THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Open Città della Disfida
From 04/10 to 04/16
Prize money: € 43,000
Surface: Clay outdoor
Tournament location: Circolo Tennis Barletta Hugo Simmen – Via del Santuario 7, 76121 Barletta (BT) Italy
How to get: Tennis club is very close to city centre and main transport services, infact it’s just 3,9 km from station. The closest airport is Bari Airport just 50 km from tennis courts.
Past champions: 2016 Elias Ymer – 2012/2011 Aljaz Bedene – 2010 Pere Riba – 2009 Ivo Minar
Entry list: Gastao Elias (Por) – Aljaz Bedene (Gbr) – Norbert Gombos (Svk) – Alessandro Giannessi (Ita) – Casper Ruud (Nor) – Arthur De Greef (Bel) – Maximilian Marterer (Ger) – Federico Gaio (Ita) – Elias Ymer (Swe) – Thomas Fabbiano (Ita)
THE TOWN: Barletta is a city, comune and capoluogo together with Andria and Trani of Apulia, in south eastern Italy. Barletta is also a provincia (Barletta-Andria-Trani) and its population is around 94.700 citizens. The city’s territory belongs to the Valle dell’Ofanto river. Barletta is famous for the Colossus of Barletta, a bronze statue, representing a Roman Emperor (perhaps Theodosius II). This statue, called “Eraclio” by the inhabitants of Barletta, about 4 metres (13 feet) tall, is the biggest statue from the late Roman Empire. According to a local folk story, Eraclio saved the city from a Saracen attack.
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN BARLETTA AND SURROUNDINGS:
- Colossus of Barletta
- Castel del Monte (34 km)
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Best Western Hotel dei Cavalieri. Very good **** hotel rated 8.1 on Booking it offers features a regional restaurant, a cocktail bar, a fitness room and a wellness centre. A 20 mq2 double economy costs 77€ per night with breakfast, free WiFi and parking.
- Itaca Hotel. Cute ****hotel set directly on Barletta’s seafront and close to the historic centre, this structure offers relaxing views of the Adriatic Sea and a regional restaurant. Rooms come with free Wi-Fi and are equipped with modern furniture. Price? 98€ per night with breakfast and parking included.
- Nicotel Barletta. Wonderful **** hotel rated 8.4 on Booking and situated at a 15-minute walk from Barletta town centre. It boasts air-conditioned rooms, a 24-hour reception and a rich buffet breakfast, the free WiFi and parking. The price for a classic style 19 mq2 double room is 112€ per night with free cancellation and breakfast.