukas Lacko (Svk)
THE TOWN: Rennes is the capital city of Brittany. Not often mentioned on tourist guides , it has more than 200,000 inhabitants, of whom about 60,000 are students. This gives the town a vibrant nightlife. Some streets, such as the Rue Saint Michel, have only bars on both sides. Lonely Planet writes: “A crossroads since Roman times, Brittany’s vibrant capital sits at the junction of highways linking northwestern France’s major cities. It’s a beautifully set-out city, with an elaborate and stately centre and a superb medieval quarter that’s a joy to get lost in. At night, this student city has no end of lively places to pop in for a pint and its restaurants are also superb.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN RENNES:
- Rennes Old Town
- Parliament of Brittany
- Place de la Mairie
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Hotel Kyriad Rennes. Perfect *** hotel with high value for money situated in central Rennes just opposite the SNCF train station, this accomodation has been rated 8.7 on Booking. A small but comfy double room costs 73$ per night with free wifi included in the price. Breakfast costs 10$ more per day.
- Mercure Rennes Centre Parlement. Fantastic **** hotel rated 8.1 on Booking. It is located in Parlement district at just 150 mt from République Metro Station and offers modern double rooms from 113$ to 133$ per night (depends if breakfast is included or not). Free wifi is available for customers. Private parking is available with additional charge.
- Balthazar Hotel & Spa – MGallery by Sofitel. Wonderful ***** hotel which rises an in the heart of Rennes at just 200 mt from Fine Arts Museum. Excellent is the on-site restaurant, amazing the hotel spa. Rated 9.3 on Booking it offers classic double rooms (24 mq2) at 196$ per night. Superb breakfast buffet and free wifi are included in room price.
Enjoy this new beautiful tennis trip!!!!