Nantes – In the heart of Loire for an attractive womens tennis tournament

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)

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Pauline Parmentier nr.1 of Entry List

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

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  • Les Machines de l’Ile

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  • Château des Ducs de Bretagne

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Campanile Nantes Centre – Saint JacquesThis 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 NantesExcellent 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 ChâteauLocated 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.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Nantes Official

Your Hotel in Nantes

 

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Wien – Enjoying world class tennis by tasting the original Sacher Torte…

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 500 ERSTE BANK OPEN 500

From 10/23 to 10/29

Surface: Hard indoor

Prize money: € 2,035,415

Tournament Location: Wiener Stadthalle – Roland Rainer Platz 1 A-1150 Wien

How to get: Public Transport U6 “Burggasse-Stadthalle” / “Urban Loritz-Platz” (Metro) -U3 “Schweglerstraße” (Metro) – Tram 6, 9, 18, 49 – Bus 48A

Recent Past Winners: 2016 Andy Murray – 2015 David Ferrer – 2014 Andy Murray – 2013 Tommy Haas – 2012 Juan Martin del Potro – 2011 – Jo Wilfred Tsonga – 2010/2009 Juergen Melzer

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German star Alexander Zverev will lead the seeding

Entry list: Alexander Zverev (Ger) – Dominic Thiem (Aut) – Pablo Carreno Busta (Esp) – Milos Raonic (Can) – Kevin Anderson (Saf) – Sam Querrey (Usa) – John Isner (Usa) – Jo Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) – Tomas Berdych (Cze) – Lucas Pouille (Fra)

ABOUT WIEN:

Wien is the capital of the Republic of Austria and by far the largest city in Austria with its population of more than 1.7 million. As you’d expect it’s Austria’s cultural, economic, and political centre. As the former home of the Habsburg court and its various empires, the city still has the trappings of the imperial capital it once was, and the historic city centre is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Visitors can not leave without having first tasted the two culinary specialties of the city: Sacher Torte (the original one at Sacher Hotel) and Wiener Schnitzel (the best is at Filgmüller).

Lonely Planet’s writer Catherine Le Nevez tells about Wien: “With its rambling palaces, winding cobbled lanes, elegant Kaffeehäuser (coffee houses) and cosy wood-panelled Beisln (bistro pubs), Vienna is steeped in history. Yet it’s also at the cutting edge of design, architecture, contemporary art, and new directions in drinking and dining. What I love most about the city is that not only does it hold on to its traditions, it incorporates them in everything from high-fashion Dirndls with pop-art motifs or punk conical studs to handmade Sacher Torte–flavoured doughnuts and inspired neo-retro cafes. Vienna’s past is alive in its present, and, by extension, its future.

TOP 5 THINGS TO SEE:

  • Schönbrunn Palace

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  • Old Town

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  • Belvedere Palace Museum

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  • Stephansdom

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  • Hofburg

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Kärntnerhof. Excellent *** accomodation, rated 8.8 on Booking and with an high value for money, this hotel enjoys a quiet location in central Wien at just 5 minutes walking from Stephansdom. A standard double room, decorated in a blend of Art Noveau and Italian style, costs 155€ per nigh with breakfast and free wifi included.
  • Hotel Capricorno. Wonderful **** hotel at just 8 minutes walking from Stephans Platz with many pubs and restaurants in the surroundings. Rated 9.1 on Booking, it offers 18 mq2 stylish double room at 188€ per night including breakfast and wifi.
  • Hotel Sans Souci Wien. Best Wien accomodation either for Tripadvisor or for Booking (rated 9.4), this luxurious ***** hotel located in the centre of town, just opposite the Museum Quarter, features an indoor pool, a spa and gourmet restaurant La Veranda. The price for a 25 mq2 elegant double room with breakfast and wifi is 323€ per night.

 

USEFUL LINKS:

Wien Tourist Official Info

Schonbrunn Official

Belvedere Museum Site

Tournament Official Site

Your Hotel in Wien



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Macon – Enjoy an intersting tennis tournament in the city “where soul lives”…

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN W.L. AMOS SR. TENNIS CLASSIC

From 23/10 to 29/10

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 80,000

Tournament location: Leroy Peddy Tennis Center – 1501 Mercer University Drive, Macon, GA, 31207 USA

How to arrive: Tennis venue is centrally located in Macon, just 2 miles from famous Cannonball House. Regional Macon Downtown airport is located at 10 miles and 13 minutes driving from Leroy Peddy T.C.

Past champions: 2016 Kayla Day – 2015 Rebecca Peterson – 2014 Kateryna Bondarenko

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Former Roland Garros champion Francesca Schiavone nr.1 of the seeding

Entry list: Francesca Schiavone (Ita) – Kateryna Bondarenko (Ukr) – Sachia Vickery (Usa) – Sofia Kenin (Usa) – Kristie Ahn (Usa) – Barbora Krejcikova (Cze) – Taylor Townsend (Usa) – Julia Boserup (Usa) – Kayla Day (Usa) – Irina Falconi (Usa)

THE TOWN: Macon is a city located in the state of Georgia approximately 85 miles (137 km) south of Atlanta, hence the city’s nickname the Heart of Georgia. The Macon metropolitan area had an estimated population of 231,259 in 2014.

The city is characterized by rich history, incredible architecture, stunning Southern charm, and a soulful musical heritage. Infact it has branded as the city where soul lives.

Only in Macon you can hike at ancient Indian mounds and enter into North America’s only reconstructed earth lodge, tour the 18,000 square foot, 7-story Italian Renaissance Revival mansion known as the Palace of The South, immerse yourself in musical history by taking a Free Birds & Night Owls or Rock n’ Roll Stroll tour, or explore the Southeast’s largest collection of African-American art, history, and culture.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Ocmulgee National Monument

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  • Cannonball House

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  • Amerson River Park

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Comfort Suites MaconConveniently located off Interstate 475, the 3 stars Comfort Suites hotel is close to several area attractions (golf courses, parks and outdoor recreation areas nearby). Guests can enjoy fine features like free coffee, free WiFi, free local calls, indoor heated pool and hot tub and fitness center. Price for a 26 mq2 king suite starts from 95$ per night with very good breakfast included.
  • SpringHill Suites by Marriott MaconExcellent hotel featuring an indoor salt water pool, a gym, a businnes center, a laundry and suites with free wifi and flat screen Tv included. It is located on Interstate 75 and is rated 8.8 on Booking.  A king studio with sofa bed costs 101$ with breakfast included.
  • TownePlace Suites by Marriott Macon Mercer UniversityShowcasing an outdoor pool and fitness center, TownePlace Suites by Marriott Macon Mercer University obtained the highest rate on Booking (9.5) and is located very close to tennis venue. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and is equipped with a flat-screen TV. It features free wifi, parking, breakfast and free access to fitness center and outdoor pool. Prices? From 125$ per night for a 28 mq2 king studio.

Please notice that you have to add to these rates 14% tax and a daily 5$ city tax.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Macon Official

Your Hotel in Macon

 

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Pattaya City – If you are in this multicultural town don’t miss some good tennis!

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF MEN PTT Itf Men’s Pro Circuit

From 10/16 to 10/22

Surface: Hard indoor

Prize money: $ 15,000

Tournament location: Greta Sport Club – 68/5 Moo 3 soi Wat Yan, Na Chom Tien, Tambol Najomtien, Aumpur Sattahip, Pattaya, Chonburi, Pattaya, 20250, Thailand

How to arrive: Beautiful Greta Sport Club is far about 18 km from Pattaya City. Closest airport is the international one in Suvarnabhumi which is located at 134 km and about 100 minutes driving.

Entry list: Ti Chen (Tpe) – Max Purcell (Aus) – Sam Barry (Irl) – Peter Kobelt (Usa) – Nam Hoang Ly (Vie) – Masato Shiga (Jpn) – Nicholas Hu (Usa) – Jumpei Yamasaki (Jpn) – Riccardo Balzerani (Ita) – Hunter Callahan (Usa)

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Nr.1 of expected seeding Ti Chen from Taipei

THE TOWN: Pattaya is a resort city in Thailand. It is on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, about 100 kilometres south-east of Bangkok. The Pattaya City is a self-governing municipal area which covers the whole tambon Nong Prue and Na Klua and parts of Huai Yai and Nong Pla Lai. Pattaya’s census population figure is 107,406, yet this only accounts for residents who have formally registered in the city.

Lonely Planet writes about it: “Multicultural Pattaya boasts some excellent places to stay and eat, and the area is also a family-friendly resort coast. Nevertheless, the city itself is no tropical paradise; its reputation as a sex capital is totally deserved, with hundreds of beer bars, go-go clubs and massage parlours. Much of the rest is dedicated to mass-market sun-seeking tourism, with a huge retired expat population, and enormous tour groups hurried through town in an almost constant stream. For a relaxing stay in Pattaya, base yourself outside the central area.”

PATTAYA’S TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Sanctuary of Truth

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  • Nong Nooch Tropical Garden

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  • Coral Island

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • E-outfitting Boutique Hotel PattayaExcellent *** accomodation rated 8.8 on Booking and located just 400 mt from Pattaya Beach, this hotel features free WiFi throughout the property, private on site parking and stylish rooms with private bathrooms and flat screen Tv. A 30 mq2 standard twin room costs from 42$ per night with free cancellation included.
  • Holiday Inn PattayaDirectly located on the popular Beach Road, Holiday Inn Pattaya features sea views from all 567 guest rooms and suites with the comfort of a private balcony. The hotel boasts 4 outdoor pools, a fitness center, a paronamic Lounge Bar and 4 restaurants. The price for a 36 mq2 deluxe double room starts from 114$ per night with free WiFi included (complimentary breakfast costs 9$ at day).
  • Wave Hotel PattayaThis property is 1 minute walk from the beach and less than a 5-minute walk from CentralFestival Pattaya Beach Shopping Mall. Rated 9.3 on Booking, it has rooms with modern facilities and sitting area and it features an outdoor pool, a 24-hour front desk and free Wi-Fi. Rates? A 45 mq2 sunset king room with exceptional sea view costs 188€ per night with excellent breakfast included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Pattaya’s Tourism On Bangkok.com

Your Hotel in Pattaya Central

 

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Moscow – Svetlana Kuznetsova is looking for her 3rd triumph in the “Third Rome”

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA PREMIER Vtb Kremlin Cup

From 10/16 to 10/21

Surface: Hard indoor

Prize money: 790,208 $

Tournament location: Olympic Stadium – Olympiysky Prospect, 16, Moscow 129090 Russia

How to arrive: VTB Kremlin Cup office is located at the South entrance of the Olympic Stadium (2-nd floor). The venus is quite centrally located in the capital town of Russian federation, at about 3.5 km from Kremlin. Domodedovo Intl Airport is at about 50 km (1h15m driving).

Past champions: 2016/2015 Svetlana Kuznetsova – 2014 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova – 2013 Simona Halep – 2012 Caroline Wozniacki – 2011 Dominika Cibulkova – 2010 Victoria Azarenka – 2009 Francesca Schiavone – 2008 Jelena Jankovic

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Defending double champion Svetlana Kuznetsova

Entry list: Johanna Konta (Gbr) – Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) – Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) – Jelena Ostapenko (Lat) – Anastasija Sevastova (Lat) – Elena Vesnina (Rus) – Daria Gavrilova (Rus) – Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Rus) – Coco Vandeweghe (Usa) – Lesia Tsurenko (Ukr)

THE TOWN: Moscow  is the capital and most populous city of Russia, with 13.2 million residents within the city limits and 17.1 million within the urban area. It  is a major political, economic, cultural, and scientific centre of Russia and Eastern Europe, as well as the largest city entirely on the European continent.  It is the seat of power of the Government of Russia, being the site of the Moscow Kremlin, a medieval city-fortress that is today the residence for work of the President of Russia. The Moscow Kremlin and Red Square are also one of several World Heritage Sites in the city.

For Lonely Planet “During any season, any hour of day, Moscow thrills visitors with its artistry, history and majesty.”

TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Red Square

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  • St. Basil Cathedral

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  • Kremlin

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  • Bolshoi Theatre

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  • Gorky Park

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • People Red Square HotelFeaturing free WiFi throughout the property, this wonderful 3 stars hotel (rated 9.2 on Booking) offers accommodations in Moscow, just 501 m from Saint Basil’s Cathedral. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV. Prices? From 86€ per night for a small double room with free cancellation.
  • Aquamarine Hotel. A 20 minute walk from the Moscow Kremlin, this designer **** hotel (rated 9.1 on Booking) features spacious, modern rooms and an international restaurant. It has a spa, free Wi-Fi and free on-site parking. All rooms are air-conditioned with flat screen Tv, minibar and private bathrooms. A 22 mq2 superior double room costs just 107€ per night at the moment in special offer.
  • Moss Boutique Hotel. Exceptional ***** hotel rated 9.5 on Booking and located 1 km from Bolshoi. It features free WiFi, a restaurant with terrace and an on-site bar. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and has a flat-screen TV. The rooms are fitted with a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find bathrobes and slippers. For a 20 mq2 double/twin room you will pay 269€ per night with exceptional breakfast included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Moscow Official

Your Hotel in Moscow

 

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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


Enjoy this Paulista TennisTrip!!!

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

 

Enjoy!!!

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

 

Enjoy this extraordinary Tennis Trip!

 

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