THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Garanti Koza Sofia Open
Date: From 02/06 to 02/12
Money prize: $ 540,310
Surface: Hard Indoor
Tennis Club: Arena Armeec Sofia – 1 Asen Yordanov Blvd, 1113 Sofia
We will be in Sofia on 7-8 February to enjoy a beautiful town and world class tennis. Follow our updates and curiosities directly from Armeec Arena on WordPress, Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter!
How to arrive: Multifunctional Sports Hall Arena Armeec Sofia is one of the most modern in Europe, designed and constructed in full compliance with international standards. The Arena is in an ideal position just between Sofia Old Town (about 5 km) and Intl Airport (4,9 km) so in both case you will need 10 minutes by taxi to get in. Besides there is one bus stop in both directions of Aleksander Iordanov boulevard. They are connected with a zebra crossing.
Past Winner: 2016 Roberto Bautista Agut (Esp)
Top Seeded Players: Dominic Thiem (Aut) – David Goffin (Bel) – Roberto Bautista Agut (Esp) – Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) – Viktor Troicki (Srb) – Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) – Gilles Müller (Lux) – Martin Klizan (Svk) – Marcos Bagdathis (Cyp) – Nicolas Almagro (Esp)
THE TOWN: Sofia is the capital and, with about 1.4 million citizens, the biggest city of Bulgaria. Today, Sofia is a dynamic European capital, distinguished by its unique combination of European and Communist-style architecture as well as many beautiful Orthodox churches. Furthermore, it claims to be one of the few European capitals with beautiful scenery.
Lonely Planet writes: “Bulgaria’s pleasingly laid-back capital is often overlooked by visitors heading straight to the coast or the ski resorts, but they’re missing something special. Sofia is no grand metropolis, but it’s a largely modern, youthful city, with a scattering of onion-domed churches, Ottoman mosques and stubborn Red Army monuments that lend an eclectic, exotic feel. Recent excavation work carried out during construction of the city’s metro unveiled a treasure trove of Roman ruins from nearly 2000 years ago, when the city was called ‘Serdica’. Away from the buildings and boulevards, vast parks and manicured gardens offer a welcome respite, and the ski slopes and hiking trails of mighty Mt Vitosha are just a short bus ride from the centre. Home to many of Bulgaria’s finest museums, galleries, restaurants and clubs, Sofia may persuade you to stick around and explore further.”
TOP 3 PLACES TO SEE IN SOFIA:
- Aleksandr Nevskji Cathedral
- Vitosha Boulevard
- Rotunda Sveti Georgi
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
TennisTrips will be at Garanti Koza Sofia Open on 7/8 February…Come with us!!!
- Budapest Hotel. *** hotel just 5 minutes from central station – Rated 8.8 on Booking. Prices starts from 63€ (with breakfast and free wifi and parking included) for a 27 mq2 deluxe double room. Very good onsite restaurant.
- Best Western Premier Thracia Hotel. **** superb hotel – Directly located in Sofia’s city cenre. Rated 8.9 on Booking. Prices from 79€ to 109€ with breakfast buffet, free cancellation and wifi always included.
- Grand Hotel Sofia. Wonderful ***** luxury hotel in the heart of Sofia at just 5 minutes walking from Serdika Metrp. The hotel interior benefits from a unique collection of over 400 original oil paintings. Rated 9.1 on Booking it offers a superior double room of 45 mq2 from 114€ to 161€. Breakfast cost 16€ more but you will receive a 10% discount for the gourmet onsite restaurant.