THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Almaty International
From 01/23 to 01/29
Money prize: $ 15,000
Surface: Hard Indoor
Location: Gorky Tennis Park – Kopernica 128 street, Almaty 050000, Kazakhstan
Practical info: Gorky Tennis Park is located just 9 km from Almaty Television Tower and about 14 km (20 minutes driving) from Almaty International Airport.
Top 10 Players: Polina Monova (Rus) – Kamila Kerimbayeva (Kaz) – Anastasia Pribylova (Rus) – Ekaterina Yashina (Rus) – Katharina Lenhert (Phi) – Ekaterina Kazionova (Rus) – Mai Minokoshi (Jpn) – Arina Folts (Uzb) – Valeriya Zeleva (Rus) – Alina Silich (Rus)
THE TOWN: Almaty is the former capital of Kazakhstan, and is still its largest city with a population of 1,703,481 people, containing 9% of the country’s total population. Being a financial and cultural center of Central Asia, Almaty boasts moderately-sized tourist and expatriate communities. Undoubtely it is a wonderful gateway to this undiscovered and distinctive country. Lonely Planet writes: “This leafy city with a backdrop of the snowcapped Zailiysky Alatau has always been among the more appealing Russian creations in Central Asia. Today Almaty’s new rich have expensive suburban apartments, large SUVs, glitzy shopping malls, Western-style coffee lounges, expensive restaurants, dance-till-dawn nightclubs and new ski resorts to help them enjoy life to the full. Meanwhile the less lucky from the city’s outer districts and the countryside squeeze into packed buses and rickety marshrutkas around the Green Market (Zelyony Bazar) or Sayakhat bus station.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN ASTANA:
- Big Almaty Lake
- Zenkov Cathedral
- The Beatles Monument
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- D’Rami Hotel. Located 10 minutes’ walk from Almaty’s central avenue, Abay Prospekt, this wonderful *** hotel, rated 9.4 on Booking, offers free wifi and parking. Prices for a 18 mq2 modern standard double room is 51$ per night.
- Worldhotel Saltanat Almaty. Excellent **** hotel located in Almaty’s Old Town at 700 mt from Kazakhstan Indipendence Monument. This accomodation, rated 8.9 on Booking, features a gym, free wifi and parking. The price for a 26 mq2 new double room is 111$ per night with breakfast buffet included.
- Rixos Almaty Hotel. Wonderful boutique ***** hotel, rated 8.8 on Booking and favourite structure on TripAdvisor, is located in Almaty City Centre and hosts a gourmet restaurant, a 2200 mq2 spa with pool, gym, Turkish bath, indoor gardens and 7 massage rooms. A deluxe double room with magnificent breakfast included costs from 188$ per night. Wifi and parking are free for customers.