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
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
- Alcazar de Segovia
- The Segovia Cathedral
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.
Enjoy this new edition of Open Castilla y Leon!!!