Tournament location: Family Circle Tennis Center – 161 Seven Farms Drive, Charleston, SC 29492, USA
How to get: Family Circle Tennis Centeris far about 14 miles from Downtown and it’s easily accessible by car with a 22 minutes ride. If you get by car from Charleston International Airport you can take I-526 East to the Daniel Island Exit (#24). Follow to red light (Seven Farms Drive) and turn left. Family Circle Tennis Center is on the right. Total distance is a bit more than 10 miles
Main players: Madison Keys (Usa) – Johanna Konta (Gbr) – Venus Williams (Usa) – Elena Vesnina (Rus) – Caroline Wozniaki (Dan) – Samantha Stosur (Aus) – Kiki Bertens (Ned) – Anastasija Sevastova (Lat) – Daria Gavrilova (Aus) – Irina Camelia Begu (Rou)
THE TOWN: Charleston is the oldest and second-largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The city lies just south of the geographical midpoint of South Carolina’s coastline and is located on Charleston Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean formed by the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. It had an estimated population of 132,609 in 2015.
Known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, distinguished restaurants, and mannerly people, Charleston is a popular tourist destination and has received a large number of accolades, including the “World’s Best City” by Travel + Leisure.Lonely Planet writes: “This lovely city will embrace you with the warmth and hospitality of an old and dear friend – who died in the 18th century. We jest, but the cannons, cemeteries and carriage rides do conjure an earlier era. And that historic romanticism, along with the food and Southern graciousness, is what makes Charleston one of the most popular tourist destinations in the South, drawing more than 4.8 million visitors every year.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN CHARLESTON:
Arthur Revenal Jr Bridge
The Pineapple Fountain
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
Hyatt Place Charleston – Historic District. Wonderful *** hotel rated 9,2 on Booking and located at just 900 mt from the Marion Square. It includes a restaurant, an indoor pool, a fitness center and a lounge bar. The price for a king room with breakfast and free wifi connection starts from 190$ per night.
Market Pavilion Hotel. Exceptional **** hotel centrally located in Charleston downtown at 3 minutes walking from Waterfront Park and rated 9,3 on Booking. This structure offers a rooftop pool with mosaic bottom, free WiFi, and daily breakfast as well as 2 on-site restaurants. A luxury king room of 40 mq2 costs 296$ per night with fantastic breakfast buffet included.
The Spectator Hotel. Breathtaking pictures **** hotel rated 9.6 on Booking and situated less than 4 minutes’ walk from the historic Charleston City Market and Port of Charleston. Features include a bar, personalised butler service, and free WiFi in public areas. A luxury traditional king room costs $ 369 per night with unforgettable breakfast include.
Please notice that prices showed don’t include a 13,5% tax.
General information: Sibur Arena is far about 27 km from Pulkovo International Airport and 10 km from Nevsky Prospect. During tournament week there is a free shuttle service connecting Sibur Arena to Metro station “Krestovkiy ostrov”.
St. Petersburg is the second largest russian town after Moscow with its five million inhabitants in 2012. It is considered the most westernized city of Russia as well as its cultural capital. It hosts The Hermitage, the largest art museum of the world. The Historic Centre and related group of monuments constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lonely Planet’s writer Tom Masters says: “There is something about St Petersburg that gets under your skin. Despite preferring Moscow when I first came to Russia almost two decades ago, St Petersburg lingered; its colours and incredible light stayed with me, its history haunted me. When I came to live in Russia in 2000, I didn’t hesitate in choosing St Petersburg. Today what excites me about the city is the growing underground art and music scene, the hedonistic atmosphere and the sense that great things are once again happening here. The city has emerged from Moscow’s shadow and will, I hope, show you a very different side to modern Russia”. For Tripadvisor St.Petersburg will be one of the top 25 world destination in 2016.
TOP FIVE THINGS TO SEE IN ST.PETERSBURG:
Winter Palace and Hermitage
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
St. Petersburg’s Palace Bridge
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
Hotel Park Krestovskiy. Simple *** hotel which represents the best solution for who want to stay close to tennis action. A double room costs 50$ per night and the free parking and wifi are included. Great value for money.
Pushka Inn Hotel. Really incredible **** hotel just 1 minute walking from Palace Square, rated 9.5 on Booking. A simple standard double room is already wonderfully furnished. Prices? From 100$ per night breakfast included.
Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St.Petersburg. Once in a lifetime luxurious ***** hotel in the heart of Old Town. Rated 9.4 on Booking, this hotel offers rooms inspired to russian imperial style. A 40 mq2 superior double room costs 353$ with free wifi and parking included.
Tournament Location: Victoria Park – 1 Hing Fat Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
How to get: Victoria Park best access is by metro (Tin Hau Station Hing Fat Street Exit-
Causeway Bay Station Gloucester Road Exit). Free entry to the Tennis Stadium for all qualifying matches on 8 and 9 October and all main draw matches on 10 and 11 October (free seats assigned with rule “First Come, First Served”).
Past Winners: 2015 Jelena Jankovic – 2014 Sabine Lisicki
Top Seeded Players: Angelique Kerber (Ger) – Venus Williams (Usa) – Johanna Konta (Gbr) – Samantha Stosur (Aus) – Caroline Garcia (Fra) – Caroline Wozniaki (Den) – Wang Qiang (Chn) – Alize Cornet (Fra) – Jelena Jankovic (Srb) – Kristina Mladenovic (Fra).
Hong Kong is an autonomous territory on the Pearl River Delta in East Asia.The mainland Chinese province of Guangdong borders the territory to the north. With a population of over 7.3 million it ranks as the world’s fourth most densely populated sovereign state. Hong Kong is one of the world’s most significant financial centres and its currency, Hong Kong dollar is the world’s 13th most traded currency. Hong Kong is renowned for its deep natural harbour, which enables ready access by international cargo ships, and its skyline, with a very high density of skyscrapers
For Lonely Planet’s writer Piera China “‘Hong Kong has a complexity that defies definition. It’s the only place where I can be searching for colonial military relics near the Chinese border, lunching with a Buddhist at a Sikh temple, trying to decipher the aesthetics of Chinese Revival architecture, or splurging on a set of knives – all within five hours – followed by a night of Cantonese opera, karaoke or poetry, anywhere I choose. Hong Kong is so intense…“
TOP THREE ATTRACTIONS IN HONG KONG:
Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
The Bauhinia Hotel – Central. Amazing ***hotel located in Sheung Wan’s business area and at just 3,2 km from Times Square. This accomodation has been rated 8.4 on Booking. A superior double room with moder décor and large windows costs 78€ per night with wifi included.
Hotel Stage. Wonderful **** design hotel located the Yau Ma Tei neighborhood in Hong Kong, just 201 m from Temple Street Night Market and 1 km from Kowloon Park. This accomodation, rated 9.2 on booking, features a delicious on site restaurant and offers superior king room at 135€ per night without breakfast or 154€ with breakfast. Free wifi is available in all hotel areas.
The Olympian Hong Kong. Luxurious ***** hotel located in Tai Kok Tsui area, a great choiche for travelers interested in Disneyland and shopping. Rated 9.3 on Booking offers Deluxe Olympian Room at 161€ but we suggest to book anincredible Grand Harbour View Room at 218€ per night. Wifi is free.