Tashkent – Enjoy a tennis week in the place where everything could happen!


From 10/09 to 10/14

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 150,000

Tournament Location: Olympic Tennis School Massiv Yalangach Tashkent 100125 UZBEKISTAN

Past winners: 2016 Konstantin Kravchuk – 2015/2011 Denis Istomin – 2014 Lukas Lacko – 2013 Dudi Sela – 2012 Uladzimir Ignatik – 2010 Karol Beck – 2009 Marcos Baghdatis – 2008 Yen Hsun Lu

Italian nr.1 of entry list Thomas Fabbiano

Entry list: Thomas Fabbiano (Ita) – Dudi Sela (Isr) – Denis Istomin (Uzb) – Evgeny Donskoy (Rus) – Alexander Bublik (Kaz) – Laslo Djere (Srb) – Guillermo Garcia Lopez (Esp) – Lukas Lacko (Svk) – Egor Gerasimov (Blr) – Matteo Berrettini (Ita)

THE TOWN: Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan,  with its over 2,3 million inhabitants is the biggest and one of the oldest city in Central Asia, with a history of 2200 years. Due to its position in Central Asia, Tashkent came under Sogdian and Turkic influence early in its history, before Islam in the 8th century AD. After its destruction by Genghis Khan in 1219, the city was rebuilt and profited from the Silk Road. In 1865 it was conquered by the Russian Empire, and in Soviet times witnessed major growth and demographic changes due to forced deportations from throughout the Soviet Union. Today, as the capital of an independent Uzbekistan, Tashkent retains a multi-ethnic population with ethnic Uzbeks as the majority. It is best appreciated for its whole rather than its parts. If you are short on time visit it by renting a car, because the town is quite large. Lonely Planet writes on Tashkent: “Sprawling Tashkent is Central Asia’s hub and the place where everything in Uzbekistan happens. It’s one part newly built national capital, thick with the institutions of power, and one part leafy Soviet city, and yet another part sleepy Uzbek town, where traditionally clad farmers cart their wares through a maze of mud-walled houses to the grinding crowds of the bazaar. Tashkent is a fascinating jumble of contradictions that’s well worth exploring over several days.Like most places that travellers use mainly to get somewhere else, Tashkent doesn’t always immediately charm visitors, but it’s a surprisingly fun and interesting place, with the best restaurants, museums and nightlife in the country. There’s also plenty of opportunity to escape the metropolis for great hiking, rafting and skiing in Ugam-Chatkal National Park, just a 1½-hour drive away.


  • Charwak Lake


  • Mustakillik Square


  • Metro Tashkent



  • City Line Boutique Hotel. Very nice *** hotel just 700 metres away Tashkent International Airport. Rated 8.5 on Booking, this boutique accomodation offers deluxe double rooms at 70$ per night with free Wifi, parking and cancellation included.
  • Hotel Wyndham Tashkent. Nice **** hotel with a great value for money, it’s located 200 metres from the Amir Timur Museum and 4 km from the famous Çhorsu Bazaar. Rated 8.1 on Booking, it offers superior double room at 202$ per night with good breakfast included.
  • Radisson Blu Hotel. Excellent ****  hotel located at just 10 minutes walking from city centre and rated 8.3 on Booking, it offers a sauna, a brasserie restaurant with terrace and free parking area. A business double room of 28 mq2 with coffee machine costs 204$ per night with breakfast buffet available for purchase at 16$.



Tashkent On Visit Uzbekistan

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Vancouver – The wonderful town of British Columbia on the road of Us Open 2017


From 08/14 to 08/20

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 100,000 + 100,000

Tournament location: Hollyburn Country Club – 950 Cross Creek Road, WEST VANCOUVER, BC, V7S 2S5, Canada

The venue: Hollyburn Country Club is one of North America’s premier tennis, fitness and social clubs. Situated mountainside, overlooking downtown Vancouver, the Country Club sits on 42 acres of West Vancouver’s renowned British Properties. Over the past 5 years Hollyburn has completed over $20 million dollars of improvements, making this country club’s facilities unrivalled and award winning. It is located at only 20 minutes from Vancouver’s downtown core.

Past champions men: 2015/2010/2008 Dudi Sela – 2014/2009 Marcos Baghdatis – 2013 Vasek Pospisil – 2012 Igor Sijsling – 2011 James Ward

Entry list men: Dudi Sela (Isr) – Yen-Hsun Lu (Tpe) – Jordan Thompson (Aus) – Marius Copil (Rou) – Norbert Gombos (Svk) – Taro Daniel (Jpn) – Ruben Bemelmans (Bel) – Henri Laaksonen (Sui) – Tennys Sandgren (Usa) – Peter Polansky (Can)

dudi sela
Nr.1 of the seeding Dudi Sela will try to win his 4th title in Vancouver

Past champions women: 2015/2013 Johanna Konta – 2014 Jarmila Gajdosova – 2012 Mallory Burdette – 2011 Aleksandra Wozniak – 2010 Jelena Dokic – 2009 Stephanie Dubois – 2008 Urszula Radwanska

Entry list women: Tatjana Maria (Ger) – Madison Brengle (Usa) – Jana Cepelova (Svk) – Nao Hibino (Jpn) – Pauline Parmentier (Fra) – Ons Jabeur (Tun) – Ana Bogdan (Rou) – Naomi Broady (Gbr) – Julia Boserup (Usa) – Stefanie Voegele (Sui)

THE TOWN:  Vancouver is a coastal seaport city in Canada, located in the region of British Columbia. As the most populous city in the province, the 2016 census recorded 631,486 people in the city, recording the highest population density in Canada with over 5,400 people per square kilometre. It is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada; infact 52% of its residents have a first language other than English. Vancouver is consistently named as one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life.

Lonely Planet‘s writer John Lee on Vancouver: “Eagles whirling overhead, sunset-framed beaches, and the unfurling ocean and mountain diorama from Stanley Park’s breathtaking seawall. Although I moved here in the 1990s, I’ve never stopped gaping at Vancouver’s natural charms. For me, it’s this astonishing backdrop that sets the glass-towered metropolis apart. But I’m a city boy at heart and I’m also delighted that Vancouver is continuing to develop as it grows up. From amazing dining to a thriving art scene, this young West Coast city keeps moving forward – and I don’t just mean the gratifying excellent craft-beer scene (although, personally, that really helps).”


  • Stanley Park


  • Capilano Suspension Bridge


  • Seawall



  • GEC Granville Suites DowntownLocated in the Granville Entertainment District in downtown Vancouver, *** GEC Granville Suites is only 8 minutes from the beach. Available for guests the free WiFi connection, an onsite restaurant which serves American cuisine, a rooftop deck and a sauna. The contemporary suites feature a flat-screen TV, a seating area and a safe. Rates for a 27 mq2 queen room start from 486 CAD for night.
  • The Fairmont Hotel VancouverLocated in Vancouver city centre and rated 8.6 on Booking, this **** hotel offers an on-site restaurant and bar, a spa and health club open 24/7, an indoor swimming pool and a business center. A flat-screen cable TV, coffee machine, minibar and city view are offered in most of the modern rooms. Prices start from 579 CAD for night (Wifi, parking and breakfast available with additional charges).
  • Fairmont Pacific RimRated 9.4 on Booking, this exceptional 5 stars hotel features  a full-service spa, A rooftop pool with fire pits and a hot tub along with a 4,000 square-foot gym. The Lobby Lounge serves small appetizers and cocktails. In-room dining is also available. It is located at 5-minute walk from the Canada Place, home to Vancouver’s Convention and Exhibition Center. Fairmont Pacific Rim offers rooms with flat-screen TVs, pay-per-view movies and laptop connectivity. Also included are an iPod docking station, an iPad2, an in-room safe and a coffee maker. A deluxe Room with partial harbour view costs 569.25 CAD per night.


Tournament Official Site

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Enjoy this sensational TennisTrip!!!





Newport – Let’s go in Rhode Island for the traditional event in the “International Tennis Hall of Fame”

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open

From 07/16 to 07/23

Prize money: $ 535,625

Surface: Grass Outdoor

Tournament location:  International Tennis Hall of Fame – 194 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840, Stati Uniti

How to arrive: Hall of Fame is centrally located in heart of Newport for example at just 1,4 miles from The Breakers.  T.F. Green Airport in Providence on the other hand is far 27 miles and 36 minutes driving.

Past champions: 2016 Ivo Karlovic – 2015/2009 Rajeev Ram – 2014 Lleyton Hewitt – 2013 Nicolas Mahut – 2012/2011 John Isner – 2010 Mardy Fish – 2008/2007 Fabrice Santoro

Nr.1 of the seeding John Isner will try to win for the 3rd time in Newport

Entry list: John Isner (Usa) – Ivo Karlovic (Cro) – Gilles Muller (Lux) – Sam Querrey (Usa) – Mischa Zverev (Ger) – Adrian Mannarino (Fra) – Marcos Baghdatis (Cyp) – Pierre Hugues Herbert (Fra) – Dudi Sela (Isr) – Rajeev Ram (Usa)

THE TOWN: Newport is a seaside city in Rhode Island, United States. It is known as a New England summer resort and is famous for its mansions and it contains a high number of surviving buildings from the colonial era of the United States. The population was 24,027 as of 2013.

Lonely Planet introducing Newport with these words: Established by religious moderates, ‘new port’ flourished in the independent colony of Rhode Island, which declared itself a state here in 1776. Downtown, shutterbugs snap excitedly at immaculately preserved Colonial-era architecture and landmarks at seemingly every turn.

Fascinating as Newport’s early history is, the real intrigue began in the late 1850s, when wealthy industrialists began building opulent summer residences along cliff-top Bellevue Ave. Impeccably styled on Italianate palazzos, French châteaux and Elizabethan manor houses, these gloriously restored mansions filled with priceless antiques and their breathtaking location must be seen to be believed. The curiosity, variety, extravagance and uniqueness of this spectacle is unrivaled.


  • The Breakers


  • Cliff Walk


  • International Tennis Hall of Fame



  • Pilgrim House InnThis old-world b&b features uniquely Victorian-styled guestrooms with antique furnishings, high ceilings, cable Tv and free Wi-Fi access. Guests enjoy views of Newport Harbor from the rooftop terrace. Cliff Walk is 2.1 km away. A 21 mq2 queen room costs 195$ per night with excellent homemade breakfast and free parking included. Rated 8.9 on Booking.
  • Newport MarriottLocated at just 1,6 km from Tennis Hall of Fame, this wonderful **** hotel, rated 9.1 on Booking, offers a luxury spa and an indoor pool, a fitness center and a terrace with a water view, the free wifi and enormous modern rooms with private bathorooms and 55″ flat-screen TV, coffee/tea-making facilities and a small refrigerator. Prices? From 399$ per night.
  • The Chanler at Cliff Walk. This incredible 5 stars accomodation located at just 5 minutes walk from the beach, has been voted the best small hotel in USA in 2010. Each of the rooms has differently themed décor with free Wi-Fi and cable TV. and furnished with fireplaces and sitting areas. A free, on-call, luxury SUV shuttle service is provided to bring guests to and from Newport’s beaches and attractions. It features 4 different restaurants on site and, among these, The Spiced Pear offers a private dining experience where guests can dine in an open kitchen and converse with the chefs. The daily rate for a Greek Style Room with Terrace and Ocean View is 775$. Rated 9.4 on Booking!!!

Please notice that these prices don’t include a 13% tax.


Tournament Official Site

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Discover Newport Official

Your Hotel in Newport


Enjoy this extraordinary place…and tournament!!!

Seoul – Enjoy an Atp challenger event in the most wired and technological town of the world


From 05/08 to 05/14

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 100,000

Tournament location: Site: Olympics Tennis Courts –  424 Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul, Korea

Past champions: 2016 Sergyi Stakhovsky (Ukr) – 2015 Go Soeda (Jpn) – 2013 Dusan Lajovic (Srb) – 2012/2011/2010 Yen Hsun Lu (Tpe)

Nr.1 of the seeding Lu won this tournament already 3 time

Entry list: Yen Hsun Lu (Tpe) – Janko Tipsarevic (Srb) – Hyeon Chung (Kor) – Konstantin Kravchuk (Rus) – Dudi Sela (Isr) – Iliya Marchenko (Ukr) – Vasek Pospisil (Can) – Blaz Kavcic (Slo) – Ruben Bemelmans (Bel) – Duckhee Lee (Kor)

THE TOWN: Seoul is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea), forming the heart of the Seoul Capital Area, which houses up to half of the country’s population of 50.22 million people with 678,102 international residents. Today it is considered a leading and rising global city, resulting from an economic boom called the Miracle on the Han River which transformed it to the world’s 4th largest metropolitan economy. Seoul is the world’s most wired city[25] and ranked first in technology.

But why should we go to Seoul. Lonely Planet’s writer, Simon Richmond, try to explain us: “Seoul is heaven for passionate foodies. Whether tucking into the snacks of commoners or the cuisine of kings, you just can’t lose. A hanjeongsik (multicourse banquet) is a feast as much for the eyes as the tummy, as are the creations of chefs crafting neo-Korean dishes. Equally satisfying is scoffing down piping-hot, crispy hotteok (pancakes with sweet or savoury fillings) on a street corner, or delicious, fresh and fiery crab soup in Noryangjin Fish Market. And don’t get me started on the wonderful universe of teas served in charming teahouses: this is where the soul of Seoul lies.”


  • Korean war memorial

  • Gyeongbok Palace

  • Bukhansan National Park


  • Grid Inn Hotel. This hotel is rated 9.3 on Booking located centrally in Seoul, 600 m from Jongmyo Shrine. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant and the free WiFi which is available throughout the entire property. Every room is air conditioned and soundproofed and equipped with a safety deposit box, TV and electric kettle. Prices start from 51$ per night for an economy double room.
  • Dormy Inn Seoul Gangnam. Conveniently located 500 m from the popular Gangnam area, Dormy Inn Seoul Gangnam offers a spa, modern guest rooms and free property-wide WiFi. Fitted with wooden furnishing, each room here has air-conditioning and heating systems, a seating area, a work desk and a flat-screen TV. Hatago, the in-house restaurant, features over 100 Korean, Japanese, Chinese and western dishes. The daily rate for a double room is 120$ per night with free parking included. Rated 9.1 on Booking.
  • Four Seasons Hotel Seoul. Exceptional hotel rated 9.5 on Booking and located just some steps from Gwanghwamun Plaza which boasts commanding city views and features 4 in-house dining, a state-of-the art fitness facilities and traditional Korean saunas. All of the modern and stylish rooms and suites offer floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views of the historical city centre. There are a flat-screen LCD TV, remote-controlled drapes and an iPad Mini to access hotel services including 24-hour in-room dining. The price for a deluxe king room with free parking and fantastic breakfast included is 347$ per night.


Visit Seoul Official

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TennisTrip #1 – The Sofia Open Diaries (Part Two)

This morning too I wake up with Sofia completely whitewashed. After a relaxing shower I go down in the hotel breakfast room where I find this pretty sight.

The BW Hotel Expo’s breakfast is quite good with a wide selection of cakes, fresh and dried fruits, yogurts and jams, cheese, hams, sausages, eggs and everything thing you need for a continental breakfast. A machine provides hot drinks like coffee, hot milk, cappuccino ecc…In my opinion the bread is exquisite, fruit pretty good. Something more should be done for cakes; but I’m Italian and I’m fairly pretentious on sweet breakfast.

After some minutes I’m again around, this time to discover Vitosha Boulevard, the shopping and nightlife heart of Sofia. This long way rises in a wonderful position just between Sveta Nedelja Church and Vitosha Mountain. The street effectively is full of bar and restaurants or shops where you can buy shoes, sunglasses, shirts or usual souvenirs and gifts.  Just next to Vitosha street there is a fantastic hotel, Best Western Thracia Hotel which for me is a great accomodation solution if you decide to stay in city centre. It is very well rated on Booking and TripAdvisor and has a very high value for money too. 

I’ve decided to have lunch in a restaurant that at the moment is considered by TripAdvisor reviewers the best one in Sofia; I’m talking about Skaptobara. In the meantime I found the restaurant I’ve to possibility to see again Mosque, and to come into a very beautiful indoor market crowded of locals who are looking for something good to eat. Finally I arrive to Skaptobara; the place is very young and informal and definitely I like it. The selection of burgers a la carte looks to be great. I choose a Bourbon Burger with fries and a Chimay beer. I wait about 20 minutes for my burger and when it comes to me… What to say? Its “look” is great! But after there is something that doesn’t convince me too much. I wanted a medium cooking but the burger is very well, well cooked. But a part this, the burger is quite good…but however this won’t be a burger that I will remember for the rest of my life.

But now is time to return to tennis Arena after a quick stop in my hotel. To come back I got again metro in Serdica. About this metro station I’ve to say that this probabily one of the most beautiful metro station I see in my travels. It rises under Sofia statue, it enjoys a fantastic view on the Mosque, and it holds in it a lot of historical artifacts and a wonderful little church. 

With a five minutes taxi ride I’m again at Armeets Arena. The first match I see is the one between Jerzy Janowicz and Dudi Sela. I was very curious to see Jerzy against in action after about three years. I discovered him in Rome when he played an impressive match against Roger Federer in quarterfinals of Internazionali d’Italia. He lost that match but he played in a fantastic way. In that moment he was at the top of his career, it looked to be ready to enter in the tennis’ gotha, but some injuries have blocked, maybe temporarily, his rise. Today I see him to play really a great match with poor Dudi Sela. Seen from behind the powerful of Jerzy’s shots is really devastating as you can see from the attached video. After the match I attended to his press conference in which he explained how is difficult to come back and he shows that he’s a very clever and modest guy.

Next and last match I saw in this last day in Sofia is the one between Nr.2 of entry list David Goffin and qualified Radu Albot. Goffin wins in 3 hard sets. The match has been very intersting with some spectacular shots. But finally the greater strength and mental ability of Belgian player have prevailed.

A new taxi ride take me in the hotel in 10 minutes and 6 lev. My last act of this Bulgarian TennisTrip will be to taste the onsite restaurant Ego of the hotel. The ambient is relaxed at right point, the table service is fast and courteous. The price are higher than Sofia’s medium but…always lower than how much I used to pay. The veal fillet served on a super hot stone is delicious. 

Now it’s time to sleep. The alarm will wake up me at 4.00 AM. Have a good night!
It follows usual statement of costs incurred during this 2nd and last day in Sofia.

Two metro rides between Serdica and Expo 1,60€

Two taxi rides between Best Western Expo Hotel and Arena Armeets 5,5€

Lunch at Staptobara 12,5€

Dinner at Ego Restaurant 25€
Total: 44,60€

Not bad!!!!


Canberra – Many top 100 players for this tournament in Australia’s capital city

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER East Hotel Canberra Challenger

Date: From 01/09 to 01/14

Money prize: $ 75,000

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Tournament Location: Canberra Tennis Centre, Riggall Place, Lyneham, ACT.

How to Get: Nearest airport is Canberra International (CBR). Airport Express shuttle bus (AUD 12) drops off in Canberra CBD then taxi to official hotels (Pavilion on Northbourne and Aria Hotel), 2 kms. Taxi direct from hotel costs approx. AUD$30.

Top Seeded Players: Jan Lennard Struff (Ger) – Gerald Melzer (Aut) – Adam Pavlasek (Cek) – Pierre Hugues Herbert (Fra) – Renzo Olivo (Arg) – Konstantin Kravchuk (Rus) – Steve Darcis (Bel) – Donald Young (Usa) – Carlos Berloq (Arg) – Dudi Sela (Isr)

Jan-Lennard Struff nr.63 of Atp ranking

THE TOWN: Canberra is the capital city of Australia. With a population of 381,488, it is Australia’s largest inland city. The site of Canberra was selected for the location of the nation’s capital in 1908 as a compromise between rivals Sydney and Melbourne, Australia’s two largest cities. The city’s design was influenced by the garden city movement and incorporates significant areas of natural vegetation that have earned Canberra the title of the “bush capital”. As the seat of the government of Australia, Canberra is the site of Parliament House. Located and attracts thousands of tourists each year.

Lonely Planet writes:”Designed by visionary American architect Walter Burley Griffin, and his wife Marion Mahony Griffin, Canberra features expansive open spaces, aesthetics influenced by the 19th-century arts and crafts movement and a seamless alignment of built and natural elements. Unfortunately, the city is totally geared towards the car – it’s difficult to explore by public transport and almost impossible to do so on foot. You really need wheels (two or four) to do it justice, and the city’s scenic hinterland also warrants exploration. Though Canberra seems big on architectural symbolism and low on spontaneity, the city’s cultural institutions have lively visitor and social programs, and there’s a developing urban energy emerging in Braddon, New Acton and the Kingston Foreshore. During parliamentary-sitting weeks the town hums with the buzz of national politics, but it can be a tad sleepy during university holidays, especially around Christmas and New Year.


  • Parliament House

  • Australian War Memorial

  • Lake Burley Griffin


  • Pavilion on Northbourne. Fantastic **** hotel which is located at just 5 minutes driving from Australian War Memorial. This hotel, rated 8.3 on Booking, is the official accomodation of tennis players and features an indoor tropical ground, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and a restaurant. A deluxe room cost 96$ with free cancellation, wifi and parking.

  • Avenue Hotel Canberra. Wonderful **** modern hotel, rated 9.3 on Booking, conveniently located in the heart of Canberra, just 10 minutes walk from Canberra Museum & Gallery. All luxury rooms with private balcony cost 177USD per night with breakfast, wifi and airport shuttle included.

  • Hotel Hotel. Excellent ***** design accomodation rated 8.8 on Booking, the Hotel Hotel is located at just 5 minutes drive from Parliament and offers to guests a restaurant, free wifi and parking. Each room/apartment features a collection of art works and unique vintage furnishings. Prices? A cosy standard queen room starts from 169$ per night.


Tournament Info

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War Memorial Official Site 

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Hua Hin – Top challenger event in this beach resort town


Date: From 31/10 to 06/11

Money prize: $ 125,000

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Tournament Location: True Arena Hua Hin – 52 / 52 Phetkasem, Hua Hin, Prachuabkhirikhan, 77110, Thailand.

How to get: As Hua Hin is situated only some 200km from the bustling metropolis of Bangkok, getting here is easy and the town can be reached using a variety of transport methods that are both affordable and quick (for example by bus 3,5 hours trip, train 5 hrs, minivan 2,5 hrs and so on).

Previous Winners: 2015 Yuichi Sugita

Top Seeded Players: Florian Mayer (Ger) – Dudi Sela (Isr) – John Millman (Aus) – Yen Hsun Lu (Tpe) – Taro Daniel (Jpn) – Evgeny Donskoy (Rus) – Yoshito Nishioka (Jpn) – Go Soeda (Jpn) – Heyon Chung (Kor) – Stefan Kozlov (Usa).


  • Hua Hin Beach


  • Huay Mongkol Temple


  • Chopsticks Hill (Khao Takiab)



  • The Restro. Superb *** accomodation  rated 9 on Booking. Great location at just 200mt from sandy beach and 5 km from city centre. A superior king room costs 55€ with breakfast, free wi-fi and free parking included.
  • Asira Boutique Hua Hin. Fabulous ****  boutique hotel located in city centre and at 700 from HuaHin Fishing Pier. Rated 8.8 on Booking, this offers deluxe rooms with private garden at just 60€ per night breakfast included. Very good the on-site restaurant.

  • Devasom Hua Hin Resort. Luxury ***** resort situated on a private white beach include an award winner infinity pool. Price for a deluxe sea view suite of 50 mq2 is 104€ with breakfast included. Rated 9.1 on Booking offers free wi-fi and parking to customers.







Ho Chi Minh City -The tennis tour makes a stop in Cochinchine


Date: From 10/10 to 16/10

Money prize: $ 50,000

Category: ATP challenger

Surface: Hard Outdoor


Past Winners: 2015 Saketh Myneni

Top Seeded Players: Malek Jaziri (Tun) – Dudi Sela (Isr) – Taro Daniel (Jpn) – Jordan Thompson (Aus) – Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukr) – Saketh Myneni (Ind) – Tatsuma Ito (Jpn) – Jason Jung (Tpe) – Stefan Kozlov (Usa) – Go Soeda (Jpn).


Ho Chi Minh City, formerly named and still also referred to as Saigon  is the largest city in Vietnam with a metropolitan area populated by more than 10 million people. Under the name Saigon, it was the capital of the French colony of Cochinchina and later of the independent republic of South Vietnam 1955–75. The french domination is visible in many part of the city and in particular in the District 1 (city’s core) which is still adorned with wide elegant boulevards and historic French colonial buildings (Reunification Palace, Municipal Theatre, City Post Office, State Bank Office, Notre-Dame Cathedral and so on). For Lonely Planet “Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is Vietnam at its most dizzying: a high-octane city of commerce and culture that has driven the country forward with its pulsating energy. A chaotic whirl, the city breathes life and vitality into all who settle here, and visitors cannot help but be hauled along for the ride.From the finest of hotels to the cheapest of guesthouses, the classiest of restaurants to the tastiest of street stalls, the choicest of boutiques to the scrum of the markets, HCMC is a city of energy and discovery.Wander through timeless alleys to incense-infused temples before negotiating chic designer malls beneath sleek 21st-century skyscrapers. The ghosts of the past live on in buildings that one generation ago witnessed a city in turmoil, but now the real beauty of the former Saigon’s urban collage is the seamless blending of these two worlds into one exciting mass.


  • Bitexco Finanacial Tower


  • Nguyen Hue Street


  • Reunification Palace



  • LaLuna Saigon. Excellent *** hotel is set in the District 1 district in Ho Chi Minh City, this accomodation has been rated 9.2 on Booking. A wonderful premier deluxe king room of 25 mq2 costs just 56€ per night with breakfast and free wifi. Incredible value for money!
  • Alagon D’Antique Hotel & Spa. Delicious ****  hotel which is located at just 300 mt from Tao Dan Park and 600 mt from Reunification Palace .Rated 8.9  on booking, it offers deluxe double room at 91€ per night breakfast and wifi connection included. Fantastic is the panoramic outdoor pool on the roof.
  • Park Hyatt SaigonPark Hyatt Saigon. Luxurious ***** hotel situated at 100 mt from Dong Khoi shopping street. This hotel includes an outdoor pool, the relaxing Xuan Spa and the delicious italian restaurant Opera. Rated 9.3 on Booking offers luxury Camera Park double rooms (34 mq2) at 213€ with free wi-fi and parking. Breakfast costs 29€ more.