THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Pekao Szczecin Open 2017
Date: From 11/9 to 17/9
Money prize: $ 150,000
Surface: Clay Outdoor
Tournament Location: PROMASTERS – Al. Wojska Polskiego 127, Szczecin
Hot to arrive: Old town is located just 4 km and 10 minutes by car from PROMASTERS’ clay courts.
Past champions: 2016 Alessandro Giannessi – 2015 Jan Lennard Struff – 2014 Dustin Brown – 2013 Oleksandr Nedovyesov – 2012 Victor Hanescu – 2011 Rui Machado
Entry list: Federico Delbonis (Arg) – Florian Mayer (Ger) – Andreas Seppi (Ita) – Alessandro Giannessi (Ita) – Carlos Berloq (Arg) – Marco Cecchinato (Arg) – Casper Ruud (Nor) – Jerzy Janowicz (Pol) – Renzo Olivo (Arg) – Martin Klizan (Svk)
THE TOWN: Szczecin is the capital and largest city of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship in Poland. Located near the Baltic Sea and the German border, it is a major seaport and Poland’s seventh-largest city. As of June 2011, the population was 407,811.
For Lonely Planet: “Well off any track non-German tourists trod, the western port city of Szczecin (shcheh-cheen) is a lively city awash with students and a muddle of architecture inherited from wildly different ages. Crumbly German-era Art Nouveau tenements and mansions, some now undergoing renovation, echo a past splendour but historical style is patchy. The authorities seem to have given up on the idea of rebuilding, choosing instead to fill the gaps in the city centre with glass-and-steel malls, sacrificing entire streets in the name of retail. Many of the main thoroughfares have been spruced up, but derelict buildings and overgrown plots are easy to find in the very heart of the city.
It’s a busy working port, though you’d never know it wandering the city centre, with just enough to warrant a stopover between Berlin and Gdańsk.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN SZCZENIN:
- Stare Miasto
- Pomeranian Dukes Castle
- Park Kasprowicza
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Hotel Boncza. Best *** hotel in the town just 10 minutes walking from beach. Rated 8.1 on Booking. Deluxe room price is 83€ per night breakfast included.
- Hotel Atrium. Very good **** hotel just 1km from tennis courts. Rated 8.8 on booking, it offers 20 mq2 standard double room at 84€ per night with breakfast.
- Hotel Zamek Centrum. Amazing **** hotel located in the heart of Szczenin just outside Pomeranian Dukes Castle. Rated 9.2 on Booking. Prices for a comfortable classic room start from 117€ breakfast included.