Munich – Tennis shots and high quality of life in the capital city of Bavaria

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 BMW Open by FWU

From 05/01 to 05/07

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 482,060

Tournament location: MTTC Iphitos – Aumeisterweg 10, 80805 München

How to get: Tennis club is far 8 km from Marienplatz (about 15 min driving). Munchen Flughafen International Airport is situated at 31 km and 22 minutes driving.

Past champions: 2016 Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) – 2015 Andy Murray (Gbr) – 2014 Martin Klizan (Svk) – 2013 Tommy Haas (Ger) – 2012 Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) – 2011 Nikolay Davydenko (Rus) – 2010 Michal Youznhy (Rus) – 2009 Tomas Berdych (Cze) – 2008 Fernando Gonzalez (Chl)

Defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber

Entry list: Gael Monfils (Fra) – Roberto Bautista Agut (Esp) – Alexander Zverev (Ger) –  Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) – Mischa Zverev (Ger) – Fabio Fognini (Ita) – Florian Mayer (Ger) – Martin Klizan (Svk) – Donald Young (Usa) – Jan Lennard Struff (Ger)

THE TOWN: Munich is the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria, on the banks of River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Munich, with a population of around 1.5 million, is the third largest city in Germany. It is a major centre of art, advanced technologies, finance, publishing, culture, innovation, education, business, and tourism in Germany and Europe and enjoys a very high standard and quality of living, reaching #1 in Germany and #4 worldwide according to the 2015 Mercer survey.

Lonely Planet writes about Munich: “The natural habitat of well-heeled power dressers and Lederhosen-clad thigh-slappers, Mediterranean-style street cafes and Mitteleuropa beer halls, highbrow art and high-tech industry, Germany’s unofficial southern capital is a flourishing success story that revels in its own contradictions. If you’re looking for Alpine clichés, they’re all here, but the Bavarian metropolis has many an unexpected card down its Dirndl. But whatever else this city is, it’s popular. Statistics show Munich is enticing more visitors than ever, especially in summer and during Oktoberfest, when the entire planet seems to arrive to toast the town. Munich’s walkable centre retains a small-town air but holds some world-class sights, especially art galleries and museums. Throw in royal Bavarian heritage, an entire suburb of Olympic legacy and a kitbag of dark tourism, and it’s clear why southern Germany’s metropolis is such a favourite among those who seek out the past but like to hit the town once they’re done.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN MUNICH:

  • Marienplatz 


  • BMW Museum


  • English Garden


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Bayer’s. Rated 9.0 on Booking and located in the very heart of Munich, 3 stars Hotel Bayer’s provides contemporary accommodations just 293 m from the Munich Main Station. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. The daily rate for a cozy double room is 118€.
  • Platzl Hotel Superior. Excellent **** hotel, rated 9.0 on Booking and located 2 minutes walk from Marienplatz, which features a free spa, a gym, a 16th-century restaurant, and soundproof rooms with flat-screen TVs. Free Wi-Fi is also included. A 22 mq2 modern double room costs 165€ per night.
  • Rocco Forte The Charles Hotel. Overlooking the Old Botanical Garden, this 5-star designer hotel in Munich, rated 9.2 on Booking, features an exclusive spa with indoor pool, soundproof rooms with free Wi-Fi, and the elegant Italian restaurant Davvero. The Hotel has a private garage. Munich Central Train Station is only about a quarter mile away. The prices for a wonderful and wide classic king room start from 306€ per night.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Munich Official

BMW Museum Website

Your Hotel in Munich


Enjoy this Bavarian Tennis Trip!

Buenos Aires – A beautiful tennis week in the land of the ‘Portenos’

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Argentina Open

From 02/13 to 02/19

Money prize: $ 624,340

Surface: Clay outdoor

Location: Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club – Olleros 1510, 1426 CABA, Argentina

How to get: BA Lawn TC is far about 9 km from Plaza de Mayo. You can use metro (C or D) and tram (Ferrocaril General Mitre) to get or by taxi with a 30 minutes ride. Pistarini Intl Airport is far about 44 km and 45 minutes driving.

Previous winners: 2016 Dominic Thiem – 2015 Rafa Nadal – 2014/2013/2012 David Ferrer – 2011 Nicolas Almagro – 2010 Juan Carlos Ferrero

David Ferrer is looking for his 4th Baires triumph

Main players: Kei Nishikori (Jpn) – David Ferrer (Esp) – Pablo Cuevas (Uru) – Albert Ramos Vinolas (Esp) – Pablo Carreno Busta (Esp) – Paolo Lorenzi (Ita) – Federico Delbonis (Arg) – Joao Sousa (Por) – Fabio Fognini (Ita) – Diego Schwartzman (Arg)

THE TOWN: Buenos Aires is the capital of the Argentine Republic. The name means fair winds in Spanish. The official name is Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires (CABA). It is one of the largest cities in Latin America, with many cultural offerings, and is the point of departure for traveling to the rest of the country. Inhabitants of Buenos Aires are called porteños, “people from the port”, because many of the inhabitants are immigrants in some ways or another. Buenos Aires is a singular, open, and integrating destination that allows the visitor not only to view the city but also to have an exceptional urban adventure. It combines faded European grandeur with Latin passion. Sexy and alive, this beautiful city gets under your skin. Asado, good wines, soccer, tango, nightlife…what are you going to do today in Baires?

Lonely Planet’s writer Isabel Albiston explains the reasons of her deep love for this town:“When I first arrived in Buenos Aires in 2010, Argentina was celebrating 200 years of independence and the city was a carnival. I fell hard and fast for this crazy place with its dogs in soccer shirts and passionately held opinions on everything from politics to how to prepare mate (the yerba tea infusion). For the next four years, my days were spent cycling between parks and timeless neighborhood cafes; nights began with asados (barbecues) and ended at sunrise. In spring, when the blossom of the jacaranda trees turns the city purple, there’s nowhere I’d rather be.”

TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS OF BUENOS AIRES:

  • Puerto Madero


  • La Boca


  • Avenida 9 de Julio


  • La Bombonera


  • Bosques de Palermo


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Mérit San Telmo. Excellent *** hotel located in trendy San Telmo neighborhood and rated 8.5 on Booking. At just 600 mt from Casa Rosada it features a snack bar and the free wifi in all areas. Prices for a cozy 22 mq2 twin room is 58$ per night with good breakfast included.
  • Eurobuilding Hotel Boutique Buenos Aires. Wonderful **** hotel rated 9.1 on Booking and located at 100 mt from Mayo Avenue. It features the free wifi, a delicious on site restaurant, fitness facilities and a terrace with a hydromassage bathtub. It offers 44 mq2 deluxe double room from 99$ to 114$ per night (it depends it breakfast is included or not).
  • Alvear Art Hotel. Exceptional ***** hotel located in B.Aires real heart at 150m from Avenida 9 de Julio, it features an indoor pool, a spa and a fitness center with city panoramic views, a restaurant and a bar, and provides free wifi connection. A magnificent 35 mq2 studio for two people costs $330 per night with breakfast included. Rated 9.3 on Booking.


USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Tourism in Buenos Aires Official

Accomodations 


Enjoy!!!

Shenzhen – Some tennis days inside China’s Silicon Valley

THE TOURNAMENT:  ATP SHENZHEN OPEN

Date: From 26/9 to 02/10

Money prize: $ 704,140

Surface: Hard Indoor

Tournament Location: Shenzhen Longgang Sports Center – Junction of Shuiguan Highway and Longxiang Ave., Longgang District, Shenzhen, Post Code : 518115

General information: Shenzhen Longgang Sports Center is far about 48 km from International Airport. To get from there take bus Airport line 10 to Hourui metro station, take metro Luobao line to Laojie station, transfer to Longgang line and take off at Universiade station, then change to bus number M294 to final stop on Velodrome Road.

Recent Past Winners: 2015 Thomas Berdych – 2014 Andy Murray

Top 10 Players: Tomas Berdych (Cek) – David Goffin (Bel) – Richard Gasquet (Fra) – Bernard Tomic (Aus) – Alexander Zverev (Ger) -Benoit Paire (Fra) – Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukr) – Fabio Fognini (Ita) – Janko Tipsarevic (Srb) – Taylor Fritz (Usa)

THE TOWN

Shenzhen is a major city and a major financial center in Guangdong Province, China. It is home to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange as well as the headquarters of numerous high-tech companies. It also has one of the busiest container ports in the world. Shenzhen’s modern cityscape is the result of its vibrant economy made possible by rapid foreign investment since the institution of the policy of “reform and opening” establishment of the SEZ in late 1979. The town is famous all over the world for the high number of theme parks. Lonely Planet write about this town: “One of China’s wealthiest cities and a Special Economic Zone (SEZ), Shēnzhèn (深圳) draws a mix of business people, investors and migrant workers to its golden gates. It’s a popular, easy day trip from Hong Kong, surprising most visitors who just expect a peek at a very serious mainland China, but find a thriving club and indie-music nightlife, or squads of housewives breaking out dance moves in public squares into the evening. The myriad theme parks, which include fun miniature landmarks, also amuse, as do the quirky specialty markets where you can grab a bargain house decoration or dozen. Shēnzhèn is also a useful transport hub for other parts of China.

 

TOP 3 THINGS TO SEE IN SHENZHEN:

  • Wutong Mountain

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  • KingKey 100

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  • Splendid China Theme Park

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hyatt Place Shenzhen Dongmen. Fantastic **** hotel just five minutes walking from Dongmen pedestrian area. Rated 8.6 on Booking, offers double king rooms from 88€ per night with breakfast included. Great value for money.
  • The Langham Shenzhen. Luxurious ***** hotel located in Futian this hotel combines pefectly modern and traditional styles. Rated 9.2 on Booking, offers enormous double room at 119€ per night without breakfast.
  • Futian Shangri-La Shenzhen. This *****  hotel located in the heart of Futian commercial zone is the best solution for tennis fans because is the official accomodation of tournament with great possibility to meet your favourite players. A deluxe double room of 48 mq2 with living room costa from 154€ to 205€ per night.

 

SHENZHEN ON TRAVEL CHINA GUIDE

VISIT SHENZHEN ON DISCOVER CHINA

TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL SITE

ALL 595 SHENZEN ACCOMODATIONS

 

ENJOY!!!!