Davis Cup – Where you can attend the quarterfinals (7-9 April)

  • BELGIUM – ITALY (Charleroi)


Venue: Spiroudome de Charleroi, Rue des Olympiades 2, 6000 Charleroi, Belgium

Surface: Hard indoor

Belgium Team: David Goffin – Steve Darcis – Ruben Bemelmans – Joris De Loore – Johan Van Herck (cap)

Italy Team: Paolo Lorenzi – Fabio Fognini – Andreas Seppi – Simone Bolelli – Corrado Barazzutti (cap)

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  • AUSTRALIA – USA (Brisbane)


Venue: Pat Rafter Arena – Queensland Tennis Center, 190 King Arthur Terrace, Tennyson QLD 4105, Australia

Surface: Hard outdoor

Australia Team: Nick Kyrgios – Jordan Thompson – Sam Groth – John Peers – Lleyton Hewitt (cap)

Usa Team: Jack Sock – John Isner – Sam Querrey – Steve Johnson – Jim Courier (cap)

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  • FRANCE – UNITED KINGDOM (Rouen)


Venue: Kindarena, 40 Rue de Lillebonne, 76000 Rouen, France

Surface: Clay indoor
France Team: Lucas Pouille – Gilles Simon – Nicolas Mahut – Pierre Hughes Herbert – Yannick Noah (cap)

Uk Team: Daniel Evans – Kyle Edmund – Jamie Murray – Dominic Inglot – Leon Smith (cap)

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  • SERBIA – SPAIN (Belgrade)


Venue: Aleksandar Nikolic Arena, Чарлија Чаплина (Charlie Chaplin) 39, Beograd 11000, Serbia

Surface: Hard indoor

Serbia Team: Novak Djokovic – Viktor Troicki – Dusan Lajovic – Nenad Zimonjic (player & captain)

Spain Team: Pablo Carreno Busta – Albert Ramos Vinolas – Jaume Munar – Marc Lopez – Conchita Martinez (cap)

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For further news and info visit the DAVIS CUP OFFICIAL SITE!



Me, tennis and travels – An interview to Marc Polmans

Dear readers and followers, this week we have the possibility to interview a young talented boy of the prestigious Aussie tennis school. I’m talking about Marc Polmans.


Marc was born in Durban, South Africa on 05/02/1997, but he moved to Australia when he was 10. During his junior career (we remember a quarterfinal at Australian Open) he started to play some pro matches and gained his first ranking point in 2012. But it’s on 2016 that he improved very quickly his ranking by winning 4 ITF tournaments. These very good results let him to close year with a new best ranking at 211th position.

He started 2017 with renewed ambitions and infact in the last two weeks he has triumphed in two consecutive ITF 25K tournaments played on Australian clay and this excellent performance will give him the possibility to enter for the first time in the top-200 on next Monday.

But now the interview…


Hi Marc, how many years are you wandering the world to play tennis tournaments ? 

I have been travelling the world for tennis since I was 13, so for the last 6 years I have been travelling.

Are you able to enjoy and visit the places where you play tournaments ? 

I’m lucky that I get to go to different countries and experience there nice cities. I discovered tennis in South Africa which is where I started playing tennis.

You are from Australia a country known for wonderful cities and incredible natural beauties. Is there some city or hidden place that you would suggest us absolutely to visit of your country?

I love Melbourne and the city is very nice with many nice restaurants.

You was born in Durban, South Africa. What about this country?

Yes I was born in Durban and moved to Australia when I was 10. South Africa has very nice beaches and nice weather, also the wild life there is amazing!

To travel is very expensive for a tennis player too. Do you use any particular trick to save money in booking flights and hotels?

Yes tennis is very expensive to travel but I’m lucky that Tennis Australia help me a bit with travel expenses. I also try to stay at cheaper hotels and stay with a friend to share costs.

What are your next tournaments planned and your professional goals for 2017?

My next plans are I’m leaving for Europe on the 20th of April to play tournaments such as French open qualifying and Wimbledon qualifying, my goal is to get improving my game and my ranking.

Thanks for your kindness Marc.

Thanks to you Gianluca.

Marc was lucky enough to spend (until now) half his life in South Africa and half in Australia, that is two incredible countries with many different attractions for tourists.  I like to think that one day I will go to visit both countries and to see live a breathtaking place like this:

Table Mountain, Cape Town (South Africa)
…or this one:

Kangaroo Island (Australia)
At the moment I can just suggest to visit these sites to organize your vacations there:

  1. South African Tourism
  2. Australia.com
  3. To book your hotel

 

See you soon guys!!!
 

 

 

Mornington – An intersting tournament on clay in this sunny Australian peninsula 

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMENS Mornington Peninsula Women’s Tennis International #1

From 03/20 to 03/26

Money prize: $ 25,000

Surface: Clay outdoor

Tournament location: Mornington Tennis Centre – 350 Dunns Road , Mornington , Victoria , 3931, Australia

How to get: Tennis courts are not so far from the heart of Mornington, just at 3,7 km from famous Pier. The closest airport is Melbourne international one that is about 100 km from Mornington Tennis Centre (about 75 minutes driving).

Main players: Arina Rodionova (Aus) – Liza Cabrera (Aus) – Arantxa Rus (Ned) – Julia Glushko (Isr) – Barbora Krejcikova (Cze) – Fanni Stollar (Hun) – Destanee Aiava (Aus) – Katy Dunne (Gbr) – Sherazad Reix (Fra) – Varatchaya Wongteanchai (Tha)

The first favorite of the tournament Arina Rodionova

THE TOWN: Mornington is a seaside town on the Mornington Peninsula located 57 km south of Melbourne’s central business district. It is known for its village atmosphere and its beautiful beaches. Mornington is a popular tourist destination with Melburnians who often make day trips to visit the area’s bay beaches and wineries. The town centre runs into the foreshore area and local beach.

Lonely Planet writes about Mornington Peninsula: “The Peninsula – the boot-shaped area of land between Port Phillip Bay and Western Port Bay – has been Melbourne’s summer playground since the 1870s, when paddle steamers ran down to Portsea. Today, much of the interior farming land has been replaced by vineyards and orchards – foodies love the peninsula, where a winery lunch is a real highlight – but it still retains lovely stands of native bushland. The calm ‘front beaches’ are on the Port Phillip Bay side, where families holiday at bayside towns from Mornington to Sorrento. The rugged ocean ‘back beaches’ face Bass Strait and are easily reached from Portsea, Sorrento and Rye; there are stunning walks along this coastal strip, part of the Mornington Peninsula National Park. The bay heads are so close that it’s just a short hop by ferry across from Sorrento to Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula.

3 TOP ATTRACTIONS IN MORNINGTON PENINSULA:

  • Mornington Peninsula National Park 


  • Mornington Pier


  • Peninsula Hot Springs 


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Mornington Motel. Cute *** accomodation is located just 500 mt from Mornington Village Shopping. It offers a seasonal outdoor pool, barbecue facilities and free on-site parking. A large suite queen with kitchenette costs 139 AUD. Wifi available for an additional charge.
  • Best Western Plus Brooklands Of Mornington. Excellent **** hotel rated 8.9 on Booking and brilliantly located and set amongst 3 acres of beautiful gardens. Guests enjoy free buffet breakfast, free WiFi and parking and free in-house movies. The price for a 28 mq2 studio starts from 156,5 AUD for night.
  • Villa Mallorca. Exceptional ***** accomodation located at Mount Martha (about 9 km from Mornington) and rated 9.6 by Booking’s users. Guests enjoy an outdoor pool, free WiFi and dining at the in-house Tapas Bar. The spacious 2-bedroom apartment boasts a large private deck offering sea views, a bathroom with a spa bath and an open-plan living area with a gas log fire and cable TV. There is a kitchenette for self catering. Price starts from 350 AUD per night.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Visit Mornington Peninsula 

All Accomodations in Mornington Peninsula 


Enjoy another unforgettable Australian TennisTrip!

Me, tennis and travels – An interview to Dalma Gálfi

Dear followers this week we have the possibility to make you know a young talented girl of ’98 generation and former Nr.1 of junior tennis rankings. We are talking about hungarian player Dalma Gálfi who has universally considered one of the possible rising stars of our favourite sport.


Dalma was born in Veszprem (Hungary) on 08/13/1998 and began to play tennis at 5. In 2014, when she was still a junior, she obtained her first good results in Itf Pro circuit by winning two 10k tournaments in Heraklion; in 2015 she already debuted in Fed Cup and won other three Itf tournaments including a 25k in Cairns, Australia. She closed the year at 313rd position of Wta ranking. In the same year she ended her brilliant junior career which culminated with Us Open victory. Infact from 2016, at just 17 years old, she dedicated completely at pro tournaments and we didn’t have to wait very long to see her perfomance improve more and more; two triumphs in 25k tournaments and a final in the prestigious Tokyo 100k at the end of the year. Her new best ranking will be fixed probabily on next Monday when she should reach the 150 position of the ranking.

But now the interview…


Hi Dalma, how many years are you wandering the world to play tennis tournaments despite your very young age?

I started playing tournaments abroad when I was 11 years old. My first tournaments were mostly in close countries to Hungary.

Usually are you able to enjoy and visit the attractions of places where you play tournaments ? 

It always depends on how i do on each tournament. If i lose quite early, i go and look around in the city where i am. If i play well, and do well at the tournaments, then i don’t have time for anything unfortunately.

What is the most beautiful place did you discover playing tennis until now? 

My favourite country is definitely Australia. I love the atmosphere of the cities,especially Brisbane and Melbourne. There are lots of great coffeshops where you can have a nice coffee or a brunch with your friends. The beaches of the Gold Coast are just spectacular. And my best experience was to hold a koala in my hands.

Is there some city or place that you would suggest us absolutely to visit of your country?

Without any doubt I would suggest to spend some days in Budapest.

To travel is very expensive for a tennis player too. Do you use any particular trick to save money in booking flights and hotels?

I can’t really use any tricks because your schedule can change anytime, so you can’t really book a ticket in advance.

What are your next tournaments planned and your professional goals for 2017?

I am going to stay in Hungary for the WTA tournament in Budapest which i hope it will be very nice, so i would suggest everybody to come and look around in the beautiful, and to enjoy some good tennis.

I think it will be a great tournament in a wonderful town. Thanks for your kindness Dalma.

Thanks to you Gianluca.

The 1st edition of Hungarian Ladies Open will be held from 02/20 to 02/26 in Budapest. Why to not visit this wonderful town and contemporary to not see our Dalma to face some of the best players of the world like Simona Halep and Johanna Konta? We will dedicate in the next week an article to this tournament but in the meantime if you want to know something more about the magnificent Budapest….



USEFUL LINKS:

Budapest Tourism Official Site

Lonely Planet about Budapest

Budapest by Locals

3038 Budapest Accomodations
See you soon guys!!!

Sydney – Atp & Wta combined in one of the most beautiful town of the world 

THE TOURNAMENTS: ATP 250 + WTA PREMIER Apia International Sidney

Date: From 01/08 to 01/14

Money prize: $ 495,630 + $ 710,900

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Tournament Location: Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre – Rod Laver Drive,
Sydney Olympic Park

General information: Sidney Olympic Park is located about 23 km from Sidney International Airport (30 minutes driving) and about 15 km from downtown. There is a frequent train service that runs to Sydney Olympic Park train station. In 2017, all event tickets will include Train travel to and from Olympic Park station on the Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink network.

Recent Atp Winners: 2016/2015 Victor Troicki – 2014 Juan Martin Del Potro – 2013 Bernard Tomic – 2012 Jarkko Nieminen – 2011 Gilles Simon

Recent Wta Winners: 2016 Svetlana Kuznetsova – 2015 Petra Kvitova – 2014 Svetlana Pironkova – 2013 Agnieszka Radwanska – 2012 Victoria Azarenka – 2011 Na Li

Top Seeded Atp Players: Dominic Thiem (Aut) – Pablo Cuevas (Uru) – Victor Troicki (Srb) – Pablo Carreno Busta (Esp) – Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) – Martin Klizan (Svk) – Marcel Granollers (Esp) – Nicolas Mahut (Fra) – Paolo Lorenzi (Ita) – Federico Delbonis (Arg)

Top Seeded Wta Players: Angelique Kerber (Ger) – Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) – Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) – Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) – Karolina Pliskova (Cek) – Johanna Konta (Gbr) – Carla Suarez Navarro (Esp) – Elina Svitolina (Ukr) – Timea Bacsinzky (Sui) – Elena Vesnina (Rus)

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Defending Wta champion Svetlana Kuznetsova

 

THE TOWN: Sidney, capital state of New Wales, is known as the Harbour City. It’s the largest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia with an enviable reputation as one of the world’s most beautiful and liveable cities. Brimming with history, nature, culture, art, fashion, cuisine, design, Sydney’s set next to miles of ocean coastline and sandy surf beaches. Longterm immigration has led to the cities reputation as one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities in Australia and the world. The city is also home to the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, two of the most iconic structures on this planet. Peter Dragicevich, writer of Lonely Planet, explains the reasons he loves this town with this words: “My visits to Sydney were becoming increasingly frequent before I moved there. Sure, it was the glitzy side that first attracted me – the sense that there was always something thrilling going on somewhere, and if you turned the right corner, you could be part of it. That sense remains, but I’ve discovered much more to love: the lively food scene, endless days at the beach and the way Sydney’s Indigenous and convict history is so often hidden in plain sight.

TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS IN SIDNEY:

  • Sydney Harbour

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  • Harbour Bridge

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  • Opera House

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  • Bondi to Coogee Beach Costal Walk

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  • Sydney Darling Harbour

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BEST HOTELS TO STAY: 

  • Ibis Sydney Olympic Park. Modern *** hotel rated 8.2 on Booking. Perfect location for tennis fans because is very close to tennis courts but however at just 20 minutes driving from CBD. A 22 mq2 standard double room costs 117$ per night with breakfast included.

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  • Meriton Serviced Apartments Campbell Street. Wonderful **** aparthotel located in Brisbane Central Business Distrisct.Rated 9.2 on booking and nr.1 accomodation on Tripdavisor, it offers superb classic studios with fully equipped kitchen and fantastic city views at just 134$ per night with an incredible value for money. Wifi is free.

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  • Primus Hotel Sydney. Luxury ***** boutique hotel situated in the lively district at just 500 mt from Capitol Theatre. It offers an outdoor pool, a design lounge bar and a restaurant. Price for a deluxe king room of 35 mq2 is 201$ with breakfast, free wifi and parking included. Rated 9.3 on Booking.

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USEFUL LINKS:

Visit Sydney Official

Sydney Opera House Site

Sydney Olympic Park Info

Tournament Official Site

Hotel Accomodations

 

Enjoy this trip!!!!

Canberra – Many top 100 players for this tournament in Australia’s capital city

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER East Hotel Canberra Challenger

Date: From 01/09 to 01/14

Money prize: $ 75,000

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Tournament Location: Canberra Tennis Centre, Riggall Place, Lyneham, ACT.

How to Get: Nearest airport is Canberra International (CBR). Airport Express shuttle bus (AUD 12) drops off in Canberra CBD then taxi to official hotels (Pavilion on Northbourne and Aria Hotel), 2 kms. Taxi direct from hotel costs approx. AUD$30.

Top Seeded Players: Jan Lennard Struff (Ger) – Gerald Melzer (Aut) – Adam Pavlasek (Cek) – Pierre Hugues Herbert (Fra) – Renzo Olivo (Arg) – Konstantin Kravchuk (Rus) – Steve Darcis (Bel) – Donald Young (Usa) – Carlos Berloq (Arg) – Dudi Sela (Isr)

Jan-Lennard Struff nr.63 of Atp ranking


THE TOWN: Canberra is the capital city of Australia. With a population of 381,488, it is Australia’s largest inland city. The site of Canberra was selected for the location of the nation’s capital in 1908 as a compromise between rivals Sydney and Melbourne, Australia’s two largest cities. The city’s design was influenced by the garden city movement and incorporates significant areas of natural vegetation that have earned Canberra the title of the “bush capital”. As the seat of the government of Australia, Canberra is the site of Parliament House. Located and attracts thousands of tourists each year.

Lonely Planet writes:”Designed by visionary American architect Walter Burley Griffin, and his wife Marion Mahony Griffin, Canberra features expansive open spaces, aesthetics influenced by the 19th-century arts and crafts movement and a seamless alignment of built and natural elements. Unfortunately, the city is totally geared towards the car – it’s difficult to explore by public transport and almost impossible to do so on foot. You really need wheels (two or four) to do it justice, and the city’s scenic hinterland also warrants exploration. Though Canberra seems big on architectural symbolism and low on spontaneity, the city’s cultural institutions have lively visitor and social programs, and there’s a developing urban energy emerging in Braddon, New Acton and the Kingston Foreshore. During parliamentary-sitting weeks the town hums with the buzz of national politics, but it can be a tad sleepy during university holidays, especially around Christmas and New Year.

TOP 3 THINGS TO SEE IN CANBERRA:

  • Parliament House


  • Australian War Memorial


  • Lake Burley Griffin


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Pavilion on Northbourne. Fantastic **** hotel which is located at just 5 minutes driving from Australian War Memorial. This hotel, rated 8.3 on Booking, is the official accomodation of tennis players and features an indoor tropical ground, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and a restaurant. A deluxe room cost 96$ with free cancellation, wifi and parking.

  • Avenue Hotel Canberra. Wonderful **** modern hotel, rated 9.3 on Booking, conveniently located in the heart of Canberra, just 10 minutes walk from Canberra Museum & Gallery. All luxury rooms with private balcony cost 177USD per night with breakfast, wifi and airport shuttle included.

  • Hotel Hotel. Excellent ***** design accomodation rated 8.8 on Booking, the Hotel Hotel is located at just 5 minutes drive from Parliament and offers to guests a restaurant, free wifi and parking. Each room/apartment features a collection of art works and unique vintage furnishings. Prices? A cosy standard queen room starts from 169$ per night.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Visit Canberra Official

War Memorial Official Site 

All Hotel Accomodations  
ENJOY!!!!

Hobart – A traditional Wta event in the real heart of Tasmania

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA INTERNATIONAL Hobart International

Date: From 01/08 to 01/14

Money prize: $ 226,750

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Tournament Location: Domain Tennis Centre Inc. – 2 Davies Avenue, Hobart, TAS 7000, Australia

How to get: Tennis centre is far about 17 km from Hobart International Airport and about 2,7 km from downtown.

Recent Past Winners: 2016 Alizé Cornet – 2015 Heather Watson – 2014 Garbine Muguruza – 2013 Elena Vesnina – 2012 Mona Barthel – 2011 Jarmila Wolfe

Top 10 Players: Kiki Bertens (Hol) – Anastasija Sevastova (Lat) – Monica Niculescu (Rou) – Alison Riske (Usa) – Misaki Doi (Jpn) – Alizé Cornet (Fra) – Kristina Mladenovic (Fra) – Ana Konjuh (Cro) – Naomi Osaka (Jpn) – Sara Errani (Ita)

Defending champion Alizé Cornet

 

ABOUT HOBART: Hobart is the capital city of the Australian state of Tasmania and is Australia’s second oldest city, after Sydney. Situated along the Derwent River and with humble beginnings as a penal colony, Hobart is now a small and intimate city with a population of around 220,000 in the Greater Hobart area. The city is renowned for its many historic buildings, including the famous Salamanca Place, and is the gateway to Southern Tasmania. Lonely Planet writes about it: “No doubt about it, Hobart’s future is looking rosy. Tourism is booming and the old town is brimming with new-found self-confidence. Plan on staying a while – you’ll need at least a few days to savour the full range of beers flowing from the city’s pubs.

Riding high above the city is Mt Wellington, a rugged monolith seemingly made for mountain biking and bushwalking. Down on the waterfront, the cafes, bars and restaurants along Salamanca Pl and in nearby Battery Point showcase the best of Tassie produce. There’s more great eating and boozing in cashed-up Sandy Bay and along Elizabeth St in bohemian North Hobart.

TOP 3 THINGS TO SEE:

  • Mount Wellington 


  • Salamanca Market


  • Mount Nelson Lookout


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Customs House Hotel. Excellent *** hotel, rated 8.7 on Booking, this hotel is situated just 5 minutes walk from Salamanca markets, and offers 23 mq2 water front queen rooms at 140$ per night with breakfast buffet and free cancellation included. Wifi, of course, is free. Very good onsite restaurant well known for its seafood specialities.

  • Fountainside Hotel. Wonderful **** hotel located in Hobart Central Business Dsitrict and 5 minutes drive from Battery Point Village. This modern hotel, rated 9.1 on Booking, provides luxurious accomodations of 27mq2 140$ per night  with free cancellation, wifi and parking.

  • The Henry Jones Art Hotel. Exceptional *****  hotel located in the real heart of Hobart and set in a renovated 1820s wharehouse and former jam factory.  It provides a bar and boasts a variety of original artworks throughout the property. Rated 9.2 on Booking it offers design standard king rooms with wifi and parking included at 305$ per night.


USEFUL LINKS:

Hobart Tourists Info on Discover Tasmania

Tournament Official Site

Accomodations



ENJOY!!!!

Brisbane – The best Wta players will face in the River City   

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA PREMIER Brisbane International

Date: From 01/01 to 01/07

Money prize: $ 890,100

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Tournament Location: Queensland Tennis Centre – 190 King Arthur Terrace, Brisbane, Queensland , 4105, Australia

General information: Queensland Tennis Centre is located about 23 km from Brisbane Airport (25 minutes driving) and 8,6 km from downtown.

Recent Past Winners: 2016 Victoria Azarenka – 2015 Maria Sharapova – 2014/2013 Serena Williams – 2012 Kaia Kanepi – 2011 Petra Kvitova

Top Seeded Players: Angelique Kerber (Ger) – Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) – Karolina Pliskova (Cek) – Garbine Muguruza (Esp) – Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) – Carla Suarez Navarro (Esp) – Elina Svitolina (Ukr) – Elena Vesnina (Rus) – Roberta Vinci (Ita) – Samantha Stosur (Aus)



THE TOWN:

Brisbane is the capital and most populous city in the , Australian state of Queensland and the third most populous city in Australia with its over 2.3 million population. Brisbane is well known for its distinct Queenslander architecture which forms much of the city’s built heritage. It’s a popular tourist destination, serving as a gateway for visitors to the state of Queensland, particularly to the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, popular resort towns immediately south and north of Brisbane, respectively. Lonely Planet writes on this town: “Brisbane’s charms are evident: the arts, the cafes, the bars, the weather, the old Queenslander houses, the go-get-’em attitude. But perhaps it’s the Brisbane River itself – which broke so many hearts when it flooded in 2011 and 2013 – that gives the city its edge. The river’s organic convolutions carve the city into a patchwork of urban villages, each with a distinct style and topography: bohemian, low-lying West End; hip, hilltop Paddington; exclusive, peninsular New Farm; prim, pointy Kangaroo Point. Move from village to village and experience Queensland’s diverse, eccentric, happening capital.

TOP THREE THINGS TO SEE IN BRISBANE:

  • The Brisbane River

  • Mount Coot-Tha Lookout

  • Story Bridge



BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Ibis Styles Brisbane Elizabeth Street. Perfect *** hotel rated 8.8 on Booking. Great location at just 500mt from Queen Street Mall. A design double room costs from 89€ to 99€ per night with breakfast always included in any case.

  • Meriton Serviced Apartments Herschel Street. Wonderful **** aparthotel located in Brisbane Central Business Distrisct.Rated 9.4 on booking and nr.1 accomodation on Tripdavisor, it offers superb modern suites with fully equipped kitchen and fantastic view on river at just 124€ per night.

  • Emporium Hotel. Luxury ***** boutique hotel situated in the lively district of Fortitude Valley. Fitness centre and free parking are available for customers. Price for a very comfortable 28 mq2 standard queen room is 161€ without breakfast. Rated 9.2 on Booking.


USEFUL LINKS:

Visit Brisbane Official 

Tournament Official Site

Accomodations

ENJOY!!!!

Nouméa – New tennis season starts from New Caledonia’s paradise

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Bnp Paribas

Date: From 01/02 to 01/07

Money prize: $ 75,000

Category: ATP challenger

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Tournament Location: Complexe tennistique Marie Louis Lhuillier Ouen Toro – 1 Promenade Pierre Vernier 98800 Nouméa

How to Get: The International Airport Nouméa Magenta is far less than 7 km from tennis courts. Plage de la Baie des Citrones is easily accessible by 8 minutes taxi ride.

Previous Winners: 2016 Adrian Mannarino – 2015 Steve Darcis – 2014 Alejandro Falla – 2013 Adrian Mannarino – 2012 Jeremy Chardy – 2011 Vincent Millot – 2010 Florian Mayer

Top Seeded Players: Adrian Mannarino (Fra) – Guido Andreozzi (Arg) – Roberto Carballes Baena (Esp) – Quentin Halys (Fra) – Kenny De Schepper (Fra) – Duckhee Lee (Kor) – Dennis Novikov (Usa) – Stefano Napolitano (Ita) – Agustin Velotti (Arg) – Stefanos Tsitsipas (Gre)

THE TOWN:  Nouméa is the most important city of New Caledonia, a special collectivity of France located in the southwest Pacific Ocean, 1,210 km (750 mi) east of Australia. Its population consists of a mix of Kanak people (the original inhabitants of New Caledonia), people of European descent, Polynesian people and Southeast Asian people.

Lonely Planet writes on it: “With its cheerful multi-ethnic community, New Caledonia’s cosmopolitan capital is both sophisticated and uncomplicated, classy and casual. The relaxed city sits on a large peninsula, surrounded by picturesque bays, and offers visitors a variety of experiences. Diners can eat out at sassy French restaurants hidden in Quartier Latin, dine at bold water-fronting bistros or grab a bargain meal from a nocturnal van in a car park. Meanwhile, shopaholics can blow their savings on the latest Parisian fashions or go bargain hunting for imported Asian textiles.

Central Noumea revolves around Place des Cocotiers, a large, shady square with landscaped gardens, a couple of blocks in from the waterfront. The main leisure area where locals and tourists hang out lies south of the city centre at Baie des Citrons and Anse Vata, with beaches, restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

While Noumea city has 100,000 residents, the greater Noumea area, including Le Mont-Dore, Dumbéa and Paita, is home to 164,000, or about 63% of New Caledonia’s population.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN NOUMÉA:

  • Amédée Lighthouse


  • Plage de la Baie des Citrons


  • Acquarium des Lagons


BEST HOTELS TO STAY IN NOUMÉA:

  • Hotel Beaurivage. Fantastic ** hotel which is located alongside the beach and at just 10 minutes driving from Nouméa’s city centre. This hotel features a snack bar, an on site free and the wifi connection. A 30 mq2 double room with sea view costs 126€ per night, without view just 101€ per night. Rated 8.3 on Booking.
  • Hotel Le Lagon. Excellent *** modern hotel, rated 8.8 on Booking, conveniently located at 100 mt from amazing Anse Vata Beach, it offers a spa, a fitness center and a pool. A 22 mq2 studio with living area costs 117€ per night with free cancellation included.
  • Château Royal Resort & Spa. Wonderful **** resort rated 8.7 on Booking, it is located opposite Anse Vata Beach at just 3 km from Noumea Harbour and boasts a tennis court, a day spa, 3 restaurants, a magnificent pool and a gym. The price for a wide 48 mq2 standard room with modern furnishings starts from 235€ per night with breakfast, parking and 250 mb of free wifi included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Nouméa Tourists Info

Aquarium des Lagons Site

Your favourite hotel in Nouméa


ENJOY !!!


Canberra – A capital city for a beautiful tennis trip

THE TOURNAMENT:   ATP CHALLENGER APIS CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL

Date: From 31/10 to 06/11

Money prize: $ 50,000

Category: ATP challenger

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Tournament Location: Canberra Tennis Centre, Riggall Place, Lyneham, ACT.

How to Get: Nearest airport is Canberra International (CBR). Airport Express shuttle bus (AUD 12) drops off in Canberra CBD then taxi to official hotels (Pavilion on Northbourne and Aria Hotel), 2 kms. Taxi direct from hotel costs approx. AUD$30.

Top Seeded Players: Jordan Thompson (Aus) – James Duckworth (Aus) – Marco Trungelliti (Arg) – Grega Zemlja (Slo) – Matthew Barton (Aus) – Luke Saville (Aus) – Cristopher O’Connell (Aus) – John Patrick Smith (Aus) – Jarmere Jenkins (Usa) – Marc Polmans (Aus)

THE TOWN

Canberra is the capital city of Australia. With a population of 381,488, it is Australia’s largest inland city. The site of Canberra was selected for the location of the nation’s capital in 1908 as a compromise between rivals Sydney and Melbourne, Australia’s two largest cities. The city’s design was influenced by the garden city movement and incorporates significant areas of natural vegetation that have earned Canberra the title of the “bush capital”. As the seat of the government of Australia, Canberra is the site of Parliament House. Located and attracts thousands of tourists each year. Lonely Planet writes:

Designed by visionary American architect Walter Burley Griffin, and his wife Marion Mahony Griffin, Canberra features expansive open spaces, aesthetics influenced by the 19th-century arts and crafts movement and a seamless alignment of built and natural elements. Unfortunately, the city is totally geared towards the car – it’s difficult to explore by public transport and almost impossible to do so on foot. You really need wheels (two or four) to do it justice, and the city’s scenic hinterland also warrants exploration.

Though Canberra seems big on architectural symbolism and low on spontaneity, the city’s cultural institutions have lively visitor and social programs, and there’s a developing urban energy emerging in Braddon, New Acton and the Kingston Foreshore.

During parliamentary-sitting weeks the town hums with the buzz of national politics, but it can be a tad sleepy during university holidays, especially around Christmas and New Year.

TOP 3 THINGS TO SEE IN CANBERRA:

  • Australian War Memorial

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  • Lake Burley Griffin

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  • Parliament House

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Pavilion on Northbourne. Fantastic ****  hotel which is located at just 5 minutes driving from Australian War Memorial. This hotel is the official accomodation of tennis players and features an indoor tropical ground, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and a restaurant. A deluxe room cost 109€  with free breakfast buffet and parking.
  • Avenue Hotel Canberra. Wonderful **** modern hotel, rated 9.3 on Booking, conveniently located in the heart of Canberra, just 10 minutes walk from Canberra Museum & Gallery. All luxury rooms with private balcony cost 160€ per night with breakfast, wifi and airport shuttle included.
  • Hotel Hotel. Excellent ***** design accomodation rated 8.9 on Booking, the Hotel Hotel is located at just 5 minutes drive from Parliament and offers to guests a restaurant, free wifi and parking. Each room/apartment features a collection of art works and unique vintage furnishings. Prices? A cosy standard queen room starts from 174€ per night.

 

USEFUL LINKS:

TOURNAMENT INFO ON AUSTRALIAN PRO TOUR SITE

VISIT CANBERRA OFFICIAL

WAR MEMORIAL OFFICIAL SITE

ALL ACCOMODATIONS

ENJOY!!!!

Brisbane – Top tennis break in the river city

THE TOURNAMENT:   ITF WOMEN Brisbane QTC International

Date: From 26/9 to 02/10

Money prize: $ 25,000

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Tournament Location: Queensland Tennis Centre – 190 King Arthur Terrace, Brisbane, Queensland , 4105, Australia

General information: Queensland Tennis Centre is located about 23 km from Brisbane Airport (25 minutes driving) and and 8,6 km from city.

Recent Past Winners: 2015 Priscilla Hon

Top Seeded Players: Julia Glushko (Isr) – Fangzhou Liu (Chn) – Miyu Kato (Jpn) – Eri Hozumi (Jpn) – Dalma Galfi (Hun) – Jennifer Elie (Usa) – Viktoria Kuzmova (Svk) – Katy Dunne (Gbr) – Kimberly Birrel (Aus) – Priscilla Hon (Aus).

THE TOWN:

Brisbane is the capital and most populous city in the , Australian state of Queensland and the third most populous city in Australia with its over 2.3 million population. Brisbane is well known for its distinct Queenslander architecture which forms much of the city’s built heritage. It’s a popular tourist destination, serving as a gateway for visitors to the state of Queensland, particularly to the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, popular resort towns immediately south and north of Brisbane, respectively. Lonely Planet writes on this town: “Brisbane’s charms are evident: the arts, the cafes, the bars, the weather, the old Queenslander houses, the go-get-’em attitude. But perhaps it’s the Brisbane River itself – which broke so many hearts when it flooded in 2011 and 2013 – that gives the city its edge. The river’s organic convolutions carve the city into a patchwork of urban villages, each with a distinct style and topography: bohemian, low-lying West End; hip, hilltop Paddington; exclusive, peninsular New Farm; prim, pointy Kangaroo Point. Move from village to village and experience Queensland’s diverse, eccentric, happening capital.”

TOP THREE THINGS TO SEE IN BRISBANE:

  • The Brisbane River

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  • Mount Coot-Tha Lookout

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  • Story Bridge

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Ibis Styles Brisbane Elizabeth Street. Perfect *** hotel  rated 8.8 on Booking. Great location at just 500mt from Queen Street Mall. A design double room costs from 89€ to 99€ per night with breakfast always included in any case.
  • Meriton Serviced Apartments Herschel Street. Wonderful **** aparthotel located in Brisbane Central Business Distrisct.Rated 9.4 on booking and nr.1 accomodation on Tripdavisor, it offers superb modern suites with fully equipped kitchen and fantastic view on river at just 124€ per night.

  • Emporium Hotel. Luxury ***** boutique hotel situated in the lively district of Fortitude Valley. Fitness centre and free parking are available for customers. Price for a very comfortable 28 mq2 standard queen room is 161€ without breakfast. Rated 9.2 on Booking.

 

USEFUL LINKS:

VISIT BRISBANE OFFICIAL SITE

TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL SITE

ALL 303 BRISBANE ACCOMODATIONS

 

ENJOY!!!!