Stuttgart – The Mercedes town is going to open the male extended grass-court swing

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Mercedes Cup

From 06/12 to 06/18

Surface: Grass outdoor

Prize money: € 701,975

Tournament location: Tennis Club Weissenhof – Parlerstraße 102-110, 70192 Stuttgart, Germany

How to arrive: Due to construction work in the proximity to the TC Weissenhof there is no more parking available. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to arrive by public transportation. Click here to see all the suggestions to get in easily to tennis courts.

Past champions: 2016 Dominic Thiem – 2015 Rafa Nadal – 2014 Roberto Bautista Agut – 2013 Fabio Fognini – 2012 Janko Tipsarevic – 2011 Juan Carlos Ferrero – 2010 Albert Montanes – 2009 Jeremy Chardy – 2008 Juan Martin Del Potro

Entry list: Roger Federer (Sui) – Tomas Berdych (Cze) – Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) – Steve Johnson (Usa) – Gilles Simon (Fra) – Mischa Zverev (Ger) – Feliciano Lopez (Esp) – Viktor Troicki (Srb) – Philip Kohlschreiber (Ger) – Bernard Tomic (Srb)

Roger Federer is going to return just in Mercedes Cup!!!
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


  • Königstraße


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 94,5€ per night in b&b.
  • Maritim Hotel Stuttgart. This excellent **** hotel, rated 8.3 on Booking, is the players official hotel and is quietly located in central Stuttgart, just over half a kilometer from the Königstraße. It has large rooms, 3 restaurants and a modern spa with 24-hour indoor pool. The daily rate for a spacious comfort double room with satellite TV, internet access and an elegant bathroom is 165€. Don’t miss it!
  • 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. A superior classic of 30 mq2 costs 190€ per night with breakfast included (156€ without).

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site 

Visit Stuttgart Official

Mercedes Benz Museum Website 

Your Hotel in Stuttgart 
Enjoy a Tennis Trip with King Roger Federer!

 

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Memphis – A very good tennis week at home of the music legends

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Memphis Open

From 02/13 to 02/19

Money prize: $ 720,410

Surface: Hard Indoor

Location: The Racquet Club of Memphis – 5111 Sanderlin Avenue, Memphis, TN 38117 USA

How to get: The Club is far 17,2 miles from Memphis’ downtown and 22 minutes driving. Memphis International Airport is instead far just 11,5 miles.

Recent Past Winners: 2016/2015/2014/2013 Kei Nishikori – 2012 Jurgen Melzer – 2011 Andy Roddick – 2010 Sam Querrey

Main Players: John Isner (Usa) – Ivo Karlovic (Cro) – Bernard Tomic (Aus) – Sam Querrey (Usa) – Steve Johnson (Usa) – Adrian Mannarino (Fra) – Yen Hsun Lu (Tpe) – Daniel Evans (Aus) – Kevin Anderson (Saf) – Dustin Brown (Ger)

Top seeded John Isner


THE TOWN: Situated along the mighty Mississippi River, Memphis is the largest city in the state of Tennessee and is recognized as the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll, the home of the blues and the starting point of soul. Music legends including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, B.B. King and Otis Redding have made their marks on Memphis, where you can still hear their influences today. Lonely Planet writes:“Memphis doesn’t just attract tourists. It draws pilgrims. Music-lovers lose themselves to the throb of blues guitar on Beale St. Barbecue connoisseurs descend to stuff themselves silly on smoky pulled pork and dry-rubbed ribs. Elvis fanatics fly in to worship at the altar of the King at Graceland. You could spend days hopping from one museum or historic site to another, stopping only for barbecue, and leave happy.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN MEMPHIS:

  • Graceland


  • Beale Street

 

  • Elmwood Cemetery


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Memphis. Stay in this very good *** hotel where the players sleep and walking distance to the Memphis Open and not far from the most important attractions of the town. The rate for a king room is $199 plus tax with free wifi and parking.
  • The Westin Memphis Beale Street. Excellent **** hotel located just in Memphis downtown, across from the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. The Bleu Restaurant and Lounge is featured at this hotel and serves a variety of seafood dishes. Rated 8.9 on Booking it offers 36 mq2 Queen rooms at 170$ per night.
  • The Peabody Memphis. Legendary for its charm, elegance and gracious Southern hospitality, the **** Peabody Memphis has been made world-famous for its 5 resident ducks, who march daily through the Lobby at 11am and 5pm. Built in 1869, the downtown luxury hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places and continues to carry the distinction as the “South’s Grand Hotel. Rated 8.9 on Booking this hotel features a Grecian style indoor pool, a wellness center, a French restaurant and offers classical queen rooms from 159$ per night with free wifi.

Not included in the prices: 17.75 % TAX, US$ 2.00 City tax per night

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Racquet Club of Memphis Website

Memphis Tourism Bureau 

I Love Memphis

Accomodations 


Enjoy this musical Tennistrip!!!

Wien – A classic ATP event in the most classic european town

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 500 ERSTE BANK OPEN

Date: From 24/10 to 30/10

Money prize: $ 1,884,645

Surface: Hard Indoor

Tournament Location: Wiener Stadthalle – Roland Rainer Platz 1 A-1150 Wien

How to get: Public Transport U6 “Burggasse-Stadthalle” / “Urban Loritz-Platz” (Metro) -U3 “Schweglerstraße” (Metro) – Tram 6, 9, 18, 49 – Bus 48A

Recent Past Winners: 2015 – David Ferrer – 2014 Andy Murray – 2013 Tommy Haas – 2012 Juan Martin del Potro – 2011 – Jo Wilfred Tsonga – 2010/2009 Juergen Melzer

Top 10 Players: Andy Murray (Gbr) – Tomas Berdych (Cze) -Dominic Thiem (Aut) – Roberto Bautista Agut (Esp) – Ivo Karlovic (Cro) – Lucas Pouille (Fra) – David Ferrer (Esp) – John Isner (Usa) – Bernard Tomic (Aus) – Gilles Simon (Fra)

ABOUT WIEN:

Wien is the capital of the Republic of Austria and by far the largest city in Austria with its population of more than 1.7 million. As you’d expect it’s Austria’s cultural, economic, and political centre. As the former home of the Habsburg court and its various empires, the city still has the trappings of the imperial capital it once was, and the historic city centre is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Visitors can not leave without having first tasted the two culinary specialties of the city: Sacher Torte (the original one at Sacher Hotel) and Wiener Schnitzel (the best is at Filgmüller).

Lonely Planet’s writer Catherine Le Nevez tells about Wien: “With its rambling palaces, winding cobbled lanes, elegant Kaffeehäuser (coffee houses) and cosy wood-panelled Beisln (bistro pubs), Vienna is steeped in history. Yet it’s also at the cutting edge of design, architecture, contemporary art, and new directions in drinking and dining. What I love most about the city is that not only does it hold on to its traditions, it incorporates them in everything from high-fashion Dirndls with pop-art motifs or punk conical studs to handmade Sacher Torte–flavoured doughnuts and inspired neo-retro cafes. Vienna’s past is alive in its present, and, by extension, its future.

TOP 5 THINGS TO SEE:

  • Schönbrunn Palace


  • Old Town


  • Belvedere Palace Museum


  • Stephansdom


  • Hofburg



BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Kärntnerhof. Excellent *** accomodation, rated 8.8 on Booking and with an high value for money, this hotel enjoys a quiet location in central Wien at just 5 minutes walking from Stephansdom. A standard double room, decorated in a blend of Art Noveau and Italian style, costs 125€ per nigh with breakfast and free wifi included.
  • Hotel Capricorno. Wonderful **** hotel at just 8 minutes walking from Stephans Platz with many pubs and restaurants in the surroundings. Rated 9.1 on Booking, it offers 18 mq2 stylish double room at 170€ per night including breakfast and wifi.
  • Hotel Sans Souci Wien. Best Wien accomodation either for Tripadvisor or for Booking (rated 9.4), this luxurious ***** hotel located in the centre of town, just opposite the Museum Quarter, features an indoor pool, a spa and gourmet restaurant La Veranda. The price for a 25 mq2 elegant double room with breakfast and wifi is 296€ per night.

USEFUL LINKS:

WIEN TOURIST INFO OFFICIAL

SCHÖNBRUNN OFFICIAL

BELVEDERE MUSEUM SITE

TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL SITE

ALL WIEN ACCOMODATIONS



ENJOY!!!!

Shenzhen – Some tennis days inside China’s Silicon Valley

THE TOURNAMENT:  ATP SHENZHEN OPEN

Date: From 26/9 to 02/10

Money prize: $ 704,140

Surface: Hard Indoor

Tournament Location: Shenzhen Longgang Sports Center – Junction of Shuiguan Highway and Longxiang Ave., Longgang District, Shenzhen, Post Code : 518115

General information: Shenzhen Longgang Sports Center is far about 48 km from International Airport. To get from there take bus Airport line 10 to Hourui metro station, take metro Luobao line to Laojie station, transfer to Longgang line and take off at Universiade station, then change to bus number M294 to final stop on Velodrome Road.

Recent Past Winners: 2015 Thomas Berdych – 2014 Andy Murray

Top 10 Players: Tomas Berdych (Cek) – David Goffin (Bel) – Richard Gasquet (Fra) – Bernard Tomic (Aus) – Alexander Zverev (Ger) -Benoit Paire (Fra) – Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukr) – Fabio Fognini (Ita) – Janko Tipsarevic (Srb) – Taylor Fritz (Usa)

THE TOWN

Shenzhen is a major city and a major financial center in Guangdong Province, China. It is home to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange as well as the headquarters of numerous high-tech companies. It also has one of the busiest container ports in the world. Shenzhen’s modern cityscape is the result of its vibrant economy made possible by rapid foreign investment since the institution of the policy of “reform and opening” establishment of the SEZ in late 1979. The town is famous all over the world for the high number of theme parks. Lonely Planet write about this town: “One of China’s wealthiest cities and a Special Economic Zone (SEZ), Shēnzhèn (深圳) draws a mix of business people, investors and migrant workers to its golden gates. It’s a popular, easy day trip from Hong Kong, surprising most visitors who just expect a peek at a very serious mainland China, but find a thriving club and indie-music nightlife, or squads of housewives breaking out dance moves in public squares into the evening. The myriad theme parks, which include fun miniature landmarks, also amuse, as do the quirky specialty markets where you can grab a bargain house decoration or dozen. Shēnzhèn is also a useful transport hub for other parts of China.

 

TOP 3 THINGS TO SEE IN SHENZHEN:

  • Wutong Mountain

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  • KingKey 100

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  • Splendid China Theme Park

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hyatt Place Shenzhen Dongmen. Fantastic **** hotel just five minutes walking from Dongmen pedestrian area. Rated 8.6 on Booking, offers double king rooms from 88€ per night with breakfast included. Great value for money.
  • The Langham Shenzhen. Luxurious ***** hotel located in Futian this hotel combines pefectly modern and traditional styles. Rated 9.2 on Booking, offers enormous double room at 119€ per night without breakfast.
  • Futian Shangri-La Shenzhen. This *****  hotel located in the heart of Futian commercial zone is the best solution for tennis fans because is the official accomodation of tournament with great possibility to meet your favourite players. A deluxe double room of 48 mq2 with living room costa from 154€ to 205€ per night.

 

SHENZHEN ON TRAVEL CHINA GUIDE

VISIT SHENZHEN ON DISCOVER CHINA

TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL SITE

ALL 595 SHENZEN ACCOMODATIONS

 

ENJOY!!!!

Los Cabos – Tennis Stars At The End of the World

At the tip of Baja California Sur, in Mexico, you will find the dual destination of Los Cabos. Tranquil San Jose del Cabo retains the look and vibe of an authentic Mexican town with cobblestone streets, little restaurants and boutiques radiate from the central main square. Trendy and fashionable Cabo San Lucas, on the other end of the highway, is party central with funky bars and the slick Luxury Avenue Mall centered around the marina. This is the amazing location of the 1st edition of ATP Tournament ALBIERTO LOS CABOS OPEN which has replaced, from this year, Bogota event in Atp calendar.

Los Cabos Open will be held from 8 to 15 August on hard courts of Cabo del Mar Ocean and Ecopark Village, an outstanding location with top-notch sports facilities in the heart of Cabo San Lucas, and will have a money prize of 721,030 Usd. Many will be the players who will try to triumph in the most important tennis event of Central America, among these the austrian Dominic Thiem (N.1 of the entry list and N.7 in ATP rankings), australian talented Bernard Tomic, spanish expertized Feliciano Lopez, french Lucas Pouille and croatian bomber Ivo Karlovic. Among other names, is to watch with attention american teenager Taylor Fritz for his age and ukrain Alexandr Dolgopolov for his fool talent which always guarantees fun and show.

Los Cabos International Airport is the main way to get in this area. It accommodates 518 weekly operations , serving 40 destinations , connecting different states of the United States, Mexico , Canada and Latin America and is able to serve 3 millions passengers yearly.

Not to be missed in Los Cabos:

  1. EL ARCO DE CABO SAN LUCAS
  2. SANTA MARIA BEACH
  3. SAN JOSÈ DEL CABO VILLAGE

Between municipalities of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo there is a large number of luxury resorts, so called The Corridor which is able to host 1,7 millions people for year. My selection include three hotels with different range of prices:

  • HYATT PLACE LOS CABOS. Without doubts the best valued for money solution in Los Cabos. Just 300 mt from beach this hotel have an outdoor pool and fitness center. Price for a 35 mq King Double Room starts from 73€ and includes breakfast, free wi-fi and parking. In San Jose del Cabo.
  • THE BUNGALOWS HOTEL. If you need more space and especially of a little kitchen this could be the right solution. Located in San Lucas and far just 3 minutes from Los Cabos Port it offers Cozy Suites of 40 mq with free gourmet breakfast buffet and Wi-Fi connection at 121€ per day. Free parking area just outside the hotel.
  • THE CAPE – A THOMPSON HOTEL. This deluxe resort has a restaurant, an outdoor pool and free wi-fi connection. An extralarge (55 mq) King Deluxe Room costs 351€ per day with breakfast (257€ without). Each room is superbly and modernly furnished and gets an amazing ocean view balcony. In Cabo San Lucas.

Please notice that to these prices you have to add about 20% more for various taxes.

USEFUL LINKS:

LOS CABOS ON VISIT MEXICO

TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL SITE

CABO DEL MAR VILLAGE

CABO SAN LUCAS ACCOMODATIONS



Enjoy!!!!