Antalya – We love this ancient Turkish place and the “Tennis Organization Cup”

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN FUTURE Tennis Organization Cup

From 03/20 to 03/26

Money prize: $ 15,000

Surface: Clay Outdoor

Location: Starlight Resort Hotel – Kizilalaç Turizm Merkezi, 07690 Antalya Turkey

How to get: Tennis club is far about 1 hour driving from Airport and about 73 km from old town.

Main players: Raluca Georgiana Serban (Rou) – Vlada Ekshibarova (Isr) – Yulia Stamatova (Bul) – Barbara Gatica (Chi) – Dashia Ivanova (Usa) – Mirabelle Njoze (Gbr) – Despina Papamichail (Gre) – Ani Vangelova (Bul) – Arina Folts (Uzb) – Ksenia Palkina (Kgz)

Nr.1 of the seeding Raluca Georgiana Serban

THE TOWN: Antalya, located on Anatolia’s flourishing southwest coast bordered by the Taurus Mountains, is the largest Turkish city on the Mediterranean coast with over one million people in its metropolitan area. Antalya is Turkey’s biggest international sea resort, located on the Turkish Riviera with a record 12.5 million tourists passed through the city in 2014.

Lonely Planet writes about it: “Once seen simply as the gateway to the Turkish Riviera, Antalya today is very much a destination in its own right. Situated right on the Gulf of Antalya (Antalya Körfezi), the largest city on Turkey’s western Mediterranean coastline is both classically beautiful and stylishly modern. At its core is the wonderfully preserved old-city district of Kaleiçi (literally ‘within the castle’), which offers atmospheric accommodation in the finely restored Ottoman houses on its winding lanes. The old city wraps around a splendid Roman-era harbour with clifftop views of hazy-blue mountain silhouettes that are worth raising a toast to. Just outside of the central city are two beaches and one of Turkey’s finest.”

TOP 3 ANTALYA’S ATTRACTIONS:

  • Perge Ancient City

  • Old Town


  • Kaputas Beach


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Kivrak Hotel. Perfect *** hotel located in the heart of Antalya, just about 1 km from the Clock Tower and Old City Marina. Rated 8.6 on Booking, it features sauna/hammam and restaurant. It offers spacious double rooms at 28€ per night with good breakfast, free wifi and parking included.
  • Elips Royal Hotel & Spa. Amazing **** hotel located conveniently at just 1,500 meters from Clock tower. Rated 8.2 on Booking, this hotel provides an internal Spa and restaurant. The rooms are modern and with everything you need. Prices for a family room is 36€ per night with free breakfast, wifi and parking.
  • Akra Hotel. Wonderful ***** hotel which rises directly on the seafront at just 3 km from old town. Rated 9.1 on Booking it features a delicious on site a la carte turkish and mediterranean restaurant, an outdoor pool and wellness facilities. Prices for a deluxe 28 mq2 double room start from 108€ with excellent breakfast. Wifi and parking are available for free.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Antalya Tourism Official

Your Hotel in Antalya
Enjoy!!!


Seoul – Enjoy an Atp challenger event in the most wired and technological town of the world

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Fila Seoul Open Challenger 

From 05/08 to 05/14

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 100,000

Tournament location: Site: Olympics Tennis Courts –  424 Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul, Korea

Past champions: 2016 Sergyi Stakhovsky (Ukr) – 2015 Go Soeda (Jpn) – 2013 Dusan Lajovic (Srb) – 2012/2011/2010 Yen Hsun Lu (Tpe)

Nr.1 of the seeding Lu won this tournament already 3 time

Entry list: Yen Hsun Lu (Tpe) – Janko Tipsarevic (Srb) – Hyeon Chung (Kor) – Konstantin Kravchuk (Rus) – Dudi Sela (Isr) – Iliya Marchenko (Ukr) – Vasek Pospisil (Can) – Blaz Kavcic (Slo) – Ruben Bemelmans (Bel) – Duckhee Lee (Kor)

THE TOWN: Seoul is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea), forming the heart of the Seoul Capital Area, which houses up to half of the country’s population of 50.22 million people with 678,102 international residents. Today it is considered a leading and rising global city, resulting from an economic boom called the Miracle on the Han River which transformed it to the world’s 4th largest metropolitan economy. Seoul is the world’s most wired city[25] and ranked first in technology.

But why should we go to Seoul. Lonely Planet’s writer, Simon Richmond, try to explain us: “Seoul is heaven for passionate foodies. Whether tucking into the snacks of commoners or the cuisine of kings, you just can’t lose. A hanjeongsik (multicourse banquet) is a feast as much for the eyes as the tummy, as are the creations of chefs crafting neo-Korean dishes. Equally satisfying is scoffing down piping-hot, crispy hotteok (pancakes with sweet or savoury fillings) on a street corner, or delicious, fresh and fiery crab soup in Noryangjin Fish Market. And don’t get me started on the wonderful universe of teas served in charming teahouses: this is where the soul of Seoul lies.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Korean war memorial


  • Gyeongbok Palace


  • Bukhansan National Park


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Grid Inn Hotel. This hotel is rated 9.3 on Booking located centrally in Seoul, 600 m from Jongmyo Shrine. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant and the free WiFi which is available throughout the entire property. Every room is air conditioned and soundproofed and equipped with a safety deposit box, TV and electric kettle. Prices start from 51$ per night for an economy double room.
  • Dormy Inn Seoul Gangnam. Conveniently located 500 m from the popular Gangnam area, Dormy Inn Seoul Gangnam offers a spa, modern guest rooms and free property-wide WiFi. Fitted with wooden furnishing, each room here has air-conditioning and heating systems, a seating area, a work desk and a flat-screen TV. Hatago, the in-house restaurant, features over 100 Korean, Japanese, Chinese and western dishes. The daily rate for a double room is 120$ per night with free parking included. Rated 9.1 on Booking.
  • Four Seasons Hotel Seoul. Exceptional hotel rated 9.5 on Booking and located just some steps from Gwanghwamun Plaza which boasts commanding city views and features 4 in-house dining, a state-of-the art fitness facilities and traditional Korean saunas. All of the modern and stylish rooms and suites offer floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views of the historical city centre. There are a flat-screen LCD TV, remote-controlled drapes and an iPad Mini to access hotel services including 24-hour in-room dining. The price for a deluxe king room with free parking and fantastic breakfast included is 347$ per night.

USEFUL LINKS:

Visit Seoul Official

Your Hotel in Seoul


Enjoy!!!!



Fukuoka – Visit this fascinating Japanese town and enjoy some beautiful tennis shots!

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Fukuoka International Women’s Tennis 2017

From 05/08 to 05/14

Surface: Carpet outdoor

Prize money: $ 60,000

Tournament location: Hakatanomori Tennis Center – 1-1-1 Higashi-Hirao Park Hakata-ku Fukuoka-city , Fukuoka , 816-0082, Japan

Past champions: 2016 Ksenia Lykina (Rus) – 2015 Krystina Pliskova (Cze) – 2014 Naomi Broady (Gbr) – 2013 Ons Jabeur (Tun) – 2012 Casey Dellacqua (Aus)

Defending champion Ksenia Lykina

Entry list: Magdalena Rybarikova (Cze) – Su Jeong Jang (Kor) – Nigina Abduraimova (Uzb) – Hiroko Kuwata (Jpn) – Ksenia Lykina (Rus) – Laura Robson (Gbr) – Riko Sawayanagi (Jpn) – Jia Jing Lu (Chn) – Shuko Aoyama (Jpn) – Jesika Maleckova (Cze)

THE TOWN: Fukuoka is the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture, situated on the northern shore of the Japanese island of Kyushu. As of 2015, it is Japan’s fifth largest city before Kobe and Kyoto. 

Lonely Planet writes: “Fukuoka (福岡) is Kyūshū’s largest city (and Japan’s sixth-largest) and still growing. It’s made up of two former towns, the Fukuoka castle town on the west bank of the Naka-gawa and Hakata on the east. The two towns merged in 1889 as Fukuoka, though the name Hakata is still widely in use (for instance, it’s Fukuoka Airport but Hakata Station). Hakata traces its trading history back some 2000 years, which continues today with visitors from Seoul and Shanghai. Among Japanese, the city is famed for its SoftBank Hawks baseball team and hearty Hakata ramen (egg noodles). Fukuoka’s warmth and friendliness make it a great gateway to Kyūshū, and warm weather and contemporary attractions – art, architecture, shopping and cuisine – make it a good base for regional excursions.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Fukuoka Canal City Hakata


  • Fukuoka Tower


  • Ohori Park


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  •  Hotel Forza Hakataeki Hakataguchi. Wonderful *** hotel rated 9.0 on Booking and located in the Hakata neighborhood in Fukuoka, 300 m from Shofuku-ji Temple and 600 m from Tocho-ji Temple. All rooms have a flat-screen TV and the free Wi-Fi connection. The daily rated for a 18 mq2 double room is 67€.
  • JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Hakata Central. A 3-minute walk from JR Hakata Train Station, the 4 stars JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Hakata Central has accommodations with free Wi-Fi ,Tv on-demand and request relaxing massages for an extra fee. The onsite Nanatsunohana restaurant serves Japanese and Western dishes. The price for a modern 19 mq2 double room is 95€ per night. Rated 9.0 on Booking!
  • Hotel Nikko Fukuoka. Exceptional ***** Hotel located in the real heart of Fukuoka and rated 9.0 on Booking, which provides an indoor pool, 8 dining options, a gym and contemporary rooms with free wifi connection. The rate for a 30 mq2 superior double room with desk area and sofa starts from 151€ per night.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Welcome Fukuoka Official

Your Hotel in Fukuoka


Enjoy!!!!

Aix en Provence – A very rich Atp Challenger event in the Old and elegant “Aix”

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Open du pays d’Aix

From 05/08 to 05/14

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 150,000

Tournament location: Country club Aixois – 1195 Chemin des Cruyes, 13090 Aix En Provence, France

How to get: Tennis club is far about 10 km from central station and you will need just a 15 minutes taxi ride to get in. At 15 km and 20 minutes driving there is the regional Aerodrome of Aix En Provence. But the best airport for international flight is Marseille one…

Malek Jaziri Nr.1 of the seeding

Entry list: Malek Jaziri (Tun) – Jeremy Chardy (Fra) – Rogerio Dutra Silva (Bra) – Radu Albot (Mda) – Dusan Lajovic (Srb) – Frances Tiafoe (Usa) – Renzo Olivo (Arg) – Julien Bennetau (Fra) – Norbert Gombos (Svk) – Paul Henri Mathieu (Fra)

THE TOWN: Aix-en-Provence , or simply Aix, is a city-commune in the south of France, about 30 km north of Marseille. It is located in the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte and has a population of approximately 143,000 inhabitants  called Aixois).

Lonely Planet writes about: “A pocket of left-bank Parisian chic deep in Provence, Aix (pronounced like the letter X) is all class: its leafy boulevards and public squares are lined with 17th- and 18th-century mansions, punctuated by gurgling moss-covered fountains. Haughty stone lions guard its grandest avenue, cafe-laced cours Mirabeau, where fashionable Aixois pose on polished pavement terraces sipping espresso. While Aix is a student hub, its upscale appeal makes it pricier than other Provençal towns. The part pedestrianised centre of Aix’ old town is ringed by busy boulevards, with several large car parks dotted on the edge of town. Whatever you do, don’t try and drive into the centre.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Cours Mirabeau


  • St.Saveur Cathedral 


  • Pavillon de Vendome


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Grand Hotel Negre Coste. Excellent *** hotel rated 8.6 on Booking and setted is an 18th century hotel with a sun terrace, just on Cours Mirabeau. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. The hotel serves a continental breakfast for an extra charge. Prices start from 129€ per night.
  • Hotel Cezanne Boutique Hotel. This boutique designer hotel is in the center of Aix-en-Provence and offers 55 air conditioned room with free WiFi and minibar. If features a terrace and a lounge. The property is 197 m from the Cours Mirabeau and 293 m from a bus station. A superior double room costs 142,2 € per night.
  • Renaissance Aix En Provence Hotel. Located just 2 km from Aix-en-Provence Train Station, Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hotel features a wellness area with a heated indoor swimming pool, a steam room, a fitness room, and a spa with 2 treatment cabins. It offers a 24-hour front desk, free WiFi and newspapers. The daily rate for superior double room is 190€ (for breakfast there is an extra charge). Rated 8.9 on Booking.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Aix En Provence Tourism Office

Your Hotel in Aix


Enjoy this new Tennis Trip in the rich French history!!!




Charleston – We love to come back for tennis in the so called “World’s best city”

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN 60K Ltp/Charleston

From 05/01/03 to 05/07

Surface: Clay outdoor

Money prize: $ 60,000

Tournament location: LTP Tennis – 1513 Mathias Ferry Road, Mt.Pleasant, SC 29464, USA

Main players: Madison Brengle (Usa) – Taylor Townsend (Usa) – Elitsa Kostova (Bul) – Kayla Day (Usa) – Lizette Cabrera (Aus) – Paula Cristina Goncalves (Bra) – Francoise Abanda (Can) – Sofia Kenin (Usa) – Fanni Stollar (Hun) – Sesil Karatantcheva (Bul)

Nr.1 of the seeding Madison Brengle

THE TOWN: Charleston is the oldest and second-largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The city lies just south of the geographical midpoint of South Carolina’s coastline and is located on Charleston Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean formed by the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. It had an estimated population of 132,609 in 2015. Known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, distinguished restaurants, and mannerly people, Charleston is a popular tourist destination and has received a large number of accolades, including the “World’s Best City” by Travel + Leisure.

Lonely Planet writes: “This lovely city will embrace you with the warmth and hospitality of an old and dear friend – who died in the 18th century. We jest, but the cannons, cemeteries and carriage rides do conjure an earlier era. And that historic romanticism, along with the food and Southern graciousness, is what makes Charleston one of the most popular tourist destinations in the South, drawing more than 4.8 million visitors every year.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN CHARLESTON:

 

 

  • Arthur Revenal Jr Bridge

  • The Pineapple Fountain

  • Magnolia Plantation


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hyatt Place Charleston – Historic District. Wonderful *** hotel rated 9,1 on Booking and located at just 900 mt from the Marion Square. It includes a restaurant, an indoor pool, a fitness center and a lounge bar. The price for a king room with breakfast and free wifi connection starts from 223$ per night.
  • Market Pavilion Hotel. Exceptional **** hotel centrally located in Charleston downtown at 3 minutes walking from Waterfront Park and rated 9,3 on Booking. This structure offers a rooftop pool with mosaic bottom, free WiFi, and daily breakfast as well as 2 on-site restaurants. A luxury king room of 40 mq2 costs 296$ per night with fantastic breakfast buffet included.
  • The Spectator Hotel. Breathtaking pictures **** hotel rated 9.6 on Booking and situated less than 4 minutes’ walk from the historic Charleston City Market and Port of Charleston. Features include a bar, personalised butler service, and free WiFi in public areas. A luxury traditional king room costs $ 429 per night with unforgettable breakfast include.

Please notice that prices showed don’t include a 13,5% tax.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Visit Charleston SC Official

Your Hotel in Charleston

Enjoy!!!

10 Wonderful Places Where You Can See Tennis Next Week

  • BARCELONA (Esp) – ATP 500 Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell


Prize money: $ 2,604,340

Surface: Clay outdoor

Entry list: Kei Nishikori (Jpn) – Rafa Nadal (Esp) – Dominic Thiem (Aut) – David Goffin (Bel) – Roberto Bautista Agut (Esp) – Richard Gasquet (Fra) – Pablo Carreno Busta (Esp) – Albert Ramos Vinolas (Esp) – Fabio Fognini (Ita) – Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger)

Tournament Official Site

Visit Barcelona Official 

Accomodations

  • STUTTGART (Ger) – WTA PREMIER Porsche Tennis Grand Prix


Prize money: $ 710,900

Surface: Clay outdoor

Entry list: Angelique Kerber (Ger) – Karolina Pliskova (Cze) – Simona Halep (Rou) – Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) – Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) – Garbine Muguruza (Esp) – Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) – Elena Vesnina (Rus) – Samantha Stosur (Aus) – Barbora Strycova (Cze)

Tournament Official Site

Visit Stuttgart Official 

Accomodations

  • BUDAPEST (Hun) – ATP 250 Hungarian Open


Prize money: $ 540,310

Surface: Clay outdoor

Entry list: Lucas Pouille (Fra) – Ivo Karlovic (Cro) – Gilles Simon (Fra) – Fernando Verdasco (Esp) – Paolo Lorenzi (Ita) – Victor Troicki (Srb) – Diego Schwartzman (Arg) – Ryan Harrison (Usa) – Robin Haase (Ned) – Florian Mayer (Ger)

Tournament Official Site

Budapest Tourism Official 

Accomodations

  • ISTANBUL (Tur) – WTA INTERNATIONAL Teb Bnp Paribas Istanbul Cup


Prize money: $ 226,750

Surface: Clay outdoor

Entry list: Elina Svitolina (Ukr) – Timea Babos (Hun) – Yulia Putintseva (Kaz) – Irina Camelia Begu (Rou) – Eugenie Bouchard (Can) – Qiang Wang (Chn) – Tsvetana Pironkova (Bul) – Sorana Cirstea (Rou) – Elise Mertens (Bel) – Lara Arruabarrena (Esp)

Tournament Official Site

Visit Istanbul Official 

Accomodations

  • ANNING (Chn) – ATP CHALLENGER Anning 2017


Prize money: $ 150,000

Surface: Clay outdoor

Entry list: Jordan Thompson (Aus) – Janko Tipsarevic (Srb) – Luca Vanni (Ita) – Blaz Kavcic (Slo) – Quentin Halys (Fra) – Andrej Martin (Svk) – Mathias Borgue (Fra) – Teymuraz Gabashvili (Rus) – Jason Jung (Tpe) – Thomas Fabbiano (Ita)

Anning Info on China Highlights

Accomodations 

  • TALLAHASSEE (Usa) – ATP CHALLENGER USTA Tallahassee Tennis Challenger


Prize money: $ 75,000

Surface: Clay outdoor

Entry list: Frances Tiafoe (Usa) – Darian King (Bar) – Henri Laaksonen (Sui) – Stefan Kozlov (Usa) – Guido Andreozzi (Arg) – Denis Kudla (Usa) – Peter Polansky (Can) – Leonardo Mayer (Arg) – Maximo Gonzalez (Arg) – Juergen Melzer (Aut)

Tournament Official Site

Visit Tallahassee Official

Accomodations

  • FRANCAVILLA AL MARE (Ita) – ATP CHALLENGER Internazionali di Tennis d’Abruzzo


Prize money: $ 75,000

Surface: Clay outdoor

Entry list: Gastao Elias (Por) – Alessandro Giannessi (Ita) – Alexander Bublik (Kaz) – Marco Cecchinato (Ita) – Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo (Esp) – Jan Satral (Cze) – Elias Ymer (Swe) – Stefano Napolitano (Ita) – Lorenzo Giustino (Ita) – Matteo Donati (Ita)

Tournament Official Site

Visit Francavilla al Mare Official

Accomodations

  • CHARLOTTESVILLE (Usa) – ITF WOMEN Boyd Tinsley Clay Court Classic


Prize money: $ 60,000

Surface: Clay outdoor

Entry list: Madison Brengle (Usa) – Elitsa Kostova (Bul) – Anhelina Kalinina (Ukr) – Kayla Day (Usa) – Jamie Loeb (Usa) – Lizette Cabrera (Aus) – Paula Cristina Goncalves (Bra) – Barbara Haas (Aut) – Kristie Ahn (Usa) – Sofia Kenin (Usa)

Tournament Info

Visit Charlottesville Official

Accomodations

  • TUNIS (Tun) – ITF WOMEN Nana Trophy


Prize money: $ 60,000

Surface: Clay outdoor

Entry list: Maryna Zanevska (Bel) – Silvia Soler Espinosa (Esp) – Anna Blinkova (Rus) – Alison Von Uytvanck (Bel) – Alexandra Dulgheru (Rou) – Richel Hogenkamp (Ned) – Petra Martic (Cro) – Cindy Burger (Ned) – Amra Sadikovic (Sui) – Arantxa Rus (Ned)

Tournament Info

Tourism In Tunisia Official

Accomodations

  • Karshi (Uzb) – ITF WOMEN Karshi ITF Pro Circuit Combined


Prize money: $ 25,000

Surface: Hard outdoor

Entry list: Nigina Abduraimova (Uzb) – Polina Monova (Rus) – Ankita Raina (Ind) – Olga Ianchuk (Ukr) – Olga Doroshina (Rus) – Valeriya Strakohva (Ukr) – Harriet Dart (Gbr) – Freya Christie (Gbr) – Valeria Savinykh (Rus) – Olesya Pervushina (Rus)

Tournament Info

Karshi on Visit Uzbekistan 

Accomodations 

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Savannah – Come with us in the heart of Georgia for this classic Atp challenger circuit event

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER St. Joseph/Candler Savannah Challenger 2017

From 05/01 ot 05/07

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 75,000

Tournament location: Franklin Creek Tennis Center – 910 Franklin Creek Rd N, Savannah, GA 31411, Usa

How to get: Tennis venue is far about 15 miles from historic district, that is about 25 minutes driving. Savannah airport is situated at 25 miles.

Past champions: 2016 Bjorn Fratangelo (Usa) – 2015 Hyeon Chung (Kor) – 2014 Nick Kyrgios (Aus) – 2013 Ryan Harrison (Usa) – 2012 Brian Baker (Usa) – 2011 Wayne Odesnik (Usa) – 2010 Kei Nishikori (Jpn) – 2009 Michael Russell (Usa)

darian king
Darian King from Barbados will be the nr.1 of the seeding

Entry list: Darian King (Bar) – Henri Laaksonen (Sui) – Peter Polansky (Can) – Stefan Kozlov (Usa) – Leonardo Mayer (Arg) – Tennys Sandgren (Usa) – Danis Shapovalov (Can) – Noah Rubin (Usa) – Mitchell Krueger (Usa) – Dennis Novikov (Usa)

THE TOWN: Savannah is the oldest city in the U.S. state of Georgia and is the county seat of Chatham County. Established in 1733 on the Savannah River, the city of Savannah became the British colonial capital of the Province of Georgia and later the first state capital of Georgia. Each year Savannah attracts millions of visitors to its cobblestone streets, parks, and notable historic buildings.

Lonely Planet writes about this town: “Like a Southern belle with a split personality, this grand historic town revolves around formal antebellum architecture and unbridled public debauchery. It sits alongside the Savannah River, about 18 miles from the coast, amid Lowcountry swamps and mammoth live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss. With its gorgeous mansions, cotton warehouses and Colonial public buildings, Savannah preserves its past with pride, grace and a slight smirk. Unlike its sister city of Charleston, SC, which retains its reputation as a dignified and refined cultural center, Savannah revels in being the bad girl – the town has been described as ‘a beautiful lady with a dirty face,’ and in some ways it resembles a pint-sized New Orleans. Savannah loves its sinful pleasures, be they cheese grits, cocktails, or the bump and grind of partying local students. Savannah has a somber side, but she never takes herself too seriously. Savannah College of Art & Design – which is known locally as SCAD – has a surprisingly strong presence that keeps the city from getting too staid. The city’s massive St Patrick’s Day celebration is a legendary rite of spring and there is an entire cottage industry catering to those tourists who have heard that Savannah is haunted – curious ghost-hunters are able to arrange to take tours of the city in a chauffeured hearse.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN SAVANNAH:

  • Historic District

HISTORIC DISTRICT

  • Forsyth Park

Forsyth_Park

  • River Street

savannah_river_street

BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Savannah Midtown. Wonderful *** hotel rated 9.4 on Booking which offers free wifi connections and wide and comfortable rooms at 109$ per night with good breakfast included. Top location for couples!
  • Cotton Sail Hotel Savannah Riverfront. In historic downtown Savannah, this **** hotel is housed in a 1800’s refurbished cotton warehouse and features a rooftop lounge. The Savannah River and the Rousakis Riverfront Plaza are a 2-minute walk away. Hotel provides free wifi, fitness and business center, an ATM and a convenience store. A deluxe king room with city view costs 193.7$ per night.
  • Andaz SavannahThis excellent ***** hotel is located in the heart of Savanna Riverwalk District and is rated 9.1 on Booking. It features a delicious onsite restaurant, 22 Square, a fully equipped fitness centre and the free wifi throughout the property. Prices? Starting from 168$ for a 28 mq2 Andaz King room.

Please notice that are not included a 13 % TAX and a $ 6.00 city tax per night .

USEFUL LINKS;

Tournament Official Site

Visit Savannah Official

Your Hotel in Savannah

 

Enjoy a Tennis Trip in Georgia!

 

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Prague – The best of Czech tennis talents will face in this intersting Wta tournament

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA INTERNATIONAL J&T Banka Prague Open

From 05/01/ to 05/06

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 226,750

Tournament location: TK Sparta Praha – Za Císařským mlýnem 2/1115 17000, Praha7

How to get: Tennis club is far about 5.6 km and 17 minutes driving from Old Town. Vaclav Intl Airport is situated at 20 km from venue (34 minutes taxi ride).

Past champions: 2016 Lucie Safarova (Cze) – 2015 Karolina Pliskova (Cze)

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Defending champion Lucia Safarova will be n.7 of the seeding

Entry list: Karolina Pliskova (Cze) – Caroline Wozniaki (Den) – Samantha Stosur (Aus) – Barbora Strycova (Cze) – Ana Konjuh (Cro) – Shuai Zhang (Chn) – Lucie Safarova (Cze) – Katerina Siniakova (Cze) – Lesia Tsurenko (Ukr) – Christina McHale (Usa)

THE TOWN: Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. Founded during the Romanesque and flourishing by the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras, Prague was the capital of the kingdom of Bohemia and the main residence of several Holy Roman Emperors, most notably of Charles IV. It was an important city to the Habsburg Monarchy and its Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is home to a number of famous cultural attractions and from 1992 the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

Lonely Planet’s writer explains the reasons why he loves so much this town: “How can you not love a city that has a pub with vinyl cushions on the wall above the gents’ urinal, so you can rest your head while you ‘go’? Where you can order a beer without speaking, simply by placing a beer mat on the table? And where that beer is probably the best in the world? But it’s not just exquisite ale and a wonderfully relaxed drinking culture that keep bringing me back to Prague. There’s also wit and weirdness in equal measure: a public fountain where two figures pee in a puddle, spelling out literary quotations; a 1950s nuclear bunker hidden beneath a city centre hotel; and a cubist lamppost. Quirky doesn’t even begin to describe it.”

TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Charles Bridge

charlesbridge

  • Old Town Square

old town square prague

  • St. Vitus Cathedral

St_Vitus

  • Prague Castle

Prague_Castle

  • Astronomical Clock Tower

Prague_Astronomical_Clock_Tower

BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Cloister Inn HotelExcellent 3 stars hotel, rated 8.8 on Booking and located 5 min walk away from Charles Bridge, which provides air conditioned rooms, free wifi and free coffee and tea in the lobby. A 25 mq2 double room costs 96€ per night with good breakfast included.
  • Unitas HotelExceptional **** hotel rated 9.5 on Booking and located at just 244mt from Charles Bridge. It offers safe courtyard parking and air conditioned rooms with free internet, a DVD player and a movie library. The building represents Czech history in a unique way. Built by the Jesuits, it was later transformed into a nunnery, during the Communist period it housed the secret police and finally it was transformed into a hotel. The daily rate for a classic double room is 134€ per night with incredible breakfast included in the price.
  • Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel. Located right in the heart of Prague, only 100 m from Wenceslas Square, this wonderful 5-star Art-Deco hotel, first opened in 1932, provides rooms with Nespresso coffee machine, free WiFi, pay-per-view channels and a 24-hour room service. It features a well equipped fitness center with sauna and two prestigious gourmet restaurants. The Alcron received the prestigious Michelin Star in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. The price for a standard guest room with marble bathrooms is 185,2€ per night.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Prague Official

Your Hotel in Prague

 

Enjoy a tennis week in the wonderful Prague!

 

Munich – Tennis shots and high quality of life in the capital city of Bavaria

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 BMW Open by FWU

From 05/01 to 05/07

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 482,060

Tournament location: MTTC Iphitos – Aumeisterweg 10, 80805 München

How to get: Tennis club is far 8 km from Marienplatz (about 15 min driving). Munchen Flughafen International Airport is situated at 31 km and 22 minutes driving.

Past champions: 2016 Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) – 2015 Andy Murray (Gbr) – 2014 Martin Klizan (Svk) – 2013 Tommy Haas (Ger) – 2012 Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) – 2011 Nikolay Davydenko (Rus) – 2010 Michal Youznhy (Rus) – 2009 Tomas Berdych (Cze) – 2008 Fernando Gonzalez (Chl)

Defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber

Entry list: Gael Monfils (Fra) – Roberto Bautista Agut (Esp) – Alexander Zverev (Ger) –  Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) – Mischa Zverev (Ger) – Fabio Fognini (Ita) – Florian Mayer (Ger) – Martin Klizan (Svk) – Donald Young (Usa) – Jan Lennard Struff (Ger)

THE TOWN: Munich is the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria, on the banks of River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Munich, with a population of around 1.5 million, is the third largest city in Germany. It is a major centre of art, advanced technologies, finance, publishing, culture, innovation, education, business, and tourism in Germany and Europe and enjoys a very high standard and quality of living, reaching #1 in Germany and #4 worldwide according to the 2015 Mercer survey.

Lonely Planet writes about Munich: “The natural habitat of well-heeled power dressers and Lederhosen-clad thigh-slappers, Mediterranean-style street cafes and Mitteleuropa beer halls, highbrow art and high-tech industry, Germany’s unofficial southern capital is a flourishing success story that revels in its own contradictions. If you’re looking for Alpine clichés, they’re all here, but the Bavarian metropolis has many an unexpected card down its Dirndl. But whatever else this city is, it’s popular. Statistics show Munich is enticing more visitors than ever, especially in summer and during Oktoberfest, when the entire planet seems to arrive to toast the town. Munich’s walkable centre retains a small-town air but holds some world-class sights, especially art galleries and museums. Throw in royal Bavarian heritage, an entire suburb of Olympic legacy and a kitbag of dark tourism, and it’s clear why southern Germany’s metropolis is such a favourite among those who seek out the past but like to hit the town once they’re done.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN MUNICH:

  • Marienplatz 


  • BMW Museum


  • English Garden


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Bayer’s. Rated 9.0 on Booking and located in the very heart of Munich, 3 stars Hotel Bayer’s provides contemporary accommodations just 293 m from the Munich Main Station. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. The daily rate for a cozy double room is 118€.
  • Platzl Hotel Superior. Excellent **** hotel, rated 9.0 on Booking and located 2 minutes walk from Marienplatz, which features a free spa, a gym, a 16th-century restaurant, and soundproof rooms with flat-screen TVs. Free Wi-Fi is also included. A 22 mq2 modern double room costs 165€ per night.
  • Rocco Forte The Charles Hotel. Overlooking the Old Botanical Garden, this 5-star designer hotel in Munich, rated 9.2 on Booking, features an exclusive spa with indoor pool, soundproof rooms with free Wi-Fi, and the elegant Italian restaurant Davvero. The Hotel has a private garage. Munich Central Train Station is only about a quarter mile away. The prices for a wonderful and wide classic king room start from 306€ per night.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Munich Official

BMW Museum Website

Your Hotel in Munich


Enjoy this Bavarian Tennis Trip!

Rabat – Come here in Moroc to discover a beautiful town attending some first class tennis matches

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA INTERNATIONAL Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem

From 015/01 to 05/07

Money prize: $ 226,750

Surface: Clay Outdoor

Location: Société Wifaq Tennis Rabat S.A , Km 6,8 Route des Zaers Lot Ambassador , Rabat , 20000, Morocco

How to get: Tennis courts are far about 10 km from famous Rabat’s Hassan Tower. From International Airport Rabat-Salè you need 23 minutes drive to get WIFAQ club.

Past champions: 2016 Timea Bacsinszky – 2015 Elina Svitolina – 2014 Maria Teresa Torro Flor – 2013 Francesca Schiavone – 2012 Kiki Bertens – 2011 Alberta Brianti – 2010 Iveta Melzer – 2009 Isabela Medina Garrigues – 2008 Gisela Dulko

Main players: Daria Gavrilova (Aus) – Daria Kasatkina (Rus) – Timea Babos (Hun) – Ekaterina Makarova (Rus) – Laura Siegemund (Ger) – Allison Riske (Usa) – Yaroslava Shevedova (Kaz) – Alize Cornet (Fra)

THE TOWN: Rabat is the seventh largest city center with an urban population of approximately 580,000. It is one of four Imperial cities of Morocco, and the medina of Rabat is listed as a World Heritage Site. Lonely Planet writes about this town: “Morocco’s political and administrative capital may be short on top-drawer tourist attractions, but it compensates with plenty of charm. The Ville Nouvelle’s palm-lined boulevards are clean, well kept and relatively free of traffic – a blessed relief for those who have spent time in Casablanca. There’s a clean central beach, an intact and evocative kasbah, and an attractive walled medina that is far less touristy than those in other large cities. All in all, the city is a good choice for a short sojourn.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN RABAT:

  • Hassan Tower


  • Mohammed V Mausole


  • Kasbah des Oudaias


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel des Oudaias. Very good *** hotel located in the medina of Rabat, and just 8 km from Airport. Featuring an on site restaurant, free wifi and parking at 2€ per night, it offers deluxe double rooms of 26 mq2 at 70€ per night with breakfast included. Rated 8.4 on Booking.
  • Belere Hotel Rabat. Voted nr.1 hotel in Rabat on Tripadvisor, this **** accomodation is located close to Royal Palace. Belere Hotel provides 3 delicious restaurants and a bar with panoramic view. Price for a superior double room with view is 79€ per night with breakfast, free wifi and parking included.
  • Sofitel Rabat Jardin des Roses. Wonderful ***** hotel which sits on a luxurious site of more than 7 hectares, including 3 swimming pools and mini-golf area. Rated 7.9 on Booking it features a restaurant, a bar, a night club, a garden terrace and a wellness center. It offers modern 25 mq2 superior double room at 205€ per night with wifi and parking included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Rabat on Visit Marocco

Your Hotel in Rabat



Enjoy!!!

Ostrava – This cute Czech town will host the traditional “Prosperita Open” challenger event

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Prosperita Open 2017

From 05/01 to 05/07

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 75,000

Tournament location: SC Ostrava – Budecska 4, Ostrava 70200, Czech Republic

How to get: SC Ostrava is centrally located in the town at just 2,5 km (25 minutes walking) from stunning Stodolni Street. If you arrive directly from Janacek Airport Ostrava you will need of a 30 minutes taxi ride because tennis courts are located at 29 km.

Past champions: 2016 Constant Lestienne (Fra) – 2015 Inigo Cervantes (Esp) – 2014 Andrey Kuznetsov (Rus) – 2013 Jiri Vesely (Cze) – 2012 Jonathan Dasnieres de Vegy (Fra) – 2011 Stephan Robert (Fra) – 2010 Lucas Rosol (Cze) – 2009 Jan Hajek (Cze) – 2008 Jiri Vanek (Cze)

Nr.1 of the seeding Adam Pavlasek
Entry list: Adam Pavlasek (Cze) – Norbert Gombos (Svk) – Roberto Carballes Baena (Esp) – Marco Cecchinato (Ita) – Lukas Rosol (Cze) – Jan Satral (Cze) – Simone Bolelli (Ita) – Marco Trungelliti (Arg) – Vincent Millot (Fra) – Stefano Napolitano (Ita)

THE TOWN: Ostrava is a city in the north-east of the Czech Republic and is the capital of the Moravian-Silesian Region. In terms of both population and area it is the third largest city of the nation. The city in the past was considered especially an industrial centre but since the 1990s it has been transformed into a modern cultural city, with numerous theatres, galleries and other cultural facilities. It hosts a wide range of cultural and sporting events throughout the year. Among the best known are the Colours of Ostrava multi-genre music festival, the Janáček May classical music festival, the Summer Shakespeare Festival.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • New City Hall Tower


  • Ostravice River


  • Silesian Ostrava Castle


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Villa Ostrava 3+. Showcasing a terrace and views of the city, *** Hotel Villa Ostrava is located in the heart of the town, just 1.1 km from Stodolní Street. Private parking is available on site. The hotel, rated 9.2 on Booking, provides bike rental, free wifi and a tennis court available for customers. A small but cozy and modern twin room costs 60€ per night with good breakfast included.
  • Mercure Ostrava Center. Located right in the center of Ostrava and rated 8.9 on Booking, the faboulous **** Mecure Center hotel offers elegantly, air conditioned rooms with LCD TV, free Wi-Fi and tea/coffee making facilities, a steam bath, a fitness center and an onsite restaurant which servers Czech and international cuisine. The daily rate for a standard 22 mq2 double room starts from 56€ per night (which increase to 102€ with free cancellation and breakfast).
  • Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Ostrava. This excellent **** hotel, rated 8.8 on Booking, offers bright, colourful rooms with free WiFi and a wellness centre with a large steam bath, sauna, and hot tub. It is located within a walking distance to the Ostrava city centre, close to the Ostrava Castle and the bustling Stodolní Street. Guests can enjoy a menu filled with international dishes as well as traditional Czech specialities in the Bamboo Restaurant. The price for a standard double room is 101€ per night with good breakfast buffet included.

The building of Park Inn Radisson Ostrava
USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Ostrava on Czech Tourism Portal

Your Hotel in Ostrava


Enjoy a Tennis Trip in the real heart of Moravia!