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

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 500 ERSTE BANK OPEN 500

From 10/23 to 10/29

Surface: Hard indoor

Prize money: € 2,035,415

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

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

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

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German star Alexander Zverev will lead the seeding

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

ABOUT WIEN:

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

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

TOP 5 THINGS TO SEE:

  • Schönbrunn Palace

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  • Old Town

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  • Belvedere Palace Museum

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  • Stephansdom

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  • Hofburg

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

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

 

USEFUL LINKS:

Wien Tourist Official Info

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Belvedere Museum Site

Tournament Official Site

Your Hotel in Wien



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Tashkent – Enjoy a tennis week in the place where everything could happen!

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Tashkent Challenger

From 10/09 to 10/14

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 150,000

Tournament Location: Olympic Tennis School Massiv Yalangach Tashkent 100125 UZBEKISTAN

Past winners: 2016 Konstantin Kravchuk – 2015/2011 Denis Istomin – 2014 Lukas Lacko – 2013 Dudi Sela – 2012 Uladzimir Ignatik – 2010 Karol Beck – 2009 Marcos Baghdatis – 2008 Yen Hsun Lu

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Italian nr.1 of entry list Thomas Fabbiano

Entry list: Thomas Fabbiano (Ita) – Dudi Sela (Isr) – Denis Istomin (Uzb) – Evgeny Donskoy (Rus) – Alexander Bublik (Kaz) – Laslo Djere (Srb) – Guillermo Garcia Lopez (Esp) – Lukas Lacko (Svk) – Egor Gerasimov (Blr) – Matteo Berrettini (Ita)

THE TOWN: Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan,  with its over 2,3 million inhabitants is the biggest and one of the oldest city in Central Asia, with a history of 2200 years. Due to its position in Central Asia, Tashkent came under Sogdian and Turkic influence early in its history, before Islam in the 8th century AD. After its destruction by Genghis Khan in 1219, the city was rebuilt and profited from the Silk Road. In 1865 it was conquered by the Russian Empire, and in Soviet times witnessed major growth and demographic changes due to forced deportations from throughout the Soviet Union. Today, as the capital of an independent Uzbekistan, Tashkent retains a multi-ethnic population with ethnic Uzbeks as the majority. It is best appreciated for its whole rather than its parts. If you are short on time visit it by renting a car, because the town is quite large. Lonely Planet writes on Tashkent: “Sprawling Tashkent is Central Asia’s hub and the place where everything in Uzbekistan happens. It’s one part newly built national capital, thick with the institutions of power, and one part leafy Soviet city, and yet another part sleepy Uzbek town, where traditionally clad farmers cart their wares through a maze of mud-walled houses to the grinding crowds of the bazaar. Tashkent is a fascinating jumble of contradictions that’s well worth exploring over several days.Like most places that travellers use mainly to get somewhere else, Tashkent doesn’t always immediately charm visitors, but it’s a surprisingly fun and interesting place, with the best restaurants, museums and nightlife in the country. There’s also plenty of opportunity to escape the metropolis for great hiking, rafting and skiing in Ugam-Chatkal National Park, just a 1½-hour drive away.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Charwak Lake

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  • Mustakillik Square

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  • Metro Tashkent

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • City Line Boutique Hotel. Very nice *** hotel just 700 metres away Tashkent International Airport. Rated 8.5 on Booking, this boutique accomodation offers deluxe double rooms at 70$ per night with free Wifi, parking and cancellation included.
  • Hotel Wyndham Tashkent. Nice **** hotel with a great value for money, it’s located 200 metres from the Amir Timur Museum and 4 km from the famous Çhorsu Bazaar. Rated 8.1 on Booking, it offers superior double room at 202$ per night with good breakfast included.
  • Radisson Blu Hotel. Excellent ****  hotel located at just 10 minutes walking from city centre and rated 8.3 on Booking, it offers a sauna, a brasserie restaurant with terrace and free parking area. A business double room of 28 mq2 with coffee machine costs 204$ per night with breakfast buffet available for purchase at 16$.

 

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Tashkent On Visit Uzbekistan

Tournament Info

Your Hotel in Tashkent

 

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Beijing – The China Open in the place where ancient and modern meet

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 500 + WTA Premier Mandatory China Open

From 10/02 to 10/08

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 4,280,460 + $ 6,381,679

Tournament location: Olympic Green Tennis Centre – 2 Lincui Rd, Chaoyang Qu, Cina

How to get: The Capital International Airport is far about 26 km from tennis venue (30/35 minutes driving). Tiananmen Square is far 19km and 33 minutes.

Past ATP champions: 2016 Andy Murray – 2015/2014/2013/2012/2010/2009 Novak Djokovic – 2011 Tomas Berdych – 2008 Andy Roddick

ATP Entry list: Rafa Nadal (Esp) – Alexander Zverev (Ger) – Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) – Jo Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) – Roberto Bautista Agut  (Esp) – John Isner (Usa) – Pablo Carreno Busta (Esp) – Tomas Berdych (Esp) – Nick Kyrgios (Aus) – Lucas Pouille (Fra)

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Defending wta champion Agnieszka Radwanska

Past Wta champions: 2016/2011 Agnieszka Radwanska – 2015 Garbine Muguruza – 2014 Maria Sharapova – 2013/2004 Serena Williams – 2012 Victoria Azarenka – 2010 Caroline Wozniacki – 2009/2006 Svetlana Kuznetsova – 2008 Jelena Jankovic

WTA Entry list: Garbine Muguruza (Esp) – Simona Halep (Rou) – Elina Svitolina (Ukr) – Karolina Pliskova (Cze) – Venus Williams (Usa) – Caroline Wozniacki (Den) – Johanna Konta (Gbr) – Svetlana Kuzentsova (Rus) – Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) – Jelena Ostapenko (Lat)

THE TOWN: Lonely’s writer Tom O’Malley tell us why he loves so much this town: “I love how Běijīng wears its many faces like opera masks. In winter, the lakes freeze as chill winds whip south from beyond the Great Wall, carrying with them the echo of Manchu rule. Come summer, Běijīng is all rolled-up t-shirts, icy beers and street-side lamb skewers. Then there’s government Běijīng, where socialist flowerbeds espouse civic harmony, factories power down and the sky beams a proud blue. Or melting-pot Běijīng, defined by the millions of migrants who make the capital tick. And lastly, my Běijīng. Of moonlit bike rides when the city sleeps, of breezy cafes and culinary quests, and wild rambles up among the Great Wall watchtowers.”

TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS:

  • The Great Wall

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  • The Forbidden City

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  • Summer Palace

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  • Tiananmen Square

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  • Temple of Heaven

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Nostalgia Hotel Temple of Heaven. Located just 2,5 km from Temple of Heaven, this very good *** hotel rated .7 on Booking offers modern accomodations with private bathroom, free Wifi and parking. On site you can find a bar/restaurant and a game room. For a twin room the rate is 81$ per night.
  • Park Plaza Beijing WangfujingModern luxury can be enjoyed at this ****hotel rated 8.8 on Booking and situated within 2.4 km of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Guests can enjoy a gym with spa, a business center, the very good Oodle Restuarant and a lounge bar. The stylish rooms are equipped with a satellite Tv and tea/coffee making facilities. A superior 28 mq2 double room costs 99$ per night with with free wifi included.
  • Rosewood Beijing. An artistic masterpiece of modern and old, this exceptional 5 stars hotel is a gem positioned in the central hub of Beijing. Walking through the lush garden and stepping inside, you may find a place full of surprises and enjoy attention-to-detail service. Free WiFi access is available. During leisure time, you may chill out in the beautiful garden, take a swim in the outdoor pool, relax with a spa treatment or join in a session in the gym. Luxury, classy designs, select books and tasteful pieces add artistic charm to each of the units. Featuring a walk-in wardrobe, floor-to-ceiling windows and a large bathroom mirror embedded with a TV, the carpeted rooms offer homelike comfort. A 45mq2 Deluxe King Room costs 234$ per night. Rated 9.5 on Booking!

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Beijing Tourism Official

Your Hotel in Beijing

 

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Metz – Tennis enthusiasts will meet in the heart of Alsace-Lorraine

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Moselle Open

From 09/18 to 09/24

Surface: Hard Indoor

Prize money: $ 540,310

Tournament location: Arènes de Metz – 5 Avenue Louis le Débonnaire, 57000 Metz, Francia

How to arrive: Tennis venue is centrally located in Metz, just 750 mt from Gare de Metz. Aéroport de Metz-Nancy Lorraine is situated at about 25km and 25 minutes driving.

Past champions: 2016 Lucas Pouille – 2015/2012/2011 Jo Wilfried Tsonga – 2014 David Goffin – 2013/2010 Gilles Simon – 2009 Gael Monfils – 2008 Dimitri Tursunov

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Defending champion Lucas Pouille

Entry list: David Goffin (Bel) – Pablo Carreno Busta (Esp) – Lucas Pouille (Fra) – Gilles Muller (Lux) – Mischa Zverev (Rus) – Richard Gasquet (Fra) – Gilles Simon (Fra) – Benoit Paire (Fra) – Florian Mayer (Ger) – Nikoloz Basilashvili (Geo)

THE TOWN: Metz  is a city in northeast France with a rich 3000-year history. For Lonely Planet this town sitted ” astride the confluence of the Moselle and Seille rivers, Lorraine’s graceful capital, Metz, (pronounced ‘mess’) is ready to be feted. Though the city’s Gothic marvel of a cathedral, superlative art collections and Michelin star–studded dining scene long managed to sidestep the world spotlight, all that changed with the show-stopping arrival of Centre Pompidou-Metz in 2010. Yet the Pompidou is but the prelude to Metz’ other charms: buzzy pavement cafes and shady riverside parks, a beautiful old town built from golden Jeumont stone and a regal Quartier Impérial up for Unesco World Heritage status. Suddenly, everyone’s talking about Metz, and rightly so.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Temple Neuf

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  • Cathédrale Saint-Étienne

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  • Centre Pompidou

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TOP 3 HOTELS:

  • Campanile Metz Centre-GareLocated at 260 mt from Metz train station, this cute *** hotel rated 8.7 on Booking offers air conditioned modern rooms with private bathroom, free WiFi throughout the property and buffet breakfast served daily. The price for a standard double room start from 78€ per night (optional breakfast at 9,90€).
  • Best Western Plus Metz TechnopoleWonderful **** hotel located 3 km from the historical centre of Metz, on the edge of an 18-hole golf course, and rated 8.4 on Booking. It offers free Wifi access and parking, a fitness room and an on site restaurant which serves contemporary French cuisine. A standard 35 mq2 double room costs 109€ per night with free cancellation included.
  • La Citadelle – MGallery by SofitelIn the heart of Metz, this 4 stars hotel features luxury rooms and suites with a flat-screen TV, individual air conditioning and free Wi-Fi internet access. There’s a brasserie style restaurant open daily and a Michelin-starred restaurant on site. A standard double room costs 176€ per night with a optional breakfast at 21€.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Metz Tourism Website

Your Hotel in Metz

 

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Montreal – The tennis gotha will stand out in the magnificent Quebec capital

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 1000 Rogers Cup

From 08/07 to 08/13

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 4,662,300

Tournamet location: Uniprix Stadium – 285 Rue Gary-Carter, Montreal, Quebec H2R 2W1, Canada

How to arrive: The best way to get in the venue is via subway, you can make your way to the De Castelnau station on the blue line. The station is a five minutes walk from Uniprix Stadium. The Jarry subway station on the orange line is also nearby and is about a 20 minutes walk to the site. The stadium is far about 8 km from Old Port and 16 km from International Airport.

Past champions: 2016/2012/2011/2007 Novak Djokovic – 2015/2010/2009 Andy Murray – 2014 Jo Wilfried Tsonga – 2013/2008/2005 Rafa Nadal – 2006/2003 Roger Federer

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Andy Murray will lead the seeding of the Rogers Cup
Entry list: Andy Murray (Gbr) – Rafa Nadal (Esp) – Stan Wawrinka (Sui) – Roger Federer (Usa) – Marin Cilic (Cro) – Milos Raonic (Can) – Dominic Thiem (Aut) – Kei Nishikori (Jpn) – Jo Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) – Grigor Dimitrov (Bul)

THE TOWN: Montreal is the most populous municipality in the province of Quebec and the second-most populous in Canada. Originally called Ville-Marie, or City of Mary,it is believed to be named after Mount Royal, though there is some debate about this. In 2016, Montreal had a population of 1,704,694. It is the second-largest primarily French-speaking city in the world after Paris.

Lonely Planet‘s writer Regis St.Louis explains us the reasons why he loves this town: “I’m always struck by the unbridled creativity of this city. You see it in the magnificent inventions being stirred up in restaurant kitchens, in the barroom and on stage, and you even see it walking down the street with incredible urban art lurking in unexpected places. The dual French-English mix adds dynamism to the city as does its unique mash-up of European and North American culture. Most captivating of all are the people themselves. Montréalers embody joie de vivre. They eat well, throw great parties and are happy to share their city.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Notre Dame Basilica

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  • Mont Royal

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  • Old Port

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BEST PLACES TO STAY: 

  • La Loggia Art B&BLocated in Montreal city centre, La Loggia Art B&B features local Canadian artwork, as well as art workshops. An urban garden, terrace and fitness classes are available. Free WiFi is included. At La Logia, guests can enjoy a daily breakfast included in the rate. This boutique hotel is situated at 2 km from Notre-Dame Basilica and is rated 9.3 on Booking. Prices? They start from 113$ per night for a queen room with shared bathroom.
  • Hotel Le Germain Montreal. Modern and central **** hotel rated 9.3 on Booking which features a free espresso bar in its hall and Wi-Fi service in all rooms. In-room massage and spa services are also offered. The on site delicious Laurie Raphael Montreal Restaurant offers authentic Quebec dishes. A classic room with queen bed costs from 212$ per night with very good breakfast included in the price.
  • Le Mount StephenExceptional 5 stars hotel rated 9.3 on Booking and located in the heart of Montreal just 450 mt from Museum of Fine Arts which is housed in a historic mansion dating from 1880, coupled with a sleek contemporary tower of 90 rooms and suites. Guest rooms offer complimentary WIFI, a Nespresso machine, mini-bar, flat-screen IPTV, marble bathrooms with heated floors and a rain forest shower head with Chroma lighting therapy. Fantastic is the on site bar & restaurant. The price for a deluxe king room of 32 mq2 is 326$ per night.

Please notice that these estimated prices don’t include a 18,5% of taxes.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Montreal Official

Your Hotel in Montreal

 

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Washington – A traditional tennis event in the capital city of United States of America…

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 500 Citi Open

From 07/31 to 08/06

Prize money: $ 2,002,460

Surface: Hard outdoor

Tournament location: Rock Creek Park Tennis Center – 4850 Colorado Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011, USA

How to arrive: The tournament shuttles will be running between the Van Ness-UDC Metro station and the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center every day throughout the week of the tournament. Shuttles will be open to Metro riders. Due to limited on-site parking and traffic concerns, it is recommended and encouraged that all patrons ride MetroRAIL to the Van Ness-UDC Station located on the Red Line.

Past champions: 2016 Gael Monfils – 2015 Kei Nishikori – 2014 Milos Raonic – 2013/2008/2007 Juan Martin Del Potro – 2012 Alexander Dolgopolov – 2011 Radek Stepanek – 2010 David Nalbandian

Defending champion Gael Monfils

Entry list: Dominic Thiem (Aut) – Alexander Zverev (Ger) – Lucas Pouille (Fra) – Gael Monfils (Fra) – Jack Sock (Usa) – Nick Kyrgios (Aus) – John Isner (Usa) – Steve Johnson (Usa) – Gilles Müller (Lux) – Mischa Zverev (Ger)

THE TOWN: Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States. Named in honor of President George Washington, the City of Washington was founded in 1791 to serve as the new national capital. The metropolitan area, of which the District is the principal city, has a population of over 6 million, the sixth-largest metropolitan statistical area in the country.

Lonely Planet‘s writer Karla Zimmerman explains why she loves this town: “It begins with the Mall. How sweet is it to have a walkable strip of museums where you can see nuclear missiles, cursed diamonds and exquisite Asian ceramics in cool underground galleries – for free? Further down the path the notes and photos people leave at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will break your heart, and the Lincoln Memorial just kills with its grandness and sweeping view. Shaw wins my affection for its neighborhoody beer halls and cafes. Most of all, I love how Ben’s Chili Bowl makes you feel like a local even if you’re not.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Lincoln Memorial


  • Library of Congress


  • The Mall


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Hive. Excellent *** micro hotel rated 8.9 on Booking and located at just 900 mt from Lincoln Memorial. Featuring free WiFi, this property offers pet-friendly accommodation, on-site restaurant and terrace. Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and comes with a flat-screen TV and private bathroom. The prices for a 18 mq2 Buzz Room start from $ 158 per night.
  • The District by Hilton Club. Located 600 mt from Phillips Collection this wonderful 4 stars hotel, rated 9.2 on Booking, features a restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar and a private parking. Every room at this resort is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Certain units have a sitting area to relax. A king suite with sofa bed costs just $ 170 per night with good breakfast included.
  • Trump International Washington DC. Exceptional ***** hotel rated 9.6 on Booking and situated in the heart of town at just 600 mt from The Mall. Guests can enjoy a delicious onsite restaurant, private parking, free wifi and wonderful luxurious rooms with flat screen Tv, coffee machine, sitting area and elegant marble bathroom. A 40 mq2 deluxe king room costs from $ 310 per night with free cancellation.

Please notice that these prices don’t include a 14,5% tax.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Washington DC Official 

Your Hotel in Washington 


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Hamburg – On the river Elbe to attend a traditional event of Atp calendar

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 500 German Tennis Championships 2017

From 07/24 to 07/30

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 1,499,940

Tournament location: Am Rothenbaum – Hallerstraße 89, 20149 Hamburg, Germany

How to get: Tennis venue is very central in Hamburg. From Rathaus you can take U1 line and you will be on tennis courts in about 12 minutes. Hamburg-Fuhlsbuttel Intl. Airport is far just 8,2 km from Am Rothenbaum and 20 minutes driving.

Past champions: 2016 Martin Klizan – 2015/2008 Rafael Nadal – 2014 Leonardo Mayer – 2013 Fabio Fognini – 2012 Juan Monaco – 2011 Gilles Simon – 2010 Andrej Golubev – 2009 Nikolaj Davidenko – 2007/2005/2004/2002 Roger Federer

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Defending champion Martin Klizan

Entry list: Pablo Carreno Busta (Esp) – Albert Ramos Vinolas (Esp) – Pablo Cuevas (Uru) – Richard Gasquet (Fra) – Fernando Verdasco (Esp) – Gilles Simon (Fra) – Diego Schwartzman (Arg) – David Ferrer (Esp) – Karen Khachanov (Rus) – Martin Klizan (Svk)

THE TOWN: Hamburg, officially the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is the second largest city of Germany, with a population of over 1.7 million people. Located on the river Elbe, Hamburg is a major port and a global service, media, logistics and industrial hub.

Lonely Planet about Hamburg: “Hamburg’s historic label, ‘The gateway to the world’, might be a bold claim, but Germany’s second-largest city and biggest port has never been shy. Hamburg has engaged in business with the world ever since it joined the Hanseatic League back in the Middle Ages. Its role as a centre of international trade in the late 19th and early 20th centuries brought it great wealth (and Unesco World Heritage recognition in 2015), a legacy that continues today: it’s one of Germany’s wealthiest cities.

Hamburg’s maritime spirit infuses the entire city; from architecture to menus to the cry of gulls, you always know you’re near the water. The city has given rise to vibrant neighbourhoods awash with multicultural eateries, as well as the gloriously seedy Reeperbahn red-light district. Hamburg nurtured the early promise of the Beatles, and today its distinctive live- and electronic-music scene thrives in unique harbourside venues. The city’s attractions are only matched by its inherent tempting spirit. Come, Hamburg says, have a ball.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Port of Hamburg

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  • Planten un Blomen Park

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  • Miniatur Wunderland

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Motel One Hamburg am MichelExcellent *** hotel rated 8.7 on Booking and located at 3 minutes walk from Michaeliskirche church. It features modern spacious rooms with flat screen tv, free wifi and elegan bathroom. Prize for a queen double room is 96€ per night.
  • The Madison Hotel HamburgThis hotel is located in central Hamburg, just 200 m from the St. Michaelis Church. It offers large studios, a stylish bar, and a restaurant serving international food. The 4-star studios and lofts at the Madison Hotel include a fully-equipped kitchenette, satellite TV and high-speed internet access. Daily rates start from 164€ per night with free wifi included. Rated 9.3 on Booking.
  • Fairmont Hotel Vier JahreszeitenThis 5-star hotel, rated 9.3 on Booking, is on Alster Lake in the heart of Hamburg. The Fairmont Hamburg offers gourmet cuisine, free Wi-Fi and a luxury spa and fitness club. The spacious rooms afeature rich décor. All rooms include an espresso machine, flat-screen TV, DVD player and free movies. It has a selection of bars, including a beautiful lakeside terrace along Alster Lake. A 35 mq2 deluxe double room costs 295€ per night.

,USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Travel in Hamburg Official

Your Hotel in Hamburg

 

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Newport – Let’s go in Rhode Island for the traditional event in the “International Tennis Hall of Fame”

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open

From 07/16 to 07/23

Prize money: $ 535,625

Surface: Grass Outdoor

Tournament location:  International Tennis Hall of Fame – 194 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840, Stati Uniti

How to arrive: Hall of Fame is centrally located in heart of Newport for example at just 1,4 miles from The Breakers.  T.F. Green Airport in Providence on the other hand is far 27 miles and 36 minutes driving.

Past champions: 2016 Ivo Karlovic – 2015/2009 Rajeev Ram – 2014 Lleyton Hewitt – 2013 Nicolas Mahut – 2012/2011 John Isner – 2010 Mardy Fish – 2008/2007 Fabrice Santoro

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Nr.1 of the seeding John Isner will try to win for the 3rd time in Newport

Entry list: John Isner (Usa) – Ivo Karlovic (Cro) – Gilles Muller (Lux) – Sam Querrey (Usa) – Mischa Zverev (Ger) – Adrian Mannarino (Fra) – Marcos Baghdatis (Cyp) – Pierre Hugues Herbert (Fra) – Dudi Sela (Isr) – Rajeev Ram (Usa)

THE TOWN: Newport is a seaside city in Rhode Island, United States. It is known as a New England summer resort and is famous for its mansions and it contains a high number of surviving buildings from the colonial era of the United States. The population was 24,027 as of 2013.

Lonely Planet introducing Newport with these words: Established by religious moderates, ‘new port’ flourished in the independent colony of Rhode Island, which declared itself a state here in 1776. Downtown, shutterbugs snap excitedly at immaculately preserved Colonial-era architecture and landmarks at seemingly every turn.

Fascinating as Newport’s early history is, the real intrigue began in the late 1850s, when wealthy industrialists began building opulent summer residences along cliff-top Bellevue Ave. Impeccably styled on Italianate palazzos, French châteaux and Elizabethan manor houses, these gloriously restored mansions filled with priceless antiques and their breathtaking location must be seen to be believed. The curiosity, variety, extravagance and uniqueness of this spectacle is unrivaled.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • The Breakers

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  • Cliff Walk

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  • International Tennis Hall of Fame

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Pilgrim House InnThis old-world b&b features uniquely Victorian-styled guestrooms with antique furnishings, high ceilings, cable Tv and free Wi-Fi access. Guests enjoy views of Newport Harbor from the rooftop terrace. Cliff Walk is 2.1 km away. A 21 mq2 queen room costs 195$ per night with excellent homemade breakfast and free parking included. Rated 8.9 on Booking.
  • Newport MarriottLocated at just 1,6 km from Tennis Hall of Fame, this wonderful **** hotel, rated 9.1 on Booking, offers a luxury spa and an indoor pool, a fitness center and a terrace with a water view, the free wifi and enormous modern rooms with private bathorooms and 55″ flat-screen TV, coffee/tea-making facilities and a small refrigerator. Prices? From 399$ per night.
  • The Chanler at Cliff Walk. This incredible 5 stars accomodation located at just 5 minutes walk from the beach, has been voted the best small hotel in USA in 2010. Each of the rooms has differently themed décor with free Wi-Fi and cable TV. and furnished with fireplaces and sitting areas. A free, on-call, luxury SUV shuttle service is provided to bring guests to and from Newport’s beaches and attractions. It features 4 different restaurants on site and, among these, The Spiced Pear offers a private dining experience where guests can dine in an open kitchen and converse with the chefs. The daily rate for a Greek Style Room with Terrace and Ocean View is 775$. Rated 9.4 on Booking!!!

Please notice that these prices don’t include a 13% tax.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

International Tennis Hall of Fame Website

Discover Newport Official

Your Hotel in Newport

 

Enjoy this extraordinary place…and tournament!!!

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


Enjoy this new British TennisTrip!!!


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

 

Enjoy a RogerFederer Tennis Trip!!!

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 
Enjoy a Tennis Trip with King Roger Federer!

 

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