THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Engie Open de l’Isere
Date: From 01/30 to 02/05
Money prize: $ 25,000
Surface: Hard Indoor
Tournament Location: Grenoble Tennis – 100 Avenue de la Mogne 38100 Grenoble France
How to get: Tennis club is far less than 5 km from place de la gare (a taxi ride of about 20 minutes). Closest airport is the Lyon-Saint Exupery airport at about 100 km from tennis courts.
Past Winners: 2016 Myrtille Georges – 2015 Magda Linette – 2014 Pauline Parmentier – 2013 Sandra Zahlavova – 2012 Karolina Pliskova – 2011 Marta Domachowska
Top 10 Players: Ana Bogdan (Rou) – Mona Barthel (Ger) – Tamara Korpatsch (Ger) – Magdalena Rybarikova (Svk) – Virginie Razzano (Fra) – Tereza Smitkova (Cek) -Amra Sadikovic (Sui) -Anna Blinkova (Rus) – Jasmine Paolini (Ita) – Laura Robson (Gbr)
THE TOWN: Grenoble is a city of around 158,000 inhabitants located in the French Alps. Crossed by two rivers, the Drac and the Isère (“the lion and the serpent“), and is surrounded by three mountain chains, the Vercors, Chartreuse and Belledonne. The city is renowned for its universities on the campus and for its scientific research centers. Lonely Planet writes about Grenoble: “Known as the ‘Capital of the Alps’, Grenoble boasts great museums, excellent dining, effervescent nightlife, outstanding quality of life and a superb public transport system. Home to a slew of high-tech industries, the 1968 Winter Olympic City is the focal point for a wider metropolitan area of more than 650,000 Grenobloises and Grenoblois, nearly 10% of them students.The city is dramatically sited among the looming massifs of the Parc Naturel Régional de Chartreuse and Parc Naturel Régional du Vercors, with clear sight lines to Mont Blanc itself. Cut by the swift-flowing River Isère, Grenoble delivers mostly mild weather thanks to its low elevation.”
TOP 3 THINGS TO SEE IN GRENOBLE:
- Vercors Regional Natural Park
- Dauphinois Museum
- Logis Institut Hotel. Very good ** hotel located in the heart of Grenoble just 200 mt from station and 800 mt from Bastille Cable Car. Rated 8.1 on Booking, this accomodation offers 15 mq2 double rooms with ensuite bathroom at 59€ per night (free wifi included, breakfast available with a further fee).
- Ibis Styles Grenoble Centre Gare. Wonderful *** hotel situated in an ideal position in the city heart, this Ibis accomodation features a design bar and the free wifi. Rated 8.7 on Booking, it offers modern double room at 115 € per night breakfast buffet included.
- Park Hotel Grenoble – MGallery by Sofitel. Excellent **** hotel in city centre located directly on the edge of Paul Mistral Park, this Accor accomodation gained a very high 9.2 rate on Booking. Here you can enjoy meals prepared in its exclusive lounge bar. The price for a classic double room of 29 mq2 is 129€ per night with free wifi. Parking and breakfast are available with additional fees.