Guadalajara – Mariachi, music, tequila….and tennis matches

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Jalisco Open Presented by Aeromexico 

From 03/21 to 03/26

Money prize: $ 50,000

Surface: Hard outdoor 

Tournament location: Polideportivo Metropolitano de Tenis – Av. Economos 6600, La Estancia, Parque Metropolitano, 45010 Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico

How to get: Tennis location is far about 28 km from Aeropuerto Internacional de Guadalajara Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla and 40 minutes driving. Guadalajara’s downtown is at just 12,3 km and 25 minutes by car.

Previous winners: 2016 Malek Jaziri – 2015 Rajeev Ram – 2014 Gilles Müller – 2013 Alex Bogolomov jr – 2012 Thiago Alves – 2011 Paul Capdeville

Nr.1 of the seeding Victor Estrella Burgos recently won the Atp 250 of Quito

Main players: Victor Estrella Burgos (Dom) – Vasek Pospisil (Can) – Tennys Sandgren (Usa) – Jason Jung (Tpe) – Dennis Novikov (Usa) – Noah Rubin (Usa) – Marcelo Arevalo (Esa) – Sam Groth (Aus) – Jerzy Janowicz (Pol) – Akira Santillan (Jpn)

THE TOWN: Guadalajara is Mexico’s second biggest city, and in many respects can be considered the quintessential Mexican destination. This is the birthplace of mariachi music and tequila, but also one of the country’s industrial and business centers, sometimes referred to as Mexico’s Silicon Valley. Unlike many colonial cities that maintain their original town plan, in the 1950s Guadalajara underwent a major project that changed the face of the city. Older buildings were razed to allow for wide avenues with new constructions, underground parking lots and shopping centers. Fortunately, the most beautiful older buildings were left intact.

Lonely Planet writes about it: “If you’re intimidated by the size and intensity of Mexico City, Guadalajara delivers a less frenetic alternative. Many of the clichéd images recognized as Mexican have roots here: mariachi music, wide-brimmed sombreros, the Mexican hat dance and charreadas (rodeos). But, Guadalajara is as much a vanguard of the new Mexico as it is a guardian of the old. Chapultepec hipsters drive the cultural life forward, fusion chefs have sharpened the edges of an already legendary culinary scene (famed for its tender stews and ‘drowned’ sandwiches), while foresighted local planners are doing their damnedest to tackle the traffic and congestion (a bike-sharing scheme is the latest wild card).”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS OF GUADALAJARA:

  • Guadalajara Cathedral 


  • Bosque Colomos


  • Expiatory Temple


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Portobelo. Wonderful *** hotel rated 9.0 on Booking and located in the historic district of Guadalajara at only 500 mt from Expiatory Temple. It features a bar, a buffet restaurant, a free private parking and wifi. A cute 32 mq2 standard room costs 39$ per night with good breakfast included. Incredible value for money!!!
  • Hotel Real Maestranza. Exceptional **** hotel situated at 400 mt from Guadalajara cathedral and 300 mt from Wax Museum. It offers free private parking, wifi and a delicious onsite restaurant. The standard rooms are wide, modern and well furnished and they cost 36,18$ per night.
  • Wyndham Garden Guadalajara Acueducto. Very good **** hotel, this is not the best accomodation of the town but it’s the official hotel of the tournament. So if you desire to meet tennis players this is the place for you. The rooms are modern, the restaurant and the free breakfast are tasty. A classic double room of 15 mq2 cost 64$ per night.
  • NH Collection Guadalajara Providencia. Excellent ***** hotel rated 9.0 on Booking and located next to Country Club Golf Course, in an exclusive commercial and financial district of Guadalajara. This modern hotel has a gym, conference center and stylish restaurant. The functional rooms are decorated in soft earth tones and offer fantastic views of the city and cost from 100$ per night or 131$ if you want the breakfast and free cancellation included. The wifi is free in all hotel areas.

Please notice that hotel prices don’t include a 20% taxes.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site 

Guadalajara on VisitMexico 

Accomodations


Enjoy this Mexican TennisTrip!

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