Stuttgart – The Mercedes town is going to open the male extended grass-court swing

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Mercedes Cup

From 06/12 to 06/18

Surface: Grass outdoor

Prize money: € 701,975

Tournament location: Tennis Club Weissenhof – Parlerstraße 102-110, 70192 Stuttgart, Germany

How to arrive: Due to construction work in the proximity to the TC Weissenhof there is no more parking available. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to arrive by public transportation. Click here to see all the suggestions to get in easily to tennis courts.

Past champions: 2016 Dominic Thiem – 2015 Rafa Nadal – 2014 Roberto Bautista Agut – 2013 Fabio Fognini – 2012 Janko Tipsarevic – 2011 Juan Carlos Ferrero – 2010 Albert Montanes – 2009 Jeremy Chardy – 2008 Juan Martin Del Potro

Entry list: Roger Federer (Sui) – Tomas Berdych (Cze) – Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) – Steve Johnson (Usa) – Gilles Simon (Fra) – Mischa Zverev (Ger) – Feliciano Lopez (Esp) – Viktor Troicki (Srb) – Philip Kohlschreiber (Ger) – Bernard Tomic (Srb)

Roger Federer is going to return just in Mercedes Cup!!!
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


  • Königstraße


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 94,5€ per night in b&b.
  • Maritim Hotel Stuttgart. This excellent **** hotel, rated 8.3 on Booking, is the players official hotel and is quietly located in central Stuttgart, just over half a kilometer from the Königstraße. It has large rooms, 3 restaurants and a modern spa with 24-hour indoor pool. The daily rate for a spacious comfort double room with satellite TV, internet access and an elegant bathroom is 165€. Don’t miss it!
  • 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. A superior classic of 30 mq2 costs 190€ per night with breakfast included (156€ without).

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site 

Visit Stuttgart Official

Mercedes Benz Museum Website 

Your Hotel in Stuttgart 
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Barcelona – The best clay specialists will face here…at Antoni Gaudí’s home

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 500 Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell

From 04/24 to 04/30

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 2,604,340

Tournament location: Real Club de Tenis Barcelona, Carrera de Bosch i Gimpera 5, 08034 Barcelona, Spain.

How to get: The Real Club de Tenis Barcelona 1899 is located in the northwest of the city, above Avenida Diagonal in the Pedralbes district. El Prat Airport is far about 16 km and 20 minutes driving. From Placa de Catalunya there is a distance of about 6 km. Public transport will take you to tennis courts in about 25-30 minutes.

Previous winners: 2016 Rafa Nadal – 2015/2014 Kei Nishikori – 2013/2012/2011 Rafa Nadal – 2010 Fernando Verdasco – 2009/2008/2007/2006/2005 Rafa Nadal

Rafa is looking for his 10th title in Barcelona

Entry list: Kei Nishikori (Jpn) – Rafa Nadal (Esp) – Dominic Thiem (Aut) – David Goffin (Bel) – Tomas Berdych (Cze) – Roberto Bautista Agut (Esp) – Richard Gasquet (Fra) – Pablo Carreno Busta (Esp) – Albert Ramos Vinolas (Esp) – Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger)

THE TOWN: Barcelona is the capital and largest city of Catalonia and Spain’s second largest city, with a population of over one and half million people. This city, located directly on the northeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain, has a rich history, having been under Roman, then Frank law before declaring its independence. In 1992, Barcelona gained international recognition by hosting the Olympic games which brought a massive upturn in its tourism industry. This had the effect of changing the city in ways that are still felt today with neighbourhoods renovated (and in some cases leveled) and the intense focus of modern design permeating all aspects of life in Barcelona from public buildings to something as simple as a park bench or an event poster.

Lonely Planet’s writer Regis St.Louis explains reasons he love this exceptional town: “I love the sea, and taking an early-morning jog along the Mediterranean is my favourite way to start the day. I’m also a bit of a history nerd, and relish strolling the cobblestone lanes of the Gothic quarter, thinking about the people in past centuries who walked these streets. Then there’s the food and drink – the first-rate tapas bars, the abundant and inexpensive wine, the superb and reasonably priced multicourse lunches. Add Catalan creativity (Modernisme, Miró, Dalí), bohemian bars and stunning nearby getaways and you have, quite simply, one of the world’s most captivating cities.”

TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Sagrada Familia


  • Casa Batlló


  • Parc Güell


  • La Boqueira


  • Barri Gòtic


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Lleó. This is an elegant *** hotel rated 8.6 on Booking and located next to Barcelona’s Plaza Catalunya and the famous Las Ramblas. It has a small rooftop pool with terrace and lounge chairs, free Wi-Fi access and rooms with flat-screen TVs. The onsite restaurant serves a range of Mediterranean cuisine and features a glass roof. Prices start from 127€ for a double room.
  • The Corner Hotel. Delicious **** hotel rated 9.4 on Booking and located just 500 mt from Casa Batlló. It features a seasonal outdoor pool and views of the city. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and private parking is available on site. A cool & modern double room costs 144€ per night.
  • Hotel The Serras. Exceptional 5 stars hotel rated 9.6 on Booking and located just opposite the Barri Gotic. Set in an historic building it includes a rooftop infinity pool and a 1-Michelin-starred restaurant. Free WiFi access is available. Luxurious services like airport pick-up, limousine, concierge and valet parking are standard in this hotel. The price for a 30 mq2 superior double room starts from 380€ per night.
The double room of Hotel The Serras

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Barcelona Official 

Your Hotel in Barcelona


Enjoy this cool TennisTrip!!!

Marrakech – Atp stars are going to stop in the “Red City” of Morocco

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Grand Prix Hassan II

From 04/10 to 04/16

Prize money: € 482,060

Surface: Clay outdoor

Tournament location: Royal Tennis Club de Marrakech – 1, Bvd Oued Al Makhazine, Gueliz 40000 Marrakech

How to get: Royal Tc de Marrakech is centrally located at just 2,2 km from Djemaa El Fna (10 minutes driving/30 walking). Courts are easily accessible from Menara Airport too, which is far 6,2 km and 14 minutes.

Past winners: 2016 Federico Delbonis – 2015 Martin Klizan – 2014 Guillermo Garcia Lopez – 2013 Tommy Robredo – 2012/2011 Pablo Andujar – 2010 Stanislas Wawrinka

Defending champion Delbonis will try to confirm in 2017 too
Entry list: Albert Ramos (Esp) – Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) – Mischa Zverev (Ger) – Marcel Granollers (Esp) – Paolo Lorenzi (Ita) – Benoit Paire (Fra) – Diego Schwarzman (Arg) – Malek Jaziri (Tun) – Federico Delbonis (Arg) – Nikoloz Basilashvili (Geo)

THE TOWN: Marrakech is a major city and 4th largest city of the Kingdom of Morocco.  It is possibly the most important of  four former imperial cities. The region has been inhabited by Berber farmers since Neolithic times, but the actual city was founded in 1062. The red walls of the city have given the city the nickname of the “Red City” or “Ochre City“.

Jessica Lee, a Lonely Planet‘s writer, explains us the reasons why she loves this city: “I don’t like to be bored. And neither does Marrakesh. I’ve been coming here since 1995 and this most beguiling of cities, shimmering under the hot North African sun, always has surprises up its sleeve. It sucks me into its souqs, draws me down endless twists of narrow, pastel-washed derbs, then drops me amid the mayhem of the Djemaa din. After a day in the medina the soles of my feet may be black, but I’m full to the brim with the donkey-cart swerving, frenetic energy. Marrakesh fizzes with life. Who could resist the fun?”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Djemaa El Fna


  • Jardin Majorelle


  • Koutoubia Mosque


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Teranga & Spa. Wonderful *** hotel rated 9.0 on Booking and located less than 3 km from Koutoubia Mosque, it features free WiFi access and free private parking, Spa and on-site restaurant. A modern 25 mq2 double room costs 60€ per night with breakfast included.
  • Al Fassia Aguedal. Al Fassia, the internationally famous à la carte restaurant in Marrakech, has now developed its luxury **** hotel of the same name near the Aguedal gardens. It boasts outdoor pool, solarium, Spa, restaurant and bar. WiFi, parking and airport shuttle are free for guests. The price for a comfort chambre is 128,25€ in b&b. Rated 9.5 on Booking.
  • La Maison Arabe Hotel. Exceptional 5 stars hotel located directly in amazing Marrakech’s Medina and rated 9.7 on Booking , it has a heated pool in the garden and a spa with 2 traditional hammams and 5 massage rooms. Really delicious is the on site restaurant. The price for a 38 mq2 king suite starts from 342€ per night with WiFi included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

RTC Marrakech Website

Marrakech Official Travel Guide

Accomodations


Enjoy a TennisTrip in Morocco!

Dubai – A super tennis week in the most futuristic town of the world

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 500 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (XXV Edition)

Date: From 02/27 to 03/05

Money prize: $ 2,858,530

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Tournament Location: Officially inaugurated in February 1996, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium has been voted “Best Venue” by players on the ATP World Tour. The stadium has become a magnet for people seeking entertainment in Dubai. Located in the grounds of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Centre, the stadium is completely self-contained.

How to get: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium is located at just 2.2 km from Dubai International Airport. Is very cheap to take a taxi for a driving distance of 5 minutes.

Previous winners: 2016 Stan Wawrinka – 2015/2014 Roger Federer – 2013/2012/2011 Novak Djokovic – 2012 Roger Federer – 2011/2010/2009 Novak Djokovic

Roger Federer returns after his triumph in Melbourne

Top 10 Players: Andy Murray (Gbr) – Stan Wawrinka (Sui) – Gael Monfils (Fra) – Roger Federer (Sui) – Tomas Berdych (Cze) – Lucas Pouille (Fra) – Phillip Kohlschreiber (Ger) – Gilles Muller (Lux) – Marcos Baghdatis (Cyp) – Viktor Troicki (Srb)

ABOUT DUBAI: Dubai with Abu Dhabi is the most important and populous city of United Arab Emirates. It has one of the fastest growing economy and definitely is one of the most incredible and futuristic city of the world, hosting Burj Khalifa, the tallest building of the world. 

Lonely Planet writes about it: “Dubai and Abu Dhabi are a stirring alchemy of profound traditions and ambitious futuristic vision. Ever since first setting foot in this tiny powerhouse emirate back in 2007, Dubai has fascinated me with its energy, optimism and openness towards people from all over the world. I’m a die-hard foodie, so the staggering variety of authentic global fare is exhilarating, and even the shopping here – which I normally consider a chore – is actually a joy. Dubai is a place that’s constantly in flux and it’s been exciting to see it grow and mature as a city and as a society. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.” (Read more here).

TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS TO SEE:

  • Burj Khalifa


  • Dubai Fountain


  • The Mall Dubai


  • Burj El Arab


  • Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Rove Downtown Dubai. Fantastic *** hotel, rated 8.9 on Booking, this hotel is located close to Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall, it features a pool and offers 26 mq2 rover rooms with Burj view at 177$ per night with free Wifi and parking included.
  • Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road. Excellent **** hotel at 3 minutes walk from Emirates Towers Metro Station. This modern hotel features a rooftop pool, a bar with boasting views on Jumeirah, a pub and 5 different restaurants. Rated 8.4 on Booking, it offers modern 42mq2 double rooms at 177$ per night with breakfast, free wifi and parking included.
  • Park Hyatt Dubai. Wonderful ***** luxurious hotel situated at just 900 mt far from Tennis Stadium, this is the ideal accomodation for tennis lovers. It features six tasteful dining options, a 18 hole golf course, a 25m swimming pool, a fitness center with spa, the free wifi and parking. Rated 9.2 on Booking it offers at the moment a secret deal forms pacious 52 mq2 double rooms at just 224$ per night.


Please notice that the prices don’t include a 10% municipality fee, 10% service property charge and 20 AED tourism fee for night.

USEFUL LINKS:

VisitDubai.com

Burj Khalifa Official 

Dubai Mall Official Site 

Accomodations



Enjoy a fantastic tennis trip!