Baton Rouge – Go from here to the discover the Louisiana’s charm…by watching a nice tennis tournament!

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Southern Lifestyle Development Tennis Classic

From 06/19 to 06/25

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 25,000

Tournament location: Louisiana State University – 2770 Gourrier Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA, 70820 USA

How to arrive: Tennis venue is far 3 miles from downtown. By car you will need about ten minutes to get in. Baton Rouge metropolitan airport is located at 9,4 miles. Private cars or taxis are the easiest ways to move from.

Past champions: 2016 Valeria Solovyeva – 2015 Danielle Lao

Entry list: Olivia Rogowska (Aus) – Allie Kiick (Usa) – Katherine Sebov (Can) – Lauren Albanese (Usa) – Elizaveta Ianchuk (Ukr) – Francesca Di Lorenzo (Usa) – Miharu Imanishi (Jpn) – Robin Anderson (Usa) – Ronit Yurovsky (Usa) – Chieh Yu Hsu (Tpe)

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Olivia Rogowska nr.1 of entry list

THE TOWN: Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana and its second-largest city after New Orleans with an estimated population of 228,590 in 2015. It is a culturally rich center, with settlement by immigrants from numerous European nations and African peoples.

Lonely Planet introduces this town in this way: “In 1699 French explorers named this area baton rouge (red stick) when they came upon a reddened cypress pole that Bayagoulas and Houma Native Americans had staked in the ground to mark the boundaries of their respective hunting territories. From one pole grew a lot of sprawl; Baton Rouge stretches out in an unplanned clutter in many directions. Visitors are mostly drawn to Baton Rouge for Louisiana State University (LSU) and Southern University; the latter is one of the largest historically African American universities in the country.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Lousiana Old State Capitol

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  • Downtown Baton Raouge

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  • Baton Rouge Bridge

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Drury Inn and Suites Baton RougeExcellent *** hotel located at 10 minutes from tennis venue and rated 9,1 on Booking. It eatures an indoor/outdoor swimming pool with a whirlpool, the free Wi-Fi, a fitness area and a business centre. A deluxe king room of 28 mq2 costs 120$ per night with superb breakfast included.
  • Home2 Suites by Hilton Baton RougeThis *** property is rated 9.7 and for the best value in Baton Rouge. Showcasing a year-round outdoor pool and fitness center, Home2 Suites By Hilton Baton Rouge is located at 11 km from downtown. A queen suite suitable for 6 persons costs just 129$ per night with fantastic breakfast included.
  • Watermark Baton Rouge, Autograph Collection. Featuring free WiFi, this exceptional **** hotel rated 9,5 on Booking, offers accommodations in Baton Rouge, just 201 m from Louisiana Art Science Museum. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. The spacious and modern 28 mq2 king rooms come with a flat-screen TV and private bathroom. Prices? Starting from 169$ per night with free cancellation.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Baton Rouge Official

Your Hotel in Baton Rouge

 

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Jackson – Tennis talents will return in Mississippi’s “City of Soul”

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN USTA Women’s Pro Circuit $25,000 Challenger

From 04/03 to 04/09

Prize money: $ 25,000

Surface: Clay outdoor

Tournament location: River Hills Club – 3600 Ridgewood Road , Jackson , MS, 39211, USA

How to get: Tennis club is far about 5,5 miles from downtown (10/11 minutes driving). From Union Station you could take 4B bus and about 45 minutes you will be at RH Club.

Past champions: 2016 Grace Min – 2015 Anhelina Kalinina – 2014 Ulrike Eikeri – 2013 Laura Siegemund – 2012 Heidi El Tabakh

Entry list: Elitsa Kostova (Bul) – Alla Kudryatseva (Rus) – Francoise Abanda (Can) – Barbara Haas (Aut) – Olga Govortsova (Blr) – Caroline Dolehide (Usa) – Fanni Stollar (Hun) – Elizabeth Halbauer (Usa) – Lauren Albanese (Usa) – Aleksandra Wozniak (Can)

Elitsa Kostova Nr.1 of the seeding

THE TOWN: Jackson is the capital city and largest urban center of the U.S. state of Mississippi. It is on the Pearl River, which drains into the Gulf of Mexico, and it is part of the Jackson Prairie region of the state. The current slogan for the city is The City with Soul.It has had numerous musicians prominent in blues, gospel, folk and jazz, and was even mentioned in Mark Ronson’s 2014 hit song “Uptown Funk”, featuring Bruno Mars.

Lonely Planet writes: “Mississippi’s capital and largest city mixes up stately residential areas with large swathes of blight, peppered throughout with a surprisingly funky arts-cum-hipster scene in the Fondren District. There’s a slew of decent bars, good restaurants and a lot of love for live music; it’s easy to have a good time in Jackson.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN JACKSON AND SURROUNDINGS:

  • State Capitol

  • LeFleur’s Bluff State Park


  • Mississippi’s Children Museum


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Comfort Inn Jackson. Very good *** hotel rated 8.0 on Booking and situated at just 1 km from downtown. Guests will appreciate a seasonal outdoor pool, the business center,  the free wireless high-speed internet access an parking, the free daily newspapers and coffee. A 28 mq2 king room costs 73,8$ per night.
  • Hilton Garden Inn Jackson Downtown. Located in Jackson downtown and rated 8.4 on Booking this beautiful *** hotel features an indoor heated pool and a hot tub. A 24-hour business center is available, laundry facilities and a convenience store are also on site. The hotel features 7,300-square-feet of meeting space. The price for an enourms queen room is 119$ per night with free WiFi connection.
  • Jackson Marriott. Very central **** hotel rated 8.1 on Booking, this Marriott accomodation features a fully equipped fitness center, an outdoor pool overlooking downtown Jackson and The Bistro 200 restaurant which serves American cuisine and regional specialties in a Southern-style setting. WiFi is free in public areas. A king room costs about 200$ per night with free cancellation.

Please notice that a 11% tax is not included in the prices.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Visit Jackson Official Site

Mississippi’s Children Museum Website

Accomodations


Enjoy!!!

Tampa – An excellent Itf women’s event in this sprawling town of Florida

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN SGI 15,000$ Women’s Event

From 03/13 to 03/19

Surface: Clay outdoor

Money prize: $ 15,000

Tournament location: SGI Tennis Academy by Northdale Golf & Tennis Club – 4407 Northdale Blvd., TAMPA, FL, 33624, USA

How to get: SGI Tennis Academy is far 15 miles from Tampa International Airport and it’s easily accessible by car with a 20 minutes ride. Downtown is at the same distance but on the opposite site of the airport.

Main players: Marie Bouzkova (Cze) – Michelle Larcher de Brito (Por) – Danielle Rose Collins (Usa) – Lauren Albanese (Usa) – Elizabeth Halbauer (Usa) – Renata Zarazua (Mex) – Victoria Rodriguez (Mex) – Elizaveta Ianchuk (Ukr) – Jacqueline Adina Cristian (Rou) – Ronit Yurovsky (Usa)

Former Orange Bowl Champion Michelle Larcher de Brito

 

THE TOWN: The city of Tampa is the county seat of Hillsborough County and the largest city in West Central Florida near Gulf of Mexico. The city had a population of 346,037 in 2011. Tampa was ranked as the 5th best outdoor city by Forbes in 2008. It also ranks as the fifth most popular American city, based on where people want to live, according to a 2009 Pew Research Center study.

Lonely Planet writes about it: “Sprawling and businesslike, Tampa lacks the iconic downtown skyline and cultural buzz that gives Miami its distinct persona. Therefore, it’s surprising to learn that so many new museums, parks and gourmet South Tampa restaurants have popped up recently that the city is dangerously close to becoming stylish. In the heart of downtown, the revitalized Riverwalk along the Hillsborough River glitters with contemporary architecture and scenic green spaces. Plus, between the zoo, the aquarium, the children’s museums and the theme parks, families have enough top-shelf entertainment to last a week. By evening Ybor City’s streets transform into Southwest Florida’s hottest bar and nightclub scene.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN TAMPA:

  • Sunshine Skyway Bridge


  • Busch Gardens


  • Bayshore Boulevard 


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Aloft Tampa Downtown. Very good *** hotel rated 8,5 on Booking and located along the Hillsborough River and at just 643 m from the Tampa Museum of Art. It includes a restaurant, a snack bar, a fitness and a business center. The price for a queen room with free wifi connection starts from 161$ per night.
  • Le Méridien Tampa. Excellent **** hotel centrally located in Tampa downtown and rated 8.9 on Booking. This structure features an onsite fitness centre, a bar and a restaurant. A classic queen room of 35 mq2 costs 239$ per night. Wifi and parking are available with additional charges.
  • Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. Wonderful **** hotel rated 9.1 on Booking and situated just 1 mile from Tampa International Airport. It features two outdoor pools, 3 restaurants and 24 hour fitness centre. A luxury double guest room costs $ 259 per night with free parking and wifi included.
The location of Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay

Please notice that prices showed don’t include a 12% tax.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Visit Tampa Bay Official Site

Busch Gardens Official 

Hotels in Tampa 


Enjoy!!!

Saguenay – The heart of young tennis will beat in Quebec

THE TOURNAMENT:   Challenger Banque Nationale de Saguenay

Date: From 17/10 to 23/10

Money prize: $ 50,000

Category: ITF Women

Surface: Hard Indoor

Tournament Location: Club de Tennis Intérieur Saguenay – 2680, boul. du Saguenay, C.P. 1455 Jonquière , Saguenay , Quebec, G7S 4L1, Canada

General information: The Club is far about 5 km from city centre. Please notice that entry is free during Saturday and Sunday for qualies and Monday and Tuesday for main draw matches.

Recent past winners: 2015 Jovana Jaksic – 2014 Julie Coin – 2013 Ons Jabeur – 2012 Madison Keys – 2011 Timea Babos

Top Seeded Players: Jennifer Brady (Usa) – Catherine Bellis (Usa) – Grace Min (Usa) – Sachia Vickery (Usa) – Jessica Pegula (Usa) – Jovana Jaksic (Srb) -Francoise Abanda (Can) – Mayo Hibi (Jpn) – Lauren Albanese (Usa) – Anna Zaja (Ger)

TOP THREE ATTRACTIONS IN SAGUENAY:

  • Fjord National Park

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  • Le Pulperie de Chicoutimi

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  • Parc et promenade de la Riviere-aux-sables

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel du Fjord. Excellent ***  hotel situated in downtown Chicoutimi and rated 8.6 on Booking. A comfortable double room with balcony costs just 76€ per night continental breakfast buffet, wifi and parking included.
  • Centre de Congres et Hotel La Sagueneenne. Very good ****  hotel which is located in the heart of Saguenay. Rated 8.2  on booking, it is considered the best valued money solution in the town. Price for a 30 mq2 double room is 67€ per night. Wifi and parking are available for free.
  • Chateau Murdock Gite. Wonderful ****  bed & breakfast at just 10 minutes walking from the main street. Guests can enjoy a seasonal pool and a children playground. Rated 9.4 on Booking, this b&b offers unique decorated suites at 129€ with a local 3-course breakfast. Free wifi and parking are included in room price.

Please notice that are not included in the prices showed: 14.97 % TAX, CAD 3.00 City tax per night.

 

USEFUL LINKS:

OFFICIAL TOURISM INFO

TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL SITE

SAGUENAY’S ACCOMODATIONS

 

ENJOY!!!!