Me, tennis and travels – An interview to Marc Polmans

Dear readers and followers, this week we have the possibility to interview a young talented boy of the prestigious Aussie tennis school. I’m talking about Marc Polmans.


Marc was born in Durban, South Africa on 05/02/1997, but he moved to Australia when he was 10. During his junior career (we remember a quarterfinal at Australian Open) he started to play some pro matches and gained his first ranking point in 2012. But it’s on 2016 that he improved very quickly his ranking by winning 4 ITF tournaments. These very good results let him to close year with a new best ranking at 211th position.

He started 2017 with renewed ambitions and infact in the last two weeks he has triumphed in two consecutive ITF 25K tournaments played on Australian clay and this excellent performance will give him the possibility to enter for the first time in the top-200 on next Monday.

But now the interview…


Hi Marc, how many years are you wandering the world to play tennis tournaments ? 

I have been travelling the world for tennis since I was 13, so for the last 6 years I have been travelling.

Are you able to enjoy and visit the places where you play tournaments ? 

I’m lucky that I get to go to different countries and experience there nice cities. I discovered tennis in South Africa which is where I started playing tennis.

You are from Australia a country known for wonderful cities and incredible natural beauties. Is there some city or hidden place that you would suggest us absolutely to visit of your country?

I love Melbourne and the city is very nice with many nice restaurants.

You was born in Durban, South Africa. What about this country?

Yes I was born in Durban and moved to Australia when I was 10. South Africa has very nice beaches and nice weather, also the wild life there is amazing!

To travel is very expensive for a tennis player too. Do you use any particular trick to save money in booking flights and hotels?

Yes tennis is very expensive to travel but I’m lucky that Tennis Australia help me a bit with travel expenses. I also try to stay at cheaper hotels and stay with a friend to share costs.

What are your next tournaments planned and your professional goals for 2017?

My next plans are I’m leaving for Europe on the 20th of April to play tournaments such as French open qualifying and Wimbledon qualifying, my goal is to get improving my game and my ranking.

Thanks for your kindness Marc.

Thanks to you Gianluca.

Marc was lucky enough to spend (until now) half his life in South Africa and half in Australia, that is two incredible countries with many different attractions for tourists.  I like to think that one day I will go to visit both countries and to see live a breathtaking place like this:

Table Mountain, Cape Town (South Africa)
…or this one:

Kangaroo Island (Australia)
At the moment I can just suggest to visit these sites to organize your vacations there:

  1. South African Tourism
  2. Australia.com
  3. To book your hotel

 

See you soon guys!!!
 

 

 

Mornington – An intersting tournament on clay in this sunny Australian peninsula 

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMENS Mornington Peninsula Women’s Tennis International #1

From 03/20 to 03/26

Money prize: $ 25,000

Surface: Clay outdoor

Tournament location: Mornington Tennis Centre – 350 Dunns Road , Mornington , Victoria , 3931, Australia

How to get: Tennis courts are not so far from the heart of Mornington, just at 3,7 km from famous Pier. The closest airport is Melbourne international one that is about 100 km from Mornington Tennis Centre (about 75 minutes driving).

Main players: Arina Rodionova (Aus) – Liza Cabrera (Aus) – Arantxa Rus (Ned) – Julia Glushko (Isr) – Barbora Krejcikova (Cze) – Fanni Stollar (Hun) – Destanee Aiava (Aus) – Katy Dunne (Gbr) – Sherazad Reix (Fra) – Varatchaya Wongteanchai (Tha)

The first favorite of the tournament Arina Rodionova

THE TOWN: Mornington is a seaside town on the Mornington Peninsula located 57 km south of Melbourne’s central business district. It is known for its village atmosphere and its beautiful beaches. Mornington is a popular tourist destination with Melburnians who often make day trips to visit the area’s bay beaches and wineries. The town centre runs into the foreshore area and local beach.

Lonely Planet writes about Mornington Peninsula: “The Peninsula – the boot-shaped area of land between Port Phillip Bay and Western Port Bay – has been Melbourne’s summer playground since the 1870s, when paddle steamers ran down to Portsea. Today, much of the interior farming land has been replaced by vineyards and orchards – foodies love the peninsula, where a winery lunch is a real highlight – but it still retains lovely stands of native bushland. The calm ‘front beaches’ are on the Port Phillip Bay side, where families holiday at bayside towns from Mornington to Sorrento. The rugged ocean ‘back beaches’ face Bass Strait and are easily reached from Portsea, Sorrento and Rye; there are stunning walks along this coastal strip, part of the Mornington Peninsula National Park. The bay heads are so close that it’s just a short hop by ferry across from Sorrento to Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula.

3 TOP ATTRACTIONS IN MORNINGTON PENINSULA:

  • Mornington Peninsula National Park 


  • Mornington Pier


  • Peninsula Hot Springs 


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Mornington Motel. Cute *** accomodation is located just 500 mt from Mornington Village Shopping. It offers a seasonal outdoor pool, barbecue facilities and free on-site parking. A large suite queen with kitchenette costs 139 AUD. Wifi available for an additional charge.
  • Best Western Plus Brooklands Of Mornington. Excellent **** hotel rated 8.9 on Booking and brilliantly located and set amongst 3 acres of beautiful gardens. Guests enjoy free buffet breakfast, free WiFi and parking and free in-house movies. The price for a 28 mq2 studio starts from 156,5 AUD for night.
  • Villa Mallorca. Exceptional ***** accomodation located at Mount Martha (about 9 km from Mornington) and rated 9.6 by Booking’s users. Guests enjoy an outdoor pool, free WiFi and dining at the in-house Tapas Bar. The spacious 2-bedroom apartment boasts a large private deck offering sea views, a bathroom with a spa bath and an open-plan living area with a gas log fire and cable TV. There is a kitchenette for self catering. Price starts from 350 AUD per night.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Visit Mornington Peninsula 

All Accomodations in Mornington Peninsula 


Enjoy another unforgettable Australian TennisTrip!

10 Wonderful Places Where You Can See Tennis Next Week

  • MELBOURNE – GRANDE SLAM Australian Open (2nd week)


Money prize (ATP+WTA): AUD 50,000,000

Surface: Hard Outdoor

ATP Entry List: Andy Murray (Gbr) – Novak Djokovic (Srb) – Milos Raonic (Can) – Stan Wawrinka (Sui) – Kei Nishikori (Jpn) – Marin Cilic (Cro) – Gael Monfils (Fra) – Dominic Thiem (Aut) – Rafael Nadal (Esp) – Tomas Berdych (Cze)

WTA Entry List: Angelique Kerber (Ger) – Serena Williams (Usa) – Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) – Simona Halep (Rou) – Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) – Karolyna Plyskova (Cze) – Garbine Muguruza (Esp) – Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) – Johanna Konta (Gbr) – Carla Suarez Navarro (Esp)

Tournament Info

Visit Melbourne Info

Accomodations

  • RENNES – ATP CHALLENGER Open de Rennes 

Money prize: € 85,000

Surface: Hard Indoor

Main players: Jeremy Chardy (Fra) – Paul Henri Mathieu (Fra) – Guido Andreozzi (Arg) – Lukas Rosol (Cze) – Jozef Kovalik (Svk) – Tobias Kamke (Ger) – Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukr) – Arthur De Greef (Bel) – Evgeny Donskoy (Rus) – Teymuraz Gabashvili (Rus)

Tournament Info

Visit Rennes Official 

Accomodations 

  • MAUI – ATP CHALLENGER SportMaster Tennis Championship of Maui


Money prize: $ 75,000

Surface: Hard Outdoor 

Main players: Hyeon Chung (Kor) – Jared Donaldson (Usa) – Yuichi Sugita (Jpn) – Marco Chiudinelli (Sui) – Go Soeda (Jpn) – Taro Daniel (Jpn) – Vasek Pospisil (Cze) – Henri Laaksonen (Sui) – Ernesto Escobedo (Usa) – Di Wu (Chn)

Tournament Official Site 

Maui on GoHawaii.com 

Accomodations 

  • ANDREZIEUX BOUTHEON – ITF WOMEN Engie Open Andrézieux-Bouthéon 42


Money prize: $ 60,000

Surface: Hard Indoor

Main players: Sara Sorribes Tormo (Esp) – Anett Kontaveit (Est) – Rebecca Sramkova (Svk) – Silvia Soler Espinosa (Esp) – Ana Bogdan (Rou) – Cindy Burger (Ned) – Ivana Jorovic (Srb) – Tamara Korpatsch (Ger) – Tereza Martincova (Cze) – Virginie Razzano (Fra)

Tournament Official Site 

Andrézieux-Bouthéon Visitors Info

Accomodations

  • NUSSLOCH – ITF MEN Herrentennismeisterschaften der Metropolregion Rhein-Neckar um den MLP Cup 2017


Money prize: $ 25,000

Surface: Carpet Indoor

Main players: Laurynas Grygelis (Ltu) – Eduardo Struvay (Col) – Lloyd Harris (Saf) – Alexey Vatutin (Rus) – Yannick Hanfmann (Ger) – Yann Marti (Sui) – Niels Langer (Ger) – Marvin Netuschil (Ger) – Daniel Altmaier (Ger) – Mats Moraing (Ger)

Tournament Official Site

Nussloch Tourism Info

  • WESLEY CHAPEL – ITF WOMEN Saddlebrook Usta Pro Circuit Women’s 25k


Money prize: $ 25,000

Surface: Clay Outdoor

Main players: Teliana Pereira (Bra) – Sesil Karatantcheva (Bul) – Sofia Kenin (Usa) – An Sophie Mestach (Bel) – Victoria Kuzmova (Svk) – Jesika Maleckova (Cze) – Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Svk) – Daniela Hantuchova (Svk) – Michelle Larcher de Brito (Por) – Robin Anderson (Usa)

Tournament Info

Wesley Chapel General Info

Accomodations

  • AKTOBE – ITF MEN Aktobe Open


Money prize: $ 25,000

Surface: Hard Indoor

Main players: Lorenzo Giustino (Ita) – Vaclav Safranek (Cze) – Dzmitry Zhyrmont (Blr) – Danilo Petrovic (Srb) – Vladislav Manafov (Ukr) – Sanjar Fayziev (Uzb) – Jan Mertl (Cze) – Maximilian Neuchrist (Aut) – Niels Lootsma (Ned) – Robin Stanek (Cze)

Tournament Info

Visit Aktobe Official

Accomodations 

  • ALMATY – ITF WOMEN Almaty International


Money prize: $ 15,000

Surface: Hard Indoor

Main players: Polina Monova (Rus) – Kamila Kerimbayeva (Kaz) – Anastasia Pribylova (Rus) – Ekaterina Yashina (Rus) – Katharina Lenhert (Phi) – Ekaterina Kazionova (Rus) – Mai Minokoshi (Jpn) – Arina Folts (Uzb) – Valeriya Zeleva (Rus) – Alina Silich (Rus)

Tournament Info

Visit Almaty Official

Accomodations

  • MANACOR – ITF MEN Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar Futures II

Money prize: $ 15,000

Surface: Clay Outdoor

Main players: Jordi Samper Montana (Esp) – Ricardo Ojeda Lara (Esp) – Stefano Travaglia (Ita) – Jaume Munar (Esp) – Pedro Martinez Portero (Esp) – Maxime Chazal (Fra) – Alvaro Lopez San Martin (Esp) – Evan Leshem (Isr) – Omar Giacalone (Ita) – Pedro Cachin (Arg)

Tournament Info

Manacor on See Mallorca

Accomodations

  • CAIRO – ITF WOMEN Al Solymaneiyah Egy F2 Women’s Future


Money prize: $ 15,000

Surface: Clay Outdoor

Main players: Chantal Skamlova (Svk) – Sandra Samir (Egy) – Ayaka Okuno (Jpn) – Fatma Al Nabhani (Oma) – Christina Ene (Rou) – Oana Georgeta Simion (Rou) – Helene Scholsen (Bel) – Dana Kremer (Ger) – Shelby Talcott (Usa) – Petia Arshinkova (Bul)

Tournament Info

Cairo Visitors on Egypt Travel

Accomodations

10 Wonderful Places Where You Can See Tennis Next Week

  • MELBOURNE – GRANDE SLAM Australian Open

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Money prize (ATP+WTA): $ 50,000,000

Surface: Hard Outdoor

ATP Entry List: Andy Murray (Gbr) – Novak Djokovic (Srb) – Milos Raonic (Can) – Stan Wawrinka (Sui) – Kei Nishikori (Jpn) – Marin Cilic (Cro) – Gael Monfils (Fra) – Dominic Thiem (Aut) – Rafael Nadal (Esp) – Tomas Berdych (Cze)

WTA Entry List: Angelique Kerber (Ger) – Serena Williams (Usa) – Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) – Simona Halep (Rou) – Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) – Karolyna Plyskova (Cze) – Garbine Muguruza (Esp) – Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) – Johanna Konta (Gbr) – Carla Suarez Navarro (Esp)

Tournament Info

Visit Melbourne Info

Accomodations

  • KOBLENZ – ATP CHALLENGER Koblenz Open 

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Money prize: € 50,000

Surface: Hard Indoor

Main players: Lukas Rosol (Cze) – Benjamin Becker (Ger) – Alessandro Giannessi (Ita) – Marius Copil (Rou) – Teymuraz Gabashvili (Rus) – Duckhee Lee (Kor) – Grega Zemlja (Slo) – Andrey Roublev (Rus) – Constant Lestienne (Fra) – Federico Gaio (Ita)

Tournament Info

Koblenz Tourists Info

Accomodations 

  • ORLANDO – ITF WOMEN Orlando Professional Tennis Series

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Money prize: $ 25,000

Surface: Clay Outdoor

Main players: Jessica Pegula (Usa) – Teliana Pereira (Bra) – Sesil Karatantcheva (Bul) – Sofia Kenin (Usa) – An Sophie Mestach (Bel) – Victoria Kuzmova (Rus) – Jesika Maleckova (Svk) – Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Svk) – Krisite Ahn (Usa) – Michelle Larcher de Brito (Por)

Tournament Info

Visit Orlando Official

Accomodations

  • CAIRO – ITF WOMEN Al Solymaneiyah Egy F1 Women’s Future

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Money prize: $ 15,000

Surface: Clay Outdoor

Main players: Chantal Skamlova (Svk) – Sandra Samir (Egy) – Ayaka Hokuno (Jpn) – Fatma Al Nabhani (Oma) – Christina Ene (Rou) – Oana Georgeta Simion (Rou) – Helene Scholsen (Bel) – Bojana Marinkovic (Srb) – Shelby Talcott (Usa) – Petia Arshinkova (Bul)

Tournament Info

Cairo Visitors on Egypt Travel

Accomodations

  • BRESSUIRE – ITF MEN 17èmes Internationaux de Bressuire

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Money prize: $ 15,000

Surface: Hard Indoor

Main players: Clement Geens (Bel) – Yannick Jankovits (Fra) – Hugo Nys (Fra) – Gregoire Jacq (Fra) – Gleb Sakharov (Fra) – Ante Pavic (Cro) – Remi Boutillier (Fra) – Romain Jouan (Fra) – David Guez (Fra) – Corentin Denolly (Fra)

Tournament Info

Bressuire’s Office of Tourism

Accomodations

  • PETIT-BOURG (GUADELOUPE) – ITF WOMEN Open Feminin de Petit Bourg

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Money prize: $ 15,000

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Main players: Mayo Hibi (Jpn) – Chieh Yo Hsu (Tpe) – Alexandra Perper (Mda) – Tereza Mihalikova (Svk) – Sanaz Marand (Usa) – Carol Zhao (Can) – Sara Cakarevic (Fra) – Estelle Cascino (Fra) – Mari Osaka (Jpn) – Ashley Kratzer (Usa)

Tournament Info

Petit Bourg on France Voyage

Accomodations

  • KAARST – ITF MEN Kirschbaum International powered by Energy Concepts

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Money prize: $ 15,000

Surface: Carpet Indoor

Main players: Mats Moraing (Ger) – Vladimir Ivanov (Est) – Evgenyi Karlovskyi (Rus) – Yaraslau Shyla (Blr) – Oscar Otte (Ger) – Michal Schmid (Cze) – Neil Pauffley (Gbr) – Vadym Ursu (Ukr) – Pavel Nejedly (Cze) – Joran Vliegen (Bel)

Tournament Info

Kaarst Tourism Info

Accomodations

 

  • MANACOR – ITF MEN Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar Futures I

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Money prize: $ 15,000

Surface: Clay Outdoor

Main players: Ricardo Ojeda Lara (Esp) – Jaume Munar (Esp) – Pedro Martinez Portero (Esp) – Maxime Chazal (Fra) – Alvaro Lopez San Martin (Esp) – Bernabe Zapata Miralles (Esp) – Pedro Cachin (Arg) – Omar Giacalone (Ita) – Pascal Meis (Ger) – Luca Pancaldi (Ita)

Tournament Info

Manacor on See Mallorca

Accomodations

  • STUTTGART STAMMHEIM – ITF WOMEN Internationale Württembergische Hallenmeisterschaften

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Money prize: $ 15,000

Surface: Hard Indoor

Main players: Tamara Korpatsch (Ger) – Denis Khazaniuk (Isr) – Katinka Von Deichmann (Lie) – Magdalena Frech (Pol) – Anna Zaja (Ger) – Chloe Paquet (Fra) – Bernarda Pera (Usa) – Tena Lukas (Cro) – Katharina Hogbarski (Ger) – Greet Minnen (Bel)

Tournament Info

Stuttgart Tourism Official Site

Accomodations

  • SUNRISE – ITF MEN City of Sunrise Pro Tennis Classic

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Money prize: $ 15,000

Surface: Clay Outdoor

Main players: Emilio Gomez (Ecu) – Tomas Lipovsek Puches (Arg) – Juan Ignacio Londero (Arg) – Peter Torebko (Ger) – Christian Lindell (Swe) – Tomislav Brkic (Bih) – Yusuke Takahashi (Jpn) – Peter Nagy (Hun) – Rhyne Williams (Usa) – Facundo Arguello (Arg)

Tournament Info

Visit Sunrise Official Site 

Accomodations

Melbourne – Don’t miss the first “Grand Slam” of the year

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP & WTA GRAND SLAM Australian Open 2017

From 01/16 to 01/29

Money prize: 50,000,000 (ATP+WTA)

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Location: Melbourne Park. Melbourne Victoria 3001 Australia.

Melbourne Park sports venue

 

How to get: Detailed info on Melbourne Park Site

Previous Winners: 2016 Novak Djokovic/Angelique Kerber – 2015 Novak Djokovic/Serena Williams – 2014 Stanislas Wawrinka/Na Li – 2013 Novak Djokovic/Victoria Azarenka – 2012 Novak Djokovic/Victoria Azarenka – 2011 Novak Djokovic/Kim Clijsters – 2010 Roger Federer/Serena Williams

Will Novak Djokovic win his 7th AO title?

 

ATP Entry List: Andy Murray (Gbr) – Novak Djokovic (Srb) – Milos Raonic (Can) – Stan Wawrinka (Sui) – Kei Nishikori (Jpn) – Marin Cilic (Cro) – Gael Monfils (Fra) – Dominic Thiem (Aut) – Rafael Nadal (Esp) – Tomas Berdych (Cze)

WTA Entry List: Angelique Kerber (Ger) – Serena Williams (Usa) – Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) – Simona Halep (Rou) – Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) – Karolyna Plyskova (Cze) – Garbine Muguruza (Esp) – Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) – Johanna Konta (Gbr) – Carla Suarez Navarro (Esp)

THE TOWN: Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city, and the capital of the south-eastern state of Victoria, located at the head of Port Phillip Bay. It’s cultural capital, with Victorian-era architecture, extensive shopping, museums, galleries, theatres, and large parks and gardens. Many of its 4 million residents are both multicultural and sports-mad. Melbourne continues to be a magnet for migrants from all over the world, and consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities.

For Lonely Planet:”Stylish, arty Melbourne is a city that’s both dynamic and cosmopolitan, and proud of its place as Australia’s cultural capital. Its stately Gold Rush–era architecture and a multicultural make-up reflect the city’s recent history, while edgy street art, top museums and sticky-carpeted band venues point to its present-day personality.Melbourne is best experienced as a local would, with its character largely reliant upon its collection of inner-city neighbourhoods. Despite a long-standing north–south divide (flashy St Kilda versus hipster Fitzroy), there’s a coolness about its bars, cafes, restaurants, festivals and people that transcends the borders. The city centre has meanwhile reinvented itself with chic laneway eateries and rooftop bars opening in former industrial buildings.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens


  • Port Campbell National Park


  • Eureka Skydeck 89


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • The Glenferrie Hotel Hawthorn. Boutique *** hotel rated 8.8 on Booking. Great location at just 2 minutes walking from Glenferrie Train Station and 10 minutes driving from Melbourne Park. It features a bar, a restaurant and free parking. A 36 mq2 king room costs 120$ per night with free wifi included.
  • Wyndham Hotel Melbourne. Wonderful **** hotel located in the real heart of Melbourne. Rated 9.1 on Booking, it features a rooftop heated pool, a fitness centre and a library and offers deluxe 44 mq2 apartments with fully equipped kitchenette at just 152$ per night.

  • The Langham Melbourne. Luxury *****  hotel located on the banks of the Yarra River, The Langham Melbourne features an indoor swimming pool with views out over the city. The elegant interior includes a grand marble staircase, cascading fountains and magnificent chandeliers.. Price for a superior king room of 35 mq2 is 389$ with breakfast and free wifi included. Rated 9.3 on Booking.


USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site 

Melbourne Visitors Info 

Hotel Accomodations 


Enjoy the first Major event of the year!!!!