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!

 

Istanbul – Don’t miss this Wta tennis week in one of the most beautiful city of the world!

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA INTERNATIONAL Teb Bnp Paribas Istanbul Cup

From 04/24 to 04/30

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 226,750

Tournament location: Garanti Koza Arena – Sanayi Mahallesi 1638, Sokak 1 34415 Esenyurt/Istanbul, Turkey

How to get: On the way from İstanbul to Edirne, you have to take the Esenyurt Toll Booths exit to reach Garanti Koza Arena. (It’s situated right next to Akkoza Appartments and Akbatı Mall, there is also the Pelit Factory right behind the facility). On the way from Edirne to İstanbul, you have to take the Bahçeşehir-Esenyurt Toll Booths, then get on the other side of the road to reach Garanti Koza Arena.

Previous winners: 2016 Cagla Bayukakcay – 2015 Lesia Tsurenko – 2014 Caroline Wozniaki

Defending champion Cagla Buyukakcay

Entry list: Elina Svitolina (Ukr) – Timea Babos (Hun) – Yulia Putintseva (Kaz) – Irina Camelia Begu (Rou) – Eugenie Bouchard (Can) – Qiang Wang (Chn) – Tsvetana Pironkova (Bul) – Sorana Cirstea (Rou) – Elise Mertens (Bel) – Lara Arruabarrena (Esp)

THE TOWN: Istanbul is a city of fantastic history, culture and beauty. Called Byzantium in ancient times, the city’s name was changed to Constantinople when it was rebuilt by the first Christian Roman Emperor, Constantine. It was renamed once again in 1928, becoming Istanbul, a name which had already been in use for centuries. The most populous city in Europe, it forms the financial centre of Turkey and confidently straddles the borders between Asia and Europe as it has for millennia: this is the result when you mix ancient Christendom, a medieval metropolis and the modern Middle East. Situated on either side of the Bosphorus, Istanbul still retains its metropolitan status: the city’s population is estimated to be between 12 and 19 million people, making it one of the largest cities in the world. Lauded in antiquity as “the second Rome”, this is a city where you most certainly should roam — culture and excitement lie around every corner and more than two thousand years of history await you.

Virginia Maxwell, a Lonely Planet’s writer, explains the reasons why she loves this ancient town: “Why do I love this city? Let me count the ways. I love the locals, who have an endless supply of hospitality and good humour at their disposal. I love the fact that when I walk down a city street, layers of history unfold before me. I love listening to the sound of the müezzins duelling from their minarets and I love seeing the sun set over the world’s most beautiful skyline. I love the restaurants, the bars and the tea gardens. But most of all, I love the fact that, in İstanbul, an extraordinary cultural experience lies around every corner.”

TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Aya Sofia


  • Blue Mosque


  • Basilica Cistern


  • Galata Tower


  • Grand Bazaar


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Apple Tree Hotel. Extraordinary *** hotel rated 9.4 on Booking and located in Sultanhamet just 300 mt from Blue Mosque. It offers a hammam, free WiFi throughout the property and a buffet restaurant. A 16 mq2 double room costs just 38€ per night with breakfast included.
  • Bankerhan Hotel Galata. Wonderful **** hotel located a short walking distance from Galata Tower and rated 9.5 on Booking. A variety of dishes, beverages and refreshments are available at hotel’s restaurant. It offers cozy standard double rooms from 57€ per night (68€ in b&b) with free WiFi connection.
  • The St.Regis Istanbul. Located in the heart of Nisantasi neighbourhood, this exceptional 5 stars hotel, rated 9.5 on Booking, provides an indoor pool and a terrace with city view, free WiFi access and spa, a delicious rooftop restaurant and a brasserie. Each room is decorated with contemporary artworks of Turkish artists. Butler service, 2 bottles of water and coffee&tea is offered for free in each room. Prices from 232€ per night. A dream!!!
The St.Regis rooftop restaurant

 

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Istanbul Official 

Your Hotel in Istanbul 


Enjoy!!!

Stuttgart – Who will win the Porsche 911 Carrera this year in Germany?

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA PREMIER Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

From 04/24 to 04/30

Prize money: $ 710,900

Surface: Clay indoor

Tournament location: Porsche Arena – Mercedesstrasse 69, 70372 Stuttgart, Germany

How to get: By public transport you can use S1, S2 or S3 SBahn or respectively the R1, R2, R3 or R8 trains to the Bad Cannstatt station. Then Bus 56 (Wagenburgstraße). Driving distance from Stuttgart Mitte is 12 minutes (5,7 km). Stuttgart Airport is far 18 km and 22 minutes driving from venue.

Previous winners: 2016/2015 Angelique Kerber – 2014/2013/2012 Maria Sharapova – 2011 Julia Goerges – 2010 Justine Henin – 2009 Svetlana Kuznetsova – 2008 Jelena Jankovic

Defending champion and Nr.1 of the seeding Angelique Kerber

 

Entry list: Angelique Kerber (Ger) – Karolina Pliskova (Cze) – Simona Halep (Rou) – Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) – Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) – Garbine Muguruza (Esp) – Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) – Madison Keys (Usa) – Elena Vesnina (Rus) – Samantha Stosur (Aus)

THE TOWN: Stuttgart is the capital and largest city of the German state of Baden-Württemberg and it is located on the Neckar river in a fertile valley locally known as the “Stuttgart Cauldron”. Stuttgart’s urban area has a population of 623,738, making it the sixth largest city in Germany. It is unusual in the scheme of German cities because it is spread across a variety of hills, valleys and parks. This is often a source of surprise to visitors who associate the city with its reputation as the ‘Cradle of the Automobile‘. The city’s tourism slogan is “Stuttgart offers more“.

For Lonely Planet: “The real Stuttgart is less superficial than legend. True, some good-living locals like their cars fast and their restaurants fancy, but most are just as happy getting their boots dirty in the surrounding vine-clad hills and hanging out with friends in the rustic confines of a Weinstube (wine tavern). In the capital of Baden-Württemberg, city slickers and down-to-earth country kids walk hand in hand.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Schlossplatz (Palace Square)


  • Mercedes Benz Museum 


  • Koenigstrasse


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Central Classic Hotel. Very good *** hotel rated 8.4 on Booking and located at 10 minutes walking from Old Town. It provides comfortably furnished rooms with a private bathroom and a minibar. A rich breakfast buffet is available each morning in the modern breakfast room. Price from 95€ per night in b&b.
  • Der Zauberlehrling. Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, **** Hotel Der Zauberlehrling offers pet-friendly accommodations in Stuttgart. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant and private parking available on site. A superior double room costs 259€ per night. Rated 8.8 on Booking.
  • Le Méridien Stuttgart. Wonderful ***** hotel rated 8.6 on Booking and located opposite the Schlossgarten Park in Stuttgart which offers a French gourmet restaurant, a spa with indoor pool, and classical-style rooms. The spa and fitness center Le SPA with 850m² is the largest spa in downtown Stuttgart. An executive classic of 30 mq2 costs 326€ per night.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Stuttgart Official

Mercedes Benz Museum Website

Your Hotel in Stuttgart


Enjoy this city-break-tennis-trip!
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Biel/Bienne – For the 1st time Wta circuit will arrive at this bilingual town of Switzerland 

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA INTERNATIONAL Ladies Open Biel Bienne

From 04/10 to 04/16

Prize money: $ 226,750

Surface: Hard outdoor

Tournament location: Swiss Tennis – Roger Federer Allee 1, 2504 Biel, Switzerland

How to get: The tennis venue is located at 6,6 km and 11 minutes driving from Biel’s old town. The closest airport is the Bern one at about 61 km. Zurich Intl Airport is at 121 km.

Entry list: Timea Babos (Hun) – Roberta Vinci (Ita) – Alizé Cornet (Fra) – Annika Beck (Ger) – Camila Giorgi (Ita) – Julia Goerges (Ger) – Kristina Mladenovic (Fra) – Monica Niculescu (Rou) – Belinda Bencic (Sui) – Sorana Cirstea (Rou)

Camila Giorgi will try to get her 2nd Wta title
THE TOWN: Biel/Bienne is a town in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. It is on the language boundary between the French-speaking and German-speaking parts of Switzerland, and is throughout bilingual. Since January 1, 2005, the official name has been “Biel/Bienne”. The city lies at the foot of the first mountain range of the Jura Mountains area and it has about 55,000 inhabitants and in 2014 the agglomeration had almost 106,000.

Lonely Planet writes about this town: “Slap bang on the Röstigraben, Switzerland’s French–German divide, double-barrelled Biel-Bienne is the country’s most bilingual town. Locals are prone to switching language mid-conversation; indeed it’s often a tad tricky to know which one to use. For many Swiss, Biel-Bienne is simply a place to change trains, but it’s worth sticking around to explore its nicely preserved historic centre, the adjacent lake and the surrounding vineyards.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN BIEL AND SURROUNDINGS:

  • Old town


  • Ligerz on Biel Lake


  • Omega Watches Museum


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

USEFUL LINKS:

  • Bed and Breakfast im Herzen von Biel. Rated 8.6 on Booking this excellent accomodation is located in Biel city center and a 4-minute drive from Lake Biel. It offers a shared TV lounge, shared kitchen facilities, and rooms with free WiFi access. The price for a double room with balcony is 89€ per night with breakfast.
  • Best Western Hotel Continental. Very good *** hotel located 5 minutes from Lake Biel, close to the railway station and the city centre and charming Old Town of Biel/Bienne. It offers free WiFi in all rooms and 1 free parking space per room on site. A modern 18 mq2 standard room costs 118€ per night in b&b.
  • Art Déco Hotel Elite. Excellent **** hotel rated 8.2 on Booking which rises in a classically elegant building from the 1930s in the centre of Biel, only 200 m from the train station and surrounded by many shops and boutiques. It features a free fitness centre, the FlowerPower30 spa area with a sauna and steam bath and the restaurant L’Osteria which offers typical Italian cuisine. The price for a standard 25 mq2 double room start from 145€ per night (which increase to 201€ with breakfast included). Free WiFi everywhere.

Tournament Official Site

Visit Biel Official

Omega Museum Website

All Accomodations in Canton of Bern


Enjoy this Swiss Tennis Trip!


Bogotà – Wta circuit is going to land in the beating heart of Colombia

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA INTERNATIONAL Claro Open Colsanitas

Date: From 04/10 to 04/15

Prize money: $ 226,750

Surface: Clay outdoor

Tournament location: Club Campestre Los Logartos – Calle 116 # 72A – 1280 Bogotà

How to get: Club Campestre Los Logartos is easily accessible from airport with a 20 minutes taxi drive (13.4 km). Downtown is far just 15 km.

Past Winners: 2016 Irina Falconi – 2015 Teliana Pereira – 2014 Caroline Garcia – 2013 Jelena Jankovic – 2012 Lara Arruabarrena – 2011 Lourdes Dominguez Lino – 2010 Mariana Duque Marino

Defending champion Irina Falconi
Entry list: Kiki Bertens (Ned) – Katerina Siniakova (Cze) – Shuai Peng (Chn) – Johanna Larsson (Swe) – Lara Arruabarrena (Esp) – Mandy Minella (Usa) – Maria Sakkari (Gre) – Irina Falconi (Usa) – Magda Linette (Pol) – Sara Errani (Ita)

THE TOWN: Bogotá is the capital and, with its 7,8 millions inhabitants, is the largest city in Colombia. A melting pot of people from around the country, it is diverse and multicultural, with a blend of modern and colonial architecture. The predominant colors in Bogotá are the green of the city’s many parks and the eastern mountains overlooking the sanctuaries of Monserrate and Guadalupe, and the rich red of its many brick buildings.

Lonely Planet considers Bogotà 2nd top destination for 2017 and writes on it: “Bogotá is Colombia’s beating heart, an engaging and vibrant capital cradled by chilly Andean peaks and steeped in sophisticated urban cool. The city’s cultural epicenter is La Candelaria, the cobbled historic downtown to which most travelers gravitate. Here, a potpourri of preciously preserved colonial buildings house museums, restaurants, hotels and bars peppered amid 300-year-old homes, churches and convents. Nearly all of Bogotá’s traditional attractions are here – radiating out from Plaza de Bolívar – and gorgeous Cerro de Monserrate is just east.The city’s grittier sides sit south and southwest, where working-class barrios continue to battle well-earned reputations for drugs and crime. In the ritzier north, you’ll find boutique hotels and well-heeled locals piling into chic entertainment districts such as the Zona Rosa and Zona G. Here, rust-tinted sunsets dramatically bounce off the bricks of upper-class Bogotá’s Andes-hugging residential buildings – a cinematic ceremony that begins the city’s uproarious evenings.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN BOGOTA’:

  • Laguna de Guatavita


  • Mount Monserrate


  • Botero Museum


BEST 3 HOTELS TO STAY:

  • Hotel Classic. This modern *** hotel is located in Tequasillo a popular area of Bogota. It offers design rooms decorated with modern furnishings, free WiFi and fantastic american breakfast buffet always included. Prices for a 23 mq2 double room start from 42$ per night. Rated 9.1 on Booking.
  • Hotel Bh Bicentenario. Excellent **** hotel located just at 500 mt from La Calendaria, Casa Moneda and Monserrat Mount. This accomodation, rated 8.8 on Booking, offers large modern rooms, free internet and an on-site restaurant. The price for a 28 mq2 double room is 55$ per night with breakfast and free cancellation included.
  • The Orchids. Wonderful ***** hotel, rated 9.3 on Booking, located in Bogotà’ best quarter, La Calendaria,at just 100 mt from Colon Teather. It includes a gourmet a la carte restaurant. A deluxe double of 28 mq2 room with fireplace costs 180$ per night with free WiFi and delicious breakfast included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Bogotà On Colombia Travel

Look for an hotel in Bogotà

Enjoy!!!

Charleston – A Wta classic tournament in a lovely place of South Carolina

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA PREMIER Volvo Car Open

From 04/03 to 04/09

Surface: Clay outdoor

Money prize: $ 710,900

Tournament location: Family Circle Tennis Center – 161 Seven Farms Drive, Charleston, SC 29492, USA

How to get: Family Circle Tennis Center is far about 14 miles from Downtown and it’s easily accessible by car with a 22 minutes ride. If you get by car from Charleston International Airport you can take I-526 East to the Daniel Island Exit (#24). Follow to red light (Seven Farms Drive) and turn left. Family Circle Tennis Center is on the right. Total distance is a bit more than 10 miles

Previous winners: 2016 Sloane Stephens – 2015 Angelique Kerber – 2014 Andrea Petkovic – 2013/2012 Serena Williams – 2011 Caroline Wozniaki – 2010 Samantha Stosur

Main players: Madison Keys (Usa) – Johanna Konta (Gbr) – Venus Williams (Usa) – Elena Vesnina (Rus) – Caroline Wozniaki (Dan) – Samantha Stosur (Aus) – Kiki Bertens (Ned) – Anastasija Sevastova (Lat) – Daria Gavrilova (Aus) – Irina Camelia Begu (Rou)

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Elena Vesnina has just won his first major tournament in Indian Wells

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 9,2 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 190$ 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 areasA luxury traditional king room costs $ 369 per night with unforgettable breakfast include.

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

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official S

Visit Charleston SC Official

Hotels in Charleston

 

Enjoy!!!