THE TOURNAMENT: ITF MEN Open Masculin 86 (29th edition)
Date: From 03/13 to 03/19
Money prize: $ 15,000
Surface: Hard Indoor
Tournament Location: Stade Poitevin Tennis – Rue de la Devinière, Poitiers, 86 000, France
General information: Tournament site is far just 4 km from Poitiers’ old town.
Recent winners: 2016 Andreas Beck – 2015 Quentin Halys – 2014 David Guez – 2013 Romain Jouan – 2012 Josselin Ouanna – 2011 Marc Gicquel – 2010 Ruben Bemelmans
Top Seeded Players: Alexey Vatutin (Rus) – Maxime Authom (Bel) – Antal Van Der Dium (Ned) – Alessandro Bega (Ita) – Gregoire Jacq (Fra) – Yannick Jankovits (Fra) – Yann Marti (Sui) – Michal Konecny (Cze) – Sumit Nagal (Ind) – Albano Olivetti (Fra)
THE TOWN: Capital city of the Poitou-Charentes region of central France, Lonely Planet introduces Poitiers with this words: “Inland from the coast, history-steeped Poitiers was founded by the Pictones, a Gaulish tribe. The city rose to prominence as the former capital of Poitou, the region governed by the Counts of Poitiers in the Middle Ages. A pivotal turning point came in AD 732, when somewhere near Poitiers (the exact site is not known) the cavalry of Charles Martel defeated the Muslim forces of Abd ar-Rahman, governor of Córdoba, thus ending Muslim attempts to conquer France. Until the Revolution, this sublimely beautiful city was known as the ‘town of 100 bell towers’; the remarkable Romanesque churches that remain today are in part a legacy of Eleanor of Aquitaine’s financial support. Poitiers has one of the oldest universities in the country, established in 1432 and today a linchpin of this lively city: students make up 25% of the population.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN POITIERS:
- Notre Dame de la Grande
- Parc de Blossac
- Palais de Justice
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Hotel de l’Europe. Very good *** hotel situated at 5 minutes walking to Palace of Justice, this accomodation has been rated 8.4 on Booking. A small but comfy double room costs 65€ per night with wifi included in the price.
- Ibis Styles Poitiers Centre. Wonderful *** hotel considered the best accomodation either on Booking or TripAdvisor. It is located at just 200 mt from Town Hall and offers modern double rooms from 92€ per night with excellent breakfast included. Free wifi is available for customers. Private parking costs 10€ per day.
- Mercure Poitiers Centre. Fantastic **** hotel which rises in an old chapel of 1854 and is situated in heart of Poitiers. Excellent is the on-site restaurant named Les Archives. Rated 8.6 on Booking it offers standard double rooms (19 mq2) at 93€ per night. Breakfast and public parking are available for an additional charge, while free wifi is included in room price.
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