Mons -What do you think of a tennis break in the “Monkey Town”?

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER ETHIAS TROPHY

Date: From 03/10 to 09/10

Money prize: € 106,500

Surface: Hard Indoor

Tournament Location: Lotto Mons Expo s.a. Avenue Thomas Edison, 2 B  7000 Mons — Belgique

How to get: 5 minutes driving from old town. If you come from Bruxelles take E19/E42 direction Mons. Exit 24 Mond (direction Ghlin). First exit at right and after get 2nd exit.

Recent Previous Winners: 2015 Illya Marchenko – 2014 David Goffin – 2013 Radek Stepanek – 2012 Kenny de Schepper – 2011 Andreas Seppi

Top 10 Players: Jan Lennard Struff (Ger) – Paul Henri Mathieu (Fra) – Jeremy Chardy (Fra) – Dustin Brown (Usa) – Ricardas Berankis (Ltu) – Ivan Dodig (Cro) – Jerzy Janowicz (Pol) -Radu Albot (Rou) – Lukas Lacko (Svk) – Pierre Hugues Herbert (Fra)

THE TOWN

Mons is a Belgian city with a 90000 inhabitants and it’s the capital of Hainaut region. Together with the Czech city of Plzeň, Mons was the European Capital of Culture in 2015. It’s known like “The Town of Monkey” because in front of the City Hall it stands a statue of a monkey, which is said to bring good fortune to those who pat his head. Lonely Planet writes about Mons: “With a characterful medieval centre climbing up a hill and a fine Grand Place, Mons (Bergen in Dutch) had a substantial facelift in 2015, when it was a European Capital of Culture. The legacy is a handful of entertaining modern museums that make Mons an excellent visit, with plenty to keep you busy for two or three days. One museum covers war in excellent fashion, while another celebrates the riotous Doudou festival, which stars St George, a dragon, St Waudru, devils and thousands of beery revellers.”

TOP 3 THINGS TO SEE IN MONS:

  • Grand Place

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  • Belfort

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  • Collégiale Sainte-Waudru

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel St.James. Historic *** hotel located in a 18th century building at just 15 minutes walking from old town. Rated 8.1 on Booking, this accomodation offers modern design double rooms from 77€ to 99€ per night (it depends if you want breakfast or not included).
  • Congres Hotel Mons Van der Valk. Wonderful **** hotel with high level of service, this is the best solution for tennis fans because it’s very close to Mons Expo. Rated 9.0 on Booking, it offers superior double room from 98 € per night (breakfast costs 15€ more). Free parking and wi-fi!
  • Hotel Dream. Wonderful ****  hotel considered the best accomodation in Mons either on Booking or on Tripadvisor. Set in a former chapel this hotel, located at just 1 km from train station,  offers spacious dream double  rooms of 25 mq2 for 106€ per night with free wi-fi connection and parking area. Breakfast will cost 12.5€ more for day.

 

USEFUL LINKS:

VISIT MONS OFFICIAL SITE

TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL SITE

ALL 23 MONS ACCOMODATIONS

 

ENJOY!!!!

Last Second Trip – From Bruges to Knokke-Heist To See Two Young Guns

Are you spending a long weekend break in fantastic Bruxelles? Have you planned to visit amazing Bruges too? Do you know that not so far from Bruges (about 20 km) there are two of the most intersting young players of pro circuit engaged in the semifinals of The Rising Stars Tennis Tour 2016 Knokke? The complete name of this city is Knokke-Heist and it’s a touristic locality of West Flanders famous for its beaches and for its ten casinos which are the largest in the whole Belgium, and are located on seaside promenade. Of course I think that for tourists will be better to stay one night in Bruges than in Knokke, because Bruges is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful town of Europe (look at movie “In Bruges” to have a confirmation) . The historic city centre is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO and thanks to its beautiful canals, Bruges has been often referred as The Venice of the North.


 But who are the two young guns that you could see in this ITF tournament (10,000 USD prize money) which is taking place on clay courts of  Knokke Zoute Tennis Club? Their names are Casper Ruud and Daniel Altmaier both born in dicember 1998. The first  (son of former tennis player Christian Ruud) with his 557 Best Ranking has already won his first ITF title in Spain this year and is considered the biggest hope of Norwegian tennis and one of the possible future protagonists of European tennis; Altmaier is instead a talented crystaline from Germany that could be for that country the new Boris Becker. Altmair won his 1st ITF tournament just in Belgium less than one month ago and he would like to repeat in Knokke this great result. But will Casper Ruud agree with him?

CASPER RUUD

DANIEL ALTMAIER


In this moment in Knokke there aren’t accomodations with great value for money so you could stay for one night in Bruges, that it’s not a cheap destination, but offers a wide range of accomodations. My favourite is the CROWNE PLAZA BRUGGE, probabily the best located hotel in Bruges which offers enormous room at 200€ per night between Saturday and Sunday. Wi-fi is free, breakfast for two costs 29€ more, and with 23€ additional fee per day customers can use undergound parking (but you can use for about 10€ the one under central station). Look here for other solutions in Bruges.

To save money another idea could be stay in beautiful Gand, in Graslei e Korenlei zone, o which is far about 50 km from Bruges and 70km from Knokke. Here is a list of possible accomodations in Gand.

About tournament:

Tennis club: Knokke Zoute Tennis Club

Address: Astridlaan 7, KNOKKE, 8300, Belgium

Surface: Clay

Official site: http://www.risingstars.be/

Order of play of tomorrow on Center Court:

Starting at 14:00 Jules Okala (Fra) – Daniel Altmaier (Ger)

Not before 16:00 Casper Ruud (Nor) – Joran Vliegen (Bel)



And so….are you ready for this new tennis excursion?