Milan – In the fashion capital city of Italy for a classic event of Atp Challenger calendar

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Aspira Tennis Cup Trofeo BCS

From 06/26 to 07/02

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money. 50,000 $

Tournament location: Harbour Club Milano – Via Cascina Bellaria, 19, 20153 Milan, Italy

How to arrive: Tennis club is located about 10 km from Milan city centre. You will need about 35 minutes by car to get in. Linate Airport is far 20 km and 40 minutes driving.

Past champions: 2016 Marco Cecchinato – 2015 Federico Delbonis – 2014/2011 Albert Ramos – 2013 Filippo Volandri – 2012 Tommy Robredo – 2010 Frederico Gil – 2009 Alessio Di Mauro – 2008 Teymuraz Gabashvili

Cecchinato
Marco Cecchinato is the defending champion of the tournament

Entry list: Marcel Granollers (Esp) – Thiago Monteiro (Esp) – Marco Cecchinato (Ita) – Gastao Elias (Por) – Guido Pella (Arg) – Arthur De Greef (Bel) – Federico Delbonis (Arg) – Uladzimir Ignatik (Blr) – Guillermo Garcia Lopez (Esp) – Dmitry Popko (Kaz)

THE TOWN: Milan is a city in Italy, capital of the Lombardy region, and the largest metropolitan area and the second most populous comune in Italy. It’s the second richest city in the European Union, after Paris.  Its business district hosts Italy’s Stock Exchange and the headquarters of the largest national and international banks and companies. The city is a major world fashion and design capital and with its museums, theatres and landmarks attracts every year over 9 million visitors.

Lonely Planet’s writer Paula Hardy writes: “From cutting-edge design showcases to hi-tech olive presses and a sidewalk scene that makes Fashion Week seem entirely redundant, Milan is both thrilling and fun. Everyone here is fizzing with ideas, ambition and energy, and it’s catching. Unlike nonna’s Italy further south, Milanese, like New Yorkers, are refreshing modernists. The main currency here isn’t the euro or amazing design gadgetry, it’s inspiration – and that’s what I love.”

TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS IN MILAN:

  • Duomo and Duomo Square

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  • Sforzesco Castle

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  • Pinacoteca di Brera

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  • La Scala Theater

Teatro_alla_Scala

  • Navigli District

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BEST PLACES TO STAY: 

  • BiocityWonderful *** hotel rated 9.0 on Booking located close to Milan Central Train Station, it rises in an elegant villa from the early 1920s. It exclusively uses eco-friendly materials and technologies as part of its commitment to respect the environment. Rooms here have neutral colour schemes and include air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Each one has a 32″ LCD TV with USB port. A double room costs 94,5€ with very good breakfast included.
  • The Yard MilanoExcellent **** hotel rated 9.2 on Booking and located in the famous nightlife Naviglio District. It offers ultra-modern suites and apartments with free Wi-Fi and Nespresso coffee machines. Each suite or apartment at The Yard has a unique design based on a sports theme. The daily rate for a 23 mq2 junior suite is 184€ per night with breakfast included in the price.
  • Armani Hotel MilanoExclusive ***** hotel just 50 mt from shopping district of Via Montenapoleone. Guests are taken to their elegant modern rooms by a personal lifestyle manager.  Set in a 1930s building designed by Enrico Griffini, rooms include Armani Casa furnishings and a Nespresso coffee machine. The stone or marble bathrooms feature a shower and bathtub, and each room offers a satellite LCD TV and an iPad. The on site Michelin-star restaurant serves both Lombard and international cuisine. Guests can relax in the sauna or Turkish bath or in the fitness center. Prices? A 50 mq2 premier room costs 846€ per night with free WiFi connection.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Tourism Milan Official Portal

Your Hotel in Milan

 

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Vicenza – A beautiful tennis week in the fascinating ‘City of Palladio’

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Internazionali di Tennis

From 05/29 to 06/04

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 50,000

Tournament location: Circolo Tennis Palladio 98 – Contrá della Piarda 9, 36100 Vicenza Italy

How to get: Vicenza train station is far just 1 km from Palladio 98. Closest airports are the ones of Venice and Verona, both at 60 km from Vicenza’s Old town.

Past champions: 2016 Guido Andreozzi – 2015 Inigo Cervantes – 2014 Filip Krajinovic

Entry list: Darian King (Bar) – Alessandro Giannessi (Ita) – Andrej Martin (Svk) – Gerald Melzer (Aut) – Guido Andreozzi (Ita) – Maximilian Marterer (Ger) – Marco Cecchinato (Ita) – Laslo Djere (Srb) – Inigo Cervantes (Esp) – Joao Souza (Bra)

THE TOWN: Vicenza is a city of northeastern Italy located at about 60 km from wonderful Venice. It is a thriving and cosmopolitan city, with a rich history and culture, and many museums, art galleries, piazzas, villas, churches and elegant Renaissance palazzi. With the Palladian Villas of the Veneto in the surrounding area, and his renowned Teatro Olimpico, the “city of Palladio” has been listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994.

Lonely Planet writes about it: “When Palladio escaped an oppressive employer in his native Padua, few would have guessed the humble stonecutter would, within a few decades, transform not only his adoptive city but also the history of European architecture. By luck, a local count recognised his talents in the 1520s and sent him to study the ruins in Rome. When he returned to Vicenza, the autodidact began producing his extraordinary buildings, structures that marry sophistication and rustic simplicity, reverent classicism and bold innovation. His genius would turn Vicenza and its surrounding villas into one grand Unesco World Heritage Site. And yet, the Veneto’s fourth-largest city is more than just elegant porticoes and balustrades – its dynamic exhibitions, bars and restaurants provide a satisfying dose of modern vibrancy.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Teatro Olimpico

 

  • Piazza dei Signori and Basilica Palladiana


  • Villa Valmarana ai Nani


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Key Hotel. Rated 8,5 on Booking and located 15 min walking from Teatro Olimpico this *** Hotel has an high value for money. Spacious rooms offer air conditioning, a TV, and free Wi-Fi. Prices from 74€ per night with free parking for guests.
  • Antico Hotel Vicenza. Wonderful 4 stars hotel rated 9.2 on Booking located in the heart of Vicenza, just some steps from Piazza dei Signori. It features free WiFi and a terrace with panoramic views of the city’s rooftops. Rooms and suites all come with a minibar and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Private bathrooms offer free toiletries and a hairdryer. A classic double room costs 125€ per night with delicious breakfast included.
  • Relais Santa Corona. This exceptional hotel rated 9.8 on Booking is housed in a restored 18th-century building set just steps from the medieval church of the same name. Walk to central Basilica Palladiana in 5 minutes. Décor is contemporary and minimalist, and rooms come with great facilities including 32-inch LCD satellite TV, free Wi-Fi internet access and tea and coffee-makers. The rate for a night in a double room is 134€ with breakfast buffet.

USEFUL LINKS:

Club and Tournament Info

Visit Vicenza Official 

Your Hotel in Vicenza


Enjoy it!!!

Samarkand – In Uzbekistan on the Silk Road for a Wonderful Tennis Trip

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Samarkand Challenger 

From 05/15 to 05/20

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 75,000

Tournament location: Tennis Club Dinamo – 1A Sadovaya Street, 140100 Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Past champions: 2016 Karen Kachanov – 2015 Teymuraz Gabashvili – 2014 Farrukh Dustov – 2013 Teymuraz Gabashvili – 2012 Dusan Lajovic – 2011 Denis Istomin – 2010 Andrej Martin – 2009 Dustin Brown – 2008 Michail Elgin

Gabashvili will look for his 3rd title in Samarkand
Entry list: Sergyi Stakhovsky (Ukr) – Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo (Esp) – Teymuraz Gabashvili (Geo) –  Jason Jung (Tpe) – Ilya Ivashka (Blr) – Adrian Menendez Maceiras (Esp) – Michael Mmoh (Usa) – Nikola Mijolevic (Srb) – Dmitry Popko (Ukr) – Joris De Loore (Bel)

THE TOWN: Samarkand is a city in modern-day Uzbekistan and is one of the oldest inhabited cities in Central Asia. There is evidence of human activity in the area of the city from the late Paleolithic era, though there is no direct evidence of when exactly Samarkand proper was founded; some theories are that it was founded between the 8th and 7th centuries BC. Prospering from its location on the Silk Road between China and the Mediterranean, at times Samarkand was one of the greatest cities of Central Asia. In 2001, UNESCO added the city to its World Heritage List as Samarkand – Crossroads of Cultures.

Lonely Planet writes: “Samarkand is a modern, well-groomed city, which has smartened itself up enormously in the past decade. This process has involved building walls around some of the less sightly parts of the old town, which many consider to have made the old city rather sterile, blocking off streets that have been linking quarters for centuries. While this ‘disneyfication’ of this once chaotic place is undeniable, it’s also true to say that Samarkand remains a breathtaking place to visit.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Registan


  • Shah i Zinda


  • Ulugh Beg Observatory


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Ideal Hotel. This *** hotel, rated 8.8 on Booking, enjoys a quiet location in Samarqand, a 5-minute walk from University Boulevard and 10 minutes from the historic Registan Square. Ideal Hotel offers free Wi-Fi and elegant interiors. Price for  a budget twin room is 41€ per night with breakfast and free parking included.
  • Hotel Bek Samarkand. Wonderful *** hotel rated 9.2 on Booking which a very good on-site restaurant, free private parking and WiFi. The daily rate for a 21 mq2 double room is very reasonable: 60€ per night with breakfast.
  • Sultan Hotel Boutique. This wonderful **** hotel, rated 9.0 on Booking and located 5 minutes walking from Registan offers a restaurant, a rooftop terrace with stunning views of the surroundings, free WiFi access and rooms with air-conditioning and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. A standard triple room costs 138€ per night with free parking and breakfast included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Samarkand On Visit Uzbekistan 

Your Hotel in Samarkand

Enjoy this exceptional and unique tennis trip!

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Bordeaux – We come back to review this major Atp Challenger in one of the cutest cities of France 

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Bnp Paribas Primrose

From 05/15 to 05/21

Prize money: $ 125,000

Surface: Clay outdoor

Tournament location: Villa Primrose Bordeaux – 81, rue Jules Ferry, 33200 Bordeaux 

How to get: Tennis club is far 11 km and 16 minutes driving from Aeroport De Bordeaux-Merignac. Courts are not far from city centre which is situated at less than 4 km.

Past champions: 2016 Rogerio Dutra Silva – 2015 Thanasi Kokkinakis – 2014 Julien Bennetau – 2013 Gael Monfils – 2012 Martin Klizan – 2011 Marc Giquel – 2010 Richard Gasquet – 2009 Marc Giquel – 2008 Eduardo Schwank

Nr.1 of the seeding Steve Darcis

Entry list: Steve Darcis (Bel) – Daniil Medvedev (Rus) – Malek Jaziri (Tun) – Jeremy Chardy (Fra) – Frances Tiafoe (Usa) – Dusan Lajovic (Srb) – Mikhail Youzhny (Rus) – Federico Delbonis (Arg) – Facundo Bagnis (Arg) – Julien Bennetau (Fra)

THE TOWN: Bordeaux is a port city on the Garonne River in the Gironde department. With its 749,595 inhabitants (as of 2013) and 1,178,335 in the metropolitan area, it is the fifth largest in France, after Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Lille, and before Toulouse.

Bordeaux is the world’s major wine industry capital. It is home to the world’s main wine fair, Vinexpo, and the wine economy in the metro area takes in 14.5 billion euros each year. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century. The historic part of the city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Lonely Planet writes: “The city of Bordeaux is among France’s most exciting, vibrant and dynamic cities. In the last decade and a half, it’s shed its languid, Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty) image thanks to the vision of city mayor Alain Juppé who has pedestrianised boulevards, restored neoclassical architecture, created a high-tech public transport system and reclaimed Bordeaux’s former industrial wet docks at Bassin à Flots. Half the city (18 sq km) is Unesco-listed, making it the largest urban World Heritage site; while world-class architects have designed a bevy of striking new buildings – the Herzog & de Meuron stadium (2015), decanter-shaped La Cité du Vin (2016) and Jean-Jacques Bosc bridge (2018) across the Garonne River included. Bolstered by its high-spirited university-student population and 5½ million visitors annually, La Belle Bordeaux scarcely sleeps: think barista-run coffee shops, super-food food trucks, an exceptional dining scene and more fine wine than you could ever possibly drink. Santé!”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Place de la Bourse


  • The Water Mirror 


  • Porte Cailhau


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Campanile Bordeaux Centre – Gare Saint-JeanLocated 100 m from Bordeaux Train Station and  10-minute walk from the historic centre of Bordeaux and rated 8.1 on Booking, this ***hotel offers modern rooms with a flat-screen TV, satellite channels and free Wi-Fi. In the lounge, a selection of Bordeaux wines can be enjoyed at any time with sweet or savory snacks. Prices start from 98€ per night for a 14 mq2 superior double room.
  • Best Western Plus Bayonne Etche-Ona. Rated 8.7, this excellent **** hotel is located in the Golden Triangle of Bordeaux and made of two 18th-century houses, the Bayonne and the Etche-Ona. The first one has an 1920s art deco atmosphere, while the latter is decorated in a travel souvenirs style. On site, make the most of a fitness room and meeting facilities. The daily rate for a Club Room (18 mq2) is 194€ per night with free WiFi connection.
  • Yndo Hôtel. Luxury hotel rated 9.3 on Booking and set in a 19th-century private mansion in the heart of Bordeaux’s historic centre, Yndo Hôtel features a fragrance garden and a shaded terrace, where guests can enjoy a chic yet restful stay. It boasts individually decorated rooms with designer furniture with a balcony and a seating area, as well as a satellite flat-screen TV, free WiFi, an iPod dock and a coffee machine. A 25 mq2 Cosy Room costs 350€ per night.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Tennis Club Website 

Visit Bordeaux Official

Your Hotel in Bordeaux


Enjoy this new French tennis trip!


 


Seoul – Enjoy an Atp challenger event in the most wired and technological town of the world

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Fila Seoul Open Challenger 

From 05/08 to 05/14

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 100,000

Tournament location: Site: Olympics Tennis Courts –  424 Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul, Korea

Past champions: 2016 Sergyi Stakhovsky (Ukr) – 2015 Go Soeda (Jpn) – 2013 Dusan Lajovic (Srb) – 2012/2011/2010 Yen Hsun Lu (Tpe)

Nr.1 of the seeding Lu won this tournament already 3 time

Entry list: Yen Hsun Lu (Tpe) – Janko Tipsarevic (Srb) – Hyeon Chung (Kor) – Konstantin Kravchuk (Rus) – Dudi Sela (Isr) – Iliya Marchenko (Ukr) – Vasek Pospisil (Can) – Blaz Kavcic (Slo) – Ruben Bemelmans (Bel) – Duckhee Lee (Kor)

THE TOWN: Seoul is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea), forming the heart of the Seoul Capital Area, which houses up to half of the country’s population of 50.22 million people with 678,102 international residents. Today it is considered a leading and rising global city, resulting from an economic boom called the Miracle on the Han River which transformed it to the world’s 4th largest metropolitan economy. Seoul is the world’s most wired city[25] and ranked first in technology.

But why should we go to Seoul. Lonely Planet’s writer, Simon Richmond, try to explain us: “Seoul is heaven for passionate foodies. Whether tucking into the snacks of commoners or the cuisine of kings, you just can’t lose. A hanjeongsik (multicourse banquet) is a feast as much for the eyes as the tummy, as are the creations of chefs crafting neo-Korean dishes. Equally satisfying is scoffing down piping-hot, crispy hotteok (pancakes with sweet or savoury fillings) on a street corner, or delicious, fresh and fiery crab soup in Noryangjin Fish Market. And don’t get me started on the wonderful universe of teas served in charming teahouses: this is where the soul of Seoul lies.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Korean war memorial


  • Gyeongbok Palace


  • Bukhansan National Park


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Grid Inn Hotel. This hotel is rated 9.3 on Booking located centrally in Seoul, 600 m from Jongmyo Shrine. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant and the free WiFi which is available throughout the entire property. Every room is air conditioned and soundproofed and equipped with a safety deposit box, TV and electric kettle. Prices start from 51$ per night for an economy double room.
  • Dormy Inn Seoul Gangnam. Conveniently located 500 m from the popular Gangnam area, Dormy Inn Seoul Gangnam offers a spa, modern guest rooms and free property-wide WiFi. Fitted with wooden furnishing, each room here has air-conditioning and heating systems, a seating area, a work desk and a flat-screen TV. Hatago, the in-house restaurant, features over 100 Korean, Japanese, Chinese and western dishes. The daily rate for a double room is 120$ per night with free parking included. Rated 9.1 on Booking.
  • Four Seasons Hotel Seoul. Exceptional hotel rated 9.5 on Booking and located just some steps from Gwanghwamun Plaza which boasts commanding city views and features 4 in-house dining, a state-of-the art fitness facilities and traditional Korean saunas. All of the modern and stylish rooms and suites offer floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views of the historical city centre. There are a flat-screen LCD TV, remote-controlled drapes and an iPad Mini to access hotel services including 24-hour in-room dining. The price for a deluxe king room with free parking and fantastic breakfast included is 347$ per night.

USEFUL LINKS:

Visit Seoul Official

Your Hotel in Seoul


Enjoy!!!!



Aix en Provence – A very rich Atp Challenger event in the Old and elegant “Aix”

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Open du pays d’Aix

From 05/08 to 05/14

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 150,000

Tournament location: Country club Aixois – 1195 Chemin des Cruyes, 13090 Aix En Provence, France

How to get: Tennis club is far about 10 km from central station and you will need just a 15 minutes taxi ride to get in. At 15 km and 20 minutes driving there is the regional Aerodrome of Aix En Provence. But the best airport for international flight is Marseille one…

Malek Jaziri Nr.1 of the seeding

Entry list: Malek Jaziri (Tun) – Jeremy Chardy (Fra) – Rogerio Dutra Silva (Bra) – Radu Albot (Mda) – Dusan Lajovic (Srb) – Frances Tiafoe (Usa) – Renzo Olivo (Arg) – Julien Bennetau (Fra) – Norbert Gombos (Svk) – Paul Henri Mathieu (Fra)

THE TOWN: Aix-en-Provence , or simply Aix, is a city-commune in the south of France, about 30 km north of Marseille. It is located in the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte and has a population of approximately 143,000 inhabitants  called Aixois).

Lonely Planet writes about: “A pocket of left-bank Parisian chic deep in Provence, Aix (pronounced like the letter X) is all class: its leafy boulevards and public squares are lined with 17th- and 18th-century mansions, punctuated by gurgling moss-covered fountains. Haughty stone lions guard its grandest avenue, cafe-laced cours Mirabeau, where fashionable Aixois pose on polished pavement terraces sipping espresso. While Aix is a student hub, its upscale appeal makes it pricier than other Provençal towns. The part pedestrianised centre of Aix’ old town is ringed by busy boulevards, with several large car parks dotted on the edge of town. Whatever you do, don’t try and drive into the centre.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Cours Mirabeau


  • St.Saveur Cathedral 


  • Pavillon de Vendome


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Grand Hotel Negre Coste. Excellent *** hotel rated 8.6 on Booking and setted is an 18th century hotel with a sun terrace, just on Cours Mirabeau. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. The hotel serves a continental breakfast for an extra charge. Prices start from 129€ per night.
  • Hotel Cezanne Boutique Hotel. This boutique designer hotel is in the center of Aix-en-Provence and offers 55 air conditioned room with free WiFi and minibar. If features a terrace and a lounge. The property is 197 m from the Cours Mirabeau and 293 m from a bus station. A superior double room costs 142,2 € per night.
  • Renaissance Aix En Provence Hotel. Located just 2 km from Aix-en-Provence Train Station, Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hotel features a wellness area with a heated indoor swimming pool, a steam room, a fitness room, and a spa with 2 treatment cabins. It offers a 24-hour front desk, free WiFi and newspapers. The daily rate for superior double room is 190€ (for breakfast there is an extra charge). Rated 8.9 on Booking.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Aix En Provence Tourism Office

Your Hotel in Aix


Enjoy this new Tennis Trip in the rich French history!!!




Savannah – Come with us in the heart of Georgia for this classic Atp challenger circuit event

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER St. Joseph/Candler Savannah Challenger 2017

From 05/01 ot 05/07

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 75,000

Tournament location: Franklin Creek Tennis Center – 910 Franklin Creek Rd N, Savannah, GA 31411, Usa

How to get: Tennis venue is far about 15 miles from historic district, that is about 25 minutes driving. Savannah airport is situated at 25 miles.

Past champions: 2016 Bjorn Fratangelo (Usa) – 2015 Hyeon Chung (Kor) – 2014 Nick Kyrgios (Aus) – 2013 Ryan Harrison (Usa) – 2012 Brian Baker (Usa) – 2011 Wayne Odesnik (Usa) – 2010 Kei Nishikori (Jpn) – 2009 Michael Russell (Usa)

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Darian King from Barbados will be the nr.1 of the seeding

Entry list: Darian King (Bar) – Henri Laaksonen (Sui) – Peter Polansky (Can) – Stefan Kozlov (Usa) – Leonardo Mayer (Arg) – Tennys Sandgren (Usa) – Danis Shapovalov (Can) – Noah Rubin (Usa) – Mitchell Krueger (Usa) – Dennis Novikov (Usa)

THE TOWN: Savannah is the oldest city in the U.S. state of Georgia and is the county seat of Chatham County. Established in 1733 on the Savannah River, the city of Savannah became the British colonial capital of the Province of Georgia and later the first state capital of Georgia. Each year Savannah attracts millions of visitors to its cobblestone streets, parks, and notable historic buildings.

Lonely Planet writes about this town: “Like a Southern belle with a split personality, this grand historic town revolves around formal antebellum architecture and unbridled public debauchery. It sits alongside the Savannah River, about 18 miles from the coast, amid Lowcountry swamps and mammoth live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss. With its gorgeous mansions, cotton warehouses and Colonial public buildings, Savannah preserves its past with pride, grace and a slight smirk. Unlike its sister city of Charleston, SC, which retains its reputation as a dignified and refined cultural center, Savannah revels in being the bad girl – the town has been described as ‘a beautiful lady with a dirty face,’ and in some ways it resembles a pint-sized New Orleans. Savannah loves its sinful pleasures, be they cheese grits, cocktails, or the bump and grind of partying local students. Savannah has a somber side, but she never takes herself too seriously. Savannah College of Art & Design – which is known locally as SCAD – has a surprisingly strong presence that keeps the city from getting too staid. The city’s massive St Patrick’s Day celebration is a legendary rite of spring and there is an entire cottage industry catering to those tourists who have heard that Savannah is haunted – curious ghost-hunters are able to arrange to take tours of the city in a chauffeured hearse.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN SAVANNAH:

  • Historic District

HISTORIC DISTRICT

  • Forsyth Park

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  • River Street

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Savannah Midtown. Wonderful *** hotel rated 9.4 on Booking which offers free wifi connections and wide and comfortable rooms at 109$ per night with good breakfast included. Top location for couples!
  • Cotton Sail Hotel Savannah Riverfront. In historic downtown Savannah, this **** hotel is housed in a 1800’s refurbished cotton warehouse and features a rooftop lounge. The Savannah River and the Rousakis Riverfront Plaza are a 2-minute walk away. Hotel provides free wifi, fitness and business center, an ATM and a convenience store. A deluxe king room with city view costs 193.7$ per night.
  • Andaz SavannahThis excellent ***** hotel is located in the heart of Savanna Riverwalk District and is rated 9.1 on Booking. It features a delicious onsite restaurant, 22 Square, a fully equipped fitness centre and the free wifi throughout the property. Prices? Starting from 168$ for a 28 mq2 Andaz King room.

Please notice that are not included a 13 % TAX and a $ 6.00 city tax per night .

USEFUL LINKS;

Tournament Official Site

Visit Savannah Official

Your Hotel in Savannah

 

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Ostrava – This cute Czech town will host the traditional “Prosperita Open” challenger event

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Prosperita Open 2017

From 05/01 to 05/07

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 75,000

Tournament location: SC Ostrava – Budecska 4, Ostrava 70200, Czech Republic

How to get: SC Ostrava is centrally located in the town at just 2,5 km (25 minutes walking) from stunning Stodolni Street. If you arrive directly from Janacek Airport Ostrava you will need of a 30 minutes taxi ride because tennis courts are located at 29 km.

Past champions: 2016 Constant Lestienne (Fra) – 2015 Inigo Cervantes (Esp) – 2014 Andrey Kuznetsov (Rus) – 2013 Jiri Vesely (Cze) – 2012 Jonathan Dasnieres de Vegy (Fra) – 2011 Stephan Robert (Fra) – 2010 Lucas Rosol (Cze) – 2009 Jan Hajek (Cze) – 2008 Jiri Vanek (Cze)

Nr.1 of the seeding Adam Pavlasek
Entry list: Adam Pavlasek (Cze) – Norbert Gombos (Svk) – Roberto Carballes Baena (Esp) – Marco Cecchinato (Ita) – Lukas Rosol (Cze) – Jan Satral (Cze) – Simone Bolelli (Ita) – Marco Trungelliti (Arg) – Vincent Millot (Fra) – Stefano Napolitano (Ita)

THE TOWN: Ostrava is a city in the north-east of the Czech Republic and is the capital of the Moravian-Silesian Region. In terms of both population and area it is the third largest city of the nation. The city in the past was considered especially an industrial centre but since the 1990s it has been transformed into a modern cultural city, with numerous theatres, galleries and other cultural facilities. It hosts a wide range of cultural and sporting events throughout the year. Among the best known are the Colours of Ostrava multi-genre music festival, the Janáček May classical music festival, the Summer Shakespeare Festival.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • New City Hall Tower


  • Ostravice River


  • Silesian Ostrava Castle


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Villa Ostrava 3+. Showcasing a terrace and views of the city, *** Hotel Villa Ostrava is located in the heart of the town, just 1.1 km from Stodolní Street. Private parking is available on site. The hotel, rated 9.2 on Booking, provides bike rental, free wifi and a tennis court available for customers. A small but cozy and modern twin room costs 60€ per night with good breakfast included.
  • Mercure Ostrava Center. Located right in the center of Ostrava and rated 8.9 on Booking, the faboulous **** Mecure Center hotel offers elegantly, air conditioned rooms with LCD TV, free Wi-Fi and tea/coffee making facilities, a steam bath, a fitness center and an onsite restaurant which servers Czech and international cuisine. The daily rate for a standard 22 mq2 double room starts from 56€ per night (which increase to 102€ with free cancellation and breakfast).
  • Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Ostrava. This excellent **** hotel, rated 8.8 on Booking, offers bright, colourful rooms with free WiFi and a wellness centre with a large steam bath, sauna, and hot tub. It is located within a walking distance to the Ostrava city centre, close to the Ostrava Castle and the bustling Stodolní Street. Guests can enjoy a menu filled with international dishes as well as traditional Czech specialities in the Bamboo Restaurant. The price for a standard double room is 101€ per night with good breakfast buffet included.

The building of Park Inn Radisson Ostrava
USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Ostrava on Czech Tourism Portal

Your Hotel in Ostrava


Enjoy a Tennis Trip in the real heart of Moravia!

Tallahassee – A traditional event of USA Challenger circuit in Florida’s capital city 

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER USTA Tallahassee Tennis Challenger

From 04/22 to 04/29

Prize money: $ 75,000

Surface: Clay outdoor

Location: Forestmeadows Tennis Complex – 4750 North Meridian Road, Tallahassee, FL 32312

How to get: Tennis complex is far 18 miles from Tallahassee International Airport. Downtown is very close to tennis courts, at about 17 minutes driving.

Previous winner: 2016 Quentin Halys – 2015 Facundo Arguello – 2014 Robby Ginepri – 2013 Denis Kudla – 2012 Tim Smyczek – 2011 Donald Young – 2010 Brian Dabul – 2009 John Isner

Main players: Frances Tiafoe (Usa) – Darian King (Bar) – Henri Laaksonen (Sui) – Stefan Kozlov (Usa) – Guido Andreozzi (Arg) – Denis Kudla (Usa) – Peter Polansky (Can) – Leonardo Mayer (Arg) – Maximo Gonzalez (Arg) – Juergen Melzer (Aut)

Nr.1 of the seeding will be USA rising star F.Tiafoe

THE TOWN: About Tallahassee Lonely Planet writes: “Florida’s capital, cradled between gently rising hills and nestled beneath tree-canopied roadways, is a calm and gracious city, far more Southern, culturally speaking, than the majority of the state it administers. Geographically it’s closer to Atlantathan it is to Miami, and culturally, like Jacksonville, its citizens consider themselves Southern, which is inversely the case the further south you travel.

Despite the city’s two major universities (Florida State and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University) and its status as a government center, the pace here is slower than syrup. That said, there are a handful of interesting museums and outlying attractions that will appeal to history and nature buffs and could easily detain a visitor for at least a day or two.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN TALLAHASSEE:

  • St. Mark’s Lighthouse


  • Lake Ella


  • Cascades Park


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Best Western Plus Tallahassee North. Wonderful ** hotel located at 10 minutes drive from Florida State University and 6.5 km from downtown. This modern accomodation provides a seasonal outdoor pool, free wifi and parking. Rated 9.0 on Booking it offers very comfortable king rooms from 118$ per night with free breakfast buffet included.
  • Holiday Inn Express Tallahassee. Very good *** hotel, rated 8.4 on Booking, this is the official Hotel of the tournament. This hotel features an on site gym, an outdoor pool and free parking and wifi. A comfortable double room costs 145,8$ per night with breakfast buffet included.
  • Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee Downtown. Amazing **** eco friendly hotel featuring an outdoor pool, a restaurant and a business center. Rated 8.3 on Booking, it offers deluxe 27 mq2 double rooms at 169$ per night breakfast included. Wifi and parking are free for customers too. The hotel is located 900 mt from Tallahassee downtown.

Please notice that 12.5% tax is not included in the prices.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Website

Visit Tallahassee Official

Cascades Park Official Site

Your Hotel in Tallahassee 

 

ENJOY!!!!

Qingdao – The Chinese “Green Island” and the 2nd edition of this rich challenger event

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER International Challenger China 2017 Qingdao

From 04/17 to 04/23

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 125,000

Past champion: 2016 Janko Tipsarevic

Defending champion Janko Tipsarevic

Entry list: Jordan Thompson (Aus) – Janko Tipsarevic (Srb) – Luca Vanni (Ita) – Blaz Kavcic (Slo) – Quentin Halys (Fra) – Andrej Martin (Svk) – Mathias Borgue (Fra) – Thomas Fabbiano (Ita) – Teymuraz Gabashvili (Rus) – Andrew Witthington (Aus)

THE TOWN: Qingdao (also spelled Tsingtao) is the largest city in eastern Shandong Province on the east coast of China with an urban population of 6,188,100. It lies across the Shandong Peninsula and looks out to the Yellow Sea. It is a major seaport, naval base, and industrial centre. The world’s longest sea bridge, the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge, links the main urban area of Qingdao with Huangdao district. It is also the site of the Tsingtao Brewery, the second largest brewery in China. In 2009, Qingdao was named China’s most livable city by the Chinese Institute of City Competitiveness.

For Lonely Planet: “Combining fresh sea air and dashing good looks, Qīngdǎo (青岛) – the name means ‘Green Island’ – is a rare modern city that has managed to preserve some of its past while angling a dazzling modern face to the future. Its blend of concession-era and modern architecture puts China’s standard white-tile and blue-glass developments to shame. The winding cobbled streets, historic German architecture and red-capped hillside villas are captivating and there’s so much to enjoy in the city’s diverse food scene, headlined by the ubiquitous home town beer Tsingtao. Meanwhile, the seaside aspect keeps the town cooler than the inland swelter zones during summer, and slightly warmer in winter.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Laoshan Scenic Area

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  • May Fourth Square

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  • St. Michael Cathedral 

BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Wu Sheng Guan Holiday Hotel. Very good **** hotel rated 8.8 on Booking and located along Qingdao’s Huiquan Bay which features a business centre, fitness centre and a karaoke lounge. The on site buffet Restaurant serves international cuisine. A 25 mq2 fashion double room costs 65€ per night with free WiFi and parking.
  • The Westin QingdaoExcellent 5 stars hotel rated 8.8 on Booking which enjoys a good postion in Shinan district and offers indoor pool, fitness center and restaurant, and provides free WiFi and parking. The price for an amazing Westin double room with marble bathrooms starts from 94€ per night.
  • Qingdao Seaview Garden Hotel. Opposite the beach front, this ***** hotel, rated 9.2 on Booking. is a European-style property facing the ocean and surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens. It offers an outdoor salt water pool with a large kid’s pool, a kid’s club with beach area and painting classes, 4 dining options and free internet access. We suggest to spend something more to get a deluxe king room (40 mq2) with sea view costs at 190€ per night. Is absolutely terrific!

USEFUL LINKS:

“That’s Qingdao” Tourism Site

Qingdao on China Travel Guide

Choose your hotel in Qingdao

Enjoy your Tennis Trip in Qingdao!!!

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Sarasota – Sunny Florida will host the tournament which loves future talents

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER 2017Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open

From 04/17 to 04/23

Surface: Clay outdoor

Money prize: $ 100,000

Tournament location: United Tennis Center – 4511 Bay Club Dr, Bradenton, FL 34210, USA

How to get: United Tennis Center is far 5.6 miles from Sarasota Bradenton International Airport and it’s easily accessible by car with a 12 minutes ride. Downtown is at 10,5 miles and 22 minutes driving.

Past champions: 2016 Mischa Zverev (Ger) – 2015 Federico Delbonis (Arg) – 2014 Nick Kyrgios (Aus) – 2013 Alex Kuznetsov (Usa) – 2012 Sam Querrey (Usa) – 2011 James Blake (Usa) – 2010 Kei Nishikori (Jpn) – 2009 James Ward (Gbr)

Main players: Horacio Zeballos (Arg) – Jared Donaldson (Usa) – Adam Pavlasek (Cze) – Francis Tiafoe (Usa) – Gerald Melzer (Aut) – Henri Laaksonen (Sui) – Darian King (Bar) – Guido Andreozzi (Arg) – Peter Polansky (Can) – Denis Kudla (Usa)

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Horacio Zeballos – Nr.1 of the seeding

THE TOWN: Sarasota is a city located in the southwestern coast of the U.S. state of Florida. The area is renowned for its cultural and environmental amenities, beaches, resorts, connections to the Ringling family, Amish community, and the Sarasota School of Architecture. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2013 Sarasota had a population of 53,326. The islands separating Sarasota Bay from the gulf near the city, known as keys, include Lido Key and Siesta Key, which are famous worldwide for the quality of their sandy beaches.

Lonely Planet writes about it: “Entire vacations can be spent soaking up the sights and pretty beaches of sophisticated Sarasota, but this city took its time to become the culturally rich place it is today. Even after marauding Spanish explorers expelled the native Calusa people from this coastline in the 15th century, the land lay virtually empty. That is until the Seminole Wars inspired the Armed Occupation Act (1842), which deeded 160 acres and six months’ provisions to anyone who would settle here and bear arms to protect their farms. Sailing boats and steamships were the only connection to the outside world, until the Tampa railroad came town in 1902. Only then, as Sarasota grew popular as a winter resort among affluent Northerners, were the city’s first arts institutions established. One of those early tourists was circus magnate John Ringling, who decided to relocate his circus here, building himself a winter residence, art museum and college, and setting the struggling town on course to become the welcoming, well-to-do bastion of the arts it is today.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN SARASOTA AND SURROUNDINGS:

  • Lido Key

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  • Ringling Museum Complex

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  • Siesta Beach

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hyatt Place Sarasota/Bradenton. Excellent *** hotel rated 8,9 on Booking and located across Intl. Airport and at just 5 minutes walking from the Ringling Museum Complex. It provides free wifi, parking and breakfast , and it includes a fitness center. The price for a 2 queen beds room starts from 132,6 $ per night.
  • The Hotel Indigo Sarasota. Wonderful **** hotel located in Sarasota city centre and rated 9.0 on Booking. This structure features an onsite gym, and the H2O Bistro and Lounge, which serves American cuisine. A classic standard room decorated with bright colors costs 220$ per night. Wifi is free, breakfast is available for an additional charge of just 1$ per night.
  • The Ritz Carlton Sarasota. Exceptional ***** hotel rated 9.1 on Booking and situated directly on the seafront in downtown. It features an outdoor pool, a private beach, 3 restaurants and a spa centre. A luxury king double room of 39 mq2 costs 569 $ per night. WiFi, parking and breakfast are all available with additional charges.
The Ritz Carlton Sarasota

Please notice that prices showed don’t include a 12% tax.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Sarasota Official

Ringling Museum Website

Hotels in Sarasota

 

Enjoy this sunny Tennis Trip!!!