Beijing – The China Open in the place where ancient and modern meet

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 500 + WTA Premier Mandatory China Open

From 10/02 to 10/08

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 4,280,460 + $ 6,381,679

Tournament location: Olympic Green Tennis Centre – 2 Lincui Rd, Chaoyang Qu, Cina

How to get: The Capital International Airport is far about 26 km from tennis venue (30/35 minutes driving). Tiananmen Square is far 19km and 33 minutes.

Past ATP champions: 2016 Andy Murray – 2015/2014/2013/2012/2010/2009 Novak Djokovic – 2011 Tomas Berdych – 2008 Andy Roddick

ATP Entry list: Rafa Nadal (Esp) – Alexander Zverev (Ger) – Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) – Jo Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) – Roberto Bautista Agut  (Esp) – John Isner (Usa) – Pablo Carreno Busta (Esp) – Tomas Berdych (Esp) – Nick Kyrgios (Aus) – Lucas Pouille (Fra)

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Defending wta champion Agnieszka Radwanska

Past Wta champions: 2016/2011 Agnieszka Radwanska – 2015 Garbine Muguruza – 2014 Maria Sharapova – 2013/2004 Serena Williams – 2012 Victoria Azarenka – 2010 Caroline Wozniacki – 2009/2006 Svetlana Kuznetsova – 2008 Jelena Jankovic

WTA Entry list: Garbine Muguruza (Esp) – Simona Halep (Rou) – Elina Svitolina (Ukr) – Karolina Pliskova (Cze) – Venus Williams (Usa) – Caroline Wozniacki (Den) – Johanna Konta (Gbr) – Svetlana Kuzentsova (Rus) – Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) – Jelena Ostapenko (Lat)

THE TOWN: Lonely’s writer Tom O’Malley tell us why he loves so much this town: “I love how Běijīng wears its many faces like opera masks. In winter, the lakes freeze as chill winds whip south from beyond the Great Wall, carrying with them the echo of Manchu rule. Come summer, Běijīng is all rolled-up t-shirts, icy beers and street-side lamb skewers. Then there’s government Běijīng, where socialist flowerbeds espouse civic harmony, factories power down and the sky beams a proud blue. Or melting-pot Běijīng, defined by the millions of migrants who make the capital tick. And lastly, my Běijīng. Of moonlit bike rides when the city sleeps, of breezy cafes and culinary quests, and wild rambles up among the Great Wall watchtowers.”

TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS:

  • The Great Wall

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  • The Forbidden City

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  • Summer Palace

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  • Tiananmen Square

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  • Temple of Heaven

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Nostalgia Hotel Temple of Heaven. Located just 2,5 km from Temple of Heaven, this very good *** hotel rated .7 on Booking offers modern accomodations with private bathroom, free Wifi and parking. On site you can find a bar/restaurant and a game room. For a twin room the rate is 81$ per night.
  • Park Plaza Beijing WangfujingModern luxury can be enjoyed at this ****hotel rated 8.8 on Booking and situated within 2.4 km of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Guests can enjoy a gym with spa, a business center, the very good Oodle Restuarant and a lounge bar. The stylish rooms are equipped with a satellite Tv and tea/coffee making facilities. A superior 28 mq2 double room costs 99$ per night with with free wifi included.
  • Rosewood Beijing. An artistic masterpiece of modern and old, this exceptional 5 stars hotel is a gem positioned in the central hub of Beijing. Walking through the lush garden and stepping inside, you may find a place full of surprises and enjoy attention-to-detail service. Free WiFi access is available. During leisure time, you may chill out in the beautiful garden, take a swim in the outdoor pool, relax with a spa treatment or join in a session in the gym. Luxury, classy designs, select books and tasteful pieces add artistic charm to each of the units. Featuring a walk-in wardrobe, floor-to-ceiling windows and a large bathroom mirror embedded with a TV, the carpeted rooms offer homelike comfort. A 45mq2 Deluxe King Room costs 234$ per night. Rated 9.5 on Booking!

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Beijing Tourism Official

Your Hotel in Beijing

 

Enjoy!!!

Wuhan – A Top-Class women tournament in the so-called “Chicago” of central China

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA PREMIER 5 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open

From 09/24 to 09/30

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $2,365,250

Tournament location info: Optics Valley International Tennis Center – Gaoxin 2nd Rd, Jiangxia Qu, Wuhan Shi, Hubei Sheng, China. It is located in Wuhan East Lake New Technology Development Zone, being adjacent to Erfei Hill.

Past champions: 2016 Petra Kvitova – 2015 Venus Williams – 2014 Petra Kvitova

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New nr.1 of Wta ranking Garbine Muguruza will be in Wuhan

Entry list: Karolina Pliskova (Cze) – Simona Halep (Rou) – Angelique Kerber (Ger) – Caroline Wozniacki (Dan) – Garbine Muguruza (Esp) – Johanna Konta (Gbr) – Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) – Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) – Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) – Jelena Ostapenko (Lat)

THE TOWN: Wuhan is the capital of Hubei province and is the most populous city in Central China. It is a major transportation hub, with dozens of railways, roads and expressways passing through the city and connecting to other major cities. Because of its key role in domestic transportation, Wuhan was sometimes referred to as The Chicago of China by foreign sources.

For Lonely Planet: “Wǔhàn has matured from the sprawling convergence of three smaller cities to an industrial and commercial centre with more than a smattering of fine cultural sites, including the Yellow Crane Tower and a terrific museum. At times it feels ready to leap from its second-tier status, its warring history a thing of a 2000-year-old past. Amid the traffic and smog, the Yangzi River opens up the densely packed streets, rolling around parks, lakes and a concession-era entertainment district in Hànkǒu, the pick of the three cities, growing in swagger by the financial year. This is not the place of penny postcards, but it’s urban China and it’s worth getting to know.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Yellow Crane Tower

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  • East Lake Wuhan

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  • Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden

BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Lavande Hotel Wuhan Railway StationThis cute *** hotel is located in the Hong Shan neighborhood at 3,1 from Happy Valley. Offering car rental and free WiFi this hotel features wide modern room from 48€ per night with free cancellation. Rated 8.3 on Booking!
  • Holiday Inn Wuhan Riverside. Towering 20 floors over the Yangtze River, this 4-star Holiday Inn, rated 8.4 on Booking, provides a fitness centre, sauna and massage services, 3 restaurants, 2 bars and free WiFi and parking. Featuring modern décor, the air-conditioned rooms enjoy views of either the city or the river. Prices from 72€ per night for a superior double room (25mq2).
  • InterContinental WuhanFeaturing free WiFi and a delicious restaurant, exceptional ***** InterContinental Wuhan, rated 9.0 on Booking, offers modern accommodations in Wuhan with a private bathroom and flat-screen TV. Free private parking is available on site. The Wuhan International Expo Centre is just 0.6 km from the hotel. An enormous Intercontinental Superior Room (60 mq2) costs 116€ with very good breakfast buffet included.

Tournament Official Site

Wuhan Touristic Info

Wuhan Botanical Garden Official

Your Hotel in Wuhan

 

Enjoy and Discover China with TennisTrips!

 

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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!!!


Prague – The best of Czech tennis talents will face in this intersting Wta tournament

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA INTERNATIONAL J&T Banka Prague Open

From 05/01/ to 05/06

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 226,750

Tournament location: TK Sparta Praha – Za Císařským mlýnem 2/1115 17000, Praha7

How to get: Tennis club is far about 5.6 km and 17 minutes driving from Old Town. Vaclav Intl Airport is situated at 20 km from venue (34 minutes taxi ride).

Past champions: 2016 Lucie Safarova (Cze) – 2015 Karolina Pliskova (Cze)

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Defending champion Lucia Safarova will be n.7 of the seeding

Entry list: Karolina Pliskova (Cze) – Caroline Wozniaki (Den) – Samantha Stosur (Aus) – Barbora Strycova (Cze) – Ana Konjuh (Cro) – Shuai Zhang (Chn) – Lucie Safarova (Cze) – Katerina Siniakova (Cze) – Lesia Tsurenko (Ukr) – Christina McHale (Usa)

THE TOWN: Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. Founded during the Romanesque and flourishing by the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras, Prague was the capital of the kingdom of Bohemia and the main residence of several Holy Roman Emperors, most notably of Charles IV. It was an important city to the Habsburg Monarchy and its Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is home to a number of famous cultural attractions and from 1992 the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

Lonely Planet’s writer explains the reasons why he loves so much this town: “How can you not love a city that has a pub with vinyl cushions on the wall above the gents’ urinal, so you can rest your head while you ‘go’? Where you can order a beer without speaking, simply by placing a beer mat on the table? And where that beer is probably the best in the world? But it’s not just exquisite ale and a wonderfully relaxed drinking culture that keep bringing me back to Prague. There’s also wit and weirdness in equal measure: a public fountain where two figures pee in a puddle, spelling out literary quotations; a 1950s nuclear bunker hidden beneath a city centre hotel; and a cubist lamppost. Quirky doesn’t even begin to describe it.”

TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Charles Bridge

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  • Old Town Square

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  • St. Vitus Cathedral

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  • Prague Castle

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  • Astronomical Clock Tower

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Cloister Inn HotelExcellent 3 stars hotel, rated 8.8 on Booking and located 5 min walk away from Charles Bridge, which provides air conditioned rooms, free wifi and free coffee and tea in the lobby. A 25 mq2 double room costs 96€ per night with good breakfast included.
  • Unitas HotelExceptional **** hotel rated 9.5 on Booking and located at just 244mt from Charles Bridge. It offers safe courtyard parking and air conditioned rooms with free internet, a DVD player and a movie library. The building represents Czech history in a unique way. Built by the Jesuits, it was later transformed into a nunnery, during the Communist period it housed the secret police and finally it was transformed into a hotel. The daily rate for a classic double room is 134€ per night with incredible breakfast included in the price.
  • Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel. Located right in the heart of Prague, only 100 m from Wenceslas Square, this wonderful 5-star Art-Deco hotel, first opened in 1932, provides rooms with Nespresso coffee machine, free WiFi, pay-per-view channels and a 24-hour room service. It features a well equipped fitness center with sauna and two prestigious gourmet restaurants. The Alcron received the prestigious Michelin Star in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. The price for a standard guest room with marble bathrooms is 185,2€ per night.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Prague Official

Your Hotel in Prague

 

Enjoy a tennis week in the wonderful Prague!

 

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


Enjoy this city-break-tennis-trip!
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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!!!!

Doha – Sweet tennis dreams in the pearl of Arabian Gulf

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA PREMIER Qatar Total Open

From 02/13 to 02/18

Money prize: $ 710,900

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Location: Khalifa International Tennis Complex – Al Majles Twaon Street, Al Dafna, Doha, Qatar

How to get: Tennis Complex is not so far from downtown, infact in just 15 minutes driving you can arrive easily to tennis action. Ahmad International Airport, on the other hand, is far about 18 km. Distance from amazing The Corniche is less than 2 km.

Previous winners: 2016 Carla Suarez Navarro – 2015 Lucie Safarova – 2014 Simona Halep – 2013/2012 Victoria Azarenka

Defending champion Carla Suarez Navarro

Main players: Angelique Kerber (Ger) – Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) – Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) – Karolina Pliskova (Cze) – Garbine Muguruza (Esp) – Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) – Johanna Konta (Gbr) – Carla Suarez Navarro (Esp) – Times Bacsinszky (Sui) – Elena Vesnina (Rus)

THE TOWN: Once little more than a minuscule pearl fishing village, Doha is the capital of Qatar. It is a modern and rapidly developing city and, considering the money being poured into construction, especially in preparation for its hosting of the FIFA World Cup in 2022, Doha looks set to become one of the premier cities in the Gulf within a few years. Infact Lonely Planet writes about this futuristic city:“It’s rare to see a great city in the making these days, but here’s your chance. Whether it’s the stunning and constantly changing skyline or the massive investment the Qatari authorities are making in landmark cultural icons, this is a city oozing confidence and style, as at ease in its modern shopping malls as in its traditional souqs. Wander the reinvented and fabulously atmospheric Souq Waqif, wonder at the sheer beauty of the world-class Museum of Islamic Art and its exhibits or head out to Katara to explore – wherever you look, Doha is threatening to eclipse Dubai as the Gulf’s most dynamic city. Thrown in a new Metro system in the making and the 2022 FIFA World Cup on the horizon, and the chances are that things are only going to get better.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS OF DOHA:

  • Museum of Islamic Arts


  • Souq Waqif


  • The Corniche


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • K108 Hotel Doha. Excellent **** hotel, this accomodation rated 8.4 on Booking is situated 8 minutes drive from Airport and 8 minutes drive from Museum of Islamic Arts. It provides modern rooms, a terrace pool and a restaurant which offers good international cousine. A 35 mq2 deluxe double room costs 122$ per night  with wifi and parking included.
  • Shangri-La Hotel Doha. Wonderful ***** hotel located in the fashionable  West Bay district a few steps to City Center Mall. The property offers free WiFi in all areas,   a large lagoon shaped pool, a variety of restaurants and bars to satisfy every taste of international customers. The price for a 46 mq2 deluxe double room with stunning views on Arabian Gulf starts from 221$ per night.
  • The Torch Hotel Doha. Iconic ***** hotel, rated 9.0 on Booking, it features revolving restaurant and panoramic views out over the city, an infinity pool, a health club, and beauty parlor. The onsite Flying Carpet restaurant offers Italian cousine dishes. A deluxe double room costs 288$ per night with excellent breakfast included.



USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Doha on Visit Qatar

Museum of Islamic Arts Official

Accomodations 


Enjoy our 1st TennisTrip in Qatar!

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!!!!

Brisbane – The best Wta players will face in the River City   

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA PREMIER Brisbane International

Date: From 01/01 to 01/07

Money prize: $ 890,100

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Tournament Location: Queensland Tennis Centre – 190 King Arthur Terrace, Brisbane, Queensland , 4105, Australia

General information: Queensland Tennis Centre is located about 23 km from Brisbane Airport (25 minutes driving) and 8,6 km from downtown.

Recent Past Winners: 2016 Victoria Azarenka – 2015 Maria Sharapova – 2014/2013 Serena Williams – 2012 Kaia Kanepi – 2011 Petra Kvitova

Top Seeded Players: Angelique Kerber (Ger) – Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) – Karolina Pliskova (Cek) – Garbine Muguruza (Esp) – Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) – Carla Suarez Navarro (Esp) – Elina Svitolina (Ukr) – Elena Vesnina (Rus) – Roberta Vinci (Ita) – Samantha Stosur (Aus)



THE TOWN:

Brisbane is the capital and most populous city in the , Australian state of Queensland and the third most populous city in Australia with its over 2.3 million population. Brisbane is well known for its distinct Queenslander architecture which forms much of the city’s built heritage. It’s a popular tourist destination, serving as a gateway for visitors to the state of Queensland, particularly to the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, popular resort towns immediately south and north of Brisbane, respectively. Lonely Planet writes on this town: “Brisbane’s charms are evident: the arts, the cafes, the bars, the weather, the old Queenslander houses, the go-get-’em attitude. But perhaps it’s the Brisbane River itself – which broke so many hearts when it flooded in 2011 and 2013 – that gives the city its edge. The river’s organic convolutions carve the city into a patchwork of urban villages, each with a distinct style and topography: bohemian, low-lying West End; hip, hilltop Paddington; exclusive, peninsular New Farm; prim, pointy Kangaroo Point. Move from village to village and experience Queensland’s diverse, eccentric, happening capital.

TOP THREE THINGS TO SEE IN BRISBANE:

  • The Brisbane River

  • Mount Coot-Tha Lookout

  • Story Bridge



BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Ibis Styles Brisbane Elizabeth Street. Perfect *** hotel rated 8.8 on Booking. Great location at just 500mt from Queen Street Mall. A design double room costs from 89€ to 99€ per night with breakfast always included in any case.

  • Meriton Serviced Apartments Herschel Street. Wonderful **** aparthotel located in Brisbane Central Business Distrisct.Rated 9.4 on booking and nr.1 accomodation on Tripdavisor, it offers superb modern suites with fully equipped kitchen and fantastic view on river at just 124€ per night.

  • Emporium Hotel. Luxury ***** boutique hotel situated in the lively district of Fortitude Valley. Fitness centre and free parking are available for customers. Price for a very comfortable 28 mq2 standard queen room is 161€ without breakfast. Rated 9.2 on Booking.


USEFUL LINKS:

Visit Brisbane Official 

Tournament Official Site

Accomodations

ENJOY!!!!

Linz – Forehands & backhands tasting the delicious Linzer Torte

THE TOURNAMENT:   GENERALI LADIES LINZ

Date: From 10/10 to 16/10

Money prize: $ 226,750

Category: WTA International

Surface: Hard Indoor

Tournament Location: TipsArena Linz – Ziegeleistraße 76, 4020 Linz, Austria

How to get: TipsArena Linz is located near the central station of Linz at the so called “Froschberg”. The simple way to get is by bus using lines 17, 19 and 46 stop “Stadion” (both directions) or using line 27  stop “Botanischer Garten” (direction “Chemie”).

Past Winners: 2015 Anastasia Pavlyunchenkova – 2014 Karolina Pliskova – 2013 Angeilique Kerber – 2012 Victoria Azarenka – 2011 Petra Kvitova – 2010 Ana Ivanovic – 2009 Yanina Wickmayer – 2008 Ana Ivanovic – 2007 Daniela Hantuchova – 2006 Maria Sharapova

Top Seeded Players: Karolina Pliskova (Cze) – Carla Suarez Navarro (Esp) – Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Rus) – Barbora Strycova (Cze) – Kiki Bertens (Ned) – Daria Kasatkina (Rus) – Laura Siegemund (Ger) – Anastasija Sevastova (Lat) – Misaki Doi (Jap) – Sara Errani (Ita).

THE TOWN

Linz is the third largest city of Austria with a conurbation area populated by about 270,000 people. In 2009 has been chosen as European Capital of Culture and since December 2014 it’s a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities (UCCN) network as a City of Media Arts. Linz is well known for the Linzer Torte, which is said to be the oldest cake in the world, with its first recipe dating from 1653.

linzer-torte

For Lonely Planet “In Linz beginnt’s‘ (it begins in Linz) goes the Austrian saying, and it’s spot on. This is a city on the move. Daring public art installations, a burgeoning cultural scene, a cyber centre and a cutting-edge gallery that look freshly minted for a sci-fi movie all signal tomorrow’s Austria, and reveal that Linz has its finger on the pulse of the country’s technology industry.

It took a long time coming, but since Linz seized the reins as European Capital of Culture in 2009, the world has been waking up to the charms of Austria’s third city. Sitting astride the Danube, Linz rewards visitors who look beyond its less-than-loveable industrial outskirts.”

TOP THREE THINGS TO SEE IN LINZ:

  • Ars Electronica Center

ars-electronica

  • Hauptplatz

hauptplatz

  • Linzer Landhaus

landhaus

BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Austria Classic Hotel Wolfinger. Faboulous *** hotel located in an historical building of  15th century just on Hauptplatz, Linz most important square. This accomodation has been rated 8.7 on Booking. A wonderful double room of 20 mq2 costs 133€ per night with breakfast and wifi included.
  • Park Inn by Radisson Linz. Delicious ****  hotel which is located at just 2.7 km from TipsArena and 600 mt from Old Town .Rated 8.5  on booking, it offers modern standard double room at 119€ per night breakfast and wifi connection included. This hotel features free fitness center, an international restaurant and a ballroom.
  • Hotel Am Domplatz. Fantastic **** hotel located close to Domplatz and Mariendom Cathedral, in the heart of Linz. Rated 8.8 on Booking offers elegant superior double rooms (32 mq2) at 175€ with free wifi. Breakfast and parking are available for a fee.

 

USEFUL LINKS:

TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL SITE

LINZ TOURISM OFFICIAL

ARS ELECTRONICA MUSEUM OFFICIAL

ALL ACCOMODATIONS

 

ENJOY!!!!