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
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.