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
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
- Zona Colonial
- Catedral Primada de America
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- City Caribbean Hotel Boutique. Excellent *** 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 Hotel. Sensational **** 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 Domingo. Exceptional 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.
Enjoy this Caribbean TennisTrip!
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