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 
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Geneva – Stan Wawrinka will be the main attraction of this Atp event in the capital city of French Switzerland

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open

From 05/21 to 05/27

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 482,060

Tournament location: Tennis Club of Geneva Eaux-Vives – Parc des Eaux-Vives, 1207 Geneva, Switzerland

How to get: The club is not so far from Intl Airport infact you will need of about 25 minutes driving (9km) to get to the tournament. The central attractions like Jet D’Eau are very close; about 15-20 minutes walking. You can use the public transport too (bus service 2/6 from Geneve plage to “Parcs”).

Past champions: 2016 Stan Wawrinka – 2015 Thomaz Bellucci

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Defending champion and nr.1 of the seeding Stan Wawrinka

Entry list: Stan Wawrinka (Sui) – John Isner (Usa) – Albert Ramos Vinolas (Esp) – Sam Querrey (Usa) – Steve Johnson (Usa) – Joao Sousa (Por) – Paolo Lorenzi (Ita) – Viktor Troicki (Srb) – Robin Haase (Ned) – Ryan Harrison (Usa)

THE TOWN: Geneva is the second most populous city in Switzerland (after Zürich) and is the most populous city of Romandy, the French-speaking part of Switzerland. Situated where the Rhône exits Lake Geneva, it is a global city, a financial center, and worldwide center for diplomacy due to the presence of numerous international organizations, including the headquarters of many of the agencies of the United Nations and the Red Cross. Geneva is also one of the most expensive city in the world.

Lonely Planet introduces this town with these words: “Sleek, slick and cosmopolitan, Geneva is a rare breed of city: it’s among Europe’s priciest, its people chatter in every language and it’s constantly perceived as the Swiss capital (it isn’t). Superbly strung around the shores of Europe’s largest Alpine lake, Switzerland’s second-largest city has only half the population of Zürich; yet the whole world is here: 200-odd governmental and nongovernmental international organisations fill Geneva’s plush hotels, feast on its international cuisine and help prop up its famed overload of banks, luxury jewellers and chocolate shops.

But where’s the urban grit? Not in the lakeside’s silky-smooth promenades and iconic fountain of record-breaking heights, nor in its pedestrian Old Town. To find the rough cut of the diamond, dig into the Pâquis quarter or walk along the Rhône’s industrial shores where local neighbourhood bars hum with attitude. This is the Geneva of the Genevois…or as close as you’ll get to it.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Jet d’Eau

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  • Geneva Lake

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  • Mont Saleve

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Cristal DesignThe *** Cristal Design Hotel offers a quiet location in the heart of Geneva, next to the pedestrianized Mont Blanc street leading to Lake Geneva. Cornavin Train Station is 100 m away. This is one of the hotel with best value for money in the town. A twin room costs 172€ per night with free wi-fi. Rated 8.0 on Booking.
  • Starling Hotel Geneva. Excellent **** hotel rated 8.5 on Booking and located ext to the Palexpo Conference Centre. It features a wellness and fitness centre with an indoor pool and the free Wi-Fi. Very good is the on site italian restaurant L’Olivo. The city centre and Lake Geneva are 3 km away from the Starling Hotel Geneva. The price for a modernly decorated business double room is 161€ per night.
  • Hotel de la CigogneFeaturing period furniture in all rooms of its historic building, luxury ***** Hôtel de la Cigogne (rated 9.0 on Booking) offers you an elegant atmosphere for your stay in the centre of Geneva, right on the charming Longemalle square next to the Old Town. The restaurant serves gourmet seasonal cuisine in its Belle Epoque ambiance. All rooms in the Hôtel de La Cigogne are air-conditioned and feature HD Led TVs and free WiFi. A classic 29 mq2 twin room costs 417€ with good breakfast included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Geneva Official

Your Hotel in Geneva

 

Enjoy this Swiss TennisTrip!

 

Budapest – Welcome back in Hungarian capital city for an ATP 250 event

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Hungarian Open (1st edition)

From 04/24 to 04/30

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 540,310

Tournament location: Margitszigeti Atlétikai Centrum – Margitszigeti, 1138 Budapest, Hungary

How to get: Tennis courts are centrally located and easy accessible in 2,2 km distance from Chain Bridge.

Entry list: Lucas Pouille (Fra) – Ivo Karlovic (Cro) – Gilles Simon (Fra) – Fernando Verdasco (Esp) – Paolo Lorenzi (Ita) – Victor Troicki (Srb) – Diego Schwartzman (Arg) – Ryan Harrison (Usa) – Robin Haase (Ned) – Florian Mayer (Ger)

Nr.1 of the seeding Lucas Pouille
THE TOWN: Budapest is the capital city of Hungary. With a unique, youthful atmosphere, a world-class classical music scene as well as a pulsating night life increasingly appreciated among European youth and, last but not least, an exceptionally rich offering of natural thermal baths, Budapest is one of Europe’s most delightful and enjoyable cities. Due to its scenic setting and its architecture it is nicknamed Paris of the East. In 1987 Budapest was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List for the cultural and architectural significance of the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue.

Lonely Planet defines it Grandeur on the Danube and its writer Steve Fallon explaines reasons why he loves this incredible town: “I love Budapest for all the right reasons – architecture (especially art nouveau), romance (particularly the views from the bridges) and sticky apricot jam – and some of the wrong ones, too – killer pálinka (fruit brandy), rickety trolleybuses, and spending way too much time in the Turkish baths. When I first came to Budapest, I was bowled over by an often sad but confident city whose history seemed too complex to comprehend, by a beautiful but impenetrable language, and by a people I thought I’d never know. I stayed on to learn more about all three.”

BUDAPEST’S TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Hungarian Parliament


  • Chain Bridge 


  • Fisherman’s Bastion


  • Saint Stephen’s Basilica


  • Széchenyi Fürdö Thermal Baths


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Rum Budapest. Wonderful *** boutique hotel rated 9.2 on Booking and located in one of the most beautiful district of Budapest at just 200 mt from Hungarian National Museum. It provides free wifi, a welcome arrival drink and it features the onsite asian Urban Tiger Restaurant. The price for a a large king starts from 120€ with breakfast included.
  • Callas House. Exceptional **** hotel rated 9.5 on Booking and located at 100 mt from Opera House and 400 mt from Saint Stephen’s Basilica. This accomodation rises in an historical building and features free wifi, restaurant and classical deluxe double rooms of 26 mq2 at 135€ per night with excellent breakfast buffet.
  • Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest. Once in the life incredible ***** hotel which rises in a neoclassical palace built in 1906. It enjoys an incomparable location in front of the Chain Bridge, offering luxury units, an infinity-edge pool, a fitness room and a restaurant and bar. A luxury superior double room with one king bed and marble bathroom costs 457,5 € per night with breakfast and wifi included. Rated 9.3 on Booking.

Please notice that in hotel prices is not included a 4% city tax.
USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Budapest Travel & Tourism Guide

Budapest by Locals

Széchenyi Fürdö Official Site

Your Hotel in Budapest
Enjoy this town again!!!
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Dubai – A super tennis week in the most futuristic town of the world

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 500 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (XXV Edition)

Date: From 02/27 to 03/05

Money prize: $ 2,858,530

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Tournament Location: Officially inaugurated in February 1996, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium has been voted “Best Venue” by players on the ATP World Tour. The stadium has become a magnet for people seeking entertainment in Dubai. Located in the grounds of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Centre, the stadium is completely self-contained.

How to get: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium is located at just 2.2 km from Dubai International Airport. Is very cheap to take a taxi for a driving distance of 5 minutes.

Previous winners: 2016 Stan Wawrinka – 2015/2014 Roger Federer – 2013/2012/2011 Novak Djokovic – 2012 Roger Federer – 2011/2010/2009 Novak Djokovic

Roger Federer returns after his triumph in Melbourne

Top 10 Players: Andy Murray (Gbr) – Stan Wawrinka (Sui) – Gael Monfils (Fra) – Roger Federer (Sui) – Tomas Berdych (Cze) – Lucas Pouille (Fra) – Phillip Kohlschreiber (Ger) – Gilles Muller (Lux) – Marcos Baghdatis (Cyp) – Viktor Troicki (Srb)

ABOUT DUBAI: Dubai with Abu Dhabi is the most important and populous city of United Arab Emirates. It has one of the fastest growing economy and definitely is one of the most incredible and futuristic city of the world, hosting Burj Khalifa, the tallest building of the world. 

Lonely Planet writes about it: “Dubai and Abu Dhabi are a stirring alchemy of profound traditions and ambitious futuristic vision. Ever since first setting foot in this tiny powerhouse emirate back in 2007, Dubai has fascinated me with its energy, optimism and openness towards people from all over the world. I’m a die-hard foodie, so the staggering variety of authentic global fare is exhilarating, and even the shopping here – which I normally consider a chore – is actually a joy. Dubai is a place that’s constantly in flux and it’s been exciting to see it grow and mature as a city and as a society. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.” (Read more here).

TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS TO SEE:

  • Burj Khalifa


  • Dubai Fountain


  • The Mall Dubai


  • Burj El Arab


  • Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Rove Downtown Dubai. Fantastic *** hotel, rated 8.9 on Booking, this hotel is located close to Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall, it features a pool and offers 26 mq2 rover rooms with Burj view at 177$ per night with free Wifi and parking included.
  • Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road. Excellent **** hotel at 3 minutes walk from Emirates Towers Metro Station. This modern hotel features a rooftop pool, a bar with boasting views on Jumeirah, a pub and 5 different restaurants. Rated 8.4 on Booking, it offers modern 42mq2 double rooms at 177$ per night with breakfast, free wifi and parking included.
  • Park Hyatt Dubai. Wonderful ***** luxurious hotel situated at just 900 mt far from Tennis Stadium, this is the ideal accomodation for tennis lovers. It features six tasteful dining options, a 18 hole golf course, a 25m swimming pool, a fitness center with spa, the free wifi and parking. Rated 9.2 on Booking it offers at the moment a secret deal forms pacious 52 mq2 double rooms at just 224$ per night.


Please notice that the prices don’t include a 10% municipality fee, 10% service property charge and 20 AED tourism fee for night.

USEFUL LINKS:

VisitDubai.com

Burj Khalifa Official 

Dubai Mall Official Site 

Accomodations



Enjoy a fantastic tennis trip!

Sofia – Tennis Trips will be at Dimitrov’s home for this great ATP event

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Garanti Koza Sofia Open

Date: From 02/06 to 02/12

Money prize: $ 540,310

Surface: Hard Indoor

Tennis Club: Arena Armeec Sofia – 1 Asen Yordanov Blvd, 1113 Sofia

We will be in Sofia on 7-8 February to enjoy a beautiful town and world class tennis. Follow our updates and curiosities directly from Armeec Arena on WordPress, Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter!

How to arrive: Multifunctional Sports Hall Arena Armeec Sofia is one of the most modern in Europe, designed and constructed in full compliance with international standards. The Arena is in an ideal position just between Sofia Old Town (about 5 km) and Intl Airport (4,9 km) so in both case you will need 10 minutes by taxi to get in. Besides there is one bus stop in both directions of Aleksander Iordanov boulevard. They are connected with a zebra crossing.

Past Winner: 2016 Roberto Bautista Agut (Esp)

Top Seeded Players: Dominic Thiem (Aut) – David Goffin (Bel) – Roberto Bautista Agut (Esp) – Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) – Viktor Troicki (Srb) – Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) – Gilles Müller (Lux) – Martin Klizan (Svk) – Marcos Bagdathis (Cyp) – Nicolas Almagro (Esp)

Home idol Grigor Dimitrov

 

THE TOWN: Sofia is the capital and, with about 1.4 million citizens, the biggest city of Bulgaria. Today, Sofia is a dynamic European capital, distinguished by its unique combination of European and Communist-style architecture as well as many beautiful Orthodox churches. Furthermore, it claims to be one of the few European capitals with beautiful scenery.

Lonely Planet writes: “Bulgaria’s pleasingly laid-back capital is often overlooked by visitors heading straight to the coast or the ski resorts, but they’re missing something special. Sofia is no grand metropolis, but it’s a largely modern, youthful city, with a scattering of onion-domed churches, Ottoman mosques and stubborn Red Army monuments that lend an eclectic, exotic feel. Recent excavation work carried out during construction of the city’s metro unveiled a treasure trove of Roman ruins from nearly 2000 years ago, when the city was called ‘Serdica’. Away from the buildings and boulevards, vast parks and manicured gardens offer a welcome respite, and the ski slopes and hiking trails of mighty Mt Vitosha are just a short bus ride from the centre. Home to many of Bulgaria’s finest museums, galleries, restaurants and clubs, Sofia may persuade you to stick around and explore further.”

TOP 3 PLACES TO SEE IN SOFIA:

  • Aleksandr Nevskji Cathedral


  • Vitosha Boulevard 


  • Rotunda Sveti Georgi


BEST PLACES TO STAY: 

TennisTrips will be at Garanti Koza Sofia Open on 7/8 February…Come with us!!!

  • Budapest Hotel. *** hotel just 5 minutes from central station – Rated 8.8 on Booking. Prices starts from 63€ (with breakfast and free wifi and parking included) for a 27 mq2 deluxe double room. Very good onsite restaurant.
  • Best Western Premier Thracia Hotel. **** superb hotel – Directly located in Sofia’s city cenre. Rated 8.9 on Booking. Prices from 79€ to 109€ with breakfast buffet, free cancellation and wifi always included.
  • Grand Hotel Sofia. Wonderful ***** luxury hotel in the heart of Sofia at just 5 minutes walking from Serdika Metrp. The hotel interior benefits from a unique collection of over 400 original oil paintings. Rated 9.1 on Booking it offers a superior double room of 45 mq2 from 114€ to 161€. Breakfast cost 16€ more but you will receive a 10% discount for the gourmet onsite restaurant.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Armeec Arena Website 

Visit Sofia 

Sofia Guide

All Hotel Accomodations



Enjoy!!!!

Sydney – Atp & Wta combined in one of the most beautiful town of the world 

THE TOURNAMENTS: ATP 250 + WTA PREMIER Apia International Sidney

Date: From 01/08 to 01/14

Money prize: $ 495,630 + $ 710,900

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Tournament Location: Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre – Rod Laver Drive,
Sydney Olympic Park

General information: Sidney Olympic Park is located about 23 km from Sidney International Airport (30 minutes driving) and about 15 km from downtown. There is a frequent train service that runs to Sydney Olympic Park train station. In 2017, all event tickets will include Train travel to and from Olympic Park station on the Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink network.

Recent Atp Winners: 2016/2015 Victor Troicki – 2014 Juan Martin Del Potro – 2013 Bernard Tomic – 2012 Jarkko Nieminen – 2011 Gilles Simon

Recent Wta Winners: 2016 Svetlana Kuznetsova – 2015 Petra Kvitova – 2014 Svetlana Pironkova – 2013 Agnieszka Radwanska – 2012 Victoria Azarenka – 2011 Na Li

Top Seeded Atp Players: Dominic Thiem (Aut) – Pablo Cuevas (Uru) – Victor Troicki (Srb) – Pablo Carreno Busta (Esp) – Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) – Martin Klizan (Svk) – Marcel Granollers (Esp) – Nicolas Mahut (Fra) – Paolo Lorenzi (Ita) – Federico Delbonis (Arg)

Top Seeded Wta Players: Angelique Kerber (Ger) – Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) – Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) – Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) – Karolina Pliskova (Cek) – Johanna Konta (Gbr) – Carla Suarez Navarro (Esp) – Elina Svitolina (Ukr) – Timea Bacsinzky (Sui) – Elena Vesnina (Rus)

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Defending Wta champion Svetlana Kuznetsova

 

THE TOWN: Sidney, capital state of New Wales, is known as the Harbour City. It’s the largest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia with an enviable reputation as one of the world’s most beautiful and liveable cities. Brimming with history, nature, culture, art, fashion, cuisine, design, Sydney’s set next to miles of ocean coastline and sandy surf beaches. Longterm immigration has led to the cities reputation as one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities in Australia and the world. The city is also home to the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, two of the most iconic structures on this planet. Peter Dragicevich, writer of Lonely Planet, explains the reasons he loves this town with this words: “My visits to Sydney were becoming increasingly frequent before I moved there. Sure, it was the glitzy side that first attracted me – the sense that there was always something thrilling going on somewhere, and if you turned the right corner, you could be part of it. That sense remains, but I’ve discovered much more to love: the lively food scene, endless days at the beach and the way Sydney’s Indigenous and convict history is so often hidden in plain sight.

TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS IN SIDNEY:

  • Sydney Harbour

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  • Harbour Bridge

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  • Opera House

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  • Bondi to Coogee Beach Costal Walk

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  • Sydney Darling Harbour

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BEST HOTELS TO STAY: 

  • Ibis Sydney Olympic Park. Modern *** hotel rated 8.2 on Booking. Perfect location for tennis fans because is very close to tennis courts but however at just 20 minutes driving from CBD. A 22 mq2 standard double room costs 117$ per night with breakfast included.

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  • Meriton Serviced Apartments Campbell Street. Wonderful **** aparthotel located in Brisbane Central Business Distrisct.Rated 9.2 on booking and nr.1 accomodation on Tripdavisor, it offers superb classic studios with fully equipped kitchen and fantastic city views at just 134$ per night with an incredible value for money. Wifi is free.

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  • Primus Hotel Sydney. Luxury ***** boutique hotel situated in the lively district at just 500 mt from Capitol Theatre. It offers an outdoor pool, a design lounge bar and a restaurant. Price for a deluxe king room of 35 mq2 is 201$ with breakfast, free wifi and parking included. Rated 9.3 on Booking.

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USEFUL LINKS:

Visit Sydney Official

Sydney Opera House Site

Sydney Olympic Park Info

Tournament Official Site

Hotel Accomodations

 

Enjoy this trip!!!!