Moscow – Svetlana Kuznetsova is looking for her 3rd triumph in the “Third Rome”

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA PREMIER Vtb Kremlin Cup

From 10/16 to 10/21

Surface: Hard indoor

Prize money: 790,208 $

Tournament location: Olympic Stadium – Olympiysky Prospect, 16, Moscow 129090 Russia

How to arrive: VTB Kremlin Cup office is located at the South entrance of the Olympic Stadium (2-nd floor). The venus is quite centrally located in the capital town of Russian federation, at about 3.5 km from Kremlin. Domodedovo Intl Airport is at about 50 km (1h15m driving).

Past champions: 2016/2015 Svetlana Kuznetsova – 2014 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova – 2013 Simona Halep – 2012 Caroline Wozniacki – 2011 Dominika Cibulkova – 2010 Victoria Azarenka – 2009 Francesca Schiavone – 2008 Jelena Jankovic

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Defending double champion Svetlana Kuznetsova

Entry list: Johanna Konta (Gbr) – Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) – Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) – Jelena Ostapenko (Lat) – Anastasija Sevastova (Lat) – Elena Vesnina (Rus) – Daria Gavrilova (Rus) – Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Rus) – Coco Vandeweghe (Usa) – Lesia Tsurenko (Ukr)

THE TOWN: Moscow  is the capital and most populous city of Russia, with 13.2 million residents within the city limits and 17.1 million within the urban area. It  is a major political, economic, cultural, and scientific centre of Russia and Eastern Europe, as well as the largest city entirely on the European continent.  It is the seat of power of the Government of Russia, being the site of the Moscow Kremlin, a medieval city-fortress that is today the residence for work of the President of Russia. The Moscow Kremlin and Red Square are also one of several World Heritage Sites in the city.

For Lonely Planet “During any season, any hour of day, Moscow thrills visitors with its artistry, history and majesty.”

TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Red Square

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  • St. Basil Cathedral

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  • Kremlin

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  • Bolshoi Theatre

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  • Gorky Park

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • People Red Square HotelFeaturing free WiFi throughout the property, this wonderful 3 stars hotel (rated 9.2 on Booking) offers accommodations in Moscow, just 501 m from Saint Basil’s Cathedral. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV. Prices? From 86€ per night for a small double room with free cancellation.
  • Aquamarine Hotel. A 20 minute walk from the Moscow Kremlin, this designer **** hotel (rated 9.1 on Booking) features spacious, modern rooms and an international restaurant. It has a spa, free Wi-Fi and free on-site parking. All rooms are air-conditioned with flat screen Tv, minibar and private bathrooms. A 22 mq2 superior double room costs just 107€ per night at the moment in special offer.
  • Moss Boutique Hotel. Exceptional ***** hotel rated 9.5 on Booking and located 1 km from Bolshoi. It features free WiFi, a restaurant with terrace and an on-site bar. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and has a flat-screen TV. The rooms are fitted with a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find bathrobes and slippers. For a 20 mq2 double/twin room you will pay 269€ per night with exceptional breakfast included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Moscow Official

Your Hotel in Moscow

 

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Tianjin – Discovering on the of the most populous town of the world with a Tennis Trip…

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA INTERNATIONAL Tianjin Open

From 10/09 to 10/15

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 426.750

Tournament location: Tianjin Tuanbo International Tennis Centre

How to arrive: Click here for very detailed info

Past champions: 2016 Shuai Peng (Chn) – 2015 Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) – 2014 Alison Riske (Usa)

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Chinese defending champion Shuai Peng

Entry list: Petra Kvitova (Cze) – Caroline Garcia (Fra) – Shuai Peng (Chn) – Lesia Tsurenko (Ukr) – Alison Riske (Usa) – Yulia Putintseva (Kaz) – Donna Vekic (Cro) – Irina Camelia Begu (Rou) – Christina McHale (Usa) – Beatriz Haddad Maia (Bra)

THE TOWN: Tianjin, formerly known in English as Tientsin, is a metropolis in northern coastal Mainland China with a total population of 15,469,500, and is also the world’s 6th-most populous city proper.

For Lonely Planet: “Forever being compared to Běijīng (if anything, it’s more like Shànghǎi), the former foreign concession port of Tiānjīn is a large, booming, yet laid-back city, with a pleasant river promenade and some charming, European-flavoured neighbourhoods. It’s an easy day trip from the capital, but you may want a long weekend to explore the city properly”.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Tianjin Eye

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  • Italian Style Street

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  • Haihe Cultural Square

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Jinjiang Inn Tianjin South Railway StationExcellent *** hotel, rated 8.8 on Booking and located just 11.3 km from Olympic Center Stadium which offers spacious rooms with private bathrooms and with flat screen tv and free wifi connection. The daily rate for a standard queen room is 25$ per night with free cancellation.
  • Friendship Hotel Tianjin. 4 stars Friendship Hotel Tianjin is located in the Heping neighborhood, just 1.1 km from Five Main Avenues and it’s rated 8.4 on Booking. It features an ATM, a business center and a gift shop. Wide 30 mq2 classical rooms with private bathrooms and free wifi connection cost 81$ per night with breakfast included.
  • Four Seasons Hotel TianjinWonderful ***** hotel rated 9.3 on Booking and located just 1.3 km from Binjiang Avenue shopping street. It features free WiFi and private parking, a spa center and a car rental. The price for a 48 mq2 deluxe king room equipped with flat screen Tv, Dvd player and coffee machine starts from 136$ per night.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Tianjin On TravelChinaGuide.com

Your Hotel in Tianjin

 

Enjoy!!!

 

 

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

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 500 + WTA Premier Mandatory China Open

From 10/02 to 10/08

Surface: Hard outdoor

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

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

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

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

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

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Defending wta champion Agnieszka Radwanska

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

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

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

TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS:

  • The Great Wall

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  • The Forbidden City

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  • Summer Palace

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  • Tiananmen Square

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  • Temple of Heaven

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

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

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Beijing Tourism Official

Your Hotel in Beijing

 

Enjoy!!!

Wuhan – A Top-Class women tournament in the so-called “Chicago” of central China

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA PREMIER 5 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open

From 09/24 to 09/30

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $2,365,250

Tournament location info: Optics Valley International Tennis Center – Gaoxin 2nd Rd, Jiangxia Qu, Wuhan Shi, Hubei Sheng, China. It is located in Wuhan East Lake New Technology Development Zone, being adjacent to Erfei Hill.

Past champions: 2016 Petra Kvitova – 2015 Venus Williams – 2014 Petra Kvitova

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New nr.1 of Wta ranking Garbine Muguruza will be in Wuhan

Entry list: Karolina Pliskova (Cze) – Simona Halep (Rou) – Angelique Kerber (Ger) – Caroline Wozniacki (Dan) – Garbine Muguruza (Esp) – Johanna Konta (Gbr) – Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) – Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) – Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) – Jelena Ostapenko (Lat)

THE TOWN: Wuhan is the capital of Hubei province and is the most populous city in Central China. It is a major transportation hub, with dozens of railways, roads and expressways passing through the city and connecting to other major cities. Because of its key role in domestic transportation, Wuhan was sometimes referred to as The Chicago of China by foreign sources.

For Lonely Planet: “Wǔhàn has matured from the sprawling convergence of three smaller cities to an industrial and commercial centre with more than a smattering of fine cultural sites, including the Yellow Crane Tower and a terrific museum. At times it feels ready to leap from its second-tier status, its warring history a thing of a 2000-year-old past. Amid the traffic and smog, the Yangzi River opens up the densely packed streets, rolling around parks, lakes and a concession-era entertainment district in Hànkǒu, the pick of the three cities, growing in swagger by the financial year. This is not the place of penny postcards, but it’s urban China and it’s worth getting to know.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Yellow Crane Tower

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  • East Lake Wuhan

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  • Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden

BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Lavande Hotel Wuhan Railway StationThis cute *** hotel is located in the Hong Shan neighborhood at 3,1 from Happy Valley. Offering car rental and free WiFi this hotel features wide modern room from 48€ per night with free cancellation. Rated 8.3 on Booking!
  • Holiday Inn Wuhan Riverside. Towering 20 floors over the Yangtze River, this 4-star Holiday Inn, rated 8.4 on Booking, provides a fitness centre, sauna and massage services, 3 restaurants, 2 bars and free WiFi and parking. Featuring modern décor, the air-conditioned rooms enjoy views of either the city or the river. Prices from 72€ per night for a superior double room (25mq2).
  • InterContinental WuhanFeaturing free WiFi and a delicious restaurant, exceptional ***** InterContinental Wuhan, rated 9.0 on Booking, offers modern accommodations in Wuhan with a private bathroom and flat-screen TV. Free private parking is available on site. The Wuhan International Expo Centre is just 0.6 km from the hotel. An enormous Intercontinental Superior Room (60 mq2) costs 116€ with very good breakfast buffet included.

Tournament Official Site

Wuhan Touristic Info

Wuhan Botanical Garden Official

Your Hotel in Wuhan

 

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Quebec City – Wta sensations in the most European town of North America

THE TOURNAMENT:  Wta International  Coupe Banque Nationale

Date: From 11/9 to 17/9

Prize money: $ 226,750

Surface: Carpet Outdoor

Tournament Location: Pavillon de l’Éducation physique et des sports – 2300 Rue de la Terrasse – Université Laval, Quebec, QC G1V 0A6, Canada

General information: Université Laval’s Sports and Physical Education Pavilion (PEPS) is far about 11 km from Jean Lesage International Airport and just 5 km from gare de train de Sainte-Foy. PEPS has numerous parking lots, either inside or outside. During the tournament, the PEPS’ indoor parking has a fixed day rate.

Past champions: 2016 Oceane Dodin – 2015 Annika Beck – 2014 Mirjana Lucic Baroni – 2013 Lucie Safarova – 2012 Kirsten Flipkens 2011 Barbora Strycova

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Defending champion Oceane Dodin

Entry list: Lucie Safarova (Cze) – Timea Babos (Hun) – Oceane Dodin (Fra) – Tatjana Maria (Ger) – Varvara Lepchenko (Usa) – Eugenie Bouchard (Can) – Heather Watson (Gbr) – Jennifer Brady (Usa) – Camila Giorgi (Ita) – Viktorija Golubic (Sui)

THE TOWN: Capital of the province of Quebec, the town is the second largest French speaking city in Canada after Montreal.  Founded in 1608, Quebec City is one of the oldest cities in North America. The rampants surrounding Old Quebec were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985 as the ‘Historic District of Old Québec’.

For Lonely Planet: “Montréal may have more media connections, commercial activity and global cachet, but Québec City has something else: the soul of the province, and the fiercer grip on French Canadian identity. It also happens to be one of North America’s oldest and most magnificent settlements. Its picturesque Old Town is a Unesco World Heritage site, a living museum of narrow cobblestone streets, 17th- and 18th-century houses and soaring church spires, with the splendid Château Frontenac towering above it all. Even with a T-shirt shop on half the corners, there’s more than a glimmer of Old Europe in its classic bistros, sidewalk cafes and manicured squares“.

 

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Old Quebec

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  • Terrasse Dufferin

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  • Montmorency Falls

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Universel. Very good *** hotel just a few steps from tournament location. Ideal for tennis lovers. It features an on-site Scandinavian spa, an indoor pool, comfortable accommodations, and easy access to area attractions and the free wifi. Prices from 55$ without breakfast.
  • L’Arvidienne Couette et Cafè. Delicious **** boutique b&b just 1km from Battlefields park. Rated 9.2 on booking. Free parking, wifi and superb breakfast included. Book library onsite. A 25 mq2 King Room costs from 144$ per night.
  • Hotel le Priori. Exceptional ****  hotel located 2 minutes walking from Old Town. Rated 9.4 on Booking. Originally built in 1734, every room features exposed brick walls and includes free Wi-Fi. The suites contain working fireplaces and bathtubs. Restaurant Toast, with a terrace in the interior court of Le Priori, has international inspired dishes. Prices from 185$ for a 22 mq2 double room with breakfast included.

Please notice that prices showed not include 14.97% + 3% taxes.

 

USEFUL LINKS:

Quebec City Tourism Official

Tournament Official Site

Your Hotel in Quebec City

 

Enjoy this wonderful Canadian TennisTrip!!!

Mallorca – In the wonderful Spanish island for Viki Azarenka’s come back!

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA INTERNATIONAL Mallorca Open

From 06/19 to 06/25

Surface: Grass outdoor

Prize money: $ 226,750

Tournament location: Country Club Santa Ponsa – Avenida Golf 35 Santa Ponsa 07180 Calviá, Mallorca, Spain

How to arrive: Cc Santa Ponsa is located at 19 km from Palma that is about 20 minutes by car/taxi and 30 using public bus 102. Palma Intl Airport is far about 30 km.

Past champion: 2016 Caroline Garcia

Entry list: Victoria Azarenka (PR, Blr) – Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Rus) – Kiki Bertens (Ned) – Anastasija Sevastova (Lat) – Caroline Garcia (Fra) – Ana Konjuh (Cro) – Carla Suárez Navarro (Esp) – Laura Siegemund (Ger) – Roberta Vinci (Ita) – Eugenie Bouchard (Can)

Viki Azarenka finally is going to come back!

 

THE TOWN: Majorca or Mallorca is the largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago, which are part of Spain and located in the Mediterranean. Like the other Balearic Islands of Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera, the island is an extremely popular holiday destination, particularly for tourists from Germany and the United Kingdom.

Lonely Planet’s writer Danny Harper tell us the reason why he loves this island: “My parents did the right thing and bought a house in Fornalutx when I was four. Every summer spent in Mallorca was blissful: building camps with friends in the torrent, leaping from high rocks into the waters of the Port de Sóller, listening to the donkeys clop up the steps of Calle del Monte. Nowadays it’s what I took for granted then that transfixes me most: the mesmerising night sky, the Tramuntana glowing like coals at sunset, the timeless terracotta hues of the stone houses and the deep azures of the Mediterranean. And each time I return, there’s something else that enthrals me.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Cap de Formentor


  • Catedral La Seu


  • Playa Romantica


BEST PLACES TO STAY IN SANTA PONSA:

  • Tryp Mallorca Santa Ponsa. Very good 4 star accomodation with high value for money, this Mediterranean-style hotel is set just 300 m from the beach. It offers an outdoor swimming pool with sun terrace and comfortable air conditioned rooms with a private terrace. It features a restaurant, a cafeteria and the free Wifi in the public areas. The daily rate for a standard double room is 98€ per night.
  • Iberostar Suites Hotel Jardín del Sol. This adults only excellent 4 stars hotel is set 1 km from Playa Santa Ponsa Beach and offers impressive views of the Mediterranean Sea. It features an outdoor swimming pool and a spa, an international and a japanese restaurant, a spa and a gym. A wonderful 35 mq2 suite costs 213€ per night with free wifi connection.
  • Pure Salt Port Adriano. Exceptional ***** hotel rated 9.0 on Booking and perfectly located between the Majorcan coast and the Sta Ponsa Golf Course, this luxurious, adultsonly hotel has a panoramic terrace with swimming pool and you can unwind in the health spa. The hotel’s spa and fitness centre are free to all guests. Beauty treatments are available for an extra cost. The hotel’s Adriana Restaurant offers delightful and healthy à la carte lunches and dinners. The Oyster Bar, with its spectacular views, offers excellent breakfast and exquisite Mediterranean and international cuisine. Prices? A deluxe double room costs 459€ per night with free parking, WiFi and breakfast.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site 

See Mallorca Tourism Official

Your Hotel in Mallorca 


Enjoy it!!!

Nottingham – A traditional tennis event in the footsteps of Robin Hood

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA INTERNATIONAL Aegon Open Nottingham

From 06/12 to 06/18

Prize Money: $ 226,750

Surface: Grass Outdoor

Tournament location: NOTTINGHAM TENNIS CENTRE – University Blvd, Nottingham NG7 2QH, Regno Unito

How to get: Nearest airport is the East Midlands Airport and Skylink Nottingham provides a transportation service to and from the airport to Nottingham City Centre. From the train station the easiest way to reach the tennis centre is to use the Toton Lane tram. See below for further information.

Past champions: 2016 Karolina Pliskova – 2015 Ana Konjuh

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Nr.1 of the seeding English Johanna Konta

Entry list: Johanna Konta (Gbr) – Anastasija Sevastova (Lat) – Yulia Putintseva (Kaz) – Lauren Davis (Usa) – Lucie Safarova (Cze) – Alison Riske (Usa) – Christina Mchale (Usa) – Naomi Osaka (Jpn) – Monica Niculescu (Rou) – Shelby Rogers (Usa)

THE TOWN: Nottingham is a city and unitary authority area in Nottinghamshire, England, located 206 north of London, in the East Midlands. It has links to the legend of Robin Hood and to the lace-making, bicycle (notably Raleigh bikes) and tobacco industries. On 11 December 2015, Nottingham was named a “City of Literature” by UNESCO.

For Lonely Planet: “Forever associated with men in tights and a sheriff with anger-management issues – aka the Robin Hood legend – Nottingham is a dynamic county capital with big-city aspirations, atmospheric historical sights, and a buzzing music and club scene thanks to its spirited student population.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS: 

  • Wollaton Hall and Park

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  • Nottingham Castle

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  • Robin Hood Statue

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Jurys Inn NottinghamExcellent *** hotel rated 8.6 on Booking and located 5 minutes’ walk from Rail Station it offers spacious room with flat screen and air conditioning. On site fitness room and restaurant. Prices from 67,5£ with free Wifi included for a 42 mq2 standard double.
  • De Vere Orchard Hotel.  Rated 8.8 on Booking, this contemporary 4-star hotel features accessible rooftop terraces, green roofs and free Wi-Fi in all areas. Opened in 2012, De Vere Orchard Hotel has a Brasserie-style restaurant and bar. It is located less than a kilometer from Wollaton Hall. A double room costs 107£ per night with free parking and access to fitness center.
  • The Lodge at RuddingtonLocated 4.3 km from Trent Bridge Cricket Ground in Nottingham, The exceptional **** Lodge at Ruddington features free WiFi access and free private parking. You will find a free shuttle service at the property. The rate on Booking is an incredible 9.6!!! The price for a deluxe suite is just 160£ per night with excellent breakfast included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Nottinghamshire Official

Your Hotel in Nottingham

 

Enjoy this exciting Tennis Trip in Nottinghamshire!

 

 

Strasbourg - Come with us to visit this enchanted town of Alsace and enjoy first class tennis matches 

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA INTERNATIONAL Internationaux de Strasbourg 2017

From 05/21 to 05/28

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 226,750

Tournament location: Tennis Club de Strasbourg – 20, rue Pierre de Coubertin – 67000 Strasbourg France

How to get: By tramway get and stop at Parlement Europeen. By bus get line 30 and stop at Wacken or line 50 and stop Robertsau Boecklin.

Past champions: 2016 Caroline Garcia – 2015 Samantha Stosur – 2014 Monica Puig – 2013 Alize Cornet – 2012 Francesca Schiavone – 2011 Andrea Petkovic – 2010 Maria Sharapova – 2009 Aravane Rezai – 2008/2007 Anabel Medina Garrigues

Defending champion Caroline Garcia

Entry list: Caroline Wozniaki (Den) – Mirjana Lucic Baroni (Cro) –  Carla Suarez Navarro (Esp) – Daria Gavrilova (Aus) – Roberta Vinci (Ita) – Caroline Garcia (Fra) – Monica Puig (Por) – Pauline Parmentier (Fra)

THE TOWN: Strasbourg, located in Alsace, is the capital and largest city of the Grand Est region of France and is the official seat of the European Parliament. Its historic city centre, the Grande Île (Grand Island), was classified a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988, the first time such an honour was placed on an entire city centre.

For Lonely Planet Strasbourg is “the perfect overture to all that is idiosyncratic about Alsace – walking a fine tightrope between France and Germany and between a medieval past and a progressive future, it pulls off its act in inimitable Alsatian style.

Tear your gaze away from that mesmerising Gothic cathedral for just a minute and you’ll be roaming the old town’s twisting alleys lined with crooked half-timbered houses à la Grimm; feasting in the cosiest of winstubs (Alsatian taverns) by the canals in Petite France; and marvelling at how a city that does Christmas markets and gingerbread so well can also be home to the glittering EU Quarter and France’s second-largest student population. But that’s Strasbourg for you: all the sweeter for its contradictions and cross-cultural quirks.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS: 

  • Petit France


  • Barrage Vauban


  • Notre Dame Cathedral 


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Vendome. Excellent *** hotel rated 8,7 on Booking and located in front of Strasbourg Train Station and at 10 minutes walking from Petit France, it features a 24-hour lounge bar and offers guest rooms with free Wi-Fi. The price for a 20 mq2 double or twin room is €82 per night.
  • Pavillon Régent Petite France. Wonderful **** hotel rated 9,1 on Booking and located in the heart of Strasbourg, just 800 mt from Notre Dame. The rate for a privilege double room with river views is 148€ per night with free Wi-Fi included.
  • Hôtel Régent Petite France & Spa. Amazing 5 stars hotel located in the heart of the Petite France district and rated 8,8 on Booking. It is set in a converted 17th-century mill and offers an on-site restaurant and a wellness centre with a sauna, hammam, hot tub and massage treatments.  The hotel’s restaurant “Le Pont Tourant” serves innovative cuisine and the exceptional rooms are with free WiFi. An elegant 26 mq2 classic room costs 183,6€ per night.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Strasbourg Toursits Guide Official

Your Hotel in Strasbourg 


Enjoy!

Nuremberg – Come in Germany for a tennis date on the placid waters of the Pegnitz river

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA INTERNATIONAL Versicherungs Cup

From 05/21 to 05/27

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 226,750

Tournament location: 1. FC Nürnberg – Valznerweiherstr. 200, 90480 Nürnberg, Germany

How to get:  FC Nürnberg is located in the immediate vicinity of the Tiergarten Park in eastern Nuremberg on the edge of the Lorenzer Reichswald. The international airport is far just 9,7 km (25 minutes driving), old town about 7,5 km.

Past champions: 2016 Kiki Bertens – 2015 Karin Knapp – 2014 Eugenie Bouchard – 2013 Simona Halep

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Nr.1 of the seeding Kiki Bertens will try to defend her 2016 title

Entry list: Kiki Bertens (Hol) – Anastasija Sevastova (Lat) – Yulia Putintseva (Kaz) – Zhang Shuai (Chn) – Laura Siegemund (Ger) – Alison Riske (Usa) – Lesia Tsurenko (Ukr) – Julia Goerges (Ger) – Monica Niculescu (Rou) – Mona Barthel (Ger)

THE TOWN: Nuremberg is a city on the river Pegnitz and on the Rhine–Main–Danube Canal in the German state of Bavaria about 170 kilometres (110 mi) north of Munich. It is the second-largest city in Bavaria (after Munich).

For Lonely Planet this town is “an energetic place where the nightlife is intense and the beer is as dark as coffee. As one of Bavaria’s biggest draws it is alive with visitors year-round, but especially during the spectacular Christmas market.

For centuries, Nuremberg was the undeclared capital of the Holy Roman Empire and the preferred residence of most German kings, who kept their crown jewels here. Rich and stuffed with architectural wonders, it was also a magnet for famous artists, though the most famous of all, Albrecht Dürer, was actually born here. ‘Nuremberg shines throughout Germany like a sun among the moon and stars,’ gushed Martin Luther. By the 19th century, the city had become a powerhouse in Germany’s industrial revolution.

The Nazis saw a perfect stage for their activities in working class Nuremberg. It was here that the fanatical party rallies were held, the boycott of Jewish businesses began and the infamous Nuremberg Laws outlawing German citizenship for Jewish people were enacted. On 2 January 1945, Allied bombers reduced the city to landfill, killing 6000 people in the process.

After WWII the city was chosen as the site of the war crimes tribunal, now known as the Nuremberg Trials. Later, the painstaking reconstruction – using the original stone – of almost all the city’s main buildings, including the castle and old churches in the Altstadt, returned the city to some of its former glory.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Altstadt 

  • Nuremberg Castle

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  • St. Lorenz Church

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Avenue HotelThis 3-star hotel, rated 8.3 on Booking, offers comfortable rooms with all modern amenities in a quiet location very close to the pedestrian area in the heart of Nuremberg’s historic quarter. It is within easy walking distance of Nuremberg’s medieval attractions such as the Castle and St. Lorenz Church. A double room with rich breakast buffet and free wifi costs 84€ per night.
  • Hilton NürnbergThis excellent **** hotel offers large rooms, a quiet location and free parking. It is located next to the Tiergarten Park, just 4 km south of Nuremberg city centre. It’s ideal location for tennis fans because it rises some steps from tournament’s courts. Guests can enjoy the breakfast buffet in the bright L’Oliva restaurant, which overlooks the training grounds of FC Nürnberg football club. Prices? Starting from 109€ for a fantastic king room (wifi and parking are free, breakfast available for an additional charge).
  • No Shoes Hotel. Exceptional **** hotel, rated 9,7 on Booking, located in Old Town Nuremberg just 300 mt from Altstadt. It features free WiFi throughout the property and elegant and spacious apartments (about 70 mq2) with flat-screen TV, sitting area and views of the garden or city. The price for each apartment starts from 195€ per night with incredible breakfast buffet included.

 

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Nuremberg Official

Accomodations

 

Enjoy this Tennis Trip with us! We will be in Nürnberg on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th of May!

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!!!


Prague – The best of Czech tennis talents will face in this intersting Wta tournament

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA INTERNATIONAL J&T Banka Prague Open

From 05/01/ to 05/06

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 226,750

Tournament location: TK Sparta Praha – Za Císařským mlýnem 2/1115 17000, Praha7

How to get: Tennis club is far about 5.6 km and 17 minutes driving from Old Town. Vaclav Intl Airport is situated at 20 km from venue (34 minutes taxi ride).

Past champions: 2016 Lucie Safarova (Cze) – 2015 Karolina Pliskova (Cze)

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Defending champion Lucia Safarova will be n.7 of the seeding

Entry list: Karolina Pliskova (Cze) – Caroline Wozniaki (Den) – Samantha Stosur (Aus) – Barbora Strycova (Cze) – Ana Konjuh (Cro) – Shuai Zhang (Chn) – Lucie Safarova (Cze) – Katerina Siniakova (Cze) – Lesia Tsurenko (Ukr) – Christina McHale (Usa)

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 96€ 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 134€ 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 185,2€ per night.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Prague Official

Your Hotel in Prague

 

Enjoy a tennis week in the wonderful Prague!