THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER 2017Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open
From 04/17 to 04/23
Surface: Clay outdoor
Money prize: $ 100,000
Tournament location: United Tennis Center – 4511 Bay Club Dr, Bradenton, FL 34210, USA
How to get: United Tennis Center is far 5.6 miles from Sarasota Bradenton International Airport and it’s easily accessible by car with a 12 minutes ride. Downtown is at 10,5 miles and 22 minutes driving.
Past champions: 2016 Mischa Zverev (Ger) – 2015 Federico Delbonis (Arg) – 2014 Nick Kyrgios (Aus) – 2013 Alex Kuznetsov (Usa) – 2012 Sam Querrey (Usa) – 2011 James Blake (Usa) – 2010 Kei Nishikori (Jpn) – 2009 James Ward (Gbr)
Main players: Horacio Zeballos (Arg) – Jared Donaldson (Usa) – Adam Pavlasek (Cze) – Francis Tiafoe (Usa) – Gerald Melzer (Aut) – Henri Laaksonen (Sui) – Darian King (Bar) – Guido Andreozzi (Arg) – Peter Polansky (Can) – Denis Kudla (Usa)
THE TOWN: Sarasota is a city located in the southwestern coast of the U.S. state of Florida. The area is renowned for its cultural and environmental amenities, beaches, resorts, connections to the Ringling family, Amish community, and the Sarasota School of Architecture. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2013 Sarasota had a population of 53,326. The islands separating Sarasota Bay from the gulf near the city, known as keys, include Lido Key and Siesta Key, which are famous worldwide for the quality of their sandy beaches.
Lonely Planet writes about it: “Entire vacations can be spent soaking up the sights and pretty beaches of sophisticated Sarasota, but this city took its time to become the culturally rich place it is today. Even after marauding Spanish explorers expelled the native Calusa people from this coastline in the 15th century, the land lay virtually empty. That is until the Seminole Wars inspired the Armed Occupation Act (1842), which deeded 160 acres and six months’ provisions to anyone who would settle here and bear arms to protect their farms. Sailing boats and steamships were the only connection to the outside world, until the Tampa railroad came town in 1902. Only then, as Sarasota grew popular as a winter resort among affluent Northerners, were the city’s first arts institutions established. One of those early tourists was circus magnate John Ringling, who decided to relocate his circus here, building himself a winter residence, art museum and college, and setting the struggling town on course to become the welcoming, well-to-do bastion of the arts it is today.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN SARASOTA AND SURROUNDINGS:
- Lido Key
- Ringling Museum Complex
- Siesta Beach
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Hyatt Place Sarasota/Bradenton. Excellent *** hotel rated 8,9 on Booking and located across Intl. Airport and at just 5 minutes walking from the Ringling Museum Complex. It provides free wifi, parking and breakfast , and it includes a fitness center. The price for a 2 queen beds room starts from 132,6 $ per night.
- The Hotel Indigo Sarasota. Wonderful **** hotel located in Sarasota city centre and rated 9.0 on Booking. This structure features an onsite gym, and the H2O Bistro and Lounge, which serves American cuisine. A classic standard room decorated with bright colors costs 220$ per night. Wifi is free, breakfast is available for an additional charge of just 1$ per night.
- The Ritz Carlton Sarasota. Exceptional ***** hotel rated 9.1 on Booking and situated directly on the seafront in downtown. It features an outdoor pool, a private beach, 3 restaurants and a spa centre. A luxury king double room of 39 mq2 costs 569 $ per night. WiFi, parking and breakfast are all available with additional charges.
Please notice that prices showed don’t include a 12% tax.
Enjoy this sunny Tennis Trip!!!