Óbidos – Visit this little medieval gem of Portugal and enjoy some good tennis moments!

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Bom Sucesso Ladies Open 3

From 10/09 to 10/15

Surface: Carpet outdoor

Prize money: $ 25,000

Tournament location: Bom Sucesso Tennis Academy – Rua do Comércio Nº 27, OBIDOS, 2510-662, Portugal

How to arrive: Lisbon international Airport is far from tennis venue about 89 km and from old town less than 80 km and 50 minutes driving. The tennis venue is at about 13 km from city centre.

Entry list: Irina Kromacheva (Rus) – Magdalena Frech (Pol) – Anna Kalinskaya (Rus) – Georgia Brescia (Ita) – Maria Teresa Torro Flor (Esp) – Elitsa Kostova (Bul) – Olga Ianchuk (Ukr) – Katy Dunne (Gbr) – Valeria Savinkh (Rus) – Veronika Kudermetova (Rus)

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Former top 100 Irina Kromacheva will lead the seeding of the tournament

THE TOWN: Óbidos is a little and cute town and in the Oeste Subregion of Portugal. The town proper has approximately 3100 inhabitants. The municipality population in 2011 was 11,772 in an area of 141.55 square kilometres. The area of the town is located on a scenic hilltop, encircled by a fortified wall. It remains a well-preserved example of medieval architecture; its streets, squares, walls and its castle are a popular tourist destination. The castle now houses a pousada. The municipality is also home to the famous Praia D’el Rey golf complex, one of the top golf resorts in Europe.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Vila Natal

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  • Óbidos Castle

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  • The Azulejos of the City Gate

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hostel ArgonautaExcellent structure located at 200 mt from Óbidos Castle and rated 9.2 on Booking. It features shared kitchen and bathroom with free toiletries.  The unit has accommodation in dormitories and double rooms. A single bed in dormitory costs 26€ per night with free WiFi, parking and breakfast included in the price.
  • Innfusion. Located 1 km from Vila Natal, this hotel features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property and an on-site bar. Each rooms have a TV and a private bathroom. You will find an ATM at the property. Prices? For a little but cozy double room you will pay 65€ per night with breakfast included in the price. Rated 8.7 on Booking!
  • Guesthouse Torre de Maneys. Wonderful accomodation rated 9.3 on Booking a few steps from Vila Natal. Each room at this guesthouse is air conditioned and is equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Certain rooms feature views of the garden or city. A double room costs 125€ per night with free WiFi and excellent breakfast included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Óbidos Official Tourism Pages

Óbidos Vila Natal Official Site

Your Hotel in Óbidos

 

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Tashkent – Enjoy a tennis week in the place where everything could happen!

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Tashkent Challenger

From 10/09 to 10/14

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 150,000

Tournament Location: Olympic Tennis School Massiv Yalangach Tashkent 100125 UZBEKISTAN

Past winners: 2016 Konstantin Kravchuk – 2015/2011 Denis Istomin – 2014 Lukas Lacko – 2013 Dudi Sela – 2012 Uladzimir Ignatik – 2010 Karol Beck – 2009 Marcos Baghdatis – 2008 Yen Hsun Lu

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Italian nr.1 of entry list Thomas Fabbiano

Entry list: Thomas Fabbiano (Ita) – Dudi Sela (Isr) – Denis Istomin (Uzb) – Evgeny Donskoy (Rus) – Alexander Bublik (Kaz) – Laslo Djere (Srb) – Guillermo Garcia Lopez (Esp) – Lukas Lacko (Svk) – Egor Gerasimov (Blr) – Matteo Berrettini (Ita)

THE TOWN: Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan,  with its over 2,3 million inhabitants is the biggest and one of the oldest city in Central Asia, with a history of 2200 years. Due to its position in Central Asia, Tashkent came under Sogdian and Turkic influence early in its history, before Islam in the 8th century AD. After its destruction by Genghis Khan in 1219, the city was rebuilt and profited from the Silk Road. In 1865 it was conquered by the Russian Empire, and in Soviet times witnessed major growth and demographic changes due to forced deportations from throughout the Soviet Union. Today, as the capital of an independent Uzbekistan, Tashkent retains a multi-ethnic population with ethnic Uzbeks as the majority. It is best appreciated for its whole rather than its parts. If you are short on time visit it by renting a car, because the town is quite large. Lonely Planet writes on Tashkent: “Sprawling Tashkent is Central Asia’s hub and the place where everything in Uzbekistan happens. It’s one part newly built national capital, thick with the institutions of power, and one part leafy Soviet city, and yet another part sleepy Uzbek town, where traditionally clad farmers cart their wares through a maze of mud-walled houses to the grinding crowds of the bazaar. Tashkent is a fascinating jumble of contradictions that’s well worth exploring over several days.Like most places that travellers use mainly to get somewhere else, Tashkent doesn’t always immediately charm visitors, but it’s a surprisingly fun and interesting place, with the best restaurants, museums and nightlife in the country. There’s also plenty of opportunity to escape the metropolis for great hiking, rafting and skiing in Ugam-Chatkal National Park, just a 1½-hour drive away.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Charwak Lake

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  • Mustakillik Square

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  • Metro Tashkent

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • City Line Boutique Hotel. Very nice *** hotel just 700 metres away Tashkent International Airport. Rated 8.5 on Booking, this boutique accomodation offers deluxe double rooms at 70$ per night with free Wifi, parking and cancellation included.
  • Hotel Wyndham Tashkent. Nice **** hotel with a great value for money, it’s located 200 metres from the Amir Timur Museum and 4 km from the famous Çhorsu Bazaar. Rated 8.1 on Booking, it offers superior double room at 202$ per night with good breakfast included.
  • Radisson Blu Hotel. Excellent ****  hotel located at just 10 minutes walking from city centre and rated 8.3 on Booking, it offers a sauna, a brasserie restaurant with terrace and free parking area. A business double room of 28 mq2 with coffee machine costs 204$ per night with breakfast buffet available for purchase at 16$.

 

USEFUL LINKS:

Tashkent On Visit Uzbekistan

Tournament Info

Your Hotel in Tashkent

 

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Tianjin – Discovering on the of the most populous town of the world with a Tennis Trip…

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA INTERNATIONAL Tianjin Open

From 10/09 to 10/15

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 426.750

Tournament location: Tianjin Tuanbo International Tennis Centre

How to arrive: Click here for very detailed info

Past champions: 2016 Shuai Peng (Chn) – 2015 Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) – 2014 Alison Riske (Usa)

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Chinese defending champion Shuai Peng

Entry list: Petra Kvitova (Cze) – Caroline Garcia (Fra) – Shuai Peng (Chn) – Lesia Tsurenko (Ukr) – Alison Riske (Usa) – Yulia Putintseva (Kaz) – Donna Vekic (Cro) – Irina Camelia Begu (Rou) – Christina McHale (Usa) – Beatriz Haddad Maia (Bra)

THE TOWN: Tianjin, formerly known in English as Tientsin, is a metropolis in northern coastal Mainland China with a total population of 15,469,500, and is also the world’s 6th-most populous city proper.

For Lonely Planet: “Forever being compared to Běijīng (if anything, it’s more like Shànghǎi), the former foreign concession port of Tiānjīn is a large, booming, yet laid-back city, with a pleasant river promenade and some charming, European-flavoured neighbourhoods. It’s an easy day trip from the capital, but you may want a long weekend to explore the city properly”.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Tianjin Eye

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  • Italian Style Street

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  • Haihe Cultural Square

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Jinjiang Inn Tianjin South Railway StationExcellent *** hotel, rated 8.8 on Booking and located just 11.3 km from Olympic Center Stadium which offers spacious rooms with private bathrooms and with flat screen tv and free wifi connection. The daily rate for a standard queen room is 25$ per night with free cancellation.
  • Friendship Hotel Tianjin. 4 stars Friendship Hotel Tianjin is located in the Heping neighborhood, just 1.1 km from Five Main Avenues and it’s rated 8.4 on Booking. It features an ATM, a business center and a gift shop. Wide 30 mq2 classical rooms with private bathrooms and free wifi connection cost 81$ per night with breakfast included.
  • Four Seasons Hotel TianjinWonderful ***** hotel rated 9.3 on Booking and located just 1.3 km from Binjiang Avenue shopping street. It features free WiFi and private parking, a spa center and a car rental. The price for a 48 mq2 deluxe king room equipped with flat screen Tv, Dvd player and coffee machine starts from 136$ per night.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Tianjin On TravelChinaGuide.com

Your Hotel in Tianjin

 

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Campinas – Discover the paulista soul of the international tennis

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Sao Paulo Challenger de Tennis

From 10/02 to 10/08

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 50,000

Past champions: 2016 Facundo Bagnis – 2015 Facundo Arguello – 2014 Diego Schwartzman – 2013 Guilherme Clézar – 2012 Guido Pella – 2011 Maximo Gonzalez

Defending champion Facundo Bagnis

Entry list: Federico Delbonis (Arg) – Carlos Berloq (Arg) – Pedro Sousa (Por) – Facundo Bagnis (Arg) – Renzo Olivo (Arg) – Nicolas Almagro (Esp) – Gastao Elias (Por) – Andrej Martin (Svk) – Guido Andreozzi (Arg) – Maximo Gonzalez (Arg)

THE TOWN: Campinas is a Brazilian municipality in São Paulo State, part of the country’s Southeast Region. According to the 2010 Census, the city’s population is 1,080,999, making it the fourteenth most populous Brazilian city. It’s a main business center but for a visitor, besides the obvious business/academic opportunities, Campinas offers the shopping, gastronomy and nightlife typical of a large city, but with ease of access to the beautiful landscape and the scenic towns of the Mantiqueira mountain range. Campinas also hosts a considerable historical heritage from the late XIX century, associated with the properity of coffee farming during this period.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Parque Portugal


  • Padreira do Chapadão


  • Santuario Nossa Senhora Desatadora Dos Nos


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Leon Park Hotel e Convenções. Recently renovated, this *** hotel, rated 8.4 on Booking, is located in central Campinas. Guests can also enjoy regional specialties, as well as a selection of drinks in the hotel’s restaurant. Prices for modern rooms, always equipped with a flat screen TV and a minibar, start 60$ per night with breakfast included.
  • Radisson Red Campinas. Featuring free WiFi, a sauna and an outdoor pool, wonderful 4 stars Radisson Red Campinas offers accommodations in Campinas, rated 9.3 on Booking. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant and a private free parking. Each room is air-conditioned and equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a private bathroom. A 21 mq2 standard studio costs 117$ per night.
  • Royal Palm Plaza Resort. This resort, rated 8.7 on Booking, offers 5-star accommodation, less than 4.8 km from the center of Campinas. It features several outdoor swimming pools and many recreational facilities to choose from. Wi-Fi is available. All luxurious rooms are spacious and well designed. Recreational facilities include 4 tennis courts, a game room, a fitness area and a wellness center. The resort has 7 restaurants and bars with pleasant ambiances. Prices from 243$ per night for a deluxe family room with breakfast included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Campinas on Brazil Travel Guide

Your Hotel in Campinas


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Beijing – The China Open in the place where ancient and modern meet

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 500 + WTA Premier Mandatory China Open

From 10/02 to 10/08

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 4,280,460 + $ 6,381,679

Tournament location: Olympic Green Tennis Centre – 2 Lincui Rd, Chaoyang Qu, Cina

How to get: The Capital International Airport is far about 26 km from tennis venue (30/35 minutes driving). Tiananmen Square is far 19km and 33 minutes.

Past ATP champions: 2016 Andy Murray – 2015/2014/2013/2012/2010/2009 Novak Djokovic – 2011 Tomas Berdych – 2008 Andy Roddick

ATP Entry list: Rafa Nadal (Esp) – Alexander Zverev (Ger) – Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) – Jo Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) – Roberto Bautista Agut  (Esp) – John Isner (Usa) – Pablo Carreno Busta (Esp) – Tomas Berdych (Esp) – Nick Kyrgios (Aus) – Lucas Pouille (Fra)

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Defending wta champion Agnieszka Radwanska

Past Wta champions: 2016/2011 Agnieszka Radwanska – 2015 Garbine Muguruza – 2014 Maria Sharapova – 2013/2004 Serena Williams – 2012 Victoria Azarenka – 2010 Caroline Wozniacki – 2009/2006 Svetlana Kuznetsova – 2008 Jelena Jankovic

WTA Entry list: Garbine Muguruza (Esp) – Simona Halep (Rou) – Elina Svitolina (Ukr) – Karolina Pliskova (Cze) – Venus Williams (Usa) – Caroline Wozniacki (Den) – Johanna Konta (Gbr) – Svetlana Kuzentsova (Rus) – Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) – Jelena Ostapenko (Lat)

THE TOWN: Lonely’s writer Tom O’Malley tell us why he loves so much this town: “I love how Běijīng wears its many faces like opera masks. In winter, the lakes freeze as chill winds whip south from beyond the Great Wall, carrying with them the echo of Manchu rule. Come summer, Běijīng is all rolled-up t-shirts, icy beers and street-side lamb skewers. Then there’s government Běijīng, where socialist flowerbeds espouse civic harmony, factories power down and the sky beams a proud blue. Or melting-pot Běijīng, defined by the millions of migrants who make the capital tick. And lastly, my Běijīng. Of moonlit bike rides when the city sleeps, of breezy cafes and culinary quests, and wild rambles up among the Great Wall watchtowers.”

TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS:

  • The Great Wall

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  • The Forbidden City

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  • Summer Palace

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  • Tiananmen Square

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  • Temple of Heaven

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Nostalgia Hotel Temple of Heaven. Located just 2,5 km from Temple of Heaven, this very good *** hotel rated .7 on Booking offers modern accomodations with private bathroom, free Wifi and parking. On site you can find a bar/restaurant and a game room. For a twin room the rate is 81$ per night.
  • Park Plaza Beijing WangfujingModern luxury can be enjoyed at this ****hotel rated 8.8 on Booking and situated within 2.4 km of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Guests can enjoy a gym with spa, a business center, the very good Oodle Restuarant and a lounge bar. The stylish rooms are equipped with a satellite Tv and tea/coffee making facilities. A superior 28 mq2 double room costs 99$ per night with with free wifi included.
  • Rosewood Beijing. An artistic masterpiece of modern and old, this exceptional 5 stars hotel is a gem positioned in the central hub of Beijing. Walking through the lush garden and stepping inside, you may find a place full of surprises and enjoy attention-to-detail service. Free WiFi access is available. During leisure time, you may chill out in the beautiful garden, take a swim in the outdoor pool, relax with a spa treatment or join in a session in the gym. Luxury, classy designs, select books and tasteful pieces add artistic charm to each of the units. Featuring a walk-in wardrobe, floor-to-ceiling windows and a large bathroom mirror embedded with a TV, the carpeted rooms offer homelike comfort. A 45mq2 Deluxe King Room costs 234$ per night. Rated 9.5 on Booking!

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Beijing Tourism Official

Your Hotel in Beijing

 

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Cochabamba – A tennis trip to discover the bolivian “City of Eternal Spring”

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF MEN Copa Club de Tenis Cochabamba

From 09/25 to 10/01

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 15,000

Tournament location: Club de Tenis Cochabamba – Av. Ramon Rivero s/n, Cochabamba, Bolivia

How to arrive: The closest airport is the Jorge Wilstermann International Airport (CBB) which is far about 5.3 from tennis venue and just 5/10 minutes driving from downtown.

Past champions: 2016 Franco Agamenone (Arg) – 2015 Manuel Sanchez (Mex) – 2014 Ryusei Makiguchi (Jpn) – 2013 Chase Buchanan (Usa)

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Bolivian tennis player and main favourite Hugo Dellien

Entry list: Hugo Dellien (Bol) – Gonzalo Escobar (Col) – Federico Zeballos (Bol) – Juan Ignacio Galarza (Arg) – Matias Zukas (Arg) – Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera (Chl) – Felipe Mantilla (Col) – Juan Manuel Benitez Chavarriaga (Col) – Christopher Diaz Figueroa (Gua) – Gabriel Alejandro Hidalgo (Arg)

THE TOWN: Cochabamba is a city in central Bolivia, in the Andes mountain range. It is the fourth largest city in Bolivia, with a population of 630,587 according to the 2012 Bolivian census.Its name is from a compound of the Quechua meaning “lake”, and pampa, “open plain”. It is known as the “City of Eternal Spring” and “The Garden City” because of its spring-like temperatures all year round.

Lonely Planet on Cochabamba“Busy, buzzy Cochabamba is one of Bolivia’s boom cities and has a distinct, almost Mediterranean, vitality that perhaps owes something to its clement climate. While much of the city’s population is typically poor, parts of town have a notably prosperous feel. The spacious new-town avenues have a wide choice of restaurants, eagerly grazed by the food-crazy cochabambinos, and the bar scene is lively, driven by students and young professionals. Despite this, Cochabamba remains a very affordable city, with prices far below those in Sucre or La Paz. You could easily find yourself staying a lot longer than you planned.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • El Cristo de la Concordia

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  • Toro Toro National Park

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  • Cordillera Tunari

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel BristonFeaturing free WiFi and a restaurant, *** Hotel Briston offers pet-friendly accommodations in Cochabamba, just 600 m from Santo Domingo Church.  Each room comes with a private bathroom equipped with a shower and with a flat screen Tv. Rates for a 25 mq2 double room start from 41$ per night with very good breakfast included. Rated 8.5 on Booking!
  • Hotel Boutique La Casa de MargaritaExceptional boutique accomodation rated 9.7 on Booking which is located 600 mt from downtown. All rooms with ensuite bathroom include flat screen Tv and the free Wifi. The private parking is free for guests. Prices? For a comfortable family room you will pay 70$ for night with exceptional breakfast included.
  • Gran Hotel CochabambaSet in the traditional La Recoleta neighbourhood, 5 stars Gran Hotel Cochabamba offers plush rooms decorated with stylish furnishing and marble bathrooms. The property features a garden with fountains, a heated swimming pool, a fitness centre with spa, and a delicious restaurant on site. Free WiFi and parking are available for guests. The price for a double room start from 119$ per night in b&b.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Cochabamba on BoliviaOnline.net

Your Hotel in Cochabamba

 

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Templeton – In your Californian tour stop here to discover rising tennis stars

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Central Coast Pro Tennis Open

From 09/25 to 10/01

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 60,000

Tournament location: Templeton Tennis Ranch – 345 Championship Lane, Templeton, CA, 93465, USA

How to get: The closest international airports are the one of Los Angeles and the one of Oakland, close to San Francisco. Both of them are at about 3 hrs driving from Templeton.

Entry list: Alison Van Uytvanck (Bel) – Viktorija Golubic (Sui) – Francoise Abanda (Can) – Naomi Broady (Usa) – Sofia Kenin (Usa) – Louisa Chirico (Usa) – Barbara Haas (Aut) – Sachia Vickery (Usa) – Jamie Loeb (Usa) – Grace Min (Usa)

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Nr.1 of the seeding Alyson von Uytvanck

THE TOWN: Templeton is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Luis Obispo County, California. It is located at 5 miles south Paso Robles and in 2010 its population was 7,674. Its climate his mediterranean with mild winters and dry summers. Templeton is emerging as a world class wine producer; with many of the wineries carrying the “Paso Robles” appellation actually located in the unincorporated Templeton area – including Castoro Cellars, Peachy Canyon, York Mountain, and Wild Horse.

BEST TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN SURROUNDINGS:

  • Sequoia National Park (146 miles)

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  • Kings Canyon National Park (167 miles)

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  • Morro Bay (24,4 miles)

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Carlton HotelLocated in Atascadero  5 minutes’ drive from Charles Paddock Zoo, this historic *** hotel, rated 9.3 on Booking, features an Italian-tiled courtyard with a fountain and an on-site gym. All the rooms feature a marble spa bath and provide tea and coffee making facilities and a fridge. Prices for a 35 mq2 king room start from 107$.
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Paso Robles. This excellent *** hotel rated 9.0 on Booking is situated in Paso Robles close to the city’s wineries and vineyards. The Pioneer Museum is only 5.6 km away. It features a hot tub and an outdoor pool, the free WiFi and parking. Each room has a seating area and a tea/coffee maker. All are fitted with a cable TV and a work desk. A 40 mq2 queen room costs 149$ per night with good breakfast included.
  • Carriage Vineyards Bed & BreakfastNestled on a 100-acre working ranch 32.2 km from Morro Bay, this exception bed & breakfast offers carriage rides through the vineyards. A gourmet breakfast is served daily. Free WiFi is included in all rooms. The private parking is free for guests. Prices? For a 39 mq2 king room with spa bath you will pay 195$ per night with excellent breakfast included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Templeton Tennis Ranch Official

Visit California Official Site

Your Hotel in Templeton’s Surroundings

 

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Wuhan – A Top-Class women tournament in the so-called “Chicago” of central China

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA PREMIER 5 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open

From 09/24 to 09/30

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $2,365,250

Tournament location info: Optics Valley International Tennis Center – Gaoxin 2nd Rd, Jiangxia Qu, Wuhan Shi, Hubei Sheng, China. It is located in Wuhan East Lake New Technology Development Zone, being adjacent to Erfei Hill.

Past champions: 2016 Petra Kvitova – 2015 Venus Williams – 2014 Petra Kvitova

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New nr.1 of Wta ranking Garbine Muguruza will be in Wuhan

Entry list: Karolina Pliskova (Cze) – Simona Halep (Rou) – Angelique Kerber (Ger) – Caroline Wozniacki (Dan) – Garbine Muguruza (Esp) – Johanna Konta (Gbr) – Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) – Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) – Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) – Jelena Ostapenko (Lat)

THE TOWN: Wuhan is the capital of Hubei province and is the most populous city in Central China. It is a major transportation hub, with dozens of railways, roads and expressways passing through the city and connecting to other major cities. Because of its key role in domestic transportation, Wuhan was sometimes referred to as The Chicago of China by foreign sources.

For Lonely Planet: “Wǔhàn has matured from the sprawling convergence of three smaller cities to an industrial and commercial centre with more than a smattering of fine cultural sites, including the Yellow Crane Tower and a terrific museum. At times it feels ready to leap from its second-tier status, its warring history a thing of a 2000-year-old past. Amid the traffic and smog, the Yangzi River opens up the densely packed streets, rolling around parks, lakes and a concession-era entertainment district in Hànkǒu, the pick of the three cities, growing in swagger by the financial year. This is not the place of penny postcards, but it’s urban China and it’s worth getting to know.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Yellow Crane Tower

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  • East Lake Wuhan

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  • Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden

BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Lavande Hotel Wuhan Railway StationThis cute *** hotel is located in the Hong Shan neighborhood at 3,1 from Happy Valley. Offering car rental and free WiFi this hotel features wide modern room from 48€ per night with free cancellation. Rated 8.3 on Booking!
  • Holiday Inn Wuhan Riverside. Towering 20 floors over the Yangtze River, this 4-star Holiday Inn, rated 8.4 on Booking, provides a fitness centre, sauna and massage services, 3 restaurants, 2 bars and free WiFi and parking. Featuring modern décor, the air-conditioned rooms enjoy views of either the city or the river. Prices from 72€ per night for a superior double room (25mq2).
  • InterContinental WuhanFeaturing free WiFi and a delicious restaurant, exceptional ***** InterContinental Wuhan, rated 9.0 on Booking, offers modern accommodations in Wuhan with a private bathroom and flat-screen TV. Free private parking is available on site. The Wuhan International Expo Centre is just 0.6 km from the hotel. An enormous Intercontinental Superior Room (60 mq2) costs 116€ with very good breakfast buffet included.

Tournament Official Site

Wuhan Touristic Info

Wuhan Botanical Garden Official

Your Hotel in Wuhan

 

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Metz – Tennis enthusiasts will meet in the heart of Alsace-Lorraine

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Moselle Open

From 09/18 to 09/24

Surface: Hard Indoor

Prize money: $ 540,310

Tournament location: Arènes de Metz – 5 Avenue Louis le Débonnaire, 57000 Metz, Francia

How to arrive: Tennis venue is centrally located in Metz, just 750 mt from Gare de Metz. Aéroport de Metz-Nancy Lorraine is situated at about 25km and 25 minutes driving.

Past champions: 2016 Lucas Pouille – 2015/2012/2011 Jo Wilfried Tsonga – 2014 David Goffin – 2013/2010 Gilles Simon – 2009 Gael Monfils – 2008 Dimitri Tursunov

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Defending champion Lucas Pouille

Entry list: David Goffin (Bel) – Pablo Carreno Busta (Esp) – Lucas Pouille (Fra) – Gilles Muller (Lux) – Mischa Zverev (Rus) – Richard Gasquet (Fra) – Gilles Simon (Fra) – Benoit Paire (Fra) – Florian Mayer (Ger) – Nikoloz Basilashvili (Geo)

THE TOWN: Metz  is a city in northeast France with a rich 3000-year history. For Lonely Planet this town sitted ” astride the confluence of the Moselle and Seille rivers, Lorraine’s graceful capital, Metz, (pronounced ‘mess’) is ready to be feted. Though the city’s Gothic marvel of a cathedral, superlative art collections and Michelin star–studded dining scene long managed to sidestep the world spotlight, all that changed with the show-stopping arrival of Centre Pompidou-Metz in 2010. Yet the Pompidou is but the prelude to Metz’ other charms: buzzy pavement cafes and shady riverside parks, a beautiful old town built from golden Jeumont stone and a regal Quartier Impérial up for Unesco World Heritage status. Suddenly, everyone’s talking about Metz, and rightly so.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Temple Neuf

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  • Cathédrale Saint-Étienne

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  • Centre Pompidou

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TOP 3 HOTELS:

  • Campanile Metz Centre-GareLocated at 260 mt from Metz train station, this cute *** hotel rated 8.7 on Booking offers air conditioned modern rooms with private bathroom, free WiFi throughout the property and buffet breakfast served daily. The price for a standard double room start from 78€ per night (optional breakfast at 9,90€).
  • Best Western Plus Metz TechnopoleWonderful **** hotel located 3 km from the historical centre of Metz, on the edge of an 18-hole golf course, and rated 8.4 on Booking. It offers free Wifi access and parking, a fitness room and an on site restaurant which serves contemporary French cuisine. A standard 35 mq2 double room costs 109€ per night with free cancellation included.
  • La Citadelle – MGallery by SofitelIn the heart of Metz, this 4 stars hotel features luxury rooms and suites with a flat-screen TV, individual air conditioning and free Wi-Fi internet access. There’s a brasserie style restaurant open daily and a Michelin-starred restaurant on site. A standard double room costs 176€ per night with a optional breakfast at 21€.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

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Las Vegas – Would you like to spend your days on tennis courts and your nights in the casinos?

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Red Rock Pro Open

From 09/11 to 09/17

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money. $ 60,000

Tournament location:  Red Rock Country Club – 2250-B Red Springs Drive , Las Vegas , NV, 89135, USA

How to arrive: The terrific resort Red Rock Country Club is just located under Red Rock Canyon National Park at about 12,5 miles from Las Vegas Strip. It is far just 17/18 miles from McCarran Intl Airport (about 25 minutes driving).

Past champions: 2016 Alison Van Uytvanck – 2015 Michaela Krajicek (Ned) – 2014 Madison Brengle – 2013 Melanie Oudin – 2012 Lauren Davis – 2011 Romina Oprandi  – 2010 Varvara Lepchenko (Usa) – 2009 Regina Kulikova (Rus)

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Nr.1 of the seeding Nicole Gibbs

Entry list: Nicole Gibbs (Usa) – Louisa Chirico (Usa) – Barbara Haas (Aut) – Sachia Vickery (Usa) – Marie Bouzkova (Cze) – Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Svk) – Ivana Jorovic (Srb) – Nadia Podoroska (Arg) – Laura Robson (Gbr) – Sesil Karatantcheva (Bul)

THE TOWN: Las Vegas is the most populated city the state of Nevada, United States. It anchors the Las Vegas Valley metropolitan area and is the largest city within the greater Mojave Desert. It is an internationally renowned major resort city, known primarily for its gambling, shopping, fine dining, entertainment, and nightlife.

Lonely Planet‘s writer Benedict Walker explains why he loves so much Vegas: “Dazzled by the shimmering amber of Downtown’s streetlights, seduced by the Strip’s shiny neon and mesmerized by the city’s outlandish, outrageously photogenic pull, I found myself in an escapist vision where I could forget my troubles. But I soon realized that Vegas’ real appeal is far richer than its surface glitter. It’s in the brilliance of its performers, the artistry of its designers, the inspired passion of its chefs, the ingenuity of its architects and the grit and good humor of the everyday, home-proud folk who keep their city churning round-the-clock, that Las Vegas truly shines.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Red Rock Canyon National Park

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  • Las Vegas Strip

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  • The High Roller

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Desert Paradise ResortSituated just 3 km from Las Vegas Strip this *** hotel, rated 9.2 on Booking, offers spacious suites, an adult pool, a 24-hour fitness centre, free WiFi and parking. Accommodations at Desert Paradise include one and 2-bedroom suites with full kitchens, dishwashers and laundry facilities. Guests will enjoy furnished balconies or patios as well as exterior corridors. Prices start from 87$ per night for a 117 mq2 two-bedroom suite.
  • Marriott’s Grand Chateau. Located one block from famous Strip, this **** hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi and flat-screen TV. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool. a fitness centre and the panoramic rooftop SkyBar. The daily rate for a 65mq2 double room is 179$ but you won’t pay a 15% of resort fee. Rated 9.2 on Booking.
  • Mandarin Oriental at CityCenter Las Vegas. Exceptional 5 stars modern hotel located directly on Las Vegas Strip and rated 9.3 on Booking which offers an extensive 27,000 square foot two-floor spa with excellent treatments and a modern gym with a yoga room. Guests can find modern French fusion cuisine at Twist by Pierre Gagnaire. It also features a patisserie, tapas and cocktails at Mandarin Bar and the Tea Lounge. Prices? For a strip view King Room you will pay 279$ per night.

Please notice that in the prices are not included a 13.38% tax and a resort fee per night (about 40$).

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Red Rock Country Club Website

Visit Las Vegas-Nevada Official

Your Hotel in Las Vegas

 

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