Savannah – Come with us in the heart of Georgia for this classic Atp challenger circuit event

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER St. Joseph/Candler Savannah Challenger 2017

From 05/01 ot 05/07

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 75,000

Tournament location: Franklin Creek Tennis Center – 910 Franklin Creek Rd N, Savannah, GA 31411, Usa

How to get: Tennis venue is far about 15 miles from historic district, that is about 25 minutes driving. Savannah airport is situated at 25 miles.

Past champions: 2016 Bjorn Fratangelo (Usa) – 2015 Hyeon Chung (Kor) – 2014 Nick Kyrgios (Aus) – 2013 Ryan Harrison (Usa) – 2012 Brian Baker (Usa) – 2011 Wayne Odesnik (Usa) – 2010 Kei Nishikori (Jpn) – 2009 Michael Russell (Usa)

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Darian King from Barbados will be the nr.1 of the seeding

Entry list: Darian King (Bar) – Henri Laaksonen (Sui) – Peter Polansky (Can) – Stefan Kozlov (Usa) – Leonardo Mayer (Arg) – Tennys Sandgren (Usa) – Danis Shapovalov (Can) – Noah Rubin (Usa) – Mitchell Krueger (Usa) – Dennis Novikov (Usa)

THE TOWN: Savannah is the oldest city in the U.S. state of Georgia and is the county seat of Chatham County. Established in 1733 on the Savannah River, the city of Savannah became the British colonial capital of the Province of Georgia and later the first state capital of Georgia. Each year Savannah attracts millions of visitors to its cobblestone streets, parks, and notable historic buildings.

Lonely Planet writes about this town: “Like a Southern belle with a split personality, this grand historic town revolves around formal antebellum architecture and unbridled public debauchery. It sits alongside the Savannah River, about 18 miles from the coast, amid Lowcountry swamps and mammoth live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss. With its gorgeous mansions, cotton warehouses and Colonial public buildings, Savannah preserves its past with pride, grace and a slight smirk. Unlike its sister city of Charleston, SC, which retains its reputation as a dignified and refined cultural center, Savannah revels in being the bad girl – the town has been described as ‘a beautiful lady with a dirty face,’ and in some ways it resembles a pint-sized New Orleans. Savannah loves its sinful pleasures, be they cheese grits, cocktails, or the bump and grind of partying local students. Savannah has a somber side, but she never takes herself too seriously. Savannah College of Art & Design – which is known locally as SCAD – has a surprisingly strong presence that keeps the city from getting too staid. The city’s massive St Patrick’s Day celebration is a legendary rite of spring and there is an entire cottage industry catering to those tourists who have heard that Savannah is haunted – curious ghost-hunters are able to arrange to take tours of the city in a chauffeured hearse.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN SAVANNAH:

  • Historic District

HISTORIC DISTRICT

  • Forsyth Park

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  • River Street

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Savannah Midtown. Wonderful *** hotel rated 9.4 on Booking which offers free wifi connections and wide and comfortable rooms at 109$ per night with good breakfast included. Top location for couples!
  • Cotton Sail Hotel Savannah Riverfront. In historic downtown Savannah, this **** hotel is housed in a 1800’s refurbished cotton warehouse and features a rooftop lounge. The Savannah River and the Rousakis Riverfront Plaza are a 2-minute walk away. Hotel provides free wifi, fitness and business center, an ATM and a convenience store. A deluxe king room with city view costs 193.7$ per night.
  • Andaz SavannahThis excellent ***** hotel is located in the heart of Savanna Riverwalk District and is rated 9.1 on Booking. It features a delicious onsite restaurant, 22 Square, a fully equipped fitness centre and the free wifi throughout the property. Prices? Starting from 168$ for a 28 mq2 Andaz King room.

Please notice that are not included a 13 % TAX and a $ 6.00 city tax per night .

USEFUL LINKS;

Tournament Official Site

Visit Savannah Official

Your Hotel in Savannah

 

Enjoy a Tennis Trip in Georgia!

 

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Tallahassee – A traditional event of USA Challenger circuit in Florida’s capital city 

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER USTA Tallahassee Tennis Challenger

From 04/22 to 04/29

Prize money: $ 75,000

Surface: Clay outdoor

Location: Forestmeadows Tennis Complex – 4750 North Meridian Road, Tallahassee, FL 32312

How to get: Tennis complex is far 18 miles from Tallahassee International Airport. Downtown is very close to tennis courts, at about 17 minutes driving.

Previous winner: 2016 Quentin Halys – 2015 Facundo Arguello – 2014 Robby Ginepri – 2013 Denis Kudla – 2012 Tim Smyczek – 2011 Donald Young – 2010 Brian Dabul – 2009 John Isner

Main players: Frances Tiafoe (Usa) – Darian King (Bar) – Henri Laaksonen (Sui) – Stefan Kozlov (Usa) – Guido Andreozzi (Arg) – Denis Kudla (Usa) – Peter Polansky (Can) – Leonardo Mayer (Arg) – Maximo Gonzalez (Arg) – Juergen Melzer (Aut)

Nr.1 of the seeding will be USA rising star F.Tiafoe

THE TOWN: About Tallahassee Lonely Planet writes: “Florida’s capital, cradled between gently rising hills and nestled beneath tree-canopied roadways, is a calm and gracious city, far more Southern, culturally speaking, than the majority of the state it administers. Geographically it’s closer to Atlantathan it is to Miami, and culturally, like Jacksonville, its citizens consider themselves Southern, which is inversely the case the further south you travel.

Despite the city’s two major universities (Florida State and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University) and its status as a government center, the pace here is slower than syrup. That said, there are a handful of interesting museums and outlying attractions that will appeal to history and nature buffs and could easily detain a visitor for at least a day or two.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN TALLAHASSEE:

  • St. Mark’s Lighthouse


  • Lake Ella


  • Cascades Park


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Best Western Plus Tallahassee North. Wonderful ** hotel located at 10 minutes drive from Florida State University and 6.5 km from downtown. This modern accomodation provides a seasonal outdoor pool, free wifi and parking. Rated 9.0 on Booking it offers very comfortable king rooms from 118$ per night with free breakfast buffet included.
  • Holiday Inn Express Tallahassee. Very good *** hotel, rated 8.4 on Booking, this is the official Hotel of the tournament. This hotel features an on site gym, an outdoor pool and free parking and wifi. A comfortable double room costs 145,8$ per night with breakfast buffet included.
  • Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee Downtown. Amazing **** eco friendly hotel featuring an outdoor pool, a restaurant and a business center. Rated 8.3 on Booking, it offers deluxe 27 mq2 double rooms at 169$ per night breakfast included. Wifi and parking are free for customers too. The hotel is located 900 mt from Tallahassee downtown.

Please notice that 12.5% tax is not included in the prices.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Website

Visit Tallahassee Official

Cascades Park Official Site

Your Hotel in Tallahassee 

 

ENJOY!!!!

Panama City – Looking for some good tennis matches on Panama canal 

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Visit Panama Cup

From 04/03 to 04/08

Prize money: $ 50,000

Surface: Clay outdoor

Past champions: 2014 Pere Riba – 2013 Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo – 2012 Rogerio Dutra Silva

Entry list: Horacio Zeballos (Arg) – Rogerio Dutra Silva (Bra) – Renzo Olivo (Arg) – Victor Estrella Burgos (Dom) – Nicolas Kicker (Arg) – Stefan Kozlov (Usa) – Henri Laaksonen (Sui) – Peter Polansky (Can) – Joao Souza (Bra) – Maximo Gonzalez (Arg)

Horacio Zeballos will be the Nr.1 of the seeding

 

THE TOWN: Panama City is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Panama It has an urban population of 430,299. The city is located at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal. The city is the political and administrative center of the country, as well as a hub for international banking and commerce.

Lonely Planet writes about this place: “Panama City is both vibrant metropolis and gateway to tropical escapes. Many worlds coexist here. Welcoming both east and west, Panama is a regional hub of trade and immigration. The resulting cultural cocktail forges a refreshing ‘anything goes’ attitude, more dynamic and fluid than its neighbors.

Unflinchingly urban, the capital rides the rails of chaos, with traffic jams, wayward taxis and casinos stacked between chic clubs and construction sites. A center of international banking and trade, the sultry skyline of shimmering glass and steel towers is reminiscent of Miami. In contrast, the peninsula of Casco Viejo has become a thriving colonial neighborhood where cobblestones link boutique hotels with underground bars and crumbled ruins with pirate lore.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Panama Canal


  • Casco Viejo


  • Gatun Lake


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Toscana Inn Hotel. Excellent *** hotel rated 8.9 on Booking and located in the stylish El Cangrejo area of Panama City, Toscana Inn Hotel offers free private parking and air-conditioned rooms with free wired internet. Good is the Café Los Girasoles restaurant which serves cuisine from Panama and around the world. A king room costs 72$ per night with breakfast included.
  • Ramada Plaza Panamá – Punta Pacífica. Wonderful **** hotel rated 9.1 on Booking it  boasts panoramic views of the city and free WiFi and offers an outdoor pool and a spa, a restaurant and a fitness center. The price for a king room is 94,5$ per night with free parking and breakfast.
  • Grace Panama. Exceptional ***** hotel rated 9.3 on Booking and situated at 10 minutes driving from Casco Viejo. Featuring an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness center it offers free WiFi, restaurant, luggage storage and free parking. An amazing king room with city view costs 113.4$ per night.
Outdoor pool with amazing views at the Grace Panama

Please notice that a 10% tax is not included in the prices.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Panama Official

Accomodations


Enjoy your first visit at Panama!

Maui – 8 days of world class tennis in the wonderful Ka’anapali

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER SportMaster Tennis Championship of Maui

Date: From 01/22 to 01/29

Money prize: $ 75,000

Surface: Hard Outdoor 

Tournament Location: Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch, 2605 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA 

How to get: Tennis ranch is far about 28 miles and 50 minutes driving from Kahului Airport. Kahului downtown is far from Lahaina’s courts 27 miles.

Past Winners: 2016 Di Wu – 2015 Jared Donaldson – 2014 Bradley Klahn – 2013 Go Soeda – 2012 Go Soeda – 2011 Ryan Harrison – 2010 Michael Russell

Go Soeda is going to hunt his 3rd Maui title

Top 10 Players: Yen Hsun Lu (Tpe) – Taylor Fritz (Usa) – Yoshihito Nishioka (Jpn) – Hyeon Chung (Kor) – Jared Donaldson (Usa) – Yuichi Sugita (Jpn) – Stefan Kozlov (Usa) – Marco Chiudinelli (Sui) – Go Soeda (Jpn) – Taro Daniel (Jpn)

ABOUT MAUI: Maui is the second largest island in the U.S. state of Hawaii. In 2010, it had a population of 144,444, third-highest of the Hawaiian Islands, behind that of Oʻahu and Hawaiʻi Island. Kahului, Wailuku, Kīhei and Lahaina are the largest census-designated places (CDP) of the island. Lonely Planet writes about Maui: “According to some, you can’t have it all. Perhaps those folks haven’t been to Maui, which consistently lands atop travel-magazine reader polls as one of the world’s best, most romantic islands. Why? Most start with its wealth of glorious beaches and go from there: luxe resorts, friendly B&Bs, gourmet cuisine, fantastic luau, and world-class windsurfing, whale watching, snorkeling, diving and hiking. Need adventure? Drive the jungly road to Hana or traverse the moonlike volcanic crater of Haleakala. Want pampering? West Maui awaits your call. Need more? Maui is the gateway to its sister islands of Moloka’i and Lana’i, which are conveniently reached by ferry. But is Maui really all that? Well, it does weave a gauzy spell that leaves most visitors more in love than when they arrived, so you’ll just have to excuse those who, when the magazines call, wax a little enthusiastic.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS TO VISIT:

  • Haleakala Crater


  • Ka’anapali Beach


  • Wai’anapanapa State Park


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Residence Inn by Marriott Maui Wailea. Wonderful *** hotel, rated 9.1 on Booking, this hotel is situated in Wailea and features fitness center and delicious on site restaurant. It offers king studios equipped with kitchen at 299$ per night with breakfast buffet, free cancellation and wifi included.

  • Napili Kai Beach Resort. Excellent **** hotel directly located on the beach and featuring golf greens, 4 pools and the fantastic Sea House Beach Restaurant. Rated 9.0 on Booking, it offers studios with ocean view at 425$ per night with free parking and wifi.

  • Montage Kapalua Bay. Exceptional once time in the life ***** luxurious hotel located in the picturesquely Kapalua Bay. It features an outdoor pool, restaurant, a spa, tennis and golf courts and a fitness center. Rated 9.5 on Booking and nr.1 hotel on Tripadvisor it offers one bedroom suites for 4 people with wifi included at 1225$ per night.


Please notice that the prices don’t include a 13,42% tax.

USEFUL LINKS:

Maui on go Hawaii.com

Tournament Official Site

All Accomodations 



Enjoy this paradise lost!!!!

Columbus – Young american talents in Ohio

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER 2016 Columbus 2 Challenger

Date: From 21/11 to 27/11

Money prize: $ 75,000

Surface: Hard Indoor

Tournament Location: Ohio State Varsity Indoor Tennis Center – 880 West Henderson Road, Columbus, OH 43214

How to Get: Columbus John Glenn Airport is far 15 miles from tournament courts. Downtown is far just less than 9 miles.

Past Winners: 2015 Dennis Novikov

Top Seeded Players: Taylor Fritz (Usa) – Benjamin Becker (Ger) – Rajeev Ram (Usa) – Stefan Koxlov (Usa) – Jared Donaldson (Usa) – Michael Mmoh (Usa) – Reilly Opelka (Usa) – Henry Laaksonen (Sui) – Tommy Paul (Usa) – Peter Polansky (Can)

THE TOWN: Columbus is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Ohio. It is the 15th largest city in the United States,with a population of 850,106. In 2007, fDi Magazine ranked the city no. 3 in the U.S. for cities of the future, and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium was rated no. 1 in 2009 by USA Travel Guide. Lonely Planet writes: “Ohio’s capital city is like the blind date your mom arranges – average looking, restrained personality, but solid and affable. Better yet, this city’s easy on the wallet, an influence from Ohio State University’s 57,000-plus students (the campus is the nation’s second largest). A substantial gay population has taken up residence in Columbus in recent years.”

TOP 3 THINGS TO SEE IN COLUMBUS:

  • Scioto Mile


  • Easton Town Center


  • Columbus Zoo & Acquarium


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus/University Area. Wonderful *** hotel located at 3.2 km from Ohio State University. This is one of the official accomodation of the tournament and it features a fitness centre. Rated 9.1 on Booking it offers very large king rooms at just 93€ per night with breakfast, wifi, parking and airport shuttle included.

Hilton Columbus Downtown. Excellent **** hotel, rated 9.0 on Booking, which is located at just 10 minutes walking from Goodale Park. This modern hotel features a stunning art collection which includes over 150 original pieces by Central Ohio artists. Good onsite restaurant and bar included. A wonderful king room costs 146€ with breakfast, parking and wifi availables for an additional fee.

Le Meridien Columbus The Joseph . Superb **** hotel featuring a spa, a wellness and fitness center. Rated 9.3 on Booking offers luxury double rooms of at 266€ with free wi-fi included. Located at 900 meters from Victorian village.

Please notice that a 17.5% tax is not included in the prices.

USEFUL LINKS:

Visit Columbus Official Site

Accomodations

ENJOY!!!!

Hua Hin – Top challenger event in this beach resort town

THE TOURNAMENT:   EA HUA HIN OPEN CHALLENGER

Date: From 31/10 to 06/11

Money prize: $ 125,000

Surface: Hard Outdoor

Tournament Location: True Arena Hua Hin – 52 / 52 Phetkasem, Hua Hin, Prachuabkhirikhan, 77110, Thailand.

How to get: As Hua Hin is situated only some 200km from the bustling metropolis of Bangkok, getting here is easy and the town can be reached using a variety of transport methods that are both affordable and quick (for example by bus 3,5 hours trip, train 5 hrs, minivan 2,5 hrs and so on).

Previous Winners: 2015 Yuichi Sugita

Top Seeded Players: Florian Mayer (Ger) – Dudi Sela (Isr) – John Millman (Aus) – Yen Hsun Lu (Tpe) – Taro Daniel (Jpn) – Evgeny Donskoy (Rus) – Yoshito Nishioka (Jpn) – Go Soeda (Jpn) – Heyon Chung (Kor) – Stefan Kozlov (Usa).

TOP THREE THINGS TO SEE IN HUA-HIN:

  • Hua Hin Beach

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  • Huay Mongkol Temple

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  • Chopsticks Hill (Khao Takiab)

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • The Restro. Superb *** accomodation  rated 9 on Booking. Great location at just 200mt from sandy beach and 5 km from city centre. A superior king room costs 55€ with breakfast, free wi-fi and free parking included.
  • Asira Boutique Hua Hin. Fabulous ****  boutique hotel located in city centre and at 700 from HuaHin Fishing Pier. Rated 8.8 on Booking, this offers deluxe rooms with private garden at just 60€ per night breakfast included. Very good the on-site restaurant.

  • Devasom Hua Hin Resort. Luxury ***** resort situated on a private white beach include an award winner infinity pool. Price for a deluxe sea view suite of 50 mq2 is 104€ with breakfast included. Rated 9.1 on Booking offers free wi-fi and parking to customers.

 

USEFUL LINKS:

TOURISM HUA HIN OFFICIAL SITE

ALL 533 HUA HIN ACCOMODATIONS

 

ENJOY!!!!

Ho Chi Minh City -The tennis tour makes a stop in Cochinchine

THE TOURNAMENT:   VIETNAM OPEN

Date: From 10/10 to 16/10

Money prize: $ 50,000

Category: ATP challenger

Surface: Hard Outdoor

 

Past Winners: 2015 Saketh Myneni

Top Seeded Players: Malek Jaziri (Tun) – Dudi Sela (Isr) – Taro Daniel (Jpn) – Jordan Thompson (Aus) – Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukr) – Saketh Myneni (Ind) – Tatsuma Ito (Jpn) – Jason Jung (Tpe) – Stefan Kozlov (Usa) – Go Soeda (Jpn).

THE TOWN

Ho Chi Minh City, formerly named and still also referred to as Saigon  is the largest city in Vietnam with a metropolitan area populated by more than 10 million people. Under the name Saigon, it was the capital of the French colony of Cochinchina and later of the independent republic of South Vietnam 1955–75. The french domination is visible in many part of the city and in particular in the District 1 (city’s core) which is still adorned with wide elegant boulevards and historic French colonial buildings (Reunification Palace, Municipal Theatre, City Post Office, State Bank Office, Notre-Dame Cathedral and so on). For Lonely Planet “Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is Vietnam at its most dizzying: a high-octane city of commerce and culture that has driven the country forward with its pulsating energy. A chaotic whirl, the city breathes life and vitality into all who settle here, and visitors cannot help but be hauled along for the ride.From the finest of hotels to the cheapest of guesthouses, the classiest of restaurants to the tastiest of street stalls, the choicest of boutiques to the scrum of the markets, HCMC is a city of energy and discovery.Wander through timeless alleys to incense-infused temples before negotiating chic designer malls beneath sleek 21st-century skyscrapers. The ghosts of the past live on in buildings that one generation ago witnessed a city in turmoil, but now the real beauty of the former Saigon’s urban collage is the seamless blending of these two worlds into one exciting mass.

TOP THREE THINGS TO SEE IN HO CHI MINH CITY:

  • Bitexco Finanacial Tower

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  • Nguyen Hue Street

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  • Reunification Palace

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • LaLuna Saigon. Excellent *** hotel is set in the District 1 district in Ho Chi Minh City, this accomodation has been rated 9.2 on Booking. A wonderful premier deluxe king room of 25 mq2 costs just 56€ per night with breakfast and free wifi. Incredible value for money!
  • Alagon D’Antique Hotel & Spa. Delicious ****  hotel which is located at just 300 mt from Tao Dan Park and 600 mt from Reunification Palace .Rated 8.9  on booking, it offers deluxe double room at 91€ per night breakfast and wifi connection included. Fantastic is the panoramic outdoor pool on the roof.
  • Park Hyatt SaigonPark Hyatt Saigon. Luxurious ***** hotel situated at 100 mt from Dong Khoi shopping street. This hotel includes an outdoor pool, the relaxing Xuan Spa and the delicious italian restaurant Opera. Rated 9.3 on Booking offers luxury Camera Park double rooms (34 mq2) at 213€ with free wi-fi and parking. Breakfast costs 29€ more.

 

USEFUL LINKS:

HO CHI MINH CITY ON VIETNAM ONLINE

ALL 903 ACCOMODATIONS

 

ENJOY!!!!

Ten U18 Rising Tennis Stars

This the short list of the best talent born in 1998 or after….remember their names because among these ones there are the future stars of male tennis:

  • FRANCIS TIAFOE (USA, 01/20/1998 BEST RANKING 156)

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  • STEFAN KOZLOV (USA, 01/02/1998 BR 163)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 19: Blake Mott of Australia plays a forehand in his first round junior boys' match against Stefan Kozlov of the United States during the 2014 Australian Open Junior Championships at Melbourne Park on January 19, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

  • LEE DUCK HEE (KOR, 05/29/1998 BR 191)

  •  MICHAEL MMOH (USA, 01/10/1998 BR 317)

  • STEFANOS TSITSIPAS (GRE, 08/12/1998 BR 357)

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  • DENIS SHAPOVALOV (CAN, 04/15/1999 BR 371)

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  • ORLANDO LUZ (BRA, 02/08/1998 BR 449)

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  • CASPER RUUD (NOR, 22/12/1998 BR 557)

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  • DANIEL ALTMAIER (GER, 09/12/1998 BR 560)

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  • FELIX AUGER ALIASSIME (CAN, 08/08/2000 BR 597)

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