THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Argentina Open
From 02/13 to 02/19
Money prize: $ 624,340
Surface: Clay outdoor
Location: Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club – Olleros 1510, 1426 CABA, Argentina
How to get: BA Lawn TC is far about 9 km from Plaza de Mayo. You can use metro (C or D) and tram (Ferrocaril General Mitre) to get or by taxi with a 30 minutes ride. Pistarini Intl Airport is far about 44 km and 45 minutes driving.
Previous winners: 2016 Dominic Thiem – 2015 Rafa Nadal – 2014/2013/2012 David Ferrer – 2011 Nicolas Almagro – 2010 Juan Carlos Ferrero
Main players: Kei Nishikori (Jpn) – David Ferrer (Esp) – Pablo Cuevas (Uru) – Albert Ramos Vinolas (Esp) – Pablo Carreno Busta (Esp) – Paolo Lorenzi (Ita) – Federico Delbonis (Arg) – Joao Sousa (Por) – Fabio Fognini (Ita) – Diego Schwartzman (Arg)
THE TOWN: Buenos Aires is the capital of the Argentine Republic. The name means fair winds in Spanish. The official name is Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires (CABA). It is one of the largest cities in Latin America, with many cultural offerings, and is the point of departure for traveling to the rest of the country. Inhabitants of Buenos Aires are called porteños, “people from the port”, because many of the inhabitants are immigrants in some ways or another. Buenos Aires is a singular, open, and integrating destination that allows the visitor not only to view the city but also to have an exceptional urban adventure. It combines faded European grandeur with Latin passion. Sexy and alive, this beautiful city gets under your skin. Asado, good wines, soccer, tango, nightlife…what are you going to do today in Baires?
Lonely Planet’s writer Isabel Albiston explains the reasons of her deep love for this town:“When I first arrived in Buenos Aires in 2010, Argentina was celebrating 200 years of independence and the city was a carnival. I fell hard and fast for this crazy place with its dogs in soccer shirts and passionately held opinions on everything from politics to how to prepare mate (the yerba tea infusion). For the next four years, my days were spent cycling between parks and timeless neighborhood cafes; nights began with asados (barbecues) and ended at sunrise. In spring, when the blossom of the jacaranda trees turns the city purple, there’s nowhere I’d rather be.”
TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS OF BUENOS AIRES:
- Puerto Madero
- La Boca
- Avenida 9 de Julio
- La Bombonera
- Bosques de Palermo
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Mérit San Telmo. Excellent *** hotel located in trendy San Telmo neighborhood and rated 8.5 on Booking. At just 600 mt from Casa Rosada it features a snack bar and the free wifi in all areas. Prices for a cozy 22 mq2 twin room is 58$ per night with good breakfast included.
- Eurobuilding Hotel Boutique Buenos Aires. Wonderful **** hotel rated 9.1 on Booking and located at 100 mt from Mayo Avenue. It features the free wifi, a delicious on site restaurant, fitness facilities and a terrace with a hydromassage bathtub. It offers 44 mq2 deluxe double room from 99$ to 114$ per night (it depends it breakfast is included or not).
- Alvear Art Hotel. Exceptional ***** hotel located in B.Aires real heart at 150m from Avenida 9 de Julio, it features an indoor pool, a spa and a fitness center with city panoramic views, a restaurant and a bar, and provides free wifi connection. A magnificent 35 mq2 studio for two people costs $330 per night with breakfast included. Rated 9.3 on Booking.