Houston – The Texan “Space City” is going to host one of the oldest tournament of circuit

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Fayez Sarofim & Co. Us Men’s Clay Court Championship

From 04/10 to 04/16

Prize money: $ 535,625

Surface: Clay outdoor

Tournament location: River Oaks Country Club – 1600 River Oaks Blvd, Houston, TX 77019

How to get: Houston downtown is far from River Oaks Cc just 4 miles and 11 minutes driving. Courts are far just 14 miles from William P.Hobby Airport.

Recent former champions: 2016 Juan Monaco – 2015 Jack Sock – 2014 Fernando Verdasco – 2013 John Isner – 2012 Juan Monaco – 2011 Ryan Sweeting – 2010 Juan Ignacio Chela – 2009 Leyton Hewitt – 2008 Marcel Granollers – 2007 Ivo Karlovic

Nr.1 of the seeding and former 2015 champion Jack Sock

Entry list: Jack Sock (Usa) – John Isner (Usa) – Steve Johnson (Usa) – Feliciano Lopez (Esp) – Fernando Verdasco (Esp) – Sam Querrey (Usa) – Donald Young (Usa) – Adrian Mannarino (Fra) – Thomaz Bellucci (Bra) – Juan Monaco (Arg)

THE TOWN: Houston is the most populous city in the state of Texas and the fourth-most populous city in the United States. Nicknamed the “Space City”, it is a global city, with strengths in business, international trade, entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, sports, technology, education, medicine, and research. The city has a population from various ethnic and religious backgrounds and a large and growing international community. Houston is the most diverse city in Texas and has been described as the most diverse in the United States. It is home to many cultural institutions and exhibits, which attract more than 7 million visitors a year to the Museum District. Houston has an active visual and performing arts scene in the Theater District and offers year-round resident companies in all major performing arts.

Lonely Planet writes: “Think laid-back, pickup truck and boot-scooting town meets high-powered, high-cultured and high-heeled metropolis. During the day, chill out in your flip-flops, take in museums and shopping, then hit happy hour on a leaf-shaded deck. At night, revel in culinary or cultural bliss – the foodie scene and theater district are both nationally renowned. Sure, oil-and-gas wealth underlies a lot of the city’s endeavors, but you’d never know it from the lack of pretension. What’s not to like about a place where a weeks-long rodeo and barbecue cook-off is the favorite reason for stepping out? Here starched jeans are de rigeur in all but the very fanciest of restaurants.

Houston may rank behind Chicago as the nation’s fourth most populated city, but it covers a greater area than all of New Jersey. Diverse residential neighborhoods and enclaves of restaurants and shops spread far and wide. You’ll miss out if you limit yourself to Downtown. The leafy Museum District is the city’s cultural center; Upper Kirby and River Oaks have upscale shopping and dining; Montrose contains cute bungalows, quirky shops and eateries; Midtown has up-and-coming condos and some good restaurants; Washington Ave is nightlife central and the Heights has historic homes and boutiques. Don’t forget that a couple of the town’s main attractions – NASA’s Space Center Houston in Clear Lake and Galveston Island – are outside the city limits, requiring a 45-minute drive down I-45.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Johnson Space Center


  • Waterwall Park


  • Museum of Natural Science

houston-museum

BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Residence Inn by Marriott Houston Northwest/Cypress. Exceptional *** hotel located adjacent to North Cypress Medical Center. This hotel, rated 9.6 on Booking and featuring an indoor pool and gym, offers king studio with sofa bed of 28mq2 at 110 USD with breakfast included, and free wi-fi connection and parking. Each studio has tis own fully equipped kitchen.
  • Emabassy Suites Houston-Downtown. Excellent **** hotel located at just 800 mt from city centre, this accomodation has been rated 9.2 on Booking. A fantastic king suite costs 219 USD per night with breakfast, wifi and free shuttle service for Houston city centre.
  • JW Marriot Houston Downtown. Fabulous ***** hotel situated in the heart of Huston and 5 minutes driving from Discovery Green Park. Rated 9.0 on booking, it offers a fitness center, free parking and wifi connection. The price for a King double room with designer furnishings is 248 USD per night breakfast not included.

Please notice that 17% taxes are not included in showed prices.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

River Oaks Country Club Website 

Visit Houston Official

Houston Museum of Natural Science Site

Accomodations


Enjoy!!!



Biel/Bienne – For the 1st time Wta circuit will arrive at this bilingual town of Switzerland 

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA INTERNATIONAL Ladies Open Biel Bienne

From 04/10 to 04/16

Prize money: $ 226,750

Surface: Hard outdoor

Tournament location: Swiss Tennis – Roger Federer Allee 1, 2504 Biel, Switzerland

How to get: The tennis venue is located at 6,6 km and 11 minutes driving from Biel’s old town. The closest airport is the Bern one at about 61 km. Zurich Intl Airport is at 121 km.

Entry list: Timea Babos (Hun) – Roberta Vinci (Ita) – Alizé Cornet (Fra) – Annika Beck (Ger) – Camila Giorgi (Ita) – Julia Goerges (Ger) – Kristina Mladenovic (Fra) – Monica Niculescu (Rou) – Belinda Bencic (Sui) – Sorana Cirstea (Rou)

Camila Giorgi will try to get her 2nd Wta title
THE TOWN: Biel/Bienne is a town in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. It is on the language boundary between the French-speaking and German-speaking parts of Switzerland, and is throughout bilingual. Since January 1, 2005, the official name has been “Biel/Bienne”. The city lies at the foot of the first mountain range of the Jura Mountains area and it has about 55,000 inhabitants and in 2014 the agglomeration had almost 106,000.

Lonely Planet writes about this town: “Slap bang on the Röstigraben, Switzerland’s French–German divide, double-barrelled Biel-Bienne is the country’s most bilingual town. Locals are prone to switching language mid-conversation; indeed it’s often a tad tricky to know which one to use. For many Swiss, Biel-Bienne is simply a place to change trains, but it’s worth sticking around to explore its nicely preserved historic centre, the adjacent lake and the surrounding vineyards.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN BIEL AND SURROUNDINGS:

  • Old town


  • Ligerz on Biel Lake


  • Omega Watches Museum


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

USEFUL LINKS:

  • Bed and Breakfast im Herzen von Biel. Rated 8.6 on Booking this excellent accomodation is located in Biel city center and a 4-minute drive from Lake Biel. It offers a shared TV lounge, shared kitchen facilities, and rooms with free WiFi access. The price for a double room with balcony is 89€ per night with breakfast.
  • Best Western Hotel Continental. Very good *** hotel located 5 minutes from Lake Biel, close to the railway station and the city centre and charming Old Town of Biel/Bienne. It offers free WiFi in all rooms and 1 free parking space per room on site. A modern 18 mq2 standard room costs 118€ per night in b&b.
  • Art Déco Hotel Elite. Excellent **** hotel rated 8.2 on Booking which rises in a classically elegant building from the 1930s in the centre of Biel, only 200 m from the train station and surrounded by many shops and boutiques. It features a free fitness centre, the FlowerPower30 spa area with a sauna and steam bath and the restaurant L’Osteria which offers typical Italian cuisine. The price for a standard 25 mq2 double room start from 145€ per night (which increase to 201€ with breakfast included). Free WiFi everywhere.

Tournament Official Site

Visit Biel Official

Omega Museum Website

All Accomodations in Canton of Bern


Enjoy this Swiss Tennis Trip!


Little Rock – Tennis shots by exploring the capital city of Arkansas 

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF MEN Baptist Health Bolo Bash Tennis

From 04/10 to 04/16

Prize money: $ 25,000

Surface: Hard outdoor

Tournament location: Rebsamen Tennis Center – 1501 Leisure Place , Little Rock, AR , 72204, USA

How to get: Tennis center is centrally located from Little Rock downtown at 5 miles and 8 minutes driving. The Bill and Hilary Clinton Airport is far 10 miles from courts.

Past winners: 2016 Stefan Kozlov (Usa) – 2015 Jason Jung (Tpe) – 2014 Filip Krajinovic (Cro) – 2013 Austin Krajicek (Usa) – 2012 Tennys Sandgren (Usa)

Entry list: Mackenzie McDonald (Usa) – Yannick Mertens (Bel) – Calvin Hemery (Fra) – Brayden Schnur (Can) – Eric Quigley (Usa) – Philip Bester (Can) – Sebastian Fanselow (Ger) – Facundo Mena (Arg) – Ante Pavic (Cro) – Dennis Nevolo (Usa)

Nr.3 of the seeding Calvin Hemery
THE TOWN: Little Rock is the capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Arkansas. The city derives its name from a rock formation along the Arkansas river, named “le petit rocher” by the French in the 1720s. The city’s population was 193,524 at the 2010 census. It is a cultural, economic, government, and transportation center within Arkansas and the South. Several cultural institutions are located in Little Rock, such as the Arkansas Arts Center, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, in addition to the hiking, boating, and other outdoor recreational opportunities.

Lonely Planet writes:“Little Rock lives up to its name; this charming state capital feels pretty petite. But this is center of urban life in Arkansas, and the angle of the urban experience this city embraces is quite cool: amid the leafy residential neighborhoods are cool bars, fresh restaurants, plenty of bike trails and a tolerant vibe. Small this town may be, but it’s wonderfully situated on the Arkansas River, and as befits this state of natural wonders, you always feel as if you’re within arm’s reach of lush wooded river valleys.”



TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN LITTLE ROCK:

  • Little Rock Central High School 

  • Big Dam Bridge


  • River Market District


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Wingate by Wyndham Little Rock. Excellent *** hotel rated 9.0 on Booking and at just 9.7 km from downtown Little Rock, this hotel features a heated outdoor pool. Guests can enjoy the free Wi-Fi or can exercise in the hotel fitness center. Dry cleaning services and a business center are also available. A double room costs 89$ per night with breakfast included.
  • Hampton Inn & Suites West Little Rock. Wonderful *** hotel rated 9.2 on Booking, this Hampton accommodation is conveniently located close to a number of shops, restaurants and entertainment options. Guest can enjoy free breakfast, wifi and fitness center. The price for a queen room starts from 134$ per night.
  • The Burgundy Hotel. Amazing **** hotel located less than 10 minutes’ drive from The War Memorial Stadium which features an outdoor swimming pool, free WiFi, an on-site fitness centre, a business centre and the modern Table 28 American restaurant.    A wide suite costs 145$ per night with free cancellation included.

USEFUL LINKS:
Tournament Official Site

Rebsamen Tennis Center Website

Visit Little Rock Official 

Accomodations


Enjoy a TennisTrip in Arkansas!

Marrakech – Atp stars are going to stop in the “Red City” of Morocco

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Grand Prix Hassan II

From 04/10 to 04/16

Prize money: € 482,060

Surface: Clay outdoor

Tournament location: Royal Tennis Club de Marrakech – 1, Bvd Oued Al Makhazine, Gueliz 40000 Marrakech

How to get: Royal Tc de Marrakech is centrally located at just 2,2 km from Djemaa El Fna (10 minutes driving/30 walking). Courts are easily accessible from Menara Airport too, which is far 6,2 km and 14 minutes.

Past winners: 2016 Federico Delbonis – 2015 Martin Klizan – 2014 Guillermo Garcia Lopez – 2013 Tommy Robredo – 2012/2011 Pablo Andujar – 2010 Stanislas Wawrinka

Defending champion Delbonis will try to confirm in 2017 too
Entry list: Albert Ramos (Esp) – Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) – Mischa Zverev (Ger) – Marcel Granollers (Esp) – Paolo Lorenzi (Ita) – Benoit Paire (Fra) – Diego Schwarzman (Arg) – Malek Jaziri (Tun) – Federico Delbonis (Arg) – Nikoloz Basilashvili (Geo)

THE TOWN: Marrakech is a major city and 4th largest city of the Kingdom of Morocco.  It is possibly the most important of  four former imperial cities. The region has been inhabited by Berber farmers since Neolithic times, but the actual city was founded in 1062. The red walls of the city have given the city the nickname of the “Red City” or “Ochre City“.

Jessica Lee, a Lonely Planet‘s writer, explains us the reasons why she loves this city: “I don’t like to be bored. And neither does Marrakesh. I’ve been coming here since 1995 and this most beguiling of cities, shimmering under the hot North African sun, always has surprises up its sleeve. It sucks me into its souqs, draws me down endless twists of narrow, pastel-washed derbs, then drops me amid the mayhem of the Djemaa din. After a day in the medina the soles of my feet may be black, but I’m full to the brim with the donkey-cart swerving, frenetic energy. Marrakesh fizzes with life. Who could resist the fun?”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Djemaa El Fna


  • Jardin Majorelle


  • Koutoubia Mosque


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Teranga & Spa. Wonderful *** hotel rated 9.0 on Booking and located less than 3 km from Koutoubia Mosque, it features free WiFi access and free private parking, Spa and on-site restaurant. A modern 25 mq2 double room costs 60€ per night with breakfast included.
  • Al Fassia Aguedal. Al Fassia, the internationally famous à la carte restaurant in Marrakech, has now developed its luxury **** hotel of the same name near the Aguedal gardens. It boasts outdoor pool, solarium, Spa, restaurant and bar. WiFi, parking and airport shuttle are free for guests. The price for a comfort chambre is 128,25€ in b&b. Rated 9.5 on Booking.
  • La Maison Arabe Hotel. Exceptional 5 stars hotel located directly in amazing Marrakech’s Medina and rated 9.7 on Booking , it has a heated pool in the garden and a spa with 2 traditional hammams and 5 massage rooms. Really delicious is the on site restaurant. The price for a 38 mq2 king suite starts from 342€ per night with WiFi included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

RTC Marrakech Website

Marrakech Official Travel Guide

Accomodations


Enjoy a TennisTrip in Morocco!

Barletta – Ymer for the twice, Bedene for the hat-trick…in this ancient town of Apulia.

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Open Città della Disfida 

From 04/10 to 04/16

Prize money: € 43,000

Surface: Clay outdoor

Tournament location: Circolo Tennis Barletta Hugo Simmen – Via del Santuario 7, 76121 Barletta (BT) Italy

How to get: Tennis club is very close to city centre and main transport services, infact it’s just 3,9 km from station. The closest airport is Bari Airport just 50 km from tennis courts.

Past champions: 2016 Elias Ymer – 2012/2011 Aljaz Bedene – 2010 Pere Riba – 2009 Ivo Minar

Defending champion Elias Ymer

Entry list: Gastao Elias (Por) – Aljaz Bedene (Gbr) – Norbert Gombos (Svk) – Alessandro Giannessi (Ita) – Casper Ruud (Nor) – Arthur De Greef (Bel) – Maximilian Marterer (Ger) – Federico Gaio (Ita) – Elias Ymer (Swe) – Thomas Fabbiano (Ita)

THE TOWN: Barletta is a city, comune and capoluogo together with Andria and Trani of Apulia, in south eastern Italy. Barletta is also a provincia (Barletta-Andria-Trani) and its population is around 94.700 citizens. The city’s territory belongs to the Valle dell’Ofanto river. Barletta is famous for the Colossus of Barletta, a bronze statue, representing a Roman Emperor (perhaps Theodosius II). This statue, called “Eraclio” by the inhabitants of Barletta, about 4 metres (13 feet) tall, is the biggest statue from the late Roman Empire. According to a local folk story, Eraclio saved the city from a Saracen attack.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN BARLETTA AND SURROUNDINGS:

  • Colossus of Barletta


  • Castel del Monte (34 km)


  • Cathedral


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Best Western Hotel dei Cavalieri. Very good **** hotel rated 8.1 on Booking it offers features a regional restaurant, a cocktail bar, a fitness room and a wellness centre. A 20 mq2 double economy costs 77€ per night with breakfast, free WiFi and parking.
  • Itaca Hotel. Cute ****hotel set directly on Barletta’s seafront and close to the historic centre, this structure offers relaxing views of the Adriatic Sea and a regional restaurant. Rooms come with free Wi-Fi and are equipped with modern furniture. Price? 98€ per night with breakfast and parking included.
  • Nicotel Barletta. Wonderful **** hotel rated 8.4 on Booking and situated at a 15-minute walk from Barletta town centre. It boasts air-conditioned rooms, a 24-hour reception and a rich buffet breakfast, the free WiFi and parking. The price for a classic style 19 mq2 double room is 112€ per night with free cancellation and breakfast.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info 

Barletta Tourism on PugliaImperiale.com

Accomodations

Enjoy!!!

Bogotà – Wta circuit is going to land in the beating heart of Colombia

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA INTERNATIONAL Claro Open Colsanitas

Date: From 04/10 to 04/15

Prize money: $ 226,750

Surface: Clay outdoor

Tournament location: Club Campestre Los Logartos – Calle 116 # 72A – 1280 Bogotà

How to get: Club Campestre Los Logartos is easily accessible from airport with a 20 minutes taxi drive (13.4 km). Downtown is far just 15 km.

Past Winners: 2016 Irina Falconi – 2015 Teliana Pereira – 2014 Caroline Garcia – 2013 Jelena Jankovic – 2012 Lara Arruabarrena – 2011 Lourdes Dominguez Lino – 2010 Mariana Duque Marino

Defending champion Irina Falconi
Entry list: Kiki Bertens (Ned) – Katerina Siniakova (Cze) – Shuai Peng (Chn) – Johanna Larsson (Swe) – Lara Arruabarrena (Esp) – Mandy Minella (Usa) – Maria Sakkari (Gre) – Irina Falconi (Usa) – Magda Linette (Pol) – Sara Errani (Ita)

THE TOWN: Bogotá is the capital and, with its 7,8 millions inhabitants, is the largest city in Colombia. A melting pot of people from around the country, it is diverse and multicultural, with a blend of modern and colonial architecture. The predominant colors in Bogotá are the green of the city’s many parks and the eastern mountains overlooking the sanctuaries of Monserrate and Guadalupe, and the rich red of its many brick buildings.

Lonely Planet considers Bogotà 2nd top destination for 2017 and writes on it: “Bogotá is Colombia’s beating heart, an engaging and vibrant capital cradled by chilly Andean peaks and steeped in sophisticated urban cool. The city’s cultural epicenter is La Candelaria, the cobbled historic downtown to which most travelers gravitate. Here, a potpourri of preciously preserved colonial buildings house museums, restaurants, hotels and bars peppered amid 300-year-old homes, churches and convents. Nearly all of Bogotá’s traditional attractions are here – radiating out from Plaza de Bolívar – and gorgeous Cerro de Monserrate is just east.The city’s grittier sides sit south and southwest, where working-class barrios continue to battle well-earned reputations for drugs and crime. In the ritzier north, you’ll find boutique hotels and well-heeled locals piling into chic entertainment districts such as the Zona Rosa and Zona G. Here, rust-tinted sunsets dramatically bounce off the bricks of upper-class Bogotá’s Andes-hugging residential buildings – a cinematic ceremony that begins the city’s uproarious evenings.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN BOGOTA’:

  • Laguna de Guatavita


  • Mount Monserrate


  • Botero Museum


BEST 3 HOTELS TO STAY:

  • Hotel Classic. This modern *** hotel is located in Tequasillo a popular area of Bogota. It offers design rooms decorated with modern furnishings, free WiFi and fantastic american breakfast buffet always included. Prices for a 23 mq2 double room start from 42$ per night. Rated 9.1 on Booking.
  • Hotel Bh Bicentenario. Excellent **** hotel located just at 500 mt from La Calendaria, Casa Moneda and Monserrat Mount. This accomodation, rated 8.8 on Booking, offers large modern rooms, free internet and an on-site restaurant. The price for a 28 mq2 double room is 55$ per night with breakfast and free cancellation included.
  • The Orchids. Wonderful ***** hotel, rated 9.3 on Booking, located in Bogotà’ best quarter, La Calendaria,at just 100 mt from Colon Teather. It includes a gourmet a la carte restaurant. A deluxe double of 28 mq2 room with fireplace costs 180$ per night with free WiFi and delicious breakfast included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Bogotà On Colombia Travel

Look for an hotel in Bogotà

Enjoy!!!

10 Wonderful Places Where You Can See Tennis Next Week

KEY BISCAYNE (Usa) – ATP MASTERS 1000 + WTA PREMIER Miami Open

Money prize: $ 7,913,405 + 6,993,450

Surface: Hard outdoor

ATP Entry List: Andy Murray (Gbr) – Novak Djokovic (Srb) – Milos Raonic (Can) – Stan Wawrinka (Sui) – Kei Nishikori (Jpn) – Gael Monfils (Fra) – Dominic Thiem (Aut) – Rafa Nadal (Esp) – Roger Federer (Sui) – David Goffin (Bel)

WTA Entry List: Serena Williams (Usa) – Angelique Kerber (Ger) – Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) – Simona Halep (Rou) – Karolina Pliskova (Cze) – Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) – Garbine Muguruza (Esp) – Madison Keys (Usa) – Johanna Konta (Gbr) – Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus)

Miami Open Official Site

Miami and Beaches Travel Guide

Accomodations

  • LEON (Mex) – ATP CHALLENGER Torneo Internacional Challenger Leon 2017


Money prize: $ 75,000

Surface: Hard outdoor

Entry List: Malek Jaziri (Tun) – Victor Estrella Burgos (Dom) – Ernesto Escobedo (Usa) – Stefan Kozlov (Usa) – Joao Souza (Bra) – Vasek Pospisil (Can) – Teymuraz Gabashvili (Rus) – Tennys Sandgren (Usa) – Jason Jung (Tpe) – Jerzy Janowicz (Pol)

Tournament Info

León on Visit Mexico

Accomodations 

  • CROISSY BEAUBOURG (Fra) – ITF WOMEN Engie Open de Siene et Marne 


Money prize: $ 60,000

Surface: Hard indoor

Entry List: Oceane Dodin (Fra) – Vitalia Diatchenko (Rus) – Su Wei Hsieh (Tpe) – Ekaterina Alexandrova (Rus) – Kateryna Kozlova (Ukr) – Maryna Zanevska (Bel) – Anna Blinkova (Rus) – Isabela Shinikova (Bul) – Sabina Sharipova (Uzb) – Tamara Korpatsch (Ger)

Tournament Official Site

Visit Croissy Beaubourg Official

Accomodations 

  • ST.BRIEUC (Fra) – ATP CHALLENGER Internationaux de tennis masculin Open Harmonie Mutuelle


Money prize: $ 50,000

Surface: Hard indoor

Entry List: Gerald Melzer (Aut) – Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukr) – Lucas Lacko (Svk) – Norbert Gombos (Svk) – Kenny De Schepper (Fra) – Quentin Halys (Fra) – Tobias Kamke (Ger) – Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo (Esp) – Simone Bolelli (Ita) – Marco Chiudinelli (Sui)

Tournament Official Site

Visit St.Brieuc Official

Accomodations 

  • SANTA MARGHERITA DI PULA (Ita) – ITF WOMEN Santa Margherita di Pula


Money prize: $ 25,000

Surface: Clay outdoor

Entry List: Veronika Kudermetova (Rus) – Valentini Grammatikoupolou (Gre) – Jasmine Paolini (Ita) – Valeria Solovyeva (Rus) – Myrtille Georges (Fra) – Alize Lim (Fra) – Daniela Hantuchova (Svk) – Bianca Andreescu (Can) – Martina Trevisan (Ita) – Andreea Mitu (Rou)

Tournament Info

Visit Pula Official

Accomodations 

  • MADRID (Esp) – ITF MEN V Torneo Internacional Masculino Villa de Madrid


Money prize: $ 25,000

Surface: Clay outdoor

Entry List: Jonathan Eysseric (Fra) – Ricardo Ojeda Lara (Esp) – Yannick Maden (Ger) – Stefano Travaglia (Ita) – Carlos Taberner (Esp) – Alexandre Muller (Fra) – Roberto Ortega Olmedo (Esp) – Marc Giner (Esp) – Roberto Marcora (Ita) – Alvaro Lopez San Martin (Esp)

Tournament Info

Visit Madrid Official

Accomodations 

  • TEL AVIV (Isr) – ITF MEN The Mary L. Bianco Charitable Fund ITC Circuit


Money prize: $ 15,000

Surface: Hard outdoor

Entry List: Amir Weintraub (Isr) – Laurynas Grigelis (Lit) – Edan Leshem (Isr) – Enzo Couacaud (Fra) – Peter Kobelt (Usa) – Eric James Johnson (Usa) – Daniel Cukierman (Isr) – Ben Patael (Isr) – Vadym Ursu (Ukr) – Raleigh Smith (Usa)

Tournament Info

Visit Tel Aviv Official

Accomodations

  •  CAMPINAS (Bra) – ITF WOMEN Circuito Feminino Future de Tênis


Money prize: $ 15,000

Surface: Clay outdoor

Entry List: Paula Cristina Goncalves (Bra) – Victoria Bosio (Arg) – Gabriela Ce (Bra) – Julieta Lara Estable (Arg) – Nathaly Kurata (Bra) – Dana Kremer (Ger) – Barbara Gatica (Chi) – Martina Capurro Taborda (Arg) – Lisa Marie Maetschke (Ger) – Fiona Codino (Fra)

Tournament Info

Campinas Tourism Guide

Accomodations

  • MANAMA (Bar) – ITF MEN Bahrain ITF Future 2017


Money prize: $ 15,000

Surface: Hard outdoor

Entry List: Tallon Griekspoor (Ned) – Michal Konecny (Cze) – Filip Horansky (Svk) – Sanjar Fayziev (Uzb) – Markus Eriksson (Swe) – Benjamin Lock (Zim) – Tobias Simon (Ger) – Jonas Merckx (Bel) – Victor Durasovic (Nor) – Anis Ghorbel (Tun)

Tournament Info

Visit Bahrain Official

Accomodations

  • OBIDOS (Por) – ITF WOMEN ITF WOMEN Bom Sucesso Ladies Open 2


Money prize: $ 15,000

Surface: Carpet Outdoor

Main players: Harmony Tan (Fra) – Helene Scholsen (Bel) – Estelle Cascino (Fra) – Josephine Boualem (Fra) – Jacqueline Cabaj Awad (Swe) – Yana Sizikova (Rus) – Corinna Dentoni (Ita) – Ines Murta (Por) – Anna Giulia Remondina (Ita) – Karin Kennel (Sui)

Tournament Info

Obidos’ Tourism Guide

Accomodations

Charleston – A Wta classic tournament in a lovely place of South Carolina

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA PREMIER Volvo Car Open

From 04/03 to 04/09

Surface: Clay outdoor

Money prize: $ 710,900

Tournament location: Family Circle Tennis Center – 161 Seven Farms Drive, Charleston, SC 29492, USA

How to get: Family Circle Tennis Center is far about 14 miles from Downtown and it’s easily accessible by car with a 22 minutes ride. If you get by car from Charleston International Airport you can take I-526 East to the Daniel Island Exit (#24). Follow to red light (Seven Farms Drive) and turn left. Family Circle Tennis Center is on the right. Total distance is a bit more than 10 miles

Previous winners: 2016 Sloane Stephens – 2015 Angelique Kerber – 2014 Andrea Petkovic – 2013/2012 Serena Williams – 2011 Caroline Wozniaki – 2010 Samantha Stosur

Main players: Madison Keys (Usa) – Johanna Konta (Gbr) – Venus Williams (Usa) – Elena Vesnina (Rus) – Caroline Wozniaki (Dan) – Samantha Stosur (Aus) – Kiki Bertens (Ned) – Anastasija Sevastova (Lat) – Daria Gavrilova (Aus) – Irina Camelia Begu (Rou)

vesnina
Elena Vesnina has just won his first major tournament in Indian Wells

THE TOWN: Charleston is the oldest and second-largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The city lies just south of the geographical midpoint of South Carolina’s coastline and is located on Charleston Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean formed by the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. It had an estimated population of 132,609 in 2015.
Known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, distinguished restaurants, and mannerly people, Charleston is a popular tourist destination and has received a large number of accolades, including  the “World’s Best City” by Travel + Leisure.Lonely Planet writes: “This lovely city will embrace you with the warmth and hospitality of an old and dear friend – who died in the 18th century. We jest, but the cannons, cemeteries and carriage rides do conjure an earlier era. And that historic romanticism, along with the food and Southern graciousness, is what makes Charleston one of the most popular tourist destinations in the South, drawing more than 4.8 million visitors every year.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN CHARLESTON:

  • Arthur Revenal Jr Bridge


  • The Pineapple Fountain 


  • Magnolia Plantation


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hyatt Place Charleston – Historic District. Wonderful *** hotel rated 9,2 on Booking and located at just 900 mt from the Marion Square. It includes a restaurant, an indoor pool, a fitness center and a lounge bar. The price for a king room with breakfast and free wifi connection starts from 190$ per night.
  • Market Pavilion Hotel. Exceptional **** hotel centrally located in Charleston downtown at 3 minutes walking from Waterfront Park and rated 9,3 on Booking. This structure offers a rooftop pool with mosaic bottom, free WiFi, and daily breakfast as well as 2 on-site restaurants. A luxury king room of 40 mq2 costs 296$ per night with fantastic breakfast buffet included.
  • The Spectator Hotel. Breathtaking pictures **** hotel rated 9.6 on Booking and situated less than 4 minutes’ walk from the historic Charleston City Market and Port of Charleston. Features include a bar, personalised butler service, and free WiFi in public areasA luxury traditional king room costs $ 369 per night with unforgettable breakfast include.

Please notice that prices showed don’t include a 13,5% tax.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official S

Visit Charleston SC Official

Hotels in Charleston

 

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Cascais – There is a picturesque fishing village in Portugal ready to host an intersting tennis event

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF MEN Cascais Next Gen Tour

From 04/03 to 04/09

Prize money: $ 15,000

Surface: Clay outdoor

Tournament location: Quinta da Marinha Racket Club – Ruda das Codornizes, Quinta Da Marinha (Cascais), 2750 685, Portugal

How to get: Tennis club is far just 5 km (10 minutes driving) from Cascais train station. An Uber ride will cost you about 4€-7€. Remember that Cascais is 30 km from Lisbon city center and 43 km from Intl Airport.

Entry list: Makoto Ochi (Jpn) – Gonçalo Oliveira (Por) – Federico Gil (Por) – Marcelo Zormann (Bra) – Joao Menezes (Bra) – Patrick Fabian (Svk) – Miliaan Neisten (Ned) – Joao Monteiro (Por) – Pedro Sakamoto (Bra) – Andre Gaspar Murta (Por)

Gonçalo Oliveira will try to win at home

THE TOWN: Cascais is a coastal town and a municipality in Portugal, 30 kilometres west of Lisbon. The population in 2011 was 206,479. The former fishing village gained fame as a resort for Portugal’s royal family in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Nowadays, it is a popular vacation spot for both Portuguese and foreign tourists.

Lonely Planet writes: “Cascais (kush-kaish) has rocketed from sleepy fishing village to much-loved summertime playground of wave-frolicking lisboêtas ever since King Luís I went for a dip in 1870. Its trio of golden bays attracts sun-worshipping holidaymakers, who come to splash in the ice-cold Atlantic. Don’t expect to get much sand to yourself at the weekend, though.

There’s plenty of post-beach life, with winding lanes leading to small museums, cool gardens, a shiny marina and a pedestrianised old town dotted with designer boutiques and alfresco fish restaurants. After dark, lively bars fuel the party. There’s also great surfing at Praia do Guincho, 9km northwest, and running or cycling along the shoreline path.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN CASCAIS:

  • Boca do Inferno


  • Farol Casa Santa Maria


  • Praia do Guincho


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Eurostars Cascais. Sensational **** hotel rated 9.4 on Booking and located at just 600 mt from the incredible Boca do Inferno.  The hotel has a terrace and views of the sea, a gym and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or relax at pool. WiFi is free of charge everywhere. A fantastic standard twin room costs just 89€ per night with breakfast included.
  • Hotel Quinta da Marinha Resort. Luxurious ***** hotel situated in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and rated 8.4 on Booking. It hosts tournament and tennis players. Guests can enjoy 2 restaurants, a spa, a 18 holes golf course, a fitness center, an indoor pool and free WiFi and parking. Prices start from 122€ per night for a 22 mq2 double room with balcony.
  • Hotel Cascais Miragem Health & Spa. Wonderful ***** resort rated 9.3 on Booking and directly located on Atlantic Ocean. The hotel features an outdoor infinity pool, a Spa which offers aromatherapy massages, a Health Club, gourmet restaurants and free WiFi throughout the property. The price for a standard double room with city view is 190€ per night.
The infinity pool of Hotel Cascais Miragem

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Visit Cascais Official 

Accomodations


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Doha – Welcome back in the wonderful Qatar for an Itf men’s tournament 

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF MEN 1st Qatar ITF Futures 2017

From 04/03 to 04/09

Prize money: $ 15,000

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Location: Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex – Al Badda Street, Al Dafna, Doha, Qatar

How to get: Tennis Complex is not so far from downtown, infact in just 15 minutes driving you can arrive easily to tennis action. Ahmad International Airport, on the other hand, is far about 18 km. Distance from amazing The Corniche is less than 2 km.

Entry list: Daniel Altmaier (Ger) – Filip Horansky (Svk) – Albano Olivetti (Fra) – Botic Van De Zandschulp (Ned) – Lucas Miedler (Aut) – Marcus Willis (Gbr) – Hugo Grenier (Fra) – Matteo Viola (Ita) – Markus Eriksson (Swe) – Niels Lootsma (Ned)

The great hope of German tennis Daniel Altmaier

THE TOWN: Once little more than a minuscule pearl fishing village, Doha is the capital of Qatar. It is a modern and rapidly developing city and, considering the money being poured into construction, especially in preparation for its hosting of the FIFA World Cup in 2022, Doha looks set to become one of the premier cities in the Gulf within a few years. Infact Lonely Planet writes about this futuristic city: “It’s rare to see a great city in the making these days, but here’s your chance. Whether it’s the stunning and constantly changing skyline or the massive investment the Qatari authorities are making in landmark cultural icons, this is a city oozing confidence and style, as at ease in its modern shopping malls as in its traditional souqs. Wander the reinvented and fabulously atmospheric Souq Waqif, wonder at the sheer beauty of the world-class Museum of Islamic Art and its exhibits or head out to Katara to explore – wherever you look, Doha is threatening to eclipse Dubai as the Gulf’s most dynamic city. Thrown in a new Metro system in the making and the 2022 FIFA World Cup on the horizon, and the chances are that things are only going to get better.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS OF DOHA:

  • Museum of Islamic Arts


  • Souq Waqif


  • The Corniche


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • K108 Hotel Doha. Excellent **** hotel, this accomodation rated 8.4 on Booking is situated 8 minutes drive from Airport and 8 minutes drive from Museum of Islamic Arts. It provides modern rooms, a terrace pool and a restaurant which offers good international cousine. A 35 mq2 deluxe double room costs 122$ per night with wifi and parking included.
  • Shangri-La Hotel Doha. Wonderful ***** hotel located in the fashionable West Bay district a few steps to City Center Mall. The property offers free WiFi in all areas, a large lagoon shaped pool, a variety of restaurants and bars to satisfy every taste of international customers. The price for a 46 mq2 deluxe double room with stunning views on Arabian Gulf starts from 221$ per night. Booking rated it with 8.8.
  • The Torch Hotel Doha. Iconic ***** hotel, rated 8.9 on Booking, it features revolving restaurant and panoramic views out over the city, an infinity pool, a health club, and beauty parlor. The onsite Flying Carpet restaurant offers Italian cousine dishes. A deluxe double room costs 261$ per night with excellent breakfast included.


USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Doha on Visit Qatar

Museum of Islamic Arts Official

Accomodations
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Jackson – Tennis talents will return in Mississippi’s “City of Soul”

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN USTA Women’s Pro Circuit $25,000 Challenger

From 04/03 to 04/09

Prize money: $ 25,000

Surface: Clay outdoor

Tournament location: River Hills Club – 3600 Ridgewood Road , Jackson , MS, 39211, USA

How to get: Tennis club is far about 5,5 miles from downtown (10/11 minutes driving). From Union Station you could take 4B bus and about 45 minutes you will be at RH Club.

Past champions: 2016 Grace Min – 2015 Anhelina Kalinina – 2014 Ulrike Eikeri – 2013 Laura Siegemund – 2012 Heidi El Tabakh

Entry list: Elitsa Kostova (Bul) – Alla Kudryatseva (Rus) – Francoise Abanda (Can) – Barbara Haas (Aut) – Olga Govortsova (Blr) – Caroline Dolehide (Usa) – Fanni Stollar (Hun) – Elizabeth Halbauer (Usa) – Lauren Albanese (Usa) – Aleksandra Wozniak (Can)

Elitsa Kostova Nr.1 of the seeding

THE TOWN: Jackson is the capital city and largest urban center of the U.S. state of Mississippi. It is on the Pearl River, which drains into the Gulf of Mexico, and it is part of the Jackson Prairie region of the state. The current slogan for the city is The City with Soul.It has had numerous musicians prominent in blues, gospel, folk and jazz, and was even mentioned in Mark Ronson’s 2014 hit song “Uptown Funk”, featuring Bruno Mars.

Lonely Planet writes: “Mississippi’s capital and largest city mixes up stately residential areas with large swathes of blight, peppered throughout with a surprisingly funky arts-cum-hipster scene in the Fondren District. There’s a slew of decent bars, good restaurants and a lot of love for live music; it’s easy to have a good time in Jackson.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN JACKSON AND SURROUNDINGS:

  • State Capitol

  • LeFleur’s Bluff State Park


  • Mississippi’s Children Museum


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Comfort Inn Jackson. Very good *** hotel rated 8.0 on Booking and situated at just 1 km from downtown. Guests will appreciate a seasonal outdoor pool, the business center,  the free wireless high-speed internet access an parking, the free daily newspapers and coffee. A 28 mq2 king room costs 73,8$ per night.
  • Hilton Garden Inn Jackson Downtown. Located in Jackson downtown and rated 8.4 on Booking this beautiful *** hotel features an indoor heated pool and a hot tub. A 24-hour business center is available, laundry facilities and a convenience store are also on site. The hotel features 7,300-square-feet of meeting space. The price for an enourms queen room is 119$ per night with free WiFi connection.
  • Jackson Marriott. Very central **** hotel rated 8.1 on Booking, this Marriott accomodation features a fully equipped fitness center, an outdoor pool overlooking downtown Jackson and The Bistro 200 restaurant which serves American cuisine and regional specialties in a Southern-style setting. WiFi is free in public areas. A king room costs about 200$ per night with free cancellation.

Please notice that a 11% tax is not included in the prices.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Visit Jackson Official Site

Mississippi’s Children Museum Website

Accomodations


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