THE TOURNAMENT: ITF MEN Aegon Gb Pro Series – The Scottish Championship
Date: From 01/30 to 02/05
Money prize: $ 15,000
Surface: Hard Indoor
Tournament Location: Scotstoun Sports Campus – 72 Danes Drive, Jordanhill, Glasgow, G14 9HD, Great Britain
How to get: Scotstoun campus is far just 4 miles from Glasgow central station (12 minutes by taxi or 20 minutes by bus X4). Not so far Glasgow Airport that is 6,4 miles from tennis courts.
Recent Past Winners: 2016 Liam Broady – 2015 Niels Desein – 2014 Laurynas Grigelis
Top 10 Players: Yannick Mertens (Bel) – Yannick Maden (Ger) – Sam Barry (Irl) – Antal Van Der Duim (Ned) – Marek Jaloviec (Cze) – Alessandro Bega (Ita) – Yann Marti (Sui) – Yannick Jankovits (Fra) – Joao Domingues (Por) – David Guez (Fra)
Glasgow is the biggest city in Scotland, with a population of about 600,000 in the city itself, or over 2 million if the surrounding towns of the Clydeside conurbation are taken into account. In recent years the city has transformed itself from being the once mighty powerhouse of industrial Britain to a centre for commerce, tourism, and culture and became one of the most visited cities of UK. It has been awarded the European titles of City of Culture (1990), City of Architecture and Design (1999) and Capital of Sport (2003). Infact Lonely Planet writes about Glasgow: “Disarmingly blending sophistication and earthiness, Scotland’s biggest city has evolved over the last couple of decades to become one of Britain’s most intriguing metropolises. The soberly handsome Victorian buildings, legacies of wealth generated from manufacturing and trade, suggest a staid sort of place. Very wrong. They are packed with stylish bars, top-notch restaurants and one of Britain’s best live-music scenes. The place’s sheer vitality is gloriously infectious: the combination of edgy urbanity and the residents’ legendary friendliness is captivating.Glasgow also offers plenty by day. Its shopping – whether you’re looking for Italian fashion or pre-loved denim – is famous and there are top-drawer museums and galleries. Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s sublime designs dot the city, which – always proud of its working-class background – also innovatively displays its industrial heritage.”
TOP 3 THINGS TO SEE:
- Riverside Museum by Zaha Hadid
- Glasgow University
- Pollok Country Park
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Hampton by Hilton Glasgow Central. Incredible *** accomodation, rated 9.3 on Booking, this hotel is situated in city centre, at just 6 minutes walking from Central Station. It features a restaurant, a bar and a fitness center. The price for a 18 mq2 queen room is just 53,1£ per night with breakfast buffet included. Wifi, of course, is free. Unbelievable value for money.
- Hotel Indigo Glasgow. Wonderful **** hotel situated in Glasgow Business District, this modern accomodation provides you boutique rooms with free wifi and luxurious bathrooms. Rated 9.2 on Booking, it offers a bar, a restaurant steakhouse. A king room costs just 105£ per night in bed&breakfast.
- Dakota Glasgow. Exceptional ***** luxurious hotel located beside Blythwood Square just some steps from shopping district. It features a Grill restaurant with sophisticated brasserie menus and a top level bar with a champagne room and cigar terrace. This is without any doubt the best hotel in the town (nr.1 on TripAdvisor and rated 9.3 on Booking). A classic double room with free wifi costs from 125£ per night.
Enjoy this Scottish TennisTrip!