Templeton – In your Californian tour stop here to discover rising tennis stars

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Central Coast Pro Tennis Open

From 09/25 to 10/01

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 60,000

Tournament location: Templeton Tennis Ranch – 345 Championship Lane, Templeton, CA, 93465, USA

How to get: The closest international airports are the one of Los Angeles and the one of Oakland, close to San Francisco. Both of them are at about 3 hrs driving from Templeton.

Entry list: Alison Van Uytvanck (Bel) – Viktorija Golubic (Sui) – Francoise Abanda (Can) – Naomi Broady (Usa) – Sofia Kenin (Usa) – Louisa Chirico (Usa) – Barbara Haas (Aut) – Sachia Vickery (Usa) – Jamie Loeb (Usa) – Grace Min (Usa)

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Nr.1 of the seeding Alyson von Uytvanck

THE TOWN: Templeton is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Luis Obispo County, California. It is located at 5 miles south Paso Robles and in 2010 its population was 7,674. Its climate his mediterranean with mild winters and dry summers. Templeton is emerging as a world class wine producer; with many of the wineries carrying the “Paso Robles” appellation actually located in the unincorporated Templeton area – including Castoro Cellars, Peachy Canyon, York Mountain, and Wild Horse.

BEST TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN SURROUNDINGS:

  • Sequoia National Park (146 miles)

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  • Kings Canyon National Park (167 miles)

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  • Morro Bay (24,4 miles)

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Carlton HotelLocated in Atascadero  5 minutes’ drive from Charles Paddock Zoo, this historic *** hotel, rated 9.3 on Booking, features an Italian-tiled courtyard with a fountain and an on-site gym. All the rooms feature a marble spa bath and provide tea and coffee making facilities and a fridge. Prices for a 35 mq2 king room start from 107$.
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Paso Robles. This excellent *** hotel rated 9.0 on Booking is situated in Paso Robles close to the city’s wineries and vineyards. The Pioneer Museum is only 5.6 km away. It features a hot tub and an outdoor pool, the free WiFi and parking. Each room has a seating area and a tea/coffee maker. All are fitted with a cable TV and a work desk. A 40 mq2 queen room costs 149$ per night with good breakfast included.
  • Carriage Vineyards Bed & BreakfastNestled on a 100-acre working ranch 32.2 km from Morro Bay, this exception bed & breakfast offers carriage rides through the vineyards. A gourmet breakfast is served daily. Free WiFi is included in all rooms. The private parking is free for guests. Prices? For a 39 mq2 king room with spa bath you will pay 195$ per night with excellent breakfast included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Templeton Tennis Ranch Official

Visit California Official Site

Your Hotel in Templeton’s Surroundings

 

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Vancouver – The wonderful town of British Columbia on the road of Us Open 2017

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER + ITF WOMEN Odlum Brown VanOpen

From 08/14 to 08/20

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 100,000 + 100,000

Tournament location: Hollyburn Country Club – 950 Cross Creek Road, WEST VANCOUVER, BC, V7S 2S5, Canada

The venue: Hollyburn Country Club is one of North America’s premier tennis, fitness and social clubs. Situated mountainside, overlooking downtown Vancouver, the Country Club sits on 42 acres of West Vancouver’s renowned British Properties. Over the past 5 years Hollyburn has completed over $20 million dollars of improvements, making this country club’s facilities unrivalled and award winning. It is located at only 20 minutes from Vancouver’s downtown core.

Past champions men: 2015/2010/2008 Dudi Sela – 2014/2009 Marcos Baghdatis – 2013 Vasek Pospisil – 2012 Igor Sijsling – 2011 James Ward

Entry list men: Dudi Sela (Isr) – Yen-Hsun Lu (Tpe) – Jordan Thompson (Aus) – Marius Copil (Rou) – Norbert Gombos (Svk) – Taro Daniel (Jpn) – Ruben Bemelmans (Bel) – Henri Laaksonen (Sui) – Tennys Sandgren (Usa) – Peter Polansky (Can)

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Nr.1 of the seeding Dudi Sela will try to win his 4th title in Vancouver

Past champions women: 2015/2013 Johanna Konta – 2014 Jarmila Gajdosova – 2012 Mallory Burdette – 2011 Aleksandra Wozniak – 2010 Jelena Dokic – 2009 Stephanie Dubois – 2008 Urszula Radwanska

Entry list women: Tatjana Maria (Ger) – Madison Brengle (Usa) – Jana Cepelova (Svk) – Nao Hibino (Jpn) – Pauline Parmentier (Fra) – Ons Jabeur (Tun) – Ana Bogdan (Rou) – Naomi Broady (Gbr) – Julia Boserup (Usa) – Stefanie Voegele (Sui)

THE TOWN:  Vancouver is a coastal seaport city in Canada, located in the region of British Columbia. As the most populous city in the province, the 2016 census recorded 631,486 people in the city, recording the highest population density in Canada with over 5,400 people per square kilometre. It is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada; infact 52% of its residents have a first language other than English. Vancouver is consistently named as one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life.

Lonely Planet‘s writer John Lee on Vancouver: “Eagles whirling overhead, sunset-framed beaches, and the unfurling ocean and mountain diorama from Stanley Park’s breathtaking seawall. Although I moved here in the 1990s, I’ve never stopped gaping at Vancouver’s natural charms. For me, it’s this astonishing backdrop that sets the glass-towered metropolis apart. But I’m a city boy at heart and I’m also delighted that Vancouver is continuing to develop as it grows up. From amazing dining to a thriving art scene, this young West Coast city keeps moving forward – and I don’t just mean the gratifying excellent craft-beer scene (although, personally, that really helps).”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Stanley Park

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  • Capilano Suspension Bridge

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  • Seawall

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • GEC Granville Suites DowntownLocated in the Granville Entertainment District in downtown Vancouver, *** GEC Granville Suites is only 8 minutes from the beach. Available for guests the free WiFi connection, an onsite restaurant which serves American cuisine, a rooftop deck and a sauna. The contemporary suites feature a flat-screen TV, a seating area and a safe. Rates for a 27 mq2 queen room start from 486 CAD for night.
  • The Fairmont Hotel VancouverLocated in Vancouver city centre and rated 8.6 on Booking, this **** hotel offers an on-site restaurant and bar, a spa and health club open 24/7, an indoor swimming pool and a business center. A flat-screen cable TV, coffee machine, minibar and city view are offered in most of the modern rooms. Prices start from 579 CAD for night (Wifi, parking and breakfast available with additional charges).
  • Fairmont Pacific RimRated 9.4 on Booking, this exceptional 5 stars hotel features  a full-service spa, A rooftop pool with fire pits and a hot tub along with a 4,000 square-foot gym. The Lobby Lounge serves small appetizers and cocktails. In-room dining is also available. It is located at 5-minute walk from the Canada Place, home to Vancouver’s Convention and Exhibition Center. Fairmont Pacific Rim offers rooms with flat-screen TVs, pay-per-view movies and laptop connectivity. Also included are an iPod docking station, an iPad2, an in-room safe and a coffee maker. A deluxe Room with partial harbour view costs 569.25 CAD per night.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

More info about Hollyburn Country Club

Visit Vancouver B.C. Official

Your Hotel in Vancouver

 

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Astana – Come in the “Dubai of the steppe” to enjoy first class tennis matches

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMENS President’s Cup

From 07/17 to 07/23

Prize money: $ 100,000 + H

Surface: Hard outdoor

Tournament location: Astana National Tennis CenterTuran 4/2 , Astana , 010000, Kazakhstan

Practical info: National Tennis Center is a modern sport complex with a central court for 2700 seats. There are 3 additional tennis courts for trainings with snack bars, dressing rooms and showers. It’s located just 3 km from Baiterek Tower and about 16 km from Astana International Airport.

Past champions: 2016 Alyona Sotnikova (Ukr) – 2015 Natela Dzalamidze (Rus) – 2014/2011 Vitalia Diatchenko (Rus) – 2013 Nadiya Kichenok (Ukr) – 2012 Maria João Koehler

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Nr.31 of Wta ranking Shuai Zhang is actually the leader of Astana’s entry list

Entry list: Shuai Zhang (Chn) – Magdalena Ribarikova (Svk) – Vitalia Diatchenko (Rus) – Naomi Broady (Gbr) – Veronika Kudermetova (Rus) – Polina Monova (Rus)– Tara Moore (Gbr) – Alla Kudryavtseva (Rus) – Varvara Flink (Rus) – Harriet Dart (Gbr).

THE TOWN: Astana is the capital of Kazakhstan. It is located on the Ishim River in the north portion of Kazakhstan. The 2014 census reported a population of 835,153 within the city limits, making it the second largest city in Kazakhstan. Astana is a planned city, like Brasília in Brazil, Canberra in Australia, and Washington, D.C. in the United States. The master plan of Astana was designed by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa. As the seat of the Government of Kazakhstan, it is the site of the Parliament House, the Supreme Court, the Ak Orda Presidential Palace and numerous government departments and agencies. It is home to many futuristic buildings, hotels and skyscrapers.

Lonely Planet writes: “The country’s new capital has risen fast from the northern steppe and is already a showpiece for 21st-century Kazakhstan. It is scheduled to go on rising and spreading into a city of over 1 million people by 2030. Its skyline grows more fantastical by the year as landmark buildings, many of them by leading international architects, sprout in a variety of Asian, Western, Soviet and wacky futuristic styles. Several spectacular structures are open to visitors and it’s hard not be impressed by the very concept of the place. Astana was just a medium-sized provincial city known for its bitter winters when President Nazarbaev named it out of the blue in 1994 as Kazakhstan’s future capital. It formally took over from Almaty in 1997. The old centre north of the Ishim (Yesil) River, known as the ‘pravy bereg’, right bank, lives on as a commercial and services centre. South of the river (the ‘levy bereg’, left bank), governmental and business buildings are going up, and also cultural, sports, leisure and shopping centres, hotels, a university and eye-catching residential developments. Some have dubbed Astana the ‘Dubai of the steppe’. The city began life in 1830 as a Russian fortress called Akmola (Kazakh for ‘white tomb’). In the 1950s Akmola became the headquarters of the Virgin Lands scheme and in 1961 it was renamed Tselinograd (Virgin Lands City). After the USSR collapsed, Akmola got back its old name. In 1998 it was renamed again, as Astana – Kazakh for ‘capital’. Reasons cited by Nazarbaev for the change were Astana’s more central and less earthquake-prone location than Almaty, and better transport links with Russia. He may also have wanted to head off secessionist sentiments among northern Kazakhstan’s large ethnic Russian population. Some find Astana an impersonal place, but Kazakhstan’s ambitious and talented are increasingly drawn here. It’s easy to question the spending of billions on prestige architecture, but many citizens are clearly proud of their new capital.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN ASTANA:

  • The Baiterek Tower

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  • Palace of Peace and Reconciliation

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  • Fountain Circus

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TOP 3 HOTELS IN ASTANA:

  • Belon Lux Hotel. Set in the administrative centre of Astana at 3 minutes walk from Baiterek tower and 5 from President’s Palace, this wonderful *** hotel, rated 9.2 on Booking, offers free wifi and tasteful breakfast buffet. Prices for a standard double room in b&b is 109€ per night, for a junior suite 134€ per night..
  • Diplomat Hotel & Business Center. Fantastic **** hotel located in the heart of Astana at 500 mt from Circus Fountain. This accomodation features a spa with a gym, a swimming pool, a sauna and 4 on-site restaurants which offer dishes of Kazakh, Argentinian, Chinese, Japanese and European cuisine. The price for a 32mq2 double room is 214€ per night with breakfast, wifi and parking included.
  • Rixos President Hotel Astana. Excellent boutique ***** hotel, rated 9.0 on Booking, and located in Astana’s government district, this 5-star hotel has 2 elegant restaurants and a large spa with pool. A deluxe double room with magnificent breakfast included costs 498€ per night. Wifi and parking are free for customers.

USEFUL LINKS:

Astana on Visit Kazakhstan

Baiterek Tower Official Site

Your Hotel in Astana

 

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Midland – Will Naomi Broady be able to win again in this cute Michigan city?

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Dow Tennis Classic

From 01/29 to 02/05

Money prize: $ 100,000

Surface: Hard Indoor

Location: Greater Midland Tennis Center – 900 East Wackerly Street, Midland MI 48642 USA

How to get: Click here for all informations you need to get in.

Previous winners: 2016 Naomi Broady – 2015 Tatjana Maria – 2014 Heather Watson – 2013 Lauren Davis – 2012 Olga Govortsova – 2011 Lucie Hradecka – 2010 Elena Baltacha

Defending champion Naomi Broady

 

Main players: Madison Brengle (Usa) – Naomi Broady (Gbr) – Irina Falconi (Usa) – Tatjana Maria (Ger) – Jennifer Brady (Usa) – Julia Boserup (Usa) – Veronica Cepede Royg (Par) – Samantha Crawford (Usa) – Jessica Pegula (Usa) – Montserrat Gonzalez (Par)

THE TOWN: Midland is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan in the Tri-Cities region of Central Michigan. Its population was 41,863 as of the 2010 census. In 2010, Midland was named the no. 4 Best Small City to raise a family in by Forbes magazine.


WHAT TO SEE
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  • Dow Gardens


  • The Tridge


  • Midland Center for the Arts



WHERE TO STAY:

  • Sleep Inn Midland. High value for money ** hotel located less than 3 miles from Midland’s main attractions. It provides an indoor pool, a business center and free parking and free wifi access. Rated 8.9 on Booking it offers very comfortable king rooms at 63.74$ per night with breakfast included.
  • Hampton Inn Midland. Excellent *** hotel, rated 8.7 on Booking, which is located at just ten minutes drive from downtown. This accomodation provides indoor pool, free shuttle service and a fitness center. A cozy king room costs 119$ per night with breakfast, parking and wifi.
  • The H Hotel. Exceptional ***** hotel ideally located in downtown close to Dow Gardens and featuring a fitness center, an indoor pool, the gourmet The Table restaurant and two bars. Rated 9.4 on Booking it offers modern 23 mq2 double rooms at 199$ per night. Free wifi and parking.


USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site 

Visit Midland Official 

Midland Center for the Arts Site 

Hotels Accomodations



Enjoy this tennis trip!!!!

Tokyo – The electric town hosts another exciting tennis week

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Ando Securities Open 2016

Date: From 07/11 to 13/11

Money prize: $ 100,000

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Tournament Location: Ariake Tennis Forest Park, 2-2-22 Ariake Koto-ku Tokyo, 135-0063, Japan

How to get: Ariake Tennis Forest Park is located in the wide area of Tokyo Port. It’s far just 12,9 km from Haneda Airport while Narita International Airport is at about 70 km.

Past Winners: 2015 Shuai Zhang

Top 10 Players: Shuai Zhang (Chn) – Kurumi Nara (Jpn) – Su Wei Hsieh (Tpe) – Nao Hibino (Jpn) – Naomi Broady (Gbr) – Maria Sakkari (Gre) – Shuai Peng (Chn) – Tatjana Maria (Ger) – Alison Van Uytvanck (Bel) – Patricia Maria Tig (Rou)

THE TOWN

Tokyo enjoys a long history of prosperity as Japan’s capital since 1603, when Tokugawa Ieyasu established his shogunate and named the city Edo. Today, with a population of about 13 million, it has grown into the largest of the 47 prefectures of Japan and indeed one of the greatest metropolises in the world. Comprising 23 special wards, 26 cities, 5 towns, and 8 villages, Tokyo is the center of various activities in Japan including politics, economy, and culture. Melting past and future, Tokyo dazzles with its traditional culture and passion for everything new. Rebecca Milner, a Lonely Planet’s writer. says about this incredible town : “I’ve lived in Tokyo for over a decade now and am continuously surprised – sometimes on a daily basis – by something new. Such is the joy of living in a city that prides itself on constant renewal and reinvention; it seriously never gets old. Tokyo has everything you can ask of a city, and has it in spades: a rich, cosmopolitan dining scene, more cafes and bars than you could visit in a lifetime, fantastic public...”

TOP 5 THINGS TO SEE IN TOKYO:

  • Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden


  • Akihabara Electric Town


  • Tokyo Sky Tree

  • Chidorigafuchi


  • Sumo Stadium Kokugikan


SUGGESTED EXCURSION: DAILY TRIP ON FUJI MOUNT


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

Hotel Sunroute Ariake. Official *** hotel of the tournament and ideal accomodation to follow tennis matches, it offers comfortable rooms with free WiFi and spectacular night views of the bay area. It houses a convenience store, a restaurant and a cafe. The price for a modern designed double room starts from 147€ per night (breakfast not included).

Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International. Suprising *** hotel located at just 300 mt from Sensoji Temple and 1 km from Tokyo Sky Tree Tower. Rated 9.2 on Booking, this accomodation offers modern double rooms of 18 mq2 at 128€ per night with free cancellation and wi-fi included. Breakfast costs 40€ more.

Hotel Trusty Tokyo Bayside. Wonderful **** hotel with spa and an international restaurant, this accomodation gets an ideal location for tennis fans at a few steps from Ariake Tennis Forest Park. Rated 8.1 on Booking, it offers modern decored double room at 205 € per night with breakfast and wi-fi included.

Imperial Hotel Tokyo. Luxurious ***** hotel rated 9.3 on Booking this is a “once time in the life” accomodation. Operating from 1890 and located 5 minutes walk from Imperial Palace and Ginza, offers beautiful and spacious double rooms from 432€ per night with wifi and parking included.

 

USEFUL LINKS:
GO TOKYO OFFICIAL TOURISM SITE

TOKYO SKY TREE OFFICIAL SITE

TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL SITE

ALL 750 TOKYO ACCOMODATIONS



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