THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Bnp Paribas Primrose
From 05/15 to 05/21
Prize money: $ 125,000
Surface: Clay outdoor
Tournament location: Villa Primrose Bordeaux – 81, rue Jules Ferry, 33200 Bordeaux
How to get: Tennis club is far 11 km and 16 minutes driving from Aeroport De Bordeaux-Merignac. Courts are not far from city centre which is situated at less than 4 km.
Past champions: 2016 Rogerio Dutra Silva – 2015 Thanasi Kokkinakis – 2014 Julien Bennetau – 2013 Gael Monfils – 2012 Martin Klizan – 2011 Marc Giquel – 2010 Richard Gasquet – 2009 Marc Giquel – 2008 Eduardo Schwank
Entry list: Steve Darcis (Bel) – Daniil Medvedev (Rus) – Malek Jaziri (Tun) – Jeremy Chardy (Fra) – Frances Tiafoe (Usa) – Dusan Lajovic (Srb) – Mikhail Youzhny (Rus) – Federico Delbonis (Arg) – Facundo Bagnis (Arg) – Julien Bennetau (Fra)
THE TOWN: Bordeaux is a port city on the Garonne River in the Gironde department. With its 749,595 inhabitants (as of 2013) and 1,178,335 in the metropolitan area, it is the fifth largest in France, after Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Lille, and before Toulouse.
Bordeaux is the world’s major wine industry capital. It is home to the world’s main wine fair, Vinexpo, and the wine economy in the metro area takes in 14.5 billion euros each year. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century. The historic part of the city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Lonely Planet writes: “The city of Bordeaux is among France’s most exciting, vibrant and dynamic cities. In the last decade and a half, it’s shed its languid, Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty) image thanks to the vision of city mayor Alain Juppé who has pedestrianised boulevards, restored neoclassical architecture, created a high-tech public transport system and reclaimed Bordeaux’s former industrial wet docks at Bassin à Flots. Half the city (18 sq km) is Unesco-listed, making it the largest urban World Heritage site; while world-class architects have designed a bevy of striking new buildings – the Herzog & de Meuron stadium (2015), decanter-shaped La Cité du Vin (2016) and Jean-Jacques Bosc bridge (2018) across the Garonne River included. Bolstered by its high-spirited university-student population and 5½ million visitors annually, La Belle Bordeaux scarcely sleeps: think barista-run coffee shops, super-food food trucks, an exceptional dining scene and more fine wine than you could ever possibly drink. Santé!”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:
- Place de la Bourse
- The Water Mirror
- Porte Cailhau
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Campanile Bordeaux Centre – Gare Saint-Jean. Located 100 m from Bordeaux Train Station and 10-minute walk from the historic centre of Bordeaux and rated 8.1 on Booking, this ***hotel offers modern rooms with a flat-screen TV, satellite channels and free Wi-Fi. In the lounge, a selection of Bordeaux wines can be enjoyed at any time with sweet or savory snacks. Prices start from 98€ per night for a 14 mq2 superior double room.
- Best Western Plus Bayonne Etche-Ona. Rated 8.7, this excellent **** hotel is located in the Golden Triangle of Bordeaux and made of two 18th-century houses, the Bayonne and the Etche-Ona. The first one has an 1920s art deco atmosphere, while the latter is decorated in a travel souvenirs style. On site, make the most of a fitness room and meeting facilities. The daily rate for a Club Room (18 mq2) is 194€ per night with free WiFi connection.
- Yndo Hôtel. Luxury hotel rated 9.3 on Booking and set in a 19th-century private mansion in the heart of Bordeaux’s historic centre, Yndo Hôtel features a fragrance garden and a shaded terrace, where guests can enjoy a chic yet restful stay. It boasts individually decorated rooms with designer furniture with a balcony and a seating area, as well as a satellite flat-screen TV, free WiFi, an iPod dock and a coffee machine. A 25 mq2 Cosy Room costs 350€ per night.
Enjoy this new French tennis trip!