THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Open Sud de France
From 02/06 to 02/12
Money prize: $ 540,310
Surface: Hard Indoor
Tournament Location: Arena de Montpellier – 15 Route de la Foire 34470 Perols
How to get: From Montpellier city center you can use tramway nr.3 Juvignac/Montpellier/Lattes et Pérols stop “Parc Expo”. You can get by taxi too in about 20 minutes from central station (11 km). Montpellier Airport is very close to Arena, just 2,8 km and 5 minutes driving.
Past Winners: 2016/2015 Richard Gasquet – 2014 Gael Monfils – 2013 Richard Gasquet – 2012 Tomas Berdych
Main Players: Marin Cilic (Cro) – Jo Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) – Richard Gasquet (Fra) – Alexander Zverev (Ger) – Gilles Simon (Fra) – Marcel Granollers (Esp) – Fernando Verdasco (Esp) – Benoit Paire (Fra) – Florian Mayer (Ger) – Mischa Zverev (Ger)
THE TOWN: Montpellier is a city in southern France. It is the capital of the Hérault department. It is the 8th largest city of France, and is also the fastest growing city in the country over the past 25 years. Nearly one third of the population are students from three universities and from three higher education institutions that are outside the university framework in the city. For Lonely Planet Montpellier is a city with style and writes: “Graceful and easy-going, Montpellier is a stylish metropolis with elegant buildings, grand hôtels particuliers (private mansions), stately boulevards and shady backstreets, and gorgeous white-sand beaches on its doorstep. Unlike many southern towns, Montpellier has no Roman heritage. Instead it was founded in the 10th century by the counts of Toulouse and later became a prosperous trading port as well as a scholarly centre – Europe’s first medical school was established here in the 12th century. The population swelled in the 1960s when many French settlers left independent Algeria and relocated here, and it’s now France’s fastest-growing city and one of its most multicultural. Students make up over a third of the population, giving it a spirited vibe.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS OF MONTPELLIER:
- Pic St. Loup
- Cathedrale St.Pierre
- Place de la Comédie
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Best Western Eurociel Centre Comédie. Wonderful *** hotel located in the real heart of Montpellier at just 200 mt from Place de la Comédie, this accomodation is rated 8.9 on Booking and voted nr.1 hotel on TripAdvisor. A contemporary double room costs 95€ per night with free wifi included. Breakfast and parking are available with an additional charge.
- Grand Hôtel du Midi. Excellent **** hotel sitted just in Place de la Comédie and rated 8.7 on Booking. It offers individually decorated 20 mq2 classic rooms at 114€ per night including free wifi. Public parking is available at a location nearby and charges apply.
- Domaine de Verchant Relais & Châteaux. Luxurious ***** hotel and spa housed in a former mansion at just 10 minutes driving from Montpellier Arena. Rated 9,1 on Booking, it offers sumptuous rooms which blends highly contemporary interior design and charming 200-year old stones from 240€ per night with free wifi and parking. Onsite restaurant and high tech spa.
Enjoy this French TennisTrip!