Me, tennis and travels – An interview to Richel Hogenkamp

This week we have the possibility to interview, and to make you know better, Dutch player Richel Hogenkamp, who, despite her still young age, is traveling around the world for a lot of years to play tennis. Her words could help us to understand much more about tennis players’ life-style.

Richel was born in Doetinchem, Netherlands, on 04/16/1992, she began to play tennis at 8 years and gained her first ranking points in 2009 when she was just 17. Her debut on Itf circuit was simply fulminating by winning 3 of the first 4 tournaments played in 2009 summer. She closed the year at 540th position of Wta ranking. In the following years she got other remarkable triumphs in other 5 ITF tournament (4 25K + 1 10K). On 07/13/2015 she has recorded her best ranking at 115th position when first she qualified at Wimbledon main draw, then she defeated Qiang Wang in the 1st round, and finally she lost just from Maria Sharapova in the 2nd round. Past 2016 was a very good year with two important victories in 25k tournaments at Koksijde and Clermont Ferrand and a final ranking at 129th position not so far from her B.R. Remarkable are the first results of 2017 with the qualification at Australian Open main draw and the final in 60K event at Croissy-Beaubourg (defeating Belinda Bencic too). She played in Federation Cup for Netherlands from 2010 and today with Kiki Bertens is a very difficult team to beat for any other nation. To hand down to posterity the epic match that she won against russian top ten Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2016 Fed Cup’s first round (7-6 5-7 10-8 was the final incredible score).


But now the interview…

Hi Richel, how many years are you wandering the world to play tennis tournaments? 

I started traveling since I was 14. Started of with the junior tournaments and than when I was 17 i started playing full time! 

Are you able to enjoy and visit the places where you play tournaments? 

Not enough unfortunately.. Most of the times we only see the hotel and tennis club. But I remember the nice places for later when I retired I can visit them as a tourist and not as a tennis player! 

What is the most beautiful place did you discover playing tennis? 

I love to come to Australia. Especially Melbourne. Everything is so relaxed and everywhere you are you just feel happy! 

You are from Netherlands a country known for its cities and art works. Is there some city or hidden place that you would suggest us absolutely to visit of your country?

I think Amsterdam for a tourist is the best place to visit, many different options to spend your day. If you are there in the summer it’s nice to make a trip over the canals in a little boat. Also I think Maastricht is a very nice city to visit, its more in the south of the Netherlands. 

To travel is very expensive for a tennis player too. Do you use any particular trick to save money in booking flights and hotels?

I don’t really have any tricks. I mostly stay in the official tournament hotels. I try and book my tickets as quick as I can so that it is still a bit cheaper but mostly you know last minute where you are going. 

What are your next tournaments planned and your professional goals for 2017?

Next up for me is the Wta tournament in Biel Switzerland (today she is engaged in the 2nd round of qualifying draw) and after that I will be playing Fed Cup!

Many thanks Richel.

Thank you Gianluca.

Among places that Richel suggested to visit in her country, I want to focus my attention on Maastricht. This is a lovely town in Limburg province, in the southeast of the Netherlands, located on both sides of the Meuse river, at the point where the Jeker River joins it. It developed from a Roman settlement to a Medieval religious centre, a garrison town and an early industrial city. Today, Maastricht is well-regarded as an affluent cultural center with 1677 national heritage sites (which is the second highest number in a Dutch town, after Amsterdam). It has become known, by way of the Maastricht Treaty, as the birthplace of the European Union.


USEFUL LINKS TO VISIT MAASTRICHT:

Visit Maastricht Official Site

Top 10 Attractions for Planetware

Your Hotel in Maastricht 

See you soon guys!!!

Me, tennis and travels – An interview to Marc Polmans

Dear readers and followers, this week we have the possibility to interview a young talented boy of the prestigious Aussie tennis school. I’m talking about Marc Polmans.


Marc was born in Durban, South Africa on 05/02/1997, but he moved to Australia when he was 10. During his junior career (we remember a quarterfinal at Australian Open) he started to play some pro matches and gained his first ranking point in 2012. But it’s on 2016 that he improved very quickly his ranking by winning 4 ITF tournaments. These very good results let him to close year with a new best ranking at 211th position.

He started 2017 with renewed ambitions and infact in the last two weeks he has triumphed in two consecutive ITF 25K tournaments played on Australian clay and this excellent performance will give him the possibility to enter for the first time in the top-200 on next Monday.

But now the interview…


Hi Marc, how many years are you wandering the world to play tennis tournaments ? 

I have been travelling the world for tennis since I was 13, so for the last 6 years I have been travelling.

Are you able to enjoy and visit the places where you play tournaments ? 

I’m lucky that I get to go to different countries and experience there nice cities. I discovered tennis in South Africa which is where I started playing tennis.

You are from Australia a country known for wonderful cities and incredible natural beauties. Is there some city or hidden place that you would suggest us absolutely to visit of your country?

I love Melbourne and the city is very nice with many nice restaurants.

You was born in Durban, South Africa. What about this country?

Yes I was born in Durban and moved to Australia when I was 10. South Africa has very nice beaches and nice weather, also the wild life there is amazing!

To travel is very expensive for a tennis player too. Do you use any particular trick to save money in booking flights and hotels?

Yes tennis is very expensive to travel but I’m lucky that Tennis Australia help me a bit with travel expenses. I also try to stay at cheaper hotels and stay with a friend to share costs.

What are your next tournaments planned and your professional goals for 2017?

My next plans are I’m leaving for Europe on the 20th of April to play tournaments such as French open qualifying and Wimbledon qualifying, my goal is to get improving my game and my ranking.

Thanks for your kindness Marc.

Thanks to you Gianluca.

Marc was lucky enough to spend (until now) half his life in South Africa and half in Australia, that is two incredible countries with many different attractions for tourists.  I like to think that one day I will go to visit both countries and to see live a breathtaking place like this:

Table Mountain, Cape Town (South Africa)
…or this one:

Kangaroo Island (Australia)
At the moment I can just suggest to visit these sites to organize your vacations there:

  1. South African Tourism
  2. Australia.com
  3. To book your hotel

 

See you soon guys!!!
 

 

 

Me, tennis and travels – An interview to Dalma Gálfi

Dear followers this week we have the possibility to make you know a young talented girl of ’98 generation and former Nr.1 of junior tennis rankings. We are talking about hungarian player Dalma Gálfi who has universally considered one of the possible rising stars of our favourite sport.


Dalma was born in Veszprem (Hungary) on 08/13/1998 and began to play tennis at 5. In 2014, when she was still a junior, she obtained her first good results in Itf Pro circuit by winning two 10k tournaments in Heraklion; in 2015 she already debuted in Fed Cup and won other three Itf tournaments including a 25k in Cairns, Australia. She closed the year at 313rd position of Wta ranking. In the same year she ended her brilliant junior career which culminated with Us Open victory. Infact from 2016, at just 17 years old, she dedicated completely at pro tournaments and we didn’t have to wait very long to see her perfomance improve more and more; two triumphs in 25k tournaments and a final in the prestigious Tokyo 100k at the end of the year. Her new best ranking will be fixed probabily on next Monday when she should reach the 150 position of the ranking.

But now the interview…


Hi Dalma, how many years are you wandering the world to play tennis tournaments despite your very young age?

I started playing tournaments abroad when I was 11 years old. My first tournaments were mostly in close countries to Hungary.

Usually are you able to enjoy and visit the attractions of places where you play tournaments ? 

It always depends on how i do on each tournament. If i lose quite early, i go and look around in the city where i am. If i play well, and do well at the tournaments, then i don’t have time for anything unfortunately.

What is the most beautiful place did you discover playing tennis until now? 

My favourite country is definitely Australia. I love the atmosphere of the cities,especially Brisbane and Melbourne. There are lots of great coffeshops where you can have a nice coffee or a brunch with your friends. The beaches of the Gold Coast are just spectacular. And my best experience was to hold a koala in my hands.

Is there some city or place that you would suggest us absolutely to visit of your country?

Without any doubt I would suggest to spend some days in Budapest.

To travel is very expensive for a tennis player too. Do you use any particular trick to save money in booking flights and hotels?

I can’t really use any tricks because your schedule can change anytime, so you can’t really book a ticket in advance.

What are your next tournaments planned and your professional goals for 2017?

I am going to stay in Hungary for the WTA tournament in Budapest which i hope it will be very nice, so i would suggest everybody to come and look around in the beautiful, and to enjoy some good tennis.

I think it will be a great tournament in a wonderful town. Thanks for your kindness Dalma.

Thanks to you Gianluca.

The 1st edition of Hungarian Ladies Open will be held from 02/20 to 02/26 in Budapest. Why to not visit this wonderful town and contemporary to not see our Dalma to face some of the best players of the world like Simona Halep and Johanna Konta? We will dedicate in the next week an article to this tournament but in the meantime if you want to know something more about the magnificent Budapest….



USEFUL LINKS:

Budapest Tourism Official Site

Lonely Planet about Budapest

Budapest by Locals

3038 Budapest Accomodations
See you soon guys!!!

Me, tennis and travels – An interview to Alexandra Cadantu

Here again for a new interview to tennis players to investigate about what they think about their wonderful job and about the places that they discover by playing tennis. Today it’s my great honor to interview Alexandra Cadantu, a player that in her career has partecipated in all the most important tournaments of the world and that gave us very intersting answers about our favourite subjects: Tennis & Tourism.


Alexandra was born in Bucharest on 05/03/1990, she began to play tennis at 5 and got her first ranking point in 2005 at just 15 years. She won her first Itf tournament in 2006 in her birthplace, Bucharest. But is from 2010 that her career had a turning point. Infact in 2010 she won 5 ITF tournaments, the following year she entered for the 1st time in the Wta top-100 playing her first Wta main draw in Luxembourg and winning a 100k Itf in Biella. In 2012 she confirmed her ranking and reached her 1st Wta final in Monterey. The following was her best year with three Wta semifinals and a 2nd round in Wimbledon. With this results she obtained her best ranking at 59th position at the beginning of 2014.

But now the interview….


Hi Alexandra, how many years are you wandering the world to play tennis tournaments? 

I started to travel for different tournaments when i was very young, about 7 years old, with my parents inside my beautiful country Romania. My first trip outside the country was in Paris when i was 12 years old and since then i’m traveling every year to play.

Usually are you able to enjoy and visit the attractions of places where you play tournaments ? 

There are places i like to visit and it is important to have time. It usually depends on two reasons: playing very well and reaching the final stages of the tournament or lose preety fast. There are places where i have time to visit the local attractions or museums, but there are places where i saw only the hotel and the club and back to the airport.

What is the most beautiful place did you discover playing tennis? 

Melbourne Zoo. I love animals and you can see there koalas, kangaroos, little penguins, lemurs and all the species. It’s really fascinating.

Is there some city or place that you would suggest us absolutely to visit of your country?

If you come to Romania you can visit the gorgeous castles in Transilvania, or the magnific Danube Delta but one place will take your breath away… There is a lake on the top of the Fagaras Mountains. Balea Lac. And the road to get there is stunning! 

To travel is very expensive for a tennis player too. Do you use any particular trick to save money in booking flights and hotels?

I wish i could! 🙂 It’s very rare to have the possibility to buy tickets in advance so i never get to do that. Of course you can find cheap hotels or accomodation but often “cheap” comes with “surprises”. Anyway these days “safe” is more important!      

What are your next tournaments planned and your professional goals for 2017?

I will start my season in France playing 2 tournaments, one in Andrezieux Boutheon and one in Grenoble. My goal is to reach top 100 WTA this year!

That’s all! Thanks for your kindness Alexandra.

Thanks to you Gianluca.

Alexandra loves her Romania and she suggested us to visit a place that is not so much known from foreigners. And from the pictures I found on the web I have to say that she is right. Ladies and gentlemen the stunning Balea Lake


Balea Lake is a glacier lake situated at 2,034 meters of altitude in the Fagaras Mountains, in central area of Romania. The main reason for people to visit it, especially in summer, is the great landscape surrounding this area and the amazing road to this touristic attraction.

To arrive to Balea Lake the nearest airport is Sibiu Airport, 77 kilometers away from Balea Lac. Other airports that either offer national and international connections are situated in Targu Mures City (175 km), Cluj Napoca city (241 km) and Bucharest (300 km). The easiest way to reach Balea Lake is by car. If you arrive in the country by plane you can rent one.

You find more info on Balea Lac Official Tourism Site. Just on Balea Lake there is the first ice hotel of Eastern Europe, the incredible Balea Ice Hotel.

Look here for other accommodations in Balea Lac neighborhoods.
See you soon guys!!!

Me, tennis and travels – An interview to Diana Marcinkevica

This week we have the possibility to make you know latvian player Diana Marcinkevica, who, despite her still young age, is traveling around the world from many years to play tennis and that can help us to understand much more about “tennis players life-style“.


Diana was born in Riga on 08/03/1992, began to play tennis at 7 years and gained her first ranking point in 2008 at Volos (Greece) when she was just 16. She won her first pro tennis tournament during 2009 in Tallin and from that moment she improved constantly her Wta ranking until 196th position in August 2014 which is her curgent best ranking. Years 2013/2014 are her best seasons with two remarkable triumphs in 25k ITF tournaments and with the access to the main draw of Stuttgart Wta Premier event. She plays in Federation Cup for Latvia from 2010 and today with Elena Ostapenko is a very difficult team to beat for any other nation.

But now the interview…

Hi Diana, how many years are you wandering the world to play tennis tournaments ? 

I started to discover a world around 15 years ago. For me it’s very interesting to see a new places. 

Usually are you able to enjoy and visit the attractions of places where you play tournaments ? 

Of course I don’t always have time to visit the attractions when I’m playing in tournaments. But if it’s something very famous, I will try my best to see it.

What is the most beautiful place did you discover playing tennis? 

I’ve visited many wonderful places, my favourite would be Lenzerheide in Switzerland. The nature is just amazing there with the mountains and the lakes. The views are truly beautiful.

Is there some city or place that you would suggest us absolutely to visit of your country?

In my country is nice to visit the capital Riga. In the city center and especially the old town you can find some amazing monuments. It’s perfect for sight-seeing. There are many houses in the Art Nouveau style.

To travel is very expensive for a tennis player too. Do you use any particular trick to save money in booking flights and hotels?

I don’t have any tricks to save money. Other than travelling a lot by car and keeping an eye on my budget by limiting my expenses.

What are your next tournaments planned and your professional goals for 2017?

I’m planning to start the season at the end of January with a couple of tournaments in France and then I will go to play Fed Cup in Tallinn. My first goal for 2017 is to break back into the Top200.

Wow Diana! Good luck for next tournaments and thank you for your kindness.

Thanks to you Gianluca.

Diana told us how many beautiful places she discovered  thanks to tennis. Her favourite place is not the usual Paris, or London or New York or Rome but a little village, surrounded by mountains, in the canton of Graübunden in Switzerland: Lenzerheide.



USEFUL LINKS TO DISCOVER LENZERHEIDE:

Visit Lenzerheide Official Site

General Info on WikiTravel

Lonely Planet on Lenzerheide-Valbella

All Accomodations in Lenzerheide

See you soon guys!!!

 

Me, tennis and travels – An interview to Jan Mertl

Here again  with a new episode of our section that talks about tennis players and trips. Today we had the chance to interview a player that for so many years is traveling the world to play tennis matches.His name is Jan Mertl, he was born on 01/03/1982 at Usti Nad Labem in Czech Republic and in his long career he won something like 23 itf future tournaments, last of which on the past week. With a best ranking fixed at 163rd position, Jan didn’t lose his desire to compete and is now ready to face a further tennis season playing many difficult matches and….visiting a lot of nice places.

But now the interview…


Hi Jan, how many years are you wandering the world to play tennis tournaments ? 

I started to travel when I was around 19 or 20 so its been already a long time:) Its 15 years:)

Usually are you able to enjoy and visit the attractions of places where you play tournaments ? 

Usually as soon as I loose I travel back home or another tournament but in some special places I did it because I knew it could be the last chance to see it. But usually every year we play same tournaments so we already know the place.

What is the most beautiful place did you discover playing tennis? 

I really like Australia. There are so many beutifull places but I would say the best are Guadaloupe,Bermuda and Mauricius where I played the tournaments. 

Is there some city or place that you would suggest us absolutely to visit of your country?

Of course I would suggest to visit Prague. Its really amazing city with long historical past. But we have also some other cities or places like Cesky Krumlov and Valtice. Those two I would reccomend after Prague.

To travel is very expensive for a tennis player too. Do you use any particular trick to save money in booking flights and hotels?

I try to book the flights and hotels throught the finder or the travel agency but sometimes we have to do it last moment as we move to other tournaments so the prices are higher.

What are your next tournaments planned and your professional goals for future?
I will play just couple of czech tournaments in the end of the year. Next year I would like to get in qualification at Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

Thank you Jan.

Thanks.

 Among places that Jan suggested to visit in his country, I want to focus my attention on Valtice. This is a small town in Břeclav District, South Moravian Region in the Czech Republic, close to the Austrian border. Valtice contains one of the most impressive Baroque residences of Central Europe. It was designed as the seat of the ruling princes of Liechtenstein. Together with the neighbouring manor of Lednice, to which it is connected by a 7 kilometres long lime-tree avenue, Valtice forms the Lednice–Valtice Cultural Landscape, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

USEFUL LINKS FOR THIS TOWN:

Lednice-Valtice Tourist Info

All accomodations in Valtice

See you soon guys!!!
Our past interviews:

  1. Gianluca Mager
  2. Nadia Podoroska
  3. Jan Satral
  4. Jeremy Jahn
  5. Yannick Maden
  6. Chanel Simmonds
  7. Jessica Pieri
  8. Ioana Pietroiu


Me, tennis and travels – An interview to Gianluca Mager

Today we have the possibility to know Gianluca Mager, a very intersting italian young player, who, as usual in our interview, will talk us about his continued moving around the world to play tennis tournaments looking for Atp points.

Gianluca was born on 12/01/1994, he started play tennis at 7 and became a professional tennis player in 2010 when he played his first qualies in San Remo Challenger. He gained his first points in 2013 when he closed at 942nd position of Atp ranking. From that year he has constantly improved his ranking and reaching his best on last September at 290. Infact during the last months he obtained some good results with quarterfinals in three challenger tournaments (Casablanca, Genova and San Benedetto) and defeating top 100 players like Jan Lennard Struff, Teymuraz Gabashvili and Damir Dzumhur.

But now the interview…

mager

Gianluca, how many years are you wandering the world to play tennis tournaments ? 

 I am now traveling and playing the circuit for 4 years.

Are you able to enjoy and visit the places where you play tournaments ? 

It’s really difficult to go around for tourism during a tournament, especially because you spend a lot of energies for matches and so you cannot find the strenght to go to visit the city unless, once you’ve finished the tournament, you don’t have a couple of days before leaving again. In that case you can relax and you can be a tourist.

What is the most beautiful place did you discover playing tennis?

For me Dublin is a very beautiful town. But i think that there are many amazing places and cities in the world….

What is the most beautiful place of your country that you would suggest us to visit? 

I like very much Rome, for me it’s the most beuatiful town. I would suggest anyone to play a tournament in Rome and after to stay a couple of days to visit the town.

To travel is very expensive for a tennis player too. Do you use any particular trick to save money in booking flights and hotels?

You are right. To travel is very expensive. But in some tournaments which offer hospitality you can save money. And however you can always find the best solutions for you. 

I see. And last question…what are your professional goals for 2017 and your tennis dream?

I didn’t fix any particular goal for next season. Instead my dream is to play on Wimbledon’s centre court.

It would be great! Many thanks Gianluca.

Thanks to you.

Gianluca thinks that one of the most intersting places he discovered playing tennis is Dublin. And he’s right because Dublin is destination which should be visited by anyone.

dublin

USEFUL LINKS FOR THIS TOWN:

Visit Dublin Official Site

All accomodations in Dublin

 

See you soon guys!!!

Our past interviews:

  1. Nadia Podoroska
  2. Jan Satral
  3. Jeremy Jahn
  4. Yannick Maden
  5. Chanel Simmonds
  6. Jessica Pieri
  7. Ioana Pietroiu

Me, tennis and travels – An interview to Nadia Podoroska

This week we have the possibility to make you know (after Jessica Pieri) another young talented girl of ’97 generation.We are talking about argentine player (with ukrainian origins) Nadia Podoroska who, despite young age, has already debuted for her country in the Federation Cup.

Nadia was born in Rosario on 02/10/1997, began to play tennis at 5 year’s old and gained her first ranking point in 2012 when she was just 15 years old. She won her first pro tennis tournament during 2013 in Santiago and from that moment she improved constantly her Wta ranking until 336th position of the end of 2015. But it’s in the current year that she got her best results, before going on to win her first 25k Itf tournament in Denain (France), then qualifying for the main draw of US Open after beating Donna Vekic in the decisive round of qualies. With this result she achieved her best ranking ar 200th place of world rankings.

But now the interview…

nadia-podoroska1

Hi Nadia, how many years are you wandering the world to play tennis tournaments ? 

I started to travel around the world since I was 14. So 5 years travelling.

Usually are you able to enjoy and visit the attractions of places where you play tournaments ? 

Sometimes yes, and sometimes no. I prefer to be focused on the tournament until it finishes. Of course, when I am in a very famous city like Paris or New York, I try to see the most famous places.

What is the most beautiful place did you discover playing tennis?

I went to Bol, Croatia, in 2014 and it was a very nice place. It has one of the most beautiful beach that i had ever saw. Also, i really like the small cities in countries like Italy or France. They are very nice to know about the culture and typical customs. 

Is there some city or place that you would suggest us absolutely to visit of your beautiful country?

I didn’t travel too much in my country because we don’t have a lot of tournaments here. But it’s a really nice country for sightseeing. It is a country with a great diversity. We have mountains, lakes and glaciers in the south, and waterfalls in the north. We also have some good beaches.

To travel is very expensive for a tennis player too. Do you use any particular trick to save money in booking flights and hotels?

Not really. I booked the hotels by Booking and flights by Skyscanner. Trying to figure out the better one.

What are your next tournaments planned and your professional goals for future?

I will play two WTA in Hong Kong and Moscow! So i will try to know more about this cities and places to visit! 

Wow Nadia! Good luck for next tournaments and thank you for your kindness.

Thanks to you Gianluca.

 

Nadia told us how many natural beauties there are in her fantastic country. Among these there is a natural attraction that I visited and that for me is one of the most incredible natural wonder that you can see on our planet. I’m talking about Iguazù Falls which are located at the northern border between Argentina and Brazil. To visit Garganta del Diablo is an experience that everyone should do once in a lifetime.

garganta

USEFUL LINKS FOR THIS ATTRACTION:

IGUAZU’ OFFICIAL SITE

ALL ACCOMODATIONS IN PUERTO IGUAZU’

 

See you soon guys!!!

Our past interviews:

  1. Jan Satral
  2. Jeremy Jahn
  3. Yannick Maden
  4. Chanel Simmonds
  5. Jessica Pieri
  6. Ioana Pietroiu

 

 

Me, tennis and travels – An interview to Jan Satral 

Today we did an exclusive interview with Jan Satral. The questions as usual were focused on our favourite topic: tennis & tourism. Today is also a very special day for Jan who, just some minutes ago, in the early afternoon, has won his 2nd challenger tournament of year and career in Rome Bfd Challenger defeating 6-3 6-2 top 100 (former 33) dutch player Robin Haase.


Jan Satral was born in Melník (Czech Republic) on 07/24/1990, started playing tennis at 5 and gained his first point in 2008. It was just in 2011 that he won his first professional tournament in Slovakia (Future F1). But is in 2015 that his career had a significant improvement with a constant attendance of Challenger circuit and many matches won which took him at 222nd place of Atp Ranking. During this 2016 he got his best results by winning his first challenger event in Marbourg, winning his first Grand Slam match at Us Open (defeated at 2nd round by Gael Monfils) and reaching his best ranking at 169th on last Monday. But, of course, thanks to today’s victory from tomorrow he will gain another new best ranking probabily at 135th position.

But now the interview…


Jan, how many years are you wandering the world to play tennis tournaments ? 

I started when I was playing tournaments U 14.. But usually I was traveling just in Europe. Since I’m playing on pro tour I’m travelling all the world. So I think i’m travelling more than 10 years now..

Are you able to enjoy and visit the places where you play tournaments ? 

Of course we are able to visit some places when we are at the tournaments. But I better relaxing then having some sightseeing. I’m happy when I have a day off on the tournament and don’t have to play a match, but I also already visited some nice places.

What is the most beautiful place did you discover playing tennis? 
I really loved Melbourne and New York. These two cities I think I like the most. And I also enjoyed Bangkok.

You are from Czech Republic a country known especially for wonderful Prague. Is there some other city or place that you would suggest us absolutely to visit of your country?

Yeah, Prague is really awesome city, I really recomend to everyone to visit it someday. I still enjoying when I walk Prague with my girlfriend, even we live there. But there are more nice cities in Czech, Karlovy Vary is a nice city with cute streets, Cesky Krumlov is a nice city with its historic old town. And many more cities.

In your career you played in many different countries. Is there one of these countries where you would like to live?

No, for sure not. There are a lot of countries I really like to play tournament and stay some weeks, but I can’t imagine to live in other country then Czech.

What are your next tournaments planned and your professional goals for future?

I will play Moscow and Vienna ATP qualies and Bratislava challenger. On January i will go to Australia. I’m not giving some goals to myself, I just want to enjoy it and have a fun. If it goes this way, I’m playing my best tennis and I can play against top players.

Thanks a lot, Jan.

Thanks to you.

During this interview Jan suggested to visit not only faboulous Prague but also other towns of Czech Republic and among these i would like to put in evidence in particular Cesky Krumlov, an Unesco World Heritage destination that in recent years has been visited by an increasing number of tourists. Far about 160 km from Prague, this town is easily accessible by car or bus.


If you want to know much more about this little town check these useful links:

CESKY KRUMLOV OFFICIAL TOURISM SITE

CESKY KRUMLOV ON WIKITRAVEL

ALL ACCOMODATIONS

See you soon guys!!!!

Past interviews:

  1. Jeremy Jahn
  2. Yannick Maden
  3. Chanel Simmonds
  4. Jessica Pieri
  5. Ioana Pietroiu

Me, tennis and travels – An interview to Jeremy Jahn

For this week we have the honor to interview another important german tennis player, Jeremy Jahn. With his words he will help us to understand how tennis players live their particular style of life and especially if they think to be real tennis travellers.

Jeremy Jahn was born in Munich on 04/05/1990, he began his professional tennis career in 2008 when he got his first ATP point. In 2013 he won his first professional tournament in Koeln (Germany) but is in the current year that he did his best results with 4 future titles won and some good performance in challenger tournaments like semifinal reached in Maroc last week; these results let him to get his best ATP ranking position (240) just on this Monday.

But now the interview…

Jeremy, how many years are you wandering the world to play tennis tournaments ? 

 I am now traveling and playing the circuit for 8 years.

Are you able to enjoy and visit the places where you play tournaments ? 

It’s really difficult sometimes. If you are long into the tournament you have to keep to focus for the match and there is not that much time to make a big cityvisit. But sometimes you get some time and can enjoy the nice places.

What is the most beautiful place did you discover playing tennis? 
I already went in countries like Iran, South Africa, South Korea but one of the most beautiful city was Sevilla in Spain.

What is the most beautiful place of your country that you would suggest us to visit? 

In my country I would suggest to visit Bavaria , especially Munich and there are really other nice places like the lake Bodensee.

You played in last months in many different cities like Maroc, Tunisy, Korea. Is there one of this countries where you would like to live?

So I feel really good and comfortable in Munich. I am happy where I am 😉

I see. And last question…what are your next tournaments planned and your professional goals for future?

I am currently in Marocco, then I have some days off. After that I play again two Challengers in Marocco. My goals for sure are to getting better every day and reach the highest ranking as possible. But first of all I really want to play the Australian Open in 2017!

Many thanks Jeremy.

Thanks.


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Me, tennis and travels – An interview to Yannick Maden

Here again for a new interview to understand what tennis players think  about a so particular style of life and, especially, about their continued moving around the world to play tennis tournaments looking for Atp points. This week we addressed our questions to the German tennis player Yannick Maden.

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Yannick was born in Stuttgart on 10/28/1989 and, after getting his first atp point in summer 2007 , decided to dedicate full time to studies in USA. So his professional tennis career truly began only in 2013 and immediately with some good results which take him, at the end of 2014, to 442nd position in Atp ranking. In 2016 he obtained his best results winning 3 ITF single titles and reaching his best ranking at 314th position. But now the interview…

Yannick, how many years are you wandering the world to play tennis tournaments ? 

I finished my college career in the United States in May 2013. I started playing on the tour in June 2013 then. I took half a year off last year due to physical issues but other than that I travelled to different tournaments across the world.

Are you able to enjoy and visit the places where you play tournaments ? 

I’m not a big fan of sight seeing but I do get to enjoy the different places. The food and people are different. Its small differences that you get to experience.

What is the most beautiful place did you discover playing tennis? 

I really enjoyed the trip to Sunrise, Florida. The place was beautiful, many things to do, great restaurants and weather. It’s close to Miami where we got to go as well back then which was very cool.

You are from Germany, in the heart of Old Europe. Is there some city or place that you would suggest us absolutely to visit? 

I’m from Stuttgart, Germany, and I love my city. So I can only recommend it.

In your career you played in last months in many different countries. Is there one of these countries where you would like to live?

I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else than where I’m from due to my friends and family, but I did really enjoy my time in the United States. I studied in Clemson, SC, and it was like home to me.

What are your next tournaments planned and your professional goals for future?

I will be playing two tournaments in sardegna, Italy, and after that I will go indoors. I haven’t decided yet where I will end up going to. I’m working towards being able to play in the grand slams which is my short-term goal.

Many thanks for this interview and good luck for your next tournaments.

Thanks to you.

 

Yannick told that his born town is a special place so if you want to know more about Stuttgart take a look at these useful links:

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