Montreal – The tennis gotha will stand out in the magnificent Quebec capital

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 1000 Rogers Cup

From 08/07 to 08/13

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 4,662,300

Tournamet location: Uniprix Stadium – 285 Rue Gary-Carter, Montreal, Quebec H2R 2W1, Canada

How to arrive: The best way to get in the venue is via subway, you can make your way to the De Castelnau station on the blue line. The station is a five minutes walk from Uniprix Stadium. The Jarry subway station on the orange line is also nearby and is about a 20 minutes walk to the site. The stadium is far about 8 km from Old Port and 16 km from International Airport.

Past champions: 2016/2012/2011/2007 Novak Djokovic – 2015/2010/2009 Andy Murray – 2014 Jo Wilfried Tsonga – 2013/2008/2005 Rafa Nadal – 2006/2003 Roger Federer

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Andy Murray will lead the seeding of the Rogers Cup
Entry list: Andy Murray (Gbr) – Rafa Nadal (Esp) – Stan Wawrinka (Sui) – Roger Federer (Usa) – Marin Cilic (Cro) – Milos Raonic (Can) – Dominic Thiem (Aut) – Kei Nishikori (Jpn) – Jo Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) – Grigor Dimitrov (Bul)

THE TOWN: Montreal is the most populous municipality in the province of Quebec and the second-most populous in Canada. Originally called Ville-Marie, or City of Mary,it is believed to be named after Mount Royal, though there is some debate about this. In 2016, Montreal had a population of 1,704,694. It is the second-largest primarily French-speaking city in the world after Paris.

Lonely Planet‘s writer Regis St.Louis explains us the reasons why he loves this town: “I’m always struck by the unbridled creativity of this city. You see it in the magnificent inventions being stirred up in restaurant kitchens, in the barroom and on stage, and you even see it walking down the street with incredible urban art lurking in unexpected places. The dual French-English mix adds dynamism to the city as does its unique mash-up of European and North American culture. Most captivating of all are the people themselves. Montréalers embody joie de vivre. They eat well, throw great parties and are happy to share their city.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Notre Dame Basilica

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  • Mont Royal

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  • Old Port

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BEST PLACES TO STAY: 

  • La Loggia Art B&BLocated in Montreal city centre, La Loggia Art B&B features local Canadian artwork, as well as art workshops. An urban garden, terrace and fitness classes are available. Free WiFi is included. At La Logia, guests can enjoy a daily breakfast included in the rate. This boutique hotel is situated at 2 km from Notre-Dame Basilica and is rated 9.3 on Booking. Prices? They start from 113$ per night for a queen room with shared bathroom.
  • Hotel Le Germain Montreal. Modern and central **** hotel rated 9.3 on Booking which features a free espresso bar in its hall and Wi-Fi service in all rooms. In-room massage and spa services are also offered. The on site delicious Laurie Raphael Montreal Restaurant offers authentic Quebec dishes. A classic room with queen bed costs from 212$ per night with very good breakfast included in the price.
  • Le Mount StephenExceptional 5 stars hotel rated 9.3 on Booking and located in the heart of Montreal just 450 mt from Museum of Fine Arts which is housed in a historic mansion dating from 1880, coupled with a sleek contemporary tower of 90 rooms and suites. Guest rooms offer complimentary WIFI, a Nespresso machine, mini-bar, flat-screen IPTV, marble bathrooms with heated floors and a rain forest shower head with Chroma lighting therapy. Fantastic is the on site bar & restaurant. The price for a deluxe king room of 32 mq2 is 326$ per night.

Please notice that these estimated prices don’t include a 18,5% of taxes.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Montreal Official

Your Hotel in Montreal

 

Enjoy a fantastic town and a major tournament!!!

 

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Segovia – An happy return in the terrific heart of Castilla y Leon

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Open Castilla y Leon

From 07/31 to 08/06

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 100,000

Tournament location: Open de Tennis Villa El Espinar – Carr. de La Garganta, 40400 La Estación de El Espinar, Segovia

General info: Tennis club is located  at El Espinar, about 30 km from Segovia city centre and 70 km from Madrid, and it’s easily accessible by car, bus and train. In the club there is a good but not cheap restaurant, but in the surrounding area  there are numerous dining options, offering local specialties at reasonable prices.

Past champions: 2016 Luca Vanni – 2015/2012 Evgenyi Donskoy – 2014 Adrian Mannarino – 2013 Pablo Carreno Busta – 2011 Karol Beck – 2010 Daniel Gimeno Traver – 2009 Feliciano Lopez – 2008 Sergyi Stakhovsky – 2007 Fernando Verdasco

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Italian defending champion Luca Vanni

Entry list: Marcel Granollers (Esp) – Luca Vanni (Ita) – Sergy Stakhovsky (Ukr) – Peter Gojowczyk (Pol) – Adrian Menendez Maceiras (Esp) – Ilya Ivashka (Blr) – Egor Gerasimov (Blr) – Marco Chiudinelli (Sui) – Aldin Setkic (Bih) – Benjamin Bonzi (Fra)

THE TOWN: Segovia  is a city in the autonomous spanish region of Castilla y León. Getting to Segovia means diving in the heart of Spain and Castilla. With its twisting alleyways and high concentration of Romanesque churches, its pedestrian streets and medieval walls, its astonishing monuments and its two rivers, this town deserves more than a simple visit. The old quarter along with its Roman aqueduct has been declared World Heritage Site by Unesco from 1985.

For Lonely Planet: “Unesco World Heritage–listed Segovia has always had a whiff of legend about it, not least in the myths that the city was founded by Hercules or by the son of Noah. It may also have something to do with the fact that nowhere else in Spain has such a stunning monument to Roman grandeur (the soaring aqueduct) surviving in the heart of a vibrant modern city. Or maybe it’s because art really has imitated life Segovia-style – Walt Disney is said to have modelled Sleeping Beauty’s castle in California’s Disneyland on Segovia’s Alcázar. Whatever it is, the effect is stunning: a magical city of warm terracotta and sandstone hues set amid the rolling hills of Castilla, against the backdrop of the Sierra de Guadarrama.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS: 

  • Aqueduct de Segovia

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  • Alcazar de Segovia

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  • The Segovia Cathedral

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • For tennis lovers I suggest of course the official tournament hotel, which is the Segovia Sierra de Guadarrama located at Los Ángeles de San Rafael. Very beautiful 4 stars hotel offer large rooms of about 20mq2 at starting prices of 102€ for night with breakfast and free wi-fi included. It also offers access to a nearby spa, swimming pools, 2 golf courses, 2 restaurants and a supermarket. Of course the silver lining of the hotel is the possibility to experience the event from inside, closely with tennis players. The downside is the distance from Segovia (20 km) and from Tennis Club too (about 15 minutes by car). So it could be important to rent a car before booking this hotel.
  • In Segovia old town, you coul book Hotel Don Felipe delicious 3 stars hotel, rated 9.2 on Booking, at only 200 mt from Alcazar. Room rates start from 67,5€ with wi-fi included (but you pay breakfast separately for 11€ daily) for a double of 18 mq2. Underground parking service at 12€. The hotel has a very cute garden with view of the surrounding country.
  • Do you want for once to stay in a luxury five-star hotels? Then the right choice is the terrific Eurostars Convento Capuchinos built in a real former monastery and located close to Plaza Mayor. Rooms, available from about 129€ with excellent breakfast included, are large and modernly furnished. The free wi-fi connection is, of course, included. Rated 9.0 on Booking.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Segovia Official

Alcazar de Segovia Official Website

Your Hotel in Segovia

 

Enjoy this new edition of Open Castilla y Leon!!!

 

 

 

Porto – The sweet city on the Douro will host intersting Itf tennis days

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF MEN Porto Open

From 07/31 to 08/06

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 25,000

Tournament Location: Club de Tenis do Porto – Rua Damiao de Gois 405, Porto 4050-227 PORTUGAL

How to arrive: Club is far just 13.5 km from Francisco Sà Carneiro Airport and about 3 km from Sao Bento train station.

Recent Previous Winners: 2106 Ricardo Ojeda Lara – 2015 Arthur De Greef – 2014 Frederico Gil – 2013 Taro Daniel – 2012 Marc Giner – 2011 Boy Westerhof

Entry list: Alexandre Muller (Fra) – Marc Giner (Esp) – Federico Ferreira Silva (Por) – Joao Monteiro (Por) – Makoto Ochi (Jpn) – Filip Horansky (Svk) – Corentin Denolly (Fra) – Javier Marti (Esp) – Fred Gil (Por) – Viktor Durasovic (Nor)

Marc Giner n.2 of the seeding

THE TOWN: Elected in 2014 The Best European Destination, Porto, which is the second largest city in Portugal, is universally famous for the port wine and for its caves which are object of interest for thousands and thousands of tourists every year. Besides this town enjoys a lovely location along the Douro river estuary and its historical core was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by Unesco thanks to its millenary history.
One of Lonely Planet writers says about Porto: “Porto was love at first sight for me. Even during my first wet autumn encounter, the city shone and locals showed me around with inimitable tripeiro pride. I was hooked. The miradouros peeking above tumbledown rooftops, the history pulsating through alley-woven Ribeira, the random splashes of creativity in street art and azulejos, the musty cellars of big-name port lodges, the design scene, the high-spirited…

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Cais da Ribeira

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  • Foz do Douro

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  • Torre dos Clerigos

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

Hotel Internacional Porto. Historic *** hotel located in a 19th century building at just 300 metres away Sao Bento train station. Rated 7.9 on Booking, this good  accomodation offers standard double rooms at 79€ per night with breakfast buffet and free cancellation included.
Flores Village Hotel & Spa. Wonderful **** hotel with spa and indoor pool, this accomodation gets an ideal location in Porto city centre between Torre dos Clerigos and Cais do Ribeira. Rated 9.3 on Booking, it offers double room from 103,5 € per night with breakfast and wi-fi included.
Intercontinental Porto – Palacio das Cardosas. Superb *****  hotel considered the best of the best in Porto either on Booking or on Tripadvisor. Set in a renovated 18th-century palace this hotel, located at just 200 mt from Torre dos Clerigos,  offers spacious rooms with views of Porto’s historical centre. Price for a 30 mq2 executive double room starts from 278€ per night breakfast and wifi connection included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Porto Official

Your Hotel in Porto

Enjoy this TennisTrip on sweet Douro!

Washington – A traditional tennis event in the capital city of United States of America…

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 500 Citi Open

From 07/31 to 08/06

Prize money: $ 2,002,460

Surface: Hard outdoor

Tournament location: Rock Creek Park Tennis Center – 4850 Colorado Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011, USA

How to arrive: The tournament shuttles will be running between the Van Ness-UDC Metro station and the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center every day throughout the week of the tournament. Shuttles will be open to Metro riders. Due to limited on-site parking and traffic concerns, it is recommended and encouraged that all patrons ride MetroRAIL to the Van Ness-UDC Station located on the Red Line.

Past champions: 2016 Gael Monfils – 2015 Kei Nishikori – 2014 Milos Raonic – 2013/2008/2007 Juan Martin Del Potro – 2012 Alexander Dolgopolov – 2011 Radek Stepanek – 2010 David Nalbandian

Defending champion Gael Monfils

Entry list: Dominic Thiem (Aut) – Alexander Zverev (Ger) – Lucas Pouille (Fra) – Gael Monfils (Fra) – Jack Sock (Usa) – Nick Kyrgios (Aus) – John Isner (Usa) – Steve Johnson (Usa) – Gilles Müller (Lux) – Mischa Zverev (Ger)

THE TOWN: Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States. Named in honor of President George Washington, the City of Washington was founded in 1791 to serve as the new national capital. The metropolitan area, of which the District is the principal city, has a population of over 6 million, the sixth-largest metropolitan statistical area in the country.

Lonely Planet‘s writer Karla Zimmerman explains why she loves this town: “It begins with the Mall. How sweet is it to have a walkable strip of museums where you can see nuclear missiles, cursed diamonds and exquisite Asian ceramics in cool underground galleries – for free? Further down the path the notes and photos people leave at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will break your heart, and the Lincoln Memorial just kills with its grandness and sweeping view. Shaw wins my affection for its neighborhoody beer halls and cafes. Most of all, I love how Ben’s Chili Bowl makes you feel like a local even if you’re not.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Lincoln Memorial


  • Library of Congress


  • The Mall


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Hive. Excellent *** micro hotel rated 8.9 on Booking and located at just 900 mt from Lincoln Memorial. Featuring free WiFi, this property offers pet-friendly accommodation, on-site restaurant and terrace. Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and comes with a flat-screen TV and private bathroom. The prices for a 18 mq2 Buzz Room start from $ 158 per night.
  • The District by Hilton Club. Located 600 mt from Phillips Collection this wonderful 4 stars hotel, rated 9.2 on Booking, features a restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar and a private parking. Every room at this resort is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Certain units have a sitting area to relax. A king suite with sofa bed costs just $ 170 per night with good breakfast included.
  • Trump International Washington DC. Exceptional ***** hotel rated 9.6 on Booking and situated in the heart of town at just 600 mt from The Mall. Guests can enjoy a delicious onsite restaurant, private parking, free wifi and wonderful luxurious rooms with flat screen Tv, coffee machine, sitting area and elegant marble bathroom. A 40 mq2 deluxe king room costs from $ 310 per night with free cancellation.

Please notice that these prices don’t include a 14,5% tax.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Washington DC Official 

Your Hotel in Washington 


Enjoy this exciting TennisTrip!

Prague – Returning to the magic Prague for another womens tennis show!

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Advantage Cars Prague Open 2017 by Zenova

From 07/24 to 07/30

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 80,000

Tournament location: I.Czech Lawn Tennis Klub PrahaStvanice 38, PRAGUE, 17000, Czech Republic

How to get: Tennis club is far about 3.1 km and 12 minutes driving from Old Town. Vaclav Intl Airport is situated at 17,5 km from venue (30 minutes taxi ride).

Past champions: 2016 Antonia Lottner (Ger) – 2015 Maria Teresa Torro Flor (Esp)

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17 yrs old Marketa Vondrousova is the leader of the seeding

Entry list: Marketa Vondrousova (Cze) – Evgeniya Rodina (Rus) – Richel Hogenkamp (Ned) – Denisa Allertova (Cze) – Irina Khromacheva (Rus) – Jasmine Paolini (Ita) – Dalila Jakupovic (Slo) – Elitsa Kostova (Bul) – Rebecca Sramkova (Svk) – Lucie Hradecka (Cze)

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

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  • Old Town Square

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  • St. Vitus Cathedral

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  • Prague Castle

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  • Astronomical Clock Tower

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Cloister Inn HotelExcellent 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 113€ per night with good breakfast included.
  • Unitas HotelExceptional **** 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 143€ 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 208€ per night.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Prague Official

Your Hotel in Prague

 

Enjoy another fantastic TennisTrip in Prague!

Sacramento – Come in the hipster heart of California to attend Kimiko Date’s new return

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN FSP Gold River Women’s Challenger

From 07/24 to 07/30

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: 60,000$

Tournament location: Gold River Racquet Club – 2201 Gold Rush Drive, Gold River, CA 95670, USA

How to arrive: Coming from Sacramento take the Sunrise Blvd Exit. At the end of the exit ramp go left. Proceed 3 lights and turn right at Coloma Avenue. When you get to Gold Rush Drive turn left and Gold River Racquet Club will be on the left. Limited parking is available.

Past champions: 2016 Sofia Kenin – 2015 Anhelina Kalinina – 2014 Olivia Rogowska – 2013 Mayo Hibi – 2012 Maria Sanchez

Entry list: Jennifer Brady (Usa) – Kristie Ahn (Usa) – Kayla Day (Usa) – Marina Erakovic (Nzl) – Sachia Vickery (Usa) – Jamie Loeb (Usa) – Danielle Rose Collins (Usa) – Sofia Kenin (Usa) – Lizette Cabrera (Aus) – Kimiko Date (Jpn)

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The living myth of WTA: Kimiko Date directly from 1970

THE TOWN: Sacramento  is the capital city of California and with an estimated 2016 population of 493,025 it is the sixth-largest city of the state. In 2002, the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University conducted for Time magazine named Sacramento “America’s Most Diverse City”.  The city is known not only for its diversity, but for tree canopy,  historic Old Sacramento, evolving contemporary culture as the most hipster city in California, sunny climate, state administration, and farm-to-fork dining.

For Lonely Planet“Sacramento is a city of contrasts. It’s a former cow town where state legislators’ SUVs go bumper-to-bumper with farmers’ muddy, half-ton pickups at rush hour. It has sprawling suburbs, but also new lofts and upscale boutiques squeezed between aging mid-century storefronts.

The people of ‘Sac’ are a resourceful lot that have fostered small but thriving food, art and nightlife scenes. They rightfully crow about Second Saturday, the monthly Midtown gallery hop that is the symbol of the city’s cultural awakening. Their ubiquitous farmers markets, farm-to-fork fare and craft beers are another point of pride.”

 

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Old Sacramento

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  • Crocker Art Museum

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  • Tower Bridge

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Sterling HotelExcellent *** boutique hotel rated 8.8 on Booking and located downtown Sacramento, which is set in a typical Victorian house with uniquely decorated, bright and spacious rooms and free WiFi. A daily continental breakfast is served to all guests in the hotel’s breakfast bar. Lunch and dinner are available at the on-site restaurant. Prices? For a king room start from 197$ with breakfast included.
  • Residence Inn Sacramento Downtown at Capitol ParkThis *** hotel rated 8.9 on Booking is located across from Capitol Park in downtown Sacramento. It has a heated outdoor pool, and offers spacious suites with free Wi-Fi and fully-equipped kitchens. At the 3 Fires Lounge restaurant guests can enjoy California cuisine and wine. A studio costs from 269$ per night in b&b.
  • Hyatt Regency SacramentoFeaturing an outdoor heated pool, a restaurant and a full service spa, this contemporary 4 stars hotel is less than 293 m from the California State Capitol. Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms which provide flat screen Tv, a coffee machine and wonderful bathroom. A Starbucks coffee bar, a 24-hour fitness center, dry cleaning and massage services and a gift shop are all on site. The daily rate for a 35 mq2 double room start from 225€ per day with exceptional breakfast included. Rated 8.9 on Booking.

Please notice that these estimated prices don’t include a 15% tax.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Sacramento Official

Crocker Art Museum Info

Your Hotel in Sacramento

 

Enjoy!!!

Hamburg – On the river Elbe to attend a traditional event of Atp calendar

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 500 German Tennis Championships 2017

From 07/24 to 07/30

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 1,499,940

Tournament location: Am Rothenbaum – Hallerstraße 89, 20149 Hamburg, Germany

How to get: Tennis venue is very central in Hamburg. From Rathaus you can take U1 line and you will be on tennis courts in about 12 minutes. Hamburg-Fuhlsbuttel Intl. Airport is far just 8,2 km from Am Rothenbaum and 20 minutes driving.

Past champions: 2016 Martin Klizan – 2015/2008 Rafael Nadal – 2014 Leonardo Mayer – 2013 Fabio Fognini – 2012 Juan Monaco – 2011 Gilles Simon – 2010 Andrej Golubev – 2009 Nikolaj Davidenko – 2007/2005/2004/2002 Roger Federer

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Defending champion Martin Klizan

Entry list: Pablo Carreno Busta (Esp) – Albert Ramos Vinolas (Esp) – Pablo Cuevas (Uru) – Richard Gasquet (Fra) – Fernando Verdasco (Esp) – Gilles Simon (Fra) – Diego Schwartzman (Arg) – David Ferrer (Esp) – Karen Khachanov (Rus) – Martin Klizan (Svk)

THE TOWN: Hamburg, officially the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is the second largest city of Germany, with a population of over 1.7 million people. Located on the river Elbe, Hamburg is a major port and a global service, media, logistics and industrial hub.

Lonely Planet about Hamburg: “Hamburg’s historic label, ‘The gateway to the world’, might be a bold claim, but Germany’s second-largest city and biggest port has never been shy. Hamburg has engaged in business with the world ever since it joined the Hanseatic League back in the Middle Ages. Its role as a centre of international trade in the late 19th and early 20th centuries brought it great wealth (and Unesco World Heritage recognition in 2015), a legacy that continues today: it’s one of Germany’s wealthiest cities.

Hamburg’s maritime spirit infuses the entire city; from architecture to menus to the cry of gulls, you always know you’re near the water. The city has given rise to vibrant neighbourhoods awash with multicultural eateries, as well as the gloriously seedy Reeperbahn red-light district. Hamburg nurtured the early promise of the Beatles, and today its distinctive live- and electronic-music scene thrives in unique harbourside venues. The city’s attractions are only matched by its inherent tempting spirit. Come, Hamburg says, have a ball.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Port of Hamburg

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  • Planten un Blomen Park

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  • Miniatur Wunderland

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Motel One Hamburg am MichelExcellent *** hotel rated 8.7 on Booking and located at 3 minutes walk from Michaeliskirche church. It features modern spacious rooms with flat screen tv, free wifi and elegan bathroom. Prize for a queen double room is 96€ per night.
  • The Madison Hotel HamburgThis hotel is located in central Hamburg, just 200 m from the St. Michaelis Church. It offers large studios, a stylish bar, and a restaurant serving international food. The 4-star studios and lofts at the Madison Hotel include a fully-equipped kitchenette, satellite TV and high-speed internet access. Daily rates start from 164€ per night with free wifi included. Rated 9.3 on Booking.
  • Fairmont Hotel Vier JahreszeitenThis 5-star hotel, rated 9.3 on Booking, is on Alster Lake in the heart of Hamburg. The Fairmont Hamburg offers gourmet cuisine, free Wi-Fi and a luxury spa and fitness club. The spacious rooms afeature rich décor. All rooms include an espresso machine, flat-screen TV, DVD player and free movies. It has a selection of bars, including a beautiful lakeside terrace along Alster Lake. A 35 mq2 deluxe double room costs 295€ per night.

,USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Travel in Hamburg Official

Your Hotel in Hamburg

 

Enjoy!!!

 

 

 

Bursa – Let yourself be excited by the ottoman charme of the greenest Turkish town

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMENS Bursa Cup

From 07/17 to 07/23

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 60,000

Tournament location: Podyum Tennis Club – Nilufer Hatun Str.114, Bursa, 16000, Turkey

How to arrive: Podyum Park is far about 14 km and 30 minutes driving from old town. Bursa Yenisehir Airport is far about 70 km (45 minutes by taxi).

Entry list: Ipek Soylu (Tur) – Lina Gjorcheska (Mkd) – Dejana Radanovic (Srb) – Alize Lim (Fra) – Ankita Raina (Ind) – Dayana Yastremska (Ukr) – Anastasia Grymalska (Ita) – Valentyna Ivakhnenko (Rus) – Ayla Aksu (Tur) – Alexandra Panova (Rus)

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Local star Ipek Soylu will be the first favourite of the tournament

THE TOWN: Bursa is a large city in Turkey, located within the Marmara Region. It is the fourth most populous city in Turkey with a population of 2.340.000 and one of the most industrialized metropolitan centres in the country. It was the first major and second overall capital of the Ottoman State between 1335 and 1363. One of its nickname is Green Bursa in reference to the parks and gardens located across its urban fabric.

Lonely Planet introduces Bursa with these words: Modern, industrial Bursa is built around the mosques, mausoleums and other sites from its incarnation as first Ottoman capital. Despite being built-up and somewhat chaotic, its durable Ottoman core and abundant parks keep it remarkably placid in places. For some fresh air after pounding the markets, the soaring peaks of Mt Uludağ (Turkey’s premier ski resort) are nearby, with Çekirge’s thermal hamams en route.

Bursa was awarded Unesco World Heritage status in 2014 for being the birthplace of the Ottoman Empire. The city’s historic contributions to Islamic development have given it an austere reputation. Yet locals are kind and welcoming, and you can take the occasional photo inside historic religious structures (just be respectful). You’ll see a majority of headscarved women here and devout prayer in overflowing mosques.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • The Great Mosque (Ulu Camii)

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  • Silk Bazaar (Koza Han)

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  • Teleferik

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Green Prusa HotelExcellent *** hotel rated 8.8 on Booking and located centrally in Osmangazi district of Bursa which offers 24-hour front desk service, free private parking on site and soundproofed and elegantly decorated rooms with air conditioning and free WiFi. In each rooms there is a minibar which is free of charge. It features a restaurant and a bar too. Prices for a 25 mq2 double room starts from 68€ per night with breakfast included.
  • The Berussa HotelBeautiful **** hotel located 25 km from the popular skiing resort Mount Uludag and rated 8,5 on Booking. It features free WiFi accessible throughout the building, onsite a la carte restaurant and free private parking. A modern 25 mq2 standard double room costs from 100€ per night with good breakfast included.
  • Hilton Bursa Convention Center & SpaWith modern and classical Ottoman elements, Hilton Bursa is a 5-star hotel rated 8.8 on Booking and located 4 km from the city centre. Overlooking the peaks of Uludag Mountains, it features an ultra-modern spa with hammams, a heated indoor pool, and massage rooms. Free WiFi is accessible in all areas. This environmentally friendly hotel has won a Green Star certificate in 2015 and Luxury Art Hotel award in 2016. On site there are two delicious restuarant and a lounge bar. Decorated in warm tones with a touch of turquoise, each room includes a 40-inch flat-screen TV with a media hub. All have a spacious marble bathroom with a walk-in shower and Iznik mosaic tiles. Prices? A fantastic 40 mq2 queen room costs from 140€ per night with cancellation included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

The Best of Bursa Official

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Newport – Let’s go in Rhode Island for the traditional event in the “International Tennis Hall of Fame”

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open

From 07/16 to 07/23

Prize money: $ 535,625

Surface: Grass Outdoor

Tournament location:  International Tennis Hall of Fame – 194 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840, Stati Uniti

How to arrive: Hall of Fame is centrally located in heart of Newport for example at just 1,4 miles from The Breakers.  T.F. Green Airport in Providence on the other hand is far 27 miles and 36 minutes driving.

Past champions: 2016 Ivo Karlovic – 2015/2009 Rajeev Ram – 2014 Lleyton Hewitt – 2013 Nicolas Mahut – 2012/2011 John Isner – 2010 Mardy Fish – 2008/2007 Fabrice Santoro

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Nr.1 of the seeding John Isner will try to win for the 3rd time in Newport

Entry list: John Isner (Usa) – Ivo Karlovic (Cro) – Gilles Muller (Lux) – Sam Querrey (Usa) – Mischa Zverev (Ger) – Adrian Mannarino (Fra) – Marcos Baghdatis (Cyp) – Pierre Hugues Herbert (Fra) – Dudi Sela (Isr) – Rajeev Ram (Usa)

THE TOWN: Newport is a seaside city in Rhode Island, United States. It is known as a New England summer resort and is famous for its mansions and it contains a high number of surviving buildings from the colonial era of the United States. The population was 24,027 as of 2013.

Lonely Planet introducing Newport with these words: Established by religious moderates, ‘new port’ flourished in the independent colony of Rhode Island, which declared itself a state here in 1776. Downtown, shutterbugs snap excitedly at immaculately preserved Colonial-era architecture and landmarks at seemingly every turn.

Fascinating as Newport’s early history is, the real intrigue began in the late 1850s, when wealthy industrialists began building opulent summer residences along cliff-top Bellevue Ave. Impeccably styled on Italianate palazzos, French châteaux and Elizabethan manor houses, these gloriously restored mansions filled with priceless antiques and their breathtaking location must be seen to be believed. The curiosity, variety, extravagance and uniqueness of this spectacle is unrivaled.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • The Breakers

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  • Cliff Walk

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  • International Tennis Hall of Fame

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Pilgrim House InnThis old-world b&b features uniquely Victorian-styled guestrooms with antique furnishings, high ceilings, cable Tv and free Wi-Fi access. Guests enjoy views of Newport Harbor from the rooftop terrace. Cliff Walk is 2.1 km away. A 21 mq2 queen room costs 195$ per night with excellent homemade breakfast and free parking included. Rated 8.9 on Booking.
  • Newport MarriottLocated at just 1,6 km from Tennis Hall of Fame, this wonderful **** hotel, rated 9.1 on Booking, offers a luxury spa and an indoor pool, a fitness center and a terrace with a water view, the free wifi and enormous modern rooms with private bathorooms and 55″ flat-screen TV, coffee/tea-making facilities and a small refrigerator. Prices? From 399$ per night.
  • The Chanler at Cliff Walk. This incredible 5 stars accomodation located at just 5 minutes walk from the beach, has been voted the best small hotel in USA in 2010. Each of the rooms has differently themed décor with free Wi-Fi and cable TV. and furnished with fireplaces and sitting areas. A free, on-call, luxury SUV shuttle service is provided to bring guests to and from Newport’s beaches and attractions. It features 4 different restaurants on site and, among these, The Spiced Pear offers a private dining experience where guests can dine in an open kitchen and converse with the chefs. The daily rate for a Greek Style Room with Terrace and Ocean View is 775$. Rated 9.4 on Booking!!!

Please notice that these prices don’t include a 13% tax.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

International Tennis Hall of Fame Website

Discover Newport Official

Your Hotel in Newport

 

Enjoy this extraordinary place…and tournament!!!

Astana – Come in the “Dubai of the steppe” to enjoy first class tennis matches

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMENS President’s Cup

From 07/17 to 07/23

Prize money: $ 100,000 + H

Surface: Hard outdoor

Tournament location: Astana National Tennis CenterTuran 4/2 , Astana , 010000, Kazakhstan

Practical info: National Tennis Center is a modern sport complex with a central court for 2700 seats. There are 3 additional tennis courts for trainings with snack bars, dressing rooms and showers. It’s located just 3 km from Baiterek Tower and about 16 km from Astana International Airport.

Past champions: 2016 Alyona Sotnikova (Ukr) – 2015 Natela Dzalamidze (Rus) – 2014/2011 Vitalia Diatchenko (Rus) – 2013 Nadiya Kichenok (Ukr) – 2012 Maria João Koehler

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Nr.31 of Wta ranking Shuai Zhang is actually the leader of Astana’s entry list

Entry list: Shuai Zhang (Chn) – Magdalena Ribarikova (Svk) – Vitalia Diatchenko (Rus) – Naomi Broady (Gbr) – Veronika Kudermetova (Rus) – Polina Monova (Rus)– Tara Moore (Gbr) – Alla Kudryavtseva (Rus) – Varvara Flink (Rus) – Harriet Dart (Gbr).

THE TOWN: Astana is the capital of Kazakhstan. It is located on the Ishim River in the north portion of Kazakhstan. The 2014 census reported a population of 835,153 within the city limits, making it the second largest city in Kazakhstan. Astana is a planned city, like Brasília in Brazil, Canberra in Australia, and Washington, D.C. in the United States. The master plan of Astana was designed by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa. As the seat of the Government of Kazakhstan, it is the site of the Parliament House, the Supreme Court, the Ak Orda Presidential Palace and numerous government departments and agencies. It is home to many futuristic buildings, hotels and skyscrapers.

Lonely Planet writes: “The country’s new capital has risen fast from the northern steppe and is already a showpiece for 21st-century Kazakhstan. It is scheduled to go on rising and spreading into a city of over 1 million people by 2030. Its skyline grows more fantastical by the year as landmark buildings, many of them by leading international architects, sprout in a variety of Asian, Western, Soviet and wacky futuristic styles. Several spectacular structures are open to visitors and it’s hard not be impressed by the very concept of the place. Astana was just a medium-sized provincial city known for its bitter winters when President Nazarbaev named it out of the blue in 1994 as Kazakhstan’s future capital. It formally took over from Almaty in 1997. The old centre north of the Ishim (Yesil) River, known as the ‘pravy bereg’, right bank, lives on as a commercial and services centre. South of the river (the ‘levy bereg’, left bank), governmental and business buildings are going up, and also cultural, sports, leisure and shopping centres, hotels, a university and eye-catching residential developments. Some have dubbed Astana the ‘Dubai of the steppe’. The city began life in 1830 as a Russian fortress called Akmola (Kazakh for ‘white tomb’). In the 1950s Akmola became the headquarters of the Virgin Lands scheme and in 1961 it was renamed Tselinograd (Virgin Lands City). After the USSR collapsed, Akmola got back its old name. In 1998 it was renamed again, as Astana – Kazakh for ‘capital’. Reasons cited by Nazarbaev for the change were Astana’s more central and less earthquake-prone location than Almaty, and better transport links with Russia. He may also have wanted to head off secessionist sentiments among northern Kazakhstan’s large ethnic Russian population. Some find Astana an impersonal place, but Kazakhstan’s ambitious and talented are increasingly drawn here. It’s easy to question the spending of billions on prestige architecture, but many citizens are clearly proud of their new capital.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN ASTANA:

  • The Baiterek Tower

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  • Palace of Peace and Reconciliation

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  • Fountain Circus

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TOP 3 HOTELS IN ASTANA:

  • Belon Lux Hotel. Set in the administrative centre of Astana at 3 minutes walk from Baiterek tower and 5 from President’s Palace, this wonderful *** hotel, rated 9.2 on Booking, offers free wifi and tasteful breakfast buffet. Prices for a standard double room in b&b is 109€ per night, for a junior suite 134€ per night..
  • Diplomat Hotel & Business Center. Fantastic **** hotel located in the heart of Astana at 500 mt from Circus Fountain. This accomodation features a spa with a gym, a swimming pool, a sauna and 4 on-site restaurants which offer dishes of Kazakh, Argentinian, Chinese, Japanese and European cuisine. The price for a 32mq2 double room is 214€ per night with breakfast, wifi and parking included.
  • Rixos President Hotel Astana. Excellent boutique ***** hotel, rated 9.0 on Booking, and located in Astana’s government district, this 5-star hotel has 2 elegant restaurants and a large spa with pool. A deluxe double room with magnificent breakfast included costs 498€ per night. Wifi and parking are free for customers.

USEFUL LINKS:

Astana on Visit Kazakhstan

Baiterek Tower Official Site

Your Hotel in Astana

 

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Perugia – A fantastic tennis event in the medieval heart of extraordinary Italy

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Internazionali di Tennis Città di Perugia

From 07/11 to 07/16

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 50,000

Tournament location: Tennis Club Perugia – Via Bonfigli 11/A 06126 Perugia (Italy)

How to arrive: The tennis venus is centrally located in Perugia, and infact it is situated at less than 2 km by car from Old Town but just 900 mt walking (12 min). Aeroporto Internazionale dell’Umbria is far about 11 km and 15 minutes driving.

Past champions: 2016 Nicolas Kicker – 2015 Pablo Carreno Busta

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Defending champion and nr.1 of entry list Nicolas Kicker

Entry list: Nicolas Kicker (Arg) – Alessandro Giannessi (Ita) – Santiago Giraldo (Col) – Marcel Granollers (Esp) – Federico Delbonis (Ita) – Ruben Bemelmans (Bel) – Laslo Djere (Srb) – Gerald Melzer (Aut) – Kenny De Schepper (Fra) – Stefano Travaglia (Ita)

THE TOWN: Perugia is the capital city of the region of Umbria in central Italy, crossed by the river Tiber. Its history goes back to the Etruscan period. The city is also known as the universities town and  also a well-known cultural and artistic centre of Italy. The famous painter Pietro Vannucci, nicknamed Perugino, was a native of Città della Pieve, near Perugia. In the same period of the tournament it will be held one of the most important jazz festival of Europe, UMBRIA JAZZ!

Lonely Planet writes about Perugia: “Lifted by a hill above a valley patterned with fields, where the River Tiber runs swift and clear, Perugia is Umbria’s petite and immediately likeable capital. Its centro storico (historic centre) rises in a helter-skelter of cobbled alleys, arched stairways and piazzas framed by magnificent palazzi (mansions). History seeps through every shadowy corner of these streets and an aimless wander through them can feel like time travel.

Back in the 21st century, Perugia is a party-loving, pleasure-seeking university city, with students pepping up the nightlife and filling cafe terraces. The hopping summer event line-up counts one of Europe’s best jazz festivals. Together with its spiritual sister, Assisi, Perugia is a candidate for European Capital of Culture 2019. Watch this space.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN PERUGIA:

  • Palazzo dei Priori

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  • Rocca Paolina

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  • Old Town

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel CentovaSensational *** hotel, rated 8,9 on Booking and located at 5 km from old town. It features a restaurant and a bar, free wifi and parking, modern rooms with balcony or terrace. Prices? A 26 mq2 double room costs just 65€ per night.
  • Sangallo Palace. Just 46 m from the historic Rocca Paolina fortress, **** Sangallo Palace is in Perugia city center and is rated 8.6 on Booking. It offers a spa area with heated swimming pool and gym and a terrace with panoramic views. The on site restaurant serves a selection of traditional Umbrian specialties and Mediterranean dishes. The price for a double room is 134€ per night with good breakfast included.
  • Hotel Locanda della PostaExceptional 4 stars hotel, rated 9.4 on Booking and set in the centre of Perugia along the main pedestrian street of Corso Vannucci, it offers accommodation in a historical building of the 18th century. It features superb breakfast included in the rate and elegant and spacious rooms for just 153€ per night. Wifi is free in the rooms while you will pay a charge for the private parking.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament and TC Perugia Info

Visit Perugia Official

Umbria Jazz Festival Official Site

Your Hotel in Perugia

 

Enjoy this Tennis Trip in the heart of Italy!!!

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