Santander – The beautiful town of Cantabria will host an intersting Itf mens tournament

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF MEN LXIX Torneo Internacional RDT de la Magdalena

From 08/21 to 08/27

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 25,000

Tournament location:  Real Sociedad de Tenis de Magdalena – Avenida de la Magdalena nº 8, Santander, 39005, Spain

How to arrive: Tennis club is directly located in one of the most touristic place of Santander, Peninsula de la Magdalena. It is far just 800 mt from Palacio de la Magdalena. Santander Airport is situated at less than 10 km from tennis venue (about 20 minutes by taxi).

Past champion: 2016 Alvaro Lopez San Martin (Esp)

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Pedro Martinez nr.1 of the expected entry list

Entry list: Pedro Martinez (Esp) – Pedro Cachin (Arg) – Jordi Samper Montana (Esp) – Marc Giner (Esp) – Yosuke Watanuki (Jpn) – Fabien Reboul (Fra) – Ilya Vasilyev (Rus) – Miguel Semmler (Esp) – Raul Brancaccio (Ita) – Sergio Gutierrez Ferrol (Esp)

THE TOWN:  The port city of Santander is the capital of the autonomous community and historical region of Cantabria situated on the north coast of Spain. Located west of Bilbao, the city has a population of 178,465. It houses the headquarters of multinational bank Banco Santander, and is the location of the founding of the namesake company.

Lonely Planet writes: “The belle-époque elegance of El Sardin­ero aside, modern Santander is not the most beautiful of cities. A huge fire raged through the centre back in 1941, leaving little that’s old or quaint. But Cantabria’s capital is an engaging one, nonetheless, making the most of its setting along the northern side of the handsome Bahía de Santander. It’s a lively spot to spend a night or two, with fine urban beaches, busy shopping streets, a heaving bar and restaurant scene, plenty of surf, and some intriguing cultural attractions. It’s a popular summer holiday resort for Spaniards.”

TO NOT BE MISSED IN SANTANDER:

  • Peninsula de la Magdalena

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  • Palacio de la Magdalena

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  • Los Raqueros

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Art Santander. Excellent *** hotel rated 8.9 on Booking which enjoys boasting views on Santander’s Bay and offers contemporary decor, modern furnishings and free WiFi throughout. Available for guests 24h front desk and car parking without any additional charge. The price for a cozy comfort double room is 150€ per night.
  • Grand Hotel Sardinero. Located 1 minute walk from the beach, this wonderful 4 stars hotel, rated 9.0 on Booking, features elegant rooms, in many cases with views of the Cantabrian Sea, a charming restaurant which serves traditional and regional cuisine and the free Wi-fi connection everywhere in the property. A standard double room of 22 mq2 costs 220€ per night with free cancellation.
  • Eurostars Hotel Real. Luxury and impressive ***** hotel rated 8.6 on Booking and located just 3 minutes from the beach, this property offers a spa with a free gym, an excellent award-winning on site restaurant with views of the bay, an elegant bar with a large cocktail terrace. The bright, air-conditioned rooms are elegant with free Wi-Fi connection. Prices? For a classic room you will pay 259€ per night with free parking included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Santander Tourism Official Site

Your Hotel in Santander

 

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Leipzig – Coming back in the ‘City of Music’ for Leipzig Open 2017

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Leipzig Open 2017

From 08/14 to 08/20

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 25,000

Tournament location: Leipziger TC 1990 – Am Sportforum 7, Leipzig, 04105, Germany

Hot to arrive: Tennis venue is quite centrally located in Leipzig just 4,2 km from the heart of town. You will need of a quick taxi ride of about 12 minutes to get in. International Leipzig-Halle Airport is far 16 km from tennis club.

Past champions: 2016 Olesya Pervushina (Rus) – 2015 Valeriya Strakhova (Ukr) – 2014 Rebecca Sramkova (Svk)

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Top 100 Richel Hogenkamp will lead the entry list of the tournament

Entry list: Richel Hogenkamp (Ned) – Cindy Burger (Ned) – Valentyna Ivakhnenko (Rus) – Fiona Ferro (Fra) – Tereza Mrdeza (Cro) – Dejana Radanovic (Srb) – Magdalena Frech (Pol) – Ankita Raina (Ind) – Julia Grabher (Aut) – Bibiane Schoofs (Ned)

THE TOWN: Leipzig is a beautiful town of German region of Saxony with about 500,000 inhabitants which is universally known for its incredible musicians. Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mandelssonh, Robert Schuman and Richard Wagner work for many years in this town. It’s for this reason that Leipzig has been nicknamed The City of Music. 

Another good reason to visit Leipzig is its culinary tradition with over 1400 restaurants, pubs and bars. For centuries, the people of Leipzig and visitors to this cosmopolitan city have enjoyed a wide array of culinary specialities, from the Leipziger Allerlei, a mixed vegetable dish and the Leipziger Lerche short crust pastries to Leipziger Gose, the local specialty beer.

NOT TO BE MISSED IN LEIPZIG:

  • Völkerschlachtdenkmal

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  • Asisi Arena am Panometer

Asisi Arena am Panometer

  • Nikolaikirche

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Book Hotel Leipzig. Wonderful *** budget hotel located in the centre of Leipzig at just 1,4 km from Zoo and rated 9.3 on Booking. It offers wide and comfortable rooms with free wifi connection and flat screen Tv. A 22 mq2 standard double room costs from 66€ per night.
  • Radisson Blu Hotel Leipzig. Excellent design **** hotel rated 8.7 and situated in the heart of Leipzig, just 153 m from Augustusplatz tram stop. It features a 24-hour gym, an international on site Restaurant Spagos and stylish rooms with modern furniture and free Wi-Fi connection. On Booking you could book a 30 mq2 standard double/twin room at 109€ per night with free cancellation included.
  • Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof LeipzigThis exceptional modern 5 stars hotel, rated 9.4 on Booking, is located beside the historic Naschmarkt square and Old Town Hall in central Leipzig. It offers a large spa with sauna and fitness facilities on 2 floors, The Brasserie restaurant which serves international cuisine and fine wines, soundproofed luxurious rooms and suites and free Wi-Fi. Prices? From 159€ per night for a 26 mq2 superior double room.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Leipzig Official

Your Hotel in Leipzig

 

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Montreux – Itf circuit comes for the first time to this Swiss gem beautifully set in the Alps

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Montreux Ladies Open by Elixim

From 08/14 to 08/20

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 25,000

Tournament location: Montreux Tennis Club – Quai Ami Chessex 11, Montreux, Territet, 1820, Switzerland

How to arrive: The closest airport to Montreux is Geneva Cointrin International Airport which is at 1hr by train from city center (direct trains every 30 minutes). Montreux Gare is far just 1,3 km from tennis courts (15/20 minutes walking).

Entry list: Alexandra Dulgheru (Rou) – Elitsa Kostova (Bul) – Maria Teresa Torro Flor (Esp) – Tara Moore (Gbr) – Amra Sadikovic (Sui) – Katarina Zavatska (Ukr) – Ulrikke Eikeri (Nor) – Isabella Shinikova (Bul) – Paula Badosa Gibert (Esp) – Jacqueline Adina Cristian (Rou)

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Former nr. 26 of Wta ranking Alexandra Dulgheru will lead the seeding of Montreux Ladies Open

THE TOWN: Montreux is a municipality in the district of Riviera-Pays-d’Enhaut in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland. It is located on Lake Geneva shoreline at the foot of the Alps and has a population, as of December 2015, of nearly 90,000 in the agglomeration.

This town is universally known for Montreux Jazz Festival.

Lonely Planet writes: “In the 19th century, writers, artists and musicians (Lord Byron and the Shelleys among them) flocked to magical Montreux, what was then a pleasing lakeside resort, and is today a visitor-magnet for the rich, famous and everyone in-between, ever since. Montreux’s main draws include peaceful walks along a lakeshore blessed with 19th-century hotels, a mild microclimate, a hilltop Old Town, one of the world’s premier jazz festivals, Friday-morning lakeside markets and a fabulous 13th-century fortress. Rock-trivia buffs love the story of British hard rockers Deep Purple recording an album at the town’s casino in 1971 and commemorating a fire that broke out during a Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention gig (also held at the casino). The pall of smoke cast over Lake Geneva inspired Deep Purple to pen their heavy-chorded classic, ‘Smoke on the Water’.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Chateau de Chillon

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  • Rochers de Naye

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  • Queen: The Studio Experience

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel de Chailly. Family-run *** hotel, rated 8.1 on Booking and located in the hills above Montreux only 2 km from town centre and Geneva Lake, which features a restaurant with a shady terrace, a large free car park and the wifi for free throughout the property. The price for a 18 mq2 budget twin room is 97€ per night.
  • Hotel Grand Suisse MajesticBuilt in 1870, this recently renovated Belle-Époque 4 starst hotel is located in the heart of Montreux on the shore of Lake Geneva. It offers a restaurant with a lake-view terrace, a fitness room with hammam and sauna, a business corner, laundry services and free WiFi in all areas. The daily rate for a comfort room is 177€ which increases to 228€ for rooms with lake view. Rated 8.6 on Booking.
  • Hotel Fairmont Le Montreux PalaceWonderful ***** hotel rated 9.1 and located on the shores of Lake Geneva with magnificent views of the lake and the Alps, it offers for its guests refined dining spaces with menus which reflect a passionate faith in the finest local produce including the regions best wines. Terrific is the on site 2000 mq2 Willow Stream Spa where you can enjoy fitness and wellness facilities. Prices for “this once time in the life” hotel? A Fairmont Double Room with City View costs 348€ per night with free WiFi included.
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The wonderful luxury Hotel Fairmont Le Montreux Palace

 

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Montreux Official

Your Hotel in Montreux

 

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Santo Domingo – Don’t miss the 3rd edition of the most important Caribbean tennis tournament

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Milex Open at La Bocha 2017

From 08/14 to 08/19

Prize money: $ 125,000

Surface: Clay outdoor

Tournament location: Tennis Club La Bocha – Calle Euclides Morillo, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana.

How to arrive: La Bocha TC is situated centrally in Santo Domingo, a few steps from Botanical Garden. World Heritage Zona Colonia is far less than 8 km and 20 minutes driving. La Isabela International Airport is at 14 km (25 minutes by taxi).

Past champions: 2016 Guido Andreozzi – 2015 Damir Dzumhur

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Next Gen Casper Ruud will be one of the most expected guest at La Bocha

Entry list: Nicolas Almagro (Esp) – Damir Dzumhur (Bih) – Guido Pella (Arg) – Santiago Giraldo (Col) – Victor Estrella Burgos (Dom) – Casper Ruud (Nor) – Nicolas Jarry (Chi) – Gerald Melzer (Aut) – Gastao Elias (Por) – Marco Trungelliti (Arg).

THE TOWN: Santo Domingo, is the capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic and the largest metropolitan area in the Caribbean with a population with its surrounding metropolitan area of almost 3 millions inhabitants. Founded by Bartholomew Columbus in 1496, it s the site of the first university, cathedral, castle, monastery, and fortress in the New World. The city’s Colonial Zone was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Lonely Planet on this town: “Santo Domingo, or ‘La Capital’ as it’s typically called, is a collage of cultures and neighborhoods. It’s where the sounds of life – domino pieces slapped on tables, backfiring mufflers and horns from chaotic traffic, merengue and bachata blasting from corner stores – are most intense. At the heart of the city is the Zona Colonial, where you’ll find one of the oldest churches and the oldest surviving European fortress, among other New World firsts. Amid the cobblestone streets it would be easy to forget Santo Domingo is in the Caribbean. But this is an intensely urban city, home not only to colonial-era architecture, but also to hot clubs, vibrant cultural institutions and elegant restaurants. Santo Domingo somehow manages to embody the contradictions central to the Dominican experience: a living museum, a metropolis crossed with a seaside resort, and a business, political and media center with a laid-back, affable spirit.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • 3 Eyes National Park

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  • Zona Colonial

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  • Catedral Primada de America

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • City Caribbean Hotel BoutiqueExcellent *** hotel rated 8.6 on Booking and located just 650 mt from Feria Metro Station and 10 minutes drive from Colonial Zone. It offers free parking and air-conditioned studios or suites with free Wi-Fi and kitchen facilities. Prices start (for a superior studio) from 38$ per night.
  • Luca HotelSensational **** hotel located in the heart of Unesco World Heritage Colonial Zone and rated 8.8 on Booking. It features free Wi-fi and parking, sun terrace with hot tub and a very good on-site restaurant. The daily rate for a standard queen room is 74$ per night.
  • JW Marriott Hotel Santo DomingoExceptional 5 stars hotel rated 9.4 on Booking and located 2,5 km from Ensanche Naco District which offers elegant rooms and suites with spacious bathrooms, sofa, cable and satellite Tv. It features also an indoor pool, a restaurant, fitness and business centres, grocery shopping services, free parking and free Wi-Fi. A deluxe guest room of 45 mq2  costs 309$ per night or 337€ with breakfast included.

Please notice that these prices don’t include a 18% of VAT tax and a 10% of city tax.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Santo Domingo Tourism Official Site

Your Hotel in Santo Domingo

 

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Vancouver – The wonderful town of British Columbia on the road of Us Open 2017

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER + ITF WOMEN Odlum Brown VanOpen

From 08/14 to 08/20

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 100,000 + 100,000

Tournament location: Hollyburn Country Club – 950 Cross Creek Road, WEST VANCOUVER, BC, V7S 2S5, Canada

The venue: Hollyburn Country Club is one of North America’s premier tennis, fitness and social clubs. Situated mountainside, overlooking downtown Vancouver, the Country Club sits on 42 acres of West Vancouver’s renowned British Properties. Over the past 5 years Hollyburn has completed over $20 million dollars of improvements, making this country club’s facilities unrivalled and award winning. It is located at only 20 minutes from Vancouver’s downtown core.

Past champions men: 2015/2010/2008 Dudi Sela – 2014/2009 Marcos Baghdatis – 2013 Vasek Pospisil – 2012 Igor Sijsling – 2011 James Ward

Entry list men: Dudi Sela (Isr) – Yen-Hsun Lu (Tpe) – Jordan Thompson (Aus) – Marius Copil (Rou) – Norbert Gombos (Svk) – Taro Daniel (Jpn) – Ruben Bemelmans (Bel) – Henri Laaksonen (Sui) – Tennys Sandgren (Usa) – Peter Polansky (Can)

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Nr.1 of the seeding Dudi Sela will try to win his 4th title in Vancouver

Past champions women: 2015/2013 Johanna Konta – 2014 Jarmila Gajdosova – 2012 Mallory Burdette – 2011 Aleksandra Wozniak – 2010 Jelena Dokic – 2009 Stephanie Dubois – 2008 Urszula Radwanska

Entry list women: Tatjana Maria (Ger) – Madison Brengle (Usa) – Jana Cepelova (Svk) – Nao Hibino (Jpn) – Pauline Parmentier (Fra) – Ons Jabeur (Tun) – Ana Bogdan (Rou) – Naomi Broady (Gbr) – Julia Boserup (Usa) – Stefanie Voegele (Sui)

THE TOWN:  Vancouver is a coastal seaport city in Canada, located in the region of British Columbia. As the most populous city in the province, the 2016 census recorded 631,486 people in the city, recording the highest population density in Canada with over 5,400 people per square kilometre. It is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada; infact 52% of its residents have a first language other than English. Vancouver is consistently named as one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life.

Lonely Planet‘s writer John Lee on Vancouver: “Eagles whirling overhead, sunset-framed beaches, and the unfurling ocean and mountain diorama from Stanley Park’s breathtaking seawall. Although I moved here in the 1990s, I’ve never stopped gaping at Vancouver’s natural charms. For me, it’s this astonishing backdrop that sets the glass-towered metropolis apart. But I’m a city boy at heart and I’m also delighted that Vancouver is continuing to develop as it grows up. From amazing dining to a thriving art scene, this young West Coast city keeps moving forward – and I don’t just mean the gratifying excellent craft-beer scene (although, personally, that really helps).”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Stanley Park

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  • Capilano Suspension Bridge

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  • Seawall

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • GEC Granville Suites DowntownLocated in the Granville Entertainment District in downtown Vancouver, *** GEC Granville Suites is only 8 minutes from the beach. Available for guests the free WiFi connection, an onsite restaurant which serves American cuisine, a rooftop deck and a sauna. The contemporary suites feature a flat-screen TV, a seating area and a safe. Rates for a 27 mq2 queen room start from 486 CAD for night.
  • The Fairmont Hotel VancouverLocated in Vancouver city centre and rated 8.6 on Booking, this **** hotel offers an on-site restaurant and bar, a spa and health club open 24/7, an indoor swimming pool and a business center. A flat-screen cable TV, coffee machine, minibar and city view are offered in most of the modern rooms. Prices start from 579 CAD for night (Wifi, parking and breakfast available with additional charges).
  • Fairmont Pacific RimRated 9.4 on Booking, this exceptional 5 stars hotel features  a full-service spa, A rooftop pool with fire pits and a hot tub along with a 4,000 square-foot gym. The Lobby Lounge serves small appetizers and cocktails. In-room dining is also available. It is located at 5-minute walk from the Canada Place, home to Vancouver’s Convention and Exhibition Center. Fairmont Pacific Rim offers rooms with flat-screen TVs, pay-per-view movies and laptop connectivity. Also included are an iPod docking station, an iPad2, an in-room safe and a coffee maker. A deluxe Room with partial harbour view costs 569.25 CAD per night.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

More info about Hollyburn Country Club

Visit Vancouver B.C. Official

Your Hotel in Vancouver

 

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Arad – Not far from Hungary’s border there is a little cute city which loves tennis…

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Trofeul Ilie Nastase

From 08/07 to 08/13

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 15,000

Tournament location: C.S.Tenis Fan Arad – Str. Infanteriei FN – Subcetate, Arad, 310257, Romania

How to arrive: Tennis venue is centrally located in the town at about 3,5 km from historic old town. A taxi ride will get you in about ten minutes.

Past champions: 2016 Chantal Skamlova – 2015 Tamara Zidanesk – 2013 Nicoleta Catalina Dascalu

Entry list: Tereza Mihalikova (Svk) – Nina Potocnik (Slo) – Cristina Ene (Rou) – Bojana Marinkovic (Srb) – Irina Fetecau (Rou) – Ilona Coergiana Ghioroaie (Rou) – Guadalupe Perez Rojas (Arg) – Julia Stamatova (Bul) – Tamara Curovic (Srb) – Miriam Bianca Bulgaru (Rou)

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Bulgarian player Julia Stamatova will play in Arad!

THE TOWN: Arad is an important industrial center and transportation hub located in the region of Crisana, Romania. It is also the seat of a Romanian Orthodox archbishop and features two universities and has one of the oldest conservatory of Europe. The city has a population of 159,704, making it the 12th largest city in Romania.

Lonely Planet on Arad: “The border town of Arad, some 50km from the crossing into Hungary, lies astride the main road and has good transport connections in and out of Romania. There are not many traditional sights here, but the city is a convenient stopover on your first or last night in the country. Fans of late-19th- and early-20th-century architectural styles such as neoclassical and Secession will enjoy a stroll up the city’s long tree-lined central boulevard, B-dul Revoluţiei, running north–south.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • City Hall

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  • Lipova Ruins

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  • St. Anthony of Padua Church

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Pension SelectSituated 2 km from the city centre and rated 9.3 on Booking, this *** hotel features air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen TV, balcony and free WiFi connection. The price for a superior double room is 32€ per night (39€ with breakfast included).
  • Hotel Leon & SpaOpen in 2014, this excellent 4 stars hotel, rated 8.8 on Booking, is located next to the Mures River and a 2-minute drive from the city centre. It offers free wellness facilities, including a large swimming pool, sauna and hot tub and the free WiFi available throughout the property. Guests can enjoy their meals in the on-site a la carte restaurant and the free private parking (with reservation). A modern standard double room costs 73€ per night with breakfast buffet.
  • Best Western Central HotelSituated in the middle of the Arad and rated 8.6 on Booking, the Best Western Central Hotel offers easy access to all main public, art and cultural institutions. It has been refurbished in 2012 and offers safe parking. All rooms are air-conditioned and offer free wireless internet access. A superior 16 mq2 double room costs 68€ per night. Buffet breakfast is always included in the room rate.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Arad on RomaniaTourisim.com

Your Hotel in Arad

 

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