Quebec City – Wta sensations in the most European town of North America

THE TOURNAMENT:  Wta International  Coupe Banque Nationale

Date: From 11/9 to 17/9

Prize money: $ 226,750

Surface: Carpet Outdoor

Tournament Location: Pavillon de l’Éducation physique et des sports – 2300 Rue de la Terrasse – Université Laval, Quebec, QC G1V 0A6, Canada

General information: Université Laval’s Sports and Physical Education Pavilion (PEPS) is far about 11 km from Jean Lesage International Airport and just 5 km from gare de train de Sainte-Foy. PEPS has numerous parking lots, either inside or outside. During the tournament, the PEPS’ indoor parking has a fixed day rate.

Past champions: 2016 Oceane Dodin – 2015 Annika Beck – 2014 Mirjana Lucic Baroni – 2013 Lucie Safarova – 2012 Kirsten Flipkens 2011 Barbora Strycova

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Defending champion Oceane Dodin

Entry list: Lucie Safarova (Cze) – Timea Babos (Hun) – Oceane Dodin (Fra) – Tatjana Maria (Ger) – Varvara Lepchenko (Usa) – Eugenie Bouchard (Can) – Heather Watson (Gbr) – Jennifer Brady (Usa) – Camila Giorgi (Ita) – Viktorija Golubic (Sui)

THE TOWN: Capital of the province of Quebec, the town is the second largest French speaking city in Canada after Montreal.  Founded in 1608, Quebec City is one of the oldest cities in North America. The rampants surrounding Old Quebec were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985 as the ‘Historic District of Old Québec’.

For Lonely Planet: “Montréal may have more media connections, commercial activity and global cachet, but Québec City has something else: the soul of the province, and the fiercer grip on French Canadian identity. It also happens to be one of North America’s oldest and most magnificent settlements. Its picturesque Old Town is a Unesco World Heritage site, a living museum of narrow cobblestone streets, 17th- and 18th-century houses and soaring church spires, with the splendid Château Frontenac towering above it all. Even with a T-shirt shop on half the corners, there’s more than a glimmer of Old Europe in its classic bistros, sidewalk cafes and manicured squares“.

 

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Old Quebec

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  • Terrasse Dufferin

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  • Montmorency Falls

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Universel. Very good *** hotel just a few steps from tournament location. Ideal for tennis lovers. It features an on-site Scandinavian spa, an indoor pool, comfortable accommodations, and easy access to area attractions and the free wifi. Prices from 55$ without breakfast.
  • L’Arvidienne Couette et Cafè. Delicious **** boutique b&b just 1km from Battlefields park. Rated 9.2 on booking. Free parking, wifi and superb breakfast included. Book library onsite. A 25 mq2 King Room costs from 144$ per night.
  • Hotel le Priori. Exceptional ****  hotel located 2 minutes walking from Old Town. Rated 9.4 on Booking. Originally built in 1734, every room features exposed brick walls and includes free Wi-Fi. The suites contain working fireplaces and bathtubs. Restaurant Toast, with a terrace in the interior court of Le Priori, has international inspired dishes. Prices from 185$ for a 22 mq2 double room with breakfast included.

Please notice that prices showed not include 14.97% + 3% taxes.

 

USEFUL LINKS:

Quebec City Tourism Official

Tournament Official Site

Your Hotel in Quebec City

 

Enjoy this wonderful Canadian TennisTrip!!!

Biel/Bienne – For the 1st time Wta circuit will arrive at this bilingual town of Switzerland 

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA INTERNATIONAL Ladies Open Biel Bienne

From 04/10 to 04/16

Prize money: $ 226,750

Surface: Hard outdoor

Tournament location: Swiss Tennis – Roger Federer Allee 1, 2504 Biel, Switzerland

How to get: The tennis venue is located at 6,6 km and 11 minutes driving from Biel’s old town. The closest airport is the Bern one at about 61 km. Zurich Intl Airport is at 121 km.

Entry list: Timea Babos (Hun) – Roberta Vinci (Ita) – Alizé Cornet (Fra) – Annika Beck (Ger) – Camila Giorgi (Ita) – Julia Goerges (Ger) – Kristina Mladenovic (Fra) – Monica Niculescu (Rou) – Belinda Bencic (Sui) – Sorana Cirstea (Rou)

Camila Giorgi will try to get her 2nd Wta title
THE TOWN: Biel/Bienne is a town in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. It is on the language boundary between the French-speaking and German-speaking parts of Switzerland, and is throughout bilingual. Since January 1, 2005, the official name has been “Biel/Bienne”. The city lies at the foot of the first mountain range of the Jura Mountains area and it has about 55,000 inhabitants and in 2014 the agglomeration had almost 106,000.

Lonely Planet writes about this town: “Slap bang on the Röstigraben, Switzerland’s French–German divide, double-barrelled Biel-Bienne is the country’s most bilingual town. Locals are prone to switching language mid-conversation; indeed it’s often a tad tricky to know which one to use. For many Swiss, Biel-Bienne is simply a place to change trains, but it’s worth sticking around to explore its nicely preserved historic centre, the adjacent lake and the surrounding vineyards.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN BIEL AND SURROUNDINGS:

  • Old town


  • Ligerz on Biel Lake


  • Omega Watches Museum


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

USEFUL LINKS:

  • Bed and Breakfast im Herzen von Biel. Rated 8.6 on Booking this excellent accomodation is located in Biel city center and a 4-minute drive from Lake Biel. It offers a shared TV lounge, shared kitchen facilities, and rooms with free WiFi access. The price for a double room with balcony is 89€ per night with breakfast.
  • Best Western Hotel Continental. Very good *** hotel located 5 minutes from Lake Biel, close to the railway station and the city centre and charming Old Town of Biel/Bienne. It offers free WiFi in all rooms and 1 free parking space per room on site. A modern 18 mq2 standard room costs 118€ per night in b&b.
  • Art Déco Hotel Elite. Excellent **** hotel rated 8.2 on Booking which rises in a classically elegant building from the 1930s in the centre of Biel, only 200 m from the train station and surrounded by many shops and boutiques. It features a free fitness centre, the FlowerPower30 spa area with a sauna and steam bath and the restaurant L’Osteria which offers typical Italian cuisine. The price for a standard 25 mq2 double room start from 145€ per night (which increase to 201€ with breakfast included). Free WiFi everywhere.

Tournament Official Site

Visit Biel Official

Omega Museum Website

All Accomodations in Canton of Bern


Enjoy this Swiss Tennis Trip!


Shenzhen – Wta tennis stars will face in the most technological Chinese town

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA INTERNATIONAL Shenzhen Open 

Date: From 01/01 to 07/01

Money prize: $ 626,750

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: 2016 Agnieszka Radwanska – 2015 Simona Halep – 2014/2013 Na Li

Top 10 Players: Simona Halep (Rou) – Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) – Johanna Konta (Gbr) – Timea Bacsinszky (Sui) – Jelena Jankovic (Srb) -Shuai Peng (Chn) – Victorija Golubic (Sui) – Camila Giorgi (Ita) – Vania King (Srb) – Anna Lena Friesdam (Ger)


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

  • KingKey 100

  • Splendid China Theme Park

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 92$ 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 deluxe double rooms at 132$ per night without breakfast but with free wifi and parking included .

  • 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 costs from 129$ to 144$ per night with free parking and wifi in rooms.

 

USEFUL LINKS:

Shenzhen on Travel China Guide 

Visit Shenzhen on DiscoverChina

Tournament Official Site 

Accomodations
ENJOY!!!!