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

Jet_d'Eau

  • Geneva Lake

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  • Mont Saleve

Saleve

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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Marrakech – Atp stars are going to stop in the “Red City” of Morocco

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Grand Prix Hassan II

From 04/10 to 04/16

Prize money: € 482,060

Surface: Clay outdoor

Tournament location: Royal Tennis Club de Marrakech – 1, Bvd Oued Al Makhazine, Gueliz 40000 Marrakech

How to get: Royal Tc de Marrakech is centrally located at just 2,2 km from Djemaa El Fna (10 minutes driving/30 walking). Courts are easily accessible from Menara Airport too, which is far 6,2 km and 14 minutes.

Past winners: 2016 Federico Delbonis – 2015 Martin Klizan – 2014 Guillermo Garcia Lopez – 2013 Tommy Robredo – 2012/2011 Pablo Andujar – 2010 Stanislas Wawrinka

Defending champion Delbonis will try to confirm in 2017 too
Entry list: Albert Ramos (Esp) – Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) – Mischa Zverev (Ger) – Marcel Granollers (Esp) – Paolo Lorenzi (Ita) – Benoit Paire (Fra) – Diego Schwarzman (Arg) – Malek Jaziri (Tun) – Federico Delbonis (Arg) – Nikoloz Basilashvili (Geo)

THE TOWN: Marrakech is a major city and 4th largest city of the Kingdom of Morocco.  It is possibly the most important of  four former imperial cities. The region has been inhabited by Berber farmers since Neolithic times, but the actual city was founded in 1062. The red walls of the city have given the city the nickname of the “Red City” or “Ochre City“.

Jessica Lee, a Lonely Planet‘s writer, explains us the reasons why she loves this city: “I don’t like to be bored. And neither does Marrakesh. I’ve been coming here since 1995 and this most beguiling of cities, shimmering under the hot North African sun, always has surprises up its sleeve. It sucks me into its souqs, draws me down endless twists of narrow, pastel-washed derbs, then drops me amid the mayhem of the Djemaa din. After a day in the medina the soles of my feet may be black, but I’m full to the brim with the donkey-cart swerving, frenetic energy. Marrakesh fizzes with life. Who could resist the fun?”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Djemaa El Fna


  • Jardin Majorelle


  • Koutoubia Mosque


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Teranga & Spa. Wonderful *** hotel rated 9.0 on Booking and located less than 3 km from Koutoubia Mosque, it features free WiFi access and free private parking, Spa and on-site restaurant. A modern 25 mq2 double room costs 60€ per night with breakfast included.
  • Al Fassia Aguedal. Al Fassia, the internationally famous à la carte restaurant in Marrakech, has now developed its luxury **** hotel of the same name near the Aguedal gardens. It boasts outdoor pool, solarium, Spa, restaurant and bar. WiFi, parking and airport shuttle are free for guests. The price for a comfort chambre is 128,25€ in b&b. Rated 9.5 on Booking.
  • La Maison Arabe Hotel. Exceptional 5 stars hotel located directly in amazing Marrakech’s Medina and rated 9.7 on Booking , it has a heated pool in the garden and a spa with 2 traditional hammams and 5 massage rooms. Really delicious is the on site restaurant. The price for a 38 mq2 king suite starts from 342€ per night with WiFi included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

RTC Marrakech Website

Marrakech Official Travel Guide

Accomodations


Enjoy a TennisTrip in Morocco!

Buenos Aires – A beautiful tennis week in the land of the ‘Portenos’

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Argentina Open

From 02/13 to 02/19

Money prize: $ 624,340

Surface: Clay outdoor

Location: Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club – Olleros 1510, 1426 CABA, Argentina

How to get: BA Lawn TC is far about 9 km from Plaza de Mayo. You can use metro (C or D) and tram (Ferrocaril General Mitre) to get or by taxi with a 30 minutes ride. Pistarini Intl Airport is far about 44 km and 45 minutes driving.

Previous winners: 2016 Dominic Thiem – 2015 Rafa Nadal – 2014/2013/2012 David Ferrer – 2011 Nicolas Almagro – 2010 Juan Carlos Ferrero

David Ferrer is looking for his 4th Baires triumph

Main players: Kei Nishikori (Jpn) – David Ferrer (Esp) – Pablo Cuevas (Uru) – Albert Ramos Vinolas (Esp) – Pablo Carreno Busta (Esp) – Paolo Lorenzi (Ita) – Federico Delbonis (Arg) – Joao Sousa (Por) – Fabio Fognini (Ita) – Diego Schwartzman (Arg)

THE TOWN: Buenos Aires is the capital of the Argentine Republic. The name means fair winds in Spanish. The official name is Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires (CABA). It is one of the largest cities in Latin America, with many cultural offerings, and is the point of departure for traveling to the rest of the country. Inhabitants of Buenos Aires are called porteños, “people from the port”, because many of the inhabitants are immigrants in some ways or another. Buenos Aires is a singular, open, and integrating destination that allows the visitor not only to view the city but also to have an exceptional urban adventure. It combines faded European grandeur with Latin passion. Sexy and alive, this beautiful city gets under your skin. Asado, good wines, soccer, tango, nightlife…what are you going to do today in Baires?

Lonely Planet’s writer Isabel Albiston explains the reasons of her deep love for this town:“When I first arrived in Buenos Aires in 2010, Argentina was celebrating 200 years of independence and the city was a carnival. I fell hard and fast for this crazy place with its dogs in soccer shirts and passionately held opinions on everything from politics to how to prepare mate (the yerba tea infusion). For the next four years, my days were spent cycling between parks and timeless neighborhood cafes; nights began with asados (barbecues) and ended at sunrise. In spring, when the blossom of the jacaranda trees turns the city purple, there’s nowhere I’d rather be.”

TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS OF BUENOS AIRES:

  • Puerto Madero


  • La Boca


  • Avenida 9 de Julio


  • La Bombonera


  • Bosques de Palermo


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Mérit San Telmo. Excellent *** hotel located in trendy San Telmo neighborhood and rated 8.5 on Booking. At just 600 mt from Casa Rosada it features a snack bar and the free wifi in all areas. Prices for a cozy 22 mq2 twin room is 58$ per night with good breakfast included.
  • Eurobuilding Hotel Boutique Buenos Aires. Wonderful **** hotel rated 9.1 on Booking and located at 100 mt from Mayo Avenue. It features the free wifi, a delicious on site restaurant, fitness facilities and a terrace with a hydromassage bathtub. It offers 44 mq2 deluxe double room from 99$ to 114$ per night (it depends it breakfast is included or not).
  • Alvear Art Hotel. Exceptional ***** hotel located in B.Aires real heart at 150m from Avenida 9 de Julio, it features an indoor pool, a spa and a fitness center with city panoramic views, a restaurant and a bar, and provides free wifi connection. A magnificent 35 mq2 studio for two people costs $330 per night with breakfast included. Rated 9.3 on Booking.


USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Tourism in Buenos Aires Official

Accomodations 


Enjoy!!!

Quito – The Atp clay season starts from an Unesco World Heritage Site

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Ecuador Open

From 02/06 to 02/12

Money Prize: $ 540,310

Surface: Clay Outdoor

Location: Club Jacarandá – Av. de las Acacias s/n. Urb. Jacarandá, Quito 170157 Ecuador

How to Get: Tennis courts are not far from Quito famous old town: about 8,6 km and 20 minutes driving. Instead Mariscal Sucre International Airport is far less than 39 km, and from it you could get to Club Jacarandá in about 30 minutes by taxi.

Recent past winners: 2016-2015 Victor Estrella Burgos

Top seeded players: Ivo Karlovic (Cro) – Albert Ramos Vinolas (Esp) – Pablo Carreno Busta (Esp) – Paolo Lorenzi (Ita) – Joao Sousa (Por) – Thomaz Bellucci (Bra) – Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukr) – Gerald Melzer (Aut) – Horacio Zeballos (Arg) – Guido Pella (Arg)

Nr.1 of entry list Ivo Karlovic

THE TOWN: Quito is the capital city of Ecuador, and at an elevation of 2,800 meters above sea level, it is the highest official capital city in the world. With a population of 2,671,191 Quito is the second most populous city in Ecuador, after Guayaquil. The historic center of Quito has one of the largest, least-altered and best-preserved historic centers in the Americas, and is undoubtedly one of the cities main tourist attractions. Quito, along with Kraków, were the first World Cultural Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO in 1978. Lonely Planet writes about this town:“A capital city high in the Andes, Quito is dramatically situated, hemmed in by mountain peaks whose greenery is concealed by gray afternoon mist. Modern apartment buildings and modest concrete homes creep partway up their slopes and busy commercial thoroughfares lined with shops and choked with traffic turn into subdued neighborhoods on Sundays. Warm and relaxed, traditional Ecuadorian Sierra culture – overflowing market stands, shamanistic healers, fourth-generation hatmakers – mix with a vibrant and sophisticated culinary and nightlife scene. The city’s crown jewel is its ‘Old Town,’ a Unesco World Heritage Site packed with colonial monuments and architectural treasures. No sterile museum mile, everyday life pulses along its handsomely restored blocks with 17th-century facades, picturesque plazas and magnificent art-filled churches. Travelers, and many locals too, head to the ‘gringolandia’ of the Mariscal, a compact area of guesthouses, travel agencies, ethnic eateries and teeming bars.”

TOP 3 PLACES TO VISIT:

  • Old Town


  • Templo del Sol Pintor


  • Basilica Quito


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Portal de Cantuña. Boutique *** hotel  rated 9.0 on Booking with a superb location in fantastic Old Town. A double room with faboulous american breakfast included costs only 58,5 $ per night. Wifi is free.
  • Boutique Hotel Mansion del Angel. Wonderful **** hotel located ten minutes walking from Old Town, it rises in a stunning XVIII century building . Rated 9.2 on Booking, it offers luxury accomodations of 26 mq2 at just 105$ per night or 123$ with breakfast included. Wifi is free, airport shuttle availabile for a surcharge.
  • Casa Gantogena. Exceptional ***** colonial style hotel situated in Quito’s San Francisco square and at 8 minutes walking from Basilica. It offers free wifi and parking for customers. Onsite restaurant offers international and regional cuisine. Price for a deluxe 35 mq2 double room one decorated in classic style is 337,50 $ with excellent breakfast included. Rated 9.5 on Booking and nr.2 accomodation on TripAdvisor.


USEFUL LINKS:

Visit Quito Official 

Tournament Official Site 

Accomodations
Enjoy this Unesco TennisTrip!

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!!!!