Bratislava – In the heart of Mitteleurope for a top challenger event

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Peugeot Slovak Open 2017

Date: From 11/06 to 11/12

Prize money: € 106,000

Surface: Hard Indoor

Tournament Location: Aegon Arena – Prikopova 3255/6, 83103 Bratislava.

How to arrive: Aegon Arena is quite centrally located in Bratislava and can easily accessible from airport with a 15 minutes taxi drive. Old town is far just 3 km.

Recent Past Winners: 2016 Norbert Gombos – 2015 Igor Gerasimov – 2014 Peter Gojowczyk – 2013-2011 Lukas Lacko – 2012 Lukas Rosol – 2010 Martin Klizan

Defending champion Norbert Gombos

Top Seeded Players: Marius Copil (Rou) – Norbert Gombos (Svk) – Mikhail Kukushkin (Kaz) – Andreas Seppi (Ita) – Marcos Baghdatis (Cyp) – Marton Fucsovics (Hun) – Lukas Lacko (Svk) – Matteo Berrettini (Ita) – Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukr) – Mikhail Youzhny (Rus)

THE TOWN: Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia, and with a population of about 450,000, the country’s largest city. It is located in southwestern Slovakia, occupying both banks of the River Danube and the left bank of the River Morava. Bordering Austria and Hungary, it is the only national capital that borders two independent countries. The history of the city has been strongly influenced by people of different nations and religions, namely by Austrians, Croats, Czechs, Germans, Hungarians, Jews, Serbs and Slovaks (in alphabetical order).The city was the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary, a part of the larger Habsburg Monarchy territories, from 1536 to 1783.

Lonely Planet on Bratislava: “Proximity to nature gives Slovakia’s capital its strongest flavouring. The Danube wends through the city, and cycle paths weave through the verdant flood plain that begins just outside the centre. Meanwhile, the densely forested Small Carpathians are just a 30-minute walk from the train station; the trailer to a mountainous extent that runs countrywide, virtually unimpeded by civilisation. Then there’s ski runs and vineyards to amble through.The charming – if tiny – old town (starý mesto) is the place to start appreciating Bratislava. Stroll narrow pedestrian streets of pastel-coloured 18th-century buildings or sample the myriad sidewalk cafes under the watchful gaze of the city castle, which harks back to medieval times. Done with the old? In with the new(er): the city boasts intriguing socialist-era architecture, and one of Eastern Europe’s most spectacular modern art spaces. Contrasts like this are all part of Bratislava’s allure.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Old Town


  • Devin Castle Ruins


  • Slavin Memorial 


BEST 3 HOTELS TO STAY:

Hotel Blue Bratislava
. Close to Polus City Shopping Center and just 3,5 km from old town, this modern *** hotel offers free wifi, parking and tasteful breakfast buffet. Prices for a 22 mq2 double room in b&b starts from 59€ per night. Rated 8.5 on Booking.

Skaritz Hotel & Residence. Wonderful **** hotel located in the heart of Bratislava’s pedestrianized Old Town. This accomodation, rated 8.9 on Booking, offers large rooms and apartments, free internet and free access to the sauna. The price for a 35mq2 double room is 83€ per night with breakfast and free cancellation included.

Arcadia Hotel. Fantastic boutique ***** hotel, rated 9.1 on Booking, which rises in a 13th century building loated in Old Town at just 100 mt from St.Michael’s Gate. It includes a spa, a slovak restaurant and a stylish Library Bar. A standard non refundable double room costs 89€ per night with free Spa access and wifi but with breakfast not included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Bratislava Official

Your Hotel in Bratislava
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Sant Cugat – You will appreciate this tournament a few minutes from Barcelona…

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMENS 13è Open Ciutat de Sant Cugat

From 10/30 to 11/05

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 25,000

Tournament location: Club Tennis Natacio Sant Cugat – Camí Crist Treballador s/n, Sant Cugat, 08173, Spain

How to arrive: The tennis club is far just 2.4 km and about 10 minutes driving from city center. Barcelona El Prat Intl Airport is located at less than 28 km from tennis venue (you will need a taxi drive of about 45 minutes)

Past champions: 2016 Arantxa Rus (Ned)

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Nr.1 of the seeding Martina Trevisan

Entry list: Martina Trevisan (Ita) – Basak Eraydin (Tur) – Maria Teresa Torro Flor (Esp) – Silvia Soler Espinosa (Esp) – Daniela Seguel (Chi) – Lina Gjorcheska (Mkd) – Georgina Garcia Perez (Esp) – Andrea Gamiz (Ven) – Paula Badosa Gibert (Esp) – Melanie Stokke (Nor)

THE TOWN: Sant Cugat del Vallès  (pop. 81,745 in 2010) is a town north of Barcelona in Catalonia. Known as Castrum Octavianum in antiquity  it is named after Saint Cucuphas, who is said to have been martyred on the spot now occupied by its medieval monastery. The final part of its toponym, del Vallès, is a reference to the historical county where the town is situated, Vallès. The town’s other buildings include the School of Architecture of the Vallès and the Centre d’Alt Rendiment. Sant Cugat has become an affluent suburb of Barcelona due to its location (only 20 kilometres from the city), its natural surroundings, and its pedestrian shopping area. It also offers restaurants, a co ncert venue, two cinemas, and one large shopping centre. The town has its own train station with a direct metro connection into Barcelona city centre.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Monestir de Sant Cugat

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  • Ermita de Sant Medir

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  • El Pino de Xandri

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Aparthotel del GolfFeaturing free WiFi, air conditioning and private parking, this 3 stars hotel, rated 8.1 on Booking, is located just 11.3 km from Barcelona. Each unit has a private bathroom with a bathtub. Prices? From 97€ for a two-bedroom apartment with terrace suitable for 3 adults.
  • Holiday Inn Express Sant CugatLocated at 21 km from El Prat Barcelona airport this modern *** hotel, rated 8.2 on Booking, features free WiFi and parking on site, a lounge bar and a 24-hour front desk. Modern air conditioned rooms offer flat screen Tv, private bathroom and tea-coffee facilities. For a 20 mq2 double room you will pay 100€ per night with very good breakfast included.
  • Hotel Sant CugatFeaturing free WiFi and a sun terrace, 4 stars Hotel Sant Cugat offers accommodations is at just 11.3 km from Barcelona. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar and a private parking. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and has a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and come with a private bathroom equipped with a bathtub. The daily price, for a 21 mq2 double room, starts from 106€ per night with free cancellation. Rated 8.5 on Booking!

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Visit Sant Cugat Official

Your Hotel in Sant Cugat

 

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Tallinn – A tennis week in the faboulous medieval capital town of Estonia…

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF MENS Paf Open Tallinn

From 10/30 to 11/05

Surface: Hard indoor

Prize money: $ 15,000

Tournament location:  Tallink Tennis Club – Osmussaare 7, TALLINN   , 13811, Estonia

How to arrive: Tennis club is in good position at just 7.5 km from Unesco Heritage old town. International airport is far about 10 km and 15/20 minutes driving.

Past champions: 2016 Niels Lootsma (Ned) – 2015 Dzimitry Zhyrmont (Blr)

Entry list: Axel Michon (Fra) – Frederico Ferreira Silva (Por) – Evgeny Karlovskiy (Rus) – Gregoire Jacq (Fra) – Maxime Authom (Bel) – Adrien Bossel (Sui) – Vladimir Ivanov (Est) – Alexander Vasilenko (Rus) – Jonathan Mridha (Swe) – Temur Ismailov (Uzb)

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Nr.1 of entry list Axel Michon

THE TOWN: Tallinn is the capital and, with a population of 447,414, the largest city of Estonia. Tallinn’s Old Town is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tallinn is the major political, financial, cultural and educational center of Estonia. Often dubbed the Silicon Valley of Europe, it has the highest number of startups per person in Europe and is a birthplace of many international companies, including Skype.

Lonely Planet writes: “No longer the plaything of greater powers – Danish, Swedish, Polish, German and Soviet – Tallinn is now a proud European capital with an allure all its own. It’s lively yet peaceful, absurdly photogenic and bursting with wonderful sights – ancient churches, medieval streetscapes and noble merchants’ houses. Throw in delightful food and vibrant modern culture and it’s no wonder Tallinn seems in danger of being loved to death, especially after a few cruise ships dock. But it’s one of those blessed places that seems to cope with all the attention.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Old Town

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  • Raekoja Square

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  • Toompea Castle

Toompea

BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Oru HotelDelicious 3-star Oru Hotell is located in Tallinn, 600 m from the Baltic Sea, and is rated 8.6 on Booking. All rooms are decorated with wooden furniture and warm, sandy colours. Each comes with a modern bathroom with a shower. Prices? Just 48,6€ per night for a standard double room with breakfast, wifi and free parking included.
  • Hotel Palace by TallinnHotelsLocated in the centre of Tallinn and originally built in 1930s, 4 stars Palace Hotel is situated in an impressive building and offers modern rooms with a digital TV system with satellite channels, a tablet, a minibar and a work desk. Free WiFi is available in the entire property. Guests are welcome to visit the gym, small swimming pool, spa bath and steam or Finnish sauna (available at a surcharge). Very good is the international on site restaurant. A standard double room costs 91€ per night.
  • Hotel Telegraaf, Autograph CollectionOnly 70 m from Tallinn’s Town Hall Square, this luxurious 5-star hotel, rated 9.1 on Booking, is housed in a historic building dating from 1878. It offers free WiFi and features an indoor pool, a hot tub and the exclusive Elemis spa. Each room is air conditioned and features a flat-screen satellite TV and a bathroom with bathrobes and slippers. The exclusive à la carte Restaurant Tchaikovsky serves Russian and French cuisine. A 24 mq2 comfort queen room costs just 119€ per night.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Visit Tallin Official Site

Your Hotel in Tallinn

 

Enjoy!!!

 

 

Nantes – In the heart of Loire for an attractive womens tennis tournament

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMENS Engie Open Nantes Atlantique

From 10/30 to 11/05

Surface: Hard indoor

Prize money: $ 25,000

Tournament location: Centre de Ligue de Tennis des Pays de la Loire – Route de la ville au Blanc, NANTES, VERTOU, 44120, France

How to arrive: Tennis courts are far 9 km and about 20 minutes driving from central station.  Nantes Atlantique Intl Airport is located just at 12,9 km (using E3 highway about 12 minutes driving).

Entry list: Pauline Parmentier (Fra) – Denisa Allertova (Cze) – Richel Hogenkamp (Ned) – Jana Cepelova (Svk) – Anna Blinkova (Rus) – Bernarda Pera (Usa) – Tamara Korpatsch (Ger) – Tereza Martincova (Cze) – Sofya Zhuk (Rus) – Lesley Kherkove (Ned)

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Pauline Parmentier nr.1 of Entry List

THE TOWN: Nantes  is a city in western France on the Loire River, 50 km (31 mi) from the Atlantic coast. The city is the sixth-largest in France, with a population of nearly 300,000 in Nantes and an urban area of 600,000 inhabitants.

For Lonely Planet: Spirited and innovative, this artsy city on the banks of the Loire has a history of reinventing tself. It was founded by Celts around 70 BC and in AD 937 it joined the duchy of Brittany. The Edict of Nantes, a landmark royal charter guaranteeing civil rights to France’s Huguenots (Protestants), was signed in Nantes by Henri IV in 1598. By the 18th century Nantes was France’s foremost port, and in the 19th century – following the abolition of slavery – it became an industrial centre; the world’s first public transport service, the omnibus, began here in 1826. Shipbuilding anchored the city’s economy until the late 20th century and when the shipyards relocated westwards to St-Nazaire, Nantes transformed itself into a thriving student and cultural hub.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Jardin des Plantes

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  • Les Machines de l’Ile

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  • Château des Ducs de Bretagne

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Campanile Nantes Centre – Saint JacquesThis 3 stars hotel, rated 8.5 on Booking, is a 10 minutes in public transport from the city centre of Nantes. It offers modern guest rooms, a restaurant and a 24-hour lounge bar. Unlimited free WiFi is available. A superior double room costs 45€ per night with free parking included.
  • Oceania l’Hôtel de France NantesExcellent 4 stars hotel rated 9.1 on Booking and located a 2-minute walk from Place Royale. The interior is designed in a contemporary style to complement the architecture of the 18th-century lobby. The spacious rooms include a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom complete with a walk-in shower. Additional facilities at the Hotel De France include a contemporary bar and a fitness center. The daily rate for a comfort double room starts from 107€ per night with free WiFi included.
  • Okko Hotels Nantes ChâteauLocated in Nantes city centre, just 900 m from the train station , and rated 9.2 on Booking, this exceptional **** hotel features a 24-hour reception desk and free Wi-Fi and provides 12 private parking spaces. With a modern décor, the air-conditioned rooms include a satellite TV with free on demand channels, a safe, an iPod docking station and a coffee machine. “Le Club”, the hotel’s big communal area, includes a business corner with free computers and a free wellness area with sport machines and the sauna. A souvenir shop with local products is also at your disposal in the same area. A comfort double room costs 109€ per night with excellent organic breakfast included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Nantes Official

Your Hotel in Nantes

 

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Wien – Enjoying world class tennis by tasting the original Sacher Torte…

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 500 ERSTE BANK OPEN 500

From 10/23 to 10/29

Surface: Hard indoor

Prize money: € 2,035,415

Tournament Location: Wiener Stadthalle – Roland Rainer Platz 1 A-1150 Wien

How to get: Public Transport U6 “Burggasse-Stadthalle” / “Urban Loritz-Platz” (Metro) -U3 “Schweglerstraße” (Metro) – Tram 6, 9, 18, 49 – Bus 48A

Recent Past Winners: 2016 Andy Murray – 2015 David Ferrer – 2014 Andy Murray – 2013 Tommy Haas – 2012 Juan Martin del Potro – 2011 – Jo Wilfred Tsonga – 2010/2009 Juergen Melzer

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German star Alexander Zverev will lead the seeding

Entry list: Alexander Zverev (Ger) – Dominic Thiem (Aut) – Pablo Carreno Busta (Esp) – Milos Raonic (Can) – Kevin Anderson (Saf) – Sam Querrey (Usa) – John Isner (Usa) – Jo Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) – Tomas Berdych (Cze) – Lucas Pouille (Fra)

ABOUT WIEN:

Wien is the capital of the Republic of Austria and by far the largest city in Austria with its population of more than 1.7 million. As you’d expect it’s Austria’s cultural, economic, and political centre. As the former home of the Habsburg court and its various empires, the city still has the trappings of the imperial capital it once was, and the historic city centre is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Visitors can not leave without having first tasted the two culinary specialties of the city: Sacher Torte (the original one at Sacher Hotel) and Wiener Schnitzel (the best is at Filgmüller).

Lonely Planet’s writer Catherine Le Nevez tells about Wien: “With its rambling palaces, winding cobbled lanes, elegant Kaffeehäuser (coffee houses) and cosy wood-panelled Beisln (bistro pubs), Vienna is steeped in history. Yet it’s also at the cutting edge of design, architecture, contemporary art, and new directions in drinking and dining. What I love most about the city is that not only does it hold on to its traditions, it incorporates them in everything from high-fashion Dirndls with pop-art motifs or punk conical studs to handmade Sacher Torte–flavoured doughnuts and inspired neo-retro cafes. Vienna’s past is alive in its present, and, by extension, its future.

TOP 5 THINGS TO SEE:

  • Schönbrunn Palace

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  • Old Town

Wien_Zentrum

  • Belvedere Palace Museum

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  • Stephansdom

Stephansdom

  • Hofburg

Hofburg

BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Kärntnerhof. Excellent *** accomodation, rated 8.8 on Booking and with an high value for money, this hotel enjoys a quiet location in central Wien at just 5 minutes walking from Stephansdom. A standard double room, decorated in a blend of Art Noveau and Italian style, costs 155€ per nigh with breakfast and free wifi included.
  • Hotel Capricorno. Wonderful **** hotel at just 8 minutes walking from Stephans Platz with many pubs and restaurants in the surroundings. Rated 9.1 on Booking, it offers 18 mq2 stylish double room at 188€ per night including breakfast and wifi.
  • Hotel Sans Souci Wien. Best Wien accomodation either for Tripadvisor or for Booking (rated 9.4), this luxurious ***** hotel located in the centre of town, just opposite the Museum Quarter, features an indoor pool, a spa and gourmet restaurant La Veranda. The price for a 25 mq2 elegant double room with breakfast and wifi is 323€ per night.

 

USEFUL LINKS:

Wien Tourist Official Info

Schonbrunn Official

Belvedere Museum Site

Tournament Official Site

Your Hotel in Wien



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Macon – Enjoy an intersting tennis tournament in the city “where soul lives”…

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN W.L. AMOS SR. TENNIS CLASSIC

From 23/10 to 29/10

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 80,000

Tournament location: Leroy Peddy Tennis Center – 1501 Mercer University Drive, Macon, GA, 31207 USA

How to arrive: Tennis venue is centrally located in Macon, just 2 miles from famous Cannonball House. Regional Macon Downtown airport is located at 10 miles and 13 minutes driving from Leroy Peddy T.C.

Past champions: 2016 Kayla Day – 2015 Rebecca Peterson – 2014 Kateryna Bondarenko

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Former Roland Garros champion Francesca Schiavone nr.1 of the seeding

Entry list: Francesca Schiavone (Ita) – Kateryna Bondarenko (Ukr) – Sachia Vickery (Usa) – Sofia Kenin (Usa) – Kristie Ahn (Usa) – Barbora Krejcikova (Cze) – Taylor Townsend (Usa) – Julia Boserup (Usa) – Kayla Day (Usa) – Irina Falconi (Usa)

THE TOWN: Macon is a city located in the state of Georgia approximately 85 miles (137 km) south of Atlanta, hence the city’s nickname the Heart of Georgia. The Macon metropolitan area had an estimated population of 231,259 in 2014.

The city is characterized by rich history, incredible architecture, stunning Southern charm, and a soulful musical heritage. Infact it has branded as the city where soul lives.

Only in Macon you can hike at ancient Indian mounds and enter into North America’s only reconstructed earth lodge, tour the 18,000 square foot, 7-story Italian Renaissance Revival mansion known as the Palace of The South, immerse yourself in musical history by taking a Free Birds & Night Owls or Rock n’ Roll Stroll tour, or explore the Southeast’s largest collection of African-American art, history, and culture.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Ocmulgee National Monument

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  • Cannonball House

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  • Amerson River Park

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Comfort Suites MaconConveniently located off Interstate 475, the 3 stars Comfort Suites hotel is close to several area attractions (golf courses, parks and outdoor recreation areas nearby). Guests can enjoy fine features like free coffee, free WiFi, free local calls, indoor heated pool and hot tub and fitness center. Price for a 26 mq2 king suite starts from 95$ per night with very good breakfast included.
  • SpringHill Suites by Marriott MaconExcellent hotel featuring an indoor salt water pool, a gym, a businnes center, a laundry and suites with free wifi and flat screen Tv included. It is located on Interstate 75 and is rated 8.8 on Booking.  A king studio with sofa bed costs 101$ with breakfast included.
  • TownePlace Suites by Marriott Macon Mercer UniversityShowcasing an outdoor pool and fitness center, TownePlace Suites by Marriott Macon Mercer University obtained the highest rate on Booking (9.5) and is located very close to tennis venue. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and is equipped with a flat-screen TV. It features free wifi, parking, breakfast and free access to fitness center and outdoor pool. Prices? From 125$ per night for a 28 mq2 king studio.

Please notice that you have to add to these rates 14% tax and a daily 5$ city tax.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Macon Official

Your Hotel in Macon

 

Enjoy this fantastic Georgia’s corner!!!

 

 

 

 

Pattaya City – If you are in this multicultural town don’t miss some good tennis!

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF MEN PTT Itf Men’s Pro Circuit

From 10/16 to 10/22

Surface: Hard indoor

Prize money: $ 15,000

Tournament location: Greta Sport Club – 68/5 Moo 3 soi Wat Yan, Na Chom Tien, Tambol Najomtien, Aumpur Sattahip, Pattaya, Chonburi, Pattaya, 20250, Thailand

How to arrive: Beautiful Greta Sport Club is far about 18 km from Pattaya City. Closest airport is the international one in Suvarnabhumi which is located at 134 km and about 100 minutes driving.

Entry list: Ti Chen (Tpe) – Max Purcell (Aus) – Sam Barry (Irl) – Peter Kobelt (Usa) – Nam Hoang Ly (Vie) – Masato Shiga (Jpn) – Nicholas Hu (Usa) – Jumpei Yamasaki (Jpn) – Riccardo Balzerani (Ita) – Hunter Callahan (Usa)

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Nr.1 of expected seeding Ti Chen from Taipei

THE TOWN: Pattaya is a resort city in Thailand. It is on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, about 100 kilometres south-east of Bangkok. The Pattaya City is a self-governing municipal area which covers the whole tambon Nong Prue and Na Klua and parts of Huai Yai and Nong Pla Lai. Pattaya’s census population figure is 107,406, yet this only accounts for residents who have formally registered in the city.

Lonely Planet writes about it: “Multicultural Pattaya boasts some excellent places to stay and eat, and the area is also a family-friendly resort coast. Nevertheless, the city itself is no tropical paradise; its reputation as a sex capital is totally deserved, with hundreds of beer bars, go-go clubs and massage parlours. Much of the rest is dedicated to mass-market sun-seeking tourism, with a huge retired expat population, and enormous tour groups hurried through town in an almost constant stream. For a relaxing stay in Pattaya, base yourself outside the central area.”

PATTAYA’S TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Sanctuary of Truth

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  • Nong Nooch Tropical Garden

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  • Coral Island

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • E-outfitting Boutique Hotel PattayaExcellent *** accomodation rated 8.8 on Booking and located just 400 mt from Pattaya Beach, this hotel features free WiFi throughout the property, private on site parking and stylish rooms with private bathrooms and flat screen Tv. A 30 mq2 standard twin room costs from 42$ per night with free cancellation included.
  • Holiday Inn PattayaDirectly located on the popular Beach Road, Holiday Inn Pattaya features sea views from all 567 guest rooms and suites with the comfort of a private balcony. The hotel boasts 4 outdoor pools, a fitness center, a paronamic Lounge Bar and 4 restaurants. The price for a 36 mq2 deluxe double room starts from 114$ per night with free WiFi included (complimentary breakfast costs 9$ at day).
  • Wave Hotel PattayaThis property is 1 minute walk from the beach and less than a 5-minute walk from CentralFestival Pattaya Beach Shopping Mall. Rated 9.3 on Booking, it has rooms with modern facilities and sitting area and it features an outdoor pool, a 24-hour front desk and free Wi-Fi. Rates? A 45 mq2 sunset king room with exceptional sea view costs 188€ per night with excellent breakfast included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Pattaya’s Tourism On Bangkok.com

Your Hotel in Pattaya Central

 

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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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Óbidos – Visit this little medieval gem of Portugal and enjoy some good tennis moments!

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Bom Sucesso Ladies Open 3

From 10/09 to 10/15

Surface: Carpet outdoor

Prize money: $ 25,000

Tournament location: Bom Sucesso Tennis Academy – Rua do Comércio Nº 27, OBIDOS, 2510-662, Portugal

How to arrive: Lisbon international Airport is far from tennis venue about 89 km and from old town less than 80 km and 50 minutes driving. The tennis venue is at about 13 km from city centre.

Entry list: Irina Kromacheva (Rus) – Magdalena Frech (Pol) – Anna Kalinskaya (Rus) – Georgia Brescia (Ita) – Maria Teresa Torro Flor (Esp) – Elitsa Kostova (Bul) – Olga Ianchuk (Ukr) – Katy Dunne (Gbr) – Valeria Savinkh (Rus) – Veronika Kudermetova (Rus)

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Former top 100 Irina Kromacheva will lead the seeding of the tournament

THE TOWN: Óbidos is a little and cute town and in the Oeste Subregion of Portugal. The town proper has approximately 3100 inhabitants. The municipality population in 2011 was 11,772 in an area of 141.55 square kilometres. The area of the town is located on a scenic hilltop, encircled by a fortified wall. It remains a well-preserved example of medieval architecture; its streets, squares, walls and its castle are a popular tourist destination. The castle now houses a pousada. The municipality is also home to the famous Praia D’el Rey golf complex, one of the top golf resorts in Europe.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Vila Natal

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  • Óbidos Castle

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  • The Azulejos of the City Gate

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hostel ArgonautaExcellent structure located at 200 mt from Óbidos Castle and rated 9.2 on Booking. It features shared kitchen and bathroom with free toiletries.  The unit has accommodation in dormitories and double rooms. A single bed in dormitory costs 26€ per night with free WiFi, parking and breakfast included in the price.
  • Innfusion. Located 1 km from Vila Natal, this hotel features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property and an on-site bar. Each rooms have a TV and a private bathroom. You will find an ATM at the property. Prices? For a little but cozy double room you will pay 65€ per night with breakfast included in the price. Rated 8.7 on Booking!
  • Guesthouse Torre de Maneys. Wonderful accomodation rated 9.3 on Booking a few steps from Vila Natal. Each room at this guesthouse is air conditioned and is equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Certain rooms feature views of the garden or city. A double room costs 125€ per night with free WiFi and excellent breakfast included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Óbidos Official Tourism Pages

Óbidos Vila Natal Official Site

Your Hotel in Óbidos

 

Enjoy this new Portuguese Tennis Trip!!!

 

Tashkent – Enjoy a tennis week in the place where everything could happen!

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Tashkent Challenger

From 10/09 to 10/14

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 150,000

Tournament Location: Olympic Tennis School Massiv Yalangach Tashkent 100125 UZBEKISTAN

Past winners: 2016 Konstantin Kravchuk – 2015/2011 Denis Istomin – 2014 Lukas Lacko – 2013 Dudi Sela – 2012 Uladzimir Ignatik – 2010 Karol Beck – 2009 Marcos Baghdatis – 2008 Yen Hsun Lu

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Italian nr.1 of entry list Thomas Fabbiano

Entry list: Thomas Fabbiano (Ita) – Dudi Sela (Isr) – Denis Istomin (Uzb) – Evgeny Donskoy (Rus) – Alexander Bublik (Kaz) – Laslo Djere (Srb) – Guillermo Garcia Lopez (Esp) – Lukas Lacko (Svk) – Egor Gerasimov (Blr) – Matteo Berrettini (Ita)

THE TOWN: Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan,  with its over 2,3 million inhabitants is the biggest and one of the oldest city in Central Asia, with a history of 2200 years. Due to its position in Central Asia, Tashkent came under Sogdian and Turkic influence early in its history, before Islam in the 8th century AD. After its destruction by Genghis Khan in 1219, the city was rebuilt and profited from the Silk Road. In 1865 it was conquered by the Russian Empire, and in Soviet times witnessed major growth and demographic changes due to forced deportations from throughout the Soviet Union. Today, as the capital of an independent Uzbekistan, Tashkent retains a multi-ethnic population with ethnic Uzbeks as the majority. It is best appreciated for its whole rather than its parts. If you are short on time visit it by renting a car, because the town is quite large. Lonely Planet writes on Tashkent: “Sprawling Tashkent is Central Asia’s hub and the place where everything in Uzbekistan happens. It’s one part newly built national capital, thick with the institutions of power, and one part leafy Soviet city, and yet another part sleepy Uzbek town, where traditionally clad farmers cart their wares through a maze of mud-walled houses to the grinding crowds of the bazaar. Tashkent is a fascinating jumble of contradictions that’s well worth exploring over several days.Like most places that travellers use mainly to get somewhere else, Tashkent doesn’t always immediately charm visitors, but it’s a surprisingly fun and interesting place, with the best restaurants, museums and nightlife in the country. There’s also plenty of opportunity to escape the metropolis for great hiking, rafting and skiing in Ugam-Chatkal National Park, just a 1½-hour drive away.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Charwak Lake

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  • Mustakillik Square

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  • Metro Tashkent

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • City Line Boutique Hotel. Very nice *** hotel just 700 metres away Tashkent International Airport. Rated 8.5 on Booking, this boutique accomodation offers deluxe double rooms at 70$ per night with free Wifi, parking and cancellation included.
  • Hotel Wyndham Tashkent. Nice **** hotel with a great value for money, it’s located 200 metres from the Amir Timur Museum and 4 km from the famous Çhorsu Bazaar. Rated 8.1 on Booking, it offers superior double room at 202$ per night with good breakfast included.
  • Radisson Blu Hotel. Excellent ****  hotel located at just 10 minutes walking from city centre and rated 8.3 on Booking, it offers a sauna, a brasserie restaurant with terrace and free parking area. A business double room of 28 mq2 with coffee machine costs 204$ per night with breakfast buffet available for purchase at 16$.

 

USEFUL LINKS:

Tashkent On Visit Uzbekistan

Tournament Info

Your Hotel in Tashkent

 

ENJOY!!!!

 

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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!!!