Santander – The beautiful town of Cantabria will host an intersting Itf mens tournament

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF MEN LXIX Torneo Internacional RDT de la Magdalena

From 08/21 to 08/27

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 25,000

Tournament location:  Real Sociedad de Tenis de Magdalena – Avenida de la Magdalena nº 8, Santander, 39005, Spain

How to arrive: Tennis club is directly located in one of the most touristic place of Santander, Peninsula de la Magdalena. It is far just 800 mt from Palacio de la Magdalena. Santander Airport is situated at less than 10 km from tennis venue (about 20 minutes by taxi).

Past champion: 2016 Alvaro Lopez San Martin (Esp)

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Pedro Martinez nr.1 of the expected entry list

Entry list: Pedro Martinez (Esp) – Pedro Cachin (Arg) – Jordi Samper Montana (Esp) – Marc Giner (Esp) – Yosuke Watanuki (Jpn) – Fabien Reboul (Fra) – Ilya Vasilyev (Rus) – Miguel Semmler (Esp) – Raul Brancaccio (Ita) – Sergio Gutierrez Ferrol (Esp)

THE TOWN:  The port city of Santander is the capital of the autonomous community and historical region of Cantabria situated on the north coast of Spain. Located west of Bilbao, the city has a population of 178,465. It houses the headquarters of multinational bank Banco Santander, and is the location of the founding of the namesake company.

Lonely Planet writes: “The belle-époque elegance of El Sardin­ero aside, modern Santander is not the most beautiful of cities. A huge fire raged through the centre back in 1941, leaving little that’s old or quaint. But Cantabria’s capital is an engaging one, nonetheless, making the most of its setting along the northern side of the handsome Bahía de Santander. It’s a lively spot to spend a night or two, with fine urban beaches, busy shopping streets, a heaving bar and restaurant scene, plenty of surf, and some intriguing cultural attractions. It’s a popular summer holiday resort for Spaniards.”

TO NOT BE MISSED IN SANTANDER:

  • Peninsula de la Magdalena

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  • Palacio de la Magdalena

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  • Los Raqueros

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Art Santander. Excellent *** hotel rated 8.9 on Booking which enjoys boasting views on Santander’s Bay and offers contemporary decor, modern furnishings and free WiFi throughout. Available for guests 24h front desk and car parking without any additional charge. The price for a cozy comfort double room is 150€ per night.
  • Grand Hotel Sardinero. Located 1 minute walk from the beach, this wonderful 4 stars hotel, rated 9.0 on Booking, features elegant rooms, in many cases with views of the Cantabrian Sea, a charming restaurant which serves traditional and regional cuisine and the free Wi-fi connection everywhere in the property. A standard double room of 22 mq2 costs 220€ per night with free cancellation.
  • Eurostars Hotel Real. Luxury and impressive ***** hotel rated 8.6 on Booking and located just 3 minutes from the beach, this property offers a spa with a free gym, an excellent award-winning on site restaurant with views of the bay, an elegant bar with a large cocktail terrace. The bright, air-conditioned rooms are elegant with free Wi-Fi connection. Prices? For a classic room you will pay 259€ per night with free parking included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Santander Tourism Official Site

Your Hotel in Santander

 

Enjoy this Cantabria’s Tennis Trip!!!

 

 

Leipzig – Coming back in the ‘City of Music’ for Leipzig Open 2017

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Leipzig Open 2017

From 08/14 to 08/20

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 25,000

Tournament location: Leipziger TC 1990 – Am Sportforum 7, Leipzig, 04105, Germany

Hot to arrive: Tennis venue is quite centrally located in Leipzig just 4,2 km from the heart of town. You will need of a quick taxi ride of about 12 minutes to get in. International Leipzig-Halle Airport is far 16 km from tennis club.

Past champions: 2016 Olesya Pervushina (Rus) – 2015 Valeriya Strakhova (Ukr) – 2014 Rebecca Sramkova (Svk)

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Top 100 Richel Hogenkamp will lead the entry list of the tournament

Entry list: Richel Hogenkamp (Ned) – Cindy Burger (Ned) – Valentyna Ivakhnenko (Rus) – Fiona Ferro (Fra) – Tereza Mrdeza (Cro) – Dejana Radanovic (Srb) – Magdalena Frech (Pol) – Ankita Raina (Ind) – Julia Grabher (Aut) – Bibiane Schoofs (Ned)

THE TOWN: Leipzig is a beautiful town of German region of Saxony with about 500,000 inhabitants which is universally known for its incredible musicians. Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mandelssonh, Robert Schuman and Richard Wagner work for many years in this town. It’s for this reason that Leipzig has been nicknamed The City of Music. 

Another good reason to visit Leipzig is its culinary tradition with over 1400 restaurants, pubs and bars. For centuries, the people of Leipzig and visitors to this cosmopolitan city have enjoyed a wide array of culinary specialities, from the Leipziger Allerlei, a mixed vegetable dish and the Leipziger Lerche short crust pastries to Leipziger Gose, the local specialty beer.

NOT TO BE MISSED IN LEIPZIG:

  • Völkerschlachtdenkmal

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  • Asisi Arena am Panometer

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  • Nikolaikirche

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Book Hotel Leipzig. Wonderful *** budget hotel located in the centre of Leipzig at just 1,4 km from Zoo and rated 9.3 on Booking. It offers wide and comfortable rooms with free wifi connection and flat screen Tv. A 22 mq2 standard double room costs from 66€ per night.
  • Radisson Blu Hotel Leipzig. Excellent design **** hotel rated 8.7 and situated in the heart of Leipzig, just 153 m from Augustusplatz tram stop. It features a 24-hour gym, an international on site Restaurant Spagos and stylish rooms with modern furniture and free Wi-Fi connection. On Booking you could book a 30 mq2 standard double/twin room at 109€ per night with free cancellation included.
  • Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof LeipzigThis exceptional modern 5 stars hotel, rated 9.4 on Booking, is located beside the historic Naschmarkt square and Old Town Hall in central Leipzig. It offers a large spa with sauna and fitness facilities on 2 floors, The Brasserie restaurant which serves international cuisine and fine wines, soundproofed luxurious rooms and suites and free Wi-Fi. Prices? From 159€ per night for a 26 mq2 superior double room.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Leipzig Official

Your Hotel in Leipzig

 

Enjoy this happy Tennis Trip come back!

 

Montreux – Itf circuit comes for the first time to this Swiss gem beautifully set in the Alps

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Montreux Ladies Open by Elixim

From 08/14 to 08/20

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 25,000

Tournament location: Montreux Tennis Club – Quai Ami Chessex 11, Montreux, Territet, 1820, Switzerland

How to arrive: The closest airport to Montreux is Geneva Cointrin International Airport which is at 1hr by train from city center (direct trains every 30 minutes). Montreux Gare is far just 1,3 km from tennis courts (15/20 minutes walking).

Entry list: Alexandra Dulgheru (Rou) – Elitsa Kostova (Bul) – Maria Teresa Torro Flor (Esp) – Tara Moore (Gbr) – Amra Sadikovic (Sui) – Katarina Zavatska (Ukr) – Ulrikke Eikeri (Nor) – Isabella Shinikova (Bul) – Paula Badosa Gibert (Esp) – Jacqueline Adina Cristian (Rou)

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Former nr. 26 of Wta ranking Alexandra Dulgheru will lead the seeding of Montreux Ladies Open

THE TOWN: Montreux is a municipality in the district of Riviera-Pays-d’Enhaut in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland. It is located on Lake Geneva shoreline at the foot of the Alps and has a population, as of December 2015, of nearly 90,000 in the agglomeration.

This town is universally known for Montreux Jazz Festival.

Lonely Planet writes: “In the 19th century, writers, artists and musicians (Lord Byron and the Shelleys among them) flocked to magical Montreux, what was then a pleasing lakeside resort, and is today a visitor-magnet for the rich, famous and everyone in-between, ever since. Montreux’s main draws include peaceful walks along a lakeshore blessed with 19th-century hotels, a mild microclimate, a hilltop Old Town, one of the world’s premier jazz festivals, Friday-morning lakeside markets and a fabulous 13th-century fortress. Rock-trivia buffs love the story of British hard rockers Deep Purple recording an album at the town’s casino in 1971 and commemorating a fire that broke out during a Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention gig (also held at the casino). The pall of smoke cast over Lake Geneva inspired Deep Purple to pen their heavy-chorded classic, ‘Smoke on the Water’.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Chateau de Chillon

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  • Rochers de Naye

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  • Queen: The Studio Experience

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel de Chailly. Family-run *** hotel, rated 8.1 on Booking and located in the hills above Montreux only 2 km from town centre and Geneva Lake, which features a restaurant with a shady terrace, a large free car park and the wifi for free throughout the property. The price for a 18 mq2 budget twin room is 97€ per night.
  • Hotel Grand Suisse MajesticBuilt in 1870, this recently renovated Belle-Époque 4 starst hotel is located in the heart of Montreux on the shore of Lake Geneva. It offers a restaurant with a lake-view terrace, a fitness room with hammam and sauna, a business corner, laundry services and free WiFi in all areas. The daily rate for a comfort room is 177€ which increases to 228€ for rooms with lake view. Rated 8.6 on Booking.
  • Hotel Fairmont Le Montreux PalaceWonderful ***** hotel rated 9.1 and located on the shores of Lake Geneva with magnificent views of the lake and the Alps, it offers for its guests refined dining spaces with menus which reflect a passionate faith in the finest local produce including the regions best wines. Terrific is the on site 2000 mq2 Willow Stream Spa where you can enjoy fitness and wellness facilities. Prices for “this once time in the life” hotel? A Fairmont Double Room with City View costs 348€ per night with free WiFi included.
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The wonderful luxury Hotel Fairmont Le Montreux Palace

 

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Montreux Official

Your Hotel in Montreux

 

Enjoy this new TennisTrip!!!

 

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

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER + ITF WOMEN Odlum Brown VanOpen

From 08/14 to 08/20

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 100,000 + 100,000

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Stanley Park

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  • Capilano Suspension Bridge

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  • Seawall

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

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

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

More info about Hollyburn Country Club

Visit Vancouver B.C. Official

Your Hotel in Vancouver

 

Enjoy this sensational TennisTrip!!!

 

 

 

 

Arad – Not far from Hungary’s border there is a little cute city which loves tennis…

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Trofeul Ilie Nastase

From 08/07 to 08/13

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 15,000

Tournament location: C.S.Tenis Fan Arad – Str. Infanteriei FN – Subcetate, Arad, 310257, Romania

How to arrive: Tennis venue is centrally located in the town at about 3,5 km from historic old town. A taxi ride will get you in about ten minutes.

Past champions: 2016 Chantal Skamlova – 2015 Tamara Zidanesk – 2013 Nicoleta Catalina Dascalu

Entry list: Tereza Mihalikova (Svk) – Nina Potocnik (Slo) – Cristina Ene (Rou) – Bojana Marinkovic (Srb) – Irina Fetecau (Rou) – Ilona Coergiana Ghioroaie (Rou) – Guadalupe Perez Rojas (Arg) – Julia Stamatova (Bul) – Tamara Curovic (Srb) – Miriam Bianca Bulgaru (Rou)

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Bulgarian player Julia Stamatova will play in Arad!

THE TOWN: Arad is an important industrial center and transportation hub located in the region of Crisana, Romania. It is also the seat of a Romanian Orthodox archbishop and features two universities and has one of the oldest conservatory of Europe. The city has a population of 159,704, making it the 12th largest city in Romania.

Lonely Planet on Arad: “The border town of Arad, some 50km from the crossing into Hungary, lies astride the main road and has good transport connections in and out of Romania. There are not many traditional sights here, but the city is a convenient stopover on your first or last night in the country. Fans of late-19th- and early-20th-century architectural styles such as neoclassical and Secession will enjoy a stroll up the city’s long tree-lined central boulevard, B-dul Revoluţiei, running north–south.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • City Hall

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  • Lipova Ruins

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  • St. Anthony of Padua Church

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Pension SelectSituated 2 km from the city centre and rated 9.3 on Booking, this *** hotel features air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen TV, balcony and free WiFi connection. The price for a superior double room is 32€ per night (39€ with breakfast included).
  • Hotel Leon & SpaOpen in 2014, this excellent 4 stars hotel, rated 8.8 on Booking, is located next to the Mures River and a 2-minute drive from the city centre. It offers free wellness facilities, including a large swimming pool, sauna and hot tub and the free WiFi available throughout the property. Guests can enjoy their meals in the on-site a la carte restaurant and the free private parking (with reservation). A modern standard double room costs 73€ per night with breakfast buffet.
  • Best Western Central HotelSituated in the middle of the Arad and rated 8.6 on Booking, the Best Western Central Hotel offers easy access to all main public, art and cultural institutions. It has been refurbished in 2012 and offers safe parking. All rooms are air-conditioned and offer free wireless internet access. A superior 16 mq2 double room costs 68€ per night. Buffet breakfast is always included in the room rate.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Arad on RomaniaTourisim.com

Your Hotel in Arad

 

Enjoy!!!

 

Porto – The sweet city on the Douro will host intersting Itf tennis days

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF MEN Porto Open

From 07/31 to 08/06

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 25,000

Tournament Location: Club de Tenis do Porto – Rua Damiao de Gois 405, Porto 4050-227 PORTUGAL

How to arrive: Club is far just 13.5 km from Francisco Sà Carneiro Airport and about 3 km from Sao Bento train station.

Recent Previous Winners: 2106 Ricardo Ojeda Lara – 2015 Arthur De Greef – 2014 Frederico Gil – 2013 Taro Daniel – 2012 Marc Giner – 2011 Boy Westerhof

Entry list: Alexandre Muller (Fra) – Marc Giner (Esp) – Federico Ferreira Silva (Por) – Joao Monteiro (Por) – Makoto Ochi (Jpn) – Filip Horansky (Svk) – Corentin Denolly (Fra) – Javier Marti (Esp) – Fred Gil (Por) – Viktor Durasovic (Nor)

Marc Giner n.2 of the seeding

THE TOWN: Elected in 2014 The Best European Destination, Porto, which is the second largest city in Portugal, is universally famous for the port wine and for its caves which are object of interest for thousands and thousands of tourists every year. Besides this town enjoys a lovely location along the Douro river estuary and its historical core was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by Unesco thanks to its millenary history.
One of Lonely Planet writers says about Porto: “Porto was love at first sight for me. Even during my first wet autumn encounter, the city shone and locals showed me around with inimitable tripeiro pride. I was hooked. The miradouros peeking above tumbledown rooftops, the history pulsating through alley-woven Ribeira, the random splashes of creativity in street art and azulejos, the musty cellars of big-name port lodges, the design scene, the high-spirited…

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Cais da Ribeira

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  • Foz do Douro

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  • Torre dos Clerigos

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

Hotel Internacional Porto. Historic *** hotel located in a 19th century building at just 300 metres away Sao Bento train station. Rated 7.9 on Booking, this good  accomodation offers standard double rooms at 79€ per night with breakfast buffet and free cancellation included.
Flores Village Hotel & Spa. Wonderful **** hotel with spa and indoor pool, this accomodation gets an ideal location in Porto city centre between Torre dos Clerigos and Cais do Ribeira. Rated 9.3 on Booking, it offers double room from 103,5 € per night with breakfast and wi-fi included.
Intercontinental Porto – Palacio das Cardosas. Superb *****  hotel considered the best of the best in Porto either on Booking or on Tripadvisor. Set in a renovated 18th-century palace this hotel, located at just 200 mt from Torre dos Clerigos,  offers spacious rooms with views of Porto’s historical centre. Price for a 30 mq2 executive double room starts from 278€ per night breakfast and wifi connection included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Porto Official

Your Hotel in Porto

Enjoy this TennisTrip on sweet Douro!

Prague – Returning to the magic Prague for another womens tennis show!

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Advantage Cars Prague Open 2017 by Zenova

From 07/24 to 07/30

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 80,000

Tournament location: I.Czech Lawn Tennis Klub PrahaStvanice 38, PRAGUE, 17000, Czech Republic

How to get: Tennis club is far about 3.1 km and 12 minutes driving from Old Town. Vaclav Intl Airport is situated at 17,5 km from venue (30 minutes taxi ride).

Past champions: 2016 Antonia Lottner (Ger) – 2015 Maria Teresa Torro Flor (Esp)

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17 yrs old Marketa Vondrousova is the leader of the seeding

Entry list: Marketa Vondrousova (Cze) – Evgeniya Rodina (Rus) – Richel Hogenkamp (Ned) – Denisa Allertova (Cze) – Irina Khromacheva (Rus) – Jasmine Paolini (Ita) – Dalila Jakupovic (Slo) – Elitsa Kostova (Bul) – Rebecca Sramkova (Svk) – Lucie Hradecka (Cze)

THE TOWN: Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. Founded during the Romanesque and flourishing by the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras, Prague was the capital of the kingdom of Bohemia and the main residence of several Holy Roman Emperors, most notably of Charles IV. It was an important city to the Habsburg Monarchy and its Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is home to a number of famous cultural attractions and from 1992 the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

Lonely Planet’s writer explains the reasons why he loves so much this town: “How can you not love a city that has a pub with vinyl cushions on the wall above the gents’ urinal, so you can rest your head while you ‘go’? Where you can order a beer without speaking, simply by placing a beer mat on the table? And where that beer is probably the best in the world? But it’s not just exquisite ale and a wonderfully relaxed drinking culture that keep bringing me back to Prague. There’s also wit and weirdness in equal measure: a public fountain where two figures pee in a puddle, spelling out literary quotations; a 1950s nuclear bunker hidden beneath a city centre hotel; and a cubist lamppost. Quirky doesn’t even begin to describe it.”

TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Charles Bridge

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  • Old Town Square

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  • St. Vitus Cathedral

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  • Prague Castle

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  • Astronomical Clock Tower

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Cloister Inn HotelExcellent 3 stars hotel, rated 8.8 on Booking and located 5 min walk away from Charles Bridge, which provides air conditioned rooms, free wifi and free coffee and tea in the lobby. A 25 mq2 double room costs 113€ per night with good breakfast included.
  • Unitas HotelExceptional **** hotel rated 9.5 on Booking and located at just 244mt from Charles Bridge. It offers safe courtyard parking and air conditioned rooms with free internet, a DVD player and a movie library. The building represents Czech history in a unique way. Built by the Jesuits, it was later transformed into a nunnery, during the Communist period it housed the secret police and finally it was transformed into a hotel. The daily rate for a classic double room is 143€ per night with incredible breakfast included in the price.
  • Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel. Located right in the heart of Prague, only 100 m from Wenceslas Square, this wonderful 5-star Art-Deco hotel, first opened in 1932, provides rooms with Nespresso coffee machine, free WiFi, pay-per-view channels and a 24-hour room service. It features a well equipped fitness center with sauna and two prestigious gourmet restaurants. The Alcron received the prestigious Michelin Star in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. The price for a standard guest room with marble bathrooms is 208€ per night.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Prague Official

Your Hotel in Prague

 

Enjoy another fantastic TennisTrip in Prague!

Sacramento – Come in the hipster heart of California to attend Kimiko Date’s new return

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN FSP Gold River Women’s Challenger

From 07/24 to 07/30

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: 60,000$

Tournament location: Gold River Racquet Club – 2201 Gold Rush Drive, Gold River, CA 95670, USA

How to arrive: Coming from Sacramento take the Sunrise Blvd Exit. At the end of the exit ramp go left. Proceed 3 lights and turn right at Coloma Avenue. When you get to Gold Rush Drive turn left and Gold River Racquet Club will be on the left. Limited parking is available.

Past champions: 2016 Sofia Kenin – 2015 Anhelina Kalinina – 2014 Olivia Rogowska – 2013 Mayo Hibi – 2012 Maria Sanchez

Entry list: Jennifer Brady (Usa) – Kristie Ahn (Usa) – Kayla Day (Usa) – Marina Erakovic (Nzl) – Sachia Vickery (Usa) – Jamie Loeb (Usa) – Danielle Rose Collins (Usa) – Sofia Kenin (Usa) – Lizette Cabrera (Aus) – Kimiko Date (Jpn)

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The living myth of WTA: Kimiko Date directly from 1970

THE TOWN: Sacramento  is the capital city of California and with an estimated 2016 population of 493,025 it is the sixth-largest city of the state. In 2002, the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University conducted for Time magazine named Sacramento “America’s Most Diverse City”.  The city is known not only for its diversity, but for tree canopy,  historic Old Sacramento, evolving contemporary culture as the most hipster city in California, sunny climate, state administration, and farm-to-fork dining.

For Lonely Planet“Sacramento is a city of contrasts. It’s a former cow town where state legislators’ SUVs go bumper-to-bumper with farmers’ muddy, half-ton pickups at rush hour. It has sprawling suburbs, but also new lofts and upscale boutiques squeezed between aging mid-century storefronts.

The people of ‘Sac’ are a resourceful lot that have fostered small but thriving food, art and nightlife scenes. They rightfully crow about Second Saturday, the monthly Midtown gallery hop that is the symbol of the city’s cultural awakening. Their ubiquitous farmers markets, farm-to-fork fare and craft beers are another point of pride.”

 

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Old Sacramento

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  • Crocker Art Museum

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  • Tower Bridge

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Sterling HotelExcellent *** boutique hotel rated 8.8 on Booking and located downtown Sacramento, which is set in a typical Victorian house with uniquely decorated, bright and spacious rooms and free WiFi. A daily continental breakfast is served to all guests in the hotel’s breakfast bar. Lunch and dinner are available at the on-site restaurant. Prices? For a king room start from 197$ with breakfast included.
  • Residence Inn Sacramento Downtown at Capitol ParkThis *** hotel rated 8.9 on Booking is located across from Capitol Park in downtown Sacramento. It has a heated outdoor pool, and offers spacious suites with free Wi-Fi and fully-equipped kitchens. At the 3 Fires Lounge restaurant guests can enjoy California cuisine and wine. A studio costs from 269$ per night in b&b.
  • Hyatt Regency SacramentoFeaturing an outdoor heated pool, a restaurant and a full service spa, this contemporary 4 stars hotel is less than 293 m from the California State Capitol. Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms which provide flat screen Tv, a coffee machine and wonderful bathroom. A Starbucks coffee bar, a 24-hour fitness center, dry cleaning and massage services and a gift shop are all on site. The daily rate for a 35 mq2 double room start from 225€ per day with exceptional breakfast included. Rated 8.9 on Booking.

Please notice that these estimated prices don’t include a 15% tax.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Sacramento Official

Crocker Art Museum Info

Your Hotel in Sacramento

 

Enjoy!!!

Bursa – Let yourself be excited by the ottoman charme of the greenest Turkish town

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMENS Bursa Cup

From 07/17 to 07/23

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 60,000

Tournament location: Podyum Tennis Club – Nilufer Hatun Str.114, Bursa, 16000, Turkey

How to arrive: Podyum Park is far about 14 km and 30 minutes driving from old town. Bursa Yenisehir Airport is far about 70 km (45 minutes by taxi).

Entry list: Ipek Soylu (Tur) – Lina Gjorcheska (Mkd) – Dejana Radanovic (Srb) – Alize Lim (Fra) – Ankita Raina (Ind) – Dayana Yastremska (Ukr) – Anastasia Grymalska (Ita) – Valentyna Ivakhnenko (Rus) – Ayla Aksu (Tur) – Alexandra Panova (Rus)

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Local star Ipek Soylu will be the first favourite of the tournament

THE TOWN: Bursa is a large city in Turkey, located within the Marmara Region. It is the fourth most populous city in Turkey with a population of 2.340.000 and one of the most industrialized metropolitan centres in the country. It was the first major and second overall capital of the Ottoman State between 1335 and 1363. One of its nickname is Green Bursa in reference to the parks and gardens located across its urban fabric.

Lonely Planet introduces Bursa with these words: Modern, industrial Bursa is built around the mosques, mausoleums and other sites from its incarnation as first Ottoman capital. Despite being built-up and somewhat chaotic, its durable Ottoman core and abundant parks keep it remarkably placid in places. For some fresh air after pounding the markets, the soaring peaks of Mt Uludağ (Turkey’s premier ski resort) are nearby, with Çekirge’s thermal hamams en route.

Bursa was awarded Unesco World Heritage status in 2014 for being the birthplace of the Ottoman Empire. The city’s historic contributions to Islamic development have given it an austere reputation. Yet locals are kind and welcoming, and you can take the occasional photo inside historic religious structures (just be respectful). You’ll see a majority of headscarved women here and devout prayer in overflowing mosques.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • The Great Mosque (Ulu Camii)

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  • Silk Bazaar (Koza Han)

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  • Teleferik

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Green Prusa HotelExcellent *** hotel rated 8.8 on Booking and located centrally in Osmangazi district of Bursa which offers 24-hour front desk service, free private parking on site and soundproofed and elegantly decorated rooms with air conditioning and free WiFi. In each rooms there is a minibar which is free of charge. It features a restaurant and a bar too. Prices for a 25 mq2 double room starts from 68€ per night with breakfast included.
  • The Berussa HotelBeautiful **** hotel located 25 km from the popular skiing resort Mount Uludag and rated 8,5 on Booking. It features free WiFi accessible throughout the building, onsite a la carte restaurant and free private parking. A modern 25 mq2 standard double room costs from 100€ per night with good breakfast included.
  • Hilton Bursa Convention Center & SpaWith modern and classical Ottoman elements, Hilton Bursa is a 5-star hotel rated 8.8 on Booking and located 4 km from the city centre. Overlooking the peaks of Uludag Mountains, it features an ultra-modern spa with hammams, a heated indoor pool, and massage rooms. Free WiFi is accessible in all areas. This environmentally friendly hotel has won a Green Star certificate in 2015 and Luxury Art Hotel award in 2016. On site there are two delicious restuarant and a lounge bar. Decorated in warm tones with a touch of turquoise, each room includes a 40-inch flat-screen TV with a media hub. All have a spacious marble bathroom with a walk-in shower and Iznik mosaic tiles. Prices? A fantastic 40 mq2 queen room costs from 140€ per night with cancellation included.

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Astana – Come in the “Dubai of the steppe” to enjoy first class tennis matches

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMENS President’s Cup

From 07/17 to 07/23

Prize money: $ 100,000 + H

Surface: Hard outdoor

Tournament location: Astana National Tennis CenterTuran 4/2 , Astana , 010000, Kazakhstan

Practical info: National Tennis Center is a modern sport complex with a central court for 2700 seats. There are 3 additional tennis courts for trainings with snack bars, dressing rooms and showers. It’s located just 3 km from Baiterek Tower and about 16 km from Astana International Airport.

Past champions: 2016 Alyona Sotnikova (Ukr) – 2015 Natela Dzalamidze (Rus) – 2014/2011 Vitalia Diatchenko (Rus) – 2013 Nadiya Kichenok (Ukr) – 2012 Maria João Koehler

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Nr.31 of Wta ranking Shuai Zhang is actually the leader of Astana’s entry list

Entry list: Shuai Zhang (Chn) – Magdalena Ribarikova (Svk) – Vitalia Diatchenko (Rus) – Naomi Broady (Gbr) – Veronika Kudermetova (Rus) – Polina Monova (Rus)– Tara Moore (Gbr) – Alla Kudryavtseva (Rus) – Varvara Flink (Rus) – Harriet Dart (Gbr).

THE TOWN: Astana is the capital of Kazakhstan. It is located on the Ishim River in the north portion of Kazakhstan. The 2014 census reported a population of 835,153 within the city limits, making it the second largest city in Kazakhstan. Astana is a planned city, like Brasília in Brazil, Canberra in Australia, and Washington, D.C. in the United States. The master plan of Astana was designed by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa. As the seat of the Government of Kazakhstan, it is the site of the Parliament House, the Supreme Court, the Ak Orda Presidential Palace and numerous government departments and agencies. It is home to many futuristic buildings, hotels and skyscrapers.

Lonely Planet writes: “The country’s new capital has risen fast from the northern steppe and is already a showpiece for 21st-century Kazakhstan. It is scheduled to go on rising and spreading into a city of over 1 million people by 2030. Its skyline grows more fantastical by the year as landmark buildings, many of them by leading international architects, sprout in a variety of Asian, Western, Soviet and wacky futuristic styles. Several spectacular structures are open to visitors and it’s hard not be impressed by the very concept of the place. Astana was just a medium-sized provincial city known for its bitter winters when President Nazarbaev named it out of the blue in 1994 as Kazakhstan’s future capital. It formally took over from Almaty in 1997. The old centre north of the Ishim (Yesil) River, known as the ‘pravy bereg’, right bank, lives on as a commercial and services centre. South of the river (the ‘levy bereg’, left bank), governmental and business buildings are going up, and also cultural, sports, leisure and shopping centres, hotels, a university and eye-catching residential developments. Some have dubbed Astana the ‘Dubai of the steppe’. The city began life in 1830 as a Russian fortress called Akmola (Kazakh for ‘white tomb’). In the 1950s Akmola became the headquarters of the Virgin Lands scheme and in 1961 it was renamed Tselinograd (Virgin Lands City). After the USSR collapsed, Akmola got back its old name. In 1998 it was renamed again, as Astana – Kazakh for ‘capital’. Reasons cited by Nazarbaev for the change were Astana’s more central and less earthquake-prone location than Almaty, and better transport links with Russia. He may also have wanted to head off secessionist sentiments among northern Kazakhstan’s large ethnic Russian population. Some find Astana an impersonal place, but Kazakhstan’s ambitious and talented are increasingly drawn here. It’s easy to question the spending of billions on prestige architecture, but many citizens are clearly proud of their new capital.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN ASTANA:

  • The Baiterek Tower

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  • Palace of Peace and Reconciliation

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  • Fountain Circus

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TOP 3 HOTELS IN ASTANA:

  • Belon Lux Hotel. Set in the administrative centre of Astana at 3 minutes walk from Baiterek tower and 5 from President’s Palace, this wonderful *** hotel, rated 9.2 on Booking, offers free wifi and tasteful breakfast buffet. Prices for a standard double room in b&b is 109€ per night, for a junior suite 134€ per night..
  • Diplomat Hotel & Business Center. Fantastic **** hotel located in the heart of Astana at 500 mt from Circus Fountain. This accomodation features a spa with a gym, a swimming pool, a sauna and 4 on-site restaurants which offer dishes of Kazakh, Argentinian, Chinese, Japanese and European cuisine. The price for a 32mq2 double room is 214€ per night with breakfast, wifi and parking included.
  • Rixos President Hotel Astana. Excellent boutique ***** hotel, rated 9.0 on Booking, and located in Astana’s government district, this 5-star hotel has 2 elegant restaurants and a large spa with pool. A deluxe double room with magnificent breakfast included costs 498€ per night. Wifi and parking are free for customers.

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Baiterek Tower Official Site

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Turin – Enjoying some exciting tennis matches in the shade of  the “Mole Antonelliana”

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMENS 10° trofeo MA-BO

From 07/10 to 07/16

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 25,000

Tournament location: Nord Tennis Sport Club ASD – Corso Appio Claudio 116, Torino, 10146 Italy

How to arrive: Nord Tennis is a tennis club located at about 5 km from Turin’s old town (15 min driving). You could get in by tramway too (take Nr.13 from Piazza Castello stop). From Caselle Intl Airport you will need of a 20/25 minutes taxi ride because it is far about 17 km from tennis courts.

Past champions: 2016 Dalila Jakupovic – 2015 Alize Lim – 2014 Yuliana Lizarazo – 2013 Claudia Giovine

Georgia Brescia won already two 25k titles this year and will try to triumph in Turin too

Entry list: Marie Bouzkova (Cze) – Sofia Shapatava (Geo) – Katarzyna Piter (Pol) – Georgia Brescia (Ita) – Dejana Radanovic (Srb) – Alize Lim (Fra) – Ankita Raina (Ind) – Jessica Pieri (Ita) – Julia Grabher (Aut) – Camilla Rosatello (Ita)

THE TOWN: Turin is a city and an important business and cultural centre in northern Italy, capital of the Piedmont region and was the first capital city of Italy. The population of the city proper is 892,649 (August 2015) while the population of the urban area is estimated by Eurostat to be 1.7 million inhabitants. The city has a rich culture and history, and is known for its numerous art galleries, restaurants, churches, palaces, opera houses, piazzas, parks, gardens, theatres, libraries, museums and other venues. Turin is well known for its Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neo-classical, and Art Nouveau architecture. It hosted the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Lonely Planet on Turin:“There’s a whiff of Paris in Turin’s elegant tree-lined boulevards and echoes of Vienna in its stately art nouveau cafes, but make no mistake – this elegant, Alp-fringed city is utterly self-possessed. The innovative Torinese gave the world its first saleable hard chocolate, perpetuated one of its greatest mysteries (the Holy Shroud), popularised a best-selling car (the Fiat) and inspired the black-and-white stripes of one of the planet’s most iconic football teams (Juventus).

Turin also gave the world Italy as we now know it: Piedmont, with its wily Torinese president, the Count of Cavour, was the engine room of the Risorgimento (literally ‘the Resurgence’, referring to Italian unification). Turin also briefly served as Italy’s first capital and donated its monarchy – the venerable, possibly past it, House of Savoy – to the newly unified Italian nation in 1861.”

TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Mole Antonelliana


  • Egyptian Museum

  • Piazza Castello


  • Valentino Park


  • Superga Basilica

BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Urbani. This excellent  *** hotel, rated 8,4 on Booking, rises next to Porta Nuova Train Station in the heart of Turin and is a 2-minute walk from the airport bus terminal. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. Rooms (prices from 60€ per night) are comfortable and well equipped, each featuring a private bathroom with a hairdryer and toiletries. You will also find an LED TV with satellite channels and a minibar. The continental breakfast is included.
  • NH Collection Torino Piazza Carlina. Wonderful 4 stars hotel NH Collection Torino Piazza Carlina, rated 9,2 on Booking, is located in a 17th-century building in Turin’s historic centre. It features two rooftop terraces, the free WiFi and an excellent restaurant. The elegant en suite rooms all offer satellite TV, coffee machine, parquet floors, and an electric kettle. All are soundproofed and air-conditioned, and have handmade furniture. Prices from 161€ with breakfast included.
  • Principi di Piemonte. Hotel Principi di Piemonte provides luxurious, modern rooms right in the center of Turin, less than a 5 minute walk from the Egyptian Museum. Rated 9,1 on Booking, in it you will enjoy an excellent service, an onsite spa, an elegant bar with great views of central Turin and a gourmet restaurant. Rooms are beautifully decorated and spacious. They come with large LCD TVs with Sky satellite channels and Wi-Fi access. Free newspapers are provided. The daily rate for a 25 mq2 deluxe double room starts from 171€ with superb breakfast included in the price.

USEFUL LINKS: 

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Turin Official Tourism Site

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