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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Tunis – Do you want to enjoy a beautiful tennis trip in the capital city of Tunisia?

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Nana Trophy

From 04/24 to 04/30

Prize money: $ 60,000

Surface: Clay outdoor

Tournament location:  Tennis Club de Tunis –  20 Bis Avenue Alain Savary , Tunis , 1002, Tunisia

How to get: Tennis venue is located centrally in the heart of Tunis at 4,5 km from Medina. Tunis Intl Airport is far just 5,3 km from TC de Tunis that is about 10 minutes driving.

Previous winners: 2016 Ons Jabeur (Tun) – 2015 Maria Irigoyen (Arg) – 2014-2013 Ons Jabeur (Tun)

Will defending champion Ons Jabeur receive a wild card?

Entry list: Maryna Zanevska (Bel) – Silvia Soler Espinosa (Esp) – Anna Blinkova (Rus) – Alison Von Uytvanck (Bel) – Alexandra Dulgheru (Rou) – Richel Hogenkamp (Ned) – Petra Martic (Cro) – Cindy Burger (Ned) – Quirine Lemoine (Ned) – Amra Sadikovic (Sui)

THE TOWN: Tunis is both the capital and the largest city of Tunisia. The greater metropolitan area of Tunis, often referred to as Grand Tunis, has some 2,700,000 inhabitants. Situated on a large Mediterranean Sea gulf,  behind the Lake of Tunis, the city extends along the coastal plain and the hills that surround it. At its core lies its ancient Medina, a World Heritage Site. Beyond this district lie the suburbs of Carthage, La Marsa, and Sidi Bou Said.

Just through the Sea Gate begins the modern city, or Ville Nouvelle, traversed by the grand Avenue Habib Bourguiba (often referred to by popular press and travel guides as the Tunisian Champs-Élysées), where the colonial-era buildings provide a clear contrast to smaller, older structures. As the capital city of the country, Tunis is the focus of Tunisian political and administrative life; it is also the centre of the country’s commercial activity. The expansion of the Tunisian economy in recent decades is reflected in the booming development of the outer city where one can see clearly the social challenges brought about by rapid modernization in Tunisia.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Bardo Museum


  • Medina

  • Berber Village


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Carlton. Good *** hotel located in modern part of Tunis, so-called Ville Nouvelle which provides room service and free Wi-Fi. The rooms (some with balcony) have satellite TV, private bathrooms and beds with orthopedic mattresses. The nightly rate is 65€ with breakfast included.
  • Royal Victoria. Wonderful **** hotel located a few steps from Porte De France and rated 8.8 on Booking.  Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. A superior room costs 85€ per night in b&b.
  • The Penthouse Suites Hotel. Excellent ***** hotel rated 8.9 on Booking which features an outdoor pool, skating rink and a restaurant. The property featufree parking and Wifi. An enormous 218 mq2 suite costs 190€ per night with breakfast included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Tourism Tunisia Official 

Your Hotel in Tunis


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Croissy Beaubourg – A little city close to Paris will host a main Itf womens event 

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Engie Open de Siene et Marne 

From 03/27 to 04/02

Prize money: $ 60,000

Surface: Hard Indoor

Tournament location: Ligue de Seine et Marne de Tennis –  11, rue des Vieilles Vignes, CROISSY-BEAUBOURG, 77183, France

How to get: Aerodrome de Lognes is far just 2,4 km and 3 minutes driving from tennis club.

Past champions: 2016 Ivana Jorovic – 2015 – Margarita Gasparyan 2014 Claire Feuerstein – 2013 Anne Keothavong

Entry list: Oceane Dodin (Fra) – Pauline Parmentier (Fra) – Vitalia Diatchenko (Rus) – Su Wei Hsieh (Tpe) – Ekaterina Alexandrova (Rus) – Kateryna Kozlova (Ukr) – Stefanie Voegele (Sui) – Maryna Zanevska (Bel) – Anett Kontaveit (Est) – Anna Blinkova (Rus)

Oceane Dodin Nr.1 of the seeding

THE TOWN: Croissy-Beaubourg is a French commune located in the Seine-et-Marne département, in the Île-de-France région. At the census of 1999, the town had a population of 2,236. 

The Indipendent writes about Île-de-France région: “London may have the Home Counties, but the French capital is wrapped in something rather more exotic: the Ile-de-France, an ancient term that is now defined as the eight départements that make up the Paris region. The one in the middle is the capital itself – the Paris département that has 75 as its code – which is where most of the 45 million annual visitors to the Ile-de-France spend their time. But subtract Paris from the equation and the remaining seven districts, which together occupy an area the size of Yorkshire, have plenty to offer. 

They divide naturally into the Petite Couronne (the small, inner ring), comprising Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis and Val-de-Marne; and the Grande Couronne (the large, outer ring), made up of the Essonne, Seine-et-Marne, Val-d’Oise and Yvelines départments. For the average visitor, these titles will mean little – but the names of the highlights resonate: Fontainebleau and Versailles, both fine towns with a château attached; the handsome cities of Provins and Meaux, astride the Voulzie and Marne respectively; and, the main destination for UK travellers, Disneyland Paris. After a rocky start, Mickey Mouse’s pied à terre east of the capital has become a success – compressing the best of Disney into a relatively small and accessible site.

Yet there is plenty more of interest. For example, L’Isle Adam is a tranquil, historic town astride the Oise and surrounded by ancient forests. It feels as though it is deep in la France profonde rather than just 25km north-west the centre of Paris, easily accessible by train or car. This is the heart of the French horse-racing world, with the Ecole Française d’Equitation nearby.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN THE SURROUNDINGS:

  • Paris (at 23 km)


  • Eurodisney (at 10 km)


  • Château de Champs-sur-Marne (at 5 km)


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Premiere Classe Marne la Vallée. Located 2 stops from Disneyland Paris and 20 minutes from Paris by RER train, this cozy ** hotel offers free private parking and Wi-Fi access and a garden with a playground. A 12 mq2 twin room costs from 49€ to 57€ (with breakfast and free cancellation included).
  • Kyriad Marne-La-Vallée Torcy. Very good *** hotel at Torcy, 900 mt from tennis courts and 15 minutes from Eurodisney. The hotel offers an on site restaurant, free parking and WiFi. Price for a 17 mq2 double room starts from 59€ per night.
  • Novotel Marne La Vallée Collégien. This excellent **** hotel is just 17 km from Disneyland Resort® Paris and only 30 km from Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport. It  features a fitness centre, a delicious French restaurant and an outdoor swimming pool. A standard queen room with sofa bed costs from 112€ per night with WiFi and parking included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Croissy Beaubourg Official

Disneyland Paris Website

Accommodations in Seine et Marne


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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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