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

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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.

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Tournament Official Site

Travel in Hamburg Official

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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

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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:

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Visit Eastbourne Official

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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

Händel_Monument

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 

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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:

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  • 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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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

Wawrinka
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

Jet_d'Eau

  • Geneva Lake

Lake_Geneva

  • Mont Saleve

Saleve

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!