How to get: SC Ostrava is centrally located in the town at just 2,5 km (25 minutes walking) from stunning Stodolni Street. If you arrive directly from Janacek Airport Ostrava you will need of a 30 minutes taxi ride because tennis courts are located at 29 km.
Past champions: 2016 Constant Lestienne (Fra) – 2015 Inigo Cervantes (Esp) – 2014 Andrey Kuznetsov (Rus) – 2013 Jiri Vesely (Cze) – 2012 Jonathan Dasnieres de Vegy (Fra) – 2011 Stephan Robert (Fra) – 2010 Lucas Rosol (Cze) – 2009 Jan Hajek (Cze) – 2008 Jiri Vanek (Cze)
Entry list: Adam Pavlasek (Cze) – Norbert Gombos (Svk) – Roberto Carballes Baena (Esp) – Marco Cecchinato (Ita) – Lukas Rosol (Cze) – Jan Satral (Cze) – Simone Bolelli (Ita) – Marco Trungelliti (Arg) – Vincent Millot (Fra) – Stefano Napolitano (Ita)
THE TOWN: Ostrava is a city in the north-east of the Czech Republic and is the capital of the Moravian-Silesian Region. In terms of both population and area it is the third largest city of the nation. The city in the past was considered especially an industrial centre but since the 1990s it has been transformed into a modern cultural city, with numerous theatres, galleries and other cultural facilities. It hosts a wide range of cultural and sporting events throughout the year. Among the best known are the Colours of Ostrava multi-genre music festival, the Janáček May classical music festival, the Summer Shakespeare Festival.
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:
New City Hall Tower
Silesian Ostrava Castle
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
Hotel Villa Ostrava 3+. Showcasing a terrace and views of the city, *** Hotel Villa Ostrava is located in the heart of the town, just 1.1 km from Stodolní Street. Private parking is available on site. The hotel, rated 9.2 on Booking, provides bike rental, free wifi and a tennis court available for customers. A small but cozy and modern twin room costs 60€ per night with good breakfast included.
Mercure Ostrava Center. Located right in the center of Ostrava and rated 8.9 on Booking, the faboulous **** Mecure Center hotel offers elegantly, air conditioned rooms with LCD TV, free Wi-Fi and tea/coffee making facilities, a steam bath, a fitness center and an onsite restaurant which servers Czech and international cuisine. The daily rate for a standard 22 mq2 double room starts from 56€ per night (which increase to 102€ with free cancellation and breakfast).
Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Ostrava. This excellent **** hotel, rated 8.8 on Booking, offers bright, colourful rooms with free WiFi and a wellness centre with a large steam bath, sauna, and hot tub. It is located within a walking distance to the Ostrava city centre, close to the Ostrava Castle and the bustling Stodolní Street. Guests can enjoy a menu filled with international dishes as well as traditional Czech specialities in the Bamboo Restaurant. The price for a standard double room is 101€ per night with good breakfast buffet included.
Tournament Location: Salle Colette Besson, Plaine de Bréquigny – 12 Boulevard Albert 1er, Rennes 35000, France
General information: The Salle is easy accessible from Place de la Republique by bus nr.5 in about 12 minutes. Old town is far about 3 km.
Recent Past Winners: 2015 Malek Jaziri – 2014 Steve Darcis – 2013 Nicolas Mahut – 2012 Kenny de Schepper – 2011 Julien Benneteau
Top Seeded Players: Mikhail Youzhny (Rus) – Jeremy Chardy (Fra) – Paul Henri Mathieu (Fra) – Steve Darcis (Bel) – Guido Andreozzi (Arg) – Lukas Rosol (Cze) – Jozef Kovalik (Svk) – Tobias Kamke (Ger) – Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukr) – Lukas Lacko (Svk)
THE TOWN: Rennes is the capital city of Brittany. Not often mentioned on tourist guides , it has more than 200,000 inhabitants, of whom about 60,000 are students. This gives the town a vibrant nightlife. Some streets, such as the RueSaint Michel, have only bars on both sides. Lonely Planet writes: “A crossroads since Roman times, Brittany’s vibrant capital sits at the junction of highways linking northwestern France’s major cities. It’s a beautifully set-out city, with an elaborate and stately centre and a superb medieval quarter that’s a joy to get lost in. At night, this student city has no end of lively places to pop in for a pint and its restaurants are also superb.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN RENNES:
Rennes Old Town
Parliament of Brittany
Place de la Mairie
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
Hotel Kyriad Rennes. Perfect *** hotel with high value for money situated in central Rennes just opposite the SNCF train station, this accomodation has been rated 8.7 on Booking. A small but comfy double room costs 73$ per night with free wifi included in the price. Breakfast costs 10$ more per day.
Mercure Rennes Centre Parlement. Fantastic **** hotel rated 8.1 on Booking. It is located in Parlement district at just 150 mt from République Metro Station and offers modern double rooms from 113$ to 133$ per night (depends if breakfast is included or not). Free wifi is available for customers. Private parking is available with additional charge.
Balthazar Hotel & Spa – MGallery by Sofitel. Wonderful ***** hotel which rises an in the heart of Rennes at just 200 mt from Fine Arts Museum. Excellent is the on-site restaurant, amazing the hotel spa. Rated 9.3 on Booking it offers classic double rooms (24 mq2) at 196$ per night. Superb breakfast buffet and free wifi are included in room price.
How to get: Conlog Arena is far just 5,3 km from old town. Nearest airport to Koblenz is Frankfurt at about 115km.
Top seeded players: Lukas Rosol (Cze) – Tobias Kamke (Ger) – Benjamin Becker (Ger) – Lukas Lacko (Svk) – Evgenyi Donskoy (Rus) – Alessandro Giannessi (Ita) – Marius Copil (Rou) – Teymuraz Gabashvili (Rus) – Duckhee Lee (Kor) – Grega Zemlja (Slo)
THE TOWN: Koblenz is a city in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate in the Federal Republic of Germany. It has about 110,000 inhabitants; the surrounding area accounts for about 400,000 people in total. Lonely Planet writes on it:”At the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers and the convergence of three low mountain ranges – the Hunsrück, the Eifel and the Westerwald – Koblenz’ roots go all the way back to the Romans, who founded a military stronghold here (calling it Confluentes) because of the site’s supreme strategic value.
Today, this park- and flower-filled city is the northern gateway to the Romantic Rhine and the bottomof the Moselle Valley, making it an ideal gateway for exploring the region.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN KOBLENZ:
The German Corner
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
Hotel Brenner. Excellent *** hotel situated in the heart of Koblenz’s Old Town, this accomodation has been rated 8.7 on Booking. A 22 mq2 comfy double room costs 90$ per night with free wifi and parking included in the price.
CONTEL Hotel Koblenz. Fantastic *** hotel located directly on the Moselle river at just 15 mt walking from Old Town and which offers 21 mq2 double rooms from 131$ per night with free wifi and parking. Very good onsite restaurant.
Mercure Hotel Koblenz. Modern **** hotel which stands next to the Rhein-Mosel-Halle convention center and the Kurfürstliches Schloss castle, on the Rhine River. It includes a 24-hour gym with sauna, a riverside terrace, and a free underground parking. It offers standard double rooms (25 mq2) from 158$ to 204$ per night. With the highest price breakfast and free cancellation are included.
THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Internazionali Città di Brescia
From 14/11 to 20/11
Money prize: € 42.500 + H
Surface: Carpet Indoor
Location: Palazzetto San Filippo – Via Bazoli 6-10 20125 Brescia
How to arrive: Orio al Serio Bergamo Airport is the closest airport at about 55 km. Easy and frequent train connections between Brescia and Milano, Bergamo and Verona. Palazzetto San Filippo is far just 5 km from Brescia central station.
Past Winners: 2015 Igor Sijsling – 2014 Illya Marchenko
Top 10 Players: Jan Lennard Struff (Ger) – Lukas Rosol (Aut) – Evgeny Donskoy (Rus) – Radu Albot (Rou) – Tobias Kamke (Ger) – Lukas Lacko (Svk) – Marco Chiudinelli (Sui) – Stefano Napolitano (Ita) – Igor Sijsling (Ned) – Blaz Kavcic (Slo)
THE TOWN: Brescia, named also La Leonessa d’Italia is a rich industrial city between Lake Garda and the Valtrompia in the foothills of the alps, about 100 km east of Milan. It is less famous for its history and art than for its role as a primary manufacturing center. Brescia has a subway that makes it the smallest city in the world with an underground train system. For Lonely Planet: “Brescia’s core takes the form of a fascinating old town, which more than compensates for the city’s rather ugly urban sprawl. The old town’s narrow streets are home to some of the most important Roman ruins in Lombardy, and an extraordinary circular Romanesque church”. BEST PLACES TO SEE:
Santa Giulia Museum
BEST PLACES TO STAY: Albergo Orologio. Completely renovated *** boutique hotel located in a medieval palace in the heart of Brescia. Rated 8.5 on Booking it offers 17 mq2 double rooms from 89€ per night with breakfast, wifi and free parking included.
Novotel Brescia Due. Fantastic **** hotel located in the new business district just two metro stops from centre town. Rated 8.4 on Booking, this Novotel hotel offers modern superior double rooms from 92€ per night with breakfast. Free wifi is available in all areas.
Hotel Vittoria. Elegant ***** Art Nouveau-style hotel located next to the Duomo Nuovo Cathedral in central Brescia and 200 mt from the Vittoria Metro Station. Rated 8.3 on Booking it features a delicious on site italian restaurant and offers free parking and wifi. Prices for a double room start from 99€ with breakfast and free cancellation.
How to get: Aegon Arena is quite centrally located in Bratislava and can easily accessible from airport with a 15 minutes taxi drive. Old town is far just 3 km.
Recent Past Winners: 2013 Lukas Lacko – 2012 Lukas Rosol – 2011 Lukas Lacko – 2010 Martin Klizan
Top Seeded Players: Florian Mayer (Ger) – Illya Marchenko (Ukr) – Adam Pavlasek (Cze) – Lukas Rosol (Cze) – Ivan Dodig (Cro) – Jan Lennard Struff (Ger) – Andrei Martin (Svk) – Thomas Fabbiano (Ita) – Vasek Pospisil (Can) – Daniil Medvedev (Rus)
THE TOWN: Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia, and with a population of about 450,000, the country’s largest city. It is located in southwestern Slovakia, occupying both banks of the River Danube and the left bank of the River Morava. Bordering Austria and Hungary, it is the only national capital that borders two independent countries. The history of the city has been strongly influenced by people of different nations and religions, namely by Austrians, Croats, Czechs, Germans, Hungarians, Jews, Serbs and Slovaks (in alphabetical order).The city was the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary, a part of the larger Habsburg Monarchy territories, from 1536 to 1783. Lonely Planet on Bratislava: “Proximity to nature gives Slovakia’s capital its strongest flavouring. The Danube wends through the city, and cycle paths weave through the verdant flood plain that begins just outside the centre. Meanwhile, the densely forested Small Carpathians are just a 30-minute walk from the train station; the trailer to a mountainous extent that runs countrywide, virtually unimpeded by civilisation. Then there’s ski runs and vineyards to amble through.The charming – if tiny – old town (starý mesto) is the place to start appreciating Bratislava. Stroll narrow pedestrian streets of pastel-coloured 18th-century buildings or sample the myriad sidewalk cafes under the watchful gaze of the city castle, which harks back to medieval times. Done with the old? In with the new(er): the city boasts intriguing socialist-era architecture, and one of Eastern Europe’s most spectacular modern art spaces. Contrasts like this are all part of Bratislava’s allure.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN BRATISLAVA:
DEVIN CASTLE RUINS
BEST 3 HOTELS TO STAY:
Hotel Blue Bratislava. Close to Polus City Shopping Center and just 3,5 km from old town, this modern *** hotel offers free wifi, parking and tasteful breakfast buffet. Prices for a 22 mq2 double room in b&b starts from 65€ per night. Rated 8.8 on Booking.
Skaritz Hotel & Residence. Wonderful **** hotel located in the heart of Bratislava’s pedestrianized Old Town. This accomodation, rated 9.0 on Booking, offers large rooms and apartments, free internet and free access to the sauna. The price for a 35mq2 double room is 89€ per night with breakfast and free cancellation included.
Arcadia Hotel. Fantastic boutique ***** hotel, rated 9.2 on Booking, which rises in a 13th century building loated in Old Town at just 100 mt from St.Michael’s Gate. It includes a spa, a slovak restaurant and a stylish Library Bar. A standard non refundable double room costs 169€ per night with free Spa access and wifi but with breakfast not included.