THE TOURNAMENT: ITF MENS Paf Open Tallinn
From 10/30 to 11/05
Surface: Hard indoor
Prize money: $ 15,000
Tournament location: Tallink Tennis Club – Osmussaare 7, TALLINN , 13811, Estonia
How to arrive: Tennis club is in good position at just 7.5 km from Unesco Heritage old town. International airport is far about 10 km and 15/20 minutes driving.
Past champions: 2016 Niels Lootsma (Ned) – 2015 Dzimitry Zhyrmont (Blr)
Entry list: Axel Michon (Fra) – Frederico Ferreira Silva (Por) – Evgeny Karlovskiy (Rus) – Gregoire Jacq (Fra) – Maxime Authom (Bel) – Adrien Bossel (Sui) – Vladimir Ivanov (Est) – Alexander Vasilenko (Rus) – Jonathan Mridha (Swe) – Temur Ismailov (Uzb)
THE TOWN: Tallinn is the capital and, with a population of 447,414, the largest city of Estonia. Tallinn’s Old Town is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tallinn is the major political, financial, cultural and educational center of Estonia. Often dubbed the Silicon Valley of Europe, it has the highest number of startups per person in Europe and is a birthplace of many international companies, including Skype.
Lonely Planet writes: “No longer the plaything of greater powers – Danish, Swedish, Polish, German and Soviet – Tallinn is now a proud European capital with an allure all its own. It’s lively yet peaceful, absurdly photogenic and bursting with wonderful sights – ancient churches, medieval streetscapes and noble merchants’ houses. Throw in delightful food and vibrant modern culture and it’s no wonder Tallinn seems in danger of being loved to death, especially after a few cruise ships dock. But it’s one of those blessed places that seems to cope with all the attention.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:
- Old Town
- Raekoja Square
- Toompea Castle
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Oru Hotel. Delicious 3-star Oru Hotell is located in Tallinn, 600 m from the Baltic Sea, and is rated 8.6 on Booking. All rooms are decorated with wooden furniture and warm, sandy colours. Each comes with a modern bathroom with a shower. Prices? Just 48,6€ per night for a standard double room with breakfast, wifi and free parking included.
- Hotel Palace by TallinnHotels. Located in the centre of Tallinn and originally built in 1930s, 4 stars Palace Hotel is situated in an impressive building and offers modern rooms with a digital TV system with satellite channels, a tablet, a minibar and a work desk. Free WiFi is available in the entire property. Guests are welcome to visit the gym, small swimming pool, spa bath and steam or Finnish sauna (available at a surcharge). Very good is the international on site restaurant. A standard double room costs 91€ per night.
- Hotel Telegraaf, Autograph Collection. Only 70 m from Tallinn’s Town Hall Square, this luxurious 5-star hotel, rated 9.1 on Booking, is housed in a historic building dating from 1878. It offers free WiFi and features an indoor pool, a hot tub and the exclusive Elemis spa. Each room is air conditioned and features a flat-screen satellite TV and a bathroom with bathrobes and slippers. The exclusive à la carte Restaurant Tchaikovsky serves Russian and French cuisine. A 24 mq2 comfort queen room costs just 119€ per night.