THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN SGI 15,000$ Women’s Event
From 03/13 to 03/19
Surface: Clay outdoor
Money prize: $ 15,000
Tournament location: SGI Tennis Academy by Northdale Golf & Tennis Club – 4407 Northdale Blvd., TAMPA, FL, 33624, USA
How to get: SGI Tennis Academy is far 15 miles from Tampa International Airport and it’s easily accessible by car with a 20 minutes ride. Downtown is at the same distance but on the opposite site of the airport.
Main players: Marie Bouzkova (Cze) – Michelle Larcher de Brito (Por) – Danielle Rose Collins (Usa) – Lauren Albanese (Usa) – Elizabeth Halbauer (Usa) – Renata Zarazua (Mex) – Victoria Rodriguez (Mex) – Elizaveta Ianchuk (Ukr) – Jacqueline Adina Cristian (Rou) – Ronit Yurovsky (Usa)
THE TOWN: The city of Tampa is the county seat of Hillsborough County and the largest city in West Central Florida near Gulf of Mexico. The city had a population of 346,037 in 2011. Tampa was ranked as the 5th best outdoor city by Forbes in 2008. It also ranks as the fifth most popular American city, based on where people want to live, according to a 2009 Pew Research Center study.
Lonely Planet writes about it: “Sprawling and businesslike, Tampa lacks the iconic downtown skyline and cultural buzz that gives Miami its distinct persona. Therefore, it’s surprising to learn that so many new museums, parks and gourmet South Tampa restaurants have popped up recently that the city is dangerously close to becoming stylish. In the heart of downtown, the revitalized Riverwalk along the Hillsborough River glitters with contemporary architecture and scenic green spaces. Plus, between the zoo, the aquarium, the children’s museums and the theme parks, families have enough top-shelf entertainment to last a week. By evening Ybor City’s streets transform into Southwest Florida’s hottest bar and nightclub scene.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN TAMPA:
- Sunshine Skyway Bridge
- Busch Gardens
- Bayshore Boulevard
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Aloft Tampa Downtown. Very good *** hotel rated 8,5 on Booking and located along the Hillsborough River and at just 643 m from the Tampa Museum of Art. It includes a restaurant, a snack bar, a fitness and a business center. The price for a queen room with free wifi connection starts from 161$ per night.
- Le Méridien Tampa. Excellent **** hotel centrally located in Tampa downtown and rated 8.9 on Booking. This structure features an onsite fitness centre, a bar and a restaurant. A classic queen room of 35 mq2 costs 239$ per night. Wifi and parking are available with additional charges.
- Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. Wonderful **** hotel rated 9.1 on Booking and situated just 1 mile from Tampa International Airport. It features two outdoor pools, 3 restaurants and 24 hour fitness centre. A luxury double guest room costs $ 259 per night with free parking and wifi included.
Please notice that prices showed don’t include a 12% tax.