THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Grand Prix Hassan II
From 04/10 to 04/16
Prize money: € 482,060
Surface: Clay outdoor
Tournament location: Royal Tennis Club de Marrakech – 1, Bvd Oued Al Makhazine, Gueliz 40000 Marrakech
How to get: Royal Tc de Marrakech is centrally located at just 2,2 km from Djemaa El Fna (10 minutes driving/30 walking). Courts are easily accessible from Menara Airport too, which is far 6,2 km and 14 minutes.
Past winners: 2016 Federico Delbonis – 2015 Martin Klizan – 2014 Guillermo Garcia Lopez – 2013 Tommy Robredo – 2012/2011 Pablo Andujar – 2010 Stanislas Wawrinka
Entry list: Albert Ramos (Esp) – Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) – Mischa Zverev (Ger) – Marcel Granollers (Esp) – Paolo Lorenzi (Ita) – Benoit Paire (Fra) – Diego Schwarzman (Arg) – Malek Jaziri (Tun) – Federico Delbonis (Arg) – Nikoloz Basilashvili (Geo)
THE TOWN: Marrakech is a major city and 4th largest city of the Kingdom of Morocco. It is possibly the most important of four former imperial cities. The region has been inhabited by Berber farmers since Neolithic times, but the actual city was founded in 1062. The red walls of the city have given the city the nickname of the “Red City” or “Ochre City“.
Jessica Lee, a Lonely Planet‘s writer, explains us the reasons why she loves this city: “I don’t like to be bored. And neither does Marrakesh. I’ve been coming here since 1995 and this most beguiling of cities, shimmering under the hot North African sun, always has surprises up its sleeve. It sucks me into its souqs, draws me down endless twists of narrow, pastel-washed derbs, then drops me amid the mayhem of the Djemaa din. After a day in the medina the soles of my feet may be black, but I’m full to the brim with the donkey-cart swerving, frenetic energy. Marrakesh fizzes with life. Who could resist the fun?”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:
- Djemaa El Fna
- Jardin Majorelle
- Koutoubia Mosque
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Hotel Teranga & Spa. Wonderful *** hotel rated 9.0 on Booking and located less than 3 km from Koutoubia Mosque, it features free WiFi access and free private parking, Spa and on-site restaurant. A modern 25 mq2 double room costs 60€ per night with breakfast included.
- Al Fassia Aguedal. Al Fassia, the internationally famous à la carte restaurant in Marrakech, has now developed its luxury **** hotel of the same name near the Aguedal gardens. It boasts outdoor pool, solarium, Spa, restaurant and bar. WiFi, parking and airport shuttle are free for guests. The price for a comfort chambre is 128,25€ in b&b. Rated 9.5 on Booking.
- La Maison Arabe Hotel. Exceptional 5 stars hotel located directly in amazing Marrakech’s Medina and rated 9.7 on Booking , it has a heated pool in the garden and a spa with 2 traditional hammams and 5 massage rooms. Really delicious is the on site restaurant. The price for a 38 mq2 king suite starts from 342€ per night with WiFi included.
Enjoy a TennisTrip in Morocco!