THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMENS Engie Open Nantes Atlantique
From 10/30 to 11/05
Surface: Hard indoor
Prize money: $ 25,000
Tournament location: Centre de Ligue de Tennis des Pays de la Loire – Route de la ville au Blanc, NANTES, VERTOU, 44120, France
How to arrive: Tennis courts are far 9 km and about 20 minutes driving from central station. Nantes Atlantique Intl Airport is located just at 12,9 km (using E3 highway about 12 minutes driving).
Entry list: Pauline Parmentier (Fra) – Denisa Allertova (Cze) – Richel Hogenkamp (Ned) – Jana Cepelova (Svk) – Anna Blinkova (Rus) – Bernarda Pera (Usa) – Tamara Korpatsch (Ger) – Tereza Martincova (Cze) – Sofya Zhuk (Rus) – Lesley Kherkove (Ned)
THE TOWN: Nantes is a city in western France on the Loire River, 50 km (31 mi) from the Atlantic coast. The city is the sixth-largest in France, with a population of nearly 300,000 in Nantes and an urban area of 600,000 inhabitants.
For Lonely Planet: “Spirited and innovative, this artsy city on the banks of the Loire has a history of reinventing tself. It was founded by Celts around 70 BC and in AD 937 it joined the duchy of Brittany. The Edict of Nantes, a landmark royal charter guaranteeing civil rights to France’s Huguenots (Protestants), was signed in Nantes by Henri IV in 1598. By the 18th century Nantes was France’s foremost port, and in the 19th century – following the abolition of slavery – it became an industrial centre; the world’s first public transport service, the omnibus, began here in 1826. Shipbuilding anchored the city’s economy until the late 20th century and when the shipyards relocated westwards to St-Nazaire, Nantes transformed itself into a thriving student and cultural hub.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:
- Jardin des Plantes
- Les Machines de l’Ile
- Château des Ducs de Bretagne
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Campanile Nantes Centre – Saint Jacques. This 3 stars hotel, rated 8.5 on Booking, is a 10 minutes in public transport from the city centre of Nantes. It offers modern guest rooms, a restaurant and a 24-hour lounge bar. Unlimited free WiFi is available. A superior double room costs 45€ per night with free parking included.
- Oceania l’Hôtel de France Nantes. Excellent 4 stars hotel rated 9.1 on Booking and located a 2-minute walk from Place Royale. The interior is designed in a contemporary style to complement the architecture of the 18th-century lobby. The spacious rooms include a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom complete with a walk-in shower. Additional facilities at the Hotel De France include a contemporary bar and a fitness center. The daily rate for a comfort double room starts from 107€ per night with free WiFi included.
- Okko Hotels Nantes Château. Located in Nantes city centre, just 900 m from the train station , and rated 9.2 on Booking, this exceptional **** hotel features a 24-hour reception desk and free Wi-Fi and provides 12 private parking spaces. With a modern décor, the air-conditioned rooms include a satellite TV with free on demand channels, a safe, an iPod docking station and a coffee machine. “Le Club”, the hotel’s big communal area, includes a business corner with free computers and a free wellness area with sport machines and the sauna. A souvenir shop with local products is also at your disposal in the same area. A comfort double room costs 109€ per night with excellent organic breakfast included.
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