THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Open 13 Marseille (25th edition)
From 02/20 to 02/26
Money prize: $ 691,850
Surface: Hard indoor
Tournament location: Palais des Sports – 81, rue Teisseire, 13009 Marseille
How to get: From city center the best way to get is by subway. Take line 2 and get off at the “Sainte Marguerite Dromel” station (direct line). If you move by car the distance between Vieux-Port zone and tennis courts is 7,2 km/12 min. Marseille Provence Airport is far about 29 km from Palais des Sports that is a taxi ride of about 25/30 minutes (approximately 30/35€).
Previous winners: 2016 Nick Kyrgios – 2015 Gilles Simon – 2014 Ernests Gulbis – 2013 Jo Wilfried Tsonga – 2012 Juan Martin Del Potro – 2011 Robin Soderling – 2010 Michael Llodra
Main players: Gael Monfils (Fra) – Jo Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) – Nick Kyrgios (Aus) – Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) – Lucas Pouille (Fra) – Richard Gasquet (Fra) – Alexander Zverev (Ger) – Gilles Simon (Fra) – Nicolas Mahut (Fra) – Benoit Paire (Fra)
THE TOWN: Marseille is the 2nd most populated city of France and the biggest mediterranean port and the economic center of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. In 2013 the city was the European Capital of Culture, a large series of cultural events took place, and several new infrastructures were inaugurated. For its complex history, Marseille’s population is a real melting pot of different cultures.
Lonely Planet introduces the town with these words: “For many years, the busy port city of Marseille has suffered from a serious image problem. Dismissed for its down-at-heel reputation, urban decay and often alarming crime statistics, it’s long been the black sheep of the Provençal coastline. But while it’s gritty, and not always pretty – Cannes or St-Tropez, it’s not – Marseille is a dynamic, edgy, bustling city that’s rich with more than 1500 years of history. And since its stint as the European Capital of Culture in 2013 and the addition of a brace of swanky new museums, the city has sparkled with a new sense of optimism and self-belief. At long last, everyone seems to be waking up to the fact that France’s second-biggest city might have been unfairly maligned all along. The heart of the city is the vibrant Vieux Port (old port), mast-to-mast with yachts and pleasure boats. Just uphill is the ancient Le Panier neighbourhood, the oldest section of the city. Also worth an explore is the République quarter, with its stylish boutiques and Haussmannian buildings, and the Joliette area, centred onMarseille’s famous striped Cathédrale de la Major.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN MARSEILLE:
- Parc National des Calanques
- Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde
- Vieux Port
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Alex Hotel. Perfect *** hotel with high value for money situated in central Marseille just 15 minutes walking from Vieux Port, this accomodation has been rated 9.2 on Booking. A small but comfy club double room costs 69,30 € per night with free wifi included in the price.
- Grand Hotel Beauvau Marseille Vieux Port – MGallery by Sofitel. Excellent **** hotel rated 8.9 on Booking. It is located in Vieux Port at just 100 mt from Metro Station and offers modern double rooms from 129€ per night with breakfast buffet included. Free wifi is available for customers. Amazing onsite lounge bar with boasting views on the port.
- Hotel C2. Wonderful ***** hotel, opened in April 2014, which rises in a 19th century private mansion at just 600 mt from Vieux Port and Notre Dame de la Garde. Facilities include a spa with a relaxation room, indoor pool, a bar and meeting room. Rated 9.3 on Booking it offers spacious room with designer furnishings (23 mq2) at 169€ per night. The free wifi is included in room price.
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