Eastbourne – Grass specialists are ready to stand in the heart of East Sussex

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Aegon International

From 06/26 to 07/01

Surface: Grass outdoor

Prize money: € 693,910

Tournament location: Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club College Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 4JA, United Kingdom 

How to arrive: Devonshire Park is centrally located in the heart of Eastbourne. From pier you will need to walk about 12 minutes to get in. Closest airport is the one in London Stansted.

Uruguaian Pablo Cuevas will lead the entry list of the tournament

Entry list: Pablo Cuevas (Uru) – John Isner (Usa) – Steve Johnson (Usa) – Richard Gasquet (Fra) – Gilles Muller (Lux) – Sam Querrey (Usa) – Mischa Zverev (Ger) – Feliciano Lopez (Esp) – Diego Schwartzman (Arg) – Bernard Tomic (Aus)

THE TOWN: Eastbourne is a large town, seaside resort and borough in the non-metropolitan county of East Sussex on the south coast of England, 19 miles east of Brighton. With a seafront consisting largely of Victorian hotels, a pier and a Napoleonic era fort and military museum, it is on of the most known seaside resort of Britain.

For Lonely Planet: “Despite its official title as ‘Britain’s sunniest town’, Eastbourne has been slow to throw off its unattractive image as death’s waiting room by the chilly Channel, all snoozing octogenarians in deckchairs and fusty guesthouses populated by vitamin D–deprived bank-holidaying Scots. But while much of this is still to be found here, in the last decade or so an influx of students and the arrival of the southeast’s largest Polish community have given the town a sprightlier feel.

Eastbourne’s 3.5-mile sweeping, palm-tree-lined seafront is one of the UK’s grandest. Add to this a fresh modern art gallery and the recently created South Downs National Park that nudges its western suburbs and Eastbourne certainly makes an enjoyable day trip from London or Brighton. It’s also the start and end point for a hike along the 100-mile South Downs Way.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN EASTBOURNE AND SURROUNDINGS:

  • Beachy Head


  • Birling Gap 


  • The Long Man of Wilmington


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Best Western York House Hotel. Excellent *** hotel rated 8,8 on Booking which enjoys a stunning seafront position at less than 400 m from famous Eastbourne pier. It features an indoor swimming pool and free Wi-Fi. A deluxe double room in the tournament week will cost from 90£ to 135£.
  • The New England. Located in a quiet area, looking out Eastbourne’s seafront. this exceptional **** hotel, rated 9,5 on Booking, offers free WiFi, some free parking and award-winning guest accommodation in light, modern en suite rooms. The Cape Cod dining room has sea views and offers award-winning cooked breakfasts. Prices? For a 17 mq2 family room the daily rate is from 99,45£ with superb breakfast included.
  • The Grand Hotel. Magnificent 5 stars hotel rated 8,8 on Booking which faces the beach from King Edward’s Parade. It offers luxurious accommodation, 2 award-winning restaurants, and both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool. The Grand Hotel Eastbourne has welcomed many famous guests, including Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin. Some rooms have spectacular sea views, and 24-hour room service is available. The Health Club and Spa features a sauna and steam room, and guests can enjoy treatments in the beauty and hair salons. A fully supervised playroom for children aged 3 and over is available on weekends and school holidays. The price for a deluxe double room starts from 240£ per night with wifi, parking and breakfast buffet included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Eastbourne Official

Your Hotel in Eastbourne


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Halle – Roger Federer will look for his ninth triumph in this beautiful German town

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 500 Gerry Weber Open 2017

From 06/19 to 06/25

Surface: Grass outdoor

Prize money: € 1,836,660

Tournament location: GERRY WEBER STADION – Roger-Federer-Allee 4 (ehem Weststr. 14) 33790 Halle/Westfalen

How to arrive: Regardless of your choice of transport: car, train, or airplane the tennis venue is centrally situated and easily reachable. The nearest airports to Halle are Muenster/Osnabrueck and Paderborn/Lippstadt. There is  approximately 45 minutes drive from either airport to Halle/Westfalen. Alternatively you can fly to Hannover airport followed by a 75 minutes drive or it takes  90 minutes  by train.

Past champions: 2016 Florian Mayer – 2015/2014/2013/2008/2006/2005/2004/2003 Roger Federer – 2012/2009 Tommy Haas – 2011 Philipp Kohlschreiber – 2010 Lleyton Hewitt

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Pluri-champion RF will lead the entry list

Entry list: Roger Federer (Sui) – Kei Nishikori (Jpn) – Dominic Thiem (Aut) – Lucas Pouille (Fra) – Gael Monfils (Fra) – Albert Ramos Vinolas (Esp) – Pablo Carreno Busta (Esp) – Alexander Zverev (Ger) – Roberto Bautista Agut (Esp) – Ivo Karlovic (Cro)

THE TOWN: Halle is a city in the southern part of the German state Saxony-Anhalt. Together with Leipzig, Halle is at the heart of the Central German Metropolitan Region. For Lonely Planet: “Once a hotbed for the GDR’s chemical industry, Halle is most famous for being the birthplace of Georg Friedrich Händel. When the GDR collapsed, the chemical factories gradually disappeared and the smoke began to clear. Change was slow, but some intelligent planning and major projects leading up to Halle’s 1200th birthday in 2006, combined with the presence of some 25,000 students attending the Martin Luther University, has injected a strong dose of vibrancy into this very old town.

Halle has a handful of impressive museums spanning themes as diverse as art, archaeology and the Beatles.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS: 

  • Marktkirche Unser Lieben Frauen

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  • Beatles Museum

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  • The Handel Monument

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • DOMotel PensionThis very cute guest house, rated 8.6 on Booking, offers modern rooms, a communal kitchen and a courtyard terrace. The market square in the centre of Halle is about a 20-minute walk away. All rooms at the DOMotel Pension have a TV and private bathroom. Wi-Fi internet is available in all areas for a small extra charge. A standard double room costs 56€ per night (optional rich breakfast at 7.8€ per person).
  • Hotel Atlas HalleThis comfortable 3-star hotel, rated 8.3 on Booking, is just located a 5-minute walk from Halle Central Train Station. It offers free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV in all its modern rooms. In the evenings guests can enjoy local and international dishes of the Atlas’s restaurant or relax with a drink at the bar. The daily rate for a 20 mq2 standard double room is 85€ with breakfast buffet for two included.
  • Dorint Charlottenhof Halle – SaaleOffering modern-style rooms with free Wi-Fi, this excellent 4-star superior hotel is in a quiet area of Halle just near the center of the city and a 5-minute walk from the main train station. It offers elegant Art Deco suites and a range of tasteful Art Nouveau rooms.  It features a delicious onsite restaurant, a lounge bar, a wellness and fitness area. A standard double room costs 133€ per night with free WiFi and excellent breakfast included. Rated 8.7 on Booking!

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Halle Tourist Informations

Your Hotel in Halle

 

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Stuttgart – The Mercedes town is going to open the male extended grass-court swing

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Mercedes Cup

From 06/12 to 06/18

Surface: Grass outdoor

Prize money: € 701,975

Tournament location: Tennis Club Weissenhof – Parlerstraße 102-110, 70192 Stuttgart, Germany

How to arrive: Due to construction work in the proximity to the TC Weissenhof there is no more parking available. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to arrive by public transportation. Click here to see all the suggestions to get in easily to tennis courts.

Past champions: 2016 Dominic Thiem – 2015 Rafa Nadal – 2014 Roberto Bautista Agut – 2013 Fabio Fognini – 2012 Janko Tipsarevic – 2011 Juan Carlos Ferrero – 2010 Albert Montanes – 2009 Jeremy Chardy – 2008 Juan Martin Del Potro

Entry list: Roger Federer (Sui) – Tomas Berdych (Cze) – Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) – Steve Johnson (Usa) – Gilles Simon (Fra) – Mischa Zverev (Ger) – Feliciano Lopez (Esp) – Viktor Troicki (Srb) – Philip Kohlschreiber (Ger) – Bernard Tomic (Srb)

Roger Federer is going to return just in Mercedes Cup!!!
THE TOWN: Stuttgart is the capital and largest city of the German state of Baden-Württemberg and it is located on the Neckar river in a fertile valley locally known as the “Stuttgart Cauldron”. Stuttgart’s urban area has a population of 623,738, making it the sixth largest city in Germany. It is unusual in the scheme of German cities because it is spread across a variety of hills, valleys and parks. This is often a source of surprise to visitors who associate the city with its reputation as the ‘Cradle of the Automobile‘. The city’s tourism slogan is “Stuttgart offers more“.

For Lonely Planet: “The real Stuttgart is less superficial than legend. True, some good-living locals like their cars fast and their restaurants fancy, but most are just as happy getting their boots dirty in the surrounding vine-clad hills and hanging out with friends in the rustic confines of a Weinstube (wine tavern). In the capital of Baden-Württemberg, city slickers and down-to-earth country kids walk hand in hand.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Schlossplatz (Palace Square)


  • Mercedes Benz Museum


  • Königstraße


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Central Classic Hotel. Very good *** hotel rated 8.4 on Booking and located at 10 minutes walking from Old Town. It provides comfortably furnished rooms with a private bathroom and a minibar. A rich breakfast buffet is available each morning in the modern breakfast room. Price from 94,5€ per night in b&b.
  • Maritim Hotel Stuttgart. This excellent **** hotel, rated 8.3 on Booking, is the players official hotel and is quietly located in central Stuttgart, just over half a kilometer from the Königstraße. It has large rooms, 3 restaurants and a modern spa with 24-hour indoor pool. The daily rate for a spacious comfort double room with satellite TV, internet access and an elegant bathroom is 165€. Don’t miss it!
  • Le Méridien Stuttgart. Wonderful ***** hotel rated 8.6 on Booking and located opposite the Schlossgarten Park in Stuttgart which offers a French gourmet restaurant, a spa with indoor pool, and classical-style rooms. The spa and fitness center Le SPA with 850m² is the largest spa in downtown Stuttgart. A superior classic of 30 mq2 costs 190€ per night with breakfast included (156€ without).

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site 

Visit Stuttgart Official

Mercedes Benz Museum Website 

Your Hotel in Stuttgart 
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Lyon – Intersting tennis matches in the places where Lumiere brothers invented the cinematographe

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Open Parc Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Lyon

From 05/21 to 05/27

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 540,310

Tournament location: Parc de la Tête d’Or – Vélodrome Georges Préveral 69006 Lyon, France

How to get: The Intl Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport is far about 26.5km and 30 minutes driving from parc de la Tête d’Or. The old town is very close just 4.5 km and 20 minutes driving.

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Milos Raonic will be nr.1 of the seeding

Entry list: Milos Raonic (Can) – Jo Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) – Nick Kyrgios (Aus) – Juan Martin del Potro (arg) – Benoit Paire (Fra) – Donald Young (Usa) – Marcel Granollers (Esp) – Nicolas Mahut (Fra) – Steve Darcis (Bel) – Karen Khachanov (Rus)

THE TOWN: Lyon with a population of 506,615 in 2014 is France’s third-largest city after Paris and Marseille. Lyon is the capital of the region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. The city is known for its cuisine and gastronomy and historical and architectural landmarks and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lyon was historically an important area for the production and weaving of silk. It played a significant role in the history of cinema: Auguste and Louis Lumière invented the cinematographe in Lyon. The city is also known for its famous light festival, Fête des Lumières, which occurs every 8 December and lasts for four days, earning Lyon the title of Capital of Lights.

Lonely Planet writes about this town: “Commanding a strategic spot at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône Rivers, Lyon has been luring people ever since the Romans named it Lugdunum in 43 BC. Commercial, industrial and banking powerhouse for the past 500 years, Lyon is France’s third largest city, and offers today’s urban explorers a wealth of enticing experiences. Outstanding museums, a dynamic cultural life, busy clubbing and drinking scenes, a thriving university and fantastic shopping lend the city a distinctly sophisticated air, while adventurous gourmets can indulge in their wildest gastronomic fantasies. Don’t leave the city without sampling some Lyonnais specialities in a bouchon – the quintessential Lyon experience.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Parc de la Tête d’Or

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  • Old town

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  • Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

USEFUL LINKS:

  • Ibis Lyon Centre PerracheVery good 3 stars hotel, rated 8,5 on Booking and located 5 minute walk from Place Bellecour, it is set in an art-deco style building and offers a bar and a snack bar. The rooms at ibis Lyon Centre Perrache are air-conditioned and include an LCD TV with satellite channels. Free Wi-Fi access is provided. Prices start from 99€ per night for a standard double room.
  • Hotel Carlton Lyon – MGallery by Sofitel. Wonderful **** hotel rated 9,2 on Booking and set in a building dating from 1894, just a 7-minute walk from Bellecour Metro Station. It features a spa with hammam, (with massages available upon request) and the free WiFi offered throughout the property. All guestrooms at the property are soundproofed and have air conditioning. A standard twin room costs 195€ per night.
  • Villa FlorentineThis excellent ***** hotel is rated 8.9 on Booking and it is located in the heart of Old Lyon with panoramic views of the city. This former convent offers a one-Michelin-star restaurant, elegant guest rooms, a 24-hour reception and free WiFi throughout. The daily rate for a magnificent classic double room of 25 mq2 is 250€.

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Visit Lyon Official

Your Hotel in Lyon

 

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Geneva – Stan Wawrinka will be the main attraction of this Atp event in the capital city of French Switzerland

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open

From 05/21 to 05/27

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 482,060

Tournament location: Tennis Club of Geneva Eaux-Vives – Parc des Eaux-Vives, 1207 Geneva, Switzerland

How to get: The club is not so far from Intl Airport infact you will need of about 25 minutes driving (9km) to get to the tournament. The central attractions like Jet D’Eau are very close; about 15-20 minutes walking. You can use the public transport too (bus service 2/6 from Geneve plage to “Parcs”).

Past champions: 2016 Stan Wawrinka – 2015 Thomaz Bellucci

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Defending champion and nr.1 of the seeding Stan Wawrinka

Entry list: Stan Wawrinka (Sui) – John Isner (Usa) – Albert Ramos Vinolas (Esp) – Sam Querrey (Usa) – Steve Johnson (Usa) – Joao Sousa (Por) – Paolo Lorenzi (Ita) – Viktor Troicki (Srb) – Robin Haase (Ned) – Ryan Harrison (Usa)

THE TOWN: Geneva is the second most populous city in Switzerland (after Zürich) and is the most populous city of Romandy, the French-speaking part of Switzerland. Situated where the Rhône exits Lake Geneva, it is a global city, a financial center, and worldwide center for diplomacy due to the presence of numerous international organizations, including the headquarters of many of the agencies of the United Nations and the Red Cross. Geneva is also one of the most expensive city in the world.

Lonely Planet introduces this town with these words: “Sleek, slick and cosmopolitan, Geneva is a rare breed of city: it’s among Europe’s priciest, its people chatter in every language and it’s constantly perceived as the Swiss capital (it isn’t). Superbly strung around the shores of Europe’s largest Alpine lake, Switzerland’s second-largest city has only half the population of Zürich; yet the whole world is here: 200-odd governmental and nongovernmental international organisations fill Geneva’s plush hotels, feast on its international cuisine and help prop up its famed overload of banks, luxury jewellers and chocolate shops.

But where’s the urban grit? Not in the lakeside’s silky-smooth promenades and iconic fountain of record-breaking heights, nor in its pedestrian Old Town. To find the rough cut of the diamond, dig into the Pâquis quarter or walk along the Rhône’s industrial shores where local neighbourhood bars hum with attitude. This is the Geneva of the Genevois…or as close as you’ll get to it.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Jet d’Eau

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  • Geneva Lake

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  • Mont Saleve

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Cristal DesignThe *** Cristal Design Hotel offers a quiet location in the heart of Geneva, next to the pedestrianized Mont Blanc street leading to Lake Geneva. Cornavin Train Station is 100 m away. This is one of the hotel with best value for money in the town. A twin room costs 172€ per night with free wi-fi. Rated 8.0 on Booking.
  • Starling Hotel Geneva. Excellent **** hotel rated 8.5 on Booking and located ext to the Palexpo Conference Centre. It features a wellness and fitness centre with an indoor pool and the free Wi-Fi. Very good is the on site italian restaurant L’Olivo. The city centre and Lake Geneva are 3 km away from the Starling Hotel Geneva. The price for a modernly decorated business double room is 161€ per night.
  • Hotel de la CigogneFeaturing period furniture in all rooms of its historic building, luxury ***** Hôtel de la Cigogne (rated 9.0 on Booking) offers you an elegant atmosphere for your stay in the centre of Geneva, right on the charming Longemalle square next to the Old Town. The restaurant serves gourmet seasonal cuisine in its Belle Epoque ambiance. All rooms in the Hôtel de La Cigogne are air-conditioned and feature HD Led TVs and free WiFi. A classic 29 mq2 twin room costs 417€ with good breakfast included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Geneva Official

Your Hotel in Geneva

 

Enjoy this Swiss TennisTrip!

 

Rome – An exceptional tennis week visiting the Eternal City 

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 1000 – WTA PREMIER 5 Internazionali BNL d’Italia

From 05/15 to 05/21

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 4,835,975 + $ 2,775,745

Tournament location: Parco del Foro Italico – Viale delle Olimpiadi 60, 00100 Roma

How to get: Those wishing to reach the Foro Italico from the Fiumicino Airport, instead of taking a taxi, can take the metro train all the way to the “Roma Tiburtina” station or the direct train to “Stazione Termini.” Transit time for the metro train is 45 minutes. If you decide to take the metro, the closest stations on the A line are “Ottaviano” and “Flaminio.” At the “Ottaviano” station exit, you can take bus #32 and get off at the Lungotevere Maresciallo Cadorna stop. On the other hand, if you arrive at the “Flaminio” metro stop, the best bet is to take tram #2 all the way to the Piazza Mancini terminus.

Past WTA champions: 2016/2014/2013/2002 Serena Williams – 2015/2012/2011 Maria Sharapova – 2010 Maria Sanchez Martinez – 2009 Dinara Safina – 2008/2007 Jelena Jankovic

WTA Entry list: Angelique Kerber (Ger) –  Karolina Pliskova (Cze) – Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) – Simona Halep (Rou) – Garbine Muguruza (Esp) – Johanna Konta (Gbr) – Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) – Venus Williams (Usa) – Madison Keys (Usa) – Maria Sharapova (Rus)

Maria Sharapova has received a Wild Card to come back in Rome

Past ATP champions: 2016 Andy Murray – 2015/2014/2011/2008 Novak Djokovic – 2013/2012/2010/2009/2007/2006/2005 Rafa Nadal

ATP Entry list: Andy Murray (Gbr) – Novak Djokovic (Srb) – Stan Wawrinka (Sui) – Rafa Nadal (Esp) – Milos Raonic (Can) – Kei Nishikori (Jpn) – Marin Cilic (Cro) – Dominic Thiem (Aut) – Jo Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) – Gael Monfils (Fra)

THE TOWN: Rome is a special comune (named Comune di Roma Capitale) and the capital of Italy. With 2,873,598 residents, it is also the country’s largest and most populated comune. The Vatican City is an independent country geographically located within the city boundaries of Rome, the only existing example of a country within a city: for this reason Rome has been often defined as capital of two states.

Rome’s history spans more than 2,500 years. While Roman mythology dates the founding of Rome at only around 753 BC, the site has been inhabited for much longer, making it one of the oldest continuously occupied sites in Europe. After the fall of the Western Empire, which marked the beginning of the Middle Ages, Rome slowly fell under the political control of the Papacy, which had settled in the city since the 1st century AD, until in the 8th century it became the capital of the Papal States, which lasted until 1870. Beginning with the Renaissance, almost all the popes since Nicholas V (1447–55) pursued coherently along four hundred years an architectonic and urbanistic programme aimed to make of the city the world’s artistic and cultural centre.Due to that, Rome became first one of the major centres of the Italian Renaissance,[10] and then the birthplace of both the Baroque style and Neoclassicism. Famous artists, painters, sculptors and architects made Rome the centre of their activity, creating masterpieces throughout the city. In 1871 Rome became the capital of the Kingdom of Italy, and in 1946 that of the Italian Republic. It hosted the 1960 Summer Olympics and is the seat of United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Lonely Planet’s writer Duncan Garwood explains the reasons why he loves this town: “As much as its great monuments – the Colosseum, St Peter’s Basilica, the Pantheon – what I love about Rome are its details: the cobbled lanes and hidden corners, the vivid colours, the aroma of freshly ground coffee wafting out of its cafes. Rome’s streets and piazzas are an endless source of entertainment and, as a history buff, I get a real kick when I think of all the legendary events that have taken place here. Rome is also a fabulous place to eat well and there’s little I love more than a long lunch at a favourite trattoria.”

TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS:

  • St. Peter’s Basilica


  • Trevi Fountain


  • Colosseum 


  • Pantheon


  • San Luigi dei Francesi Church

BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Best Western Hotel Astrid. Very good *** located just 5 minutes walking from Foro Italico and some steps from tram #2 which takes you to Piazza del Popolo in 10 minutes, it offers stilysh rooms with hardwood floors, an LCD TV with Sky satellite channels and a minibar with free soft drinks. In summer, breakfast is served on the 5th-floor terrace overlooking St. Peter’s Basilica and the Tiber River. The daily rate is 115€ per night with breakfast and wifi included.
  • The Tribune Hotel. Wonderful **** hotel rated 9.1 on Booking and located just 500 my from Villa Borghese and 10 minutes walking from Spanish Steps, it features free WiFi throughout the property and an on-site bar. The rooms are elegantly decorated with modern furnitures and offers a free mini bar. Prices from 188€ per night with good breakfast included.
  • Hassler Roma. Set at the top of the Spanish Steps, luxury ***** hotel Hassler Roma is one of the city’s most famous hotels. It offers elegant rooms and suites with high-speed free WiFi, and free wellness facilities including a sauna, Turkish bath and gym. Its restaurant and gym have panoramic views over Rome’s rooftops. Dining options at the Hassler include the Michelin-starred Imàgo on the 6th floor, the stylish Salone Eva, and the Palm Court restaurant with its ancient stone walls. The cuisine is classic Italian, with international specialities. A deluxe double room of 25 mq2 costs 742€ per night. Rated 9.2 on Booking.

The exceptional view from Imago Restaurant of Hassler.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Rome Tourism Official 

Accomodations


Enjoy an exceptional week in the Caput Mundi!!!


Munich – Tennis shots and high quality of life in the capital city of Bavaria

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 BMW Open by FWU

From 05/01 to 05/07

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 482,060

Tournament location: MTTC Iphitos – Aumeisterweg 10, 80805 München

How to get: Tennis club is far 8 km from Marienplatz (about 15 min driving). Munchen Flughafen International Airport is situated at 31 km and 22 minutes driving.

Past champions: 2016 Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) – 2015 Andy Murray (Gbr) – 2014 Martin Klizan (Svk) – 2013 Tommy Haas (Ger) – 2012 Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) – 2011 Nikolay Davydenko (Rus) – 2010 Michal Youznhy (Rus) – 2009 Tomas Berdych (Cze) – 2008 Fernando Gonzalez (Chl)

Defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber

Entry list: Gael Monfils (Fra) – Roberto Bautista Agut (Esp) – Alexander Zverev (Ger) –  Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) – Mischa Zverev (Ger) – Fabio Fognini (Ita) – Florian Mayer (Ger) – Martin Klizan (Svk) – Donald Young (Usa) – Jan Lennard Struff (Ger)

THE TOWN: Munich is the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria, on the banks of River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Munich, with a population of around 1.5 million, is the third largest city in Germany. It is a major centre of art, advanced technologies, finance, publishing, culture, innovation, education, business, and tourism in Germany and Europe and enjoys a very high standard and quality of living, reaching #1 in Germany and #4 worldwide according to the 2015 Mercer survey.

Lonely Planet writes about Munich: “The natural habitat of well-heeled power dressers and Lederhosen-clad thigh-slappers, Mediterranean-style street cafes and Mitteleuropa beer halls, highbrow art and high-tech industry, Germany’s unofficial southern capital is a flourishing success story that revels in its own contradictions. If you’re looking for Alpine clichés, they’re all here, but the Bavarian metropolis has many an unexpected card down its Dirndl. But whatever else this city is, it’s popular. Statistics show Munich is enticing more visitors than ever, especially in summer and during Oktoberfest, when the entire planet seems to arrive to toast the town. Munich’s walkable centre retains a small-town air but holds some world-class sights, especially art galleries and museums. Throw in royal Bavarian heritage, an entire suburb of Olympic legacy and a kitbag of dark tourism, and it’s clear why southern Germany’s metropolis is such a favourite among those who seek out the past but like to hit the town once they’re done.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN MUNICH:

  • Marienplatz 


  • BMW Museum


  • English Garden


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Bayer’s. Rated 9.0 on Booking and located in the very heart of Munich, 3 stars Hotel Bayer’s provides contemporary accommodations just 293 m from the Munich Main Station. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. The daily rate for a cozy double room is 118€.
  • Platzl Hotel Superior. Excellent **** hotel, rated 9.0 on Booking and located 2 minutes walk from Marienplatz, which features a free spa, a gym, a 16th-century restaurant, and soundproof rooms with flat-screen TVs. Free Wi-Fi is also included. A 22 mq2 modern double room costs 165€ per night.
  • Rocco Forte The Charles Hotel. Overlooking the Old Botanical Garden, this 5-star designer hotel in Munich, rated 9.2 on Booking, features an exclusive spa with indoor pool, soundproof rooms with free Wi-Fi, and the elegant Italian restaurant Davvero. The Hotel has a private garage. Munich Central Train Station is only about a quarter mile away. The prices for a wonderful and wide classic king room start from 306€ per night.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Munich Official

BMW Museum Website

Your Hotel in Munich


Enjoy this Bavarian Tennis Trip!

Budapest – Welcome back in Hungarian capital city for an ATP 250 event

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Hungarian Open (1st edition)

From 04/24 to 04/30

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 540,310

Tournament location: Margitszigeti Atlétikai Centrum – Margitszigeti, 1138 Budapest, Hungary

How to get: Tennis courts are centrally located and easy accessible in 2,2 km distance from Chain Bridge.

Entry list: Lucas Pouille (Fra) – Ivo Karlovic (Cro) – Gilles Simon (Fra) – Fernando Verdasco (Esp) – Paolo Lorenzi (Ita) – Victor Troicki (Srb) – Diego Schwartzman (Arg) – Ryan Harrison (Usa) – Robin Haase (Ned) – Florian Mayer (Ger)

Nr.1 of the seeding Lucas Pouille
THE TOWN: Budapest is the capital city of Hungary. With a unique, youthful atmosphere, a world-class classical music scene as well as a pulsating night life increasingly appreciated among European youth and, last but not least, an exceptionally rich offering of natural thermal baths, Budapest is one of Europe’s most delightful and enjoyable cities. Due to its scenic setting and its architecture it is nicknamed Paris of the East. In 1987 Budapest was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List for the cultural and architectural significance of the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue.

Lonely Planet defines it Grandeur on the Danube and its writer Steve Fallon explaines reasons why he loves this incredible town: “I love Budapest for all the right reasons – architecture (especially art nouveau), romance (particularly the views from the bridges) and sticky apricot jam – and some of the wrong ones, too – killer pálinka (fruit brandy), rickety trolleybuses, and spending way too much time in the Turkish baths. When I first came to Budapest, I was bowled over by an often sad but confident city whose history seemed too complex to comprehend, by a beautiful but impenetrable language, and by a people I thought I’d never know. I stayed on to learn more about all three.”

BUDAPEST’S TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Hungarian Parliament


  • Chain Bridge 


  • Fisherman’s Bastion


  • Saint Stephen’s Basilica


  • Széchenyi Fürdö Thermal Baths


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Rum Budapest. Wonderful *** boutique hotel rated 9.2 on Booking and located in one of the most beautiful district of Budapest at just 200 mt from Hungarian National Museum. It provides free wifi, a welcome arrival drink and it features the onsite asian Urban Tiger Restaurant. The price for a a large king starts from 120€ with breakfast included.
  • Callas House. Exceptional **** hotel rated 9.5 on Booking and located at 100 mt from Opera House and 400 mt from Saint Stephen’s Basilica. This accomodation rises in an historical building and features free wifi, restaurant and classical deluxe double rooms of 26 mq2 at 135€ per night with excellent breakfast buffet.
  • Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest. Once in the life incredible ***** hotel which rises in a neoclassical palace built in 1906. It enjoys an incomparable location in front of the Chain Bridge, offering luxury units, an infinity-edge pool, a fitness room and a restaurant and bar. A luxury superior double room with one king bed and marble bathroom costs 457,5 € per night with breakfast and wifi included. Rated 9.3 on Booking.

Please notice that in hotel prices is not included a 4% city tax.
USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Budapest Travel & Tourism Guide

Budapest by Locals

Széchenyi Fürdö Official Site

Your Hotel in Budapest
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Barcelona – The best clay specialists will face here…at Antoni Gaudí’s home

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 500 Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell

From 04/24 to 04/30

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 2,604,340

Tournament location: Real Club de Tenis Barcelona, Carrera de Bosch i Gimpera 5, 08034 Barcelona, Spain.

How to get: The Real Club de Tenis Barcelona 1899 is located in the northwest of the city, above Avenida Diagonal in the Pedralbes district. El Prat Airport is far about 16 km and 20 minutes driving. From Placa de Catalunya there is a distance of about 6 km. Public transport will take you to tennis courts in about 25-30 minutes.

Previous winners: 2016 Rafa Nadal – 2015/2014 Kei Nishikori – 2013/2012/2011 Rafa Nadal – 2010 Fernando Verdasco – 2009/2008/2007/2006/2005 Rafa Nadal

Rafa is looking for his 10th title in Barcelona

Entry list: Kei Nishikori (Jpn) – Rafa Nadal (Esp) – Dominic Thiem (Aut) – David Goffin (Bel) – Tomas Berdych (Cze) – Roberto Bautista Agut (Esp) – Richard Gasquet (Fra) – Pablo Carreno Busta (Esp) – Albert Ramos Vinolas (Esp) – Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger)

THE TOWN: Barcelona is the capital and largest city of Catalonia and Spain’s second largest city, with a population of over one and half million people. This city, located directly on the northeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain, has a rich history, having been under Roman, then Frank law before declaring its independence. In 1992, Barcelona gained international recognition by hosting the Olympic games which brought a massive upturn in its tourism industry. This had the effect of changing the city in ways that are still felt today with neighbourhoods renovated (and in some cases leveled) and the intense focus of modern design permeating all aspects of life in Barcelona from public buildings to something as simple as a park bench or an event poster.

Lonely Planet’s writer Regis St.Louis explains reasons he love this exceptional town: “I love the sea, and taking an early-morning jog along the Mediterranean is my favourite way to start the day. I’m also a bit of a history nerd, and relish strolling the cobblestone lanes of the Gothic quarter, thinking about the people in past centuries who walked these streets. Then there’s the food and drink – the first-rate tapas bars, the abundant and inexpensive wine, the superb and reasonably priced multicourse lunches. Add Catalan creativity (Modernisme, Miró, Dalí), bohemian bars and stunning nearby getaways and you have, quite simply, one of the world’s most captivating cities.”

TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Sagrada Familia


  • Casa Batlló


  • Parc Güell


  • La Boqueira


  • Barri Gòtic


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Lleó. This is an elegant *** hotel rated 8.6 on Booking and located next to Barcelona’s Plaza Catalunya and the famous Las Ramblas. It has a small rooftop pool with terrace and lounge chairs, free Wi-Fi access and rooms with flat-screen TVs. The onsite restaurant serves a range of Mediterranean cuisine and features a glass roof. Prices start from 127€ for a double room.
  • The Corner Hotel. Delicious **** hotel rated 9.4 on Booking and located just 500 mt from Casa Batlló. It features a seasonal outdoor pool and views of the city. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and private parking is available on site. A cool & modern double room costs 144€ per night.
  • Hotel The Serras. Exceptional 5 stars hotel rated 9.6 on Booking and located just opposite the Barri Gotic. Set in an historic building it includes a rooftop infinity pool and a 1-Michelin-starred restaurant. Free WiFi access is available. Luxurious services like airport pick-up, limousine, concierge and valet parking are standard in this hotel. The price for a 30 mq2 superior double room starts from 380€ per night.
The double room of Hotel The Serras

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Barcelona Official 

Your Hotel in Barcelona


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Monte Carlo – A fantastic and traditional ATP Masters 1000 in the gem of Mediterranean 

THE TOURNAMENT:  ATP MASTERS 1000 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters

From 04/13 to 04/19

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 4,273,775

Tournament location: Monte-Carlo Country Club – 155 avenue Princesse Grace, 06190 Roquebrune Cap Martin, Monaco

How to get: Perfectly located between Nice and San Remo, Monte-Carlo Country Club is easy accessible by car either from France or  Italy. The closest airport is the Nice Intl Airport at just 34 km.

Recent winners: 2016 Rafa Nadal – 2015 Novak Djokovic – 2014 Stan Wawrinka – 2013 Novak Djokovic – 2012/2011/2010/2009/2008/2007/2006/2005 Rafa Nadal

Rafa is looking for his 10th title in Monaco

Entry list: Andy Murray (Gbr) – Novak Djokovic (Srb) – Stan Wawrinka (Sui) – Milos Raonic (Can) – Rafa Nadal (Esp) – Dominic Thiem (Aut) – Marin Cilic (Cro) – Jo Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) – Gael Monfils (Fra) – David Goffin (Bel)

THE TOWN: Monte Carlo refers to an administrative area of the Principality of Monaco, specifically the ward of Monte Carlo/Spélugues, where the Monte Carlo Casino is located. Informally the name also refers to a larger district, the Monte Carlo Quarter. The permanent population of the ward of Monte Carlo is about 3,500, while that of the quarter is about 15,000.

Lonely Planet writes about Monaco: “Squeezed into just 200 hectares, this principality might be the world’s second-smallest country (the Vatican is smaller), but what it lacks in size it makes up for in attitude. A magnet for high-rollers and hedonists since the early 20th century, it’s also one of the world’s most notorious tax havens (residents pay no income tax). It’s also famous for its annual Formula 1 Grand Prix, held every year in May since 1929.

Despite its prodigious wealth, Monaco itself is a long way from the prettiest town on the French Riviera: it’s basically an ode to concrete and glass, dominated by high-rise hotels and apartment blocks that rise into the hills like ranks of dominos, not to mention an utterly bewildering street layout that seems solely designed to confound lowly pedestrians.

It’s a rather different story on the rocky outcrop known as Le Rocher, which juts out on the south side of the port and is home to the royal palace, as well as a rather charming little old town which feels a world away from Monte Carlo’s skyscrapers and super yachts.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Princely Palace of Monaco


  • Monte-Carlo Harbor


  • Real Monte-Carlo Casino


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Novotel Monte-Carlo. Very good *** hotel located in the heart of the Principality of Monaco, at a short walk from Casino, and rated 8.3 Booking. It features a seasonal outdoor pool with lounge chairs, a fitness room and a hammam. Wifi for free in all areas. A superior 25 mq2 double room costs 295€ per night in b&b.
  • Port Palace. Port Palace is a 4-star boutique hotel in Monaco overlooking Port Hercule. It features a location at the center of Monaco’s legendary Grand Prix circuit. Guests can relax at the on-site spa with a hot tub and hammam. Restaurant La Marée serves fresh fish and seafood, and guests can dine on the terrace overlooking the marina. The price for a standard room with amazing harbor view is 245€ per night with breakfast and free WiFi included. Rated 8.8 on Booking.
  • Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo. Exceptional and extra luxurious ***** hotel set in a building dating from 1864 next to the Casino and rated 9.3 on Booking. It features an American-style piano bar and 2 restaurants with views of the famous Place du Casino. Guests receive a pass allowing free or reduced admission for properties run by Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer. It includes free entry to the 7,000 m² Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo spa. The price for an incredible 55 mq2 junior suite is 1200€ per night!!!

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Monte Carlo Country Club Website 

Visit Monaco Official 

Your Hotel in Monte-Carlo 


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Houston – The Texan “Space City” is going to host one of the oldest tournament of circuit

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Fayez Sarofim & Co. Us Men’s Clay Court Championship

From 04/10 to 04/16

Prize money: $ 535,625

Surface: Clay outdoor

Tournament location: River Oaks Country Club – 1600 River Oaks Blvd, Houston, TX 77019

How to get: Houston downtown is far from River Oaks Cc just 4 miles and 11 minutes driving. Courts are far just 14 miles from William P.Hobby Airport.

Recent former champions: 2016 Juan Monaco – 2015 Jack Sock – 2014 Fernando Verdasco – 2013 John Isner – 2012 Juan Monaco – 2011 Ryan Sweeting – 2010 Juan Ignacio Chela – 2009 Leyton Hewitt – 2008 Marcel Granollers – 2007 Ivo Karlovic

Nr.1 of the seeding and former 2015 champion Jack Sock

Entry list: Jack Sock (Usa) – John Isner (Usa) – Steve Johnson (Usa) – Feliciano Lopez (Esp) – Fernando Verdasco (Esp) – Sam Querrey (Usa) – Donald Young (Usa) – Adrian Mannarino (Fra) – Thomaz Bellucci (Bra) – Juan Monaco (Arg)

THE TOWN: Houston is the most populous city in the state of Texas and the fourth-most populous city in the United States. Nicknamed the “Space City”, it is a global city, with strengths in business, international trade, entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, sports, technology, education, medicine, and research. The city has a population from various ethnic and religious backgrounds and a large and growing international community. Houston is the most diverse city in Texas and has been described as the most diverse in the United States. It is home to many cultural institutions and exhibits, which attract more than 7 million visitors a year to the Museum District. Houston has an active visual and performing arts scene in the Theater District and offers year-round resident companies in all major performing arts.

Lonely Planet writes: “Think laid-back, pickup truck and boot-scooting town meets high-powered, high-cultured and high-heeled metropolis. During the day, chill out in your flip-flops, take in museums and shopping, then hit happy hour on a leaf-shaded deck. At night, revel in culinary or cultural bliss – the foodie scene and theater district are both nationally renowned. Sure, oil-and-gas wealth underlies a lot of the city’s endeavors, but you’d never know it from the lack of pretension. What’s not to like about a place where a weeks-long rodeo and barbecue cook-off is the favorite reason for stepping out? Here starched jeans are de rigeur in all but the very fanciest of restaurants.

Houston may rank behind Chicago as the nation’s fourth most populated city, but it covers a greater area than all of New Jersey. Diverse residential neighborhoods and enclaves of restaurants and shops spread far and wide. You’ll miss out if you limit yourself to Downtown. The leafy Museum District is the city’s cultural center; Upper Kirby and River Oaks have upscale shopping and dining; Montrose contains cute bungalows, quirky shops and eateries; Midtown has up-and-coming condos and some good restaurants; Washington Ave is nightlife central and the Heights has historic homes and boutiques. Don’t forget that a couple of the town’s main attractions – NASA’s Space Center Houston in Clear Lake and Galveston Island – are outside the city limits, requiring a 45-minute drive down I-45.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Johnson Space Center


  • Waterwall Park


  • Museum of Natural Science

houston-museum

BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Residence Inn by Marriott Houston Northwest/Cypress. Exceptional *** hotel located adjacent to North Cypress Medical Center. This hotel, rated 9.6 on Booking and featuring an indoor pool and gym, offers king studio with sofa bed of 28mq2 at 110 USD with breakfast included, and free wi-fi connection and parking. Each studio has tis own fully equipped kitchen.
  • Emabassy Suites Houston-Downtown. Excellent **** hotel located at just 800 mt from city centre, this accomodation has been rated 9.2 on Booking. A fantastic king suite costs 219 USD per night with breakfast, wifi and free shuttle service for Houston city centre.
  • JW Marriot Houston Downtown. Fabulous ***** hotel situated in the heart of Huston and 5 minutes driving from Discovery Green Park. Rated 9.0 on booking, it offers a fitness center, free parking and wifi connection. The price for a King double room with designer furnishings is 248 USD per night breakfast not included.

Please notice that 17% taxes are not included in showed prices.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

River Oaks Country Club Website 

Visit Houston Official

Houston Museum of Natural Science Site

Accomodations


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