Rome – Welcome back in “Caput Mundi” for a fantastic Itf womens tournament

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Tiro a volo Tournament

From 07/03 to 07/09

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 60,000

Tournament location: Tennis Club Antico Tiro a volo – Via Enrico Vajna 21, 00196 Rome, Italy

How to get: Those wishing to reach the Tc 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. From there the best way is to take a taxi for the courts (about 20€).

Past champions: 2016 Silvia Soler Espinosa – 2015 Martina Trevisan

Defending champion Silvia Soler Espinosa

Acceptance list: Mariana Duque Marino (Col) – Patricia Maria Tig (Rou) – Petra Martic (Cro) – Jasmine Paolini (Ita) – Dalila Jakupovic (Srb) – Victoriya Tomova (Bul) – Quirine Lemoine (Ukr) – Silvia Soler Espinosa (Esp) – Kateryna Kozlova (Ukr) – Nadia Podoroska (Arg)

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 driving from Antico Tiro a Volo Tc 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 from 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 from 742€ per night. Rated 9.2 on Booking.
The exceptional view from Imago Restaurant of Hassler.


USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Rome Tourism Official

Your Hotel in Rome
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Toruń – Discovering tennis talents in the Polish town lying on Vistula river

THE TOURNAMENT:  ITF WOMEN Bella Cup 2017

From 06/26 to 07/02

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: 25,000$ + H

Tournament location: KS Start-Wisla Toruń – ul. Przy Skarpie 4, Toruń, 87-100, Poland

How to arrive: Tennis club is located at about 5.5 km from old town. With taxi you will need about 12 minutes to get in. In the town there is also a little and central airport but the closest international one is Bydgoszcz Airport at about 45 km from city center.

Past champions: 2016 Isabella Shinikova (Bul) – 2015 Kristina Kucova (Svk) – 2014 Barbora Krejcikova (Cze)

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Barbora Stefkova nr.1 of the entry list

Entry list: Barbora Stefkova (Cze) – Martina Trevisan (Ita) – Katarzyna Piter (Pol) – Sofia Shapatava (Geo) – Julia Glushko (Isr) – Jesika Maleckova (Cze) – Vera Lapko (Blr) – Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Svk) – Magdalena Frech (Pol) – Katarina Zavatska (Ukr)

THE TOWN: Toruń is a city in northern Poland, on the Vistula River. Its population was 202,591 as of June 2016. It’s one of the oldest Polish cities, having been established in 1233 by the Teutonic Knights. In the past he city was considered the most modern cultural and technological centre in Medieval Europe. Believed to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Toruń is renowned for the Museum of Gingerbread, its large Cathedral and for the medieval part of the city which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

For Lonely Planet“If you’ve spent your time so far in Poland jostling with the stag and hen crowds in Kraków and wandering Warsaw’s concrete, then Toruń will come as a mini-revelation. This magnificently walled Gothic town on the Vistula should be high on every traveller’s list, possibly as its delights seem low on everyone else’s, leaving visitors who make it here to revel unrestricted in its wealth of red-brick buildings, Unesco-listed sites and medieval city defences, all of which WWII mercifully decided to ignore. Beyond architecture, Toruń is also well known as the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus (1473–1543). His name (Mikołaj Kopernik in Polish) is all over town, and you can even buy gingerbread shaped in his image. This other Toruń icon – its pierniki (gingerbread) – is famous across Poland.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN TORUN AND SURROUNDINGS: 

  • Live Museum of Gingerbread

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  • Old Town

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  • Medieval City Walls

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Petite FleurDelicious *** hotel rated 9.3 on Booking and located in the heart of the Toruń Old Town just 120 m from Old Market Square, this boutique accomodation offers a French restaurant and comfortable rooms with air conditioning, Led tv and free wifi connection. The price for a Business room starts from 79€ per night with wonderful breakfast included.
  • Hotel 1231The boutique 4-star Hotel 1231, rated 9.2 on Booking, is housed in the 13th-century building, by the ruins of the Teutonic Castle and just a few metres from the popular Philadelphia Boulevard. It provides free wifi, front desk 24/7, private parking available for an additional charge and stylish room decorated with wooden furniture. A double room costs 97€ per night with breakfast and free cancellation.
  • Hotel NicolausFeaturing free WiFi throughout the property, **** Hotel Nicolaus offers central accommodations in Toruń at just 100 mt from Old Town Hall. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. It offers a deliciuos breakfast included in the rate and a parking available for a fee. Prices? From 107€ per night for a 21 mq2 superior double room. Rated 9.0 on Booking!

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Toruń Official

Your Hotel in Toruń

 

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Baton Rouge – Go from here to the discover the Louisiana’s charm…by watching a nice tennis tournament!

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Southern Lifestyle Development Tennis Classic

From 06/19 to 06/25

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 25,000

Tournament location: Louisiana State University – 2770 Gourrier Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA, 70820 USA

How to arrive: Tennis venue is far 3 miles from downtown. By car you will need about ten minutes to get in. Baton Rouge metropolitan airport is located at 9,4 miles. Private cars or taxis are the easiest ways to move from.

Past champions: 2016 Valeria Solovyeva – 2015 Danielle Lao

Entry list: Olivia Rogowska (Aus) – Allie Kiick (Usa) – Katherine Sebov (Can) – Lauren Albanese (Usa) – Elizaveta Ianchuk (Ukr) – Francesca Di Lorenzo (Usa) – Miharu Imanishi (Jpn) – Robin Anderson (Usa) – Ronit Yurovsky (Usa) – Chieh Yu Hsu (Tpe)

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Olivia Rogowska nr.1 of entry list

THE TOWN: Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana and its second-largest city after New Orleans with an estimated population of 228,590 in 2015. It is a culturally rich center, with settlement by immigrants from numerous European nations and African peoples.

Lonely Planet introduces this town in this way: “In 1699 French explorers named this area baton rouge (red stick) when they came upon a reddened cypress pole that Bayagoulas and Houma Native Americans had staked in the ground to mark the boundaries of their respective hunting territories. From one pole grew a lot of sprawl; Baton Rouge stretches out in an unplanned clutter in many directions. Visitors are mostly drawn to Baton Rouge for Louisiana State University (LSU) and Southern University; the latter is one of the largest historically African American universities in the country.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Lousiana Old State Capitol

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  • Downtown Baton Raouge

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  • Baton Rouge Bridge

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Drury Inn and Suites Baton RougeExcellent *** hotel located at 10 minutes from tennis venue and rated 9,1 on Booking. It eatures an indoor/outdoor swimming pool with a whirlpool, the free Wi-Fi, a fitness area and a business centre. A deluxe king room of 28 mq2 costs 120$ per night with superb breakfast included.
  • Home2 Suites by Hilton Baton RougeThis *** property is rated 9.7 and for the best value in Baton Rouge. Showcasing a year-round outdoor pool and fitness center, Home2 Suites By Hilton Baton Rouge is located at 11 km from downtown. A queen suite suitable for 6 persons costs just 129$ per night with fantastic breakfast included.
  • Watermark Baton Rouge, Autograph Collection. Featuring free WiFi, this exceptional **** hotel rated 9,5 on Booking, offers accommodations in Baton Rouge, just 201 m from Louisiana Art Science Museum. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. The spacious and modern 28 mq2 king rooms come with a flat-screen TV and private bathroom. Prices? Starting from 169$ per night with free cancellation.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Baton Rouge Official

Your Hotel in Baton Rouge

 

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Padova – Art, culture, science, spirituality and…tennis blend in a unique Italian mix

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN 2017 Padova Challenge Open

From 06/12 to 06/18

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 25,000

Tournament location: Canottieri Padova – Via Polveriera 3/G, 35142 Padova, Italy

How to get: Circolo Canottieri Padova is far about 8 km from Central Station (20 minutes driving). You could use U05 bus from Ferrovia Corsia 3 to get in a about 30 minutes. Padova is just 30 minutes by train from Venice, and about 50 km from Venice Marco Polo Intl Airport.

Past champions: 2016 Shilin Xu – 2015  Paula Ormachea – 2014 Louisa Chirico – 2013 Irina Khromacheva – 2012 Anna Lena Friesdam

Entry list: Katarzyna Piter (Pol) – Mayo Hibi (Jpn) – Georgia Brescia (Ita) – Alize Lim (Fra) – Victoria Rodriguez (Mex) – Bernarda Pera (Usa) – Jessica Pieri (Ita) – Ajla Tomljanovic (Cro) – Catalina Pella (Arg) – Cristiana Ferrando (Ita)

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Nr.1 of the seeding Katarzyna Piter

THE TOWN:  Padova is a city in Veneto, northern Italy. It is the capital of the province of Padua and the economic and communications hub of the area. Its population is 214,000 (as of 2011). It hosts the University of Padova, founded in 1222, where Galileo Galilei was a lecturer. The city is picturesque, with a dense network of arcaded streets opening into large communal piazze, and many bridges crossing the various branches of the Bacchiglione, which once surrounded the ancient walls like a moat.

For Lonely Planet :Though under an hour from Venice, Padua seems a world away with its medieval marketplaces, Fascist-era facades and hip student population. As a medieval city-state and home to Italy’s second-oldest university, Padua challenged both Venice and Verona for regional hegemony. A series of extraordinary fresco cycles recalls this golden age – including in Giotto’s remarkable Cappella degli Scrovegni, Menabuoi’s heavenly gathering in the Baptistry and Titian’s St Anthony in the Scoletta del Santo. For the next few centuries Padua and Verona challenged each other for dominance over the Veneto plains. But Venice finally settled the matter by occupying Padua permanently in 1405.As a strategic military-industrial centre, Padua became a parade ground for Mussolini speeches, an Allied bombing target and a secret Italian Resistance hub (at its university).”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Cappella degli Scrovegni

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  • Basilica del Santo

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  • Basilica di Santa Giustina

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel al CasonVery good *** hotel rated 8 on Booking situated at 5 minutes from central station, this clean and friendly structure offers spacious rooms with free WiFi access and air conditioning. Prices for a double room start from 76€ per day with breakfast and free cancellation included.
  • Hotel Patavium. Excellent *** hotel rated 8,6 on Booking and located at just 5 minutes walking from Cappella degli Scrovegni, if features free parking  and wifi for guests and elegant rooms with hardwood floor and private terraces.  A comfort double room costs 120€ per night with very good breakfast included.
  • Best Western Premier Hotel Galileo PadovaThis wonderful **** hotel is on the banks of the Piovego River, next to Giotto Shopping Center. It provides free parking, spacious rooms, and a modern spa with an indoor pool. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas of the property. Ristorante Venezia serves a mix of local and international dishes, and Café Galileo provides light meals and drinks throughout the day. Superb value for money! A modern 30 mq2 studio costs just 94€ per night (optional breakfast at 4€ per person). Rated 8,5 on Booking.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Visit Padova Official Site

Your Hotel in Padova

 

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Marseille – The capital city of Provence will host another intersting Itf tournament

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Open Féminin de Marseille Trophée les Terrasses du Port

From 06/05 to 06/11

Money prize: $ 100,000

Surface: Clay outdoor

Tournament location: TENNIS CLUB DE MARSEILLE 10 boulevard de Tunis, MARSEILLE, 13 008, France

How to get: The tennis club is situated at about 6 km from old port and you need about 20-30 minutes to get. It depends on the traffic. Marseill Intl Airport is far about 30 km.

Previous winners: 2016 Danka Kovinic – 2015 Monica Niculescu – 2014 Alexandra Dulgheru – 2013 Andrea Petkovic – 2012 Lourdes Dominguez Lino – 2011 Pauline Parmentier – 2010 Klara Zakopalova – 2009 Iona Raluca Olaru – 2008 Kirsten Flipkens

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Defending champion Danka Kovinic

Main players: Irina Camelia Begu (Rou) – Annika Beck (Ger) – Tatjana Maria (Ger) – Denisa Allertova (Cze) – Danka Kovinic (Mne) – Dalila Jakupovic (Slo) – Anna Kalinskaya (Rus) – Taylor Townsend (Usa) – Asia Muhammad (Usa) – Kayla Day (Usa)

THE TOWN: Marseille is the 2nd most populated city of France and the biggest mediterranean port and the economic center of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. In 2013 the city was the European Capital of Culture, a large series of cultural events took place, and several new infrastructures were inaugurated. For its complex history, Marseille’s population is a real melting pot of different cultures.

Lonely Planet introduces the town with these words: “For many years, the busy port city of Marseille has suffered from a serious image problem. Dismissed for its down-at-heel reputation, urban decay and often alarming crime statistics, it’s long been the black sheep of the Provençal coastline. But while it’s gritty, and not always pretty – Cannes or St-Tropez, it’s not – Marseille is a dynamic, edgy, bustling city that’s rich with more than 1500 years of history. And since its stint as the European Capital of Culture in 2013 and the addition of a brace of swanky new museums, the city has sparkled with a new sense of optimism and self-belief. At long last, everyone seems to be waking up to the fact that France’s second-biggest city might have been unfairly maligned all along. The heart of the city is the vibrant Vieux Port (old port), mast-to-mast with yachts and pleasure boats. Just uphill is the ancient Le Panier neighbourhood, the oldest section of the city. Also worth an explore is the République quarter, with its stylish boutiques and Haussmannian buildings, and the Joliette area, centred onMarseille’s famous striped Cathédrale de la Major.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN MARSEILLE:

  • Parc National des Calanques


  • Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde


  • Vieux Port 


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Alex Hotel. Perfect *** hotel with high value for money situated in central Marseille just 15 minutes walking from Vieux Port, this accomodation has been rated 9.2 on Booking. A deluxe double room costs 106 € per night with free wifi included in the price.
  • Grand Hotel Beauvau Marseille Vieux Port – MGallery by Sofitel. Excellent **** hotel rated 8.9 on Booking. It is located in Vieux Port at just 100 mt from Metro Station and offers modern double rooms from 139€ per night. Free wifi is available for customers. Amazing onsite lounge bar with boasting views on the port.
  • Hotel C2. Wonderful ***** hotel, opened in April 2014, which rises in a 19th century private mansion at just 600 mt from Vieux Port and Notre Dame de la Garde. Facilities include a spa with a relaxation room, indoor pool, a bar and meeting room. Rated 9.3 on Booking it offers spacious room with designer furnishings (23 mq2) at 199€ per night. The free wifi is included in room price.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Marseille Official

Your Hotel in Marseille

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Brescia – Would you like to follow tennis matches in the “Leonessa d’Italia”?

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Internazionali Femminili di Tennis

From 06/05 to 06/11

Prize money: $ 60,000

Surface: Clay outdoor

Location: Tennis Forza e Costanza 1911 – Via del Castello 15, 25121 Brescia

How to arrive: Orio al Serio Bergamo Airport is the closest airport at about 55 km. Easy and frequent train connections between Brescia and Milano, Bergamo and Verona. Tennis club is located in the heart of town at 800 mt from Duomo Vecchio and 2 km (30 minutes walking) from station.

Past champions: 2016 Karin Knapp (Ita) – 2015 Stephanie Vogt (Lie) – 2014 Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Blr) – 2013 Viktorija Golubic (Sui) – 2012 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Svk) – 2011 Irina Buryachok (Ukr) – 2010 Naomi Cavaday (Gbr) – 2009 Irina Buryachok (Ukr) – 2008 Lisa Sabino (Ita)

Entry list : Danka Kovinic (Mne) – Ana Bogdan (Rou) – Nicole Gibbs (Usa) – Anna Kalynskaya (Rus) – Jil Teichmann (Sui) – Kateryna Kozlova (Ukr) – Cindy Burger (Ned) – Ipek Soylu (Tur) – Barbara Haas (Aut) – Jasmine Paolini (Ita)

Danka Kovinic Nr.1 of the entry list



THE TOWN:
Brescia, named also La Leonessa d’Italia is a rich industrial city between Lake Garda and the Valtrompia in the foothills of the alps, about 100 km east of Milan. It is less famous for its history and art than for its role as a primary manufacturing center. Brescia has a subway that makes it the smallest city in the world with an underground train system. For Lonely Planet: “Brescia’s core takes the form of a fascinating old town, which more than compensates for the city’s rather ugly urban sprawl. The old town’s narrow streets are home to some of the most important Roman ruins in Lombardy, and an extraordinary circular Romanesque church”.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Duomo Vecchio


  • Santa Giulia Museum


  • Brescia’s Castle


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Albergo Orologio. Completely renovated *** boutique hotel located in a medieval palace in the heart of Brescia. Rated 8.4 on Booking it offers 17 mq2 double rooms from 89€ per night with breakfast, wifi and free parking included.
  • Novotel Brescia Due. Fantastic **** hotel located in the new business district just two metro stops from centre town. Rated 8.7 on Booking, this Novotel hotel offers modern superior double rooms from 122€ per night with breakfast. Free wifi is available in all areas.
  • Hotel Vittoria. Elegant ***** Art Nouveau-style hotel located next to the Duomo Nuovo Cathedral in central Brescia and 200 mt from the Vittoria Metro Station. Rated 8.3 on Booking it features a delicious on site italian restaurant and offers free parking and wifi. Prices for a double room start from 143€ with breakfast and free cancellation.


USEFUL LINKS:

Brescia’s Tourism Guide

Tournament Official Site

Brescia’s Museums 

Your Hotel in Brescia

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Caserta – A beautiful tennis week a few steps from the incredible Caserta’s Royal Palace and Gardens

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN 30° Internazionali di Tennis città di Caserta

From 05/20 to 05/28

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 25,000

Tournament location: Tennis Club Caserta – Via Laviano 1, Caserta 81100, Italy

How to get: Caserta station is far 100 mt from official Hotel Royal Caserta and about 3 km from Tennis Club Caserta. The closest airport is Napoli Capodichino which is far about 28 km from tournament location.

Past champions: 2016 Isabella Shinikova – 2015 Daria Kasatkina – 2014 Isabella Shinikova – 2013 Renata Voracova – 2012 Bianca Botto – 2010 Romina Oprandi – 2009 Martina Di Giuseppe – 2008 Jelena Dokic – 2007 Valentina Sulpizio

Entry list: Eri Hozumi (Jpn) – Mayo Hibi (Jpn) – An Sophie Mestach (Bel) – Julia Glushko (Isr) – Anna Zaja (Ger) – Olga Saez Larra (Esp) – Andreea Mitu (Rou) – Diana Marcinkevica (Lat) – Shilin Xu (Chn) – Camilla Rosatello (Ita)

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Former 79th of Wta Ranking Julia Glushko

THE TOWN: Caserta, in the Campania region of Italy, is an important agricultural, commercial and industrial city. Located on the edge of the Campanian plain at the foot of the Campanian Subapennine mountain range, The city is best known for the Palace of Caserta.

Infact for Lonely Planet :“The one compelling reason to stop at the otherwise nondescript town of Caserta, 30km north of Naples, is to gasp at the colossal, World Heritage–listed Reggia di Caserta. With film credits including Mission: Impossible 3 and the interior shots of Queen Amidala’s palace in Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace and Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones, this former royal residence is Italy’s monumental swan song to the baroque. Regular trains connect Naples to Caserta (€3.90, 35 to 50 minutes) Monday to Saturday. Reduced services make Sunday an inconvenient day to visit. Caserta train station is located directly opposite the palace grounds. If you’re driving, follow the signs for the Reggia.”

 

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Royal Palace

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  • Royal Palace English Gardens

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  • Casertavecchia Cathedral

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel AmadeusExcellent 3 stars Hotel Amadeus is set in a building of the 19th century, just 200 mt from Caserta Train Station and 500 mt from the Royal Palace. All rooms offer rooms with free Wi-Fi and air conditioning. A cozy double room costs 69€ per night with breakfast included. Rated 8.8 on Booking.
  • Grand Hotel Vanvitelli. This wonderful **** hotel offers elegant baroque-style accommodation 5 minutes’ drive from Caserta’s historical centre. Guests can take in lovely views from the roof garden or enjoy a swim in the pool. A restaurant is also available. This historic building offers luxuriously decorated rooms with satellite television, minibars, some with private balconies. Prices? With 89€ you can already reserve a 29 mq2 double room with breakfast, free wifi and parking included. This is the perfect hotel if you come in Caserta by car.
  • Hotel Royal CasertaWonderful **** hotel which is the official accomodation of the tennis event. Located just in front of the Royal Palace and rated 9.0 on Booking, it features free wifi and public areas and good breakfast buffet, fitness center and airport shuttle. It’s possible to enjoy good meals in the onsite American bar and restaurant. The price for a standard double room is 119€ per night.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Royal Palace Official

Solo Caserta Tourism Site

Your Hotel in Caserta

 

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Trnava – A major womens Itf event in the slovakian ‘Little Rome’

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Empire Slovak Open 2017

From 05/15 to 05/21

Money prize: $ 100,000

Surface: Clay outdoor

Location: TC Empire – Hajdoczyho 11, TRNAVA, 91701, Slovakia

Info: The club, located in Hajdóczyho 11, has 16 clay courts, one modern 4 stars hotel, lounge bar and restaurant, a playground for children and many other facilities. The admittance is free. Old town is just 2,6 km from courts. Closest airport is Bratislava Airport at about 35 minutes driving.

Past champions: 2016 Katerina Siniakova -2015 Danka Kovinic – 2014 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova – 2013 Barbora Strycova – 2012 Anastasija Sevastova – 2011 Yvonne Meusburger – 2010 Sandra Zahlavova – 2009 Yvonne Meusburger

Yanina Wickmayer is the top ranked player of the entry list
Entry list: Yanina Wickmayer (Bel) – Evgeniya Rodina (Rus) – Julia Boserup (Usa) – Ekaterina Alexandrova (Rus) – Kirsten Flipkens (Bel) – Kristina Kucova (Svk) – Kurumi Nara (Jpn) – Maria Sakkari (Gre) – Jana Cepelova (Svk) – Tatjana Maria (Ger)

THE TOWN: There is a little town in Western Slovakia with about 70,000 citizens and at about 47 km from Slovak capital city Bratislava, that for the high numbers of churches within the city walls has been nicknamed The Little Rome or more recently The Slovak Rome. Just for this Trnava would be worth a daily trip from Bratislava, if in more we add that in the second week of February will be held the traditional Itf event Empire Women Indoor, we’ll have a good reason to stay at least one night in this cute city. Of course to get in Trnava is possible by car or by train or public buses from Bratislava. In alternative you could come from Wien which is far just 131 km.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Town Tower and City Center


  • Dobra Voda Castle


  • Mala Synagoga Trnava


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Of course official tournament Hotel Empire but the problem is that during the tournament could be completely full because reserved to players. But you can just try to see if there is some room available last minute here.
  • Best value for money is undoubtely 3 stars hotel La Pension which offers beautiful accomodations to customers. There arte two kinds of apartments: Standard are large 33 mq2 and prices start from 49€, Superior are 80 mq2 and start from 69€. Both offer modern furnishment, kitchen and free wi-fi. Superior gets wide living area more.
  • IMPIQ Hotel. Modern hotel, located in a calm zone of Trnava but not so far from old city, offers a new building, modern designed rooms, a very good restaurant, free parking area and wi-fi connection. The prices for a 24 mq2 single business room start from 79€. The full buffet breakfast is included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Trnava Official Tourism Site 

Your Trnava Hotel
Enjoy!!!







Antalya – We love this ancient Turkish place and the “Tennis Organization Cup”

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN FUTURE Tennis Organization Cup

From 03/20 to 03/26

Money prize: $ 15,000

Surface: Clay Outdoor

Location: Starlight Resort Hotel – Kizilalaç Turizm Merkezi, 07690 Antalya Turkey

How to get: Tennis club is far about 1 hour driving from Airport and about 73 km from old town.

Main players: Raluca Georgiana Serban (Rou) – Vlada Ekshibarova (Isr) – Yulia Stamatova (Bul) – Barbara Gatica (Chi) – Dashia Ivanova (Usa) – Mirabelle Njoze (Gbr) – Despina Papamichail (Gre) – Ani Vangelova (Bul) – Arina Folts (Uzb) – Ksenia Palkina (Kgz)

Nr.1 of the seeding Raluca Georgiana Serban

THE TOWN: Antalya, located on Anatolia’s flourishing southwest coast bordered by the Taurus Mountains, is the largest Turkish city on the Mediterranean coast with over one million people in its metropolitan area. Antalya is Turkey’s biggest international sea resort, located on the Turkish Riviera with a record 12.5 million tourists passed through the city in 2014.

Lonely Planet writes about it: “Once seen simply as the gateway to the Turkish Riviera, Antalya today is very much a destination in its own right. Situated right on the Gulf of Antalya (Antalya Körfezi), the largest city on Turkey’s western Mediterranean coastline is both classically beautiful and stylishly modern. At its core is the wonderfully preserved old-city district of Kaleiçi (literally ‘within the castle’), which offers atmospheric accommodation in the finely restored Ottoman houses on its winding lanes. The old city wraps around a splendid Roman-era harbour with clifftop views of hazy-blue mountain silhouettes that are worth raising a toast to. Just outside of the central city are two beaches and one of Turkey’s finest.”

TOP 3 ANTALYA’S ATTRACTIONS:

  • Perge Ancient City

  • Old Town


  • Kaputas Beach


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Kivrak Hotel. Perfect *** hotel located in the heart of Antalya, just about 1 km from the Clock Tower and Old City Marina. Rated 8.6 on Booking, it features sauna/hammam and restaurant. It offers spacious double rooms at 28€ per night with good breakfast, free wifi and parking included.
  • Elips Royal Hotel & Spa. Amazing **** hotel located conveniently at just 1,500 meters from Clock tower. Rated 8.2 on Booking, this hotel provides an internal Spa and restaurant. The rooms are modern and with everything you need. Prices for a family room is 36€ per night with free breakfast, wifi and parking.
  • Akra Hotel. Wonderful ***** hotel which rises directly on the seafront at just 3 km from old town. Rated 9.1 on Booking it features a delicious on site a la carte turkish and mediterranean restaurant, an outdoor pool and wellness facilities. Prices for a deluxe 28 mq2 double room start from 108€ with excellent breakfast. Wifi and parking are available for free.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Antalya Tourism Official

Your Hotel in Antalya
Enjoy!!!


Fukuoka – Visit this fascinating Japanese town and enjoy some beautiful tennis shots!

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Fukuoka International Women’s Tennis 2017

From 05/08 to 05/14

Surface: Carpet outdoor

Prize money: $ 60,000

Tournament location: Hakatanomori Tennis Center – 1-1-1 Higashi-Hirao Park Hakata-ku Fukuoka-city , Fukuoka , 816-0082, Japan

Past champions: 2016 Ksenia Lykina (Rus) – 2015 Krystina Pliskova (Cze) – 2014 Naomi Broady (Gbr) – 2013 Ons Jabeur (Tun) – 2012 Casey Dellacqua (Aus)

Defending champion Ksenia Lykina

Entry list: Magdalena Rybarikova (Cze) – Su Jeong Jang (Kor) – Nigina Abduraimova (Uzb) – Hiroko Kuwata (Jpn) – Ksenia Lykina (Rus) – Laura Robson (Gbr) – Riko Sawayanagi (Jpn) – Jia Jing Lu (Chn) – Shuko Aoyama (Jpn) – Jesika Maleckova (Cze)

THE TOWN: Fukuoka is the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture, situated on the northern shore of the Japanese island of Kyushu. As of 2015, it is Japan’s fifth largest city before Kobe and Kyoto. 

Lonely Planet writes: “Fukuoka (福岡) is Kyūshū’s largest city (and Japan’s sixth-largest) and still growing. It’s made up of two former towns, the Fukuoka castle town on the west bank of the Naka-gawa and Hakata on the east. The two towns merged in 1889 as Fukuoka, though the name Hakata is still widely in use (for instance, it’s Fukuoka Airport but Hakata Station). Hakata traces its trading history back some 2000 years, which continues today with visitors from Seoul and Shanghai. Among Japanese, the city is famed for its SoftBank Hawks baseball team and hearty Hakata ramen (egg noodles). Fukuoka’s warmth and friendliness make it a great gateway to Kyūshū, and warm weather and contemporary attractions – art, architecture, shopping and cuisine – make it a good base for regional excursions.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Fukuoka Canal City Hakata


  • Fukuoka Tower


  • Ohori Park


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  •  Hotel Forza Hakataeki Hakataguchi. Wonderful *** hotel rated 9.0 on Booking and located in the Hakata neighborhood in Fukuoka, 300 m from Shofuku-ji Temple and 600 m from Tocho-ji Temple. All rooms have a flat-screen TV and the free Wi-Fi connection. The daily rated for a 18 mq2 double room is 67€.
  • JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Hakata Central. A 3-minute walk from JR Hakata Train Station, the 4 stars JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Hakata Central has accommodations with free Wi-Fi ,Tv on-demand and request relaxing massages for an extra fee. The onsite Nanatsunohana restaurant serves Japanese and Western dishes. The price for a modern 19 mq2 double room is 95€ per night. Rated 9.0 on Booking!
  • Hotel Nikko Fukuoka. Exceptional ***** Hotel located in the real heart of Fukuoka and rated 9.0 on Booking, which provides an indoor pool, 8 dining options, a gym and contemporary rooms with free wifi connection. The rate for a 30 mq2 superior double room with desk area and sofa starts from 151€ per night.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Welcome Fukuoka Official

Your Hotel in Fukuoka


Enjoy!!!!

Charleston – We love to come back for tennis in the so called “World’s best city”

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN 60K Ltp/Charleston

From 05/01/03 to 05/07

Surface: Clay outdoor

Money prize: $ 60,000

Tournament location: LTP Tennis – 1513 Mathias Ferry Road, Mt.Pleasant, SC 29464, USA

Main players: Madison Brengle (Usa) – Taylor Townsend (Usa) – Elitsa Kostova (Bul) – Kayla Day (Usa) – Lizette Cabrera (Aus) – Paula Cristina Goncalves (Bra) – Francoise Abanda (Can) – Sofia Kenin (Usa) – Fanni Stollar (Hun) – Sesil Karatantcheva (Bul)

Nr.1 of the seeding Madison Brengle

THE TOWN: Charleston is the oldest and second-largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The city lies just south of the geographical midpoint of South Carolina’s coastline and is located on Charleston Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean formed by the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. It had an estimated population of 132,609 in 2015. Known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, distinguished restaurants, and mannerly people, Charleston is a popular tourist destination and has received a large number of accolades, including the “World’s Best City” by Travel + Leisure.

Lonely Planet writes: “This lovely city will embrace you with the warmth and hospitality of an old and dear friend – who died in the 18th century. We jest, but the cannons, cemeteries and carriage rides do conjure an earlier era. And that historic romanticism, along with the food and Southern graciousness, is what makes Charleston one of the most popular tourist destinations in the South, drawing more than 4.8 million visitors every year.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN CHARLESTON:

 

 

  • Arthur Revenal Jr Bridge

  • The Pineapple Fountain

  • Magnolia Plantation


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hyatt Place Charleston – Historic District. Wonderful *** hotel rated 9,1 on Booking and located at just 900 mt from the Marion Square. It includes a restaurant, an indoor pool, a fitness center and a lounge bar. The price for a king room with breakfast and free wifi connection starts from 223$ per night.
  • Market Pavilion Hotel. Exceptional **** hotel centrally located in Charleston downtown at 3 minutes walking from Waterfront Park and rated 9,3 on Booking. This structure offers a rooftop pool with mosaic bottom, free WiFi, and daily breakfast as well as 2 on-site restaurants. A luxury king room of 40 mq2 costs 296$ per night with fantastic breakfast buffet included.
  • The Spectator Hotel. Breathtaking pictures **** hotel rated 9.6 on Booking and situated less than 4 minutes’ walk from the historic Charleston City Market and Port of Charleston. Features include a bar, personalised butler service, and free WiFi in public areas. A luxury traditional king room costs $ 429 per night with unforgettable breakfast include.

Please notice that prices showed don’t include a 13,5% tax.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Visit Charleston SC Official

Your Hotel in Charleston

Enjoy!!!