Bratislava – In the heart of Mitteleurope for a top challenger event

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Peugeot Slovak Open 2017

Date: From 11/06 to 11/12

Prize money: € 106,000

Surface: Hard Indoor

Tournament Location: Aegon Arena – Prikopova 3255/6, 83103 Bratislava.

How to arrive: Aegon Arena is quite centrally located in Bratislava and can easily accessible from airport with a 15 minutes taxi drive. Old town is far just 3 km.

Recent Past Winners: 2016 Norbert Gombos – 2015 Igor Gerasimov – 2014 Peter Gojowczyk – 2013-2011 Lukas Lacko – 2012 Lukas Rosol – 2010 Martin Klizan

Defending champion Norbert Gombos

Top Seeded Players: Marius Copil (Rou) – Norbert Gombos (Svk) – Mikhail Kukushkin (Kaz) – Andreas Seppi (Ita) – Marcos Baghdatis (Cyp) – Marton Fucsovics (Hun) – Lukas Lacko (Svk) – Matteo Berrettini (Ita) – Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukr) – Mikhail Youzhny (Rus)

THE TOWN: Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia, and with a population of about 450,000, the country’s largest city. It is located in southwestern Slovakia, occupying both banks of the River Danube and the left bank of the River Morava. Bordering Austria and Hungary, it is the only national capital that borders two independent countries. The history of the city has been strongly influenced by people of different nations and religions, namely by Austrians, Croats, Czechs, Germans, Hungarians, Jews, Serbs and Slovaks (in alphabetical order).The city was the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary, a part of the larger Habsburg Monarchy territories, from 1536 to 1783.

Lonely Planet on Bratislava: “Proximity to nature gives Slovakia’s capital its strongest flavouring. The Danube wends through the city, and cycle paths weave through the verdant flood plain that begins just outside the centre. Meanwhile, the densely forested Small Carpathians are just a 30-minute walk from the train station; the trailer to a mountainous extent that runs countrywide, virtually unimpeded by civilisation. Then there’s ski runs and vineyards to amble through.The charming – if tiny – old town (starý mesto) is the place to start appreciating Bratislava. Stroll narrow pedestrian streets of pastel-coloured 18th-century buildings or sample the myriad sidewalk cafes under the watchful gaze of the city castle, which harks back to medieval times. Done with the old? In with the new(er): the city boasts intriguing socialist-era architecture, and one of Eastern Europe’s most spectacular modern art spaces. Contrasts like this are all part of Bratislava’s allure.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Old Town


  • Devin Castle Ruins


  • Slavin Memorial 


BEST 3 HOTELS TO STAY:

Hotel Blue Bratislava
. Close to Polus City Shopping Center and just 3,5 km from old town, this modern *** hotel offers free wifi, parking and tasteful breakfast buffet. Prices for a 22 mq2 double room in b&b starts from 59€ per night. Rated 8.5 on Booking.

Skaritz Hotel & Residence. Wonderful **** hotel located in the heart of Bratislava’s pedestrianized Old Town. This accomodation, rated 8.9 on Booking, offers large rooms and apartments, free internet and free access to the sauna. The price for a 35mq2 double room is 83€ per night with breakfast and free cancellation included.

Arcadia Hotel. Fantastic boutique ***** hotel, rated 9.1 on Booking, which rises in a 13th century building loated in Old Town at just 100 mt from St.Michael’s Gate. It includes a spa, a slovak restaurant and a stylish Library Bar. A standard non refundable double room costs 89€ per night with free Spa access and wifi but with breakfast not included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Bratislava Official

Your Hotel in Bratislava
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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!!!

Szczecin – A top level challenger event in the Polish architectural patchwork…

THE TOURNAMENT:  ATP CHALLENGER Pekao Szczecin Open 2017

Date: From 11/9 to 17/9

Money prize: $ 150,000

Surface: Clay Outdoor

Tournament Location: PROMASTERS – Al. Wojska Polskiego 127, Szczecin

Hot to arrive: Old town is located just 4 km and 10 minutes by car from PROMASTERS’ clay courts.

Past champions: 2016 Alessandro Giannessi – 2015 Jan Lennard Struff – 2014 Dustin Brown – 2013 Oleksandr Nedovyesov – 2012 Victor Hanescu – 2011 Rui Machado

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Defending champion Alessandro Giannessi

Entry list: Federico Delbonis (Arg) – Florian Mayer (Ger) – Andreas Seppi (Ita) – Alessandro Giannessi (Ita) – Carlos Berloq (Arg) – Marco Cecchinato (Arg) – Casper Ruud (Nor) – Jerzy Janowicz (Pol) – Renzo Olivo (Arg) – Martin Klizan (Svk)

THE TOWN: Szczecin is the capital and largest city of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship in Poland. Located near the Baltic Sea and the German border, it is a major seaport and Poland’s seventh-largest city. As of June 2011, the population was 407,811.

For Lonely Planet“Well off any track non-German tourists trod, the western port city of Szczecin (shcheh-cheen) is a lively city awash with students and a muddle of architecture inherited from wildly different ages. Crumbly German-era Art Nouveau tenements and mansions, some now undergoing renovation, echo a past splendour but historical style is patchy. The authorities seem to have given up on the idea of rebuilding, choosing instead to fill the gaps in the city centre with glass-and-steel malls, sacrificing entire streets in the name of retail. Many of the main thoroughfares have been spruced up, but derelict buildings and overgrown plots are easy to find in the very heart of the city.

It’s a busy working port, though you’d never know it wandering the city centre, with just enough to warrant a stopover between Berlin and Gdańsk.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN SZCZENIN:

  • Stare Miasto

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  • Pomeranian Dukes Castle

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  • Park Kasprowicza

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Boncza. Best *** hotel in the town just 10 minutes walking from beach. Rated 8.1 on Booking. Deluxe room price is 83€ per night breakfast included.
  • Hotel Atrium. Very good **** hotel just 1km from tennis courts. Rated 8.8 on booking, it offers 20 mq2 standard double room at 84€ per night with breakfast.
  • Hotel Zamek Centrum. Amazing ****  hotel located in the heart of Szczenin just outside Pomeranian Dukes Castle. Rated 9.2 on Booking. Prices for a comfortable classic room start from 117€ breakfast included.

 

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Szczecin Official Tourism Site

Your Hotel Here!

 

ENJOY!!!!

Santo Domingo – Don’t miss the 3rd edition of the most important Caribbean tennis tournament

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Milex Open at La Bocha 2017

From 08/14 to 08/19

Prize money: $ 125,000

Surface: Clay outdoor

Tournament location: Tennis Club La Bocha – Calle Euclides Morillo, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana.

How to arrive: La Bocha TC is situated centrally in Santo Domingo, a few steps from Botanical Garden. World Heritage Zona Colonia is far less than 8 km and 20 minutes driving. La Isabela International Airport is at 14 km (25 minutes by taxi).

Past champions: 2016 Guido Andreozzi – 2015 Damir Dzumhur

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Next Gen Casper Ruud will be one of the most expected guest at La Bocha

Entry list: Nicolas Almagro (Esp) – Damir Dzumhur (Bih) – Guido Pella (Arg) – Santiago Giraldo (Col) – Victor Estrella Burgos (Dom) – Casper Ruud (Nor) – Nicolas Jarry (Chi) – Gerald Melzer (Aut) – Gastao Elias (Por) – Marco Trungelliti (Arg).

THE TOWN: Santo Domingo, is the capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic and the largest metropolitan area in the Caribbean with a population with its surrounding metropolitan area of almost 3 millions inhabitants. Founded by Bartholomew Columbus in 1496, it s the site of the first university, cathedral, castle, monastery, and fortress in the New World. The city’s Colonial Zone was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Lonely Planet on this town: “Santo Domingo, or ‘La Capital’ as it’s typically called, is a collage of cultures and neighborhoods. It’s where the sounds of life – domino pieces slapped on tables, backfiring mufflers and horns from chaotic traffic, merengue and bachata blasting from corner stores – are most intense. At the heart of the city is the Zona Colonial, where you’ll find one of the oldest churches and the oldest surviving European fortress, among other New World firsts. Amid the cobblestone streets it would be easy to forget Santo Domingo is in the Caribbean. But this is an intensely urban city, home not only to colonial-era architecture, but also to hot clubs, vibrant cultural institutions and elegant restaurants. Santo Domingo somehow manages to embody the contradictions central to the Dominican experience: a living museum, a metropolis crossed with a seaside resort, and a business, political and media center with a laid-back, affable spirit.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • 3 Eyes National Park

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  • Zona Colonial

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  • Catedral Primada de America

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • City Caribbean Hotel BoutiqueExcellent *** hotel rated 8.6 on Booking and located just 650 mt from Feria Metro Station and 10 minutes drive from Colonial Zone. It offers free parking and air-conditioned studios or suites with free Wi-Fi and kitchen facilities. Prices start (for a superior studio) from 38$ per night.
  • Luca HotelSensational **** hotel located in the heart of Unesco World Heritage Colonial Zone and rated 8.8 on Booking. It features free Wi-fi and parking, sun terrace with hot tub and a very good on-site restaurant. The daily rate for a standard queen room is 74$ per night.
  • JW Marriott Hotel Santo DomingoExceptional 5 stars hotel rated 9.4 on Booking and located 2,5 km from Ensanche Naco District which offers elegant rooms and suites with spacious bathrooms, sofa, cable and satellite Tv. It features also an indoor pool, a restaurant, fitness and business centres, grocery shopping services, free parking and free Wi-Fi. A deluxe guest room of 45 mq2  costs 309$ per night or 337€ with breakfast included.

Please notice that these prices don’t include a 18% of VAT tax and a 10% of city tax.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Santo Domingo Tourism Official Site

Your Hotel in Santo Domingo

 

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Vancouver – The wonderful town of British Columbia on the road of Us Open 2017

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER + ITF WOMEN Odlum Brown VanOpen

From 08/14 to 08/20

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 100,000 + 100,000

Tournament location: Hollyburn Country Club – 950 Cross Creek Road, WEST VANCOUVER, BC, V7S 2S5, Canada

The venue: Hollyburn Country Club is one of North America’s premier tennis, fitness and social clubs. Situated mountainside, overlooking downtown Vancouver, the Country Club sits on 42 acres of West Vancouver’s renowned British Properties. Over the past 5 years Hollyburn has completed over $20 million dollars of improvements, making this country club’s facilities unrivalled and award winning. It is located at only 20 minutes from Vancouver’s downtown core.

Past champions men: 2015/2010/2008 Dudi Sela – 2014/2009 Marcos Baghdatis – 2013 Vasek Pospisil – 2012 Igor Sijsling – 2011 James Ward

Entry list men: Dudi Sela (Isr) – Yen-Hsun Lu (Tpe) – Jordan Thompson (Aus) – Marius Copil (Rou) – Norbert Gombos (Svk) – Taro Daniel (Jpn) – Ruben Bemelmans (Bel) – Henri Laaksonen (Sui) – Tennys Sandgren (Usa) – Peter Polansky (Can)

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Nr.1 of the seeding Dudi Sela will try to win his 4th title in Vancouver

Past champions women: 2015/2013 Johanna Konta – 2014 Jarmila Gajdosova – 2012 Mallory Burdette – 2011 Aleksandra Wozniak – 2010 Jelena Dokic – 2009 Stephanie Dubois – 2008 Urszula Radwanska

Entry list women: Tatjana Maria (Ger) – Madison Brengle (Usa) – Jana Cepelova (Svk) – Nao Hibino (Jpn) – Pauline Parmentier (Fra) – Ons Jabeur (Tun) – Ana Bogdan (Rou) – Naomi Broady (Gbr) – Julia Boserup (Usa) – Stefanie Voegele (Sui)

THE TOWN:  Vancouver is a coastal seaport city in Canada, located in the region of British Columbia. As the most populous city in the province, the 2016 census recorded 631,486 people in the city, recording the highest population density in Canada with over 5,400 people per square kilometre. It is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada; infact 52% of its residents have a first language other than English. Vancouver is consistently named as one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life.

Lonely Planet‘s writer John Lee on Vancouver: “Eagles whirling overhead, sunset-framed beaches, and the unfurling ocean and mountain diorama from Stanley Park’s breathtaking seawall. Although I moved here in the 1990s, I’ve never stopped gaping at Vancouver’s natural charms. For me, it’s this astonishing backdrop that sets the glass-towered metropolis apart. But I’m a city boy at heart and I’m also delighted that Vancouver is continuing to develop as it grows up. From amazing dining to a thriving art scene, this young West Coast city keeps moving forward – and I don’t just mean the gratifying excellent craft-beer scene (although, personally, that really helps).”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Stanley Park

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  • Capilano Suspension Bridge

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  • Seawall

Seawall

BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • GEC Granville Suites DowntownLocated in the Granville Entertainment District in downtown Vancouver, *** GEC Granville Suites is only 8 minutes from the beach. Available for guests the free WiFi connection, an onsite restaurant which serves American cuisine, a rooftop deck and a sauna. The contemporary suites feature a flat-screen TV, a seating area and a safe. Rates for a 27 mq2 queen room start from 486 CAD for night.
  • The Fairmont Hotel VancouverLocated in Vancouver city centre and rated 8.6 on Booking, this **** hotel offers an on-site restaurant and bar, a spa and health club open 24/7, an indoor swimming pool and a business center. A flat-screen cable TV, coffee machine, minibar and city view are offered in most of the modern rooms. Prices start from 579 CAD for night (Wifi, parking and breakfast available with additional charges).
  • Fairmont Pacific RimRated 9.4 on Booking, this exceptional 5 stars hotel features  a full-service spa, A rooftop pool with fire pits and a hot tub along with a 4,000 square-foot gym. The Lobby Lounge serves small appetizers and cocktails. In-room dining is also available. It is located at 5-minute walk from the Canada Place, home to Vancouver’s Convention and Exhibition Center. Fairmont Pacific Rim offers rooms with flat-screen TVs, pay-per-view movies and laptop connectivity. Also included are an iPod docking station, an iPad2, an in-room safe and a coffee maker. A deluxe Room with partial harbour view costs 569.25 CAD per night.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

More info about Hollyburn Country Club

Visit Vancouver B.C. Official

Your Hotel in Vancouver

 

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Segovia – An happy return in the terrific heart of Castilla y Leon

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Open Castilla y Leon

From 07/31 to 08/06

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 100,000

Tournament location: Open de Tennis Villa El Espinar – Carr. de La Garganta, 40400 La Estación de El Espinar, Segovia

General info: Tennis club is located  at El Espinar, about 30 km from Segovia city centre and 70 km from Madrid, and it’s easily accessible by car, bus and train. In the club there is a good but not cheap restaurant, but in the surrounding area  there are numerous dining options, offering local specialties at reasonable prices.

Past champions: 2016 Luca Vanni – 2015/2012 Evgenyi Donskoy – 2014 Adrian Mannarino – 2013 Pablo Carreno Busta – 2011 Karol Beck – 2010 Daniel Gimeno Traver – 2009 Feliciano Lopez – 2008 Sergyi Stakhovsky – 2007 Fernando Verdasco

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Italian defending champion Luca Vanni

Entry list: Marcel Granollers (Esp) – Luca Vanni (Ita) – Sergy Stakhovsky (Ukr) – Peter Gojowczyk (Pol) – Adrian Menendez Maceiras (Esp) – Ilya Ivashka (Blr) – Egor Gerasimov (Blr) – Marco Chiudinelli (Sui) – Aldin Setkic (Bih) – Benjamin Bonzi (Fra)

THE TOWN: Segovia  is a city in the autonomous spanish region of Castilla y León. Getting to Segovia means diving in the heart of Spain and Castilla. With its twisting alleyways and high concentration of Romanesque churches, its pedestrian streets and medieval walls, its astonishing monuments and its two rivers, this town deserves more than a simple visit. The old quarter along with its Roman aqueduct has been declared World Heritage Site by Unesco from 1985.

For Lonely Planet: “Unesco World Heritage–listed Segovia has always had a whiff of legend about it, not least in the myths that the city was founded by Hercules or by the son of Noah. It may also have something to do with the fact that nowhere else in Spain has such a stunning monument to Roman grandeur (the soaring aqueduct) surviving in the heart of a vibrant modern city. Or maybe it’s because art really has imitated life Segovia-style – Walt Disney is said to have modelled Sleeping Beauty’s castle in California’s Disneyland on Segovia’s Alcázar. Whatever it is, the effect is stunning: a magical city of warm terracotta and sandstone hues set amid the rolling hills of Castilla, against the backdrop of the Sierra de Guadarrama.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS: 

  • Aqueduct de Segovia

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  • Alcazar de Segovia

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  • The Segovia Cathedral

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • For tennis lovers I suggest of course the official tournament hotel, which is the Segovia Sierra de Guadarrama located at Los Ángeles de San Rafael. Very beautiful 4 stars hotel offer large rooms of about 20mq2 at starting prices of 102€ for night with breakfast and free wi-fi included. It also offers access to a nearby spa, swimming pools, 2 golf courses, 2 restaurants and a supermarket. Of course the silver lining of the hotel is the possibility to experience the event from inside, closely with tennis players. The downside is the distance from Segovia (20 km) and from Tennis Club too (about 15 minutes by car). So it could be important to rent a car before booking this hotel.
  • In Segovia old town, you coul book Hotel Don Felipe delicious 3 stars hotel, rated 9.2 on Booking, at only 200 mt from Alcazar. Room rates start from 67,5€ with wi-fi included (but you pay breakfast separately for 11€ daily) for a double of 18 mq2. Underground parking service at 12€. The hotel has a very cute garden with view of the surrounding country.
  • Do you want for once to stay in a luxury five-star hotels? Then the right choice is the terrific Eurostars Convento Capuchinos built in a real former monastery and located close to Plaza Mayor. Rooms, available from about 129€ with excellent breakfast included, are large and modernly furnished. The free wi-fi connection is, of course, included. Rated 9.0 on Booking.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Segovia Official

Alcazar de Segovia Official Website

Your Hotel in Segovia

 

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Perugia – A fantastic tennis event in the medieval heart of extraordinary Italy

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Internazionali di Tennis Città di Perugia

From 07/11 to 07/16

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 50,000

Tournament location: Tennis Club Perugia – Via Bonfigli 11/A 06126 Perugia (Italy)

How to arrive: The tennis venus is centrally located in Perugia, and infact it is situated at less than 2 km by car from Old Town but just 900 mt walking (12 min). Aeroporto Internazionale dell’Umbria is far about 11 km and 15 minutes driving.

Past champions: 2016 Nicolas Kicker – 2015 Pablo Carreno Busta

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Defending champion and nr.1 of entry list Nicolas Kicker

Entry list: Nicolas Kicker (Arg) – Alessandro Giannessi (Ita) – Santiago Giraldo (Col) – Marcel Granollers (Esp) – Federico Delbonis (Ita) – Ruben Bemelmans (Bel) – Laslo Djere (Srb) – Gerald Melzer (Aut) – Kenny De Schepper (Fra) – Stefano Travaglia (Ita)

THE TOWN: Perugia is the capital city of the region of Umbria in central Italy, crossed by the river Tiber. Its history goes back to the Etruscan period. The city is also known as the universities town and  also a well-known cultural and artistic centre of Italy. The famous painter Pietro Vannucci, nicknamed Perugino, was a native of Città della Pieve, near Perugia. In the same period of the tournament it will be held one of the most important jazz festival of Europe, UMBRIA JAZZ!

Lonely Planet writes about Perugia: “Lifted by a hill above a valley patterned with fields, where the River Tiber runs swift and clear, Perugia is Umbria’s petite and immediately likeable capital. Its centro storico (historic centre) rises in a helter-skelter of cobbled alleys, arched stairways and piazzas framed by magnificent palazzi (mansions). History seeps through every shadowy corner of these streets and an aimless wander through them can feel like time travel.

Back in the 21st century, Perugia is a party-loving, pleasure-seeking university city, with students pepping up the nightlife and filling cafe terraces. The hopping summer event line-up counts one of Europe’s best jazz festivals. Together with its spiritual sister, Assisi, Perugia is a candidate for European Capital of Culture 2019. Watch this space.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN PERUGIA:

  • Palazzo dei Priori

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  • Rocca Paolina

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  • Old Town

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel CentovaSensational *** hotel, rated 8,9 on Booking and located at 5 km from old town. It features a restaurant and a bar, free wifi and parking, modern rooms with balcony or terrace. Prices? A 26 mq2 double room costs just 65€ per night.
  • Sangallo Palace. Just 46 m from the historic Rocca Paolina fortress, **** Sangallo Palace is in Perugia city center and is rated 8.6 on Booking. It offers a spa area with heated swimming pool and gym and a terrace with panoramic views. The on site restaurant serves a selection of traditional Umbrian specialties and Mediterranean dishes. The price for a double room is 134€ per night with good breakfast included.
  • Hotel Locanda della PostaExceptional 4 stars hotel, rated 9.4 on Booking and set in the centre of Perugia along the main pedestrian street of Corso Vannucci, it offers accommodation in a historical building of the 18th century. It features superb breakfast included in the rate and elegant and spacious rooms for just 153€ per night. Wifi is free in the rooms while you will pay a charge for the private parking.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament and TC Perugia Info

Visit Perugia Official

Umbria Jazz Festival Official Site

Your Hotel in Perugia

 

Enjoy this Tennis Trip in the heart of Italy!!!

Winnipeg – An intersting trip in the main city of canadian province of Manitoba

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Winnipeg National Bank Challenger

From 07/11 to 07/16

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 75,000

Tournament location: Winnipeg Lawn Tennis Club – 761 North Drive, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 0A3, Canada

How to arrive: The tennis club is far about 7 km from historic center. By car you need of about 13 minutes to get in.  The Winnipeg  James Armstrong Richardson Intl Airport is situated at 12 km (and 20 minutes driving) from tennis venue.

Past champions: 2016 Go Soeda

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Defending champion and nr.1 of entry list Go Soeda

Entry list: Go Soeda (Jpn) – Blaz Kavcic (Slo) – Peter Polansky (Can) – James Duckworth (Aus) – Duckhee Lee (Kor) – Jason Jung (Tpe) – Tatsuma Ito (Jpn) – Yasutaka Uchiyama (Jpn) – Hiroki Moriya (Jpn) – Ilya Ivashka (Blr)

THE TOWN:  Winnipeg is the capital and largest city of the province of Manitoba in Canada. It is named after the nearby Lake Winnipeg. As of 2011, it is the seventh most populated municipality in Canada. Known as the Gateway to the West, Winnipeg is a railway and transportation hub with a diversified economy. This multicultural city hosts numerous annual festivals, including the Festival du Voyageur, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Jazz Winnipeg Festival, the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, and Folklorama.

For Lonely Planet:“Winnipeg surprises. Rising above the prairie, it’s a metropolis where you least expect it. Cultured, confident and captivating, it’s more than just a pit stop on the Trans-Canada haul, but a destination in its own right, with a couple of world-class museums and a wonderfully diverse dining scene. Wander its historic neighborhoods and lap up a vibe that enjoys being the butt of a Simpsons joke (‘That’s it! Back to Winnipeg!’) and revels in one of the world’s best fringe theater festivals.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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  • Assiniboine Park

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  • Leo Mol Sculpture Garden

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Humphry Inn and SuitesExcellent 3 stars hotel located just in Winnipeg city centre and rated 8.7 on Booking. It boasts free Wi-Fi and parking, an indoor pool and provides a flat-screen TV in every room. Guests can sit in the sauna, exercise in the fitness centre or enjoy hot tub or enjoy the complimentary breakfast always included in the price (from 129 CAD per night for a king room).
  • The Fort Garry HotelOffering a full-service spa, gym, indoor pool and rooms with bathrobes, this historic **** hotel, rated 8,9 on Booking, is located in Winnipeg city centre and just 7 km from the Winnipeg International Airport. Free WiFi is provided and guests can enjoys some delicious meals at the Palme Lounge restaurant. The price for a queen room starts from 143 CAD for night.
  • Mere Hotel. Exceptional **** hotel rated 9,2 on Booking and located in the heart of the town, it provides a fitness centre, free wifi. The 31 mq2 king rooms are modern and come with city view, refrigerator and coffee machine. Very good is the on site restaurant Cibo Waterfront Cafè. Rates? From 169 CAD per night with free cancellation included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Tourism Winnipeg Official

Your Hotel in Winnipeg

 

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Recanati – An unusual Italian tournament on hard in Leopardi’s birthplace 

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Guzzini Challenger

From 07/03 to 07/09

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 50,000

Tournament location: Circolo Tennis Francesco Guzzini – Via Le Grazie 10A, 62019 Recanati (Mc) Italy

How to get: CT Guzzini is centrally located in beautiful Recanati just 20 minutes from Piazza Giacomo Leopardi. Aeroporto delle Marche is far about 47 km and 40 minutes driving from tennis courts.

Past champions: 2016 Illya Marchenko – 2015 Mirza Basic – 2014 Gilles Müller – 2013 Thomas Fabbiano – 2012 Simone Bolelli – 2011 Fabrice Martin – 2010/2009 Stephane Bohli – 2008 Horacio Zeballos

Thomas Fabbiano is the entry list leader and winner of 2013 edition

Entry list: Thomas Fabbiano (Ita) – Lukas Lacko (Svk) – Blaz Kavcic (Slo) – Luca Vanni (Ita) – Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukr) – James Duckworth (Aus) – Marton Fucsovics (Hun) – Quentin Halys (Fra) – Adrian Menendez Maceiras (Esp) – Duckhee Lee (Kor)

THE TOWN: Recanati is a town and comune in the Province of Macerata, in the Marche region of Italy. It was founded around 1150 AD from three pre-existing castles. In 1290 it proclaimed itself an independent republic and, in March 1798, it was conquered by Napoleon Bonaparte. It is the hometown of the tenor Beniamino Gigli and the poet Giacomo Leopardi, which is why the town is known to some as “the city of poetry”.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Leopardi House


  • Infinito’s Hill


  • Leopardi Square


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Softwood. Set in the heart of the Marche region, this ** hotel, rated 8,2 on Booking, is in Recanati, 800 m from Villa Musone and 5 km from Castelfidardo. It offers free parking, a buffet-style restaurant, and air-conditioned rooms with TV, minibar and private bathroom. A simple Italian breakfast of a coffee and a croissant is available in the hotel bar and is included in the room daily rate (from 70€).
  • Agriturismo Raggioverde. Rated 8,5 on Booking and situated in an ancient farmhouse on the hills of Recanati at 500 from the town, this accomodation features free parking, a sun terrace, and an outdoor swimming pool. It offers air conditioned apartments with fully equipped kitchen and some also have a furnished balcony overlooking the town. Onsite restaurant offers traditional dishes of the Marche region. Prices start from 70€ per night with breakfast included.
  • Gallery Hotel Recanati. Excellent **** hotel located in Recanati’s old town and rated 8,8 on Booking, it features modern rooms with LCD tv and free Wifi connection, a terrace with hot tub and amazing view of the countryside, a gourmet restaurant and a 24 hr front desk. A 19 mq2 deluxe double room with wooden floors and balcony costs 119€ per night with rich breakfast buffet included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Recanati Official 

Your Hotel in Recanati 


Enjoy your tennis stay in this wonderful Italian town!!!




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

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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

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  • 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

 

Enjoy this fashion tennis trip in Milan!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!!!