THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Neville Smith Forest Products Launceston International
Date: From 02/06 to 02/12
Money prize: $ 60,000
Surface: Hard Outdoor
Tournament Location: Launceston Regional Tennis Centre, 57 Racecourse Crescent, Launceston, Tasmania 7250, Australia.
More Info: The LRTC features 9 hard courts and 2 synthetic clay courts, all flood-lit for night-time play. Launceston Airport is far about 19 km from site. A taxi ride costs approx. AUD 35. Another close airport is the one of Melbourne which is far about 50 minutes driving.
Past Winners: 2016 Xinyun Han – 2015 Daria Gavrilova – 2014 Olivia Rogowska – 2013 Storm Sanders
Top Seeded Players: Xinyun Han (Chn) – Taylor Townsend (Usa) – Fangzhou Liu (Chn) – Elizaveta Kulichkova (Rus) – Asia Muhammad (Usa) – Anastasia Pivovarova (Rus) – Tamara Zidanesk (Slo) – Barbora Stefkova (Cze) – Jamie Loeb (Usa) – Miyu Kato (Jpn)
THE TOWN: Launceston is the second-largest city in Tasmania and is situated in the north of the state on the Tamar River. The city was first settled in 1805 and currently has a population of around 70,000. The city recently has a great success especially for its food and wine scene, and in particular the ambrosial wines of the Tamar Valley got prizes and international respect.
Lonely Planet writes:“Tasmania’s second city has forever been locked in rivalry with big-smoke Hobart to the south. Launcestonians argue their architecture is more elegant, their parks more beautiful, their surrounding hills more verdant – and even their food scene just downright zestier. And on many of these points it’s hard to argue. Art and design are big here, and there’s a new respect for the city’s fabulous cache of heritage buildings.”
TOP 3 THINGS TO SEE IN LAUNCESTON:
- Cataract Gorge Park & Suspension Bridge
- The Tamar Valley
- Boag’s Brewery
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Comfort Inn Coach House Launceston. Very good *** hotel which is located at a short distance driving from Tamar Valley. This hotel, rated 8.2 on Booking, offers the free wifi, an onsite parking and views on the city. A 39 mq2 queen room cost 114 AUD per night.
- Country Club Tasmania. Idyllic **** resort, rated 8.9 on Booking and surrounded by lakes, gardens and bushland, this hotel is located at just 4,5 km from Launceston. It offers gym, spa, tennis courts and a 18 holes golf course. Deluxe rooms cost 159 AUD per night with wifi and parking included.
- Clarion Hotel City Park Grand. Excellent ***** boutique accomodation rated 9.1 on Booking, the Clarion Hotel is located at just 10 minutes walking from Victoria Museum and Art Gallaery and offers to guests an onsite bar and restaurant, free wifi and parking. Some suites boast a balcony or a whirlpool bathtub. Prices? A family suite starts from 250 AUD per night.
Enjoy this epicurean TennisTrip!!!!