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!

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.

TOP 3 THINGS TO SEE IN CANBERRA:

  • Parliament House


  • Australian War Memorial


  • Lake Burley Griffin


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • 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.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Visit Canberra Official

War Memorial Official Site 

All Hotel Accomodations  
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Brescia – Don’t miss this tennis week in the “Leonessa d’Italia”

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:

  • Duomo Vecchio


  • Santa Giulia Museum


  • Brescia’s Castle


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.

USEFUL LINKS:

BRESCIA TOURISM SITE

TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL SITE

BRESCIA MUSEUMS

ALL BRESCIA’S ACCOMODATIONS
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Bratislava – Tennis circus returns in the heart of old Habsburg monarchy

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Peugeot Slovak Open

Date: From 7/11 to 13/11

Money Prize: 85,000$ + H

Surface: Hard Indoor

Tournament Location: Aegon Arena – Prikopova 3255/6, 83103 Bratislava.

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:

  • OLD TOWN

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  • DEVIN CASTLE RUINS

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  • SLAVIN

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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.

 

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Bratislava Official

Look for an accomodation in Bratislava

 

ENJOY!!!

Mons -What do you think of a tennis break in the “Monkey Town”?

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER ETHIAS TROPHY

Date: From 03/10 to 09/10

Money prize: € 106,500

Surface: Hard Indoor

Tournament Location: Lotto Mons Expo s.a. Avenue Thomas Edison, 2 B  7000 Mons — Belgique

How to get: 5 minutes driving from old town. If you come from Bruxelles take E19/E42 direction Mons. Exit 24 Mond (direction Ghlin). First exit at right and after get 2nd exit.

Recent Previous Winners: 2015 Illya Marchenko – 2014 David Goffin – 2013 Radek Stepanek – 2012 Kenny de Schepper – 2011 Andreas Seppi

Top 10 Players: Jan Lennard Struff (Ger) – Paul Henri Mathieu (Fra) – Jeremy Chardy (Fra) – Dustin Brown (Usa) – Ricardas Berankis (Ltu) – Ivan Dodig (Cro) – Jerzy Janowicz (Pol) -Radu Albot (Rou) – Lukas Lacko (Svk) – Pierre Hugues Herbert (Fra)

THE TOWN

Mons is a Belgian city with a 90000 inhabitants and it’s the capital of Hainaut region. Together with the Czech city of Plzeň, Mons was the European Capital of Culture in 2015. It’s known like “The Town of Monkey” because in front of the City Hall it stands a statue of a monkey, which is said to bring good fortune to those who pat his head. Lonely Planet writes about Mons: “With a characterful medieval centre climbing up a hill and a fine Grand Place, Mons (Bergen in Dutch) had a substantial facelift in 2015, when it was a European Capital of Culture. The legacy is a handful of entertaining modern museums that make Mons an excellent visit, with plenty to keep you busy for two or three days. One museum covers war in excellent fashion, while another celebrates the riotous Doudou festival, which stars St George, a dragon, St Waudru, devils and thousands of beery revellers.”

TOP 3 THINGS TO SEE IN MONS:

  • Grand Place

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  • Belfort

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  • Collégiale Sainte-Waudru

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel St.James. Historic *** hotel located in a 18th century building at just 15 minutes walking from old town. Rated 8.1 on Booking, this accomodation offers modern design double rooms from 77€ to 99€ per night (it depends if you want breakfast or not included).
  • Congres Hotel Mons Van der Valk. Wonderful **** hotel with high level of service, this is the best solution for tennis fans because it’s very close to Mons Expo. Rated 9.0 on Booking, it offers superior double room from 98 € per night (breakfast costs 15€ more). Free parking and wi-fi!
  • Hotel Dream. Wonderful ****  hotel considered the best accomodation in Mons either on Booking or on Tripadvisor. Set in a former chapel this hotel, located at just 1 km from train station,  offers spacious dream double  rooms of 25 mq2 for 106€ per night with free wi-fi connection and parking area. Breakfast will cost 12.5€ more for day.

 

USEFUL LINKS:

VISIT MONS OFFICIAL SITE

TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL SITE

ALL 23 MONS ACCOMODATIONS

 

ENJOY!!!!

Orléans – Tennis dreams on Loire river

THE TOURNAMENT:   ATP CHALLENGER Open D’Orléans

Date: From 26/9 to 02/10

Money prize: € 106,500

Surface: Hard Indoor

Tournament Location: Open d’Orléans Tennis Parc – Parc Pasteur, 2 Rue Eugène Vignat, 45000 Orléans, France

General information: Open d’Orléans Tennis Parc is located just 750 mt Cathedrale Sainte-Croix  and 1,6 km from Gare d’Orléans.

Recent Past Winners: 2015 Jan Lennard Struff – 2014 Sergiy Stakhovsky – 2013 Radek Stepanek – 2012 David Goffin – 2011 Michael Llodra

Top Seeded Players: Illya Marchenko (Ukr) – Paul Henri Mathieu (Fra) – Ivan Dodig (Cro) – Jan Lennard Struff (Ger) – Ricardas Berankis (Ltu) – Dustin Brown (Usa) – Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukr) – Jerzy Janowicz (Pol) – Lukas Lacko (Svk) – Jurgen Melzer (Aut).

THE TOWN:

Orléans is the capital of the Loiret department and of the Centre-Val de Loire region. It is located on the Loire River where the river curves south towards the Massif Central. It’s far just 111 km from Paris. Orléans (with its 114.286 residents) belongs to the vallée de la Loire sector between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes-sur-Loire, which was in 2000 inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Lonely Planet writes on this town: “There’s a big-city buzz on the broad boulevards and in the flashy boutiques and elegant buildings of Orléans, 100km south of Paris. An important settlement by the time of the Roman conquest, the city sealed its place in history in 1429 when a young peasant girl by the name of Jeanne d’Arc (Joan of Arc) rallied the armies of Charles VII and brought about a spectacular rout against the besieging English forces, a key turning point in the Hundred Years War. Six centuries later, the Maid of Orléans still exerts a powerful hold on the French imagination – all around town, you’ll find statues (at least six), stained-glass windows and museum exhibits dedicated to her exploits. Other attractions in the old city include an outstanding art museum and a breathtaking cathedral.

TOP THREE THINGS TO SEE IN ORLEANS:

  • Cathedrale Sainte-Croix

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  • Parc Floral d’Orléans

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  • Place du Martroi

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel d’Orléans. Suggested *** hotel  nr.1 on Tridpavisor and rated 8.8 on Booking. Incredible location at just 50mt from famous Place du Martroi. A comfort double room costs 95€ per night + 14 € for breakfast.
  • Empriente Hotel & Spa. Terrific **** boutique hotel with spa located just 400 mt from Maison de Jeanne D’Arc .Rated 8.8 on booking, it offers elegant double room from 145€ per night + 19€ for full continental breakfast.
  • Mercure Orléans Centre. Beautiful ****  hotel located n the heart of the city with views of the Loire River. Seasonal outdoor pool and fitness zone are available for customers. Price for a very comfortable 32 mq2 standard double room is 160€ without breakfast but free wi-fi connection included.

 

USEFUL LINKS:

ORLEANS TOURISM OFFICIAL SITE

TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL SITE

ALL 39 ORLEANS ACCOMODATIONS

 

ENJOY!!!!

Szczecin – Are you ready for a Polish tennis break?

THE TOURNAMENT:  ATP CHALLENGER Pekao Szczecin Open

Date: From 12/9 to 18/9

Money prize: $ 125,000

Surface: Clay Outdoor

Tournament Location: PROMASTERS – Al. Wojska Polskiego 127, Szczecin

General information: Old town is located just 4 km and 10 minutes by car from PROMASTERS’ clay courts.

Recent Past Winners: 2015 Jan Lennard Struff – 2014 Dustin Brown – 2013 Oleksandr Nedovyesov – 2012 Victor Hanescu – 2011 Rui Machado

Top Seeded Players: Jan Lennard Struff (Ger) – Inigo Cervantes (Esp) – Dustin Brown (Usa) – Karen Kachanov (Rus) – Radu Albot (Can) – Nikoloz Basilashvili (Geo)

 

TOP THREE THINGS TO SEE IN SZCZENIN:

  • Stare Miasto

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  • Park Kasprowicza

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  • Pomeranian Dukes Castle

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Boncza. Best *** hotel in the town just 10 minutes walking from beach. Rated 8.2 on Booking. Deluxe room price is 83€ per night breakfast included.
  • Hotel Atrium. Very good **** hotel just 1km from tennis courts. Rated 8.5 on booking, it offers 25 mq2 studios at 94€ per night with breakfast
  • Hotel Zamek Centrum. Amazing ****  hotel located in the heart of Szczenin just outside Pomeranian Dukes Castle. Rated 9.2 on Booking. Prices for a comfortable classic room start from 117€ breakfast included.

 

USEFUL LINKS:

SZCZENIN TOURISM

TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL SITE

ALL ACCOMODATIONS

 

ENJOY!!!!