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)
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
- Old Town Square
- St. Vitus Cathedral
- Prague Castle
- Astronomical Clock Tower
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Cloister Inn Hotel. Excellent 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 Hotel. Exceptional **** 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.
Enjoy a tennis week in the wonderful Prague!