Stuttgart – Who will win the Porsche 911 Carrera this year in Germany?

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA PREMIER Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

From 04/24 to 04/30

Prize money: $ 710,900

Surface: Clay indoor

Tournament location: Porsche Arena – Mercedesstrasse 69, 70372 Stuttgart, Germany

How to get: By public transport you can use S1, S2 or S3 SBahn or respectively the R1, R2, R3 or R8 trains to the Bad Cannstatt station. Then Bus 56 (Wagenburgstraße). Driving distance from Stuttgart Mitte is 12 minutes (5,7 km). Stuttgart Airport is far 18 km and 22 minutes driving from venue.

Previous winners: 2016/2015 Angelique Kerber – 2014/2013/2012 Maria Sharapova – 2011 Julia Goerges – 2010 Justine Henin – 2009 Svetlana Kuznetsova – 2008 Jelena Jankovic

Defending champion and Nr.1 of the seeding Angelique Kerber

 

Entry list: Angelique Kerber (Ger) – Karolina Pliskova (Cze) – Simona Halep (Rou) – Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) – Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) – Garbine Muguruza (Esp) – Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) – Madison Keys (Usa) – Elena Vesnina (Rus) – Samantha Stosur (Aus)

THE TOWN: Stuttgart is the capital and largest city of the German state of Baden-Württemberg and it is located on the Neckar river in a fertile valley locally known as the “Stuttgart Cauldron”. Stuttgart’s urban area has a population of 623,738, making it the sixth largest city in Germany. It is unusual in the scheme of German cities because it is spread across a variety of hills, valleys and parks. This is often a source of surprise to visitors who associate the city with its reputation as the ‘Cradle of the Automobile‘. The city’s tourism slogan is “Stuttgart offers more“.

For Lonely Planet: “The real Stuttgart is less superficial than legend. True, some good-living locals like their cars fast and their restaurants fancy, but most are just as happy getting their boots dirty in the surrounding vine-clad hills and hanging out with friends in the rustic confines of a Weinstube (wine tavern). In the capital of Baden-Württemberg, city slickers and down-to-earth country kids walk hand in hand.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Schlossplatz (Palace Square)


  • Mercedes Benz Museum 


  • Koenigstrasse


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Central Classic Hotel. Very good *** hotel rated 8.4 on Booking and located at 10 minutes walking from Old Town. It provides comfortably furnished rooms with a private bathroom and a minibar. A rich breakfast buffet is available each morning in the modern breakfast room. Price from 95€ per night in b&b.
  • Der Zauberlehrling. Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, **** Hotel Der Zauberlehrling offers pet-friendly accommodations in Stuttgart. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant and private parking available on site. A superior double room costs 259€ per night. Rated 8.8 on Booking.
  • Le Méridien Stuttgart. Wonderful ***** hotel rated 8.6 on Booking and located opposite the Schlossgarten Park in Stuttgart which offers a French gourmet restaurant, a spa with indoor pool, and classical-style rooms. The spa and fitness center Le SPA with 850m² is the largest spa in downtown Stuttgart. An executive classic of 30 mq2 costs 326€ per night.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Stuttgart Official

Mercedes Benz Museum Website

Your Hotel in Stuttgart


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Charleston – A Wta classic tournament in a lovely place of South Carolina

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA PREMIER Volvo Car Open

From 04/03 to 04/09

Surface: Clay outdoor

Money prize: $ 710,900

Tournament location: Family Circle Tennis Center – 161 Seven Farms Drive, Charleston, SC 29492, USA

How to get: Family Circle Tennis Center is far about 14 miles from Downtown and it’s easily accessible by car with a 22 minutes ride. If you get by car from Charleston International Airport you can take I-526 East to the Daniel Island Exit (#24). Follow to red light (Seven Farms Drive) and turn left. Family Circle Tennis Center is on the right. Total distance is a bit more than 10 miles

Previous winners: 2016 Sloane Stephens – 2015 Angelique Kerber – 2014 Andrea Petkovic – 2013/2012 Serena Williams – 2011 Caroline Wozniaki – 2010 Samantha Stosur

Main players: Madison Keys (Usa) – Johanna Konta (Gbr) – Venus Williams (Usa) – Elena Vesnina (Rus) – Caroline Wozniaki (Dan) – Samantha Stosur (Aus) – Kiki Bertens (Ned) – Anastasija Sevastova (Lat) – Daria Gavrilova (Aus) – Irina Camelia Begu (Rou)

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Elena Vesnina has just won his first major tournament in Indian Wells

THE TOWN: Charleston is the oldest and second-largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The city lies just south of the geographical midpoint of South Carolina’s coastline and is located on Charleston Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean formed by the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. It had an estimated population of 132,609 in 2015.
Known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, distinguished restaurants, and mannerly people, Charleston is a popular tourist destination and has received a large number of accolades, including  the “World’s Best City” by Travel + Leisure.Lonely Planet writes: “This lovely city will embrace you with the warmth and hospitality of an old and dear friend – who died in the 18th century. We jest, but the cannons, cemeteries and carriage rides do conjure an earlier era. And that historic romanticism, along with the food and Southern graciousness, is what makes Charleston one of the most popular tourist destinations in the South, drawing more than 4.8 million visitors every year.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN CHARLESTON:

  • Arthur Revenal Jr Bridge


  • The Pineapple Fountain 


  • Magnolia Plantation


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hyatt Place Charleston – Historic District. Wonderful *** hotel rated 9,2 on Booking and located at just 900 mt from the Marion Square. It includes a restaurant, an indoor pool, a fitness center and a lounge bar. The price for a king room with breakfast and free wifi connection starts from 190$ per night.
  • Market Pavilion Hotel. Exceptional **** hotel centrally located in Charleston downtown at 3 minutes walking from Waterfront Park and rated 9,3 on Booking. This structure offers a rooftop pool with mosaic bottom, free WiFi, and daily breakfast as well as 2 on-site restaurants. A luxury king room of 40 mq2 costs 296$ per night with fantastic breakfast buffet included.
  • The Spectator Hotel. Breathtaking pictures **** hotel rated 9.6 on Booking and situated less than 4 minutes’ walk from the historic Charleston City Market and Port of Charleston. Features include a bar, personalised butler service, and free WiFi in public areasA luxury traditional king room costs $ 369 per night with unforgettable breakfast include.

Please notice that prices showed don’t include a 13,5% tax.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official S

Visit Charleston SC Official

Hotels in Charleston

 

Enjoy!!!

Key Biscayne – Discover Miami looking at one of the best combined tournament of the world

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP MASTERS 1000 + WTA PREMIER Miami Open presented by Itau

From 03/20 to 04/02

Surface: Hard outdoor 

Money prize: $ 7,913,405 + 6,993,450

Tournament location: Tennis Center at Crandon Park – 7300 Crandon Bvd, Miami, FL 33149, Stati Uniti

How to get: From Miami Intl Airport take 836 East to the I-95 South exit. take I-95 South , exit on Key Biscayne (Exit 1). Continue straight through the traffic signal until the road bears left. Once again, continue straight through two traffic lights to the toll booth leading onto the Rickenbacker Causeway. From Miami Beach take I-195 or I-395 West to the I-95 South exit. Take I-95 South, exit onto Key Biscayne (Exit 1). Continue straight through the traffic signal until the road bears left. Once again, continue straight through two traffic lights to the toll booth leading onto the Rickenbacker Causeway. Follow posted signs for appropriate parking areas.

Recent ATP past champions: 2016/2015/2014 Novak Djokovic – 2013 Andy Murray – 2012/2011 Novak Djokovic – 2010 Andy Roddick – 2009 Andy Murray – 2008 Nikolay Davydenko – 2007 Novak Djokovic- 2006/2005 Roger Federer

Recent WTA past champions: 2016 Victoria Azarenka – 2015/2014/2013 Serena Williams – 2012 Agnieszka Radwanska – 2011 Victoria Azarenka – 2010 Kim Clijsters – 2009 Victoria Azarenka – 2008/2007 Serena Williams- 2006 Svetlana Kuznetsova – 2005 Kim Clijsters

Serena is looking for her 6th triumph at Miami
ATP Entry List: Andy Murray (Gbr) – Novak Djokovic (Srb) – Milos Raonic (Can) – Stan Wawrinka (Sui) – Kei Nishikori (Jpn) – Gael Monfils (Fra) – Marin Cilic (Cro) – Dominic Thiem (Aut) – Rafa Nadal (Esp) – Roger Federer (Sui)
WTA Entry List: Serena Williams (Usa) – Angelique Kerber (Ger) – Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) – Simona Halep (Rou) – Karolina Pliskova (Cze) – Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) – Garbine Muguruza (Esp) – Madison Keys (Usa) – Johanna Konta (Gbr) – Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus)

THE TOWN: Miami is a major city in the south-eastern United States and makes up part of the largest metropolitan area in Florida. Although tourists generally consider Miami Beach to be part of Miami, it is in actuality its own municipality. Located on a barrier island east of Miami and Biscayne Bay, it is home to a large number of beach resorts and is one of the most popular spring break party destinations in the world.

Lonely Planet on this mythical town: “Miami is so many things, but to most visitors, it’s mainly glamour, condensed into urban form. They’re right. The archaic definition of ‘glamour’ is a kind of spell that mystifies a victim. Well, they call Miami the Magic City. And it is mystifying. In its beauty, certainly: the clack of a model’s high heels on Lincoln Rd, the teal sweep of Biscayne Bay, flowing cool into the wide South Florida sky; the blood-orange fire of the sunset, setting the downtown skyline aflame. Then there’s less-conventional beauty: a poetry slam in a converted warehouse, or a Venezuelan singing Metallica en español in a Coral Gables karaoke bar, or the passing shalom/buenas días traded between Orthodox Jews and Cuban exiles. Miami is so many things. All glamorous, in every sense of the word. You could spend a fun lifetime trying to escape her spell.”

MIAMI’S TOP ATTRACTIONS:

  • Wynwood Art District 


  • Bayfront Park 


  • Vizcaya Museum and Gardens


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Homewood Suites by Hilton Miami Dolphin Mall. Wonderful *** hotel located in a top location of Miami at 500 mt from Dolphin Mall and rated 9.1 on Booking. It features a year-round outdoor pool and fitness center and an on-site restaurant. A fantastic king suite with free breakfast, wifi and parking costs $ 153 per night.
  • Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay. Fantastic **** hotel rated 8.3 on Booking and directly connected with Crandon Park by shuttle service. The accomodation offers an outdoor pool, hot tub, and 3 on-site restaurants. The price for a 26 mq2 king room with marble bathroom is $ 259 per night with excellent breakfast buffet included. Free wifi in public areas.
  • Excellent ***** hotel Hotel Beaux Arts Miami has been rated 9.0 on Booking and is located just 8,8 km from South Beach. Its amenities include Enliven Spa and Salon, 3 restaurants, and a café. This hotel offers spacious rooms with executive lounge access and an iPod docking station. Each room has a flat-screen TV, sofa, and stunning views. Prices? From 389 $ for a king room with breakfast included.

Please notice that a 13% tax is not included in the prices.

An amazing room of Hotel Beaux Arts

USEFUL LINKS:

Miami Open Official Site

Miami and Beaches Travel Guide

Vizcaya Museum Official

Accomodations



Enjoy this extraordinary tennisplace!

Indian Wells – The most beloved tournament from tennis players with spectacular attractions nearby

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP MASTERS 1000 + WTA PREMIER Bnp Paribas Open

From 03/06 to 03/19

Surface: Hard outdoor

Money prize: $ 7,913,405 + 6,993,450

Tournament location: The Indian Wells Tennis Garden – 78200 Miles Ave, Indian Wells, CA 92210, Stati Uniti

How to get: The city of Indian Wells is not far from a series of airports. Palm Springs International (PSP) is at 30 minutes drive. Los Angeles (LAX) 2 hours drive. Orange County (SNA) airport is 1,5 hrs drive.

Recent ATP past champions: 2016/2015/2014 Novak Djokovic – 2013 Rafa Nadal – 2012 Roger Federer – 2011 Novak Djokovic – 2010 Ivan Ljubicic – 2009 Rafa Nadal – 2008 Novak Djokovic – 2007 Rafa Nadal

Nole will try to win his 6th Indian Wells title

Recent WTA past champions: 2016 Victoria Azarenka – 2015 Simona Halep – 2014 Flavia Pennetta – 2013 Maria Sharapova – 2012 Victoria Azarenka – 2011 Caroline Wozniaki – 2010 Jelena Jankovic – 2009 Vera Zvonareva – 2008 Ana Ivanovic – 2007 Daniela Hantuchova

Main ATP Players: Andy Murray (Gbr) – Novak Djokovic (Srb) – Milos Raonic (Can) – Stan Wawrinka (Sui) – Kei Nishikori (Jpn) – Gael Monfils (Fra) – Marin Cilic (Cro) – Dominic Thiem (Aut) – Rafa Nadal (Esp) – Roger Federer (Sui)

MainWTA players: Serena Williams (Usa) – Angelique Kerber (Ger) – Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) – Simona Halep (Rou) – Karolina Pliskova (Cze) – Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) – Garbine Muguruza (Esp) – Madison Keys (Usa) – Johanna Konta (Gbr) – Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus)

THE TOWN: Indian Wells is a small town of California of just 4000 inhabitants which is universally known a world-class vacation and conference destination. Golfers love its two award-winning golf courses, while spa-enthusiasts adore its full-service spa facilities. Indian Wells tennis is also our claim to fame at the expansive Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Conveniently located near the legendary playground of Palm Springs, California, the desert oasis of Indian Wells is an ideal starting point from which to explore the great wealth of surrounding sights (which includes for example Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument), recreational activities and cultural events when attending the BNP Paribas Open.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS NEARBY INDIAN WELLS: 

  • Joshua Tree National Park 


  • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway 


  • Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Indian Wells Resort Hotel. Very good *** hotel founded in 1957 by celebrity couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. It features free wifi and parking, an outdoor pool and the mediterranean restaurant Loren. The prices for rooms with balcony or patio start from 204$ per night with good breakfast included.
  • Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa. Excellent **** hotel rated 8.8 on Booking and located just 2 miles from tennis courts. It features a private golf course, full-service spa, an outdoor pool and 7 dining options. A deluxe 39 mq2 king room costs $295 per night ($389 with breakfast). Wifi and parking are available with additional charges.
  • JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort. Faboulous ***** hotel at just 4,4 km from Indian Wells, this resort’s amenities include 2 championship golf courses, and a complex of 5 pools, clay and grass tennis courts, a fitness center, an extensive spa and two fantastic restaurants. The prices for luxuriously furnished rooms including LCD TVs and marble bathrooms start from 449$ per night with breakfast included. Free wifi is available just in public areas.
The incredible JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort

Please notice that prices don’t include a 12/13% federal tax + about 30$ of local taxes.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Indian Wells Tennis Garden Website 

Indian Wells Visitors Guide

All Hotels in Indian Wells



Enjoy this 1st class event!!!!

Kuala Lumpur – Wta circuit stops for a week in the frenetic KL

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA INTERNATIONAL Alya Wta Malaysian Open

From 02/27 to 03/05

Money prize: $ 226,750

Surface: Hard outdoor

Tournament location: TPC Kuala Lumpur, 10, Jalan 1/70D & Off Jalan Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

How to get: TPC Kuala Lumpur is far less than 16 km from downtown and about 25 minutes driving. Kuala Lumpur Intl Airport rises at Sepang at about 63 km from tennis venue. You need a 50 minutes taxi ride to get in from there.

Previous winners: 2016 Elina Svitolina – 2015 Caroline Wozniaki – 2014 Donna Vekic – 2013 Karolina Pliskova – 2012 Su Wei Hsieh

Defending champion Elina Svitolina

Main players: Elina Svitolina (Ukr) – Carla Suarez Navarro (Esp) – Shuai Peng (Chn) – Sorana Cirstea (Rou) – Caroline Garcia (Fra) – Hsieh Su Wei (Tpe)

THE TOWN: Kuala Lumpur, simply called KL by locals, is the federal capital and the largest city in Malaysia. It has grown from a small sleepy Chinese tin-mining village to a bustling metropolis of around 6.5 million in just 150 years. Kuala Lumpur is a cultural melting pot with some of the world’s cheapest 5-star hotels, impressive shopping districts, even better food and some of nature’s wonders just an hour away, making this a dynamic city with much to offer.

Lonely Planet’s writer Isabel Albiston explains reasons she love KL: “For such a frenetic city, KL has an uncanny way of charming its visitors. Of course, the food helps: the sheer variety of delicious dining options that reflect the very best of Malaysian cuisine. But it’s more than that. It’s the way the city has embraced modernity with its towering skyscrapers and technological connectivity, all the while retaining a deeply entrenched adherence to the traditional customs and religions of its residents. Beyond the traffic and malls lies a complex cultural patchwork formed of distinct, coexisting communities, united by the warm welcome they extend to guests.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN KUALA LUMPUR:

  • Petronas Twin Towers


  • KLCC Park


  • Menara Tower


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Holiday Inn Express Kuala Lumpur City Centre. Beautiful *** hotel rated 8.6 on Booking and located at 600 mt from Starhill Gallery. Featuring free wifi and private parking, and an onsite restaurant. A modern standard king room costs just 45$ per night breakfast included.
  • Vortex Suite KLCC by Idaris. Wonderful **** accomodation at 600 mt from Petronas Twin Towers offering luxurious apartments with dining area. Free wifi and parking are provided. Daily price start from 65$ for one bedroom apartment. Rated 9.2 on Booking.
  • Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur. Luxurious ***** hotel rated 9.1 on Booking located just 5 minutes walk from Petronas Towers. It offers free wifi, an outdoor pool and six on site restaurants. A 37 mq2 deluxe king room costs 121$ per night.


USEFUL LINKS:

Malaysian Open Official Site

Visit Kuala Lumpur Official

Petronas Towers Website 

Accomodations



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