THE TOURNAMENT: WTA INTERNATIONAL Abierto Monterrey
From 04/03 to 04/09
Prize money: $ 226,750
Surface: Hard outdoor
Tournament location: Club Sonoma – Camino al Mirador 5800, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon 64930 Mexico
How to get: Tennis Club is far about 11 km from Monterrey central. You will need a 20 minutes taxi ride to get in from there. Monterrey Intl Airport is at about 38 km from tennis courts.
Past champions: 2016 Heather Watson – 2015 Timea Bacsinszky – 2014 Ana Ivanovic – 2013 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova – 2012 Timea Babos – 2011/2010 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova – 2009 Marion Bartoli
Entry list: Angelique Kerber (Ger) – Caroline Garcia (Fra) – Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Rus) – Alize Cornet (Fra) – Christina McHale (Usa) – Timea Babos (Hun) – Eugenie Bouchard (Fra) – Cici Bellis (Usa) – Mandy Minella (Usa) – Donna Vekic (Cro)
THE TOWN: Monterrey is the third largest city in Mexico and the capital of the state of Nuevo León. It is the commercial, industrial, educational, and transportation hub of northern Mexico, also third in economic importance after Mexico City and Mexico State. Although it is historically an industrial and commercial city (in fact most foreign visitors come for business purposes), tourists will be surprised at the wealth of cultural and entertainment attractions that the city has to offer.
Lonely Planet writes about it: “With sprawling suburbs of gargantuan air-conditioned malls and manicured housing estates, this is also one of Mexico’s most Americanized cities. Boasting world-class museums and a jagged mountain backdrop that offers terrific outdoor adventure sports, the city’s attractions are diverse and myriad.
If you stay in the center, this historic core is very accessible. Most of Monterrey’s main cultural attractions are clustered close by and you’ll have the Barrio Antiguo on your doorstep. Away from the center, the city is dominated by thundering highways, so a car becomes essential.
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN MONTERREY:
- Paseo de Santa Lucia
- Barrio Antiguo
- Parque Fundidora
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Fiesta Inn Monterrey Valle. Very good **** hotel rated 8.3 on Booking and surrounded by the Sierra Madre Mountains at just a few minutes from downtown Monterrey, it offers a variety of recreational facilities and an on-site restaurant that serves regional Mexican cuisine. The price for a 28 mq2 superior double room is 60$ per night with free WiFi and parking included.
- Nh Collection Monterrey. Beautiful **** hotel situated in San Pedro Garza Garcia close to major financial and business districts, as well as restaurants and shops, it features a gym, a sun terrace and a restaurant, which serves international dishes inspired by local cuisine. Airport transfers and car rental can be arranged at reception. A 36 mq2 superior double room costs 97$ per night or 130$ with free cancellation and breakfast. WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
- Grand Fiesta Americana Monterrey Valle. Exceptional ***** hotel with amazing views on Monterrey Valle. Rated 9.3 on Booking it features free private parking and wifi, delicious on site restaurant and amazing deluxe room with terrific city views. Prices? From 142$ per night.
Enjoy this new Mexican TennisTrip!