THE TOURNAMENT: ITF MEN Uzb F1 Bukhara International
From 04/17 to 04/23
Prize money: $ 25,000
Surface: Hard outdoor
Tournament location: Dilqusho Tennis Club – Gijduvan street, 5, Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Past Winners: 2016 Ilya Ivashka (Blr) – 2015 Karen Kachanov (Rus)
Entry list: Dmitry Popko (Kaz) – Petr Michnev (Cze) – Lloyd Harris (Saf) – Karim Mohamed Maamoun (Egy) – Alessandro Bega (Ita) – Evan King (Usa) – Vladyslav Manafov (Ukr) – Michal Konecny (Cze) – Sriram Balaji (Ind) – Juan Pablo Paz (Arg)
THE TOWN: Bukhara is a city-museum in Uzbekistan, with about 140 architectural monuments. It had a population as of 31 August 2016 of approximately 247,644. It’s one of the most ancient city of the world infact humans have inhabited the region around Bukhara for at least five millennia, and the city has existed for half that time. Located on the Silk Road, the city has long served as a center of trade, scholarship, culture, and religion. UNESCO has listed the historic center of Bukhara as a World Heritage Site.
Lonely Planet introduces Bukhara with these words: “Central Asia’s holiest city, Bukhara has buildings spanning a thousand years of history, and a thoroughly lived-in old centre that hasn’t changed too much in two centuries. It is one of the best places in Central Asia for a glimpse of pre-Russian Turkestan. Most of the centre is an architectural preserve, full of medressas, minarets, a massive royal fortress and the remnants of a once-vast market complex. Government restoration efforts have been more subtle and less indiscriminate than in flashier Samarkand, and the city’s accommodation options are by far the best and most atmospheric in the country. Until a century ago Bukhara was watered by a network of canals and some 200 stone pools where people gathered and gossiped, drank and washed. As the water wasn’t changed often, Bukhara was famous for plagues; the average 19th-century Bukharan is said to have died by the age of 32. The Bolsheviks modernised the system and drained the pools, although it’s most famous, Lyabi-Hauz, remains a cool, mulberry-tree shaded oasis at the heart of the city. You’ll need at least two days to look around. Try to allow time to lose yourself in the old town; it’s easy to overdose on the 140-odd protected buildings and miss the whole for its many parts.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:
- The Ark Fortress
- Kalon Mosque
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Jeyran Hotel. Wonderful ** hotel rated 9.3 on Booking and located at just 6 km from airport. It features free WiFi and parking, lounge bar and barbecue. It provides free airport shuttle for guests. A 28 mq2 family room costs just 28€ per night with breakfast included.
- Hotel Ziyo Baxsh. Exceptional *** hotel rated 9.8 on Booking and which enjoys a superb location in Bukhara rated 10.0. It offers free wireless internet connection in the rooms and free parking. The price for a wide standard double room is 42€ per night in b&b.
- Boutique Hotel Minzifa. Excellent **** hotel centrally located in Old Bukhara at 150 m from Lyab-i-Hauz and 15 minutes walking from The Ark Fortress. It offers free WiFi, on site restaurant, car rental service and parking at 2.5€ per day. A little (15 mq2) but cozy standard twin room costs 54€ per night with excellent breakfast. Rated 9.2 on Booking.
Don’t miss this unforgettable Tennis Trip!!!