Washington – A traditional tennis event in the capital city of United States of America…

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 500 Citi Open

From 07/31 to 08/06

Prize money: $ 2,002,460

Surface: Hard outdoor

Tournament location: Rock Creek Park Tennis Center – 4850 Colorado Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011, USA

How to arrive: The tournament shuttles will be running between the Van Ness-UDC Metro station and the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center every day throughout the week of the tournament. Shuttles will be open to Metro riders. Due to limited on-site parking and traffic concerns, it is recommended and encouraged that all patrons ride MetroRAIL to the Van Ness-UDC Station located on the Red Line.

Past champions: 2016 Gael Monfils – 2015 Kei Nishikori – 2014 Milos Raonic – 2013/2008/2007 Juan Martin Del Potro – 2012 Alexander Dolgopolov – 2011 Radek Stepanek – 2010 David Nalbandian

Defending champion Gael Monfils

Entry list: Dominic Thiem (Aut) – Alexander Zverev (Ger) – Lucas Pouille (Fra) – Gael Monfils (Fra) – Jack Sock (Usa) – Nick Kyrgios (Aus) – John Isner (Usa) – Steve Johnson (Usa) – Gilles Müller (Lux) – Mischa Zverev (Ger)

THE TOWN: Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States. Named in honor of President George Washington, the City of Washington was founded in 1791 to serve as the new national capital. The metropolitan area, of which the District is the principal city, has a population of over 6 million, the sixth-largest metropolitan statistical area in the country.

Lonely Planet‘s writer Karla Zimmerman explains why she loves this town: “It begins with the Mall. How sweet is it to have a walkable strip of museums where you can see nuclear missiles, cursed diamonds and exquisite Asian ceramics in cool underground galleries – for free? Further down the path the notes and photos people leave at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will break your heart, and the Lincoln Memorial just kills with its grandness and sweeping view. Shaw wins my affection for its neighborhoody beer halls and cafes. Most of all, I love how Ben’s Chili Bowl makes you feel like a local even if you’re not.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Lincoln Memorial


  • Library of Congress


  • The Mall


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Hive. Excellent *** micro hotel rated 8.9 on Booking and located at just 900 mt from Lincoln Memorial. Featuring free WiFi, this property offers pet-friendly accommodation, on-site restaurant and terrace. Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and comes with a flat-screen TV and private bathroom. The prices for a 18 mq2 Buzz Room start from $ 158 per night.
  • The District by Hilton Club. Located 600 mt from Phillips Collection this wonderful 4 stars hotel, rated 9.2 on Booking, features a restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar and a private parking. Every room at this resort is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Certain units have a sitting area to relax. A king suite with sofa bed costs just $ 170 per night with good breakfast included.
  • Trump International Washington DC. Exceptional ***** hotel rated 9.6 on Booking and situated in the heart of town at just 600 mt from The Mall. Guests can enjoy a delicious onsite restaurant, private parking, free wifi and wonderful luxurious rooms with flat screen Tv, coffee machine, sitting area and elegant marble bathroom. A 40 mq2 deluxe king room costs from $ 310 per night with free cancellation.

Please notice that these prices don’t include a 14,5% tax.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Washington DC Official 

Your Hotel in Washington 


Enjoy this exciting TennisTrip!

Halle – Roger Federer will look for his ninth triumph in this beautiful German town

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 500 Gerry Weber Open 2017

From 06/19 to 06/25

Surface: Grass outdoor

Prize money: € 1,836,660

Tournament location: GERRY WEBER STADION – Roger-Federer-Allee 4 (ehem Weststr. 14) 33790 Halle/Westfalen

How to arrive: Regardless of your choice of transport: car, train, or airplane the tennis venue is centrally situated and easily reachable. The nearest airports to Halle are Muenster/Osnabrueck and Paderborn/Lippstadt. There is  approximately 45 minutes drive from either airport to Halle/Westfalen. Alternatively you can fly to Hannover airport followed by a 75 minutes drive or it takes  90 minutes  by train.

Past champions: 2016 Florian Mayer – 2015/2014/2013/2008/2006/2005/2004/2003 Roger Federer – 2012/2009 Tommy Haas – 2011 Philipp Kohlschreiber – 2010 Lleyton Hewitt

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Pluri-champion RF will lead the entry list

Entry list: Roger Federer (Sui) – Kei Nishikori (Jpn) – Dominic Thiem (Aut) – Lucas Pouille (Fra) – Gael Monfils (Fra) – Albert Ramos Vinolas (Esp) – Pablo Carreno Busta (Esp) – Alexander Zverev (Ger) – Roberto Bautista Agut (Esp) – Ivo Karlovic (Cro)

THE TOWN: Halle is a city in the southern part of the German state Saxony-Anhalt. Together with Leipzig, Halle is at the heart of the Central German Metropolitan Region. For Lonely Planet: “Once a hotbed for the GDR’s chemical industry, Halle is most famous for being the birthplace of Georg Friedrich Händel. When the GDR collapsed, the chemical factories gradually disappeared and the smoke began to clear. Change was slow, but some intelligent planning and major projects leading up to Halle’s 1200th birthday in 2006, combined with the presence of some 25,000 students attending the Martin Luther University, has injected a strong dose of vibrancy into this very old town.

Halle has a handful of impressive museums spanning themes as diverse as art, archaeology and the Beatles.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS: 

  • Marktkirche Unser Lieben Frauen

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  • Beatles Museum

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  • The Handel Monument

Händel_Monument

BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • DOMotel PensionThis very cute guest house, rated 8.6 on Booking, offers modern rooms, a communal kitchen and a courtyard terrace. The market square in the centre of Halle is about a 20-minute walk away. All rooms at the DOMotel Pension have a TV and private bathroom. Wi-Fi internet is available in all areas for a small extra charge. A standard double room costs 56€ per night (optional rich breakfast at 7.8€ per person).
  • Hotel Atlas HalleThis comfortable 3-star hotel, rated 8.3 on Booking, is just located a 5-minute walk from Halle Central Train Station. It offers free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV in all its modern rooms. In the evenings guests can enjoy local and international dishes of the Atlas’s restaurant or relax with a drink at the bar. The daily rate for a 20 mq2 standard double room is 85€ with breakfast buffet for two included.
  • Dorint Charlottenhof Halle – SaaleOffering modern-style rooms with free Wi-Fi, this excellent 4-star superior hotel is in a quiet area of Halle just near the center of the city and a 5-minute walk from the main train station. It offers elegant Art Deco suites and a range of tasteful Art Nouveau rooms.  It features a delicious onsite restaurant, a lounge bar, a wellness and fitness area. A standard double room costs 133€ per night with free WiFi and excellent breakfast included. Rated 8.7 on Booking!

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Halle Tourist Informations

Your Hotel in Halle

 

Enjoy a RogerFederer Tennis Trip!!!

Rome – An exceptional tennis week visiting the Eternal City 

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 1000 – WTA PREMIER 5 Internazionali BNL d’Italia

From 05/15 to 05/21

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 4,835,975 + $ 2,775,745

Tournament location: Parco del Foro Italico – Viale delle Olimpiadi 60, 00100 Roma

How to get: Those wishing to reach the Foro Italico from the Fiumicino Airport, instead of taking a taxi, can take the metro train all the way to the “Roma Tiburtina” station or the direct train to “Stazione Termini.” Transit time for the metro train is 45 minutes. If you decide to take the metro, the closest stations on the A line are “Ottaviano” and “Flaminio.” At the “Ottaviano” station exit, you can take bus #32 and get off at the Lungotevere Maresciallo Cadorna stop. On the other hand, if you arrive at the “Flaminio” metro stop, the best bet is to take tram #2 all the way to the Piazza Mancini terminus.

Past WTA champions: 2016/2014/2013/2002 Serena Williams – 2015/2012/2011 Maria Sharapova – 2010 Maria Sanchez Martinez – 2009 Dinara Safina – 2008/2007 Jelena Jankovic

WTA Entry list: Angelique Kerber (Ger) –  Karolina Pliskova (Cze) – Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) – Simona Halep (Rou) – Garbine Muguruza (Esp) – Johanna Konta (Gbr) – Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) – Venus Williams (Usa) – Madison Keys (Usa) – Maria Sharapova (Rus)

Maria Sharapova has received a Wild Card to come back in Rome

Past ATP champions: 2016 Andy Murray – 2015/2014/2011/2008 Novak Djokovic – 2013/2012/2010/2009/2007/2006/2005 Rafa Nadal

ATP Entry list: Andy Murray (Gbr) – Novak Djokovic (Srb) – Stan Wawrinka (Sui) – Rafa Nadal (Esp) – Milos Raonic (Can) – Kei Nishikori (Jpn) – Marin Cilic (Cro) – Dominic Thiem (Aut) – Jo Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) – Gael Monfils (Fra)

THE TOWN: Rome is a special comune (named Comune di Roma Capitale) and the capital of Italy. With 2,873,598 residents, it is also the country’s largest and most populated comune. The Vatican City is an independent country geographically located within the city boundaries of Rome, the only existing example of a country within a city: for this reason Rome has been often defined as capital of two states.

Rome’s history spans more than 2,500 years. While Roman mythology dates the founding of Rome at only around 753 BC, the site has been inhabited for much longer, making it one of the oldest continuously occupied sites in Europe. After the fall of the Western Empire, which marked the beginning of the Middle Ages, Rome slowly fell under the political control of the Papacy, which had settled in the city since the 1st century AD, until in the 8th century it became the capital of the Papal States, which lasted until 1870. Beginning with the Renaissance, almost all the popes since Nicholas V (1447–55) pursued coherently along four hundred years an architectonic and urbanistic programme aimed to make of the city the world’s artistic and cultural centre.Due to that, Rome became first one of the major centres of the Italian Renaissance,[10] and then the birthplace of both the Baroque style and Neoclassicism. Famous artists, painters, sculptors and architects made Rome the centre of their activity, creating masterpieces throughout the city. In 1871 Rome became the capital of the Kingdom of Italy, and in 1946 that of the Italian Republic. It hosted the 1960 Summer Olympics and is the seat of United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Lonely Planet’s writer Duncan Garwood explains the reasons why he loves this town: “As much as its great monuments – the Colosseum, St Peter’s Basilica, the Pantheon – what I love about Rome are its details: the cobbled lanes and hidden corners, the vivid colours, the aroma of freshly ground coffee wafting out of its cafes. Rome’s streets and piazzas are an endless source of entertainment and, as a history buff, I get a real kick when I think of all the legendary events that have taken place here. Rome is also a fabulous place to eat well and there’s little I love more than a long lunch at a favourite trattoria.”

TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS:

  • St. Peter’s Basilica


  • Trevi Fountain


  • Colosseum 


  • Pantheon


  • San Luigi dei Francesi Church

BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Best Western Hotel Astrid. Very good *** located just 5 minutes walking from Foro Italico and some steps from tram #2 which takes you to Piazza del Popolo in 10 minutes, it offers stilysh rooms with hardwood floors, an LCD TV with Sky satellite channels and a minibar with free soft drinks. In summer, breakfast is served on the 5th-floor terrace overlooking St. Peter’s Basilica and the Tiber River. The daily rate is 115€ per night with breakfast and wifi included.
  • The Tribune Hotel. Wonderful **** hotel rated 9.1 on Booking and located just 500 my from Villa Borghese and 10 minutes walking from Spanish Steps, it features free WiFi throughout the property and an on-site bar. The rooms are elegantly decorated with modern furnitures and offers a free mini bar. Prices from 188€ per night with good breakfast included.
  • Hassler Roma. Set at the top of the Spanish Steps, luxury ***** hotel Hassler Roma is one of the city’s most famous hotels. It offers elegant rooms and suites with high-speed free WiFi, and free wellness facilities including a sauna, Turkish bath and gym. Its restaurant and gym have panoramic views over Rome’s rooftops. Dining options at the Hassler include the Michelin-starred Imàgo on the 6th floor, the stylish Salone Eva, and the Palm Court restaurant with its ancient stone walls. The cuisine is classic Italian, with international specialities. A deluxe double room of 25 mq2 costs 742€ per night. Rated 9.2 on Booking.

The exceptional view from Imago Restaurant of Hassler.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Rome Tourism Official 

Accomodations


Enjoy an exceptional week in the Caput Mundi!!!


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!

Monte Carlo – A fantastic and traditional ATP Masters 1000 in the gem of Mediterranean 

THE TOURNAMENT:  ATP MASTERS 1000 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters

From 04/13 to 04/19

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 4,273,775

Tournament location: Monte-Carlo Country Club – 155 avenue Princesse Grace, 06190 Roquebrune Cap Martin, Monaco

How to get: Perfectly located between Nice and San Remo, Monte-Carlo Country Club is easy accessible by car either from France or  Italy. The closest airport is the Nice Intl Airport at just 34 km.

Recent winners: 2016 Rafa Nadal – 2015 Novak Djokovic – 2014 Stan Wawrinka – 2013 Novak Djokovic – 2012/2011/2010/2009/2008/2007/2006/2005 Rafa Nadal

Rafa is looking for his 10th title in Monaco

Entry list: Andy Murray (Gbr) – Novak Djokovic (Srb) – Stan Wawrinka (Sui) – Milos Raonic (Can) – Rafa Nadal (Esp) – Dominic Thiem (Aut) – Marin Cilic (Cro) – Jo Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) – Gael Monfils (Fra) – David Goffin (Bel)

THE TOWN: Monte Carlo refers to an administrative area of the Principality of Monaco, specifically the ward of Monte Carlo/Spélugues, where the Monte Carlo Casino is located. Informally the name also refers to a larger district, the Monte Carlo Quarter. The permanent population of the ward of Monte Carlo is about 3,500, while that of the quarter is about 15,000.

Lonely Planet writes about Monaco: “Squeezed into just 200 hectares, this principality might be the world’s second-smallest country (the Vatican is smaller), but what it lacks in size it makes up for in attitude. A magnet for high-rollers and hedonists since the early 20th century, it’s also one of the world’s most notorious tax havens (residents pay no income tax). It’s also famous for its annual Formula 1 Grand Prix, held every year in May since 1929.

Despite its prodigious wealth, Monaco itself is a long way from the prettiest town on the French Riviera: it’s basically an ode to concrete and glass, dominated by high-rise hotels and apartment blocks that rise into the hills like ranks of dominos, not to mention an utterly bewildering street layout that seems solely designed to confound lowly pedestrians.

It’s a rather different story on the rocky outcrop known as Le Rocher, which juts out on the south side of the port and is home to the royal palace, as well as a rather charming little old town which feels a world away from Monte Carlo’s skyscrapers and super yachts.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Princely Palace of Monaco


  • Monte-Carlo Harbor


  • Real Monte-Carlo Casino


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Novotel Monte-Carlo. Very good *** hotel located in the heart of the Principality of Monaco, at a short walk from Casino, and rated 8.3 Booking. It features a seasonal outdoor pool with lounge chairs, a fitness room and a hammam. Wifi for free in all areas. A superior 25 mq2 double room costs 295€ per night in b&b.
  • Port Palace. Port Palace is a 4-star boutique hotel in Monaco overlooking Port Hercule. It features a location at the center of Monaco’s legendary Grand Prix circuit. Guests can relax at the on-site spa with a hot tub and hammam. Restaurant La Marée serves fresh fish and seafood, and guests can dine on the terrace overlooking the marina. The price for a standard room with amazing harbor view is 245€ per night with breakfast and free WiFi included. Rated 8.8 on Booking.
  • Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo. Exceptional and extra luxurious ***** hotel set in a building dating from 1864 next to the Casino and rated 9.3 on Booking. It features an American-style piano bar and 2 restaurants with views of the famous Place du Casino. Guests receive a pass allowing free or reduced admission for properties run by Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer. It includes free entry to the 7,000 m² Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo spa. The price for an incredible 55 mq2 junior suite is 1200€ per night!!!

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Monte Carlo Country Club Website 

Visit Monaco Official 

Your Hotel in Monte-Carlo 


Enjoy this luxurious TennisTrip!!

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!!!!

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!

Marseille – Kyrgios vs French Armada in the multicultural heart of Provence

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Open 13 Marseille (25th edition)

From 02/20 to 02/26

Money prize: $ 691,850

Surface: Hard indoor

Tournament location: Palais des Sports – 81, rue Teisseire, 13009 Marseille

How to get: From city center the best way to get is by subway. Take line 2 and get off at the “Sainte Marguerite Dromel” station (direct line). If you move by car the distance between Vieux-Port zone and tennis courts is 7,2 km/12 min. Marseille Provence Airport is far about 29 km from Palais des Sports that is a taxi ride of about 25/30 minutes (approximately 30/35€).

Previous winners: 2016 Nick Kyrgios – 2015 Gilles Simon – 2014 Ernests Gulbis – 2013 Jo Wilfried Tsonga – 2012 Juan Martin Del Potro – 2011 Robin Soderling – 2010 Michael Llodra

Defending champion Nick Kyrgios

Main players: Gael Monfils (Fra) – Jo Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) – Nick Kyrgios (Aus) – Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) – Lucas Pouille (Fra) – Richard Gasquet (Fra) – Alexander Zverev (Ger) – Gilles Simon (Fra) – Nicolas Mahut (Fra) – Benoit Paire (Fra)
THE TOWN: Marseille is the 2nd most populated city of France and the biggest mediterranean port and the economic center of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. In 2013 the city was the European Capital of Culture, a large series of cultural events took place, and several new infrastructures were inaugurated. For its complex history, Marseille’s population is a real melting pot of different cultures.

Lonely Planet introduces the town with these words: “For many years, the busy port city of Marseille has suffered from a serious image problem. Dismissed for its down-at-heel reputation, urban decay and often alarming crime statistics, it’s long been the black sheep of the Provençal coastline. But while it’s gritty, and not always pretty – Cannes or St-Tropez, it’s not – Marseille is a dynamic, edgy, bustling city that’s rich with more than 1500 years of history. And since its stint as the European Capital of Culture in 2013 and the addition of a brace of swanky new museums, the city has sparkled with a new sense of optimism and self-belief. At long last, everyone seems to be waking up to the fact that France’s second-biggest city might have been unfairly maligned all along. The heart of the city is the vibrant Vieux Port (old port), mast-to-mast with yachts and pleasure boats. Just uphill is the ancient Le Panier neighbourhood, the oldest section of the city. Also worth an explore is the République quarter, with its stylish boutiques and Haussmannian buildings, and the Joliette area, centred onMarseille’s famous striped Cathédrale de la Major.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN MARSEILLE:

  • Parc National des Calanques


  • Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde


  • Vieux Port 


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Alex Hotel. Perfect *** hotel with high value for money situated in central Marseille just 15 minutes walking from Vieux Port, this accomodation has been rated 9.2 on Booking. A small but comfy club double room costs 69,30 € per night with free wifi included in the price.
  • Grand Hotel Beauvau Marseille Vieux Port – MGallery by Sofitel. Excellent **** hotel rated 8.9 on Booking. It is located in Vieux Port at just 100 mt from Metro Station and offers modern double rooms from 129€ per night with breakfast buffet included. Free wifi is available for customers. Amazing onsite lounge bar with boasting views on the port.
  • Hotel C2. Wonderful ***** hotel, opened in April 2014, which rises in a 19th century private mansion at just 600 mt from Vieux Port and Notre Dame de la Garde. Facilities include a spa with a relaxation room, indoor pool, a bar and meeting room. Rated 9.3 on Booking it offers spacious room with designer furnishings (23 mq2) at 169€ per night. The free wifi is included in room price.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Marseille Official

Accomodations


Enjoy this new French TennisTrip!!!

Stockholm -Unforgettable days for one of the oldest tournament of tennis circus

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 IF STOCKHOLM OPEN

Date: From 17/10 to 23/10

Money prize: $ 566,525

Surface: Hard Indoor

Tournament Location: Tennisstaddion – Södra FIskartorpsvägen 20, Stockholm

How to get: Tennisstaddion is fatr just 3.5 km from central station (15 minutes by taxi). Arlanda Airport, on the other hand, is far 44 km.

Recent Past Winners: 2015 – 2014 Tomas Berdych – 2013 Grigor Dimitrov – 2012 Tomas Berdych – 2011 Gael Monfils – 2010 Roger Federer

Top 10 Players: Gael Monfils (Fra) –  Juan Martin Del Potro (Arg) – John Isner (Usa) – Steve Johnson (USa) – Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) – Ivo Karlovic (Cro) – Lucas Pouille (Fra) . Alexander Zverev (Rus) – Jack Sock (Usa) – Kevin Anderson (Rsa)

ABOUT STOCKHOLM

Stockholm, one of the most beautiful capitals in the world, is built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges. The beautiful buildings, the greenery, the fresh air and the proximity to the water are distinctive traits of this city. Ekoparken, the first National City Park in the world, is a green space that breathes for the city, and a constant presence in the crush of the city. Lonely Planet writes about Stockholm: “Stockholm’s good looks and fashion sense could almost be intimidating. But this city is an accessible beauty, as easy to explore as it is to love. Though spread across 14 islands, connected by 57 bridges, it is compact and walkable. Each neighbourhood has a distinct character, yet they’re so close together you can easily spend time in several areas. In each, you’ll find trend-setting design, inventive cuisine, unbeatable museums, great shopping, pretty parks and loads of atmosphere.

The old town, Gamla Stan, is one of Europe’s most arresting historic hubs, all storybook buildings, imposing palaces and razor-thin cobblestone streets.

Just a few metres from this time capsule, the modern city centre shines like the pages of a magazine. Downtown is a catwalk, showroom and test kitchen. Everything here is the very latest thing.

And it’s surrounded by pristine forests and a vast archipelago. What’s not to love?

TOP 3 THINGS TO SEE:

  • Gamla Stan (Old Town)

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  • Vasa Museum

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  • Skansen Open Air Museum

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Central Hotel. Very good *** accomodation, rated 8.5 on Booking, this hotel is situated in city centre, at just 200 mt from Central Station, and offers 19 mq2 standard double rooms at 187€ per night with breakfast buffet included. Wifi, of course, is free.
  • Clarion Collection Hotel Tapto. Excellent **** hotel at 10 minutes tennis court and 1.7 km from Old Town, easy accessible by metro. this modern hotel provides you with functional and modern guest rooms with free wifi. Rated 8.8 on Booking, it offers standard double room at 216 per night with breakfast and evening meal included.
  • Grand Hotel Stockholm. Wonderful ***** luxurious hotel located on the waterfront across from the Royal Palace and the Old Town. It features Restaurant Mathias Dahlgren which was awarded with 2 Michelin stars. This is without any doubt the best hotel of the town (rated 9.2 on Booking). A superior double room with breakfast and wifi included costs 379€ per night.

USEFUL LINKS:

VISIT STOCKHOLM OFFICIAL

VASA MUSEUM OFFICIAL

SKANSEN MUSEUM OFFICIAL SITE

TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL SITE

ALL ACCOMODATIONS

 

ENJOY!!!!

Tokyo – A great tennis date between traditions and sci-fi cityscapes

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 500 Rakuten Japan Open Tenns Championships 2016

Date: From 03/10 to 09/10

Money prize: $ 1,506,385

Surface:  Hard Outdoor

Tournament Location: Ariake Colosseum & Ariake Tennis Forest Park, Tokyo, Japan

How to get: Ariake Tennis Forest Park is located in the wide area of Tokyo Port. It’s far just 12,9 km from Haneda Airport while Narita International Airport is at about 70 km.

Recent Past Winners: 2015 Stan Wawrinka – 2014 Kei Nishikori – 2013 Juan Martin del Potro – 2012 Key Nishikori – 2011 Andy Murray – 2010 Rafael Nadal

Top 10 Players: Stan Wawrinka (Svi) – Kei Nishikori (Jpn) – Thomas Berdych (Cek) – Marin Cilic (Cro) – Gael Monfils (Fra) – David Goffin (Bel) – Nick Kyrgios (Aus) -Feliciano Lopez (Esp) – Ivo Karlovic (Cro) – Kevin Anderson (Rsa)

THE TOWN

Tokyo enjoys a long history of prosperity as Japan’s capital since 1603, when Tokugawa Ieyasu established his shogunate and named the city Edo. Today, with a population of about 13 million, it has grown into the largest of the 47 prefectures of Japan and indeed one of the greatest metropolises in the world. Comprising 23 special wards, 26 cities, 5 towns, and 8 villages, Tokyo is the center of various activities in Japan including politics, economy, and culture. Melting past and future, Tokyo dazzles with its traditional culture and passion for everything new. Rebecca Milner, a Lonely Planet’s writer. says about this incredible town : I’ve lived in Tokyo for over a decade now and am continuously surprised – sometimes on a daily basis – by something new. Such is the joy of living in a city that prides itself on constant renewal and reinvention; it seriously never gets old. Tokyo has everything you can ask of a city, and has it in spades: a rich, cosmopolitan dining scene, more cafes and bars than you could visit in a lifetime, fantastic public…

TOP 5 THINGS TO SEE IN TOKYO:

  • Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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  • Akihabara Electric Town

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  • Tokyo Sky Tree

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  • Imperial Palace

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  • Chidorigafuchi

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SUGGESTED EXCURSION: DAILY TRIP ON FUJI MOUNT

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International. Suprising *** hotel located at just 300 mt from Sensoji Temple and 1 km from Tokyo Sky Tree Tower. Rated 9.2 on Booking, this accomodation offers modern double rooms of 18 mq2 at 128€ per night with free cancellation and wi-fi included. Breakfast costs 40€ more.
  • Hotel Trusty Tokyo Bayside. Wonderful **** hotel with spa and an international restaurant, this accomodation gets an ideal location for tennis fans at a few steps from Ariake Tennis Forest Park. Rated 8.1 on Booking, it offers modern decored double room at 205 € per night with breakfast and wi-fi included.
  • Imperial Hotel Tokyo. Luxurious *****  hotel rated 9.3 on Booking this is a “once time in the life” accomodation. Operating from 1890 and located 5 minutes walk from Imperial Palace and Ginza,  offers beautiful and spacious double rooms from 432€ per night with wifi and parking included.

 

USEFUL LINKS:

GO TOKYO OFFICIAL TOURISM SITE

TOKYO SKY TREE OFFICIAL SITE

TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL SITE

ALL 750 TOKYO ACCOMODATIONS

 

ENJOY!!!!