Montreux – Itf circuit comes for the first time to this Swiss gem beautifully set in the Alps

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Montreux Ladies Open by Elixim

From 08/14 to 08/20

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 25,000

Tournament location: Montreux Tennis Club – Quai Ami Chessex 11, Montreux, Territet, 1820, Switzerland

How to arrive: The closest airport to Montreux is Geneva Cointrin International Airport which is at 1hr by train from city center (direct trains every 30 minutes). Montreux Gare is far just 1,3 km from tennis courts (15/20 minutes walking).

Entry list: Alexandra Dulgheru (Rou) – Elitsa Kostova (Bul) – Maria Teresa Torro Flor (Esp) – Tara Moore (Gbr) – Amra Sadikovic (Sui) – Katarina Zavatska (Ukr) – Ulrikke Eikeri (Nor) – Isabella Shinikova (Bul) – Paula Badosa Gibert (Esp) – Jacqueline Adina Cristian (Rou)

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Former nr. 26 of Wta ranking Alexandra Dulgheru will lead the seeding of Montreux Ladies Open

THE TOWN: Montreux is a municipality in the district of Riviera-Pays-d’Enhaut in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland. It is located on Lake Geneva shoreline at the foot of the Alps and has a population, as of December 2015, of nearly 90,000 in the agglomeration.

This town is universally known for Montreux Jazz Festival.

Lonely Planet writes: “In the 19th century, writers, artists and musicians (Lord Byron and the Shelleys among them) flocked to magical Montreux, what was then a pleasing lakeside resort, and is today a visitor-magnet for the rich, famous and everyone in-between, ever since. Montreux’s main draws include peaceful walks along a lakeshore blessed with 19th-century hotels, a mild microclimate, a hilltop Old Town, one of the world’s premier jazz festivals, Friday-morning lakeside markets and a fabulous 13th-century fortress. Rock-trivia buffs love the story of British hard rockers Deep Purple recording an album at the town’s casino in 1971 and commemorating a fire that broke out during a Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention gig (also held at the casino). The pall of smoke cast over Lake Geneva inspired Deep Purple to pen their heavy-chorded classic, ‘Smoke on the Water’.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Chateau de Chillon

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  • Rochers de Naye

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  • Queen: The Studio Experience

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel de Chailly. Family-run *** hotel, rated 8.1 on Booking and located in the hills above Montreux only 2 km from town centre and Geneva Lake, which features a restaurant with a shady terrace, a large free car park and the wifi for free throughout the property. The price for a 18 mq2 budget twin room is 97€ per night.
  • Hotel Grand Suisse MajesticBuilt in 1870, this recently renovated Belle-Époque 4 starst hotel is located in the heart of Montreux on the shore of Lake Geneva. It offers a restaurant with a lake-view terrace, a fitness room with hammam and sauna, a business corner, laundry services and free WiFi in all areas. The daily rate for a comfort room is 177€ which increases to 228€ for rooms with lake view. Rated 8.6 on Booking.
  • Hotel Fairmont Le Montreux PalaceWonderful ***** hotel rated 9.1 and located on the shores of Lake Geneva with magnificent views of the lake and the Alps, it offers for its guests refined dining spaces with menus which reflect a passionate faith in the finest local produce including the regions best wines. Terrific is the on site 2000 mq2 Willow Stream Spa where you can enjoy fitness and wellness facilities. Prices for “this once time in the life” hotel? A Fairmont Double Room with City View costs 348€ per night with free WiFi included.
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The wonderful luxury Hotel Fairmont Le Montreux Palace

 

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Montreux Official

Your Hotel in Montreux

 

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Grenoble – Tennis shots between “the lion and the serpent”

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Engie Open de l’Isere

Date: From 01/30 to 02/05

Money prize: $ 25,000

Surface: Hard Indoor

Tournament Location: Grenoble Tennis – 100 Avenue de la Mogne 38100 Grenoble France

How to get: Tennis club is far less than 5 km from place de la gare (a taxi ride of about 20 minutes). Closest airport is the Lyon-Saint Exupery airport at about 100 km from tennis courts.

Past Winners: 2016 Myrtille Georges – 2015 Magda Linette – 2014 Pauline Parmentier – 2013 Sandra Zahlavova – 2012 Karolina Pliskova – 2011 Marta Domachowska

Top 10 Players: Ana Bogdan (Rou) – Mona Barthel (Ger) – Tamara Korpatsch (Ger) – Magdalena Rybarikova (Svk) – Virginie Razzano (Fra) – Tereza Smitkova (Cek) -Amra Sadikovic (Sui) -Anna Blinkova (Rus) – Jasmine Paolini (Ita) – Laura Robson (Gbr)

Nr.1 of the seed Ana Bogdan

 

THE TOWN: Grenoble is a city of around 158,000 inhabitants located in the French Alps. Crossed by two rivers, the Drac and the Isère (“the lion and the serpent“), and is surrounded by three mountain chains, the Vercors, Chartreuse and Belledonne. The city is renowned for its universities on the campus and for its scientific research centers. Lonely Planet writes about Grenoble: “Known as the ‘Capital of the Alps’, Grenoble boasts great museums, excellent dining, effervescent nightlife, outstanding quality of life and a superb public transport system. Home to a slew of high-tech industries, the 1968 Winter Olympic City is the focal point for a wider metropolitan area of more than 650,000 Grenobloises and Grenoblois, nearly 10% of them students.The city is dramatically sited among the looming massifs of the Parc Naturel Régional de Chartreuse and Parc Naturel Régional du Vercors, with clear sight lines to Mont Blanc itself. Cut by the swift-flowing River Isère, Grenoble delivers mostly mild weather thanks to its low elevation.
TOP 3 THINGS TO SEE IN GRENOBLE:

  • Vercors Regional Natural Park


  • Bastille


  • Dauphinois Museum



BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Logis Institut Hotel. Very good ** hotel located in the heart of Grenoble just 200 mt from station and 800 mt from  Bastille Cable Car. Rated 8.1 on Booking, this accomodation offers 15 mq2 double rooms with ensuite bathroom at 59€ per night (free wifi included, breakfast available with a further fee).
  • Ibis Styles Grenoble Centre Gare. Wonderful *** hotel situated in an ideal position in the city heart, this Ibis accomodation features a design bar and the free wifi. Rated 8.7 on Booking, it offers modern double room at 115 € per night breakfast buffet included.
  • Park Hotel Grenoble – MGallery by Sofitel. Excellent **** hotel in city centre located directly on the edge of Paul Mistral Park, this Accor accomodation gained a very high 9.2 rate on Booking. Here you can enjoy meals prepared in its exclusive lounge bar. The price for a classic double room of 29 mq2 is 129€ per night with free wifi. Parking and breakfast are available with additional fees.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info 

Grenoble Tourism Office

Dauphinois Museum Site 

Accomodations

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