THE TOURNAMENT: ITF MEN Bahrain ITF Future 2017
From 03/27 to 04/02
Prize money: $ 15,000
Surface: Hard outdoor
Tournament location: Bahrain Tennis Club – Building:1135, Road 4225, Block:342, Juffair, Manama, 001, Bahrain
How to get: Tennis club is far just 7900 mt and 15 minutes driving from city center. Bahrain International Airport is close to Tennis Club, at about 10 km. You will need of a 20 minutes taxi ride to get in.
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)
THE TOWN: Manama is the capital and largest city of Bahrain, with an approximate population of 157,000 people. Long an important trading center in the Persian Gulf, Manama is home to a very diverse population. After periods of Portuguese and Persian control and invasions from the ruling dynasties of Saudi Arabia and Oman, Bahrain established itself as an independent nation during the 19th century period of British hegemony. It was designated as the capital of Arab culture for the year 2012 by the Arab League.
Lonely Planet introduces Manama in this way: “Try as it might, Manama lacks the polish and in-your-face commercialism of Doha or Dubai, but therein lies its charm. Yes, you’ll find here all the hallmarks of modern Gulf prosperity: vast air-conditioned shopping malls and daringly designed skyscrapers are present in abundance. But the juxtaposition of the city’s pearling past and its oil-rich future is everywhere to be seen: in the National Museum set alongside the avant-garde National Theatre, and in the traditional homes of Muharraq with views across the rooftops to the skyscrapers of downtown Manama. Throw in fabulous eating options and a dynamic art scene and you’ll soon discover that there’s more to Manama than first meets the eye.”
MANAMA’S TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:
- Al Fateh Grand Mosque
- Al Dar Islands
- Tree of Life
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Ramada Manama City Centre. Very good **** hotel rated 8.2 on Booking and located at 500 m from City Centre Mall. Featuring free WiFi and spa area, Ramada City Centre offers superior king rooms starting from 90$ per night with free parking included.
- InterContinental Regency Bahrain. Excellent ***** hotel rated 8.6 on Booking and situated at a 5-minute walk from Bahrain Gold Souq, it offers an outdoor pool, a luxury spa centre and 5 dining options. A chic modern standard room costs 167$ per night with free parking and WiFi.
- Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay. Wonderful ***** hotel rated 9.1 on Booking it offers elegant accommodation with views of the Arabian Gulf. It includes a fitness centre, 7 restaurants, 5 swimming pools and free WiFi. The price for an enormous 47 mq2 superior room with king bed starts from 378$ per night.
Enjoy a great tennis week in Bahrain!!!