THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Aspira Tennis Cup Trofeo BCS
From 06/26 to 07/02
Surface: Clay outdoor
Prize money. 50,000 $
Tournament location: Harbour Club Milano – Via Cascina Bellaria, 19, 20153 Milan, Italy
How to arrive: Tennis club is located about 10 km from Milan city centre. You will need about 35 minutes by car to get in. Linate Airport is far 20 km and 40 minutes driving.
Past champions: 2016 Marco Cecchinato – 2015 Federico Delbonis – 2014/2011 Albert Ramos – 2013 Filippo Volandri – 2012 Tommy Robredo – 2010 Frederico Gil – 2009 Alessio Di Mauro – 2008 Teymuraz Gabashvili
Entry list: Marcel Granollers (Esp) – Thiago Monteiro (Esp) – Marco Cecchinato (Ita) – Gastao Elias (Por) – Guido Pella (Arg) – Arthur De Greef (Bel) – Federico Delbonis (Arg) – Uladzimir Ignatik (Blr) – Guillermo Garcia Lopez (Esp) – Dmitry Popko (Kaz)
THE TOWN: Milan is a city in Italy, capital of the Lombardy region, and the largest metropolitan area and the second most populous comune in Italy. It’s the second richest city in the European Union, after Paris. Its business district hosts Italy’s Stock Exchange and the headquarters of the largest national and international banks and companies. The city is a major world fashion and design capital and with its museums, theatres and landmarks attracts every year over 9 million visitors.
Lonely Planet’s writer Paula Hardy writes: “From cutting-edge design showcases to hi-tech olive presses and a sidewalk scene that makes Fashion Week seem entirely redundant, Milan is both thrilling and fun. Everyone here is fizzing with ideas, ambition and energy, and it’s catching. Unlike nonna’s Italy further south, Milanese, like New Yorkers, are refreshing modernists. The main currency here isn’t the euro or amazing design gadgetry, it’s inspiration – and that’s what I love.”
TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS IN MILAN:
- Duomo and Duomo Square
- Sforzesco Castle
- Pinacoteca di Brera
- La Scala Theater
- Navigli District
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Biocity. Wonderful *** hotel rated 9.0 on Booking located close to Milan Central Train Station, it rises in an elegant villa from the early 1920s. It exclusively uses eco-friendly materials and technologies as part of its commitment to respect the environment. Rooms here have neutral colour schemes and include air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Each one has a 32″ LCD TV with USB port. A double room costs 94,5€ with very good breakfast included.
- The Yard Milano. Excellent **** hotel rated 9.2 on Booking and located in the famous nightlife Naviglio District. It offers ultra-modern suites and apartments with free Wi-Fi and Nespresso coffee machines. Each suite or apartment at The Yard has a unique design based on a sports theme. The daily rate for a 23 mq2 junior suite is 184€ per night with breakfast included in the price.
- Armani Hotel Milano. Exclusive ***** hotel just 50 mt from shopping district of Via Montenapoleone. Guests are taken to their elegant modern rooms by a personal lifestyle manager. Set in a 1930s building designed by Enrico Griffini, rooms include Armani Casa furnishings and a Nespresso coffee machine. The stone or marble bathrooms feature a shower and bathtub, and each room offers a satellite LCD TV and an iPad. The on site Michelin-star restaurant serves both Lombard and international cuisine. Guests can relax in the sauna or Turkish bath or in the fitness center. Prices? A 50 mq2 premier room costs 846€ per night with free WiFi connection.
Enjoy this fashion tennis trip in Milan!