Campinas – Discover the paulista soul of the international tennis

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Sao Paulo Challenger de Tennis

From 10/02 to 10/08

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 50,000

Past champions: 2016 Facundo Bagnis – 2015 Facundo Arguello – 2014 Diego Schwartzman – 2013 Guilherme Clézar – 2012 Guido Pella – 2011 Maximo Gonzalez

Defending champion Facundo Bagnis

Entry list: Federico Delbonis (Arg) – Carlos Berloq (Arg) – Pedro Sousa (Por) – Facundo Bagnis (Arg) – Renzo Olivo (Arg) – Nicolas Almagro (Esp) – Gastao Elias (Por) – Andrej Martin (Svk) – Guido Andreozzi (Arg) – Maximo Gonzalez (Arg)

THE TOWN: Campinas is a Brazilian municipality in São Paulo State, part of the country’s Southeast Region. According to the 2010 Census, the city’s population is 1,080,999, making it the fourteenth most populous Brazilian city. It’s a main business center but for a visitor, besides the obvious business/academic opportunities, Campinas offers the shopping, gastronomy and nightlife typical of a large city, but with ease of access to the beautiful landscape and the scenic towns of the Mantiqueira mountain range. Campinas also hosts a considerable historical heritage from the late XIX century, associated with the properity of coffee farming during this period.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Parque Portugal


  • Padreira do Chapadão


  • Santuario Nossa Senhora Desatadora Dos Nos


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Leon Park Hotel e Convenções. Recently renovated, this *** hotel, rated 8.4 on Booking, is located in central Campinas. Guests can also enjoy regional specialties, as well as a selection of drinks in the hotel’s restaurant. Prices for modern rooms, always equipped with a flat screen TV and a minibar, start 60$ per night with breakfast included.
  • Radisson Red Campinas. Featuring free WiFi, a sauna and an outdoor pool, wonderful 4 stars Radisson Red Campinas offers accommodations in Campinas, rated 9.3 on Booking. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant and a private free parking. Each room is air-conditioned and equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a private bathroom. A 21 mq2 standard studio costs 117$ per night.
  • Royal Palm Plaza Resort. This resort, rated 8.7 on Booking, offers 5-star accommodation, less than 4.8 km from the center of Campinas. It features several outdoor swimming pools and many recreational facilities to choose from. Wi-Fi is available. All luxurious rooms are spacious and well designed. Recreational facilities include 4 tennis courts, a game room, a fitness area and a wellness center. The resort has 7 restaurants and bars with pleasant ambiances. Prices from 243$ per night for a deluxe family room with breakfast included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Campinas on Brazil Travel Guide

Your Hotel in Campinas


Enjoy this Paulista TennisTrip!!!

Szczecin – A top level challenger event in the Polish architectural patchwork…

THE TOURNAMENT:  ATP CHALLENGER Pekao Szczecin Open 2017

Date: From 11/9 to 17/9

Money prize: $ 150,000

Surface: Clay Outdoor

Tournament Location: PROMASTERS – Al. Wojska Polskiego 127, Szczecin

Hot to arrive: Old town is located just 4 km and 10 minutes by car from PROMASTERS’ clay courts.

Past champions: 2016 Alessandro Giannessi – 2015 Jan Lennard Struff – 2014 Dustin Brown – 2013 Oleksandr Nedovyesov – 2012 Victor Hanescu – 2011 Rui Machado

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Defending champion Alessandro Giannessi

Entry list: Federico Delbonis (Arg) – Florian Mayer (Ger) – Andreas Seppi (Ita) – Alessandro Giannessi (Ita) – Carlos Berloq (Arg) – Marco Cecchinato (Arg) – Casper Ruud (Nor) – Jerzy Janowicz (Pol) – Renzo Olivo (Arg) – Martin Klizan (Svk)

THE TOWN: Szczecin is the capital and largest city of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship in Poland. Located near the Baltic Sea and the German border, it is a major seaport and Poland’s seventh-largest city. As of June 2011, the population was 407,811.

For Lonely Planet“Well off any track non-German tourists trod, the western port city of Szczecin (shcheh-cheen) is a lively city awash with students and a muddle of architecture inherited from wildly different ages. Crumbly German-era Art Nouveau tenements and mansions, some now undergoing renovation, echo a past splendour but historical style is patchy. The authorities seem to have given up on the idea of rebuilding, choosing instead to fill the gaps in the city centre with glass-and-steel malls, sacrificing entire streets in the name of retail. Many of the main thoroughfares have been spruced up, but derelict buildings and overgrown plots are easy to find in the very heart of the city.

It’s a busy working port, though you’d never know it wandering the city centre, with just enough to warrant a stopover between Berlin and Gdańsk.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN SZCZENIN:

  • Stare Miasto

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  • Pomeranian Dukes Castle

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  • Park Kasprowicza

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Boncza. Best *** hotel in the town just 10 minutes walking from beach. Rated 8.1 on Booking. Deluxe room price is 83€ per night breakfast included.
  • Hotel Atrium. Very good **** hotel just 1km from tennis courts. Rated 8.8 on booking, it offers 20 mq2 standard double room at 84€ per night with breakfast.
  • Hotel Zamek Centrum. Amazing ****  hotel located in the heart of Szczenin just outside Pomeranian Dukes Castle. Rated 9.2 on Booking. Prices for a comfortable classic room start from 117€ breakfast included.

 

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Szczecin Official Tourism Site

Your Hotel Here!

 

ENJOY!!!!

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!!!!

Montevideo – Uruguay hosts its most important tennis event of the year

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Uruguay Open

Date: From 14/11 to 20/11

Money prize: $ 50,000

Surface: Clay Outdoor

Tournament Location: Carrasco Lawn Tennis Club – Eduardo J. Couture 6401 Carrasco, Montevideo, 11500

General information:  El Carrasco Lawn Tennis Club has a strategic position just 10 from Aeropuerto Internacional de Carrasco (MVD) and 30 minutes from puerto natural de Montevideo.

Recent past winners: 2013 Thomaz Bellucci – 2012 Horacio Zeballos – 2011 Carlos Berloq – 2010 Maximo Gonzalez – 2009 Pablo Cuevas

Top 10 Players: Horacio Zeballos (Arg) – Inigo Cervantes (Esp) – Carlos Berloq (Arg) – Rogerio Dutra Silva (Bra) – Guido Andreozzi (Arg) -Daniel Gimeno Traver (Esp) – Nicolas  Kicker (Arg) – Arthur De Greef (Bel) – Agustin Velotti (Arg) – Guilherme Clezar (Bra)

THE TOWN. Montevideo is the capital and largest city of Uruguay. According to the 2011 census, the city proper has a population of 1,319,108  and it is situated in the southern coast of the country, on the northeastern bank of the Río de la Plata. Lonely Planet write about this town: “The nation’s capital and home to nearly half of Uruguay’s population, Montevideo is a vibrant, eclectic place with a rich cultural life. Stretching 20km from east to west, the city wears many faces, from its industrial port to the exclusive beachside suburb of Carrasco near the airport. In the historic downtown business district, art deco and neoclassical buildings jostle for space alongside grimy, worn-out skyscrapers that appear airlifted from Havana or Ceauşescu’s Romania, while to the southeast the shopping malls and modern high-rises of beach communities such as Punta Carretas and Pocitos bear more resemblance to Miami or Copacabana. Music, theater and the arts are alive and well here – from elegant older theaters and cozy little tango bars to modern beachfront discos – and there’s a strong international flavor, thanks to the many foreign cultural centers and Montevideo’s status as administrative headquarters for Mercosur, South America’s leading trading bloc.”

TOP 3 THINGS TO SEE IN MONTEVIDEO:

  • RAMBLA DE MONTEVIDEO 


  • PLAZA INDEPENDENCIA


  • PARLAMENTO


SUGGESTED EXCURSION FROM MONTEVIDEO: PUNTA DEL ESTE


(Picture regards famous “Punta del Este Hand”


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

Hotel America
. Very good *** hotel just five blocks from Montevideo’s Ciudad Vieja and 22.5 km from Carrasco Airport. Rated 8.5 on Booking, offers superior double rooms from 59€ per night with breakfast and wifi included. A private parking is available at 10€ per day.

My Suites Boutique Hotel & Wine Bar. Excellent **** wine themed hotel at just 3 km from city center but only 200 mt from Pochito Beach. It features a fitness centre and a delicious onsite restaurant. Each evening from Tuesday through Saturday there is a free tasting of Uruguayan wines. Rated 9.0 on Booking, the hotel offers unique designed spacious king suites (40 mq2) from 108€ per night with breakfast buffet and wifi included.

Hyatt Centric Montevideo. Wonderful ***** hotel located directly on Montevideo Oceanside Boulevard (Rambla) and just 500 mt from World Trade Center. Rated 9.4 on Booking, it features an on site Spa and a local restaurant. Rooms are modern and spacious, some equipped with kitchinette. Prices for a twin room of 37 mq2 start from 199€ per night with free wifi. Ask for a room with riverview windows.
USEFUL LINKS:

TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL SITE 

VISIT MONTEVIDEO ON WELCOME URUGUAY

ALL MONTEVIDEO ACCOMODATIONS

ENJOY!!!!

Lima – Tennis break on the road for Machu Picchu

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER LIMA CHALLENGER 2016

Date: From 24/10 to 30/10

Money prize: $ 50,000 + H

Surface: Clay Outdoor

Tournament Location: Club Tennis Las Terrazas Miraflores – Malecón 28 de Julio 390, Miraflores 15074, Perù

How to get: Miraflores can be considered on of the most beautiful district of Lima. Jorge Chavez International Airport is far just 20 km from Las Terrazas. Plaza Mayor is located just 11 km from tennis courts.

Recent Past Winners: 2015 Gastao Elias – 2014  Guido Pella – 2013 Horacio Zaballos – 2012 Guido Andreozzi

Top 10 Players: Facundo Bagnis (Arg) – Carlos Berloq (Arg) – Thiago Monteiro (Bra) – Daniel Gimeno Traver (Esp) – Nicolas Kicker (Arg) – Leonardo Mayer (Arg) – Guido Andreozzi (Arg) – Arthur De Greef (Bel) – Renzo Olivo (Arg) – Casper Ruud (Nor)

ABOUT LIMA

Unesco World Heritage Site Lima is the capital of Peru and its largest city with over 9 millions people.Founded in 1535 by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, the modern city is a curious mix of the modern mega city with some ‘islands of modernity’, large but orderly slum areas and colonial architecture in the city center. Lima was the seat of the Spanish rule during 300 years, and as such it has wonderful churches, cloisters and monasteries that are worth a visit.Lima is also the best place to try the wonderful Peruvian cuisine, which has a huge variety of ingredients from coast, mountain and Amazon regions. For Lonely Planet: “When fog bundles its colonial facades and high rises, Lima’s enchantments come across as all too subtle. After Cairo, this sprawling metropolis is the second-driest world capital, rising above a long coastline of crumbling cliffs. To enjoy it, climb on the wave of chaos that spans from high-rise condos built alongside pre-Columbian temples, and fast Pacific breakers rolling toward noisy traffic snarls. Think one part southern Cali doused with a heavy dose of America Latina.But Lima is also sophisticated, with civilization that dates back millennia. Stately museums display sublime pottery; galleries debut edgy art; solemn religious processions recall the 18th century and crowded nightclubs dispense tropical beats. No visitor can miss the capital’s culinary genius, part of a gastronomic revolution more than 400 years in the making.This is Lima. Shrouded in history, gloriously messy and full of aesthetic delights. Don’t even think of missing it.

TOP 3 THINGS TO SEE:

  • Miraflores (Barranco)

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  • Plaza de Armas

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  • Parque de la Reserva

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Tierra Viva Miraflores Larco: Wonderful *** hotel at just 61 metres from Larco Avenue Commercial Area. This hotel has the best rate on Booking (9.1). The price for a standard double room is 100€ per night breakfast included. Free wifi is available in all hotel areas.
  • Dazzler Lima. Excellent **** accomodation, rated 8.8 on Booking, this hotel enjoys a central location just 900 mt from Ovalo de Miraflores and 9.6 km from Plaza de Armas . A rich breakfast buffet, free wi fi and parking area are available for customers. Price for a standard room is 119€ in b&b.
  • Hotel Estelar Miraflores. Fantastic ***** hotel located in the heart of Miraflores district and very close Tennis Club Las Terrazas. Inside you could eat at panoramic restaurant on 21st floor of the building. Hotel offers 26 mq2 queen room at 138€ per night with breakfast, wifi and parking included.

Please notice that service charges (9-10% of total price) are not included in showed prices.

 

USEFUL LINKS:

LIMA ON PERU’ TRAVEL

TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL SITE

CLUB TENNIS LAS TERRAZAS SITE

ALL LIMA ACCOMODATIONS

 

ENJOY!!!!

GENOVA – TENNIS SHOW TO THE SHADOW OF THE LANTERN

THE TOURNAMENT:  Aon Open ATP Challenger

Date: From 06/9 to 11/9

Money prize: $ 125,000

Surface: Clay

Tennis Club: Valletta Cambiaso A.S.D. – via F. Ricci 1 e 3 canc. – Genova

How to arrive: Tennis club is far from Genova Airport 12.7 km (about 25 minutes by car) and 6.5 km from Genova Station.

Recent Past Winners: 2015 Nicolas Almagro – 2014 Albert Ramos – 2013 Dustin Brown

Top 10 Players: Carlos Berloq (Arg) – Horacio Zeballos (Arg) – Dustin Brown (Usa) – Karen Kachanov (Rus) – Roberto Carballes Baena (Esp) – Radu Albot (Rou) – Teymuraz Gabashvili (Geo) – Adam Pavlasek (Cek) – Federico Gaio (Ita) – Albert Montanes (Esp)

TOP 3 PLACES TO SEE IN GENOVA:

  • Porto Anticogenova porto antico
  • Lanternala-lanterna-di-Genova
  • Acquarioacquario-di-Genova

BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hermitage Hotel. *** hotel just 1.5 km from tournament location – Prices from 84€ to 90€ without breakfast.
  • Hotel Continental Genova. **** hotel – Rated 8.7 on Booking. Located just outside Genova central station. Prices from 129€ (only room) to 153€ (with breakfast).
  • Melìa Genova. *****  hotel – The best in Genova for Tripadvisor users. Rated 8.9 on Booking. Prices from 185€-205€ in B&b for a 18 mq2 double room.

USEFUL LINKS:

VISIT GENOVA

ACQUARIO DI GENOVA OFFICIAL SITE

TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL SITE

TENNIS CLUB SITE

ALL ACCOMODATIONS

ENJOY!!!!