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 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 Today, much of the interior farming land has been replaced by vineyards and orchards – foodies love the peninsula, where a winery lunch is a real highlight – but it still retains lovely stands of native bushland.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.
Enjoy another unforgettable Australian TennisTrip!