THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Engie Open de Siene et Marne
From 03/27 to 04/02
Prize money: $ 60,000
Surface: Hard Indoor
Tournament location: Ligue de Seine et Marne de Tennis – 11, rue des Vieilles Vignes, CROISSY-BEAUBOURG, 77183, France
How to get: Aerodrome de Lognes is far just 2,4 km and 3 minutes driving from tennis club.
Past champions: 2016 Ivana Jorovic – 2015 – Margarita Gasparyan 2014 Claire Feuerstein – 2013 Anne Keothavong
Entry list: Oceane Dodin (Fra) – Pauline Parmentier (Fra) – Vitalia Diatchenko (Rus) – Su Wei Hsieh (Tpe) – Ekaterina Alexandrova (Rus) – Kateryna Kozlova (Ukr) – Stefanie Voegele (Sui) – Maryna Zanevska (Bel) – Anett Kontaveit (Est) – Anna Blinkova (Rus)
THE TOWN: Croissy-Beaubourg is a French commune located in the Seine-et-Marne département, in the Île-de-France région. At the census of 1999, the town had a population of 2,236.
The Indipendent writes about Île-de-France région: “London may have the Home Counties, but the French capital is wrapped in something rather more exotic: the Ile-de-France, an ancient term that is now defined as the eight départements that make up the Paris region. The one in the middle is the capital itself – the Paris département that has 75 as its code – which is where most of the 45 million annual visitors to the Ile-de-France spend their time. But subtract Paris from the equation and the remaining seven districts, which together occupy an area the size of Yorkshire, have plenty to offer.
They divide naturally into the Petite Couronne (the small, inner ring), comprising Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis and Val-de-Marne; and the Grande Couronne (the large, outer ring), made up of the Essonne, Seine-et-Marne, Val-d’Oise and Yvelines départments. For the average visitor, these titles will mean little – but the names of the highlights resonate: Fontainebleau and Versailles, both fine towns with a château attached; the handsome cities of Provins and Meaux, astride the Voulzie and Marne respectively; and, the main destination for UK travellers, Disneyland Paris. After a rocky start, Mickey Mouse’s pied à terre east of the capital has become a success – compressing the best of Disney into a relatively small and accessible site.
Yet there is plenty more of interest. For example, L’Isle Adam is a tranquil, historic town astride the Oise and surrounded by ancient forests. It feels as though it is deep in la France profonde rather than just 25km north-west the centre of Paris, easily accessible by train or car. This is the heart of the French horse-racing world, with the Ecole Française d’Equitation nearby.
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN THE SURROUNDINGS:
- Paris (at 23 km)
- Eurodisney (at 10 km)
- Château de Champs-sur-Marne (at 5 km)
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Premiere Classe Marne la Vallée. Located 2 stops from Disneyland Paris and 20 minutes from Paris by RER train, this cozy ** hotel offers free private parking and Wi-Fi access and a garden with a playground. A 12 mq2 twin room costs from 49€ to 57€ (with breakfast and free cancellation included).
- Kyriad Marne-La-Vallée Torcy. Very good *** hotel at Torcy, 900 mt from tennis courts and 15 minutes from Eurodisney. The hotel offers an on site restaurant, free parking and WiFi. Price for a 17 mq2 double room starts from 59€ per night.
- Novotel Marne La Vallée Collégien. This excellent **** hotel is just 17 km from Disneyland Resort® Paris and only 30 km from Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport. It features a fitness centre, a delicious French restaurant and an outdoor swimming pool. A standard queen room with sofa bed costs from 112€ per night with WiFi and parking included.